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Senior Grady Rickner won the Hard Hat Player of the Year award Monday as Coupeville High School boys basketball capped its best season in decades. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

First the hard work, now the hardware.

Coupeville High School basketball players and coaches capped off the program’s most-successful season in decades Monday, handing out letters and awards at a team banquet.

Dodging frequent Covid tests, and adapting to an ever-changing schedule, the Wolves soared.

Coupeville’s varsity finished 16-2, won its first league title since 2002, claimed a district crown for the first time since 1970, and advanced to state for the first time since 1988.

While the JV didn’t reach those same win totals, the Wolf young guns showed considerable promise and were competitive every time out.

Xavier Murdy headlined the awards banquet, taking home team MVP honors, while Caleb Meyer and Alex Murdy were honored as Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.

Grady Rickner closed out his prep hoops career by taking home the Hard Hat Player of the Year award.

That honor goes to a Wolf who “embodies the hard hat mentality,” said CHS head coach Brad Sherman. “Hard work, dedication to the little things, commitment to being a great teammate every day.”

Hawthorne Wolfe, a four-year varsity starter who finished with 800 career points, received “Mr. Basketball 2018-2022” honors.

“This recognition goes to an individual who showed an exceptional commitment to the Coupeville basketball program throughout their basketball career,” Sherman said.

“This is a person who is Coupeville basketball through and through.”

Hawthorne Wolfe finishes as the #14 scorer in the 105-year history of Coupeville boys basketball.

Xavier Murdy and Rickner were also honored for their work as varsity captains, while the duo joined Logan Martin, Miles Davidson, and Wolfe as four-year players.

At the JV level, Zane Oldenstadt (Hard Hat), Ryan Blouin (Offensive Player), and Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim (Defensive Player) were honored.

Oldenstadt and Nick Guay were noted for their work as JV captains, while David Somes was recognized for everything he did as team manager.

Zane Oldenstadt is a star today, and likely a star tomorrow.

Rounding out the awards, Sherman and assistant coaches Greg White, Hunter Smith, Randy Bottorff, and Arik Garthwaite also hailed a trio of behind-the-scenes stars.

Courtney Pilgrim for her continued commitment and hard work for the team year in and year out,” Sherman said.

Dan Verduzco, our custodian, for always making sure we have the best facilities anywhere and for the constant support and encouragement he gives to our athletes, and Phil Jump, our bus driver, for taking us to every corner of the state this season.”

 

Varsity letter winners:

Dominic Coffman
Logan Downes
Logan Martin
Caleb Meyer
Alex Murdy
Xavier Murdy
Grady Rickner
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White
Hawthorne Wolfe

 

Varsity participation certificates:

Hunter Bronec
Nick Guay
Zane Oldenstadt

 

JV participation certificates:

Ryan Blouin
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
William Davidson
Carson Field
Nick Guay
Zane Oldenstadt
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Landon Roberts
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim

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Coupeville’s Xavier Murdy will play one more high school basketball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s not done just yet.

Basketball gear has been turned in, and he’s moved on to the baseball diamond, but the hardwood still calls to Xavier Murdy.

The Coupeville High School senior has been tabbed to play in the WIBCA All-State game this Saturday, Mar. 19.

The event, put together by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, goes down at Curtis High School in University Place.

There are three games, with each bout — 4A vs. 3A, 2A vs. 1A, and 2B vs. 1B — featuring a collection of the best senior hoops stars in Washington state.

Murdy is slated to appear in the 2B/1B game.

He’ll by joined on the 11-man 2B roster by players such as Jackson Esary of Kalama, Gary Dotson of Morton-White Pass, and John Lustig of Colfax.

During his senior season, Murdy┬áled Coupeville in scoring and rebounding, helping fuel the program’s best performance in decades.

The Wolves finished 16-2, winning their first league title since 2002, capturing their first district crown since 1970, and advancing to the state tourney for the first time since 1988.

Murdy tallied a game-high 24 points against Kalama in Coupeville’s state opener, then tossed in 10 more against Lake Roosevelt in game two.

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Wolves (left to right) Cole White, Logan Downes, and Grady Rickner soak up the atmosphere at the 2B state basketball tourney.

Marinate in the moment.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team went back to the state tournament for the first time in 34 years, building memories every step of the way.

The pics above and below, capturing a behind-the-scenes look at the Wolves in Spokane, come to us courtesy Morgan White.

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Logan Downes, with 224 points through two seasons, is the top active scorer in the Coupeville High School boys basketball program. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s ever evolving.

They’ve been playing boys basketball at Coupeville High School for 105 years now, the program’s history stretching from 1917 to 2022.

And I’ve been chasing scoring stats for 101 of those years.

Well, maybe not that long, but there are days where the pursuit seems never-ending, a mad mix of half-forgotten scorebooks and often faulty memories.

Unless we can build a time-machine and go back and find an old-school secretary and convince her to stash all the records in one spot, we’ll probably never have a 100% complete scoring list.

But you can make the Hall of Fame shooting 50%, so, all things being equal, we’re doing fairly well.

What I do have is a list which covers 406 players and gets a little closer to being complete every time something from the past resurfaces.

This season we got a big boost when old-school scoring ace Jack Elzinga reached out to me and delivered stats from one of the two biggest missing years in my Indiana Jones-style pursuit of buckets.

Toss in a little tweaking in other areas, add this year’s totals, and viola, we present a pretty complete chart.

Enjoy.

 

CHS boys basketball career scoring totals — active players in bold:

Jeff Stone – 1137
Mike Bagby – 1137
Randy Keefe – 1088
Mike Criscuola – 1031
Jeff Rhubottom – 1012
Bill Riley – 934
Pete Petrov – 917
Brad Sherman – 874
Denny Clark – 869
Arik Garthwaite – 867

Bill Jarrell – 855
Hunter Smith – 847
Corey Cross – 811
Hawthorne Wolfe – 800
Jack Elzinga – 770
Barry Brown – 769
Hunter Hammer – 755
Steve Whitney – 730
Dan Nieder – 729
Tom Sahli – 719 (**MISSING SEASON**)

Chris Good – 688
Gavin Keohane – 677
Virgil Roehl – 674
Foster Faris – 668
Pat Bennett – 659
Wade Ellsworth – 659
Jason McFadyen – 654
Rich Morris – 637
Kramer O’Keefe – 636
Wiley Hesselgrave – 632

John O’Grady – 611
Greg White – 604
Denny Zylstra – 602
Joe Whitney – 601
Brian Miller – 597
Mike Syreen – 594
Gabe McMurray – 592
Pat Clark – 583
Randy Duggan – 552
Roy Marti – 551

Jim Syreen – 550
Marc Bissett – 549
Gary Hammons – 533
Jerry Zylstra – 527
Brad Miller – 526
Gary Faris – 524
JJ Marti – 520
Cody Peters – 518
David Lortz – 502
Jason Bagby – 499

Xavier Murdy – 482
Pat O’Grady – 472
Harold Buckner – 469
Sean Dillon – 469
Frank Marti – 462
Del O’Shell – 440
Tony Ford – 432
Caleb Powell – 421
Mason Grove – 414
Ben Biskovich – 407

Casey Clark – 407
Nick Sellgren – 406
Blaine Ghormley – 393
Tom Logan – 385
James Smith – 382
Don Cook – 377
Chad Gale – 373
Mike Millenbach – 373
JD Wilcox – 373
Ty Blouin – 369

Caesar Kortuem – 369
Ray Harvey – 368
Pat Brown – 355
Dick Smith – 352
Ethan Spark – 352
Glenn Losey – 350
Timm Orsborn – 345
Robin Larson – 342
Byron Fellstrom – 340
Kevin Faris – 339

Michael Vaughan – 337
Jim Yake – 331
Aaron Trumbull – 330
Brad Brown – 328
Charlie Tessaro – 328
Utz Conard – 326
Ian Smith – 324
David Ford – 323
Bob Rea – 320
Chris Marti – 319

Gabe Wynn – 316
Nick Streubel – 314
Ben Hayes – 306
Allen Black – 305
Noah Roehl – 301
Blake Day – 299
Noel Criscuola – 298
John Beasley – 293
Risen Johnson – 291
Brian Fakkema – 290

Matt Frost – 290
Mike Mallo – 282
Keith Jameson – 277
Terry Roberts – 277
Kit Manzanares – 275
Boom Phomvongkoth – 275
Zepher Loesch – 274
Alex Evans – 272
Aaron Curtin – 271
Tyler King – 270

Joe Tessaro – 270
Eric Hopkins – 265
Harvey Wainio – 265
Rick Keefe – 259
Troy Blouin – 256
Sean Callahan – 256
Greg Fellstrom – 248
Richard Hammons – 248
Casey Larson – 247
Don Schreiber – 247

Brandon Huff – 245
Grady Rickner – 245
Brad Haslam – 235
Sean Toomey-Stout – 235
Geoff Hageman – 227
Curt Youderian – 226
Logan Downes – 224
Rich Vaughan – 219
Ed Wood – 219
Joel Walstad – 217

Richard Cook – 216
Ryan Keefe – 214
Jordan Ford – 210
Alex Murdy – 206
Andrew Mouw – 204
Vance Huffman – 203
Tim Quenzer – 202
Alan Hancock – 198
Shawn Ryan – 197
Mitch Aparicio – 195

John Engstrom – 195
Trevor Tucker – 194
Roy Mattox – 191
Dale Sherman – 188
Scott Stuurmans – 188
Pat Millenbach – 181
Caleb Meyer – 179
Wayne Hardie – 178
Chris Cox – 177
Evan Tingstad – 177

Jerry VandWerfhorst – 177
Anthony Bergeron – 176
Mike Ankney – 173
Ron Naddy – 172
Dale Libbey – 169
Roger Sherman – 168
Tim Walstad – 168
Randy Blindauer – 166
Mark Bepler – 165
Chad Brookhouse – 163

Jered Brown – 156
Monty Moore – 155
Geoff Wacker – 154
Bill Baas – 153
Ulrik Wells – 152
Jim Faris – 151
Steve Konek – 149
Gavin O’Keefe – 149
Ryan McManigle – 148
Ryan Griggs – 147

Hugh Abell – 145
George Libbey – 142
Sandy Roberts – 134
Craig Anderson – 132
Scott Franzen – 129
Ben Etzell – 127
Gavin Knoblich – 126
Len Buckner – 125
Brian Shank – 125
Joey Lippo – 121

Jessie Smith – 119
Scott McGraw – 116
Christian Townsdin – 116
Mitch Pelroy – 115
Taylor Ebersole – 114
Eric Taylor – 112
Jim Casey – 111
Jacobi Pilgrim – 111
Brian Barr – 108
Joe Donellon – 101

Jason McManigle – 101
Bryan Hamilton – 99
Brian Knoll – 98
Morgan Payne – 96
Christian Lyness – 95
Koa Davison – 94
Ted Weber – 91
Hunter Downes – 89
James Meek – 89
Dan Miller – 89

Steve Bissett – 87
Andrew Cashen – 87
Carson Risner – 86
John Sinema – 86
Nick Morris – 83
Logan Martin – 81
Roy Armstrong – 80
Cameron Toomey-Stout – 80
Caleb Valko – 78
Ross Buckner – 77

Matt Shank – 77
JJ Johnson – 76
Duane Score – 76
Quinten Farmer – 75
Matt Ortega – 75
Mike Ellsworth – 74
Don Spangler – 72
John Zimmerman – 72
Joe Bruzas – 71
Jason Fisher – 71

Tony Prosser – 70
Les Jacobson – 69
Tom Conard – 68
Dean Grasser – 68
Matt Bepler – 67
Zack Swerdfeger – 66
Ron Lanphere – 65
Sage Downes – 64
Ben Hancock – 63
Randy Stone – 63

Mike Brown – 62
Jason McDavid – 62
Jeremy Staples – 62
Brian Hageman – 61
Erik King – 61
David Davis – 60
Tom Mueller – 59
Brandy Ambrose – 58
Sam Kieth – 58
Steve Smith – 58

Martin Walsh – 58
Matt Helm – 57
Dennis Terrell – 57
Drew Chan – 56
DeAndre Mitchell – 56
Daniel Olson – 56
Ellis Schultz – 56
Dave Stoddard – 56
CJ Smith – 54
Larry Zylstra – 54

Asa Owensby – 52
Marc Aparicio – 51
Chris Chan – 51
Joe Kelley – 51
Marvin Darst – 50
Troy Hurlburt – 49
Stanley Bruzas – 48
Dalton Engle – 48
Jerry Helm – 48
Dalton Martin – 47

Eddie Fasolo – 45
Doug Speers – 45
Banky Fisher – 44
Keith Dunnagan – 42
Gaylord Stidham – 41
Erick Harada – 40
James Jorgensen – 40
Nevin Miranda – 40
Jeff Thomas – 40
John Wyatt – 40

John Moskeland – 39
Cole White – 39
Danny Bonacci – 36
Chuck Ruthford – 36
Charlie Toth – 36
Jim Marti – 35
Zeb Williams – 35
Robert Cushen – 34
Dante Mitchell – 34
Sid Mudgett – 34

Dave Brandt – 33
Ryan Kelley – 33
Brian Roundy – 32
Richard Barber – 31
Joe Libbey – 31
Ray Cook – 29
Tim Leese – 29
Ralph Lindsay – 29
Kyle Rockwell – 29
Rick Marti – 28

Toby Martinez – 28
Daniel McDonald – 28
Joe Rojas – 28
Todd Smith – 28
Scott Sollars – 28
Richard Benson – 27
Mike Duke – 27
John Holmes – 26
Lewis Berry – 25
Mark Short – 25

Jonathan Valenzuela – 25
Tim Youderian – 25
Jared Helmstadter – 24
Trent Diamanti – 23
Trevor Mueller – 22
Dan Schleiffers – 22
Dominic Coffman – 21
Jay Roberts – 21
Dustin Van Velkinburgh – 21
Matt Douglas – 20

Jordan Emerson – 20
Dane Lucero – 20
Dean Strom – 20
Scott Fisher – 19
Scott Losey – 19
Bud Merryman – 19
Matt Petrich – 19
Jason Raymond – 19
Rob Blouin – 18
Rick Keith – 18

Marvin Mitchell – 18
Guy Walker – 18
Gary Boyke – 17
Jim Keith – 17
Jean Lund-Olsen – 17
Cedric McIntosh – 17
TJ Rickner – 17
Rick Frieze – 16
Chad Nixon – 16
Josh Wilsey – 16

Steven Cope – 15
Eric Dyer – 15
Mike Lester – 15
Brad Rogers – 15
Henry Edwards – 14
Todd Brown – 13
DJ Kim – 13
LaVerne Arnold – 12
Mike Eaton – 12
Guy George – 12

Kole Kellison – 12
Glen Lanphere – 12
Desmond Bell – 11
Bill Hamilton – 11
Ken Pickard – 11
Jon Roberts – 11
Chris Squires – 11
Ben Winkes – 11
Ron Edwards – 10
Travis Hooker – 10

Daniel Graham – 9
Kyle King – 9
Bruce Seiger – 9
Jimmy Sullivan – 9
Fred Wyatt – 9
Erik Anderson – 8
Dave Bowers – 8
Rob Fasolo – 8
Kraig Gordon – 8
Cody Roberts – 8

Robert Shafer – 8
Dave Wells – 8
Charlie Cook – 7
Bobby Engle – 7
Brian Folkestad – 7
Wayne Hesselgrave – 7
Ed Cook – 6
Nick Guay – 6
Tucker Hall – 6
Chuck Hardee – 6

Kevin King – 6
Robert Kirkwood – 6
George Smith – 6
Nic Anthony – 5
Ariah Bepler – 5
Scott Davidson – 5
JD Myers – 5
Nate Steele – 5
Andrew Bird – 4
Bill Boze – 4

Miles Davidson – 4
Ralph Engle – 4
Jason Legat – 4
Morgan Roehl – 4
Rusty Bailey – 3
Luke Currier – 3
Frank Mueller – 3
Zane Oldenstadt – 3
Tracy Wilson – 3
Teo Benson – 2

Norm Enders – 2
Chris Locke – 2
Jeremy McCormick – 2
Rich McCormick – 2
Denny Moss – 2
Tony Sherman – 2
Marion Sill – 2
Stephen Stietenroth – 2
Robbie Wanamaker – 2
Paul Baher – 1

Bill Engle – 1
Robert Engle – 1
Bob Franzen – 1
Meryl Gordon – 1
Oscar Liquidano – 1
Raleigh Sherman – 1

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Alex Murdy was a breakout star on both ends of the floor this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Right now, right here, it’s going to hurt.

When you leave your sweat and blood on the hardwood, and you’re left, hands on knees, watching the final moments of your high school hoops career tick away too rapidly, you want the scoreboard to reflect a win.

And when it doesn’t, it stings. Badly.

So, in the moment, it’s very likely the Coupeville High School boys basketball players will exit Spokane unsatisfied, unhappy, incomplete.

A 62-53 loss to Lake Roosevelt at the 2B state tournament, in a game in which the Wolves led from opening tip to midway through the third quarter, abruptly ends a season for the ages.

Coming on the heels of a narrow loss to top-ranked Kalama in their state opener, the defeat drops Coupeville to 16-2 and sends it home several days earlier than hoped.

Lake Roosevelt (17-6), a boys basketball program making its 18th appearance at the big dance, advances to the state quarterfinals, where it will play #2 Liberty (Spangle).

One team still harbors hopes of a state title, while the other is done, with six seniors headed towards graduation.

But, if not now, at some point — on the bus ride back to Whidbey, somewhere in the middle of a spring sports season ready to get underway, months from now, or when they are old men — each of the players on this year’s CHS team will hopefully feel something deeper than this momentary pain.

Pride.

A sense of accomplishment.

Appreciation for their place in a 105-year history.

In a season that was unlike any other — when three-a-week Covid tests meant you never knew who would be in the lineup from night to night — this group of Wolves changed the culture of the program.

They were the last unbeaten 2B boys team standing in the state.

They won a league title for the first time since 2002, back when coach Brad Sherman was still a player.

They won a district crown for the first time since 1970.

They advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 1988, and rocked two dynasty programs back on their heels, hard.

Beyond the wins, at a time when mask mandates and pandemic fatigue could have crippled attendance at games, these Wolves brought the joy back.

They flew to the ball on defense.

They smacked their closest rivals — shredding South Whidbey and ensuring Oak Harbor will cry for a decade — and didn’t back down or crack under pressure.

They shared the ball, feeding the hot hand, each player doing the small things and celebrating each other.

They were, in short, a team, and not a collection of individuals.

They filled the stands to bursting — making the gym in 2022 feel like what old-school Wolf fans tell us it was like in the go-go ’70s.

Former Coupeville hoops stars Chuck Hardee (middle) and Bill Jarrell stopped by the Spokane Arena to join Renae Mulholland in cheering on the new-school Wolves.

Most of all, these Wolves have made the next generation want to be basketball stars.

From the lil’ kids dancing behind the bench at games, getting high-fives from X and Hawk and Dom, to the elementary school students who packed Main Street to cheer the team bus departing for state, one thing rings true.

Coupeville is a basketball town again.

Today, they cheer. Tomorrow, they’re Coupeville’s next basketball stars. (Mandi Black photo)

So, to the Wolves, when you look back at the Lake Roosevelt game in an hour, a day, a decade, a lifetime, the score will slip away.

What you built, how you played, that will remain.

You earned the respect of those in the stands, and those at home watching the stream.

You played like wild animals unleashed Wednesday night, and it was freakin’ beautiful to see.

When everything was clicking in the early going, when Coupeville busted out to a 9-0 run to open a game which tipped off at a hair past 9 PM, it was carnage unleashed.

The Maraudin’ Murdy boys were up in every ballhandler’s face — Xavier looking intense and Alex looking genuinely unhinged (that’s a compliment) — and Lake Roosevelt had no answer.

Coupeville, meanwhile, was acing every test question.

Grady Rickner popped a silky-smooth jumper.

Every time a Lake Roosevelt player tried to ramble through the paint, Caleb Meyer was there to deny entry.

Xavier Murdy slashed hard to the hoop, his brother delivering the ball with a wicked pass which skidded through a defender’s hands.

Then, bobbing and weaving and smooth-talking both the ref and the defender — all while nonchalantly flicking the ball skyward — Hawthorne Wolfe stroked the first of his four three-balls.

Lake Roosevelt didn’t totally crack, but even chipping away at the lead, it trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

Logan Martin came up with a resounding block down low to snuff out a late shot and the Wolves headed to the bench with a spring in their step.

The Wolves wait for their moment in the spotlight. (Morgan White photo)

The good times continued through a chunk of the second frame, with Logan Downes and Wolfe nailing back-to-back treys to get the lead up to double-digits at 21-11.

Later in the quarter, when Downes, a sweet-shooting sophomore, rained down another three-ball, his wing man launched a celebration big enough to catch the attention of the NFHS Network announcers.

“Get yourself a hype man like Hawthorne Wolfe!” one of the voice-over dudes crowed.

“He knew that shot was going in before it left Downes fingertips, and man, was he happy about it!”

But you don’t build the kind of hoops legacy Lake Roosevelt has by giving up, and the guys who live up by the Grand Coulee Dam mounted a comeback in the second half.

Coupeville, up 28-23 at the half, was still ahead 32-29 several minutes into the third, after Xavier Murdy savagely rejected a shot, then set Rickner up for a bucket on the ensuing breakaway.

Lake Roosevelt launched an 11-0 run, however, snatching the lead for the first time all night, eventually stretching their own advantage out to 10 points.

The Wolves proved almost as resilient, using a 6-0 spurt at the end of the third to get within four, then an 8-2 surge in the fourth to cut the margin to 50-47.

That was as close as Coupeville would get, however, despite Wolfe putting together a final quarter to remember.

Hawthorne Wolfe, making highlights to the end. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A four-year varsity starter, Hawk has played a vital role in this year’s success, while also losing three games (and his Senior Night) to Covid protocols.

The young man who came of age on the floor wearing the name of his fallen teammate, Bennett Boyles, etched on his shoes, went out honoring their shared legacy.

Playing in what would turn out to be his final high school hoops clash, Hawk got the magic going, knocking down a pair of in-close floaters and a pair of way-out-there three-balls, dropping 10 of his team-high 16 points in the final frame.

Wolfe’s final basket as a Wolf was vintage Hawk, the ball arcing to the heavens before flipping the nets and making a bit of history.

That final three-ball gives Wolfe exactly 800 points in a CHS uniform, making him the 14th Coupeville boy to achieve the feat in 105 years.

Among those he joins in the club are three of his coaches – Sherman (874), Arik Garthwaite (867), and Hunter Smith (847).

Xavier Murdy and Downes each tossed in 10 points in support of Wolfe, with the former closing his own stellar prep career with 482 points.

Rickner (7), Meyer (5), and Alex Murdy (5) also scored, with Cole White and Martin seeing floor time.

The game was the swan song for seniors Meyer, Rickner, Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, Martin, and Miles Davidson, who recorded stats this season while rehabbing an injury.

 

Final season scoring stats:

Xavier Murdy – 261
Caleb Meyer – 179
Logan Downes – 172
Alex Murdy – 157
Grady Rickner – 151
Hawthorne Wolfe – 138
Logan Martin – 50
Cole White – 37
Dominic Coffman – 21
Jonathan Valenzuela – 10
Nick Guay – 6
Zane Oldenstadt – 3

The Wolves will return. (Morgan White photo)

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