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   Mason Grove scored 34 points, with 10 three-pointers, in Tuesday’s JV game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove can shoot. End of story.

The Coupeville High School sophomore has a quick, deadly stroke from three-point land, something he has demonstrated all season.

Tuesday night, though, Grove took it to another level.

Raining down 10 (count ’em) three-balls, he had arguably the greatest single offensive game any Wolf JV player has ever recorded, scoring 34 points in a 59-48 loss to a high-powered Port Townsend squad.

The loss drops a young, mostly inexperienced CHS team to 1-4, but the Wolves didn’t fall easily.

Trailing 15-7 after one quarter of play, a period in which the offense came from Daniel Olson, Ulrik Wells and Jake Pease, Coupeville (and Grove) lit up the joint in the second.

It started with a trey from the top, and then the balls started falling from every direction.

By the time he was done, Grove had hit five three-balls in the quarter, scored 17 and helped keep the Wolves alive as the two teams battled to a 21-21 stalemate over eight furious minutes.

The few times the long-range shots weren’t falling, Pease cleaned the glass effectively, knocking down a pair of shots.

Three consecutive Grove treys to kick off the third quarter pulled CHS to within a single point at 38-37, but that was when the more-polished RedHawks began to assert themselves.

A 20-5 Port Townsend surge that began at the midway point of the third and crested late in the fourth doomed any chances of a Wolf win, but Coupeville stayed scrappy until the end.

Free throws from Wells and Grove helped, and then the fans, who had been counting down, got what they wanted when Grove splashed home his 10th three-ball in the final minute.

Coupeville’s record for a varsity game is seven treys, set by Gabe Wynn last season. Until then, Brad Sherman, the current CHS head coach, was the high man, with six during a 2001 game.

Grove’s 34 points, very likely a single-game scoring record for a JV game, were just 14 off the Wolf varsity record of 48, set by Jeff Stone (without the three-point line) way back in 1970.

Pease chipped in with six points Tuesday, while Wells and Olson knocked down three apiece.

Jean Lund-Olsen rounded out the scoring with a basket, while David Prescott, Alex Jimenez, Gavin Knoblich, Tucker Hall and Sage Downes saw floor time.

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   Jake Pease (left), seen here in an earlier game, was a beast on the boards Saturday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove has a love affair with the bottom of the net.

Continuing his hot early-season shooting, the Coupeville High School sophomore went for 19 points, including five three-balls, Saturday in a 52-34 loss at South Whidbey.

That gives him 22 treys through the first four games of the season for a Wolf JV squad which sits at 1-3.

Coupeville’s young guns came out strongly against the host Falcons, jumping to a 13-9 lead after one quarter of play.

The Wolves couldn’t keep it up, however, as South Whidbey used a 32-13 surge over the middle two quarters to take control of the game.

“We played tough and I am very proud of the guys and how we played,” said Coupeville JV coach Chris Smith. “We played hard all game and I just couldn’t outwit some of the adjustments they made to slow down our offense.”

While Grove has been the go-to man for the Wolves, Smith has been working on mixing things up, combining strong inside play with the rainbows from behind the arc.

“I like how we attempted to get our big guys involved in the offense,” he said. “Jake (Pease) and Jean (Lund-Olsen) were rebounding machines on both ends of the court.”

Lund-Olsen dropped in six points to back Grove, while Sage Downes (3), Pease (3), Ulrik Wells (2) and David Prescott (1) also etched their names in the book.

Alex Jimenez and Daniel Olson also saw floor time for the Wolves.

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   Logan Martin, seen here last season, went for seven points Monday in a hard-fought game with Stevens. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a small moment, but the kind of thing likely to pay dividends down the road.

As his teammates milled around, talking to family, or headed to the door after Monday’s game, Coupeville 8th grade basketball star Hawthorne Wolfe sprinted back and forth in the CMS gym.

By the time he was done, he had run a mile, his own personal atonement for missing free throws early in the contest against visiting Stevens.

The free throws hadn’t been the deciding factor in the game, and Wolfe had led the Wolves in scoring, yet he felt the need to put in extra work, to not settle for good, but aim for better.

Off to the side, his teammate, Logan Martin, head phones back on and in his own world, lofted shot after shot, working on his mid-range game.

In a sport where success is built on and off the court, in season and out, the actions of the two young players bodes well for the future of Coupeville basketball.

So does their play on the court Monday, where the undermanned Wolves made several runs at their much-taller rivals before falling 56-46.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, the CMS 7th graders made a big jump forward offensively from their first game of the season, more than tripling their previous output in a 44-20 loss.

8th grade:

A mismatch everywhere but between the lines.

Coupeville had seven players, Stevens close to 37 (or so it seemed), and the visitors had a huge height advantage.

Yet, take away one bad stretch to open the fourth quarter, when the somewhat-gassed Wolves surrendered a 12-0 run, and the game was a knock-down brawl.

The Wolves jumped out early, snagging a 5-2 lead on a pair of free throws from Caleb Meyer and a three-ball off the fingertips of Xavier Murdy, then weathered repeated Stevens runs.

The game took on a particular rhythm — the visitors would surge, the game would start to slip away, then CMS would dig deep and rally right back.

Coupeville used a 9-4 run, with Martin scoring five, to close within a basket right before the end of the half.

Then the Wolves went cold for a bit, allowing Stevens to open the third with eight straight points, stretching its lead to 13.

Game over and … nope, here come the never-say-die guys in red and white.

Murdy tossed in another three-ball to kick off a rally, Grady Rickner closed it with a trey of his own, and, in between, Martin fed Wolfe for a layup with a superb outlet pass and Meyer put on a dribbling show, weaving between three different defenders while never losing the handle.

As Rickner’s shot tickled the net on its way down, Coupeville was back within 37-31 heading into the fourth and all the momentum had seemingly swung its way.

Except momentum is a fickle mistress.

Cue 12 straight points for the bad guys to open the fourth, and, once again, irrational joy for the Stevens fans in attendance.

But, down by 18, the Wolves still had some fight down deep in their souls.

Wolfe connected on back-to-back three-balls from the right side, Rickner tossed in a trey from the top and Meyer held his ground against the Stevens big trees, glaring down one elbow-prone rival who tried to rough up Murdy.

A final 15-7 surge cut the margin back down, and left CMS with remarkably-balanced scoring.

Murdy, Wolfe and Rickner netted 10 apiece, while Martin and Meyer had seven each. Cody Roberts added a bucket and some stellar defense, while Gabe Shaw worked hard on the boards during his time on the court.

In the end, the score wasn’t what they wanted, maybe, but the Wolves walked away, heads held high, eyes already on the rematch, which comes in the season finale Jan. 19.

Well, except for Wolfe, who was off and running, and Martin, who was putting up jumpers before the Stevens players had fully boarded their bus.

The will is strong in these ones, and it’s good to see.

7th grade:

Take a very polished, aggressive Stevens squad and throw them against a Coupeville team on which probably half the players are in their first season of basketball, and the result was as expected.

But the young Wolves, steadied by 8th grader Aiden Burdge, who jumped teams to run the point for a team in desperate need of a ball-handler, played progressively better as the game unfolded.

CMS brought the margin down in each quarter, from 14-2 to 12-6 to 11-7 to 7-5.

The Wolves even had a final three-point attempt, which, if it hadn’t skimmed out, would have given them a fourth quarter “win.”

Isaiah Bittner garnered Coupeville’s first basket, banging home a turnaround jumper in the final minute of the first quarter, and went on to score a team-high six points.

Burdge added four points, a blocked shot on which he came from behind to snuff the shot of a taller foe, and was a calming influence for the Wolves, who were under constant attack from Steven’s scrappy defenders.

Dominic Coffman (3), Alex Murdy (3), Kevin Partida (2) and Shaw (2) rounded out the offensive attack.

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   Brad Sherman, here playing in the Roehl Roundball Classic, will be the new CHS boys basketball head coach. (John Fisken photo)

The Three-Ball King is coming back to the gym.

Barring a last second snafu, legendary former Coupeville High School athlete Brad Sherman will be the new boys basketball head coach at his alma mater.

The recommendation to hire him for the position was slipped on to the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting at the last second, buried under a bunch of other hires (soccer, cheer, football) which were already public knowledge.

Sherman, who graduated in 2003, is currently an assistant coach with the Wolf football and track programs.

During his days as a high school athlete, he set football QB records which still stand, and was a standout on the hardwood as well.

He jointly held the single-game record for three-pointers made in one game, with six, until this past season, when senior Gabe Wynn hit seven against Port Townsend.

Sherman inherits a team which will return many of its key players, including leading scorer Hunter Smith.

For more background on the quiet legend, take a look at a “Where Are They Now?” feature I wrote awhile back:


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Ethan Spark (John Fisken photos)

   Ethan Spark, seen in an earlier game, torched the nets for 12 Thursday in Sequim. (John Fisken photo)

The rain in Spain may stay mainly in the plain, but the shots off of Nate Despain’s fingers fell mainly right through the middle of the net.

With their sophomore gunner dropping 17 of his game-high 19 in the first half, outscoring visiting Coupeville by himself, the Sequim High School boys’ basketball squad rolled to a 56-40 win Thursday night.

The non-conference loss, the second in a four-day period to the 2A school, leaves CHS at 3-15 heading into its regular season finale.

That’s when things will get interesting for the Wolves.

Coupeville sits at 3-5 in 1A Olympic League play, in a tie with Chimacum, a game up on Klahowya (2-6) and well back of league champ Port Townsend (8-0), who they will visit Saturday for a 6 PM game.

All the possibilities:

*Coupeville wins, Chimacum beats Klahowya = Wolves finish in a tie with Chimacum, Cowboys own tiebreaker and are #2 seed, Wolves #3 seed in playoffs, Klahowya out.

*Coupeville wins, Klahowya beats Chimacum = Wolves #2 playoff seed, Klahowya and Chimacum tied, Eagles own tiebreaker, are #3 seed, Chimacum out.

*Coupeville loses, Chimacum beats Klahowya = Chimacum #2, Coupeville #3, Klahowya out.

*Coupeville loses, Klahowya beats Chimacum = Bring on the crazy.

In that final scenario, all three teams tie at 3-6, and all own a tiebreaker on one of the two other teams.

If that happens, the three squads travel to Port Townsend Tuesday, Feb. 7 for a battle royale that starts at 6 PM.

Chimacum would have a first-round bye, thanks to a coin flip, while Coupeville and Klahowya would play a half game (two eight-minute quarters).

Loser exits stage right and is done for season, while winner then faces Chimacum in another 16-minute game to decide the #2 and #3 playoff seeds.

Got all that? We’ll be back on Saturday with an update.

Thursday night offered Coupeville a chance to get some revenge on Sequim after taking a 72-33 beating three nights earlier.

And, while they couldn’t fully turn the tables, the Wolves did make things closer.

The primary problem was they didn’t get fully rolling until the second half, falling behind 17-7 after one quarter and 29-14 at the half.

After the break, CHS did finally corral Despain, limiting him to just a single second-half bucket, but the damage was done.

Coupeville got stronger as the game played out, scoring 12 points in the third before winning the fourth 14-10.

Wolf junior Hunter Smith poured in nine points in the final quarter, on three treys, as he notched 13 of his team-best 15 in the second half.

Ethan Spark added 12, including another trio of three-balls, while Gabe Wynn knocked down seven.

Joey Lippo (2), Brian Shank (2) and Cameron Toomey-Stout (2) rounded out the attack, while Ariah Bepler, Kyle Rockwell and Steven Cope all saw floor time.

Coupeville hit seven three-point bombs, bettering Sequim, while also hitting 7 of 10 free throws.

Sequim was deadly at the charity stripe themselves, netting 12 of 13.

JV loses:

Playing without a point guard after freshman Jered Brown’s recent broken collarbone, the Wolf young guns dropped their game to fall to 7-11 on the season.

No other info was available.

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