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Willie Smith loves it when a plan comes together. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Academics. Athletics. Excellence.

Achieving high standards, Coupeville High School is ranked third out of 61 schools in the 2B classification in the first Scholastic Cup standings.

The rankings, which are compiled by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, “recognize performance in the classroom as well as on the playing surface.”

Team athletic performances at the state tournament level of competition matters, as does team academic performance, and school-wide sportsmanship.

Coupeville notched 355 points for the fall season, placing them behind just Saint George’s (585) and Okanogan (435).

Cle Elum-Roslyn and Liberty (Spangle) round out the current top five with 240 points.

Coupeville’s points came courtesy a number of teams.

The girls’ cross country squad collected 100 points for being the 2B scholastic state champs, and another 30 points for finishing 8th as a team at the state meet.

Wolf boys’ soccer picked up 80 points for having the second-best GPA among 2B teams, while Coupeville’s female booters brought in 30 for placing 7th in the classroom.

Football’s first trip to the state playoffs since 1990 was worth 20 points, while the gridiron giants earned another 30 points for being the 8th best scholastic squad in the classification.

Rounding out the effort, boys’ cross country notched 40 points for a 5th place GPA showing, while Coupeville’s athletic programs were handed another 25 points for school-wide sportsmanship.

Scholastic Cup standings will be updated after the winter season, with the winning schools announced at the end of spring sports.


To see a complete breakdown of the standings, pop over to:


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Three-sport star Carolyn Lhamon is your Coupeville High School female Athlete of the Year for 2021-2022. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Senior Xavier Murdy repeats as the male Athlete of the Year.

A return to glory and a debut in the spotlight.

Senior three-sport star Xavier Murdy became a two-time winner Tuesday when Coupeville High School announced its Athlete of the Year honorees for the 2021-2022 school year.

Joining him was Wolf junior Carolyn Lhamon, who earned her first year-ending honor and will see her photo eventually go up in the CHS gym hallway.

Like Murdy, Lhamon played three sports for Coupeville, anchoring soccer, basketball, and track and field teams.

On the pitch, she was a First-Team All-Conference pick for her play as a midfielder, combining a booming, big-play leg with a rough-and-tumble defensive mentality.

Moving into winter, Lhamon patrolled the paint for Coupeville’s hoops squad, crashing the glass hard in her third varsity season.

Lhamon powers to the hoop.

This spring, she put a cap on things by qualifying for the state track meet in two vastly different events, earning a trip to Cheney to compete in both the 4 x 100 relay and shot put.

Murdy, who was an Athlete of the Year winner as a junior, when he shared the honor with Chelsea Prescott, put together a strong swan song.

He opened the school year by matching Lhamon’s performance, also being tabbed as a First-Team All-Conference player for his work as a midfielder on the Wolf soccer squad.

Spring brought Murdy more honors, when he was acknowledged as a Second-Team All-League pick for his work behind the plate for CHS baseball.

But winter put the exclamation point on his bid to join the relatively short list of Wolves who have won their school’s biggest athletic award more than once.

Murdy makes the net pop.

Murdy paced Coupeville basketball in almost every stat category, copping Northwest 2B/1B League MVP as he played a key role for a program which enjoyed its best performance in decades.

The Wolf hoops squad finished 16-2, winning its first league title since 2002.

Murdy and Co. also claimed the program’s first district title since 1970 and advanced to state for the first time since 1988, where they pushed hoops heavyweights Kalama and Lake Roosevelt to the final buzzer.

Based on his hardwood play, Murdy became the first Wolf boy in at least a decade-and-a-half to be invited to participate in the All-State basketball game, where he scored 10 points in a 115-95 win.

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Noelle Daigneault, extremely entertaining and very deserving of taking home honors. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe reminds you there’s a line to get his photo, and it starts over there.

You can’t dampen their enthusiasm.

Coupeville High School seniors Noelle Daigneault and Hawthorne Wolfe are multi-sport stars who both have vibrant personalities.

So, it’s sort of appropriate that the duo was both honored Tuesday, taking home the Cliff Gillies¬†Award.

That honor, named for the longtime Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, recognizes student/athletes who excel in scholarship, citizenship, and participation in activities.

Daigneault was a key member of Wolf soccer and tennis teams.

On the pitch, she was a feisty, fast-talking defender who helped anchor the back line.

Pop her on a tennis court, and Daigneault was an ace, partnering with Eryn Wood to advance all the way to bi-districts.

An academic sensation, she also ruled the stage as an actress and was voted Homecoming Queen, accomplishing everything while showcasing one of the sunniest personalities in Wolf Nation.

Wolfe is one of the few CHS stars from any time period who can match Daigneault’s charisma, and he loves the spotlight.

As a senior, he helped lead Coupeville to its best boys basketball season in decades, with the Wolves winning their first league title since 2002.

The hoops squad added its first district title since 1970, then punched a ticket to the state tourney for the first time since ’88.

Wolfe went out doing what he does — raining pain on his foes from long-distance, while bobbing, weaving, and talking non-stop to fellow players, refs, and fans.

The man who lived to watch the nets flip dropped 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter of Coupeville’s finale at state, with the final three-ball giving him 800 career points.

After that, Wolfe moved to the baseball diamond, where he earned Northwest 2B/1B League co-MVP honors for his work on the mound, in the outfield, and at the plate.

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“We await the ruling down on the field. Who are the nine best Wolf athletes from 2012-2021?” (David Stern photo)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 1-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.


And thus we arrive at the end of our little exercise.

Having selected the top nine players from each active sport at Coupeville High School, or at least the top nine from my blogging days, we land on the actual birthday of this here site.

With that, we pull back, cast an eye on all sports, and select the best nine athletes at CHS between 2012-2021, period.

This time it’s not just a battle but a full-on war, male and female athletes pitted against each other

Many enter the arena, but these nine are the ones to exit, forming our dream team.

And unlike the previous stories, where I listed athletes in alphabetic order, this time I’m going #9-#1.

Let the bodies hit the floor, and the arguments never end.


Valen Trujillo (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

#9 — Valen Trujillo

Record-setter in volleyball, top ace on the tennis court, but there’s a third sport which puts her over the top, pushing her just ahead of a pack of really strong contenders.

And it’s a sport she never played in high school.

One of my saddest days as a sportswriter was when Valen “retired” from basketball — where she was a wild woman who made two different King’s players cry during middle school games.

I understood her choice, but it doesn’t mean I can’t mourn what was lost.


Lathom Kelley

#8 — Lathom Kelley

Dude could do anything, and always with a daredevil smile on his face.

Ferocious on the football field, able to pick up and dominate any event in the world of track and field, and prone to doing flying backflips off of gym walls just to amuse bystanders.

Plus, he once came barreling down from the stands to fill in for missing parents during a basketball Senior Night, grabbing the lonely player in a bearhug while screaming, “My boy, you’ve made me so proud!!”

The Man.


Lindsey Roberts

#7 — Lindsey Roberts

A 12-time letter winner who never spent a second on JV in any of her three sports, she also has the most state track and field medals of any girl in Coupeville High School history.

Joined both mom Sherry Bonacci and dad Jon Roberts in being honored as a CHS Athlete of the Year, while being an impact player from the first day of middle school to her final track meet in high school.

One game to win, who do you call? Lou, that’s who.


Sean Toomey-Stout

#6 — Sean Toomey-Stout¬†

Second most-talented twin in his family, a viral video star (for outracing a deer during a 95-yard touchdown run vs. King’s) who’s now on the U-Dub football roster.

Did everything on the football field, filled every stat box on the basketball court, and ran like a jaguar for the Wolf track and field team.

All while training like a madman, and being the guy who tried to sneak back on the field, while injured, so he could support his teammates in the final seconds of a game long before decided.


Maya Toomey-Stout

#5 — Maya Toomey-Stout

“The Gazelle,” because she flowed when she ran, on the track oval, on the basketball court, and on the softball field, where she stole base after base in little league.

All those purloined bags? Accomplished without ever garnering a throw from the catcher, as she would be camped on second before the catcher could spring from their crouch.

And we haven’t even discussed volleyball, where she would bound in the air, reach over her head to snag a wayward ball, then smash the life out of the orb before softly floating back to Earth.


Madeline Strasburg

#4 — Madeline Strasburg

The female version of Lathom Kelley, a young woman who could play any sport and be genuinely electrifying at it with little to no practice.

Soared on the volleyball court, the basketball court, and the softball field.

She was Maddie Big Time because she feared no rival, never seemed bothered by stress, and bopped through life to her own sweet tune.

Awesome in the extreme.


Josh Bayne

#3 — Josh Bayne

The best 1A football player in the state as a senior, no matter what big-city voters might have thought, mixing barn-burner speed with deft hands, and the ability to destroy souls every time he slammed into a rival player.

On the baseball field, he had power, speed, and rock star charisma.

The only thing which keeps him at #3? He chose to not play basketball, allowing the three-sport star ahead of him to slip past by the narrowest of margins.


Hunter Smith

#2 — Hunter Smith

Record setter in football — on both sides of the ball — one of the best scorers in CHS basketball history, and arguably the top Wolf baseball player since Bob Rea was striking out 27 batters in a single game decades ago.

Through it all, the two-time CHS Athlete of the year remained one of the most humble teenagers I’ve ever met, more concerned with making sure his teammates and siblings got their proper due than worrying about his own PR.

Class with a capitol C.


Makana Stone

#1 — Makana Stone

The best, male or female, I have written about, not just in the blog years, but going all the way back to my first story in the Whidbey News-Times in 1990.

As an athlete, and a person.

It’s not just what she accomplished as a soccer, basketball, and track star, in high school and college, but of how high the numbers could have gone if she didn’t care so much about her teammates.

She fought for her own success, and it means a great deal to her, but Kana’s smile is the biggest when those around her prosper and get their fair share of the limelight.

The athlete every young Wolf, boy or girl, should emulate.

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Chelsea Prescott is the 2020-2021 Coupeville High School Female Athlete of the Year. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Xavier Murdy is the Male Athlete of the Year.

There’s two more names to add to the ring of honor.

Senior Chelsea Prescott and junior Xavier Murdy were tabbed as Coupeville High School’s Athletes of the Year Monday in a virtual ceremony.

Prescott, a four-year star for the Wolves, had very-strong seasons in softball and volleyball during her final year at CHS.

Opening on the diamond, with the pandemic flipping things around, she led CHS softball to a flawless 12-0 record as it returned to the Northwest 2B/1B League after a long absence.

Playing shortstop for the Wolves, Prescott brought a booming bat, quick wheels, and a laser arm to the lineup, plus a low-key, infectious spirit.

After she moved inside for volleyball, she remained on point, lashing winners left and right for a squad which finished second behind two-time defending state champ La Conner.

Prescott peppers a winner.

Tabbed as a First-Team All-Conference pick, Prescott capped her run on the CHS volleyball court by signing to play at Medaille College in New York.

During her days as a Wolf, the young woman who could hit a homerun, then rip out and replace a toilet with one hand, while repairing a car with the other, was a rare athlete.

She came up playing baseball in little league, often pitching, then played volleyball, basketball, and softball at CHS.

Murdy, currently leading a first-place Wolf basketball team in rebounds, assists, and steals, is that rarity — a star who seems to delight in other’s success even more than his own.

His junior year started on the baseball diamond, where he helped Coupeville finish second behind Friday Harbor, moved to the soccer pitch, where he helped restart the program, and is finishing on the hardwood.

Working with teammates such as Hawthorne Wolfe and his own brother, sophomore Alex Murdy, X-Man has been indispensable for a red-hot Wolf team which sits at 6-3 heading into the final week of the season.

Need a big bucket? He can get it.

Need 27 rebounds? He’s on it.

He’s the glue which holds everything together.

And now, like Prescott, and his own basketball coach, Brad Sherman, Murdy will be immortalized on the wall outside the CHS gym – one of the best of the best to ever wear a Wolf uniform.

Murdy sacrifices for the team.

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