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Kyle Rockwell returns to Earth, rebound in hand. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Matt Stevens lines up a shot.

Using his licence to thrill, Sage Downes slashes to the hoop.

   Wolf coaches Chris Smith (black jacket) and Brad Sherman eye the action during Coupeville’s first C-Team game of the season. Spoiler: the Wolves won.

Tucker Hall lofts a shot.

Chris Ruck can taste the excitement in the air.

James Vidoni splits the Turk defense on his way to throwing down a bucket.

They can travel near and far, but John Fisken will always find them.

Whidbey Island’s main photo bug was off to the mainland Saturday for a shopping spree, and, on the way back, he veered off to Sultan to track down Coupeville’s boys basketball squads.

Venturing to Turk territory, camera in hand, Fisken snagged pics of the Wolf varsity, JV and (in their debut) C-Team and he provides us with the photos seen above.

To peruse everything he shot on his road trip, pop over to:


And remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, so, circle of life and everything.

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   Chris Ruck netted a three-ball Saturday, scoring his first points as a Wolf hoops star. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s young guns were firing on all cyclinders.

Mason Grove broke 30 points for the third time this season in a JV game, while the Wolf C-Team, making its debut Saturday, came from behind for a victory.

That made for a hectic, but largely satisfying day for CHS coach Chris Smith.


Sultan’s depth proved to be too much for Coupeville in a 72-54 loss, but Grove’s season-long assault on the net continued.

The Wolf sophomore, who has swung between JV and varsity this year, rained down eight three-balls on his way to a game-high 32.

That follows on the heels of 34 and 33-point performances against Port Townsend earlier this season, and marks the biggest scoring binge by a Coupeville JV player since the 2002-2003 glory days of Allen Black.

Grove has big shoes to fill, as Black, a junior at the time, went off for 347 points in 19 games as a JV player.

He then returned the next year and scored 305 points as a varsity star, earning All-Conference honors.

Grove, who also has 15 varsity points this season, has 235 points in 12 JV games, which means he’s currently ahead of Black’s pace (19.6-18.3).

Facing off with Sultan, Grove got support from Jacobi Pilgrim, who dropped a trio of three-balls on his way to nine points, and Ulrik Wells, who banged down low for six.

Jean Lund-Olsen (4), Gavin Knoblich (2) and David Prescott (1) also scored.


With a ginormous JV roster this season, thanks to a larger-than-expected turnout, Smith and CHS varsity coach Brad Sherman have been scrambling to find some games against C-Teams, as well.

After storming back from seven down at the half Saturday to win 42-39, the third squad travels to Sequim next Saturday, Jan. 20, where it will play their hosts and Port Angeles in a double-header.

Facing off with the Turks, the Wolves fell behind early, then turned on the afterburners.

Down 11-6 after one and 23-16 at the half, CHS sliced the lead to 29-26 heading into the fourth quarter, before turning the game over to Sage Downes.

The freshman singed the nets for seven of his game-high 17 in the final eight minutes, while James Vidoni added a pair of buckets to aid the late-game rally.

Tucker Hall banked home eight (while snagging five rebounds), Vidoni added six points and seven boards and Chris Ruck swished a three-ball for his first CHS points.

Alex Jimenez (4), Daniel Olson (2) and Trevor Bell (2) also scored, while Matt Stevens and Ryan Labrador saw floor time.

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   Hunter Downes was a wild man on the boards Saturday in Sultan, as the Wolves battled to the wire in a close non-conference game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was there, then it was gone.

After leading for much of the game Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad went cold from the field late and paid for it, falling 54-49 at Sultan.

The non-conference defeat drops the Wolves to 4-9, but was a good test under fire for a team which now heads into the heart of Olympic League play.

CHS, which sits in a second-place tie with Klahowya at 2-1 in conference action, a game off of Port Townsend (4-1), plays three games in five days next week in a stretch which will tell much about their league title hopes.

The Wolves travel to Klahowya Tuesday, host Chimacum (0-5) Friday, then turn right back around and return to Silverdale Saturday for another match-up with the Eagles.

Facing a former Cascade Conference rival Saturday, Coupeville held its own with the Turks until a final, fateful minute and a half late in the fourth quarter.

Having used the world’s slowest 10-0 “run,” connecting on 10 consecutive free throws, the Wolves were clinging to a 44-42 lead with 2:30 to play.

Despite the fact that it hadn’t hit a field goal in nearly 11 minutes, Coupeville was where it wanted to be.

And then it all fell apart in a matter of seconds.

Give the Turks credit, as they won the game, and CHS didn’t lose it.

Sultan drained back-to-back three-balls from deep in the right corner, then added a reverse layup and three free throws, putting together an 11-0 surge to turn a nail-biter into a semi-runaway.

Hunter Smith knocked down two buckets in the final seconds, on a pull-up jumper and a long trey, but the damage was done by that point.

It was a bit of a disappointing end, after the Wolves looked so good for so long.

Dominating on the boards, with Hunter Downes crashing through the paint and cleaning the glass like a man on a mission, Coupeville escaped a low-scoring first quarter (7-4), then surged in the second.

Cameron Toomey-Stout buried a three-ball from the right side, followed by Smith notching the 700th point of his stellar career on a banker, and the Wolves were holding the Turks at bay.

Sultan got as close as a single point at 19-18, but Smith swished another jumper, before Ethan Spark drove a dagger through the heart of Turk Nation.

Collecting the ball on the right side, he faked, then pulled back and lofted a long trey, which caught all four sides of the rim (yes, a rim is round, go with it…) before flopping home.

Spark’s shot hit the bottom of the net just as the halftime buzzer sounded, sending Coupeville to the break up 24-18 and creating a buzz of dissatisfaction which rippled through the home fans.

The third quarter got off to a dramatic start, as the two teams combined to hit five straight three-balls, including two more from the locked-in Spark.

The second one pushed the Wolves up 30-21, marking their biggest lead of the game.

Enter the refs, who called everything, and I mean everything, sending both teams to the line a staggering amount of times.

That helped Sultan greatly, because the Turks, after missing all five of their free throws in the first half, suddenly got red-hot at the charity stripe.

Connecting on 9-10 freebies, including eight straight, Sultan regained the lead for the first time since it led 8-7 for three whole seconds in the first half.

Back in front 36-34 heading to the fourth, the Turks pushed the lead out to eight, before Coupeville responded with its own impressive display of free throw marksmanship.

Spark hit 6-6, while Joey Lippo and Smith each netted a pair during the Wolves 10-0 “run,” allowing them to finish 18-28 at the line on the night. Sultan went 13-21.

Smith’s late three-ball gave him a game-high 18, pushing his career total to 713. He is the 17th Wolf boy to top 700 points in the 101 years of CHS basketball.

His running mate, Spark, netted 15, which raises his season average to 11.1 points a night.

With Smith scoring at a 19.1 clip, the duo are combining to drop 30+ each game.

Lippo went off for six in support, while Toomey-Stout (5), Downes (4) and Dane Lucero (1) rounded out the scoring. Kyle Rockwell and Jered Brown also saw floor time.

Coupeville coach Brad Sherman would have preferred a win, but liked a lot of what he saw.

“Really thought we were going to pull that one out. Guys fought hard for that one,” he said. “Proud of that effort and their determination.

“Sultan shot the ball very well when they needed it and we just couldn’t respond there at the end.

“I thought our defense played well, mixing up looks and made it pretty hard on their guards at times,” Sherman added. “Boys did a nice job at the free throw line when it mattered. I love seeing that. A lot of positives heading into our next league game.”

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   Jered Brown and the CHS boys basketball team will be live on the internet Saturday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If you can’t see a “Rock Block” live, watching it on the internet is the next best thing.

Kyle Rockwell, the Wolf big man who delivers thunderous rejections to shots by opposing players, will be in action Saturday on the World Wide Web.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team has a non-conference rumble at Sultan that night, facing one of their old-school rivals from the Cascade Conference days.

The Turks stream their home games, so that means Rockwell and Co. will play in high definition on your computers, phones or related devices.

Varsity is slated to start at 6:45 (C-Team and JV play earlier, but will have to do so in semi-privacy).

To see the Wolves and Turks clash, wait until Saturday, then pop over to:


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   Kory Score lashed a three-run double Monday, sparking a 12-4 Wolf win. (John Fisken photo)

It’s a good thing they don’t use wood bats in high school baseball.

With the red-hot swings Coupeville High School hitters were laying down Monday, the Wolves would have burnt holes through some old-fashioned ash, hickory or maple.

Seven different CHS sluggers recorded at least one base-knock, including a bases-clearing double from Kory Score, en route to smashing 13 hits in a 12-4 romp over visiting Sultan.

The non-league victory, coming against a former longtime Cascade Conference rival, stretched Coupeville’s win streak to four and brings it to 4-2 on the season.

Riding high, the Wolves kick off defense of their Olympic League crown with a home game against Klahowya Wednesday and a road trip Friday to Port Townsend.

When they do, they’ll still be carrying good memories from smashing the Turks.

Coupeville came out loaded for bear, erupting for 11 runs in the first three innings to quickly derail any Sultan hopes.

After loading the bags in the first on singles by Joey Lippo and Clay Reilly and a walk to Dane Lucero, the Wolves got ruthless.

Ethan Marx eked out a walk to force in the game’s first run, but that was just the prelude.

Score, Coupeville’s lanky first-baseman, who comes equipped with a die-hard fan section led by girlfriend Amanda Neitzel, promptly messed up the Turk pitcher’s day by ripping a resounding double to plate Reilly, pinch-runner Jonathan Thurston and Marx.

Once the runs started coming, they didn’t stop, as CHS piled together four more hits in the second and amassed another three runs.

Hunter Smith started things off with a double, while Jake Hoagland capped things with a two-run single.

Determined to ten-run the Turks, Coupeville ran the score to 11-0 in the bottom of the third, despite starting the inning with two outs and nobody on base.

Smith and Lippo rapped out singles, Reilly walked, Lucero plated two more, and, finally, Hoagland delivered again, this time with an RBI single.

While the offense was wailing away, Lucero was shutting Sultan down in style on the mound.

The sophomore hurler, putting together a second consecutive strong outing, retired the first eight batters and carried a no-hitter into the top of the fourth.

While Lucero hit a brief speed bump in that inning — as Sultan used a pair of singles, two walks and an error to score all four of its runs — he got out of the inning and was virtually untouched after that.

He threw a complete game, scattering four hits and striking out two on 85 pitches.

Coupeville added a final run in the sixth, with Marx reaching on an error, moving up on a single from Nick Etzell, then scoring on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Matt Hilborn.

Lippo led the Wolf hit attack with three singles, while Smith, Reilly, Lucero and Hoagland all chipped in with two base-knocks apiece.

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