Posts Tagged ‘TJ Rickner’

Hawthorne Wolfe leads a pack of hot-shooting Coupeville hoops stars back to the gym. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zane Oldenstadt powers to the hoop while Nick Guay tries to deny him.

TJ Rickner lines up a shot.

Alex Jimenez looks for an opening.

Ryan Blouin spins away as Cole White plays lock-down defense.

Miles Davidson lets a rainbow fly.

Logan Martin, en fuego.

Sage Downes makes it rain.

Grady Rickner calls backboard.

One more time.

Wrapping up his wanderings through Coupeville High School sports practices, photo whiz kid John Fisken collected the pics seen above.

They capture the Wolves as they go through off-season workouts, masks and social distancing included.

If plans hold, the hoops stars will be the first prep athletes to return to games in the age of coronavirus.

The first “real” practices would go down the last week of December, with contests starting in Jan.

Or, at least that’s the hope.

For now, the Wolf coaches and players will take what they can get, when they can get it.


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Sean Toomey-Stout gets bendy. (Photos by JohnPhotos.net)

The future of Wolf basketball.

TJ Rickner climbs the stairway to heaven.

Wolf superstars Emma Mathusek (left) and Lucy Sandahl support their classmates.

Former CHS hoops sharpshooter Allen Black gets shut down by some man-to-man defense.

CHS head coach Brad Sherman has a word with the bench.

Gavin Knoblich muscles his way through the paint.

No autographs, but maybe a photo … if you ask nicely. Wolf supernovas (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Nezi Keiper, and Genna Wright class the joint up.

Action on the court, and action off the court.

Wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken haunted the Coupeville High School gym Saturday night, snapping away as the Wolf boys played (and beat) Port Townsend in a pair of games.

The pics above are courtesy him, but there’s a lot more where that came from.

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TJ Rickner was a force on the boards for the Coupeville JV hoops squad, which roared back Saturday to capture a one-point win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Close like champions.

Storming back from an early deficit, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball squad saved its best for last Saturday, using a fourth-quarter surge to stun The Bush School 34-33.

The non-conference home win, coming in front of an enthusiastic pack of their fellow CHS students, lifts the young Wolves to 1-1 on the season.

Bush struck first, rolling out to a 10-5 lead after one quarter against a Coupeville squad missing three players, including starter Alex Jimenez, who broke his foot the previous day.

The major bright spot in the opening frame was freshman Logan Martin, who did his best to keep the Wolves alive, scoring all of their points in the opening quarter.

Things settled down a bit after that, but, while Coupeville played Bush even through the next two quarters (6-6 and 9-9), it couldn’t shave the lead.

Enter the fourth quarter and ignite the one-two scoring pop of sophomore gunners Daniel Olson and Sage Downes, who promptly fueled a frantic 14-8 game-finishing run.

Olson hit a pair of jumpers, Tucker Hall tossed in a free throw, then Downes burnt the joint down with a pair of three-balls launched from up around Deception Pass.

Downes scored all 11 of his points in the second half, while Martin finished with nine.

TJ Rickner, who was a force on the boards all night, popped for five in support, while Olson (4), Hall (4), and Cody Roberts (1) rounded out the Wolf scoring attack.

Defensive dynamos Miles Davidson and Chris Ruck also saw floor time for Coupeville, which was playing without Jimenez, Xavier Murdy, Grady Rickner and coach Chris Smith.

Scott Fox stepped in to fill Smith’s shoes, picking up his first win as a CHS coach.

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Coupeville freshman Alana Mihill was a revelation this fall, embracing cross country and making an immediate impact. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS coach Natasha Bamberger honors senior captain Danny Conlisk, who, after two years of training and traveling with South Whidbey, got to lead his own team. (Photos courtesy Bamberger)

Wolf runners, and their support crew, celebrate “Crossgiving” at Sunday’s awards banquet.

The coach who revived a program she once led as a runner has a special gift to remember this season. (Photo courtesy Helene Lhamon)

Revived, reborn and earning respect.

Ending a two-decade-plus exile, cross country returned to Coupeville High School this fall, and it was a smashing success.

Starting the program virtually from scratch — two returning runners, Danny Conlisk and Sam Wynn, had trained and traveled with South Whidbey last year — CHS coach Natasha Bamberger hit the ground running.

She pulled together an eight-athlete roster, fielding a full boys team while launching the very-promising harrier careers of Catherine Lhamon and Alana Mihill.

The trail runners made huge strides while training with Bamberger, who won a 1985 state title in cross country and four more in track back when she was the one wearing a CHS uniform.

Tack on a huge turnout at the middle school level for CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting, and the future of the cross country program couldn’t be brighter.

But Sunday night was about hailing the trailblazers who brought cross country back inside Coupeville schools.

In future years, as the program grows, other Wolves may join Bamberger and 2010 state champ Tyler King at the top of the podium.

When they do, they will be rightfully hailed.

But for now, and forever, the two girls, six boys, one ecstatic coach and their all-star support crew, the ones who stepped up in 2018, will live large.

It’s a feeling Bamberger captured in her awards banquet wrap-up:

“Happy Crossgiving!!”

This is how the Coupeville High School cross country family ends its first XC season – at Fort Casey with submarines, laughs and tons of kindness.

Captain Award:
Danny Conlisk

Varsity letters:

Catherine Lhamon
Alana Mihill
Danny Conlisk
Sam Wynn

Senior Awards:

Danny Conlisk
Uriah Kastner
Kyle Burnett

Runner Discovered:
Uriah Kastner

Fighter Award:
Kyle Burnett

Sam Wynn

In the Zone:
Chris Ruck

Toughest Competitor:
Catherine Lhamon

Workhorse Award:
Alana Mihill

Alana’s first letter; she pushed the team from the first day of the summer preseason.

She made every practice and when team felt tired she’d be right out front pushing the boys!!

Best Attitude Award:
TJ Rickner

TJ has the best attitude you could ask for in a runner. Finishes the race saying coach that was so fun! Smiling ear to ear.

I want to bottle that enthusiasm!

It was a great night! They sewed coach a quilt!

Special thanks to Dawnelle, Glenda and Ken. Fitting he was at the head of the table, submarines and all!

Huge thank you Robyn Myers, SPU-Fort Casey, and for the amazing support of the Coupeville Boosters. I’m overwhelmed.

Thank you David for your support of the team. Anything I can do for you please ask.

You have done so much for this community.

Do your articles motivate? Maybe we better put you in the hot seat in the next super motivator contest!!

We could graph athlete performance and “Coupeville Sports” coverage. Haha!!

Parting words … “Summer practice starts weekdays 10 AM after the last day of school, Monday-Friday.

(Big focus eye contact and huge smile holding my breath…)

I look forward to seeing you ALL there!

Feels great to be home!

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