Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Zenovia Barron’

Kailey Kellner, the first, and so far, only player with that first name to score for the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball program. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The same goes for Kyla Briscoe.

But not for Lauren Rose, as she’s joined by Lauren Escalle and Lauren Grove in Wolf hoops history.

Want to have a daughter grow up to score buckets for the Coupeville High School varsity basketball team?

Give her a first name starting with the letter M.

Want her to make history, though?

Give her a first name starting with the letter F, O, Q, U, or X.

After frittering away quarantine time by going through my scoring records, which cover the modern-day history of the Wolf girls program (1974-2020), those are some of the facts I’ve unearthed.

In the 46 varsity seasons played at CHS, there have been 229 girls who have tallied at least a single free throw for the Wolves, with those players bearing 183 different first names.

The most common of those monikers?

Sarah, repped by Powell, Mouw, Burgoyne, Wright, and Vass.

Unless we play fast and loose with Jennifer, which has four (Pettit, Bailey, Eelkema, and Meyer), but could technically add a fifth and sixth in Jen Canfield and Jennie Cross.

After that, there’s a seven-way tie with three each for Amanda, Courtney, Emily, Lauren, Lindsey, Nicole, and Tina.

M, with 26 girls, edges out K (25), J (24), and C (23) for the top spot, while no girl with a first name starting with the aforementioned F, O, Q, U, or X has ever scored in a CHS varsity uniform.

Yes, it’s true, the fairly rare Z edges out F and O, which I would have thought might have been fairly common.

Score the win for Zenovia Barron and Zarah Leaman.

 

How the letters rank, with total girls followed by total points:

A – 21/4028
B – 8/2957
C – 22/1685
D – 8/574
E – 7/1412
F – zip
G – 2/14
H – 7/1176
I – 1/57
J – 24/2998
K – 25/2900
L – 17/2204
M – 26/6132
N – 7/110
O – zip
P – 3/256
Q – zip
R – 4/129
S – 21/2614
T – 19/3365
U – zip
V – 2/594
W – 2/427
X – zip
Y – 1/163
Z – 2/1280

 

By first names:

Aimee (1) – 168
Aleshia (1) – 20
Allison (1) – 21
Alyssa (1) – 10
Amanda (3) – 703
Ami (1) – 8
Amy (2) – 354
Andilee (1) – 46
Ann (2) – 992
Anna (1) – 28
Annette (1) – 223
Anya (1) – 22
Ashley (2) – 1296
Ashlie (1) – 3
Audrianna (1) – 11
Avalon (1) – 123
Babette (1) – 93
Bessie (1) – 288
Beth (2) – 288
Breeanna (1) – 235
Brenda (1) – 2
Brianne (1) – 1549
Brittany (1) – 502
Carlie (1) – 7
Carly (1) – 260
Carol (2) – 19
Carolyn (1) – 24
Cassidi (1) – 423
Cathy (1) – 2
Charlotte (1) – 2
Chelsea (2) – 308
Cheryl (2) – 198
Christi (1) – 125
Christina (1) – 3
Christine (2) – 148
Cindy (1) – 8
Corinn (1) – 6
Corinne (1) – 1
Courtney (3) – 151
Daisy (1) – 2
Danette (1) – 249
Danielle (1) – 167
Dawn (1) – 15
Debbie (2) – 119
Denise (1) – 4
Dina (1) – 18
Eileen (1) – 8
Ema (1) – 228
Emily (3) – 627
Erica (1) – 497
Erin (1) – 52
Georgie (1) – 8
Grace (1) – 6
Hailey (1) – 282
Haley (1) – 23
Hannah (1) – 116
Hayley (1) – 163
Heather (1) – 182
Heidi (1) – 179
Hilary (1) – 231
Izzy (1) – 57
Jai’Lysa (1) – 151
Jaime (1) – 181
Ja’Kenya (1) – 5
Jamie (1) – 3
Janie (1) – 6
Janiece (1) – 43
Jean (1) – 57
Jeannette (1) – 12
Jen (1) – 497
Jennie (1) – 140
Jennifer (4) – 330
Jessica (1) – 4
Jessy (1) – 41
Jill (2) – 155
Jodie (1) – 174
Joli (1) – 142
Judy (2) – 603
Julia (1) – 202
Julie (1) – 252
Kacie (1) – 188
Kailey (1) – 339
Kalia (1) – 106
Kara (2) – 112
Karen (1) – 40
Kari (1) – 52
Kassie (1) – 184
Katie (2) – 376
Kathy (1) – 25
Katy (1) – 5
Kayla (1) – 124
Kelly (2) – 115
Kendra (1) – 244
Keri (1) – 8
Kim (2) – 219
Kirsty (1) – 27
Kristan (1) – 598
Kristina (1) – 16
Kristine (1) – 8
Kyla (1) – 104
Kylie (1) – 10
Laura (1) – 83
Lauren (3) – 236
Laurie (1) – 114
Lexi (1) – 6
Lexie (1) – 622
Linda (1) – 210
Lindsey (3) – 522
Lisa (2) – 218
Lori (2) – 48
Lupine (1) – 98
Lynn (1) – 47
Maddie (2) – 347
Makana (1) – 1158
Mandi (1) – 37
Marie (2) – 486
Marilyn (1) – 164
Marissa (1) – 5
Marlene (1) – 574
Marlys (1) – 247
Marnie (1) – 81
Maureen (1) – 438
McKayla (1) – 6
McKenzie (1) – 17
Megan (1) – 1042
Meghan (1) – 43
Melissa (1) – 23
Mia (1) – 317
Michelle (2) – 19
Mika (1) – 424
Mikayla (1) – 227
Min (1) – 35
Misty (1) – 331
Mollie (1) – 14
Monica (1) – 97
Nancy (1) – 18
Naomi (1) – 11
Nezi (1) – 2
Nicole (3) – 67
Nikki (1) – 12
Paige (1) – 49
Pam (1) – 202
Penny (1) – 5
Rachelle (1) – 64
Rhiannon (1) – 6
Rose (1) – 57
Rusty (1) – 2
Sally (1) – 108
Samantha (1) – 3
Sarah (5) – 952
Scout (1) – 290
Shannon (1) – 29
Sharon (1) – 75
Shawn (1) – 35
Shawna (1) – 388
Shelby (1) – 25
Sherry (1) – 165
Skyler (1) – 6
Stephanie (2) – 233
Sue (1) – 100
Susan (1) – 8
Suzanne (1) – 38
Suzette (1) – 159
Tammie (1) – 31
Tammy (1) – 12
Taniel (1) – 330
Taya (1) – 132
Taylor (1) – 29
Terry (1) – 673
Tia (1) – 43
Tiffany (1) – 111
Tina (3) – 1084
Toni (2) – 101
Tonnalea (1) – 78
Traci (2) – 210
Tracy (2) – 351
Trudy (1) – 180
Vanessa (2) – 594
Whitney (1) – 359
Wynter (1) – 68
Yashmeen (1) – 163
Zarah (1) – 10
Zenovia (1) – 1270

Read Full Post »

I’m one missing season away from fully-recognizing Jack Elzinga’s high school hoops legacy. Who’s sitting on scoring stats from 1953-54? (Photo courtesy Sandy Roberts)

Running this blog is one part writing, one part detective work.

When it’s really humming, I want Coupeville Sports to span the entire length of athletics here on the prairie that sits in the middle of a rock out in the water up in an area which is still shrouded in mystery.

We should celebrate the young girl who is playing middle school basketball for the first time, sporting her first pair of hardwood-ready shoes, her pigtails flying in different directions as she learns to reverse and get back on defense.

And we should also pay tribute to the guys who once played football in leather helmets, raw-boned farm kids who carved out some time from their chores (and feeding the pigs) to chase a pigskin around.

The one can be written about in the moment, while the other takes research, leafing through old newspapers and yearbooks, stirring people’s memories and hoping, always hoping, for some new discovery to fill in a vital part of the story.

Since launching Coupeville Sports in mid-2012, I have discovered one truth — not everyone held on to the past in the way I would have liked.

For every former coach like Randy King, who had complete scorebooks for 19 of his 20 seasons running the CHS boys basketball program, there’s a peer who tossed everything into a closet, or a filing cabinet, or worse, into the round file.

But I have also been pleasantly surprised from time to time by the sudden reveal of mementos, clippings, and photos, pulled from attics, or basements, or the back rooms of various local barns.

While things I wish were easy to find often aren’t, things I never expected to see often surface when least expected.

So I’m putting the call out for what we’ll call the “holy grails,” records and artifacts which currently top my list of wish-we-could-find-them items.

If you or someone you know has these items, or can find them, you will earn eternal membership on my best friend’s list.

And if you have something that’s not on my list, but something you consider interesting, something you wish I would write about, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Coupeville Sports is now, has always been, and will always be, a community effort. I write the words, but I can’t do it without your help.

With that, a few of things I most wish would pop up.

**Individual scoring totals for the 1951-1952 and 1953-1954 Coupeville High School boys basketball teams.

I have stats for 70 of the 102 Wolf boys hoops squads, and, while I would love to find scoring totals for teams from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, these two teams from the ’50s are the biggest remaining missing pieces to the all-time scoring story.

There just wasn’t enough offense in those early decades for any players from that time to compete with the CHS stars of the ’70s and beyond.

But Jack Elzinga, who played on the 53-54 team, and Tom Sahli, who played for both those squads, could shake up the top 20, maybe even top 10, if I could finalize their numbers.

Elzinga is already #25 all-time, and that’s with me missing a full season. Sahli, who went on to be a great college basketball player, is #88, based on just his junior campaign.

Both players were among the first big-time scorers in school history, and deserve to have their legacies fully honored.

**Scoring totals for the 1974-1975 CHS girls basketball team, the first to play after Title IX changed the landscape.

Other than a paragraph or two (and I mean that literally), the Whidbey News-Times completely ignored the season as if it never happened.

And, while I obtained a roster from the school yearbook, there were no stats included.

Of the 45 seasons of Wolf girls hoops in the modern era, it’s the only one for which I don’t have scoring totals, and that is a mighty big airball.

**Video of girls hoops supernova Zenovia Barron and film of the 1969-1970 boys basketball team.

The former is the #2 scorer in school history, girl or boy, and those who saw her play describe her in reverent tones.

Having left the News-Times right before she hit high school, I was busy renting Jurassic Park and hyping The Hudsucker Proxy during the start of my 12-year run at Videoville when she shook up the hardwood scene beginning in the winter of 1994, and I never saw her play.

I wish I had, and I hope someone out there used a camcorder to capture Novi in her prime.

The 69-70 team, which played before I was born (so I have a good excuse for not being there) was the first Whidbey Island hoops squad to win a district title.

Playing before the creation of the three-point shot, those Wolves, led by Jeff Stone and his 644 points, set scoring records which haven’t been touched in 50 years.

This is a longer shot than Barron, maybe, as someone would have needed to operate a film camera in those days, but I’m betting it’s a possibility.

**A complete season stat sheet for the 2002 CHS softball team, which went 24-3 and finished 3rd at the state tourney, winning four of five games at the big dance.

Led by Sarah Mouw, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, and Erica Lamb, the Wolves only loss at state came in the semis to the eventual state champs, Adna, who captured the sixth title in program history.

When I went through News-Times articles of the day during the 2017 season, when that year’s softball sluggers made a run at matching their predecessors, I was able to recreate, after a fashion, 24 of the 27 games.

But the paper, for reasons unknown, completely omitted any write-ups on three mid-season games, and only gave a general overview of stats for the games covered.

If it’s still out there, a complete look at the stats compiled by the 16 Wolves who suited up in ’02 would be a nice find.

**An interview with Jeff Fielding, the first CHS athlete to win a state title, back in 1979.

Eight Wolves have brought home the ultimate prize, combining for 17 championships.

Natasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010) won cross country crowns, while the same duo joined Kyle King, Jon Chittim, Chris Hutchinson, Amy Mouw, Steven McDonald, and Fielding as track champs.

Eight of Coupeville’s 15 track titles have come in the 3200, with Bamberger and Kyle King each winning three times, and Tyler King and Fielding striking gold once.

Toss in three wins in the 1600 (one each for the King boys and Bamberger), plus titles in the 200 and 400 (Chittim), 800 (Mouw), and 4 x 400 (McDonald, Hutchinson, Chittim, Kyle King) and those eight athletes form Coupeville’s Mount Rushmore.

I’ve spoken, in person or by email, some more frequently than others, with every one of those eight except the trailblazer.

Not every former Wolf athlete (or some current ones) want to talk about their prep sports careers.

If that’s the case with Fielding, no worries.

But if he should ever want to look back on the first-ever Wolf state title, and his own enduring legacy, I’m here, ready to listen.

 

Have any of the things I’m looking for, or something else you think would make a great story? Contact me at davidsvien@hotmail.com today!

Read Full Post »

Noah Roehl (right) swaps gossip with his former football coach, Ron Bagby. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The question seems fairly simple, but the answer can be fairly complex.

Who is the best Wolf athlete you played with and why?

I posed that query to current and former Coupeville High School athletes on Facebook and Twitter earlier this week, and the responses came from all directions.

As the tsunami ebbs, my plan is to produce an article Sunday which will encompass as many answers as possible.

But let’s toss an early grenade on the fire.

Noah Roehl grew up smack-dab in the middle of Wolf Nation, hanging out with dad Tom as he coached high school football and youth basketball.

Later, Noah went on to be an accomplished athlete in his own right, before launching successful alumni basketball and football tournaments to raise scholarship money and honor his late father.

As someone who was on the inside for three decades, he is uniquely qualified to issue his appraisals of his fellow Wolf athletes.

While he’s too young to have seen CHS greats of the past like Jeff Stone or Judy Marti, and adult life kept him from having a front-row seat to recent supernovas such as Makana Stone and Hunter Smith, Roehl comes out swinging in his appraisals.

David … how dare you ask us to comment in such a subjective way.

We hate/love following our favorite sports blog and would never dare to respond to such a arbitrary ranking.

How do you rank Jordan vs LeBron … are they going to face off in a one vs one game? I only dream of it.

I will definitely participate in your ranking, lol.

Based just on athleticism — strength, fitness, agility and the ability to synchronize movements to accomplish a feat better than others … not necessarily leadership or other aspects that can make a team player great.

From the 30+ years I was plugged in:

Men:

1) Ian Barron
2) Mike Bagby
3) Peter Petrov
4) Gavin Keohane
5) Todd Brown
6) Greg White
7) Ford brothers – Tony and David (before my time but heard stories)
8) Ian Smith
9) Tyler King
10) Rich Wilson
11) Casey Larson
12) Todd Smith

Women:

1) Novi Barron
2) Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby
3) Marlene Grasser (before my time but heard stories)
4) Yashmeen Knox
5) Tina Lyness
6) Brianne King
7) Joli Smith
8) Emily Vracin
9) Amy Mouw
10) Corinne Gaddis
11) Kara Warder
12) Megan Smith

Some athletes only played one sport, but, in my opinion, their athleticism would have transferred to other sports easily, had they chosen to play.

Sorry, not sorry, if you didn’t make my arbitrary list of the best “athletes” I might have seen or heard about in the brief time window I covered.

Plenty of great athletes have come through Coupeville High School over the years and many went on to achieve greatness in college and beyond.

I know there are a few that probably should be on the list from the past 5+ years, I just don’t know enough to make an arbitrary guess.

Dang it, I would also added Matt Helm to this. I think he was more athletic than he seemed.

As I was thinking about this, I think I probably missed Brad Sherman, too. Probably makes the cut before Helm, maybe sneaks in around 10th on my list.

DANG IT, I guess I will add (brother) Virgil (Roehl) to this list too. Going to be an awkward Thanksgiving now…

Read Full Post »

   Brianne King (in pink) is joined by (clockwise from top right) Novi Barron, Makana Stone, Megan Smith, Ann Pettit, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Terry Perkins, Lexie Black, Kristan Hurlburt and Tina Lyness.

It’s an exclusive club.

212 women, all united by one thing — they scored in a varsity basketball game while wearing a Coupeville High School uniform.

The list stretches from the second season of modern-day, post Title IX, girls hoops at CHS (1975-1976) until today.

Why does it not include the first season, you ask?

Because the Whidbey News-Times chose to ignore the ’74-’75 team completely and while I did obtain two photos and a roster from a former player, so far no stats have surfaced from that inaugural season.

So, with apologies to the first Wolves, we’re working with what we have.

But, if you are holding any stats from ’74-’75, send them my way and I’ll happily update this story.

Until then, with the caveat that there is no way to be 100% correct short of 43 years of perfectly-inscribed score-books suddenly surfacing (ha!), I give you the history of CHS girls hoops, told one bucket at a time.

Are there some baskets missing here and there? Absolutely.

I know for a fact I’m still missing 2-3 games from three different seasons (2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007), though I’m close to tracking those down.

While those stats will tweak a couple of player’s point totals, there aren’t enough points still hidden in the mists of time to change the top 10, though.

Having scoured newspaper archives, tracked down what score-books are available and spent countless hours harassing those who played and coached, I can say, “This is 96.2, maybe 97.4% correct” with some confidence.

So, there’s that.

And, before you ask, we’re using maiden names, because those are the names players had when they torched the nets.

It’s a list which ranges from one-season wonders like Amanda Allmer and Sarah Mouw, who transferred in for their senior seasons, to young women who plugged away as role players year after year, getting a few points here and there.

There are seven active players on the list, with junior-to-be Lindsey Roberts (#77) slightly edging out senior-to-be Mikayla Elfrank (#79) as the top returning player.

The real target for Roberts, though? Mom Sherry, who sits a mere 28 points ahead of her at #64.

Topple the woman who brought her into the world and Lindsey will own family bragging rights, having already outpaced dad Jon Roberts, uncle Jay Roberts and aunt Jennifer (Eelkema) Roberts.

And that’s what lists like this are for — a way to remember the past, offer a target for the future and start (or finish) endless arguments at Thanksgiving.

You’re welcome.

CHS girls varsity basketball scorers (1975-2017) — * indicates active player:

Brianne King 1549
Zenovia Barron 1270
Makana Stone 1158
Megan Smith 1042
Ann Pettit 932
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby 892
Terry Perkins 673
Lexie Black 622
Kristan Hurlburt
598
Tina Lyness
594
Marlene Grasser
574
Judy Marti
545
Brittany Black
502
Jen Canfield
497
Erica Lamb
497
Emily Vracin
467
Tina Barker
464
Vanessa Davis
448
Maureen Wetmore
438
Sarah Powell
425
Mika Hosek
424
Cassidi Rosenkrance
423
Ashley Manker
404
Shawna West
388
Katie Smith
374
Whitney Clark
359
Amy Mouw
353
Tracy Taylor
350
Kailey Kellner
339
Amanda Allmer
331
Misty Sellgren
331
Taniel Lamb
330
Marie Grasser
321
Mia Littlejohn
317
Amanda Fabrizi
299
Bessie Walstad
288
Hailey Hammer
282
Madeline Strasburg
261
Carly Guillory
260
Sarah Mouw
259
Julie Wieringa
252
Danette Beckley
249
Marlys West
247
Kendra O’Keefe
244
Breeanna Messner
235
Hilary Kortuem
231
Annette Jameson
223
Beth Mouw
216
Lisa Roehl
216
Linda Cheshier
210
Pam Jampsa
202
Julia Myers
202
Kim Warder
193
Kacie Kiel
188
Stephanie Clapp
185
Kassie Lawson
184
Heather Davis
182
Jaime Rasmussen
181
Trudy Eaton
180
Heidi Bepler
179
Jodi Christensen
174
Aimee Messner
168
Danielle Vracin
167
Sherry Bonacci
165
Marie Hesselgrave
165
Marilyn Brown
164
Hayley Ebersole
163
Yashmeen Knox
163
Traci Perkins
161
Suzette Glover
159
Jai’Lysa Hoskins
151
Jennifer Bailey
150
Emily Young
149
Vanessa Bodley
146
Joli Smith
142
Jennie Cross
140
Lindsey Roberts
137 (*)
Taya Boonstra
132
Mikayla Elfrank
128 (*)
Sarah Burgoyne
126
Christi Messner
125
Kayla Lawson
124
Cheryl Dunn
119
Jill Whitney
116
Laurie Estes
114
Debbie Snyder
113
Tiffany Briscoe
111
Lauren Escalle
109
Sally Biskovich
108
Kara Harvey
108
Kelly Snyder
104
Sue Wyatt
100
Lupine Wutzke
98
Monica Vidoni
97
Christine Barr
95
Lauren Grove
95
Babette Owensby
93
Toni Thiefault
92
Jennifer Pettit
85
Laura Young
83
Marnie Bartelson
81
Cheryl Pangburn
79
Courtney Arnold
78
Tonnalea Rasmussen
78
Sharon Jolly
75
Amanda Manker
73
Beth Cavanaugh
72
Kalia Littlejohn
68 (*)
Wynter Thorne
68
Rachelle Solomon
64
Lindsey Sherwood
61
Ann Kahler
60
Chelsea Rosenkrance
59
Judy Wallace
58
Rose Marti
57
Jean Wyatt
57
Jennifer Eelkema
55
Christine Larson
53
Courtney Boyd 52
Kari Johnson
52
Erin Ryan
52
Nicole Shelly
50
Traci Barker
49
Paige Mueller
49
Stephanie Kipp
48
Lynn Wilson
47
Andilee Murphy
46
Janiece Jenkins
43
Mehgan Metlow
43
Jessy Caselden
41
Karen Jampsa
40
Jennifer Meyer
40
Jill Keeney
39
Suzanne Enders
38
Mandi Murdy
37
Shawn Diem
35
Min Powell
35
Lauren Rose
32 (*)
Tammie Hardie
31
Shannon Rutledge
29
Taylor Sherman
29
Anna Myhr
28
Kirsty Croghan
27
Lori Friswold
27
Sarah Vass
27
Kyla Briscoe
26 (*)
Tina Jansen
26
Kim Stuurmans
26
Kathy Jolly
25
Shelby Kulz
25
Melissa Cox
23
Haley Marx
23
Lori Hart
21
Courtney Williams
21
Aleshia McFadyen
20
Nancy Dyer
18
Dina Lanphere
18
McKenzie Bailey
17
Carol Estes
17
Kristina Clark
16
Allison Wenzel
16 (*)
Sarah Wright
16 (*)
Dawn Clampet
15
Lindsey Tucker
13
Jeannette Fixel
12
Tammy Shubat
12
Nikki Snyder
12
Kelly Ankney
11
Naomi Prater
11
Michelle Riddle
11
Emily Wodjenski
11
Alyssa Kelley
10
Zarah Leaman
10
Toni Hudson
9
Georgie Smith
9
Cindy Bennett
8
Susan Estes
8
Ami Garthwaite
8
Eileen Hanley
8
Keri Iverson
8
Kristine Macnab
8
Michelle Smith
8
Carlie Rosenkrance
7
McKayla Bailey
6
Lexi Boyer
6
Rhiannon Ellsworth
6
Debbie Johnson
6
Grace LaPoint
6
Skyler Lawrence
6
Corrin Skvarla
6
Janie Wilson
6
Katy Bennett
5
Penny Griggs
5
Marissa Slater
5
Denise McGregor
4
Jessica Sherwood
4
Kara Warder
4
Christina Mowery
3
Samantha Roehl
3
Jamie Townsdin
3
Brenda Belcher
2
Rusty Brian
2
Carol Davis
2
Lisa Davis
2
Nicole Fuller
2
Cathy Higgins
2
Daisy Kent
2
Katie Kiel
2
Charlotte Langille
2
Tracy Barber 1
Amy Biskovich
1
Corinne Gaddis
1

Read Full Post »

Presto, the CHS gym looks so new and fresh. (Scott Losey photos)

   New bleachers are in, now we need a new name for the CHS basketball court. (Scott Losey photo)

Zenovia Barron (Photo courtesy Devyn Barron Nixon)

Zenovia Barron (Photo courtesy Devyn Barron Nixon)

Coupeville High School has never been in a hurry to name its athletic fields or buildings after people.

Some towns, they go wild.

In Cow Town, we take our sweet time.

Unless I’m missing something, the only sports-related areas at the school named in memory of people are the football field, named for local historian Mickey Clark, and the baseball field, named for Robert W. Sherman.

If you know Sherman was a 16-year-old Wolf baseball player who died in 1954 after being hit by a pitch in a game, you’re one of about three people.

Both honors are well-deserved, even if few modern-day fans have any clue who either man was.

What I propose is we welcome a third member to this exclusive group.

I challenge the Coupeville School Board to step up and name the CHS basketball court in memory of Zenovia Barron.

And to do it in time for a dedication before or during the next basketball season.

Novi, and there is no argument on this point, was the best hoops player, girl or boy, to ever pull on a Wolf jersey.

End of story.

In the words of her coach, Willie Smith:

“Dynamic, electrifying, amazing, once in a lifetime talent. Those are some of the words I’d use to describe Novi.

She had everything: she could drive, shoot the three, post up, play defense, rebound, dish the rock; whatever could be done on a court she could do it like it was second nature.

She was the most complete player I ever got to coach and I coached some good ones.

My kids loved her, her little girls basketball teams loved her, and her teammates loved and respected her.”

Novi was also one of the few CHS athletic stars who went on to make a truly notable impact playing college sports.

Her name still appears six times in the record book at the College of Southern Idaho.

She is 5th all-time in CSI womens’ basketball history for assists per game (3.7) and 10th all-time for career free throw percentage (.753).

Barron still owns the sixth-best single-season performance in program history for both steals (90) and assists (130) and remains tied for the best-ever single game effort at the charity stripe, hitting all six of her free throws Jan 8, 1999 against the College of Eastern Utah.

When she left the Eagles, her nine steals in one game — March 5, 1999 against Utah Valley State College — stood as the school record.

It wasn’t until 2005 that she was edged out by a 10-steal performance, but Novi remains 2nd in school history.

Last year, when the Coupeville girls’ hoops squad claimed its first league title in 13 years, rolling through the 1A Olympic League like a buzz-saw, it would have been beautiful if Zenovia could have been in the stands like former Wolf teammates like Tina (Lyness) Joiner and Ashley (Ellsworth-Bagby) Heilig.

As we all marvel at Makana Stone, our current hoops sensation, it would have been interesting to see what the GOAT would have made of one of the few who have made a legitimate run at her legacy.

But, it’s not to be.

Zenovia left too early, and her unexpected death, at age 24 in 2003, deeply affected everyone who knew her, who loved her, who were dazzled by her play and her soaring spirit.

But, while she can’t be there in person, Miss Barron can be there in spirit as Makana leads the defending champs onto the floor this winter.

When the pre-game music kicks in and T.I. implores local fans to “Bring ’em out, bring ’em out,” the modern-day Wolves should charge onto a court named for the transcendent young woman who showed us all how high Coupeville players can fly.

It is time. It is right.

When the announcer picks up the mic, this is what I want to hear: “Ladies and gentlemen, and hoops fans of all ages, welcome to Zenovia Barron Court!”

 

Agree? Jump over and sign our petition, then share it on Facebook and Twitter. The more signatures, the bigger the impact when we take this to the School Board.

https://www.change.org/p/coupeville-school-board-name-the-chs-basketball-court-for-zenovia-barron

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »