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Anya Leavell scored 10 points Thursday as the Coupeville JV beat La Conner in the season finale. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s simple math — Anya plus Ella equals hardcourt domination.

Fueled by the one-two scoring punch of sophomores Anya Leavell and Ella Colwell, the Coupeville High School girls JV basketball squad ended its season Thursday on a high note.

Jumping on visiting La Conner early, the Wolves built a comfortable lead, then held off a late rally to exit with a 37-32 win.

The non-conference victory caps a 12-4 season for the CHS young guns, and it brought a huge smile to the face of Megan Smith.

The former Wolf hoops star, who returned to her alma mater to coach the JV, was pleased with the record, but more with the growth she saw from her players.

“Really, really proud of these girls!,” she said. “I could not have asked for a better group of girls to coach for my first year!

“It was an awesome season,” Smith added. “These girls worked really hard to have this outcome.

“I was just the coach, they did all the hard work.”

Thursday night the Wolves were down a few players thanks to illness, but it didn’t matter.

Leavell came out ready to rumble, slapping home six of her 10 points in the first quarter as CHS built a 14-6 lead it would never surrender.

From there, the Wolves stretched the lead out to 22-13 at the half, then 28-15 heading into the fourth.

Which is where things got a little dicey, as La Conner rallied behind the play of Salena Bailey, who went off for 14 of her game-high 23 points over the game’s final eight minutes.

Coupeville didn’t crack, however, with Colwell, Alita Blouin, and Leavell stepping up to notch big buckets in the final moments of the JV season.

Colwell finished with a team-high 11 points, with Leavell (10), Blouin (7), Gwen Gustafson (4), Ryanne Knoblich (3), and Savana Allen (2) also scoring.

Natalie Castano, Claire Mayne, Jessenia Camarena, Morgan Stevens, Heidi Meyers, and Mollie Bailey also saw floor time for the Wolves.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Alita Blouin – 101
Gwen Gustafson – 78
Ryanne Knoblich – 75
Ella Colwell – 71
Audrianna Shaw – 40
Anya Leavell – 32
Abby Mulholland – 30
Savana Allen – 24
Jessenia Camarena – 24
Natalie Castano – 11
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 10
Mollie Bailey – 8
Morgan Stevens – 7
Heidi Meyers – 3
Maylin Steele – 2
Samantha Streitler – 2

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Grady Rickner dropped in 15 points Tuesday as Coupeville’s JV closed with a win at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t call it a comeback, but do call it a win.

With Coupeville High School JV boys basketball coach Chris Smith at home for daughter Scout’s Senior Night festivities Tuesday, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith returned to the bench.

For one night at least.

And the transition was fairly seamless, as the (slightly) older of the Smith boys let the Wolf shooters run wild in a 72-50 win at Sultan.

The victory lifts the JV’s final mark to 5-4 in North Sound Conference play, 10-7 overall.

Coupeville came out on fire, with six different players scoring during a 21-13 first-quarter surge.

Daniel Olson had the hottest hand in the early going, knocking down a quick seven points, while Logan Martin added six to tease the explosion which was to come.

The CHS sophomore, who has been electric of late, went off in the finale, racking up a season-high 29 points.

After starting with back-to-back six-point quarters, Martin rippled the nets for 13 in the third frame, then closed with a modest four.

Up 31-23 at the half, Coupeville hammered the Turks in the second half, stretching the margin out to 54-37 after three quarters of play, then gliding in for the lopsided win.

Grady Rickner added 15 points in support of Martin, while Olson finished with 11.

Rounding out the offensive attack were Chris Ruck (4), TJ Rickner (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Cody Roberts (3), and Miles Davidson (2), while Andrew Aparicio chipped in with strong work on the defensive side of the floor.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Martin – 162
Daniel Olson – 153
Grady Rickner – 148
Sage Downes – 140
Cody Roberts – 61
Alex Murdy – 54
Alex Jimenez – 43
TJ Rickner – 35
Xavier Murdy – 33
Miles Davidson – 32
Chris Cernick – 18
Chris Ruck – 13
Andrew Aparicio – 10

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Brayden Coatney played strongly for a C-Team which ended its season Tuesday with a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They closed with a bang.

Playing deep on the road at Sultan Tuesday night, the Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad pulled out a thriller.

The young Wolves scored only once in the fourth quarter, but that bucket from Alex Wasik was the difference in a 28-26 win.

The victory, coming in the season finale for the C-Team, lifts it to 2-7 in North Sound Conference play, 3-10 overall.

Trailing 11-6 at the first break, Coupeville made its move in the second quarter Tuesday, ripping off a 14-3 run to grab control of the game.

Playing for coach Patrick Upchurch for the final time this season, the Wolves got hot shooting from a trio of freshmen, as Ty Hamilton, Dominic Coffman, and Wasik combined to drill the Turks.

Hamilton popped for seven points in the second quarter, hitting a pair of free throws, a field goal, and a three-ball.

Coffman was hot on his heels with five, while Wasik, who scored in all four quarters, dropped in a bucket to round out the assault.

With the lead in hand at 20-14, the Wolves battled Sultan through a 6-6 third quarter, then held on for the win with a solid defensive effort down the stretch.

Hamilton finished with a game-high 11 points on mom Shannon’s birthday, while Coffman banked in nine, and Wasik slapped home a bucket per quarter while recording eight.

Also seeing floor time for the Wolves during their sweet finale were Nick Armstrong, Josh Upchurch, Coen Killian, Caleb Sonntag, and Brayden Coatney.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Dominic Coffman – 83
Ty Hamilton – 73
Chris Cernick – 41
Alex Wasik – 39
Brayden Coatney – 38
Coen Killian – 23
Ben Smith – 17
Nick Armstrong – 14
Josh Upchurch – 13
Simon Shelley – 3
Andrew Aparicio – 2
Alex Murdy – 2
Caleb Sonntag – 2

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Logan Downes let fly from the corner. (Morgan White photos)

Harlan Mouw flies to the bucket.

Cole White surveys the scene.

Hunter Bronec shoots over Granite Falls imposing defense.

No one threw up, so that’s a start.

A game after a Langley player let fly in the Coupeville Middle School gym, the only heaving on display Thursday involved players chucking the basketball at the rim.

Facing off with rugged Granite Falls in the season finale, the Wolf boys won a game, came close in a second one, and pushed a very-strong Tiger squad hard in the showcase contest.

How the day played out:

 

Level 1:

The final score is a bit deceptive, with Coupeville falling 51-22 to finish the season with a 3-7 record.

The Wolves were within four points after Logan Downes popped a jumper to open the second half, but then the Tigers found a different level.

Ripping off a 17-1 run, Granite, otherwise known as the “Man Bun Boys” for the number of players they had who took the court with their hair piled atop their heads, was a very-solid team.

The Tigers had height, speed, threw down their layups with conviction, and played smart, aggressive ball.

Coupeville answered with the sizzlin’ scoring touch of Downes, who banged home every one of his team’s points on this night, and it worked, at least for a bit.

The CMS 8th grader opened the game by netting a lil’ jumper from the left side, off of a very-nice kick-out from Zane Oldenstadt, then quieted a spirited Tiger cheering section by dropping four straight free throws.

Each charity shot sank through the net with a quiet little whisper, and sat Granite’s boisterous players back down in their seats on the rock-hard CMS bleachers.

Tied 6-6 with under a minute to play in the opening quarter, Coupeville stayed close, but was stung twice by Granite at the very end of quarters.

The first time it was a three-ball from the top of the arc right before the first quarter buzzer, the second time an offensive rebound put back up and in to stake the Tigers to a 19-13 lead at the half.

Granite’s game-busting run in the third came thanks to a varied offensive attack.

Mixing three-balls with steals which fueled breakaway buckets, the Tigers eventually overpowered Coupeville.

The Wolves didn’t go down easily, however, and we’re not just talking about Downes and his 22 points.

Oldenstadt and William Davidson pounded away on the boards and scrapped for loose balls, while guards Cole White, Landon Roberts, Ryan Blouin, and Timothy Nitta harassed the Tiger ballhandlers all game.

Also seeing action for the Wolves were Hunter Bronec and Johnny Porter, who brought hustle to the floor for a team which played far better this season than its win/loss record might indicate.

 

Level 2:

Coupeville’s middle squad was its most-successful this season, and the finale offered one more rousing curtain call.

Riding the red-hot shooting of gunner Nick Guay and big buckets in the final moments from Blouin and Mikey Robinett, the Wolves closed on a 10-2 run to capture a 24-22 nail-biter.

With the win, the second squad finished 7-2-1.

No, middle school hoops teams don’t play overtime, and yes, a tie in basketball is stupid, but that’s a long time past. Back to today.

In a game with big swings, the Wolves found themselves trailing 20-14 midway through the fourth quarter.

Granite had all the momentum, having scored the final six points of the third quarter and the first four in the final frame.

Not to worry, as the guys with ice water in their veins all wore Coupeville jersies.

The first to strike was Blouin, who swished a three-ball from the top after Davidson ripped down a rebound and kicked the ball out to his waiting teammate.

The Tigers responded with a bucket off of a power move down low, stretching the margin back out to 22-17, but, whether they knew it or not, they were officially DOA at that moment.

Robinett knocked down a roller off the glass to start the surge to victory, then Guay, who finished with a game-high 17 points, stepped up to claim the mantle of being The Man.

Flicking the ball skywards, he sank his fourth three-ball of the night to tie the game at 22-22, then made off with a steal for a go-ahead breakaway bucket.

Clinging to a two-point lead, Coupeville operated through the game’s final minute in exactly the opposite way most middle school teams do with the lead.

It’s rarely seen at this level (or, quite often, in high school play), but the Wolves LISTENED to their coaches, held on to the ball instead of flinging off a shot, and wore the clock down, daring Granite to foul them.

The Tigers instead played for the steal, but never got it, setting off a celebration from the pro-Wolf crowd.

It was a sweetly-satisfying win for CMS, especially coming in a game in which they almost went scoreless for the entire first quarter.

Trailing 6-0 thanks to a pair of Granite three-balls, and numerous shots of their own which popped out at the last second, Coupeville was struggling a bit.

But then, in one fluid motion, the lanky Guay pulled in the ball, went skyward and netted his own three-ball, the orb dropping through the net at literally the exact moment the first quarter buzzer sounded.

That shot seemed to be the spark the Wolves needed, as they reclaimed the lead in the second quarter thanks to two more Guay treys and a Davidson put-back.

Up 11-8 at the half, CMS stretched it to 14-10 midway through the third, then hit the dry spell talked about earlier in the article.

Guay’s 17 was huge, but every bucket greatly mattered for the Wolves, who also got three points from Blouin, and two apiece from Davidson and Robinett.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim, Jack Porter, Hurlee Bronec, and Johnny Porter chipped in with hustle and general scrappiness.

 

Level 3:

Coupeville trailed by 13 late in the third quarter, rallied strongly, but fell 30-24, dropping its final record to 1-7.

The Wolves best stretch of play came over the final eight minutes of play, when they outscored the Tigers 14-7.

Back-to-back buckets to close the third, with Harlan Mouw slapping a rebound back home, and Justin Jansen going coast-to-coast off of a steal, started the rally.

From there, the Wolves used the inside/outside combo of Mouw and Nathan Ginnings to cut away at the lead, getting the margin all the way down to five with about two minutes to play.

Granite needed to make a play to seal the deal, and, to their credit, the Tigers stood tall.

A bucket off of an offensive rebound, pulled down in a crowd, stopped the bleeding and ended Coupeville’s final hope.

The young Wolves finished with a balanced scoring sheet, with six of nine players scratching their names into the scorebook.

Mouw paced CMS with nine points, while Ginnings (6), Chris Villarreal (4), Jansen (2), Carson Fields (2), and JP Edoukou (1) also scored.

Rounding out the active roster were Jesus Madrigal, Jordan Bradford, and Alex Clark, who all saw solid floor time in the finale.

 

Final (unofficial) season scoring stats:

Logan Downes – 193
Timothy Nitta – 76
Cole White – 55
Hunter Bronec – 40
Harlan Mouw – 39
Nathan Ginnings – 37
Mikey Robinett – 34
Nick Guay – 33
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 30
Justin Jansen – 28
William Davidson – 27
Zane Oldenstadt – 25
JP Edoukou – 21
Ryan Blouin – 20
Hurlee Bronec – 20
Johnny Porter – 18
Jack Porter – 14
Carson Fields – 12
Chris Villarreal – 10
Landon Roberts – 6
Jordan Bradford – 2
Alex Clark – 2

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Emma Mathusek celebrates after helping her team win a key point. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maya Toomey-Stout elevates.

Raven Vick launches another ace.

Zoe Trujillo flies out of the gym.

Lucy Sandahl, Miss Consistency at the service line, remains flawless.

Maddie Vondrak rocks ’em at the net.

Wolf fans bring the love.

Fab frosh Lucy Tenore denies a would-be winner.

John Fisken had plenty of time to snap photos.

With the Coupeville High School volleyball squad playing a pair of five-set brawls Tuesday night at the District 1 tourney, the action stretched on for hours.

While the final scores didn’t come out in favor of the Wolves, the pics Fisken shot did.

To see everything he snapped, and maybe buy some glossies for Gram and Gramps, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball/VB-2019-11-05-District-1-tournament/

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