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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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Coupeville High School cheerleaders Ashleigh Battaglia (left) and Mica Shipley recently competed for spots on the All-State team. (Photos courtesy BreAnna Boon)

They’re carrying Coupeville High School cheer back into the spotlight.

Hot on the heels of finishing 3rd at state, while returning to competition for the first time since 2011, the Wolves sent their leaders to the Washington State Cheerleading Coaches Association All-State Competition.

Shipley stands tall.

CHS juniors Ashleigh Battaglia and Mica Shipley brought their patented sense of excitement and skill to Kamiak High School Mar. 23, vying for spots on the All-State team.

The duo, who were nominated by Coupeville coach BreAnna Boon, competed in different events, with both finishing in the top half of the standings.

A brief photo op before competition.

Shipley competed in tumbling, where she was one of 50 cheerleaders in action, while Battaglia chose non-tumbling, which drew 108 competitors.

Both Wolf cheerleaders had to learn routines off of a video, then perform in front of collegiate and NFL cheerleaders.

Performing solo, Battaglia completed three jumps, a cheer, and two dances.

Battaglia reaches for the sky.

Shipley did three jumps into a back handspring, a tumbling pass, a dance, and a cheer.

While neither Wolf made the top 15, which was the cut-off for the All-State team, the experience was a positive one for the team captains as CHS cheer continues to build for the future.

“The girls had fun, so that’s all that matters,” Boon said.

The duo hang out with CHS cheer coach BreAnna Boon.

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   Julian Welling is one of five Coupeville seniors selected to play in the All-State baseball series feeder games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The baseball season isn’t done yet for five Coupeville High School seniors.

While the Wolves were knocked out of the playoffs last week, Hunter Smith, Joey Lippo, Julian Welling, Nick Etzell and Jake Hoagland will get at least one more chance to step onto a diamond in uniform.

The five were selected for the first leg in the All-State baseball series.

They’ll travel to Bellingham May 31 to play in the 1A/B feeder games for the Northwest District at Joe Martin Field.

Two games will be played that night, with the first starting at 5 PM.

The large contingent of CHS players is a reward for the Wolves putting together their best win-loss record (15-6) in more than a decade.

Coupeville went 8-1 in Olympic League play, winning its second league crown in three seasons, then played three games at districts, falling a game short of the state playoffs.

After a series of 15 feeder games across the state finish, a field of 200+ seniors will be chopped down to 72, with players drawn from every classification, 1B to 4A.

Those players will form the four teams (Adams, St. Helens, Rainier and Baker) that play in the actual All-State games in Yakima June 9-10.

While Coupeville annually sends players to the feeder games, the last Wolf to make the final cut (and agree to play) in the All-State games was Ben Etzell, older brother of Nick.

He pitched for Team Adams in 2014, then enrolled at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he went on to play four years with the Johnnies.


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   South Whidbey’s Lewis Pope will play in an all-state, all-star basketball game Mar. 17. (Photo courtesy Teresa Pope)

Whidbey is going to the big dance.

The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association is reaching out to the hinterlands, inviting South Whidbey senior Lewis Pope to next weekend’s All-State All-Star games.

The invitation became Twitter-official late Friday afternoon, when WIBCA released rosters for all six teams.

The event, set for Saturday, Mar. 17 at Curtis High School, down in University Place, pits 10-man teams made up of seniors against each other in three games.

Kicking things off at 2 PM will be 1B vs. 2B, with 1A vs. 2A at 4 PM, and 3A vs. 4A wrapping things up at 6 PM.

Pope, who was co-MVP in the Cascade Conference this season, will be on a 1A team which includes Nooksack Valley’s backboard-busting Casey Bauman and George De Jong of state champ Lynden Christian.

The son of Teresa and Henry Pope, Lewis averaged 23.8 points a game during his senior season, and has signed to play college ball for Central Washington University.

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