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Coupeville 7th grader Logan Downes outscored Granite Falls by himself Thursday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Downes was so hot Thursday, he didn’t just singe the nets, he burned down an entire town.

Outscoring host Granite Falls by himself, the youngest of three brothers staked his claim to family athletic superiority and sparked the Coupeville Middle School 7th grade varsity boys basketball squad to a huge road win.

The victory was a bright spot for the Wolves, who lost two of three on the day.


7th grade varsity:

Pouring in points in every quarter, Downes rained down 19 in a 27-16 Wolf victory.

The win evens Coupeville’s record at 2-2 headed into an 11-day break.

None of the CMS hoops teams play again until Nov. 27, when they host Lakewood.

Wanting to go out on a high note, and possibly send a message to older brothers Hunter and Sage, Logan Downes went straight to scorch city.

He popped in four points apiece in each of the first two quarters, then scored all of Coupeville’s seven points in the third quarter.

Four free throws in the final frame capped Downes season-best performance, while lifting his season scoring average to 14.3 a night.

Cole White knocked down a three-ball en route to a four-point performance in support of Downes, while William Davidson and Quinten Pilgrim each banked home a bucket.

Ryan Blouin, Nick Guay and Mikey Robinett rounded out the roster for the Wolves, who outscored Granite in every quarter.

Up by just one at the first break, then four at the half, CMS put the game away with a 14-7 second-half surge.

The Wolves held Granite to just two field goals over the final three quarters of play.


8th grade varsity:

Playing without their leading scorer, the older Wolves fell 31-14.

The loss drops the 8th graders to 1-3 on the season.

CMS played without high-scoring Alex Murdy, but got a season-best performance from Mitchell Hall.

He went off for eight points and 10 rebounds, both career-highs, and drew praise from coach Dante Mitchell.

“He was killing it on the boards and on offense. He has a lot of heart!”

Ty Hamilton rattled the rims for six points to round out Coupeville’s offensive output.


7th grade JV:

The young guns came up empty in their first road game, falling 23-0 to the Tigers.

The loss drops the JV to 0-1-1 on the season.

Coupeville went just five deep in the two-quarter contest, with Justin Wilkinson, Andrew Williams, Alex Clark, Chris Villarreal and Timothy Nitta pulling iron man duty.

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Mikey Robinett drilled the biggest shot Tuesday as Coupeville Middle School basketball fought back to hold its own with visiting Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The day got progressively better.

Coupeville Middle School boys basketball had a rough opening act Tuesday, then turned it on to net a stunning comeback and a blowout win in acts two and three, respectively.

The action as it unfolded in front of fans camped out on the hardest bleachers ever built by human hands:


7th grade varsity:

Sultan’s younger squad won a 6th grade title last year, and it’s easy to see why.

Using an aggressive, trapping defense, jumping on every loose ball, and combining bad hair choices with sometimes worse attitudes, the Turks rolled to a 48-11 win.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-2 on the season.

Give credit where credit is due.

A fair amount of Sultan’s players conduct themselves with the kind of attitude that might start a rumble at the next level — and almost did Tuesday, when one ref stopped the game cold to lecture a Wolf and Turk who were throwing elbows, knees and smack talk around in fine fashion.

But, underneath the bluster (and some truly atrocious hairstyles), the Turks are solid players. They play with purpose, intent and an admirable chip on their collective shoulders.

That showed, as they bolted out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, before triggering a running clock early in the third.

Coupeville didn’t break through until Nick Guay drained a jumper a minute into the second quarter, and by then the Wolves were down 17-0 and the game had slipped away.

Logan Downes, who came in to the game averaging 16 points a night, fought valiantly through the swarming defense, pulling down boards and muscling his way back inside for a team-high six points.

Zane Oldenstadt and Guay added a bucket apiece, while Cole White capped Coupeville’s limited offensive performance by slipping a free throw through the net.


7th grade JV:

Playing for the first time this season, the JV fell behind early, then roared back during a frantic final two minutes to earn an 11-11 tie which felt very much like a win.

With the game limited to two quarters, Coupeville stayed close in the early going thanks to a slashing drive to the hoop by Mikey Robinett and a free throw from William Davidson.

Then the basket turned unforgiving towards the Wolves, as one shot after another rimmed out, allowing Sultan to slowly, but surely, creep out to an imposing 11-3 lead.

If the Turks thought they were safe, they were sadly mistaken, however.

The final two minutes was an exercise in pure domination, of the young Wolves reaching down low and finding something maybe even they didn’t realize they had inside themselves.

Robinett, working the boards aggressively, knocked down a put-back to give CMS its first points after a seven-minute dry spell, and his teammates responded.

First up was Davidson, who curled up from underneath a Turk, ripped a rebound free from his unsuspecting rival, and promptly banked the ball home.

With the Wolf faithful beginning to rock the bleachers, Coupeville flipped the ball to Justin Wilkinson.

The cousin of former CHS hoops star Courtney Boyd, he made his hardwood debut a winning one.

Taking a pass at the top of the key, the pint-sized but scrappy Wilkinson sliced through the Sultan defense, rolling hard to the hoop, then lobbing up a one-hander that caught the top of the glass and splashed home with a happy lil’ plop.

In complete disarray at this point, Sultan cracked under the pressure, unable to hit a shot, and unable to stop the Wolves.

Or stop Robinett, in particular.

With the clock madly ticking down, a CMS shot skimmed the rim and headed off to the left, only to be snagged out of mid-air by the Wolf banger.

Whirling smartly around, Robinett slipped past a stumbling defender, then drained a soft jumper, turning the offensive rebound into a game-tying bucket.

Sultan, in complete meltdown, was unable to even get a final shot off, letting the final seconds tick away as Coupeville threw five amped-up and emotional defenders into the fray.

Thanks to a fairly stupid rule which prevents middle school JV teams from playing overtime, the game ended in the kind of tie you normally only have to endure at soccer games.

But there was little doubt as to which team felt like it won, as the Wolves whooped, hollered and mussed Robinett’s hair, while the Turks stood glumly waiting for the high-five line.


8th grade varsity:

With the atmosphere still electric, Coupeville’s older team hit the floor and put together its best game of the season.

After grabbing the lead midway through the first quarter, the Wolves turned an early thriller into a runaway, bolting out to a 24-point lead before coasting in for the 44-29 victory.

The win lifts CMS to 1-2 on the season.

In the early going, it looked like the finale to a three-game night might be a nail-biter. But looks are deceiving.

Coupeville snatched the lead for good when Ty Hamilton snared a rebound and turned it into a three-point play the hard way, knocking down the bucket and a free throw after being hammered while shooting.

A 7-3 lead after one quarter stretched into a 20-11 bulge at the half, with a sweet running scoop shot from Kevin Partida and a breakaway bucket by Dominic Coffman getting things started.

After that, the second quarter belonged to the rampaging Alex Murdy.

Hair arranged in a series of knots, the ice-cold assassin turned his Turk rivals inside out.

One bucket came on a coast-to-coast run, but only after he skidded to a stop two steps from the bucket, then dipped around a Sultan defender, creating just enough space to knock down a beauty.

Toss in a three-ball from long distance, a pair of free throws and another coast-to-coast jaunt, and Murdy was feeling it as he and his teammates sprinted to the locker room at the break, huge smiles in place.

Things just got sweeter in the third quarter, as five Wolves scored during a 19-7 surge.

Murdy still had the hot touch, scoring five, including another long trey, but if he was toasty, Hamilton was molten lava.

He started the half off with a three-ball from the top, and liked that so much he hit another one from virtually the same spot a minute later.

Packaged around a swooping layup, the treys gave Hamilton a chance to outscore Sultan by himself, leading to him shrugging at the audience the same way Michael Jordan once did after torching the Blazers in the 1992 NBA finals.

And yes, that still haunts my dreams… But, anyways.

Back in modern-day reality, Coupeville spread its offense between seven players, with three hitting season-highs and three netting their first points of the season.

Murdy singed the nets for 17, Hamilton banked home 11, Coffman drilled seven, and Levi Pulliam swished a long three-ball to kick off the fourth quarter.

Alex Wasik, Josh Upchurch and Kevin Partida added a bucket apiece, with the first two of that trio (and Pulliam) getting into the scorer’s column for the first time.

Rounding out the active Wolf players, Mitchell Hall might not have scored, but he was invaluable, crashing the boards and kicking the ball to open teammates, triggering numerous CMS buckets.

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Quinten Pilgrim leads off a collection of Coupeville Middle School boys basketball pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Levi Pulliam

Timothy Nitta

Josh Upchurch

Coupeville 8th graders (and coaches) contemplate the action.

Zane Oldenstadt

Jesse Wooten

Alex Wasik

Justin Wilkinson

A new season means new portraits.

Wanderin’ camera clicker John Fisken was out and about, and snapping away, this week as Coupeville Middle School boys basketball kicked things off.

The mug shots seen above are but a small portion of what he shot, but to see everything, you’ll have to return to these pages as the season unfolds.

Can’t give away the whole store right at the start.

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Casie Greve has stepped down as CMS 8th grade volleyball coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Casie Greve is leaving the gym, but not the school.

The popular Coupeville Middle School volleyball coach has stepped down after four seasons in the program.

Greve, who is an English teacher at CMS, is remaining at the school.

“She’s (just) moving into a different phase and she won’t have time to coach right now,” said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

After stepping in as the 7th grade coach in 2015, Greve eventually moved up to coach the 8th grade team in recent years.

Her squads were always competitive, and her coaching laid the groundwork as Wolf players prepared to make the transition to the high school program.

Plus, she always responded to emails and was quick to deliver info, even when it probably seemed like I was nagging.

On the bench or in the classroom, Greve has always been first-rate, and we here at Coupeville Sports thank her and wish her the best.

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Alex Murdy dropped a team-high seven points Thursday for the CMS 8th grade hoops squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cole White (5) sets a screen for Ryan Blouin during 7th grade action. (Morgan White photo)

Sometimes you hit the road, and sometimes, the road hits right back.

The Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads trekked off to Everett Thursday, only to return with a pair of losses after running into talented Northshore Christian Academy teams.

The defeats drop the Wolf 7th graders to 1-1 and the CMS 8th graders to 0-2.

Coupeville, which has opened with back-to-back bouts against private schools, gets its first crack at a fellow public school next Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Sultan will make the trip to Whidbey, and action kicks off at 3:15 PM.


Thursday action:


7th grade:

Northshore only got scoring from three players, but when one of those hardwood assassins goes off for 32 points, that’s all you need.

Pulling away after a close first quarter, the hosts dealt Coupeville a 43-31 loss.

The game was a nail-biter at the first break, with CMS down just 10-9, but Northshore used 13-6 runs in both the second and third quarter to break things open.

Proving they wouldn’t go down easily, the scrappy Wolves rebounded to close the game on a 10-7 run in the fourth.

While he couldn’t quite match the output of Northshore’s top gunner, Logan Downes led CMS with a season-high 17 points.

Ryan Blouin chipped in with seven, while Cole White, William Davidson and Zane Oldenstadt added two points apiece.

Quinten Pilgrim notched a free-throw to cap Coupeville’s scoring attack.

Nick Guay, Mike Robinett and Timothy Nitta also saw floor time for the Wolves.


8th grade:

The final score has been lost to the mists of time (yes, already) as a road score-keeper failed to keep track of all the buckets.

Suffice it to say, the Wolves lost, and by a considerable margin, and, with that, we’ll move on and not worry about it.

Alex Murdy paced CMS with a team-high seven points, banking home a pair of three-balls in the third quarter.

Mitchell Hall provided back-up with four, Kevin Partida sank a trey and Dominic Coffman tickled the twines for a free throw to round out the scoring.

Levi Pulliam, Josh Upchurch, Jesse Wooten, Ty Hamilton and Alex Wasik rounded out the Wolf squad.

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