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Wolf seniors (l to r) Carolyn Lhamon, Gwen Gustafson, Cecilia Acevedo, Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges, and Ryanne Knoblich. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alita Blouin delivers hot death from above.

Sparked by their sweet-shooting senior guard, who knocked down a trio of three-balls as part of a 15-point performance, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball team romped on opening night.

Thrashing host South Whidbey 46-22 Wednesday, while surrendering points to only one Falcon, the Wolves earned big praise from second-year coach Megan Richter.

“I’m so incredibly proud of these girls and the way they played today,” she said. “They have been working so hard this year and it showed today.

“Before the game we talked a lot about being competitive but also having fun playing the game. And that’s exactly what they did.”

Other than a brief tie at 2-2, Coupeville led from start to finish, using tough defense to fuel big buckets on the other end of the floor.

“They played their game, came out aggressive on defense and played patient on offense,” Richter said.

“It was a really fun game to watch; it makes my job really easy when things that we do in practice come together.

“I’m excited for the rest of the season and to see where they go from here!”

That 2-2 stalemate evaporated as soon as Gwen Gustafson drilled the bottom of the net out on a jumper, earning a loud cheer from her sign-waving fan club president, Lucy Tenore.

The very next play might have been the best of the night, as Carolyn Lhamon rejected a Falcon shot, leading to a breakaway bucket for Maddie Georges.

Crashing through the backpedaling defenders, the senior point guard waited for the impact, then flipped the ball off the backboard, earning a third point the hard way thanks to a foul call and ensuing free throw.

With all five starters scoring in the first quarter, Coupeville surged out to a 13-6 lead by the first break, and never really looked back.

Yes, the Falcons, who got all 22 of their points from Isabelle Woods, briefly cut the lead to 16-12 midway through the second frame.

But that just seemed to inspire the Wolves, who finished off the half on an 11-0 tear.

Gustafson went for five of those points, with Blouin, Ryanne Knoblich, and defensive dynamo Lyla Stuurmans also scoring during the game-deciding rally.

The third quarter belonged to Blouin, who made the nets flip on free throws and three-balls alike.

Georges also buried a long trey, her shot arcing to the top of the gym roof before splashing home, while Mia Farris capped things with a picture-perfect layup while several defenders tried to decapitate her.

With the game long since decided, the final frame was largely a defensive brawl.

That gave varsity newcomers Cecilia Acevedo and Skylar Parker a chance to haul in rebounds and poke balls free, while the ever-rampaging Katie Marti terrorized anyone unlucky enough to be holding a basketball in her general vicinity.

The latest link in the Marti/Messner athletic dynasty, Katie remains one of the most entertaining disruptors to hit the hardwood.

She brings back fond memories of ’90s brawler Jodie Christensen — Aiden and Maggie Crimmins mom — crashing through folks like a bowling ball, handing out black eyes to teammates and rivals alike.

And that’s high praise, so never change, Katie.

Back in the pursuit of scoring records, Blouin’s 15 topped the Wolves, with Gustafson (9), Knoblich (8), Georges (6), Lhamon (4), Farris (2), Stuurmans (1), and Marti (1) all contributing.

And one last side note.

Lhamon now has 125 career points, which ties her (for one night at least) with Christi Messner, who is both Katie Marti’s mom, and the woman who was keeping the books for the Wolves on this night.

The more you know.

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CHS players listen to coach Brad Sherman during a timeout. (Michelle Glass photo)

This is its own thing.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball team put together a season for the ages last time around.

Winning league and bi-district crowns en route to their first trip to state since 1988, the Wolves were the last unbeaten 2B team in the land, winners of 16 straight to open the 2021-2022 campaign.

That won’t happen this time around.

Instead, a new-look Coupeville squad starts at 0-1, after falling 62-54 Wednesday at South Whidbey.

The non-conference loss, coming against a strong-shooting Falcon squad which features nine seniors on its roster, doesn’t have to be a crippler, however.

The Wolves don’t start league play until January, and the chance to hone their game against schools from larger classifications, such as 1A South Whidbey, could be invaluable.

If nothing else, Coupeville showed nice resilience, overcoming a poor performance at the free-throw line and the occasional growing pains of a roster in flux to rally several times.

Trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half, the Wolves kicked up their defensive effort and cut the deficit down to single digits more than once.

The rise in intensity was highlighted by the work of Cole White and Chase Anderson, who flustered the Falcons by relentlessly fighting for control of every loose ball and challenging South Whidbey’s ability to push the ball up court.

Anderson, a freshman, hit the court late with the knowledge he had five fouls to burn, and burn most of them he did, thoroughly getting under the skin of his rivals.

As the Falcons grew ever more frustrated with his refusal to step back, The Magic Man never flinched, his eyes burning a hole through their fragile psyches, before calmly strolling away, a whisper of a smile at the corner of his mouth.

The late defensive stand made up for some struggles in the beginning.

Coupeville actually outshot South Whidbey from the three-point line, winning the trey battle 7-6 by the end of the night.

But while that’s a cold, hard fact, every single one of the Falcon three-balls seemed to be a gut-punch.

None hurt worse than a miracle shot which splashed home a half of a tick before the halftime buzzer roared, pushing an eight-point South Whidbey lead to 11 as the teams left the court.

Unless it was the very next Falcon three-ball, which dropped through the net mere moments into the third quarter, sparking a 12-5 run which lifted the hosts to a 44-26 advantage.

South Whidbey led from start to finish, pushing out to an 18-11 lead after one quarter of play, and Coupeville failed to score back-to-back buckets until late in the second quarter.

The Wolves had their moments early, whether it was White popping a short jumper off of a William Davidson rebound and dish, or Ryan Blouin nailing a three-ball for his first varsity points.

But CHS couldn’t put together a sustained run for much of the night, and each time it almost did, South Whidbey stuck a quick dagger in to blunt the rally.

Wolf junior gunner Logan Downes came to life in the second half, rampaging through the paint and arcing moon shots, collecting 17 of his team-high 25 points after halftime.

That included a trio of third quarter three-balls, while running mate Alex Murdy flipped the nets on a pair of late treys.

Coupeville got as close as 58-51 late in the fourth, after Jonathan Valenzuela hauled in a pinpoint pass from Downes and slapped home a layup over a forest of Falcon arms.

But it wasn’t to be, as South Whidbey closed out the game at the charity stripe and was ruthlessly efficient.

Downes was the lone Wolf to hit double digits with his 25 points, while White (9), Murdy (8), Nick Guay (5), Valenzuela (4), and Blouin (3) chipped in.

Zane Oldenstadt, Davidson, and Anderson also saw floor time for Coupeville, which hosts 2A Lakewood Saturday.

Tip time for the varsity boys is 7:00 PM.

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Coupeville JV hoops coach Kassie O’Neil led her team to a rivalry win in her debut. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s a winner at every level.

During her playing days, Kassie O’Neil dropped daggers on the hardwood, making rival teams cry and sparking Coupeville High School girls’ basketball teams to big victories.

Now that she’s moved to the bench, nothing has changed.

Making her debut as the Wolf JV girls coach Wednesday, O’Neil provided the game plan and her pack of hoops assassins responded, drilling host South Whidbey 27-21 in the season opener for both teams.

Bringing out a who’s-who of fans, including lil’ sis Katie Smith, a Wolf hoops legend in her own right, Killer Kassie will file this one away in her drawer of great memories.

“Definitely still riding on that winning high,” O’Neil said while basking in the afterglow.

“Proud of my girls.”

Coupeville opened strong and closed strong, turning a 7-2 lead after one quarter into a 15-8 advantage at the half.

While the Falcons put together a mini run in the third quarter, slicing their deficit to 18-13, the Wolves were too much for South Whidbey to handle down the stretch.

O’Neil got floor time for 11 players, with seven Wolves making the nets pop.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez paced CHS with seven points, while Jada Heaton and Kierra Thayer backed her up with five apiece.

Coupeville’s attack was rounded out by solid scoring work from Madison McMillan (4), Teagan Calkins (3), Bryley Gilbert (2), and Skylar Parker (1).

Kassidy Upchurch, Kayla Arnold, Liza Zustiak, and Reese Wilkinson also saw floor time for the Wolves, who return to action this Saturday with a home game against Lakewood.

Tipoff time for the JV girls is 7:00 PM.

The bright future of Wolf basketball.

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Aiden O’Neill (left) and Malachi Somes helped spark Coupeville JV basketball to an opening night win. (Photo courtesy Ashley Blouin)

The young guns were firing on all cylinders.

Peppering host South Whidbey Wednesday, the Coupeville High School JV boys’ basketball team romped to a 62-46 win in the season opener for both teams.

Under the watchful eye of head coach Hunter Smith, the Wolves roared out to a big lead, before coasting home for the Island rivalry triumph.

With six different players knocking down buckets in the opening frame, CHS surged to an 18-3 lead by the end of the first quarter, driving a stake through the heart of Falcon Nation.

South Whidbey rallied a bit after that, (slightly) cutting the margin to 27-14 at the half, but the Wolves had an answer at every turn.

A 17-16 edge in the third quarter kept the lead at 44-30, before sophomore sensation Hunter Bronec threw down 10 of his game-high 20 points in the final period to seal the deal.

Seven Wolves etched their names in the scorebook, with Chase Anderson banking in 11 points and Hurlee Bronec rippling the nets for 10 more.

Aiden O’Neill (9), Johnny Porter (8), Carson Field (2), and Jack Porter (2) rounded out the offensive attack, while Yohannon Sandles, Mikey Robinett, and Malachi Somes also saw floor time for Coupeville.

The young Wolves get right back at it Saturday when they host Lakewood in another non-conference tilt, with the JV boys tipping at 5:15 PM.

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Carly Burt and the Wolf JV spikers are 7-1. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re pretty much untouchable.

The Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad has the best record of any Wolf fall sports team, and it can slay you in multiple ways.

Thursday night the young guns showed they had grit, rallying to topple visiting South Whidbey 18-25, 25-20, 15-12.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolves to 7-1 on the season and gives them a season sweep of the two matches with their archrivals from Langley.

“Pretty good!” said CHS coach Ashley Menges. “I was glad the girls were able to pull out the win.

“We don’t see many tests throughout the season, so I was pleased to see they can handle the pressure as well as they did.”

The Falcons claimed the early advantage, but the Wolves, who got stats from all nine girls to see the floor, never folded.

“We had a few up and down moments, getting rattled at times, especially in serve receive, but they were able to pull it together when it was needed,” Menges said.

“We definitely are going to start fine-tuning some skills getting towards the second half of the season,” she added. “But so far the girls have made great progress, and, as always, I’m very proud of them.”

Next up for the JV spikers is a return to Northwest 2B/1B League action.

The Wolves put their 4-0 conference record on the line Tuesday, Oct. 11, when Concrete visits Whidbey.

 

Thursday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 9 digs, 3 aces
Carly Burt — 1 kill, 1 dig
Teagan Calkins — 5 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces
Jada Heaton — 2 kills
Issabel Johnson — 6 kills, 3 digs, 1 assist, 3 aces
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 2 digs, 16 assists, 9 aces
Chloe Marzocca — 2 digs
Grier Mooney — 1 dig, 1 ace
Aby Wood — 3 kills

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