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Gavin O’Keefe is a little older now than he was in this photo, but his basketball skills remain on-point. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Playing with the minimum three players, “Trust the Process,” a team headed up by former Coupeville High School basketball stars Kramer and Gavin O’Keefe, finished second at a 3-on-3 hoops tourney Saturday on the South end of the Island.

The hot-shooting brothers teamed up with Kyle Collins to come within a late three-ball of winning the title, before falling to the Monstars, a squad led by former South Whidbey High School supernova Parker Collins.

“Trust the Process” dropped a close opening game, then ripped off three straight wins to emerge from the loser’s bracket and get their shot at the Monstars, who finished 4-0 in tourney play.

The five-team, double-elimination event, which is in its ninth year, was hosted by LM Premier and the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District.

Played outside on the Rotary Court, which was built thanks to money raised by previous 3-on-3 tourneys, the hoops extravaganza raised funds for a scholarship program which covers youth basketball registration fees for families in need.

Along with the games, the event included a three-point shooting contest, won by current SWHS player Nick Young.

During their time at CHS, the O’Keefe brothers, who are part of arguably the most-successful basketball-playing family in school history, both had stellar careers.

Kramer rattled the rim for 636 points, which puts him #27 all-time on the Wolf boys career scoring chart, which has been adding names for 102 seasons.

He’s second among family members, with uncle Randy Keefe sitting at #3 all-time with 1088 points.

A horrifying string of injuries prevented Gavin from flying up the scoring chart as far as he would have, but, when he was healthy, he was a spark plug for the Wolves, playing his heart out and drilling jumpers from all angles.

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Former Coupeville Middle School teammates played together again at this weekend’s Spokane Hoopfest. Left to right are Caleb Meyer, Hawthorne Wolfe, Grady Rickner, and Logan Martin. (Photo by Abbie Martin)

They got the old gang back together, and it paid off big time.

Coupeville High School basketball stars Logan Martin, Grady Rickner, and Hawthorne Wolfe reunited with former middle school hardwood teammate Caleb Meyer this weekend for the Spokane Hoopfest.

The four-pack, who will be sophomores in the fall, then went out and won the consolation bracket in the High School Male division at the world’s biggest 3-on-3 tournament.

Playing as the Coupeville Wolves, even though Meyer attends Jackson High School after transferring before his freshman year, the gunners went 2-2 on the weekend.

After being nipped by “Kermy’s Army” and the “Beastie Boys,” the Wolves bounced back to blast “C-Team Skills” and “We Are Inevitable.”

The Spokane Hoopfest, which began in 1989, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

Action, which draws thousands of teams across a staggering amount of divisions, is open to players from third grade up, and plays out on 400+ courts.

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Call ’em undefeated. Call ’em best in tourney. Call ’em (l to r) Kaci French, Kayleigh Bungard, Malaysia Smith and Kylie Van Velkinburgh. (Dawn Bungard photos)


The champs celebrate with CHS boys’ hoop coach (and proud dad) Anthony Smith.

Like father, like daughter.

Sparked by the offspring of two Coupeville High School basketball coaches, a group of sixth grade girls swept to an undefeated record and a championship at a tourney in Arlington this weekend.

The four-player squad rolled through the 3-on-3 tourney like pros and left their papas with huge grins.

“Loving some summer hoops and watching my little one grow,” said CHS boys’ JV hoops coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh. “Very proud of this group of girls and the way they battled.”

Dustin’s daughter Kylie, who will be moving up to Coupeville Middle School in a few weeks, was joined by Malaysia Smith, Kayleigh Bungard and Kaci French.

Those three are from Ferndale, with Malaysia being the daughter of Wolf boys’ varsity coach Anthony Smith.

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