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Coupeville grad Aaron Trumbull is now a fully-pinned member of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

Trumbull and fiancée Hannah Gluth.

Different uniform, same strong commitment to those around him.

Coupeville grad Aaron Trumbull, who was one of the best to ever pull on a Wolf uniform, never left his teammates high and dry in the many years I watched him play baseball and basketball.

He had talent and drive, but it was the way he always backed up those around him, which impressed me most as he put together a prep career which eventually landed him in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

A key member of the 2010 Central Whidbey Little League Juniors baseball squad which shocked the hardball world by beating the big city boys to win a state title, Trumbull showed grace and maturity beyond his years.

That came to the forefront one afternoon years later, when he was an established star for Willie Smith’s CHS baseball squad.

That season, the Wolf JV didn’t have enough players to fill out a full nine-man roster, so every game a varsity guy would swing down to fill out the lineup.

Trumbull, a top pitcher and first-baseman, had already done his duty a few days before, and this game, there was a different varsity player scheduled to make the trip to the diamond.

Except, said player threw a public hissy fit about the “demotion.”

There was a brief pause, as Smith’s ears began to turn bright red. A righteous explosion was a’comin’, and I was riveted.

But then, without a word, Trumbull jumped off the bench, snatched the ball away from the whiner, motioned to the JV players to follow him, and headed out to make sure his younger teammates would play.

Even if he never hit a jump shot (and he hit a lot of them), even if he never knocked in the state title winning run (which he did), that day Aaron, with no fanfare, showed why he will always be remembered fondly by teammates, coaches, and fans.

He’s just a stand-up guy.

And now Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue gets to have Trumbull on its team, after the former Wolf made the jump Friday from probationary to being a fully-pinned firefighter.

Central Kitsap just hit a homerun.

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From little league through high school ball, Aaron Trumbull was a class act. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Aaron Trumbull was a rock.

When you look back on his athletic career, the word which pops up most often is “consistent.”

He crossed paths with big-time stars like Ben Etzell, Josh Bayne, Aaron Curtin, and Nick Streubel, to name a few, but he not only held his own, his stats can stand with anyone from his time period.

And he did it all in a quiet, classy manner that can’t, and shouldn’t, be overlooked.

Trumbull delivered big hits, threw big pitches, and sank big buckets, but he approached every game in the same manner – as a solid pro.

He was a key player on a little league team which won a state title, finished higher on the CHS boys basketball career scoring chart than you probably think, but also shone brightly in small moments.

That he’s not already in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame is a surprise and a shame.

I whiffed on this one somehow, but better late than never.

Today we throw open the doors to our lil’ digital wonderland, and welcome Mr. Trumbull to a club which couldn’t be complete without him.

After this, every time you look at the top of the blog, then peek under the Legends tab, you’ll find him strolling by, confident in his own abilities, but never one to scream and holler about how great he was.

Like older sister Alexis, who is also in the Hall o’ Fame, Aaron just went about his day, and let his actions speak for themselves.

He was a star as a young player, part of the 2010 Central Whidbey Little League Juniors baseball team which, under the guidance of coach Chris Tumblin, rumbled to an unexpected state title.

In the championship game, Trumbull came through twice with the pressure on, helping Coupeville upend West Valley 10-9 in 10 innings.

Down three runs entering the seventh, and final, regular inning, Trumbull, Wade Schaef, and Morgan Payne all delivered base-knocks as Central Whidbey rallied to force extra innings.

Then, in the 10th, it was Trumbull who rapped a single to plate Jake Tumblin with the game, and title-winning, run.

Once he hit high school, Trumbull continued to soar, both as a baseball player and basketball star.

His time on the hardwood came at a time when Coupeville’s fortunes were at an all-time low, as losses piled up and the team adapted to a new system after Randy King’s retirement.

Through it all, Trumbull was, as I said before, a rock.

He fought like a devil on the boards, crashed for loose balls, and did what he could to put points in the book for a Wolf team which struggled to generate much offense.

In fact, Trumbull finished with 330 career points, which leaves him sitting as the #77 scorer across 102 years of CHS boys basketball.

On the baseball diamond, whether he was flinging heat from the mound, or holding down first base, he was as steady as they come.

The hardball team had more success during his years at CHS than the basketball team did, and Trumbull was always a big part of that.

But, his impact went beyond wins and losses, or stats.

One of the defining moments of Coupeville athletics is one 99% of people never saw happen, or never heard about.

Late in his career, the Wolves had a number of JV players, but not enough to field a full nine-man lineup.

That meant a different varsity player or two had to fill in each game, to give their teammates a chance to see the field.

It went pretty well, until one Wolf decided they were above it all, and threw a hissy fit at the suggestion they could, for one day, “play down.”

As the JV players milled around, and the other team tried to avoid eye contact with CHS coach Willie Smith as he edged towards going into full-on stroke mode, Trumbull stood up and left the bench.

He had already pulled JV duty in a previous game, and was a much-bigger varsity star than the player throwing the hissy fit, and yet it mattered not to him.

Instead, Trumbull strode over, snatched the ball from his red-faced teammate, turned to the JV players, said “let’s do this,” and led them on the field.

That moment, above all others, above his state title-winning base-knock, or the buckets he hit while being double and triple-teamed, goes to the very core of who Aaron was, is, and will always be.

He didn’t leave teammates behind, didn’t leave them hanging, didn’t embarrass them.

Aaron Trumbull is among the classiest players to ever pull on a Wolf uniform, and he earned his spot in our Hall of Fame every single day he played.

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Dalton Martin (left) hangs out with the brain trust. (Abbie Martin photo)

Still rackin’ up those numbers.

As we head through the first week of May, former Wolf stars continue to pile up stats in the world of college softball, baseball and track.

A peek in on how the Fab Five are doing (in alphabetic order):

Ben Etzell — A junior at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, he’s the main man in the bullpen for a Johnnies baseball team sitting at 25-11 headed into the playoffs.

He’s 3-1 with five saves, a 2.37 ERA and 28 strikeouts and is holding opposing teams to a .194 batting average.

Currently, he sits #1 on the team in saves and appearances (17) and #2 in ERA and K’s.

For his three-year career, he’s 9-2 with seven saves and 76 strikeouts while pitching in 36 games.

Hailey Hammer — A sophomore at Everett Community College, where she’s hitting .322 in 30 games for a 12-22 softball squad.

She has 28 hits, including a double, triple and three home runs, 20 RBI, 14 runs and 13 base on balls.

That puts her #3 on the team in RBI and hits and #4 in batting average.

Dalton Martin — A freshman at Everett Community College, where he’s throwing the discus.

Saturday, he finished 10th in the event at the Ken Shannon Invitational at the University of Washington’s outdoor track facility.

The meet reunited him with U-Dub freshman Jose Padilla, who won the discus toss.

Padilla, who hails from Chelan, and Martin finished 1st and 2nd at the 1A state track and field meet last spring as high school seniors.

Aaron Trumbull — A freshman at Olympic Community College, where he’s played in 16 games for an 11-23 team.

His claim to fame this season has been his work with the glove, where he’s recorded 42 put-outs and three assists while playing first base.

He’s one of only three Olympic baseball players to boast an error-free 1.000 fielding percentage, but he’s far in front of the other two guys, having played 45 innings to their combined two innings.

Monica Vidoni — A sophomore at Rainy River Community College in Minnesota, where the Voyageurs are 21-15.

She’s played in 29 games for the softball sluggers, collecting 17 hits, including three doubles, on her way to a .340 batting average.

Also has 14 RBI, 11 runs, seven walks and four steals.

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Slick-fielding college first-baseman Aaron Trumbull. (Hannah Gluth photo)

They’ve all found their niche.

Four former Coupeville High School stars are playing ball on college teams this spring, and all four of them have found a way to contribute to their teams.

Up-to-the-moment updates, in alphabetic order:

Ben Etzell — A junior at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where the Johnnies are 22-8 overall, 11-3 in league.

He’s the team’s closer, pitching in a squad-best 13 games, going 2-0 with five saves and a 2.38 ERA.

His 22 strikeouts are second-best for SJU, while he’s holding opposing teams to a .203 batting average.

Hailey Hammer — A sophomore at Everett Community College.

She’s hitting .329 with two home runs and 15 RBI for a squad which is 11-17 overall, 9-10 in conference.

She has 24 hits in 24 games, with 13 runs, 10 walks and a double.

Aaron Trumbull — A freshman at Olympic College, which is 6-22 overall, 3-13 in league action.

He has one hit and two walks, but is truly excelling in the field, where he’s played error-free ball.

He has 34 put-outs, three assists and the best fielding percentage on the team.

Monica Vidoni — A sophomore at Rainy River Community College in Minnesota, where the Voyageurs are 15-11 overall, 3-1 in conference play.

She’s hitting .372 in 25 games, with 16 hits (including three doubles), 13 RBI, 10 runs, five walks and four stolen bases.

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Ben Etzell gets nasty. (Libby Auger photo)

The Coupeville connection is alive and well.

Former Wolves can be found playing on college softball and baseball diamonds in several states this spring.

Ben Etzell and Monica Vidoni are pulling on their uniforms in Minnesota, while Aaron Trumbull and Hailey Hammer are still swinging away here in Washington state.

An alphabetically-assembled update through Wednesday:

Ben Etzell — Now a junior at Saint John’s University, the former Cascade Conference baseball MVP has made a team-high six appearances on the pitching mound.

He has a 1.86 era across 9.2 innings, with 13 strikeouts and a save for a Johnnies squad which sits at 9-5.

Hailey Hammer — The sophomore slugger mashed a grand slam for Everett Community College, and overall is hitting .308 with seven RBI in 10 games.

The Trojans are 4-9 and she has eight hits, seven walks and six runs.

Aaron Trumbull — Playing as a freshman for Olympic Community College, he’s appeared in three games for a 2-6 team. Overall, he’s hitting .250 with a run and a walk to his credit.

Monica Vidoni — A sophomore at Rainy River Community College, she’s hitting .267 through 10 games for a 6-5 Voyageurs squad.

She has four hits (including a double), three runs, two RBI, two walks and a stolen base.

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