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Longtime coaches David King (left) and Jim Waller talk basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was the big blowout before the big shutdown.

Washington state high schools capped the winter sports season by deciding their basketball champs during the first week of March, and former Coupeville coaches David and Amy King were there in person to witness the drama and excitement.

Their thoughts on what they saw, and how it relates to current Wolves:

Heading to a basketball or for that matter any state tournament is the ultimate goal of any coach or player.

We were lucky enough to be part of some teams in the early 2000’s for basketball that made it to state.

We also led a basketball team to regionals a few years back and coached a softball team to state about eight years ago.

So to attend a state tournament as fans is something we wanted to do. No pressure, just sit back and watch and enjoy.

We wanted to see the best of the best teams on both the boys and girls side of things along with seeing some of the best individual players.

We weren’t disappointed!

The atmosphere is something every athlete should experience.

Just walking in on day one of four we could tell the stakes were higher and the spirit throughout was awesome.

Players, coaches, even the refs, fans and the bands, how could that not be worth experiencing.

Then by day four everything was elevated ten-fold.

And to think we didn’t have a team we were linked to. But we matched the excitement of the day and games.

Here are some things we would like to share.

Each and every team felt like they belonged.

They each had an edge but not over the top. Confident, but not too cocky.

Well, maybe a few teams and players.

As coaches and fans of the game, we could see the dedication and discipline of each player and team.

If a team found themselves down, they never felt like they were out of it until the final buzzer. They stuck to their team’s game plan and kept fighting.

We saw some examples of that.

Annie Wright girls down with 0.4 seconds left and the ball 3/4 court away. They hit a game winning shot beyond half-court!

Or, in the boys championship game when one team seemed to dominate for most of the game, then the other team knocked down a three to send it to overtime. Then went on to win.

We saw players with resolve and nerves of steel. They would step up in crunch time with the ability to make free throws in tight games at the end.

Many of those were loser-out games.

Or players “wanting the ball” to be able to take that big shot for their team.

These players didn’t get there by “just showing up at times in the summer for summer practices.”

Or “coast through practices during their season.”

These players put in the time and effort to be able to play at this level.

We could tell pretty quickly that the team’s best players led their teams.

They did this by including their teammates. These better players wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for their teammates.

They were willing to give up the ball for better shots. They trusted their teammates. The encouragement by all was a sight to see.

Every player made it about the team, it was never about individual stats. Every player played their role.

Ball handling. This is one thing that is so important for a successful program.

We witnessed guards, wings, posts and centers that ALL could handle the ball.

A player that can dribble is someone that improves their team.

Lastly, something that stuck with us was the fight and grit.

Players played through contact. Very rarely did players complain or expect a call. They were there to play basketball.

They gave their all every minute of every game.

Anyone serious about excelling at a sport and to help their team make state should attend tournaments like these if they can. The atmosphere is second to none.

Anyone who attends would understand the heart and sweat it takes to get to a state tournament.

We hope this helps those attending Coupeville to dedicate themselves to their team and teammates and put in the work to be able to experience state as a player.

Now that we are all off from school for six weeks, dribble a ball in the house. Work on your shooting form.

It’s the player that does things like this that elevates their individual game.

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Back, l to r, are Coach Quinten Thompson, Dave McBroom, Carl Cloud, Coach Steve Thompson, Ryan Hagar, Connor Weaver, Dylan Matros-Borkowski, Lucas Etzell, Coach Mike Etzell. Front: Michael Hawkins-Crummel, Stacie Lanners, Zoe Thompson, Nicole Nagle, Dagny Schellenberg, Nicky Whitehouse.

Some of Coupeville’s finest are at the big dance.

CMS student Connor Weaver and CHS grads Lucas Etzell and Dagny Schellenberg all play basketball for the South Whidbey Wind, which qualified two teams for this weekend’s Special Olympics Winter Games in Wenatchee.

The opening ceremonies are Friday, with games beginning Saturday.

If either South Whidbey squad wins the state tourney, they advance to nationals.

Weaver, who has played several seasons with the Wind, helped guide his team to 2nd place at districts in late January.

He then came back around to hit crucial shots in a February game in which the Wind won a gold medal and punched their ticket to the state games.

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Jeff Stone torched the nets for 644 points in the 1969-1970 season, the best single-season performance in Whidbey Island history. (Photos courtesy Stone)

Tim Quenzer slices ‘n dices the defense.

Pat O’Grady lofts a sweet jumper.

Bob Barker (left), the coach of the 69-70 squad, reunites with Stone during the 101st anniversary of CHS hoops in 2018. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

History waits for no man.

A week from today marks the 50th anniversary of arguably the biggest moment in the 100+ year run of Coupeville High School sports.

On March 4, 1970, the Wolf boys basketball team, coached by Bob Barker, stepped on to the floor to face Ritzville in the state basketball tourney.

It was the first time a CHS team had made it to the big dance in any sport, and that game, and another the next day against Kittitas, signaled the arrival of Coupeville on the main stage.

The 1969-1970 Wolf boys hoops team is still the standard-bearer for the program, five decades later.

Even with the addition of the three-point shot and other wrinkles tossed in to the game to fire up offenses, no one has touched the numbers rung up by that squad.

Jeff Stone rattled the rims for 644 points across 24 games, including a school-record 48 in a district title win against Darrington, while the Wolves as a team dropped in 1,836 points, breaking 100 four times.

All of those numbers, and the 114 scored in a win against Watson-Groen, still stand as the best in CHS history 50 years later.

While Coupeville fell in close games in both state bouts, it finished 20-4 and remains a revered team, not only for its scoring prowess, but for its landmark achievements.

When the Wolves beat Darrington 84-62, they became the first Whidbey Island basketball team to win a district title, beating out Oak Harbor and South Whidbey/Langley in the chase for immortality.

Stone’s 48-point explosion, which came on 17-28 shooting from the floor and 14-16 from the free-throw line, has never been seriously challenged.

And his numbers could have been bigger, as Barker pulled his 6-foot-4 tower of power with a full 90 seconds left to play.

Stone’s scoring, and his team’s season of success, were big in the moment.

Fifty years later, they’re even bigger.


The 1969-1970 CHS boys basketball team:

Bob Barker (Head Coach)
Craig Pedlar
(Assistant Coach)

Pat Brown
Corey Cross
Marvin Darst
Tim Leese
Ralph Lindsay
Glenn Losey
Mike Mallo
Pat O’Grady
Tim Quenzer
Jeff Stone
Randy Stone
Jim Syreen

Bob Mueller (Manager)
Geoff Stone (Manager)

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Katie Marti and Co. spent the weekend at the state little league tourney. (Jackie Saia photos)

Aleksia Jump gets ready to crush the ball.

Mayleen Weatherford is ready for her close-up.

Central Whidbey coach Fred Farris offers words of wisdom to daughter Mia.

The Hammerheads charge to the dugout.

Brionna Blouin (left) and Allison Nastali entertain themselves between games.

Sitting at third after smoking a triple, Savina Wells eyeballs the pitcher.

Christina Jump was part of a loud ‘n proud Hammerhead support crew which made the trip to Poulsbo.

Taylor Brotemarkle slaps the tag on a rival runner, while Nastali backs up the play.

Jada Heaton makes the running catch, while her hat and braids jump for joy.

One state tournament is done, so that means it’s about 363 days until the next one.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad roared through the spring of 2019 to the tune of 17-4, winning a district title and going toe-to-toe with Kitsap and Seattle all-star teams at the big dance this weekend.

As the Hammerheads head out for summer vacation, here’s one more photographic time capsule, thanks to team mom/wanderin’ paparazzi Jackie Saia.

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Mia Farris picked up Central Whidbey’s lone RBI Sunday, as the Hammerheads fell to Shoreline and were eliminated from the state tourney. (Jackie Saia photos)

Chloe Marzocca scored one of her team’s two runs on the afternoon.

This is just the start for Brionna Blouin and Co.

The season has come to a close, but the dream has just been sparked.

A 13-2 loss to Shoreline Sunday at the state tourney in Poulsbo eliminated the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad.

But while they’re headed back to Coupeville after going two and out at the big dance, the Hammerheads will have much to be thrilled about when they look back.

Central Whidbey finished a stellar 17-4, outscored foes 295-105, and showed class and talent while frequently facing-off with rivals with much-deeper rosters.

At both districts and the state tournament, most of the teams were true all-star squads, with players selected from multiple leagues.

With the Hammerheads, there was 12 girls — the same young women who played during the regular season — three coaches, and a vocal, supportive fan base.

All for one, and one for all, and the future of Coupeville softball just gets brighter and brighter.

The high school squad made it to state this spring, punching its ticket for the first time in five years.

Once there, the Wolves KO’d highly-ranked Deer Park, came within a play or two of upending Cle Elum, and hung with eventual state champ Montesano as much as anyone did.

You take that group, and it only loses three seniors, then you add players from the CWLL Juniors team, which finished 13-1 this spring, and the roster is loaded, the program is booming.

And now, coming up hot on their heels will be the Hammerhead players, who are tearing things up before many of them even hit middle school.

It’s an exciting time for softball in Cow Town, and it’s only going to get better.

Which is why, though they are surely saddened by losing Sunday, the Hammerheads should walk tall as they return to The Rock.

Facing a very-strong Shoreline team, Central Whidbey got the first punch in, and it was a solid one.

Lead-off hitter Savina Wells spanked a triple to center, then zinged home with the game’s first score when Mia Farris cracked a hard grounder to second.

Unfortunately, the three-bagger would be the one and only hit the Hammerheads would collect on the afternoon, and they only got a handful of runners aboard.

Chloe Marzocca bombed a ball off the right-fielder’s glove in the second inning, reaching on the resulting error.

After a steal of third, she came flying home on a passed ball to round out the Central scoring.

Other than those two brief moments, however, the Hammerheads were held to a pair of walks, as Taylor Brotemarkle and Jada Heaton eked out free passes, but were stranded on the bags.

Shoreline, on the other hand, reached base often, using an assortment of hits, walks, and Central Whidbey errors to push a steady string of runners across the plate.

Four runs in the bottom of the first gave them the lead, another five in the second stretched the margin out to 9-2, and a final four-spot in the third assured the mercy rule would end the game early.

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