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Lexie Black and friends beat Onalaska the one time the schools played at the state tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville doesn’t lose to Onalaska in the state playoffs.

That’s just a stone-cold fact.


As we head towards Saturday’s gridiron rumble between the Wolves and Loggers, I decided to look back and see if the two schools had ever met before at the big dance.

And lo and behold, they have, and Coupeville won the showdown.

No, we’re not talking about the Wolf football team.

Instead, the one previous time Onalaska and CHS met in the state tourney, it was the school’s girls’ basketball squads which faced off in Mortal Kombat.

The date was Feb. 27, 2002, and the Wolves held off the Loggers 39-31 in a first-round game, the first of two victories Coupeville captured as they advanced to the semifinals.

A 53-37 dunking of Overlake the next day pushed CHS to within two wins of a state title, but it wasn’t to be, as losses to Colfax and Brewster left the Wolf hoops stars with a 6th place trophy.

The 2001-2002 Coupeville girls’ hardwood team remains the highest scoring unit in program history, rippling the nets for 1,499 points as six players topped triple-digits.

Brianne King led the way with 386 points, with Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (266), Sarah Mouw (259), Erica Lamb (174), Amy Mouw (137), and Tracy Taylor (115) also making the nets pop.

Rounding out a deep roster were Vanessa Davis, Carly Guillory, Christine Larson, Lexie Black, Whitney Clark, and Taniel Lamb.

And what does this all mean?

Well, probably not a whole lot, seeing as how those Wolf basketball players are all in their mid to late 30’s now, and no current CHS football player was alive in 2002.

But it is a fun fact.

And if Coupeville fans holler “The Wolves don’t lose to Onalaska!” Saturday, well, facts are facts, even when they’re cherry-picked by bloggers with possibly too much time on their hands.

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Greg (left) and Cole White hit the road to Spokane. (Morgan White photos)

Let the 27-hour trip begin!

Well, OK, the trip from Coupeville to Spokane probably takes a little less time than that – though sitting in a school bus, it’s likely to feel that long.

The CHS boys basketball team is bound for the 2B state tournament, where it will put its 16-1 record on the line against Lake Roosevelt (16-6) Wednesday.

That game tips off at 9 PM and is a loser-out affair.

Win Wednesday, and Coupeville is guaranteed to play at least twice more, and maybe three times, at the Spokane Arena.

This is the first trip to the big dance for the Wolf boys hoops program since 1988.

The photos above and below, which capture the town-wide celebration send-off this morning, come to us courtesy Morgan White.

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Carolyn Lhamon was a powerhouse on both ends of the floor this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Tigers were too tough.

Having traveled 241 miles down the highway, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team put up a strong fight Saturday but fell a game short of qualifying for the state tournament.

Ultimately, the Wolves couldn’t stop host Tonasket on its home court, falling 58-24 in what turned out to be the season finale.

Coupeville finishes 9-9 in Megan Smith’s first year as head coach and can return nine of 13 girls who scored in a varsity game this season.

With the win Tonasket gets to 16-7 and advances to the 16-team 2B state championships.

The Tigers, who emerged from a tough district, are a talented, battle-hardened team, and they came out strongly in front of their largely-maskless home fans.

Coupeville trailed 11-0 before it finally got the ball to stop popping out of the basket, and the Wolves had trouble breaking through Tonasket’s stingy defense in the first half.

Wolf senior Izzy Wells finally got her team on the board at the 4:15 mark of the first quarter, snatching a rebound and slapping the ball back home.

But down 20-2 at the first break, Coupeville needed an offensive surge and couldn’t find one, failing to put together back-to-back buckets at any point in the first 16 minutes of play.

Not that the Wolves weren’t in there, scrapping away for every opportunity – because they certainly were.

Lyla Stuurmans, playing on dad Scott’s birthday, banked home a jumper from the top of the key for Coupeville’s best-looking bucket, while Nezi Keiper used and abused the defense down low for a score in the paint.

Lyla Stuurmans is one of four Wolf freshmen to see varsity action this year.

The problem was Tonasket responded almost immediately to each Wolf score, and often with a three-ball.

The Tigers rained down eight treys on the afternoon, with five different players netting at least one shot from distance.

Down 41-10 entering the second half, Coupeville dug deep, playing its hosts virtually even across the game’s final 16 minutes.

The Wolves finally got back-to-back buckets in the third quarter — with Carolyn Lhamon and Izzy Wells teaming up to make the net jump — then closed the game on an 8-3 mini-tear.

That run, which had four different CHS players knock down shots, also featured a tooth-rattling block on defense from a rampaging Ja’Kenya Hoskins.

It was the final high school hoops contest for Hoskins, Abby Mulholland, Izzy Wells, and Audrianna Shaw, plus manager Mckenna Somes, as the five-pack all graduate with the Class of ’22.

Audrianna Shaw clamps down on defense.

While her team won’t get a chance to head to state like the Coupeville boys, Megan Smith came away from her first campaign as Wolf head coach pleased with a lot of what she saw.

“It was a heck of a season and I’m super proud of how far these girls came this year,” she said. “Lots of ups and downs and all around. They battled through it all.

“It was a great group of kids to have for my first season of many as a head coach,” Smith added. “I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of this program.

“We have a bright future ahead of us!”

Izzy Wells made her swan song a memorable one, pacing the Wolves with eight points, which allows her to crack the 200-point club for her career.

Lhamon dropped in four in support, with Stuurmans, Maddie Georges, Savina Wells, Shaw, Mulholland, and Keiper each adding a bucket to the cause.

Hoskins and Gwen Gustafson also saw floor time, with youngsters Katie Marti and Mia Farris and injured junior gunner Alita Blouin rounding out the 2021-2022 squad.


Final season scoring stats:

Maddie Georges – 129
Audrianna Shaw – 119
Izzy Wells – 91
Savina Wells – 74
Carolyn Lhamon – 65
Gwen Gustafson – 38
Lyla Stuurmans – 36
Abby Mulholland – 32
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 27
Nezi Keiper – 27
Alita Blouin – 11
Katie Marti – 9
Mia Farris – 4

Izzy Wells finishes her CHS varsity hoops career with 204 points.

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Coaches across District 1 and 2 are rejoicing like Coupeville’s Megan Smith. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hope burns eternal.

Two days after the Washington Interscholatic Activities Association yanked half of the state basketball tournament allocations reserved for District 1 and 2, a new path has opened up to potentially restore those berths.

Two months ago, when allocations were originally designated, both teams who reached the final of the District 1/2 tourney were assured spots in the 16-team state championships.

Sunday, without prior notice or any public explanation, the WIAA gave away two of those slots — meaning only the winner of next week’s tourney would advance to the big dance.

The District 1/2 tourney features Coupeville, La Conner, Friday Harbor, and Auburn Adventist.

Tuesday, the District Directors for District 1 (Don Beazizo), District 2 (Pat McCarthy), District 4 (Tim Graham and Tim Trimble) and District 6 (Dave Cullen) devised their own compromise, however.

The winners of the District 1/2 tourney — to be held in Coupeville Feb. 15 and 17 — automatically advance to state.

Under the new plan, the losers of the title game will get a chance to play for a state berth.

The District 1/2 runner-up on the boys side will travel to play the lowest-seeded team advancing from the District 4 tourney Sunday, Feb. 20.

Tipoff will be no later than noon that day.

In girls action, the second-place team will travel to face the lowest-seeded District 6 team either Feb. 19 or 20.

The winners of those new loser-out games earns a state tourney berth.

Having state tourney slots yanked away at such a late date, with no explanation, was a dagger in the back and earned a blistering response from area Athletic Directors.

Tuesday’s news was greeted in a much different manner.

“This is a great testament of what happens when a group works together to make a difficult situation right and when they put kids’ well-being at the forefront of decision making,” said Coupeville AD Willie Smith.

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Madison McMillan and Co. ruled the softball diamond this spring. (Jackie Saia photo)

They got by with a little help from their friends.

Central Whidbey Little League sent two softball teams to the state tournament this spring, with their juniors squad, which finished fourth, a joint effort with North Whidbey Little League.

Both teams benefited immensely from the support of the local community, with numerous Whidbey businesses helping defer costs for players and families to travel off-Island.

“This was an amazing experience for 28 of these Whidbey Island young athletes!,” said juniors coach Fred Farris. “The memories will live with them for years to come.

“Both teams represented CW, NW, and District 11 admirably, both on and off the field, during their respective tournaments, against the best teams in the state, and we couldn’t be prouder of their hard work and excellent sportsmanship.”

Additional support was garnered through car washes and a GoFundMe page.


Businesses which supported the softball teams on their state tourney journey:

A+ Glass
Acorn Dental Clinic
Aqua Gifts
Ashley’s Design
Cascade Custom Homes & Design
Ebey Academy
Enchanted Beedle
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
Front Street Grill
Front Street Realty
Harmony Vet
Island Quality Construction
Iverson Insurance
Kingfisher Books
Land Title & Escrow
Laurie Black
Leisure Yacht Charters
Little Two Cottages
Main Street Collision
My Sister’s Closet
NAPA Auto Parts
OLF Storage
Pacific Indoor Tactical
Party City
PC Red Apple Market
Penn Cove Vet
Pizza Factory
Prada Styles & Cuts
Quilters Workshop
Red’s Construction & Roofing
Salon Blue
Snakelum Point Investments
Sunshine Drip
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Toby’s Tavern
Touch of Dutch
Whidbey Natural Pet
Whidbey/Humphrey Sign
Windermere Property Management
Windermere Realty – Coupeville
Wood Bee Custom Carpentry

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