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Coupeville runners (left to right) Lyla Stuurmans, Nick Guay, Aidan Wilson, and Claire Mayne won the 4 x 400 co-ed relay Saturday in Rainier. (Elizabeth Bittting photo)

Maybe call him “Murdy the Magnificent.”

Coupeville High School senior Alex Murdy brought the thunder Saturday, besting 42 competitors to win the long jump at the Rainier Icebreaker Invitational.

Splashing back to Earth with a PR-earning jump of 19 feet, 10.25 inches, he was almost eight inches ahead of his nearest rival.

Spurred by Murdy’s performance and a win in the 800 from Aidan Wilson, the Wolf boys claimed 4th place out of 27 schools.

Coupeville’s girls’ squad, which got 4th place finishes from Ryanne Knoblich (high jump) and Lyla Stuurmans (400), placed 9th in the team standings.

In addition to Murdy and Wilson’s individual achievements, the Wolves also brought home a third title thanks to a co-ed 4 x 400 relay team made up of Claire Mayne, Stuurmans, Nick Guay, and Wilson.

Saturday’s meet drew teams from multiple classifications, with Washington state 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B schools represented.

There was also a school from Oregon, and another from British Columbia.

Coupeville, which made nearly a 250-mile round-trip to Rainier, gets right back at it next week, with three meets in a span of four days.

The Wolves host a seven-team league meet Wednesday, Mar. 22, then travel to Bellingham Mar. 24 and Stanwood Mar. 25 for large invitationals.

Ryanne Knoblich approves of the sunshine. (Bob Martin photo)


Complete Saturday results:



100 — Monroe Myles (26th) 14.83; Ava Mitten (32nd) 15.57

200 — Ryanne Knoblich (22nd) 30.60 *PR*; Mitten (27th) 31.37

400 — Lyla Stuurmans (4th) 1:04.72 *PR*; Aleera Kent (8th) 1:10.43 *PR*

800 — Kent (6th) 2:51.27

1600 — Cristina McGrath (27th) 7:38.19 *PR*

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (16th) 19.97

300 Hurdles — Liza Zustiak (22nd) 1:07.33 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — MylesMitten, Carly Burt, Mayne (10th) 58.67

Shot Put — Katie Marti (8th) 28-07 *PR*; Carolyn Lhamon (10th) 27-11

Discus — Lhamom (5th) 90-09; Erica McGrath (17th) 75-01

Javelin — Marti (9th) 80-06; Taygin Jump (11th) 80-02

High Jump — Knoblich (4th) 4-08

Long Jump — Knoblich (13th) 13-08; Burt (19th) 12-03 *PR*

Triple Jump — C. McGrath (13th) 26-08


CHS throwers Zac Tackett (left) and Zane Oldenstadt contemplate roughing up the cameraman. (Bob Martin photo)



100 — Tim Ursu (8th) 12.05; Preston Epp (27th) 12.73 *PR*

200 — P. Epp (12th) 25.49 *PR*; Adrian Cunningham (24th) 26.28 *PR*

400 — Anthony Smolen (13th) 59.29 *PR*

800 — Aiden Wilson (1st) 2:08.59; Ezekiel Allen (19th) 2:30.74 *PR*

1600 — Mitchell Hall (10th) 4:55.10; Malachi Somes (15th) 5:10.43 *PR*

3200 — Cameron Epp (7th) 11:14.55; George Spear (20th) 12:41.69 *PR*

110 Hurdles — Tate Wyman (5th) 18.76 *PR*; Reiley Araceley (6th) 18.93

300 Hurdles — Wyman (12th) 47.97; Araceley (14th) 48.66

4 x 100 Relay — Araceley, Wyman, C. Epp, Ursu (9th) 47.80

Shot Put — Josh Upchurch (12th) 36-08 *PR*; Kai Wong (19th) 35-00 *PR*

Discus — Zac Tackett (6th) 119-04 *PR*; Zane Oldenstadt (32nd) 83-07

Javelin — Hall (18th) 108-05; Ursu (26th) 96-03

High Jump — Nick Guay (7th) 5-06

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (1st) 19-10.25 *PR*; Cunningham (26th) 14-07.25

Triple Jump — Wilson (4th) 37-10; Hall (20th) 27-02.25



4 x 400 Relay — Guay, Mayne, Stuurmans, Wilson (1st) 4:04.36

Sprint Medley Relay (100-100-200-400) — Burt, Ursu, Knoblich, Hall (8th) 1:52.63

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Cole White hops into action. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No more free throws or rebounds, just praise.

The Coupeville High School boys’ basketball teams capped their seasons Tuesday with an awards banquet, honoring players and managers after successful seasons.

The Wolf varsity went 14-9 and won the two-day Cascade Hoops Classic in Leavenworth during the holidays, while the JV squad closed on a 10-game winning streak during an 11-3 campaign.

Two varsity players — junior Logan Downes and senior Alex Murdy — were previously honored with selections to the Northwest 2B/1B League All-Conference team.

Downes, who torched the nets for 554 points, second-best in the 107-year history of Wolf basketball, was a First-Team selection, while Murdy, a two-way star, landed Second-Team honors.

CHS head coach Brad Sherman and assistants Greg White, Hunter Smith, and Randy Bottorff handed out the following awards:


Varsity awards:

Ryan Blouin – Hard Hat Award
Dominic Coffman – Four Year Award
Logan Downes – Offensive Player of the Year; Varsity Captain
Jonathan Valenzuela – Shot of the Year
Cole White – Defensive Player of the Year; Varsity Captain

Jonathan Valenzuela banked in a buzzer-beating three-ball to beat La Conner on the road, even with one eye partially closed. (Morgan White photo)


JV awards:

Hunter Bronec – Defensive Player of the Year
Aiden O’Neill – Hard Hat Award
Jack Porter – Offensive Player of the Year
David Somes – Exceptional Service Award
Thomas Studer – Exceptional Service Award


Varsity letter winners:

Chase Anderson
Ryan Blouin
Dominic Coffman
Jermiah Copeland
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Nick Guay
Alex Murdy
Zane Oldenstadt
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White


Hunter Bronec has places to be. (Chloe Marzocca photo)


Participation certificates:

Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
Carson Field
Camden Glover
Aiden O’Neill
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Landon Roberts
Yohannon Sandles
David Somes (Manager)
Malachi Somes
Thomas Studer (Manager)

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Logan Downes lines up a shot. (Andrew Williams photo)

They earned the respect of rival hoops gurus.

Coming off a strong 14-9 season, two Coupeville High School boys’ basketball players were named to the All-Conference team by Northwest 2B/1B League coaches.

Junior Logan Downes, who averaged 23.2 points a night across 10 league contests, with a high of 40 against Orcas Island, was tabbed as a First-Team pick.

The Wolf gunner scored in double digits in every NWL game this season, tossing in 26+ five times against league foes.

Overall, Downes put together the second-best individual season in the 107-year history of CHS basketball, torching the nets for 554 points on his way to averaging 24.1 a game.

After twice scoring 40 in a game as a junior, he’s #15 on the Wolf boys career scoring chart, having splashed home 778 points.

Downes was joined on the 2022-2023 All-League team by senior Alex Murdy, who was tabbed as a Second-Team pick.

Alex Murdy slices up the defense. (Andrew Williams photo)

Closing his stellar prep career with a bang, Coupeville’s most aggressive defensive player averaged 10.7 points a night in league play, with a high of 17 against La Conner.

Capable of changing the flow of the game on both ends of the floor, Murdy scored 448 points during his time in a Wolf uniform.

Senior Diego Lago, who led Orcas Island to a 6th place finish at the 1B state tourney, was league MVP, while Vikings head man Ed Lago was named Coach of the Year.

Concrete won the Sportsmanship Award.


First-Team All-League:

Billy DeJong – Senior – Mount Vernon Christian
Logan Downes – Junior – Coupeville
Liam Millenaar – Senior – Mount Vernon Christian
Aidan Murray – Senior – Orcas Island
Braden Thomas – Senior – La Conner


Second-Team All-League:

Tommy Anderson-Cleveland – Senior – Orcas Island
Chris Gustafson – Junior – Friday Harbor
Alex Murdy – Senior – Coupeville
Isaiah Price – Senior – La Conner
Ben Rozema – Senior – Mount Vernon Christian


Honorable Mention:

Hunter Anderson – Freshman – Darrington
Adam Culver – Junior – Concrete
Colby Faber – Senior – Mount Vernon Christian

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“I’m staying down here on the floor where it’s safe!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a sweet Valentine’s Day massacre.

Scrappy Northwest Christian out of Lacey hung around for a bit Tuesday night, then the Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball team unleashed a tsunami of buckets.

Closing the third quarter on a 23-0 run, and finishing the game itself on a 38-6 tear, the Wolves ran their guests off the floor to a 64-26 tune.

The playoff win lifts Coupeville to 14-7 on the season, a record Brad Sherman’s squad will carry back onto their home floor Thursday, when they play for a second-straight bi-district title and trip to state.

That game, set for a 7 PM tipoff, will be against Northwest 2B/1B League rival La Conner (10-12), which toppled District 2’s top seed, Auburn Adventist Academy, 57-53.

NWC (9-10) and AAA (16-4) also play Thursday in a loser-out game, with the winner advancing to play the title game loser Saturday for the second ticket to state awarded to District 1/2 this time around.

Coupeville, which went 34 years between trips to the state tourney, and 52 between district titles, now stands on the cusp of repeating both major achievements barely a year later.

The Wolf boys’ hoops program has only advanced to the big dance in consecutive seasons once, achieving the feat during the 1974-1975 and 1975-1976 seasons.

Tuesday’s tilt featured one team which was clearly dominant in every way — but had trouble getting the ball to stay in the hoop for the first 18 or so minutes — and one team which refused to go away.

Coupeville got on the board first, with senior Dominic Coffman crashing hard to the hoop to deliver a ball sent his way by Alex Murdy.

Next trip down the floor, same exact play. MurdyCoffman-bucket.

Tack on a rumble through the paint from Logan Downes and a Murdy free throw, and the Wolves staked themselves to a quick 7-2 lead.

Then the rim turned unforgiving, as Wolf shot after shot found increasingly creative ways of popping back out of the net, allowing Northwest Christian to sneak out to a 12-9 lead at the first break.

The final NWC bucket was a particular dagger, the ball caressing the glass and dropping through the net a millisecond before the shot clock sounded.

But, as Coupeville assistant coach Greg White told the Wolves as they came to the bench, “We’re not out of this! At all!!”

He was right, with the Wolves — sparked by a feisty defense spearheaded by Murdy at his shot-blocking, havoc-creating best — opening the second frame on a 10-0 run.

The first two of those buckets were courtesy fab frosh Chase Anderson, who made off with steals, outran his foe to the rim for a layup, then immediately got right back up in the grill of the man he had just embarrassed.

Murdy, delivering perhaps his best all-around performance of the season, was zipping passes left and right, the ball finding the waiting fingers of Downes and Cole White.

NWC briefly stopped Coupeville’s flow with a three-ball and free throw, but bam, right back at it, with another 7-0 mini-run to send the Wolves to the half up 26-16.

If there was one thing slightly troubling onlookers, it was this — the lead could have already been 20-25 at that point, if the rim had been just a bit more receptive.

But even during the good times of the second quarter, a surprising number of shots refused to go down and came back up.

Sort of like what happened with one overhyped young fan, who discovered yes, you can become a prairie folk hero by barfin’ all over your section of the stands.

“Don’t look behind you. If you didn’t see it, it didn’t happen.”

Coupeville’s inconsistent first half shot making may have given NWC a glimmer of hope, and the visitors actually cut the lead back to 26-20 early in the third quarter.

At which point the Wolves got mad and did something about it.

Slapped, poked, prodded, and whacked upside the head one too many times, Murdy proved he was a lover, and not a fighter.

As in a lover of destroying the souls of anyone in a NWC uniform.

Murdy, eyes boring lasers through the hapless dudes caught in his range of vision, unleashed in the second half.

He scored 14 of his 17 points starting at that 26-20 mark, but the way he did it was especially brutally beautiful.

Instead of simply blocking a shot, Murdy ripped time and space apart as he elevated to punch away the ball right as it left his foe’s hands.

In doing so, he sent the ball on a direct line to Downes, who snatched it up and was off for a breakaway bucket to put salt in the wound.

But the coldest Murdy Moment came on the first play of the fourth quarter, as he ripped a ball free, shot down floor, then suddenly jumped back and rained down a three-ball right in a guy’s face.

The crowd, which included former teammates, went wild, while the Wolf senior had a look on his face which could probably get Netflix to pony up some big cash for him to star in their next serial killer flick.

Once Coupeville went bonkers, it never stopped.

A 23-0 run to close the third quarter, with five different Wolves scoring, blew the lead out to 49-20, with CHS promptly scoring 12 of the first 13 points in the fourth as well.

Hard-working big man Zane Oldenstadt provided the final crowd-pleasers, throwing down back-to-back buckets like he had suddenly been injected with the DNA of Nikola Jokić.

Or Hakeem Olajuwon for true hoops scholars.

A look at the postgame scorebook reveals the kind of share-the-love scoring Brad Sherman enjoys seeing staring back at him.

Three Wolves were in double figures, with eight tallying points.

Downes led the way with 18, followed by Murdy with 17, and White with 10, while Anderson (6), Nick Guay (4), Coffman (4), Oldenstadt (4), and Jonathan Valenzuela (1) all kept Hall of Fame scorekeeper June Mazdra busy.

William Davidson, Jermiah Copeland, Ryan Blouin, and Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim also saw floor time in the win, as Sherman used all 12 players on his postseason roster.

The postgame celebration threatens to get out of hand.

While it was a true team effort, a dedicated stats hound such as me can’t let the moment go without mentioning one milestone.

With his 18 points, Downes becomes just the second Wolf player, boy or girl, to score 500 points in a single season.

The Coupeville junior is at 504 and counting, trailing just Jeff Stone, who rained down a still awe-inspiring 644 back in 1969-1970.

Career-wise, Downes rises to 728, moving past Tom Sahli (719) to claim #20 on the all-time CHS boys scoring chart for a program launched in 1917.


While the 728 for Downes is documented and stamped, Sahli, who faced down NBA legend Elgin Baylor in college, is the only major Wolf hoops star for whom we don’t have a concrete career point total.

Sahli’s 719 is based on his junior and senior seasons, but any numbers from his sophomore campaign in 1951-1952 remain missing — the Holy Grail for my Indiana Jones-style hoops obsession.

So, maybe put a small asterisk next to Downes and the other 19 guys still ahead of him on the chart, in the hope we can one day give Sahli his full due.

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William Davidson eyeballs the paparazzi. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A bump in the road.

It wasn’t the way the Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball team wanted to end the regular season, falling 67-60 at Friday Harbor in a foul-riddled brawl Friday night.

But while the loss drops the Wolves to 13-7 on the season, it ultimately doesn’t matter all that much, except as a lesson to be learned.

Friday Harbor is still NOT going to the postseason, and Coupeville is still the #1 playoff seed from District 1, and that was set in stone long before the Wolves went Island-hopping.

The Wolves host Northwest Christian (Lacey) Tuesday, Feb. 14 in their bi-district opener, then welcome either Auburn Adventist Academy or La Conner to the CHS gym Feb. 16.

Win two games in the four-team double-elimination royal rumble, and Coupeville heads back to the state tourney for the second-straight season.

So, celebrate tonight Friday Harbor boys’ hoops fans, because tomorrow you can start thinking about spring sports.

Dominic Coffman is ready for the playoffs. (Bailey Thule photo)

Friday’s tilt started firmly in favor of Coupeville, took a nasty detour, then became a bare-knuckle slugfest in the late going.

Nick Guay opened the game by hitting a jumper, before the refs discovered the teams were using the smaller basketball normally employed by high school female players.

The basket stood, however, and then Logan Downes and Alex Murdy combined to rain down a trio of three-balls with their normal ball, helping the Wolves build an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter.

Things got batty from there, however, as Friday Harbor hit a groove (and a bunch of buckets), using a 20-2 surge over the next 6-8 minutes, pulling ahead 24-13.

Coupeville rallied, with Murdy raining down shots while hanging in mid-air, while teammate Jonathan Valenzuela swept up a wayward baby who wandered onto the court during play.

Back within 29-23 at the half, the Wolves were playing with fire, as they have from time to time this season, falling behind, then rallying to crush foes.

This time, however, Friday Harbor didn’t crack, matching CHS bucket for bucket across the third quarter during a 19-19 stalemate.

Cole White hit a variety of pressure-packed shots, freshman Chase Anderson came up with a big steal and breakaway bucket, and Murdy was locked-in as he cracked the 400-point club like older brother Xavier before him.

But the Wolverines stayed patient, hit the boards hard, and netted a string of three-balls to keep the Wolves at bay.

For a moment at least.

Back down by 11 in the fourth quarter, Coupeville went on a 15-4 tear, knotting things up at 59-59 when Downes splashed home a trey from deep on the right side of the floor.

White set the play up with a nifty steal, and an earlier technical foul on the hosts for being chippy helped as well.

But then, as quickly as the comeback had come to life, Coupeville’s shooting touch evaporated.

Friday Harbor, cheered on by La Conner players in the stands (rival schools uniting for a night to heckle the big dogs), hit six free throws in the waning moments.

Tack on a put-back off of an offensive rebound, and the Wolverines were able to slam the door shut.

For this night, at least.

Downes finished with a game-high 29 points, while Murdy banked in 15, and White tickled the twines for 10.

Guay (2), Anderson (2), William Davidson (1), and Coffman (1) also scored, while Ryan Blouin, Zane Oldenstadt, and Valenzuela saw floor time.

With his first three-ball of the night Downes passed Jeff Rhubottom (459 points in 1977-1978), and now has the second-best single-season scoring total, boy or girl, in 106 years of CHS basketball.

The Wolf junior sits with 486 points heading into the playoffs, chasing just Jeff Stone, who rattled the rims for 644 in 1969-1970.

Career-wise, Downes cracks the 700-point club, passing Chris Good (688) to move into 21st place all-time with 710 and counting.

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