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Wolf big man Ulrik Wells jabs towards the hoop, on his way to slapping home another bucket. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Abby Mulholland: “You have one job, Mr. Ball. Get in the hoop and maybe I’ll take you out for ice cream afterwards.”

Carl Henri Chapman gets sandwiched by Wolf defenders Logan Martin (15) and Sage Downes.

Mollie Bailey: “I said I’ll pass you the dang ball when you get open … and not before!”

Sean Toomey-Stout seemingly swoops high enough to touch the speakers.

Just like her big brother, Izzy Wells is a bucket-scoring beast.

So close.

With four Coupeville High School basketball teams playing at home Friday, photographer John Fisken netted shots of two-thirds of one of Wolf Nation’s brightest trios of athletes.

Big bro Ulrik Wells and middle sister Izzy can both be seen above, providing perfect end caps to our lil’ photo essay.

That leaves us just missing the supernova herself, younger sister Savina, who was busy cartwheeling through the stands while counting down the days until she can join her siblings in a CHS uniform.

So, something for Fisken to add to his bucket list – snap all three Wells hoops stars in the same day.

Dream big, I say.

Anyway, to see everything else he shot, even those of the non-Wells variety, pop over to:

Girls — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2018-2019-boys-and-girls/GBB-2019-01-18-vs-South-Whidbey/

Boys — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2018-2019-boys-and-girls/BBB-2019-01-18-vs-South-Whidbey/

And, when you do, remember that any and all purchases help fund scholarships for deserving CHS senior student/athletes.

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Sean Toomey-Stout, swooping in an earlier game, banked in nine points Friday as Coupeville’s varsity won a thriller in Concrete. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a basketball world captivated by three-point shots, Ulrik Wells is a bit of a throw-back.

The lanky 6-foot-4 Coupeville High School junior does the dirty work in the paint, snatches rebounds by the bushel and hits his free throws.

And, while new-school long-range gunners often dominate the highlight reels, old-school skills can win you ball games.

Perfect example, Friday night, as Wells scored a career-high 14 points, including hitting six pressure-packed fourth-quarter free throws on the road to lift the Wolves past Concrete 43-42.

After coming close several times, it was the first win of the season for the CHS varsity boys, who now sit at 1-6.

To be completely honest, Friday’s non-conference bout was decided thanks to both new-school and old-school skills.

Coupeville out-shot their hosts behind the arc, with freshman Hawthorne Wolfe drilling a trio of treys to spark a 5-1 advantage on three-balls.

Older gunners Mason Grove and Sean Toomey-Stout also connected from three-point land, providing some nice daggers.

But the one-point game came down to free throws in the end.

The Wolves had two more opportunities at the charity stripe than the Lions (22-20), and hit one more (14-13), perfectly providing the winning margin.

Wells drained 8-10, including 6-8 in the final quarter, but Wolfe came up big too, netting both of his free throws in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Concrete as a team got to the line only four times in the second half, and never in the fourth quarter.

So, despite hitting just one field goal over the final eight minutes (Wells was again The Man), Coupeville won the final quarter 10-4, turning a five-point deficit into a one-point win.

Wells hit what would prove to be the winning shots with under a minute to play, pushing the Wolves back in front.

After that, it was up to the CHS defense to hold, and it did.

“Clutch. Guys fought hard to pull back ahead and hold on,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Ulrik was big down the stretch. Showed a ton of heart in that fourth quarter.”

The game, between a pair of longtime rivals, was perfect for a Friday night, a back-and-forth affair where neither squad could pull away.

While Concrete snatched the early advantage at 11-9 headed into the first break, the Wolves immediately turned the tables in the second quarter.

With Wolfe dropping a pair of three-balls, Grove swishing a long trey and big men Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim combining for seven points in the paint, CHS used a 16-11 run to take a three-point lead to the half.

The break seemed to suck a bit of the life out of the Wolf attack, though, as they were stung 16-8 in the third. But, thanks to five points from Toomey-Stout in the quarter, they didn’t fall too far behind.

In the end, the third-quarter fade proved to not be fatal, but just an excellent way to set up the fireworks ahead.

Coupeville spread its offense among six players, with Wells (14), Wolfe (11) and Toomey-Stout (9) leading the way.

Pilgrim tossed in a varsity career-high four points, with Grove (3) and Brown (2) also scoring.

Dane Lucero, Koa Davison, Jean Lund-Olsen and Gavin Knoblich also saw floor time for the Wolves, who kicked off a four-game road trip with the visit to Concrete.

Coupeville has away games at Port Townsend, Nooksack Valley and King’s ahead on the schedule, not playing at home again until Jan. 8.

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Jacobi Pilgrim slices to the hoop Wednesday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hard-court assassins (l to r) Chelsea Prescott, Tia Wurzrainer, Avalon Renninger and Scout Smith share a pre-game laugh.

Mollie Bailey, and her free-swinging Braids O’ Death, wreak havoc.

Sage Downes floats through the heavens, bringing points for all the good Wolf fans.

“Not today, Satan!!” The paint belongs to Lindsey Roberts, fool.

CHS boys hoops coach Brad Sherman preaches the gospel of the rebound to his big bangers.

Ulrik Wells strikes a pose.

Four Friday Harbor players vs. one Ja’Kenya Hoskins. Friday Harbor didn’t send enough players.

The sound of a camera rapidly clicking has returned to the Coupeville High School gym.

Making his first extended trip to Cow Town during basketball season Wednesday, paparazzi John Fisken was in full-on snap mode.

The pics seen above, a mix of girls and boys action, are just the tip of the iceberg, though.

To see everything he shot, varsity and JV, and possibly buy some glossies for Grandma (it’s almost Christmas!), pop over to:





And, as always, a percentage of each purchase goes towards funding college scholarships Fisken awards to CHS seniors at the end of the year.

So, circle of life and all.

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   Chris Smith’s Wolf boys JV basketball squad offered plenty of offensive fireworks Thursday, but couldn’t quite hold on for the win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A beautiful, thrilling gut punch.

Thursday night’s JV boys basketball rumble between Coupeville and visiting Klahowya hit all the emotions on the spectrum, getting early-arriving fans all worked up.

The only downside to an often-electrifying game was the final score, as the Wolves couldn’t hold on to a 12-point fourth quarter lead and fell 56-54 in overtime.

The loss drops the CHS young guns to 3-5 in Olympic League play, 4-14 overall.

For much of the game Thursday, Coupeville played like a fifth win would be a lock.

After a ho-hum first quarter, which ended in a 5-5 tie, but featured a teeth-rattling block by Ulrik Wells and a gorgeous little running hook shot from Sage Downes, things began to heat up.

Mason Grove dropped a three-ball right in a defender’s face to open the second, then Koa Davison decided it was time to rule the world, or at least the court.

The Wolf sophomore knocked down a trey off of a feed from Wells, hit a pair of free throws without making the net ripple in the slightest, then sank a second three-ball while on the move.

That shot sizzled through the net so fast, all three people working the scorekeeper’s table missed it, and had to retroactively credit Davison after a halftime visit from the Points Police.

Up 21-18 at the break, Coupeville rained down three-balls in the third and fourth (Grove and Downes each hit a pair, while Daniel Olson dropped in a really long one) and seized control of the game.

The Wolves stretched their lead out to 13 at one point, and seemed totally in control after David Prescott banked home a rebound to stake CHS to a 46-34 lead with four minutes to play.

The lead wasn’t big enough, however, as Klahowya clamped down on defense, used a press to its advantage, then got lucky on a couple of iffy shots.

Wells threw down a three-point play the hard way, corralling a long outlet pass and turning it into a bucket-and-free-throw, but the Eagles kept coming and the game slipped away from Coupeville.

Missed free throws down the stretch were a killer for both teams, but ultimately stung the Wolves worse and the two squads staggered into extra basketball knotted at 51-51.

The four-minute OT period was firmly split into two story-lines, and, unfortunately for CHS, they didn’t play out evenly.

Klahowya built up a five-point lead, while the Wolves failed to score until the final 45 seconds.

Gavin Knoblich lost his man on a drive to the hoop for a bucket, then added a free throw to pull Coupeville within 56-54, but that was it for any comeback hopes.

The Eagles badly missed two final free throws, but with no time outs and a running clock, Downes had to launch a potential game-winner from well behind the half-court line and his prayer wasn’t answered.

Seven different Wolves scored, with Grove making the nets kick for 13, which gives him 325 in 18 JV games.

Downes went off for 12, Davison collected nine and Knoblich (7), Wells (6), Olson (5) and Prescott (2) also scored.

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Ema Smith plays with the heart of a lion. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ulrik Wells (left) and Ethan Spark team up to mug an Orcas player.

CHS girls basketball coach David King prayed to the hoops gods, but they still sent three blind mice to ref his game.

Taped-up fingers can’t slow down Maddy Hilkey when she hits her groove.

Call Hunter Downes “The Rifleman,” cause he … rifles his passes.

Apparently white shoes are the must-have look for the winter season.

Kyla Briscoe reaches up and finds a gift waiting for her.

Kylie Chernikoff, joyfully beatin’ the crud out of rival players all day long.

Basketball is back. For a moment, at least.

Returning from a nine-day Christmas break, the Coupeville High School hoops squads clashed with visiting Orcas Island Friday night, then promptly went off on a six-day New Year’s break.

Before they left the gym, the Wolves were immortalized on film by wanderin’ camera god John Fisken, who provides us with the pics seen above.

To get the full experience, pop over to:



And remember, purchases help fund college scholarships given out to CHS student/athletes. Circle of life and all.

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