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Grady Rickner is here to teach you slick dribbling skills. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of the lessons, but not the work, or the fun.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week six today, and it’s the final set of videos.

Current CHS hoops stars Xavier Murdy and Grady Rickner and the ready-to-graduate-this-Saturday Scout Smith are on hand to guide you through the drills.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

Then keep at it, through the summer and beyond, as you prep for basketball glory to come.

 

Skill 17:

 

Skills 18-19:

 

Skills 20-21:

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Jon Atkins, seen during his days as Coupeville High School football coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Onward and upward.

After more than a decade teaching at Oak Harbor High School, and a two-year run coaching football in Coupeville, Jon Atkins has landed an administration job beginning next school year.

He’ll join Mariner High School in Everett as an Assistant Principal.

Atkins coached CHS football through the 2016 and 2017 seasons, becoming the first Wolf coach to beat South Whidbey in The Bucket game in back-to-back seasons.

During that time be bounced between schools, as he also coached girls basketball at OHHS.

An employee of the Oak Harbor School District since 2008, Atkins started as a coach, then went back to school to obtain his teaching certificate.

He’s taught in the Choices program at OHHS since the 2013-2014 school year.

Before accepting the Assistant Principal position at Mariner, Atkins earned an Educational Leadership administration certificate through Western Washington University.

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Hawthorne Wolfe soars in for another bucket. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The court calls you.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week five, with four drills intended to make your crossover the snappiest in town.

Hoops phenom and international man of mystery Hawthorne Wolfe is your guide this time out.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

 

Skills 13-14:

 

Skills 15-16:

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Coupeville grad Aaron Trumbull is now a fully-pinned member of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

Trumbull and fiancée Hannah Gluth.

Different uniform, same strong commitment to those around him.

Coupeville grad Aaron Trumbull, who was one of the best to ever pull on a Wolf uniform, never left his teammates high and dry in the many years I watched him play baseball and basketball.

He had talent and drive, but it was the way he always backed up those around him, which impressed me most as he put together a prep career which eventually landed him in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

A key member of the 2010 Central Whidbey Little League Juniors baseball squad which shocked the hardball world by beating the big city boys to win a state title, Trumbull showed grace and maturity beyond his years.

That came to the forefront one afternoon years later, when he was an established star for Willie Smith’s CHS baseball squad.

That season, the Wolf JV didn’t have enough players to fill out a full nine-man roster, so every game a varsity guy would swing down to fill out the lineup.

Trumbull, a top pitcher and first-baseman, had already done his duty a few days before, and this game, there was a different varsity player scheduled to make the trip to the diamond.

Except, said player threw a public hissy fit about the “demotion.”

There was a brief pause, as Smith’s ears began to turn bright red. A righteous explosion was a’comin’, and I was riveted.

But then, without a word, Trumbull jumped off the bench, snatched the ball away from the whiner, motioned to the JV players to follow him, and headed out to make sure his younger teammates would play.

Even if he never hit a jump shot (and he hit a lot of them), even if he never knocked in the state title winning run (which he did), that day Aaron, with no fanfare, showed why he will always be remembered fondly by teammates, coaches, and fans.

He’s just a stand-up guy.

And now Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue gets to have Trumbull on its team, after the former Wolf made the jump Friday from probationary to being a fully-pinned firefighter.

Central Kitsap just hit a homerun.

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Xavier Murdy pounds the ball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grab your basketball and get to work.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for another week, with three drills intended to make your crossover the snappiest in town.

Current CHS hoops supernova Xavier Murdy, fast-rising middle school stars Landon Roberts and Cole White, and legendary former Wolf Lindsey Roberts are all on hand to be your guides.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

 

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