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South Whidbey’s Kody Newman (22) was named Wednesday to the AP All-State boys basketball team.

They noticed us.

When big-city newspaper types pick high school all-star teams, they often hyper-focus on players who made it to the state tourney, or fall back on those who live in large, urban areas.

But someone must have done their research, because Wednesday, when the Associated Press announced its 2018-2019 All-State basketball teams, there was Whidbey Island sitting right on the same line with Seattle and Lynden.

South Whidbey senior guard Kody Newman, who burned down gyms all season while shooting three-balls from the parking lot, not only made the lineup, he was picked for the first team.

Lynden Christian’s hugely-hyped Cole Bajema, who is off to Michigan on a hoops scholarship next year, was tabbed as the 1A boys player of the year.

Joining the Lync star on the First Team were Newman, Antonio Salinas (Zillah), Mason Landdeck (Cashmere) and Hunter Ecklund (La Center).

Newman, who is bringing a stellar four-year prep sports career to a close this spring with one last tour of duty on the baseball field, scored his 1,000th point on the high school hardwood against Coupeville.

It came on a long three-ball, and, just to make things interesting, it’s believed he shot the ball with his eyes closed to up the danger factor.

True story.

Newman wasn’t the only Wolf foe honored Wednesday, just the one to get the biggest props.

Freshman Tyler Linhardt of King’s and junior Irena Korolenko of Cedar Park Christian were tabbed as Honorable Mention selections.

Oumou Toure, a senior at 3A Kamiakin, and Anton Watson, a senior at 4A Gonzaga Prep, were the state players of the year across all classifications (4A-2B).

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The 7th grade CMS boys hoops team of 2014, featuring seven guys who are still in the program heading into their senior season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Just a few years can radically change people.

That’s evident in today’s Throwback Thursday peek back into the history of Coupeville boys basketball.

It features the guys who will be the seniors next year, anchoring the 2019-2020 edition of the Wolf varsity hoops team.

Seven of the 12 players in this photo, which was shot in Nov., 2014, were still with the program during the basketball season which still ended.

The lineup (with active players in bold):

Back row (l to r):

Aiden Juras, Elliott Johnson, Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, Jered Brown, Dawson Houston.


Ulrik Wells, Jacobi Pilgrim, Gavin Knoblich, Trevor Bell, Gavin St Onge


Mason Grove

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Seeded #4, Coupeville’s 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team brought home a second-place trophy Saturday after winning two of three games at the season-ending league tourney. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

The future of Coupeville basketball.

Overachievers, one and all.

Despite entering the season-ending league tournament Saturday as the #4 team, out of seven, the Coupeville 5th/6th grade boys SWISH basketball team beat the odds.

Winning two of three, while coming dangerously close to making it three of three, the Wolves upset the #1 team and brought home a second-place trophy from the Skagit County Parks and Rec.

The opening game was a thriller, as Coupeville rallied from down six points in the fourth quarter to topple #5 Ferndale 27-26.

The Wolves, powered by strong play from Chase Anderson, Aiden O’Neill, and Johnny Porter, who was a mad dog on defense, closed on a 13-6 tear.

That set up a clash with the tourney’s King Kong, #1 Anacortes.

Coupeville struck early, snatched an 8-7 lead after one quarter, then turned on the defensive heat to hold off the tourney favorites.

Once again, things came down to the fourth quarter, and once again the scrappy Wolves stepped up and blasted their foes with the game on the line.

This time it was a 10-6 run, fueled by Anderson and O’Neill, and Coupeville headed to the championship game after a 24-18 dethroning of the big city boys.

With #1 and #2 gone, the tourney came down to the Wolves and #3 Jr. Wildcats, with the title in doubt until the final moments.

Seeking redemption for a narrow loss last week in league play, Coupeville pushed their foes until the end, but ran out of gas at the very end, falling 29-26.

Hurley Bronec opened strongly for Coupeville, tossing in a bucket to go with a 4-4 performance at the free-throw line.

He got plenty of help from his teammates, with Landon Roberts, Anderson, and Jack Porter all chipping in with a bucket of their own.

Coupeville’s defense, led by Johnny Porter, who “was throwing elbows and tearing down rebounds like a mad man” according to coach Jon Roberts, kept the game close.

Down just 17-16 at the half, Coupeville got third-quarter scoring from Camden Glover, Roberts and Anderson, but watched its deficit stretch out slightly to 25-22.

Bronec and Johnny Porter led a strong defensive stand in the final frame, while Anderson notched the final four points of the season.

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Junior Sean Toomey-Stout earned team MVP honors Wednesday as Coupeville High School boys basketball held its season-ending awards banquet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Immediate impact.

From the moment they made their varsity basketball debuts this season, junior Sean Toomey-Stout and freshman Hawthorne Wolfe were at the core of everything the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad accomplished.

Leading a young team building for the future, the duo impressed North Sound Conference coaches, picking up votes in postseason voting and earning Honorable Mention status when the league recently named its All-Conference teams.

Toomey-Stout, bouncing back after missing his sophomore basketball season thanks to a football injury, added the team varsity MVP award Wednesday, when CHS held its season-ending banquet.

“The Torpedo” led the Wolves in steals, assists, points in the paint, and offensive rebounds, while finishing second in defensive boards and scoring.

The night’s other big awards went to the team’s two seniors, post player Dane Lucero and team manager Ryan Labrador.

Lucero capped a two-year run on the hardwood by nabbing the varsity Wolf Pack Award, which honors a player who showcases “leadership, character, attitude, effort, and commitment.”

Dane exemplifies all of these and more,” said CHS coach Brad Sherman. “Very deserving of being recognized for his level of leadership and class in everything he does.”

Labrador received the Program Distinguished Service Award.

Ryan works extremely hard to support those around him, never asks for anything in return, and does it with a smile on his face,” Sherman said. “That’s just who he is and we were very lucky to have him this year.”

As a program, Coupeville also received a pair of awards from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, with both the varsity and JV earning Distinguished Scholastic Awards.

The JV put together a cumulative GPA of 3.292, while the Wolf varsity finished at 3.185.


Other awards:


Varsity statistical recognition:


Leading Scorer:

Hawthorne Wolfe


Steals Leader:

Sean Toomey-Stout


Leading Rebounder:

Gavin Knoblich


Blocks Leader:

Ulrik Wells


JV co-MVPs:

Xavier Murdy
Daniel Olsen


JV Wolf Award:

Grady Rickner


C-Team MVP:

Jaylen Nitta


C-Team Most Improved Player:

Chris Cernick 


Varsity letter winners:

Jered Brown
Mason Grove
Gavin Knoblich
Dane Lucero
Jean Lund-Olsen
Jacobi Pilgrim
Sean Toomey-Stout
Ulrik Wells
Hawthorne Wolfe


Participation certificates:

Andrew Aparicio
Chris Cernick
Brayden Coatney
Miles Davidson
Koa Davison
Sage Downes
Tony Garcia
Tucker Hall 
Alex Jimenez
Logan Martin
Xavier Murdy
Jaylen Nitta
Daniel Olson 
Jonathan Partida
Grady Rickner
TJ Rickner
Cody Roberts
Chris Ruck
Ben Smith
Damon Stadler



Ryan Labrador 

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Ben Smith goes strong to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chris Cernick dances the ballet of the opening tip.

Eyes scanning the floor, Tony Garcia waits for the play to develop.

The family of CHS boys varsity coach Brad Sherman comes out to support him.

Andrew Aparicio lines up a free throw.

Jonathan Partida gets his game face on.

Sage Downes flies high to deny a rival.

Tucker Hall (11) and Grady Rickner (13) trap a ball-handler.

It’s not spring, but it’s cleaning time.

As we wait for the snow and ice to recede enough for the girls basketball playoffs to begin, here’s a collection of boys basketball pics I never got around to using during the regular season.

If nothing else, it’ll give you an idea of what a basketball game looks like, should the weather ever let another one be played this winter.

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