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Scout Smith leads off a collection of CHS girls hoops Senior Night pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Proud dads (l to r) Chris Smith, Michael Davidson, Andreas Wurzrainer, and Phil Renninger all try not to be the first one to cry.

Tia Wurzrainer

Smith and Wurzrainer are joined by Hannah Davidson (13) and Avalon Renninger.

Hannah Davidson

Wurzrainer and Smith, ready to whomp on South Whidbey.

Avalon Renninger

CHS coach Scott Fox hangs out with his team leaders.

They are the core around which success has been built.

Coupeville High School seniors Avalon Renninger, Scout Smith, Tia Wurzrainer, and Hannah Davidson have been vital parts of the Wolf girls hoops program, and Tuesday night was all about them.

Before crushing South Whidbey and finishing the regular season at 12-5, the Wolf leaders got their moment in the spotlight.

Now, on to the playoffs!

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Melia Welling leads off Senior Night cheer pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ashleigh Battaglia

Gavin St Onge

Ella Bueler

Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Dawson Houston

Mica Shipley

Ja’Tarya Hoskins

It was the beginning of the end, if not the actual end.

Coupeville High School cheerleaders head off to nationals this week, but first they honored their elder statesmen Tuesday during Senior Night festivities.

Six girls and two boys, they stand tall, putting the loud in loud ‘n proud.

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Avalon Renninger and her fellow CHS seniors came up big Tuesday, drilling South Whidbey to finish the regular season at 12-5. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This is the way you want to go out.

While the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball squad may come back around to play at home again in the playoffs, Tuesday night was a fitting send-off for its splendid seniors.

The four-pack of Tia Wurzrainer, Avalon Renninger, Scout Smith, and Hannah Davidson closed the regular season in style, sparking the Wolves to a 39-27 win over visiting South Whidbey.

With the victory, CHS closes out North Sound Conference play at 6-3, claiming third-place in the six-team league.

Now 12-5 overall, the Wolves open the double-elimination district playoffs next Monday, Feb. 10, when they travel to Nooksack Valley.

Beat the Pioneers (14-5), the #2 seed from the Northwest Conference, and Coupeville advances to the district semifinals and a likely match-up with King’s (15-5).

Drop that opener, and CHS would host its second playoff game Feb. 11.

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Tuesday night was about honoring the Wolf seniors, who have played together since middle school, and they responded, almost outscoring South Whidbey by themselves.

Wurzrainer, known for being a defensive dynamo, got things started by slipping a free throw through the net in the opening moments, signaling the start of one of her strongest performances of the season on both sides of the ball.

While South Whidbey slipped a bucket through the defense shortly after to claim a 2-1 lead, it would be the one and only time the Falcons would have the advantage.

Wolf junior Chelsea Prescott snatched a rebound away from a rival, then knocked down the put-back and a fuse was lit for Coupeville.

Ripping off a 15-0 tear in which five different Wolves tallied at least one bucket, CHS surged to a 16-2 lead and looked, for a bit, like it was going to savage its guests in spectacular fashion.

Prescott followed up her put-back with a soft jumper from the side and a bucket in the paint, while Wurzrainer and Smith pulled off coast-to-coast romps off of steals.

Everything was falling, all the passes were crisp — such as the one which set up Izzy Wells for a long, arcing jumper — and even the wild-card shots were dead-on.

Launching a three-ball from the top of the arc, Renninger spun a wicked liner which slammed into the glass, then promptly died on the spot and flopped straight through.

The success of the shot seemed to catch the left-handed ace by surprise.

Just for a second, though, as Renninger promptly nodded, a small smile slipping out as she whirled and scrambled back down-court to snuff out another Falcon opportunity.

But, just as the game was turning into a romp, Coupeville fell out of rhythm on the offensive end of the floor, allowing South Whidbey a chance to rally.

A miracle Falcon three-ball at the first-quarter buzzer was like a stab through the heart of Wolf Nation, capping a 7-0 run and cutting the lead to 16-9.

Things got a little tighter from there, with the lead slashed all the way back to 17-13 late in the second quarter.

Coupeville needed something to stop the bleeding, and it came in the form of note-perfect free throw shooting, as Davidson and Prescott stepped to the line and knocked down two freebies apiece after getting roughed up.

The Wolves closed the half with a beautiful play, as Davidson made off with a steal, then hit a cutting Wurzrainer in transition for a layup which pushed the lead back to double-digits.

That set up a second half in which Coupeville thoroughly controlled everything.

Pushing the lead to its largest margin at 33-15 exiting the third quarter, the Wolves looked sharp.

Wurzrainer fed Renninger with a gorgeous pass, and her tennis doubles partner barely made the net move as she sank yet another runner.

Then the freshman got in on the good times, with Maddie Georges driving and dishing, setting up Carolyn Lhamon for a bucket in the paint.

South Whidbey continued to bang away and play hard (and physical), but the Wolves had an answer each time, never letting the lead slip under 12 the rest of the way.

It was a performance which brought a smile to the face of veteran coach Scott Fox, in his first year at the helm of the CHS program.

“The effort has always been there (with this group),” he said. “I like the way they compete, and I couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls.”

Prescott rattled the rims for eight points on a night when Coupeville’s scoring was incredibly well-balanced.

Joining her in the scoring column were Wurzrainer (6), Smith (6), Davidson (6), Renninger (5), Wells (4), Georges (2), and Lhamon (2).

Young guns Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Audrianna Shaw, Mollie Bailey, and Anya Leavell came on late, giving Coupeville’s seniors a chance to walk off together, as a unit, to the cheers of their family and friends.

Meanwhile, freshman enforcer Nezi Keiper, rehabbing from an injury, provided emotional support for one and all from her perch at the end of the bench.

While the primary focus was on nabbing a team win to honor the seniors and send Coupeville into the playoffs on a positive note, the stats hounds are ever vigilant.

With three buckets Tuesday, Smith has 283 varsity points, and moves past Wolf legend Hailey Hammer (282) to claim 38th place on the CHS girls hoops career scoring list.

Prescott, now with 247 points, continues to rise as well, passing Kendra O’Keefe (244) to move into a tie for #45 with Marlys West on a chart which stretches back to 1974.

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Jered Brown kicks off a look at Coupeville High School boys basketball senior players. (Karen Carlson photos)

Chris Cernick

Gavin Knoblich

Chris Ruck

Mason Grove

Koa Davison (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jean Lund-Olsen (Karen Carlson photos)

Ulrik Wells

Tucker Hall

Sean Toomey-Stout

Jacobi Pilgrim

It was the biggest Senior Night, maybe in forever.

When Coupeville High School boys basketball coaches hailed their veterans Friday, before they faced Granite Falls in their final regular-season home game, they had quite the list to get through.

With 11 seniors on the roster, the Wolves will only return two varsity players next season.

Coupeville’s grizzled vets went out with a win, punching their ticket to the playoffs (and a possible postseason home game), and we have pics of them all.

Well, sort of, as I can’t find one for Koa Davison, so we’ve substituted a pre-season portrait of him doing his best Derek Zoolander.

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Nick Streubel hangs out with family on Central Washington University football Senior Night. (Photos courtesy Nanette Streubel and Amanda Jones)

“I taught the boy everything he knows about football, just saying…”

Uncle Nick, the gentle gridiron giant.

“The Big Hurt” went out by delivering a … really big hurt.

Coupeville High School grad Nick Streubel celebrated Senior Night Saturday by leading his Central Washington University football team to a 72-17 win over Missouri’s Southwest Baptist University.

The non-conference rout was the fifth-straight win for the streaking Wildcats, who sit at 6-4 with one game left on the regular season schedule.

Central, which is 4-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, travels to Canada next Saturday, Nov. 16 to play Simon Fraser University (1-4, 1-8).

With a win, the Wildcats clinch half the GNAC title, which they will share with Western Oregon (5-1, 7-3).

The two teams split this season, with the Wolves coming out on top 36-26 in late September, before Central rebounded for a 42-41 overtime win in mid-October.

If Streubel and Co. win out and lay claim to their share of the title, it will be the third-straight year CWU has done so.

While he and his teammates are hopeful of landing a spot in the NCAA D-II playoffs, the former Wolf is nearing the end of what has been a rock-solid college career.

Thanks to two red-shirt seasons, one as a freshman, then a second due to a hand injury, Streubel spent six seasons in the Wildcat program.

A team captain and the face of CWU football this season, the anchor of the offensive line has already graduated but returned for one final go-round on the gridiron.

During his time as a ‘Cat, Streubel has been named to All-League and All-Region teams, while having ESPN announcers hype him as a guy worthy of a look from the NFL.

Way back when he was still a growing man mountain, and not yet the carved-from-granite physical specimen he has become, “The Big Hurt” was a three-sport standout at CHS.

Football, basketball, and track kept him busy, but his greatest moment came after a season-ending gridiron clash against Chimacum his junior year.

The stadium in Port Townsend had been used the night before the Wolves and Cowboys played, and the field was ripped up, mushy, and stinky.

After a game in the trenches, Streubel was given a rushing attempt as a reward for years of work, and he promptly carried at least seven screaming, sobbing Cowboys on his back, crashing forward for yardage, ending the play in the middle of a giant mud puddle.

The Wolves had to high-tail it to catch the last ferry out of town after the game, which gave no one a chance to clean up.

At the dock, Streubel, all 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds of him, coated from head to toe in mud, chased after his coaches, eventually snagging one and wrapping them in a grimy embrace.

So, basically, it’s great to see Nick do so well in college and all.

But, that said, I already witnessed him at his finest on that dock.

The man was a freakin’ legend at 17, and just keeps getting better with time.

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