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The bright future of Coupeville basketball. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

   After sweeping three games Saturday, Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys hoops squad brought the big trophy home.

“We are the champions … of the world!”

They went, they saw, they conquered.

Coupeville’s 4th/5th grade SWISH boys basketball squad swept three games Saturday en route to bringing home some nice hardware.

The Wolves entered the day seeded third in a six-team tourney, yet left Skagit County bearing the championship trophy after winning the 2018 D-Glacier Division Tournament.

To get to the podium, Coupeville knocked off the Sedro-Woolley Hoosiers 30-10 in the opening round, then upended two teams which had first-round byes.

After blasting Granite Falls 26-17 in the semifinals, the Wolves shocked top-seeded Sedro-Woolley Blue 23-21 to take the title.

“Our boys played till there was nothing left,” said Coupeville coach Jon Roberts. “Defense that shut down the top scorers from the other team and unselfish passing to create opportunities that helped us rise to the top.

“Hard work all year has paid off!,” he added. “So proud of these boys. What a great season.”

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   South Whidbey’s Lewis Pope will play in an all-state, all-star basketball game Mar. 17. (Photo courtesy Teresa Pope)

Whidbey is going to the big dance.

The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association is reaching out to the hinterlands, inviting South Whidbey senior Lewis Pope to next weekend’s All-State All-Star games.

The invitation became Twitter-official late Friday afternoon, when WIBCA released rosters for all six teams.

The event, set for Saturday, Mar. 17 at Curtis High School, down in University Place, pits 10-man teams made up of seniors against each other in three games.

Kicking things off at 2 PM will be 1B vs. 2B, with 1A vs. 2A at 4 PM, and 3A vs. 4A wrapping things up at 6 PM.

Pope, who was co-MVP in the Cascade Conference this season, will be on a 1A team which includes Nooksack Valley’s backboard-busting Casey Bauman and George De Jong of state champ Lynden Christian.

The son of Teresa and Henry Pope, Lewis averaged 23.8 points a game during his senior season, and has signed to play college ball for Central Washington University.

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   Hunter Smith led Coupeville in scoring, steals and assists, netting team MVP honors and recognition as a First-Team All-League player. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Hunter Downes, who paced the Wolves in rebounding, was one of six seniors honored for their defensive prowess at a season-ending awards banquet.

They were a potent one-two punch and everyone noticed.

Senior gunners Hunter Smith and Ethan Spark combined to score 598 of Coupeville’s 923 points during basketball season, and that helped the duo earn First-Team All-Conference honors when Olympic League coaches voted.

Kaiden Parcher, a beast all season for league champ Port Townsend, claimed conference MVP.

Smith, whose 382 points was the most scored by a Wolf in a season since Mike Bagby netted 414 in 2004-2005, was named team MVP Thursday when CHS held its season-ending awards banquet.

With 847 career points, he finished as the 12th highest scorer in program history, while also leading his squad in steals and assists as a senior.

Coupeville coach Brad Sherman broke down Smith’s strengths:

“Talented floor manager, unique ability to get to the rim and draw contact (102 points from the free-throw line this season), difficult to defend, handles the ball well against pressure, great mid-range game, which is very rare in today’s high school basketball game.

“Quiet leader, amazing competitor.”

Senior Cameron Toomey-Stout collected the Wolf Pack Award, which honors a player who exemplifies “a team-first mentality, commitment and reliability, a positive and encouraging attitude on and off the basketball court, effort and work ethic, and all-around character.”

“His work ethic, character, and level of commitment are clear to anyone who has worked with or knows Cam,” Sherman said.

When it came time to honor the Defensive Player of the Year, Sherman mixed things up a bit, spreading love to all of his seniors — Hunter Downes, Kyle Rockwell, Joey Lippo, Smith, Spark and Toomey-Stout.

“We stressed all year setting the tone with our defensive intensity and five players moving and communicating as one,” Sherman said. “We recorded 217 steals and had 177 deflections and played well on defense as a group.

“When we sat down to determine one defensive player of the year based on several statistical factors, it became difficult to pick one, which is a good thing,” he added. “Ultimately we felt the senior group as a whole deserved to be recognized for the way they worked together to disrupt teams on defense.”

Smith led in steals, Lippo in blocks and deflected passes, Downes in rebounds, Toomey-Stout “was a defensive workhorse,” Spark recorded 48 steals and 30 deflected passes and Rockwell was “a skilled shot blocker and came up huge at the end of the season.”

In fact, that effort at the end netted Rockwell the Play of the Year for an offensive rebound and put-back which sealed an upset of first-place Klahowya on Coupeville’s Senior Night.

Rounding out the awards, Spark notched Sharp Shooter honors, for draining the most three-balls, while Chris Ruck was named Most Inspirational for the JV squad.

“I’m really proud of this group and thought they played so hard this season,” Sherman said. “Had some successes and moments that they can remember for years to come — 101-year anniversary, big win on Senior Night, winning record in league.

“Looking forward, we take this year’s positives and continue to build on them,” he added. “We lose a lot of seniors this year and our entire starting five, but with that comes a great deal of opportunity for our younger guys – and we have a talented group of young players that we are excited about.

“This will be a big off-season for us to develop and grow as a team, and Coach (Chris) Smith and I are really looking forward to what the future holds for this group of athletes.”

Varsity letter winners:

Jered Brown
Hunter Downes
Mason Grove
Gavin Knoblich
Joey Lippo
Dane Lucero
Kyle Rockwell
Hunter Smith
Ethan Spark
Cameron Toomey-Stout
James Vidoni

Varsity participation:

Jacobi Pilgrim
Ulrik Wells

JV participation:

Trevor Bell
Koa Davison
Sage Downes
Mason Grove
Tucker Hall
Alex Jimenez
Gavin Knoblich
Ryan Labrador
Jean Lund-Olsen
Daniel Olson
Jon Partida
Jake Pease
Jacobi Pilgrim
David Prescott
Chris Ruck
Matt Stevens
James Vidoni
Ulrik Wells

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Ashlie Shank and the Coupeville girls kick off the playoffs Feb. 10 with a home game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Winter belonged to the RedHawks, but the school year has belonged to the Wolves.

Both Port Townsend basketball teams won league titles Saturday, with the girls ending Coupeville’s three-year run atop the standings.

But, if we look at the entire 2017-2018 school year, CHS is the big dog right now.

Looking at the six fall and winter sports the Wolves play (football, volleyball, boys tennis, girls soccer and girls and boys basketball), they have the most varsity wins of any of the four Olympic League teams with 31.

Klahowya, whose boys basketball team had the title sewn up until a late-season collapse, has 28, while Port Townsend sits with 21.

Chimacum, which has suffered win-less campaigns in boys basketball and tennis, brings up the rear with nine total varsity wins.

Spring is on the horizon, and with that comes softball, baseball, girls tennis and boys soccer as we follow the team wins battle.

Track also arrives, but is largely an individual sport disguised as a team sport, and team win totals are all but impossible to keep track of when multiple schools are involved in every meet.

This is the final year of the current set-up of the Olympic League, as Coupeville is bouncing to the new North Sound Conference next fall.

Before the Wolves go, they would love to repeat as unofficial league-wide champs and defend the varsity wins title they copped last year, when they edged Klahowya 51-48.

The Eagles, who spring from the second-biggest student body in 1A, prevailed 52-40 and 45-42 over CHS the first two years of the league, with Chimacum and Port Townsend well behind in every year.

In other matters, the end of the regular season for basketball means the end of the trail for the Coupeville boys.

While the Wolf girls kick off a playoff run Feb. 10,  their male counterparts were tripped up by the Olympic League only having two playoff slots this season.

Still, before they were done, a couple of Wolves hit milestones.

Ethan Spark topped the 200-point mark in his senior season, while Hunter Smith’s 382 points was the best single season for a Wolf boy since Mike Bagby tossed in 414 back in 2004-2005.

Smith also came very close to having one of the best seasons in school history, with the tenth-best single-season mark by a Wolf boy being 392 by Wade Ellsworth in 1978-1979.

On the girls side of the ball, Wolf junior Lindsey Roberts, who still has games to play, has more than doubled her previous career total.

With 152 points this season, she’s jumped from 137 career points (#77 all-time for CHS girls) to 289 points (#36 all-time).

Final regular-season varsity scoring totals and league standings:


Lindsey Roberts 152
Mikayla Elfrank 99
Sarah Wright 99
Ema Smith 94
Kyla Briscoe 78
Scout Smith 52
Kalia Littlejohn 38
Chelsea Prescott 34
Hannah Davidson 10
Allison Wenzel 5
Avalon Renninger 1


Hunter Smith 382
Ethan Spark 216
Joey Lippo 88
Cameron Toomey-Stout 54
Hunter Downes 53
Mason Grove 51
Kyle Rockwell 29
Jered Brown 24
Dane Lucero 16
Gavin Knoblich 5
Ulrik Wells 4
Jacobi Pilgrim 1

Olympic League girls basketball:

School League Overall
Port Townsend 7-2 9-10
Chimacum 4-5 7-12
Klahowya 1-8 4-15

Olympic League boys basketball:

School League Overall
Port Townsend 7-2 11-8
Klahowya 6-3 10-10
Chimacum 0-9 0-14

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   Hunter Smith tossed in 17 in a win Saturday and finished as the #12 scorer in Wolf boys basketball history. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Mason Grove dropped in 12 in Coupeville’s JV win, giving him 337 in 19 games for the second Wolf squad. 

They closed the season on fire.

Raining down three-balls in both games Saturday, with almost everyone on the roster scoring, the Coupeville High School boys basketball squads put a final stamp on their campaigns, crushing host Chimacum.

The Wolf varsity rolled 60-31, while the JV cruised in for a 61-23 victory.

With the wins, the first squad finished 7-13 overall, 5-4 in their final season of Olympic League play.

Coupeville’s second team closed out at 5-14, 4-5.


Facing a win-less Cowboys team limping to the finish, the Wolves put them down hard and fast, busting out to a 24-2 lead at the first break and not slowing down.

“The boys should be proud of how strong they finished out the season,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Taking care of the ball, shooting well, tough on defense – playing their best team basketball.

“Says a lot about them, their character, and how hard they worked,” he added. “They can hold their heads high.”

Nine of the 10 Wolves to see action Saturday scored, with Hunter Smith leading the way as he tossed in 17 in three quarters of action.

That gave him 382 for the season and 847 for his career.

Despite missing a chunk of his sophomore year with an injury, Smith finished as the 12th highest scorer in Wolf boys basketball history.

Fellow senior Ethan Spark banked home 13, which gives him 216 for the season.

Cameron Toomey-Stout knocked down 10 in support of the big two, with Dane Lucero (6), Hunter Downes (4), Gavin Knoblich (3), Mason Grove (3), Kyle Rockwell (2) and Ulrik Wells (2) also scoring.

Lucero, a big man who plays in the paint most of the time, shocked the world in the finale, scoring all of his points off of a pair of three-point bombs.

James Vidoni was the lone Wolf not to score, but he drew praise from Sherman for “his toughness on the boards.”


The big quarter was the third in this one, as the Wolves used a 22-4 surge to ice the game.

Much as in the varsity game, Coupeville spread its scoring out, with 11 of 13 tallying at least one point.

Freshman Sage Downes and sophomore Mason Grove tied for top honors with 12.

That brought Grove’s final mark to 337 over 19 games this year, just shy of the unofficial school JV record of 347, set by Allen Black in 2002-2003.

Grove, who hit double figures in 16 games, and topped 30 three times, was denied the record by his own success.

In the latter stages of the season, he stopped playing full JV games, so he could swing up to varsity, where he finished sixth on the #1 squad in scoring in very limited court time.

The JV scoring Saturday was rounded out by Jake Pease (9), Tucker Hall (7), Koa Davison (5), Daniel Olson (4), Alex Jimenez (4), Vidoni (2), David Prescott (2), Trevor Bell (2) and Knoblich (2).

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