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The present and future of Coupeville basketball hang out together, as Brady Sherman cheers on Xavier Murdy at the All-State game. (Deb Sherman photo)

Murdy (the #3 who’s fourth from the left) takes his place in the 2B all-star lineup. (Michele Murdy photo)

He played with the best and held his own.

Coupeville High School senior Xavier Murdy became the first Wolf boy in at least a decade-and-a-half to appear in the All-State basketball game Saturday.

While on the floor at Curtis High School, he pumped in 10 points, helping the 2B All-Stars thrash their 1B foes to the tune of 115-95.

It was the only game Saturday where the team repping the bigger classification won.

In later contests, the 1A all-stars beat the 2A team 109-99 and the 3A’s upended the 4A’s best 105-102.

The games, put on by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, featured many of the best seniors in the state.

This year the WIBCA also held a “futures” game Friday, starring selected juniors from big-city schools.

Murdy is the only player at any of the six levels to hail from this region and is the first Wolf to make an All-State basketball squad since Makana Stone was selected to the 1A girls team in 2016.

Having been tabbed as the Northwest 2B/1B League MVP after helping lead Coupeville to its most-successful season in decades, X-Man shared the court Saturday with standouts like Liberty’s Tayshawn Colvin and 2B state player of the year John Lustig of Colfax.

Murdy got his points in the all-star game in much the same way he did for the Wolves — by outworking others.

He opened with a short jumper in the paint, having corralled a loose ball in mid-air.

After draining a pair of free throws — set up by snatching an offensive rebound — Murdy put another rebound back up and in.

A jumper on the move and a bucket where he slashed to the glass, switching hands in mid-move to score with his left hand, capped his offensive outburst.

Murdy, who made his varsity hoops debut as a freshman, finished his CHS career with 482 points.

This season, capping his run with fellow seniors Logan Martin, Hawthorne Wolfe, Grady Rickner, and Caleb Meyer, X-Man helped the Wolves win their first league title since 2002.

The CHS boys also claimed their first district crown since 1970 and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 1988.

Murdy scored 24 points against top-seeded Kalama and 10 against Lake Roosevelt as the Wolves pushed both teams to the final moments in their state matchups.

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Coupeville’s Xavier Murdy will play one more high school basketball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s not done just yet.

Basketball gear has been turned in, and he’s moved on to the baseball diamond, but the hardwood still calls to Xavier Murdy.

The Coupeville High School senior has been tabbed to play in the WIBCA All-State game this Saturday, Mar. 19.

The event, put together by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, goes down at Curtis High School in University Place.

There are three games, with each bout — 4A vs. 3A, 2A vs. 1A, and 2B vs. 1B — featuring a collection of the best senior hoops stars in Washington state.

Murdy is slated to appear in the 2B/1B game.

He’ll by joined on the 11-man 2B roster by players such as Jackson Esary of Kalama, Gary Dotson of Morton-White Pass, and John Lustig of Colfax.

During his senior season, Murdy┬áled Coupeville in scoring and rebounding, helping fuel the program’s best performance in decades.

The Wolves finished 16-2, winning their first league title since 2002, capturing their first district crown since 1970, and advancing to the state tourney for the first time since 1988.

Murdy tallied a game-high 24 points against Kalama in Coupeville’s state opener, then tossed in 10 more against Lake Roosevelt in game two.

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When he’s not on the soccer pitch, Eddy Perera plays a mean trombone. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Soccer ball on the foot, or trombone on the lips, he’s a rising star.

Coupeville High School freshman Eddy Perera, coming off of a season on the pitch, has been selected for the All-State Honor Band program.

Run by the Washington Music Educators Association, the event is scheduled to take place during President’s Day weekend in February, 2022.

Of course, the actual performance hinges on where the ongoing pandemic, and all of the restrictions it imposes, is three months from now.

For the moment, though, Perera can bask in the satisfaction of having aced his audition.

Music instructor Sean Brown, who has taught the Wolf frosh the past four years, speaks highly of his student.

Writing on his personal blog, Brown said:

He’s been sort of a stand-out in a small band program, showing a lot of technical ability.

We have been working a lot to improve his sound, which is a long journey we are still on, but he’s another player that has grown a lot and has been thrown in a lot of challenging situations.

When he wasn’t practicing the trombone, Perera played midfielder for the CHS soccer team this fall, one of six 9th graders on the Wolf squad.

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CHS baseball coach Chris Smith poses with some of the Wolf seniors who played Thursday at the All-State feeder games in Bellingham. L to r are Matt Hilborn, Shane Losey, and Dane Lucero, while Jake Pease was AWOL at the moment. (Wendi Hilborn photo)

Coupeville’s diamond men got one more night under the lights.

Four Wolf seniors — Dane Lucero, Shane Losey, Jake Pease, and Matt Hilborn — traveled to Bellingham Thursday to participate in the A/B All-State Baseball Feeder games.

While none of the pack made the cut for the big games, held June 8-9 in Yakima, Coupeville made a positive impression.

“They all played really well,” said CHS head baseball coach Chris Smith, who was in the stands at Joe Martin Stadium for the games. “Coupeville was well represented.”

After playing their entire prep careers as teammates, the four Wolves found themselves split up at times Thursday night.

In the opening game, the Nationals, which featured Lucero, Losey, and Hilborn topped Pease’s Americans squad 14-13 in a slug-fest.

Pease anchored third base for the entire game.

“He didn’t have a ton of opportunities, but did make some diving attempts at a couple smoked grounders,” said CHS assistant coach Aaron Lucero.

Hilborn got some work on the mound in the first game, tossing two innings, then moved to shortstop in the nightcap, where the Americans won 7-1 in a game called after six innings due to pitch counts.

“He was lights out at shortstop and had several outs to Dane at first,” Aaron Lucero said. “Lot of tough balls and threw lasers.”

Dane Lucero, who made a sensational full-body extension grab on a hard liner just inside the line at first, also pulled double duty.

After getting loosened up with his work on the bag, where he put in eight innings across the two games, the younger Lucero strolled over to pitch the fifth inning in game two.

Making sure every Wolf had some highlights, Losey was a beast in the outfield.

Shane almost had a ridiculous awesome diving play in right that just missed by an inch or two,” Aaron Lucero said. “Was ecstatic he got to the ball, not to mention the dive.

“Next hitter hit another shot to right that Shane sprinted to, twisted, hit the ball with his glove, ball popped, and he caught the pop one-handed,” he added.

“The best part was his back was turned to the line ump, ump indicating fair and safe until Shane shows the ball with his back turned for the ump to reverse to an out.”

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South Whidbey’s Kody Newman (22) was named Wednesday to the AP All-State boys basketball team.

They noticed us.

When big-city newspaper types pick high school all-star teams, they often hyper-focus on players who made it to the state tourney, or fall back on those who live in large, urban areas.

But someone must have done their research, because Wednesday, when the Associated Press announced its 2018-2019 All-State basketball teams, there was Whidbey Island sitting right on the same line with Seattle and Lynden.

South Whidbey senior guard Kody Newman, who burned down gyms all season while shooting three-balls from the parking lot, not only made the lineup, he was picked for the first team.

Lynden Christian’s hugely-hyped Cole Bajema, who is off to Michigan on a hoops scholarship next year, was tabbed as the 1A boys player of the year.

Joining the Lync star on the First Team were Newman, Antonio Salinas (Zillah), Mason Landdeck (Cashmere) and Hunter Ecklund (La Center).

Newman, who is bringing a stellar four-year prep sports career to a close this spring with one last tour of duty on the baseball field, scored his 1,000th point on the high school hardwood against Coupeville.

It came on a long three-ball, and, just to make things interesting, it’s believed he shot the ball with his eyes closed to up the danger factor.

True story.

Newman wasn’t the only Wolf foe honored Wednesday, just the one to get the biggest props.

Freshman Tyler Linhardt of King’s and junior Irena Korolenko of Cedar Park Christian were tabbed as Honorable Mention selections.

Oumou Toure, a senior at 3A Kamiakin, and Anton Watson, a senior at 4A Gonzaga Prep, were the state players of the year across all classifications (4A-2B).

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