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Scott Hilborn had an artful season. (Photo courtesy Wendi Hilborn)

MVP in the fall, MVP in the spring.

Coupeville’s Scott Hilborn doesn’t play basketball, but he did pretty well in the other seasons.

Coming off a trip to the state tourney, where he pitched the Wolves to their first win at the big dance since 1987, the CHS senior was tabbed for the Northwest 2B/1B League’s top baseball honor.

Hilborn shared MVP status with Mount Vernon Christian junior Nathan Symmank, just as their teams shared the NWL crown with 13-1 league records.

The duo both bounced around the diamond, playing three positions apiece.

Symmank plays first and third base when he’s not pitching, while Hilborn, who was also the league MVP for football, is a pitcher, catcher, and shortstop.

MVC head man John Burmeister was tabbed as Coach of the Year after leading the Hurricanes to a 2nd place finish at the 1B state tourney, while Darrington received the league sportsmanship award.

In addition to Hilborn, Coupeville, which finished 17-6 after splitting two games at state, had six other players honored by league coaches.


First-Team All-Conference:

Chase Anderson – Coupeville
Trevor Blom – MVC
Eddie Cunningham – Orcas Island
Gavin Garcia – Friday Harbor
Jack Porter – Coupeville
Joe Stevens – Orcas Island
Jesse Stewart – Darrington
Jonathan Valenzuela – Coupeville
Joel Votipka – MVC


Second-Team All-Conference:

Peyton Caveness – Coupeville
Mason Chittick – Darrington
Coop Cooper – Coupeville
CJ Edwards – La Conner
Jordan Feddema – MVC
Chris Gustafson – Friday Harbor
Charles Hill – Orcas Island
Moose Kinsey – Orcas Island
Liam Millenaar – MVC


Honorable Mention:

Adam Culver – Concrete
Jake Feddema – MVC
Camden Glover – Coupeville
Peyton Young – Darrington

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Sophomore Landon Roberts is one of 11 Wolf baseball players to letter this spring. (Morgan White photo)

The seniors shall lead the way.

Coupeville’s two oldest players brought home hardware Friday night, with Scott Hilborn and Jonathan Valenzuela topping the list as Wolf baseball handed out season-ending awards.

Hilborn was tabbed as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year and was honored for playing all four years, while Valenzuela earned Offensive Player of the Year.

They were joined by junior Cole White (Wolf Pack Leader Award), sophomore Jack Porter (Most Improved), and freshman Chase Anderson (Dirtbag Award) in receiving varsity honors.

JV awards went to Johnny Porter (MVP), Aidyn McDermott (Dirtbag Award), Skylar Sand (Most Improved), and Matthew Gilbert (Wolf Pack Leader Award).

Fab frosh Camden Glover smokes a hit down the left field line. (Morgan White photo)


Varsity letter winners:

Chase Anderson
Peyton Caveness
Coop Cooper
Camden Glover
Scott Hilborn
Aiden O’Neill
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Landon Roberts
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White


Participation certificates:

Piotr Bieda
Jayme Carranza
Myca Clarkson
David Dominici
Jaje Drake
Jack Farrell
Parker Fuller
Marcelo Gebhard
Matthew Gilbert
Ethan Gill
Aidyn McDermott
Skylar Sand
Yohannon Sandles
Seth Woollet

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Jonathan Valenzuela (left) and Scott Hilborn played in All-Star games Thursday in Anacortes. (Photos courtesy Jon Roberts)

One more time on the diamond, but with a twist.

Coupeville High School seniors Jonathan Valenzuela and Scott Hilborn were on opposing teams Thursday night in Anacortes.

The duo played in the Northwest Regional Feeder All-Star Games, one of a series of events held to decide players picked to participate in the All-State series June 23-25 in Yakima.

Drawing from a pool of 300 players from across all classifications (4A-1B), invites will go out to 72 diamond men when rosters are set June 5.

Thursday night, Hilborn and Valenzuela suited up with players from 18 other schools, including a pair from next-door neighbor Oak Harbor.

Each team gets a Wolf of its own.

Other schools saw their players grouped together on the same team, but Coupeville’s stars landed on opposite sides, with Hilborn repping the American team and Valenzuela playing for the National squad.

Both won, with the American team pulling out a 5-3 victory in the opener, before the National lineup rebounded for a 4-1 triumph in the nightcap.

Hilborn pitched in the opener, tossing two innings on the mound, while also finding time to wear a pitch while being plunked.

Game two saw Valenzuela playing second base and eking out a walk at the plate, while his CHS classmate manned shortstop for the opposing squad.

Hilborn helped turn a pair of double plays, while also getting to gun down Valenzuela on a chopper to short.

The All-Star games come on the heels of standout seasons from the duo, who led Coupeville to a Northwest 2B/1B League title, a 17-6 record, and the program’s first win at the state tourney since 1987.

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Marina Slowik crushes a shot on the links. (Photo courtesy Gina Slowik)

One island, two state champs.

While Coupeville celebrates Alex Murdy’s triumph in the long jump, South Whidbey also had a chance to see one of its track athletes ascend the podium at the state championships.

Falcon junior Naomi Atwood hit the tape first in the 800, wearing the crown at the 1A meet.

Fleet-footed Falcon Naomi Atwood dashes to a state title. (Emmy Atwood photo)

That victory headlines our look at how Coupeville’s league rivals, past and present, and its next-door neighbors did during the final week of the spring sports season.



Mount Vernon Christian, which shared the Northwest 2B/1B League crown with Coupeville, won two of three games at state, falling 4-2 to Naselle in the 1B title game.

The Hurricanes bounced Sunnyside Christian 4-1 and Liberty Christian 9-4 to get to the finale, which, thanks to weird Eastern Washington weather, was played at two different locations.

The game started in Ephrata, before being moved to Wenatchee after rain and lightning arrived.

After a four-plus-hour break, Naselle bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit to win its second straight title.

Over in 2B, second-seeded Toutle Lake, which eliminated Coupeville in the quarterfinals, was bit by the upset bug, as was #1 Brewster.

Instead, #4 Tri-Cities Prep claimed the title, beating #11 Adna 5-4 in a game that was, wait for it, started in one location, and finished in another thanks to weather.

Others winning titles include former Coupeville Olympic League rival Klahowya in 1A, and my alma mater Tumwater in 2A.

The T-Birds have gone back-to-back with former Major League Baseball star Lyle Overbay as coach, and the winning hit came off the bat of Brayden Oram, who I assume is the son of Jon Oram, a freshman when I was a senior at THS.

The biggest bang came in 4A, however, as Eastlake rolled to a title under the direction of coach Frank Smith.

He’s an Oak Harbor grad who played high school baseball for Hall of Fame coach Jim Waller in the early ’90s.

Eastlake baseball celebrates a state title. (Photo courtesy Frank Smith)


Girls Tennis:

Coupeville’s Helen Strelow played three matches at the 2B tourney, advancing to day #2 before bowing out, but I’ve already written full stories about her.

One other note of local interest was South Whidbey sending its doubles duo of Pearl Buck and Mikaela Nelson to the 1A tourney, where they fought hard before falling 6-4, 6-3 to a pair from The Bush School.



Coupeville hasn’t had any duffers since Austin and Christine Fields graduated, but the other Whidbey schools operate full programs, and both sent players to the big dance.

South Whidbey’s Ryder Mulcahy finished 19th in the 1A boys battle, while teammate Henry Olsen and Falcon female ace Parker Forsyth both failed to make the cut after day one.

Oak Harbor’s Tobias Wood placed 31st in the 3A boys’ tourney, while Addison Nations finished 34th in the girl’s rumble.

The Wildcats qualified their entire girls’ team, with Reagan Syring, Hailey Jenzen, Scarlett Nations, Marina Slowik, and Annalise Wesley competing on day #1.

While all of the OHHS golfers contributed to a strong season, one has a Coupeville connection and gets extra props.

Slowik’s mom, Gina (Dozier) Slowik, was a Videoville employee way back in the day.

When I got hired to start my 12-year run of mainlining Reese’s Pieces and VHS tapes, it was because she was headed off to college, opening up a spot behind the counter.

Marina’s aunt, softball sensation Laura “L-Train” (Crandall) Dozier worked for Miriam’s Espresso, as well, when that business shared a storefront, and owner, with Videoville.

And Laura’s future husband, legendary Coupeville basketball hype man Steven “Cash Money” Dozier, who is also Gina’s brother and Marina’s uncle?

During his high school days, he drank so much Italian soda syrup at Miriam’s, his blood once tested out at 98.3% sugar.

True story.



Darrington, which finished 3rd in the Northwest 2B/1B League, was the lone conference school to make it to state, going two and out in the 1B tourney.

The Loggers fell 10-0 to eventual state champ Liberty Christian and 11-8 to Almira/Coulee/Hartline.

Friday Harbor, which edged Coupeville by a single run for the league title and the region’s only 2B playoff berth, lost 9-5 to Raymond in the District 1/4 crossover game, a win shy of punching its ticket to the big dance.

Forks, which features Wolf coaching legend Ron Bagby’s niece, Chloe Gaydeski, claimed a program-best 2nd place finish, falling to powerhouse Adna in the 2B title game.

The Spartan fab frosh smashed a two-run homer in the title game and pitched her team to a win in the semifinals, flinging strikes on 38 of 48 pitches.

And may I just say, maybe it’s time Ron Bagby’s whole family parts ways with always-damp Forks and decamps for frequently windswept Coupeville.

It would make family reunions super-easy; it would give the ol’ ball coach something to do with his spare time if he could watch all of his niece’s games in person, and Coupeville Sports would add to its roster of headline-worthy athletes.

It’s a win-win, if you ask me.

Not that anyone is…


Track and Field:

Alex Murdy’s state title was one of five won by NWL athletes, with La Conner and Mount Vernon Christian each picking up two.

The Hurricane girls finished 3rd in the 1B team standings — matching Coupeville’s girls, who did the same in 2B — with a pair of relay wins sparking things.

MVC hit the tape first in the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400, with Ruthie Rozema, Isabel Dowrey, and Avery McCullough running on both teams.

Caitlin VanderKooy (4 x 2) and Josephine Swinburnson (4 x 4) rounded out the roster for the private school powerhouse.

Back in the 2B tilt, La Conner’s Tommy Murdock swept the 110 and 300 hurdles, as the Braves finished 9th in the team standings to Coupeville’s 5th place finish.

One Whidbey, kickin’ fanny and takin’ names. (Emmy Atwood photo)

Over in 1A, Naomi Atwood, as mentioned above, won the 800, while also finishing 3rd in the 1600.

Other Falcons to medal included Sierra Muller (3rd in the pole vault), Cole Tschetter (3rd in the 300 hurdles), and Cody Redford, who went 3rd in the high jump and 6th in the long jump.

Finally, the 3A meet saw Oak Harbor snag three medals.

The Wildcats put Noah Turner (2nd in the discus), Karen Salinger (7th in the long jump) and its girls 4 x 2 team on the podium.

That relay unit, which finished 5th, was comprised of Tessa Hughes, Addisen Boyer, Audrey Hart, and Salinger.

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Central Whidbey Little League players enjoy team photo day. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re in the swing of things.

With another season of Central Whidbey Little League action playing out, there’s still time for group photos.

The pics above and below come to us courtesy John Fisken, and, as always, are super, super serious.

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