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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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   “Hey, ladies!!” Robert Sherman (top), who the CHS baseball field is named for, and fellow Wolf athlete Bill Trumbull hang out in the mid-’50s. (Photo courtesy Shelli Trumbull)

It’s time to get dusty.

Pull down those boxes from the attic, venture into the darkest regions of the cellar.

If you have photos from Coupeville’s sporting past, or programs, stat sheets, newspaper clippings or anything of the like, I would love to know about it.

There is no magic room at CHS with the history of this town’s sports accomplishments filed neatly inside.

The only way to shine a spotlight on those who came before, to tell their stories and remember their accomplishments, is with a lot of help.

I’ve been doing my lil’ Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame for a year straight now, and I am well aware a lot of very worthy names have not entered those hallowed digital walls.

Which is where you come in.

You need to give me some info, a guiding shove down the path, some photographic proof that your grandparents once walked tall.

I’m happy to run as much historical stuff as possible, especially during the slow summer days.

I would be thrilled to induct a lot more genuinely worthy athletes, coaches and supporters into the Hall.

But, to do so, I need your help.

I need what’s in your attics and your cellars.

So start looking, folks.

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Wolf stars Wiley Hesselgrave and Sylvia Hurlburt nab college money. (Kristin Hurlburt photos)

   Wolf seniors Wiley Hesselgrave and Sylvia Hurlburt nab some final high school awards. (Kristin Hurlburt photos)

Best Throwback Thursday photo ... ever? Possibly.

Best Throwback Thursday photo … ever? Possibly.

We’re back, to throw it back.

After a fairly long absence, today sees the return (at least for the moment) of Throwback Thursday, thanks to a great photo courtesy of Kristin Hurlburt.

With Coupeville High School’s Class of 2016 having graduated this past Friday, moms were busy posting photos, new and old, all over the social media landscape.

None was as note-perfect as the second photo up top, however.

Capturing future Wolf stars Wiley Hesselgrave and Sylvia Hurlburt back in their younger days, it’s worthy of a shout-out.

Sylvia would go on to grow up into a state meet medal-winning track sensation, a cheer captain and a dancer supreme.

Wiley would get a little bit taller and a little bit tougher and eventually be named the CHS Male Athlete of the Year for his work on the gridiron and the hard-wood.

But their personalities were already in place when our throwback photo was snapped.

Of that, there’s no doubt.

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(Photo courtesy Paul Messner)

This photo of the 1963 Coupeville HS football squad includes my landlord, Jack Sell (#73). (Photo courtesy Paul Messner)

So, does this mean I don’t have to pay rent next month?!?!

Yeah, probably not, but it is proof that my landlord here at Coupeville Sports HQ was once a Wolf athlete himself.

I’ve heard some of the tales from Jack Sell’s past, in the days when he was an undersized but over-achieving gridiron giant.

But here we see the legend that was, in bold black and white, thanks to former teammate Paul Messner, who dug it out of the archives.

Anyone else have stuff like this?

Send it my way (davidsvien@hotmail.com or find me on Facebook), as we reclaim Cow Town sports history one tidbit at a time.

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Hailey Hammer

  Hailey Hammer (front) is not puttin’ up with your shenanigans. At all. (Photo courtesy Linda Hammer)

Hammer tunes up for her final year as a Wolf. (John Fisken photo)

    Hammer tunes up for her final year as a Wolf. The smile is back. (John Fisken photo)

Hailey Hammer is generally in a good mood.

The Coupeville High School senior, a three-sport star since the first day she stepped foot into the school, is pretty easy-going and laid-back. She tends to smile, a lot.

But not in this early photo, where she is about one step from taking the camera away and wrapping it around the paparazzi’s head.

Good thing she’s chilled out since then.

These days, as she prepares for one final run through her sports (volleyball, basketball, softball) at CHS, Hammer has her smile back.

The only ones frowning will be opponents as they get crunched by the power-hittin’ Wolf wonder.

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