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   Coupeville players like Jake Pease put up strong effort Tuesday but couldn’t topple Sequim in a pair of games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s hard to beat a team that doesn’t beat itself.

In a virtual recreation of a game the two schools played early in the season, 2A Sequim played precision basketball Tuesday, dumping visiting Coupeville 65-41.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolf boys to 5-13 with two games to play.

CHS hosts Klahowya Thursday on Senior Night, then heads to Chimacum to face a win-less Cowboys squad in the season finale for both teams.

Sparring a Sequim squad which was virtually flawless Tuesday in all aspects of the game, with a special emphasis on note-perfect ball movement and crisp passes, the Wolves held their own for a solid two, maybe three, minutes.

A pair of free throws from Hunter Smith, coming on the heels of an electric three-ball from Cameron Toomey-Stout, knotted the game at 5-5 and anything was possible.

And then it wasn’t.

Using a 16-0 run which carried into the early moments of the second quarter, Sequim put the game out of reach and hit cruise control from there.

Joey Lippo, who took two hard falls in the game after taking shots to the ankle and face, stopped the assault with a bank shot off a nice dish from Hunter Downes, but it did little to slow Sequim.

After Smith followed Lippo’s bucket with a steal and breakaway layup, Coupeville couldn’t put together back-to-back buckets again until the final moments of the game.

With just a basket here, a basket there, always followed immediately by a Sequim score or two, the Wolves were unable to carve the lead down, instead watching it get stretched out to 27 at its peak.

Down 60-33, CHS reached down deep and made a gritty stand over the final 90 seconds, with Downes and Toomey-Stout each rattling home three-balls, packaged around another steal and breakaway bucket from Smith.

The game finished with the same margin of victory as when the teams met in early Dec. — 24 points. Back then, Sequim rolled to a 59-35 win on Whidbey.

Smith paced Coupeville with 19 points, running his career total to 795.

With two games to go, he needs 17 to pass Corey Cross (811) and claim 12th place on the Wolf boys career scoring chart.

Toomey-Stout, known for his intensity on defense, non-stop hustle and award-winning hair, dropped in a season-best 11 points, capped by a trio of treys from behind the arc.

Lippo, who was limping but unbowed, tossed in four, a figure matched by Ethan Spark, while Downes capped the scoring with his three-ball.

While he didn’t score, Wolf big man Kyle Rockwell gave a feisty pack of road fans a thrill when he twice lowered the boom on Sequim players, making sure they would properly remember being fouled.

JV toppled:

A close game became something else after halftime.

Trailing by nine at the break, Coupeville’s shooting touch failed after the break, allowing Sequim to use a scorching 40-9 surge to run away with a 65-23 win.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolf young guns to 4-13.

CHS put up six in the first quarter, including a three-ball from Sage Downes, then added eight in the second, but the second half was a whole ‘nother game.

Sequim toasted the net during a 29-9 third quarter, then closed the game with an 11-0 shutout in the fourth.

Mason Grove paced Coupeville with 11, including three bombs from behind the arc, while Ulrik Wells pounded down low for four points.

Sage Downes (3), James Vidoni (2), Koa Davison (2) and David Prescott (1) also scored.

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   Sarah Wright dropped in eight points to pace Coupeville Tuesday in a road loss at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If they only counted two-point shots Tuesday, it’s a Coupeville win.

Unfortunately, the scoreboard operator in Sequim was willing to credit the hosts for free throws and three-point bombs, and that tipped the scale the wrong way for the Wolf girls basketball squad.

Capitalizing on a 24-0 advantage on specialty shots (nine free throws and five treys), Sequim broke open a close game in the second half and surged to a 44-26 victory.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 6-13 as it kicks off the final week of the regular season.

The Wolves have Olympic League games Thursday at Klahowya and Saturday at home against Chimacum, then head to the playoffs.

Tuesday’s game was an odd one at times, mainly whenever the refs decided to be a part of things.

CHS didn’t shoot a free throw until the 4:45 mark of the fourth quarter, but it was when the guys in black and white stripes actually went to their whistles that things got strange.

At one point Coupeville’s leading scorer this season, Mikayla Elfrank, was whistled for a foul.

Only thing is, she was in street clothes, thanks to an ankle injury, doing the books and no one on the floor was wearing her #23 uniform.

After much consternation, the refs changed the call and dinged #24, Lindsey Roberts, even though she was on the opposite side of the floor from where the foul had occurred.

Meanwhile, the real culprit, Sarah Wright (#45), who had ripped the head off of a rival player in a fight for a loose ball —  a few inches away from two refs, I might add — got off free ‘n easy and walked away with a huge grin on her face.

Just to make sure no one thought that play was an accident, the refs severely bungled the very next call, as well, trying to give Roberts a foul meant for Ema Smith (#14), then arguing with the scorekeeper’s table after being called on their lack of proper glasses.

To be fair, it was Sequim’s daggers which ultimately killed Coupeville more than the refs.

Specifically, a trio of three-balls to open the second quarter opened a wound which never healed.

Coupeville rolled out of the first break up 10-9, and feeling pretty good about things after capping the quarter with back-to-back scores.

First Roberts slapped home a layup off of a sweet feed from Wright, before it was Ashlie Shank’s turn to slip Wright a picture-perfect in-bounds pass for a quick bucket.

With Wright pounding away down low — she had six of her eight points in the opening quarter — Coupeville looked like it was ready to scrap all night with its 2A hosts.

And then the sky fell in.

Or, more appropriately, the basketball kept falling out of the sky and dropping through the wrong bucket.

Sequim nailed three consecutive shots from behind the arc, with three different players connecting on treys, and a 10-9 lead quickly turned into an 18-10 deficit.

CHS fought back, twice closing within four points, at 18-14 late in the second quarter and 22-18 early in the third, but could get no closer the rest of the night.

The Wolves would put together a mini-run, only to have their surge blunted when Sequim tossed in another string of rally-killing shots.

Whether is was Allison Wenzel banking home a shot off the glass from the right side or Scout Smith singing the net with an elegant running hook shot, Coupeville’s offense was like a candle that starts to flicker to life, only to get promptly blown out by the wind.

Sequim was a precision-shooting team, though matters were helped by the Wolves defense not fully clicking on all cylinders.

“Defensively we didn’t play what I would call our tough, hard-nosed defense,” said CHS coach David King. “We did have moments when we did, and disrupted Sequim’s offense. Caused a few turnovers.”

He pointed to a fourth-quarter defensive stand, when the Wolves forced a shot-clock violation, as a positive sign.

Coupeville spread its offense out, with Wright (8), Kyla Briscoe (6), Ema Smith (4), Scout Smith (4), Wenzel (2) and Roberts (2) all scoring.

Hannah Davidson hauled down a team-high five rebounds, Chelsea Prescott delivered two boards and a blocked shot and young guns Maddy Hilkey and Avalon Renninger saw quality floor time.

JV gets night off:

A lack of refs kept the Wolf young guns, who are 7-10 on the season, from playing.

Instead, they kept up a lively stream of chatter from the stands in support of the varsity and will return to action Thursday at Klahowya.

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   Gabe Shaw played strongly in two games Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net) 

One was over quickly, one came down to the final shot.

The two Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads closed out their final appearance on their home court Wednesday in very different fashions.

The Wolf JV fell 59-25 to visiting Sequim, while the CMS varsity came within a final, desperate three-point bomb of upending their rivals in a wild 53-50 battle royal.

Both Coupeville teams wrap the season with a trip to Port Angeles Thursday to face ginormous Stevens.


Not a good game for those with heart conditions.

It started with a bang — Logan Martin hitting a rain of shots as Coupeville jumped out to a 9-0 lead — got dicey in the second half, then turned crazy in the final quarter, as the teams combined for almost 40% of the night’s points in the final eight minutes.

In the early going, everything was one smooth groove for the Wolves.

Martin took, and hit, the first three shots, a fall-away jumper, a soft fader and a three-ball from the left side, before Hawthorne Wolfe did his best ballerina imitation, snaring a rebound and twirling between defenders to lay the ball back up and in.

Even after Sequim finally got untracked on the offensive end, CMS had a quick answer.

Wolfe netted a pair of treys to cap the first quarter and Martin came back to end the half by banking a shot high off the glass.

As his bucket dropped through, the Wolves headed to the locker room up 23-16 and in control of things.

It didn’t last, though.

Coupeville’s shooting touch vanished for a quarter, and Sequim took advantage, using an 18-7 run in the third to take the lead for the first time.

Cody Roberts had a sweet running bucket, set up by a long airmail pass from Wolfe, but the Wolves struggled at the free throw line and, for the first time all night, started losing the war on the boards.

Trailing 34-30 as the fourth quarter dawned, Coupeville rallied to tie things at 38 when Wolfe splashed home his second three-ball of the quarter, and fifth of the game.

But, as quickly as the tie came, it went away.

In the matter of maybe a minute and a half, even if it felt more like two seconds, Sequim seemingly blew the game wide open.

A pair of three-balls later, a 9-1 surge by the visitors pushed the Wolf deficit to 47-39.

Game over and … X-Man has launched!

Xavier Murdy drilled back-to-back treys of his own to give Coupeville hope, then Aiden Burdge went and got crazy to light the fuse on the home crowd.

First he nailed a three-ball from the top with 32 seconds left, before picking the pocket of a Sequim ball-handler and feeding Caleb Meyer for a layup with 22 ticks to play.

Back within 51-50, the Wolves came with an aggressive look on defense, but couldn’t get the steal and had to foul to stop the clock.

To the delight of the three (loud) Sequim fans in attendance, the visitors tuned out the din of the local supporters and dropped both freebies through the net to force CMS to find a miracle.

And the Wolves almost did.

Wolfe got a good look at the bucket, and his three-ball from the left side hit the rim once, popped up, hit it a second time, swirled around and then, to the wails of his rabid fans, ricocheted away.

At which point, Sequim’s bench players rushed the court like it was Game 7 of the NBA finals, celebrating a come-from-behind win which gave them a split this season with Coupeville’s 8th graders.

The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the CMS varsity, and they sit at 6-3 heading into their finale.

Wolfe finished with a game-high 17, while Martin banged home 11.

Murdy (8), Meyer (7), Burdge (5), Roberts (2) and Gabe Shaw rounded out the very-thin Wolf roster, while Sequim had a deep enough bench to sub in five at a time.


There was a moment when this game seemed like it would be a back-and forth affair. Then that evaporated.

Damon Stadler tore down a rebound, pounded the ball the length of the court and slapped home a layup a minute into the second quarter, pulling the Wolves within 9-8.

Part of a 9-3 run which featured scores from Isaiah BittnerShaw and Burdge — the latter coming on a swooping steal of an in-bounds pass — it positioned CMS well.

And then the much-more polished Sequim 7th grade squad struck, and struck hard.

Throwing down 11 straight points, then adding another seven after Wolf guard Alex Murdy briefly stopped the bleeding with a bank shot, the visitors put the game out of reach well before the halftime break.

Coupeville had a couple of quality plays in the late going, with Dominic “The Destroyer” Coffman drilling a three-ball and Tony Garcia rambling through the paint for a bucket on a nice spin move, but there were no comebacks on this afternoon.

The Wolves spread their offense around, with nine different players getting in on the fun.

Bittner, Murdy and Stadler led the way with four apiece, while Coffman (3), Burdge (2), Garcia (2), Shaw (2), Alex Wasik (2) and Ty Hamilton (2) also scored.

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   Wolf frosh Mollie Bailey, seen here in an earlier game, dropped in 10 points Friday against Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never say die.

It’s one of the trademarks of any Amy King team, and Friday was no different.

Shaking off an extremely lackluster first quarter, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team spent the rest of the night fighting to get back into its game against visiting 2A Sequim.

Give them two or three more minutes, and we might be talking about a win.

Instead, after slicing a 12-point deficit away, the young, thin Wolves finally ran out of time and luck, falling 41-36 to the invaders.

The loss drops Coupeville to 2-2 headed into another non-conference game Saturday, this one coming on the road at South Whidbey.

Friday, the Wolves, who played very, very early (a 3:30 PM tip), took eight minutes to wake up.

Down 15-3 at the first break, Coupeville was in trouble.

“We came out so slow tonight,” King said. “Our defense in the first quarter really did not exist.

“On offense, we had turnover after turnover on our first four to five possessions,” she added. “Both offense and defense for us were passive and just not clicking.”

Coupeville desperately needed a spark, and it arrived in the form of swing player Avalon Renninger.

Needing to save playing time in case the varsity needed her services later (it did), the sophomore sensation sat out the first quarter. Once in the game, though, she was raring to shake things up.

Avalon made a noticeable difference with the energy,” King said. “She instantly scored and had fresh legs for defense that seemed to help energize her teammates.”

With energy crackling from one end of the floor to the other, Renninger’s teammates fed off of her go-go-go attitude.

Mollie Bailey and Kylie Chernikoff “hit a few really pretty shots,” Nicole Lester knocked down a bucket, then Chelsea Prescott went off, rattling the rim with shot after successful shot.

Coupeville came all the way back to claim a short-lived lead in the fourth quarter, off of a Prescott bucket set up by a Renninger pass and a Bailey screen.

Sequim, blessed with a much deeper bench (CHS was missing four players), used its fresh legs to reclaim the lead, however, and held on down the stretch.

King still walked away happy, pleased with her team’s refusal to go down easy.

“I know a few of the girls were not feeling well tonight and we’re still short-handed, but the girls fought their hardest,” she said. “I was happy for them with their comeback. They are learning with every game.”

Prescott led the way with 13 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and a block, while Bailey torched the nets for 10 points.

Renninger (5), Chernikoff (4) and Lester (4) rounded out the scorers, with Maddy Hilkey (in her season debut) and Julia García Oñoro also seeing floor time.

Playing a strong all-around game, Chernikoff snared five rebounds and delivered two soul-searing blocks.

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   Mason Grove knocked down 14 points Friday, including hitting four times from behind the three-point arc. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chris Smith is one of the most upbeat coaches you’ll find.

So, even after his Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad was torched by a high-quality foe Friday, he could still find a silver lining.

“Tough game … but, on the bright side, we still have some things to work on. At least I know I’ll be busy at practice,” Smith said with a good-natured laugh.

Sequim’s young guns came to Whidbey already highly-polished, while Coupeville’s JV has a huge chunk of newcomers, so the 65-19 final wasn’t a huge surprise.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-2, but they’ll get a chance to bounce right back with a game Saturday at South Whidbey.

Coupeville fell behind 21-5 after one quarter against Sequim, and didn’t have enough firepower to climb back into the game.

Sophomore Mason Grove went down fighting, though, hitting for a team-high 14 points.

That included four shots from long range, giving the Wolf gunner 17 three-balls in the first three games of the season.

Fellow sophomores Ulrik Wells and Jean Lund-Olsen rounded out Coupeville’s scoring, with three and two points, respectively.

Smith got plenty of playing experience for his still-developing players, with 12 Wolves seeing floor time.

Daniel Olson, Sage Downes, Tucker Hall, Ryan Labrador, Chris Ruck, David Prescott, Alex Jimenez, Jake Pease and Gavin Knoblich all saw action.

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