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Aiden O’Neill (23) and Chase Anderson got plenty of playing time as freshman on a gridiron squad which went to state. (Davin Houston photo)

Forks is in, and Cascade (Leavenworth) is out.

We’re still four months out from the first game, but the football schedule for Coupeville High School is already set, thanks to the diligent work of Athletic Director Willie Smith.

The Wolves, who are coming off their first league championship and trip to the state tourney since 1990, went 7-2 last season under first-year head coach Bennett Richter.

While a strong group of seniors will have departed, record-setting quarterback Logan Downes and a pack of talented younger players — including the tallest group of receivers in years — are expected to return.

That group will have four home games, four road trips — though none of them epic — and one half and half affair when they play South Whidbey.

The game is technically in Langley, making it a fifth road trip, but Coupeville fans can, and will, trundle a few miles down the island en masse for that rumble.


The schedule as it sits today, with (*) indicating league games:

Fri-Sept. 1 — Klahowya — (6:00)
Fri-Sept. 8 — @ South Whidbey — (7:00) — BUCKET GAME
Fri-Sept. 15 — @ Sultan — (7:00)
Fri-Sept. 22 — La Conner (*) — (7:00)
Fri-Sept. 29 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (6:30)
Fri-Oct. 6 — @ Bellingham — (7:00)
Fri-Oct. 13 — Forks — (5:00) — HOMECOMING
Fri-Oct. 20 — @ La Conner (*) — (7:00)
Fri-Oct. 27 — Friday Harbor (*) — (6:00) — SENIOR NIGHT

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Bennett Richter guides Coupeville’s young hoops stars. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“The kids of Coupeville are very resilient!”

Having endured their annual pilgrimage to Shoreline to face off with richnik-funded sports factory King’s, the Wolves came away with hard-earned lessons.

While all three CMS teams fell by lopsided scores Thursday against a powerhouse program, the players superior effort and attitude earned the approval of Wolf coaches Bennett Richter and Mia Littlejohn.

There were bright moments on the hardwood, such as 7th grader Willow Leedy-Bonifas busting out for a career-best 14 points in the day’s opening loss.

Willow played extremely well,” Richter said.

Willow Leedy-Bonifas, the earlier days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

But the day’s biggest highlight came in how the young Wolves responded to the losses.

“It wasn’t long before the girls were laughing and singing and eating food,” Richter said.

“Sometimes it’s things like the bus ride home that you remember most,” he added. “And these girls definitely know how to make the best of a long trip!”

Coupeville has four games left on its eight-game schedule, with three of those set to go down in its home gym.

The Wolves host Granite Falls Feb. 27, travel to Lakewood the next day, then welcome Sultan (Mar. 2) and South Whidbey (Mar. 9) to town to bring a wrap to the season.

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Ari Cunningham sells out in pursuit of a loose ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can play basketball, or you can PLAY basketball.

Coupeville Middle School 7th grader Ari Cunningham is the kind of athlete every coach loves — one who comes hard on every play, as documented in the pics above and below.

The photos are courtesy wanderin’ photo bug John Fisken, but the pics here are just the tip of the iceberg.

To see everything he shot Tuesday, and possibly purchase some glossies for Aunt Livia over in Leavenworth, pop over to:


The wall always wins.


“I’m fine. I’ll just stay here until the world stops spinning.”

“I told myself I wouldn’t cry … too late.”

Adeline Maynes preaches defense, while Chelsi Stevens tempts passersby with tasty snacks.

Amaiya Curry leads the charge.

The CMS gym, where the fans are packed in like sardines.

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Mia Littlejohn

Bennett Richter

There’s a new duo in the gym.

Coupeville High School head football coach Bennett Richter and former Wolf hoops star Mia Littlejohn are taking over the town’s middle school girls’ basketball program.

The hires will be official after the school board approves the move at its next meeting.

Richter and Littlejohn replace Kassie O’Neil, now coaching the high school’s JV girls’ team, and Kristina Forbes, who resigned due to other obligations.

The CMS girls hit the court this Monday, Jan. 23 for the first day of practice, with the eight-game season running Feb. 9-Mar. 9.

Bennett Richter, who led CHS football to its first league title and state playoff berth since 1990 during the fall, is the husband of high school girls’ varsity basketball coach Megan Richter.

He’s also proven to be quite handy with a floor mop, dazzling Wolf fans with his work during timeouts at high school hoops games this winter.

Littlejohn was a standout two-sport athlete during a three-year run at CHS, before transferring to Oak Harbor High School, where she graduated in 2018.

Mia owns both the season (27) and career (35) scoring records for Wolf girls’ soccer players, and currently sits #36 all-time on the CHS girls’ basketball career scoring chart with 317 points.

She has been working as an assistant coach with the high school girls’ basketball team this winter.

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After busting big plays all season, Coupeville senior Dominic Coffman is the Offensive MVP of the Northwest 2B/1B League. (Renae Mulholland photo)

The Wolves ruled both sides of the ball.

Fresh off winning its first league title in 32 seasons, and just days before opening the state playoffs, the Coupeville High School football team dominated All-League selections.

Northwest 2B/1B League coaches selected CHS seniors Dominic Coffman (offense) and Scott Hilborn (defense) as conference MVPs, while Benett Richter was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

Coupeville finished the regular season 4-0 in NWL play, clinching the program’s first title since 1990, and 7-1 overall.

The Wolves open the 12-team 2B state tourney Saturday in Oak Harbor, when they host Onalaska in a loser-out game.

The winner advances to the state quarterfinals to face Okanogan.

Richter, in his first year as CHS head coach after several seasons as an assistant, offered thanks to everyone involved in the Wolf program.

“Coach of the year was made possible by the hard work of my dedicated and passionate staff and the unbelievable buy in and hard work of the kids who truly do the heavy lifting,” he said.

“Without these guys, I’m just another Joe Schmo with a whistle! Love this team! Love this town!!”

Josh Upchurch, a huge key to Coupeville’s impressive play on both sides of the line. (Brittany Kolbet photo)


Coupeville’s honorees:





Dominic Coffman (RB)



Logan Downes (QB)
Scott Hilborn (RB)
Tim Ursu (WR)
Kai Wong (OL)
William Davidson (OL)
Zane Oldenstadt (OL)


Honorable Mention:

Daylon Houston (WR/K)





Scott Hilborn (LB)


First Team:

Dominic Coffman (LB)
Tim Ursu (DB)
Logan Downes (DB)
Josh Upchurch (DL)
William Davidson (DL)


Honorable Mention:

Jonathan Valenzuela (LB)
Kevin Partida (LB)

Wolf juniors (left to right) William Davidson, Zane Oldenstadt, and Logan Downes all earned All-League honors. (Michelle Glass photo)

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