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   Julian Welling is one of five Coupeville seniors selected to play in the All-State baseball series feeder games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The baseball season isn’t done yet for five Coupeville High School seniors.

While the Wolves were knocked out of the playoffs last week, Hunter Smith, Joey Lippo, Julian Welling, Nick Etzell and Jake Hoagland will get at least one more chance to step onto a diamond in uniform.

The five were selected for the first leg in the All-State baseball series.

They’ll travel to Bellingham May 31 to play in the 1A/B feeder games for the Northwest District at Joe Martin Field.

Two games will be played that night, with the first starting at 5 PM.

The large contingent of CHS players is a reward for the Wolves putting together their best win-loss record (15-6) in more than a decade.

Coupeville went 8-1 in Olympic League play, winning its second league crown in three seasons, then played three games at districts, falling a game short of the state playoffs.

After a series of 15 feeder games across the state finish, a field of 200+ seniors will be chopped down to 72, with players drawn from every classification, 1B to 4A.

Those players will form the four teams (Adams, St. Helens, Rainier and Baker) that play in the actual All-State games in Yakima June 9-10.

While Coupeville annually sends players to the feeder games, the last Wolf to make the final cut (and agree to play) in the All-State games was Ben Etzell, older brother of Nick.

He pitched for Team Adams in 2014, then enrolled at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he went on to play four years with the Johnnies.


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Coupeville High School baseball coach Chris Smith with the first of eight seniors, Joey Lippo. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Julian Welling

Hunter Smith

James Vidoni

Jacob Zettle

Jake Hoagland

Nick Etzell

Kyle Rockwell

If you thought we were done with baseball, you were wrong.

When Senior Night went down two weeks back, I ran portraits of all eight Wolves who are moving on, but neglected to showcase pics that each player took with CHS coach Chris Smith.

So, here ya go.

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Daniel Olson fires the ball in during warm-ups. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Teamwork at its finest.

   Xavier Murdy comes up firing from behind the plate for Coupeville’s Babe Ruth baseball squad.

The brain trust, hard at work.

“Just try and throw it past me, bud, just try…”

Cody Roberts brings the heat.

The (very bright) future of Wolf softball.

Hawthorne Wolfe sets off a dust storm as he slides in with a run.

He wanders here, he wanders there, camera always at the ready.

Tuesday night the sound of ball hitting bat drew John Fisken to the Coupeville High School ball fields, where he snapped the pics seen above.

The photos capture two Central Whidbey Little League teams, a Babe Ruth squad in action against Anacortes and Majors softball players and coaches in their down time.

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Wolf senior Jake Hoagland was second on the team in triples this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s not over till they publish the stats.

While the season ended Saturday for the Coupeville High School baseball team, the afterglow of a very-strong 15-6 run, which included a second Olympic League crown in three seasons, lingers.

Now, thanks to CHS coach Chris Smith and his dedicated book-keepers, you can marinate in the deep end of the stats pool.

Want to know Jake Hoagland’s on-base percentage or how many strikeouts Dane Lucero recorded while on the mound? Here you go.

And PS, it was .387 and 24, for those with limited time to poke around in the numbers.

For everyone else, dive in.



Player AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR BB RBI Avg. OBP
H. Smith 66 23 31 5 6 7 28 .470 .549
J. Welling 40 12 17 4 12 22 .425 .593
M. Hilborn 66 28 24 3 15 17 .364 .506
J. Lippo 66 21 22 2 1 15 9 .333 .457
J. Pease 47 8 13 2 8 8 .277 .404
D. Lucero 70 8 19 4 9 17 .271 .350
J. Hoagland 59 16 16 2 2 11 10 .271 .387
J. Zettle 4 1 1 2 1 .250 .500
N. Etzell 42 13 9 3 8 3 .214 .353
G. Knoblich 38 9 6 6 4 .158 .289
K. Rockwell 51 6 8 1 9 7 .157 .328
J. Vidoni 1 1 1.000
S. Losey 5 2 2 1 .000 .444



D. Lucero 4-1 3.20 9 28 24 14 17 1 24 30.2 1.467
D. Olson 0-0 0.00 1 1 0.1 0.000
H. Smith 8-2 1.45 10 42 16 13 6 1 73 62.2 0.766
J. Lippo 0-1 10.50 1 1 1 2 1 0.2 3.000
J. Welling 1-0 3.50 1 3 2 1 2.0 1.500
M. Hilborn 2-2 2.58 8 34 19 13 16 5 38 35.2 1.415
N. Etzell 0-0 9.54 4 3 5 5 2 2 4 3.2 1.364

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Jenna Dickson leads off our collection of spring sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zach Ginnings

Alex Jimenez

James Vidoni

Mason Grove

Dawson Houston

Ben Smith

Ivy Leedy

Time for a little spring cleaning.

As the season winds down, I’m going through head shots snapped by John Fisken and trying to make sure 99.3% of them get used.

The eight above, covering softball, baseball and boys soccer, are ones that, for whatever reason, had yet to see the light of day.

Before you ask, there are no tennis pics because it’s a smaller team and I already used all their head shots.

And track? It’s a bigger team and no one snapped head shots, so I can’t use something I never had.

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