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Coupeville senior Dominic Coffman is ready to knock heads and take names. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“The Dominator” got his invite to the big dance.

Coupeville High School senior Dominic Coffman has been tabbed for an appearance in the Earl Barden Classic, the All-State football game for players from 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B schools.

The game is set for Saturday, June 24 in Yakima.

Coffman, the Offensive MVP of the Northwest 2B/1B League this fall, was selected for the West team, which will be coached by Luke Abbott of Raymond/South Bend.

The only other player selected from this region was Adriaan Castro of 2A Anacortes.

Coffman, who was also a First-Team All-League pick on defense for his work at linebacker, scored a team-high 14 touchdowns during his senior season.

Picking up most of his yards as a rusher after first slamming into, and knocking over would-be tacklers, he helped the Wolves tie the program record for most TD’s on the ground (26), first set back in 2014.

“Mama said, knock you out.” (Brenn Sugatan photo)

Coupeville went 7-2, won its first league title since 1990, and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in 32 years under first-year head coach Bennett Richter.

Coffman joins an exclusive club of Wolf players to get an invite to the All-State gridiron clash in the last two decades, joining Mike Bagby (2006), Josh Bayne (2015), and Ryan Labrador (2019).

Coffman and Kai Wong embrace after Coupeville’s first state playoff game since 1990. (Becky Terry photo)

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Jim Clark rules the diamond. (Photos courtesy Renae Mulholland)

I don’t know it all.

Sometimes it probably reads like I think I do, but man, I maybe know like 7% of Coupeville’s sports history.

And yes, that’s seven, and not 70.

Every day I discover something new, it seems, and my best source of info is you, the people who have lived in this town.

The Whidbey News-Times moved their back issues off the Island a while ago, and stashed them, Raiders of the Lost Ark-style in a warehouse, never to be seen by the light of day again.

But you, my saviors, going through your attics, and basements, and barns, are sitting on a lot of history, and I appreciate it when you pass it on.

Who knows? Someday someone may find my holy grail – Tom Sahli’s basketball scoring stats for the 1951-1952 season.

Could happen…

Anyway, today’s glance at the past gives a glimpse of Jim Clark, who went from being a beautiful brawler to life as a standout diamond dandy.

And check out his opponent in the boxing ring in the third clipping – one Joe Finkbonner.

I know, kid was like nine years old, but I like to imagine a ring announcer going all Michael Buffer on his intro.

“In the left corner, wearing the blue trunks, weighing in at a titanic 68 pounds, the terror of the mainland, Joe “The Fink” … FINKBONNER!!!!”

Boo! Boo! Boo!!!!

And then Jim “The Jab” Clark defends Whidbey’s honor in a thunderous hail of, well, jabs.

Of course, right below the boxing recap is a brief note about Mr. Hilderdink’s small calf being mistaken for a deer and shot to heck by hunters who left their bifocals at home.

Probably high school basketball refs in real life…

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Alita Blouin (left) and Maddie Georges, back on the volleyball court one final time. (Photos courtesy Suzan Georges)

One more trip to the land of spikes and sets.

Coupeville High School seniors Alita Blouin and Maddie Georges played Sunday in the 1B/2B/1A All-State volleyball games.

The duo, who were First-Team All-Conference picks when Northwest 2B/1B League coaches voted, played alongside spikers from school such as Adna, Forks, Kalama, and Meridian.

The event, put on by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association, went down at Burlington-Edison High School.

Blouin and Georges are the first Wolf volleyball players to earn an All-State invite in many years, and they join former CHS classmate Xavier Murdy, who played in the boys’ basketball All-State game earlier this year.

Sunday’s extravaganza was more about the experience than the scores, and both young women cherished the opportunity.

“The girls had fun,” said Maddie’s mom, Suzan Georges.

“A few tears once again. The real last time wearing their jerseys.”

The Wolf duo hang out with their new teammates.

Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore joins his spikers for a fond farewell.

A pack of fellow Wolves showed up for Blouin and Georges’ big day.

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Alita Blouin (left) and Maddie Georges get another day of high school volleyball action. (Photo courtesy Cory Whitmore)

Their weekend is double-booked.

Coupeville High School seniors Alita Blouin and Maddie Georges are scheduled to play a home basketball game Saturday.

A day later the Wolf duo will be on the volleyball court in Burlington, where they’ll be part of the 1B/2B/1A All-State games.

Blouin and Georges are on Team Brown, which is coached by Nicole Marang of La Salle.

That squad faces Team Orange, which features La Conner’s Ellie Marble, Josie Harper, and Makayla Herrera, at 12:30 PM.

The event is put on by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Blouin, a libero, and Georges, a setter, were First-Team All-Conference selections this season when Northwest 2B/1B League coaches voted.

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Scott Hilborn earned All-State honors for his play on the baseball diamond. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe was also honored.

Wait, there’s more.

Practice has begun for the 2022-2023 school athletic year, but one final set of awards has come hurtling in at the last second to officially put a wrap on things from last year.

The Washington State Baseball Coaches Association released its All-State teams Wednesday, with two Coupeville players landing on the 1B/2B squad.

Senior Hawthorne Wolfe and junior Scott Hilborn were tabbed for their play this past spring, when they helped lead CHS to a Northwest 2B/1B League title.

Coupeville finished 13-7 overall, 11-1 in conference action, falling 3-2 in a winner-to-state, loser-out game against Friday Harbor.

Wolfe split time between the outfield and pitcher’s mound, while Hilborn played in the infield and pitched. Both were standout hitters for the Wolves.

Friday Harbor’s Nathan Posenjak and Darrington’s Jesse Stewart, both shortstop/pitchers, join Wolfe and Hilborn in representing the NWL.

Led by Coupeville’s duo, Whidbey Island had a strong showing overall.

Joshua Sterba, a pitcher/infielder from South Whidbey, was named to the 1A team, though 3A Oak Harbor, which had a strong season, was blanked.

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