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Greg White, here with his family, has been hired as a Coupeville Middle School boys basketball coach. (Photo courtesy White)

One by one, the giants of Wolf basketball are returning to the gyms of their youth.

In recent seasons, former Coupeville High School hoops stars such as Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Brad ShermanMegan Smith and Brittany Black have picked up clipboards and moved into working with the current generation of basketball players.

Now, you can add Greg White to that list.

The Class of 1998 grad has been hired as a boys basketball coach at Coupeville Middle School, and will start his first season when practice begins Oct. 22.

He still needs the OK from the Coupeville School Board when it meets at the end of the month, but hey, if they mess with a Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer, the editorials will never stop, so I think we’re safe on this one.

White will coach the 7th grade CMS squad, joining Dante Mitchell, who is returning for a second season and will helm the 8th grade team.

One of the most accomplished athletes in Cow Town history, the long ‘n lanky White was a star on the football gridiron, the basketball hardwood and the baseball diamond.

He still stands as the 29th highest scorer in the 101-year history of CHS boys basketball, having recorded 604 points during his time in a Wolf uniform.

After his playing days, White has transitioned into coaching.

In recent years, he has been at the forefront of local SWISH basketball programs, running successful teams and helping build a new generation of stars to follow in the footsteps of players such as himself and Sherman.

He’s also been a key player on Red Pride basketball teams which have scorched the field in the Tom Roehl Roundball Classic, and helped carry the load in a recent Coupeville Schools fundraiser in which he and his teammates completed a circumnavigation of Whidbey Island.

As he counts down the days until the first CMS practice, White is rarin’ to get on the court and get going.

“I think we have a great group of kids coming up,” he said. “And I’m excited to be involved in the program.”

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Logan Martin has moved on to high school ball this year, but a new Coupeville Middle School boys hoops season draws near. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s never too soon to talk about basketball.

Fall sports are still in full swing, yes, but the first round-ball team to hit the court, Coupeville Middle School boys basketball, opens practice Oct. 22, just two weeks from today.

And two weeks after that first practice, comes the first game.

So, as hoops fanatics count down the days (high school basketball practice kicks off Nov. 12, with MS girls hoops starting up in Jan.), here’s a look at the CMS boys basketball schedule.

All home games, with both 7th and 8th grade action, start at 3:15 PM.

 

Schedule:

Monday-Nov. 5 King’s
Thursday-Nov. 8 @Northshore Christian
Tuesday-Nov. 13 Sultan
Thur-Nov. 15 @Granite Falls
Tues-Nov. 27 Lakewood
Thur-Nov. 29 @King’s
Tues-Dec. 4 Northshore Christian
Thur-Dec. 6 @Sultan
Tues-Dec. 11 @South Whidbey
Thur-Dec. 13 Granite Falls

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   CHS freshmen (l to r) Grady Rickner, Logan Martin, Hawthorne Wolfe (in red) and Caleb Meyer wait to take the court Saturday at Hoopfest in Spokane. (Abbie Martin photo)

No off-season.

As they prepare to make the jump from middle school to high school basketball, four incoming CHS freshmen hit the road this weekend to keep their hoops skills on point.

Hawthorne Wolfe, Caleb Meyer, Logan Martin and Grady Rickner traveled to Spokane to take part in the annual Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on the globe.

The event annually draws upwards of 6,000 teams who compete on 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks.

Coupeville’s four-pack, who were signed up by their CMS coach, Bob Martin, won their opener before losing games two and three by just a single point apiece.

“They did good,” Martin said. “A little rusty, but more basketball time.

“We’ll be back next year.”

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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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