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   Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson and her Coupeville Middle School teammates swept three games Monday from Blue Heron. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a beat-down, in three beautifully-played acts.

Dropping the hammer with a vengeance Monday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads drilled visiting Blue Heron, sweeping three games by a combined score of 112-20.

Now, it could have been much, much worse, but Wolf coaches Dustin Van Velkinburgh and Alex Evans did their best to balance rolling to a win with not unnecessarily embarrassing their foes.

Both varsity teams cruised to wins, with the CMS 8th graders winning 43-6 and the 7th graders coming within a single shot of a shutout, romping to a 48-2 rout.

The victories lifted both squads to 3-1 on the season headed into a huge showdown Wednesday in Port Angeles against ginormous Stevens Middle School.

In the one semi-close game, the Wolf 7th grade JV prevailed 21-12, while there was no 8th grade JV action as Blue Heron didn’t have the bodies.

8th grade varsity:

One play. It was over in one play.

Busting through a pair of Blue Heron players, Audrianna Shaw knocked the ball free, plucked it from mid-air, then beat nine other players down the floor, slapping home a game-ending layup with emphasis.

And yes, there were still 31 minutes and 40 seconds to play, but the game was over.

It was all gravy after Shaw’s opening play, as the Wolves bolted out to a 19-0 lead and only surrendered a single basket in the first two-and-a-half quarters.

Many of Coupeville’s scores came off of steals or outlet passes after rebounds, with CMS attacking relentlessly, no matter which combo of players Van Velkinburgh had on the floor.

The Wolves also showed a flair for the set-up pass, each player taking turns feeding whatever teammate broke free, then often getting the favor returned.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins dropped a long pass right onto Shaw’s fingertips, hitting her running mate in full stride, then immediately got the ball back on the next play, with Kylie Van Velkinburgh feeding Hoskins on a silky dish.

Shaw had the two plays which probably earned the biggest roar from the crowd.

On one, she went right, then spun left, shed her defender as she crashed into the paint, then spun the ball up and in for a bucket.

Not content to stop there, Shaw drained the game’s lone three-ball, and, to put a twist in it, she opted to bank the ball high off the backboard while going to her right.

Did she call “glass?”

Maybe, maybe not, but the shot earned much hootin’ and hollerin’ from the three-ball-loving CMS boys basketball players camped out in the bleachers.

Everyone in a Wolf uniform was on point, with Kiara Contreras jumping from a sweet roller in the paint to knocking down a mid-range jumper, Ella Colwell dominating on the boards and Izzy Wells being her normal calm, yet ruthless self.

Wells didn’t do anything fancy, just casually banked home bucket after bucket, including one layup off a great pass from Abby Mulholland, drained her free throws and finished with a game-high 18 points.

So, just another day at the office for the low-key scoring ace.

Shaw knocked down 13 to back Wells, while Contreras and Hoskins each went for six.

Anya Leavell, Lily Leedy, Angelina Gebhard, Katelin McCormick and Alana Mihill also saw floor time, with Leavell launching a one-woman crime spree with a series of steals.

7th grade varsity:

Ponder this.

Middle school basketball games are 32 minutes long, and the Wolves held Blue Heron scoreless for 30:36.

Up 48-0, with eight different players having scored, the Wolves let one lonely bucket slip through in the dying moments of the fourth quarter, and that was it.

There was no part of the game Coupeville’s starters didn’t dominate, from pesky, persistent guards Alita Blouin, Gwen Gustafson and Maddie Georges repeatedly forcing turnovers to inside bangers Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper grabbing every single rebound.

And things didn’t change with the second unit, as Trinity McGee, Jordyn Rogers, Hayley Fiedler and the battlin’ Lucero twins, Allie and Maya, scorched Blue Heron every moment they were on the floor.

The game’s most picture-perfect play came early.

Up just 4-0, Gustafson drove inside, then waited until the last possible moment and threaded a truly magnificent wraparound pass.

The ball slid behind the Blue Heron defender, caught hardwood perfectly and snapped onto the waiting fingertips of Lhamon, who caught the ball and went right up for the lay-in, prompting Gustafson to nod, smile slightly and immediately sprint back to play defense.

So, probably exactly the way their coach, former Wolf bombardier Alex Evans, drew it up. Or, at least that’s his story.

Gustafson, evoking memories of big sis Amanda Fabrizi, had an especially strong game, driving the baseline on one play, then weaving between defenders to drain a soft jumper.

Later she ripped a rebound free from a girl she gave up several inches to, and converted the freebie into a put-back for two, then dropped a tear drop jumper from the left corner on yet another play.

Her running mates were just as effective, especially Lhamon, who went off for a game-high 14.

A beast on defense, she got out and ran the floor aggressively on almost every play, and many of her buckets came off winning a foot race and hauling in outlet passes from her ball-handlers.

Coupeville spread out the rest of its offense, with Blouin, Gustafson and Georges scoring eight apiece in perfect symmetry.

Keiper added four, and picked up a great assist with a hook pass in the paint to Lhamon, while Maya Lucero, McGee and the rampaging Rogers — who forced a string of turnovers — each picked up a basket.

7th grade JV:

Up 10-5 at the break, Coupeville busted the game open with an 8-2 run in the third quarter and never looked back.

Cristina McGrath knocked down a team-high five points, while McGee, Jessenia Camarena and Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson chipped in with four apiece.

Claire Mayne and Karyme Castro added two points each, with Mayne tickling the twines on a pair of free throws, with Adrian Burrows, Hannah Mayne and Abigail Ramirez also seeing floor time for the Wolves.

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   Caleb Meyer was one of seven Wolves to score Monday as the CMS 8th graders rocked Blue Heron 73-49. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Consider it a warning shot fired across the bow.

Playing a day before their respective high school teams clash, the Coupeville Middle School varsity boys basketball squad crushed host Blue Heron (Port Townsend) Monday 73-49.

Powered by a 29-point performance from guard Hawthorne Wolfe, the Wolves romped to their fourth straight win and improve to 5-2 on the season.

The CMS JV, a much-greener team that is still very much a work in progress, fell 50-25 in the opener. The younger Wolves sit at 1-6.

Both teams return home for their next two games, with the first one being Thursday against Chimacum. Tip-off is 3:15.

Monday, everything worked, and all its shots (or, at least a great majority of them) dropped for the Wolf varsity as it hit a season-high in scoring.

Coupeville was remarkably consistent all afternoon, dropping in 19, 19, 18 and 17 in the four quarters.

Wolfe was the man with the golden touch, scoring in every quarter.

After opening with a modest four points in the first eight minutes, he went off for 11 in both the second and third quarters.

Hot on his heels were Logan Martin, who combined a pair of three-balls and some buckets in the paint for a season-best 16 points, and Xavier Murdy, who tickled the twines for 13.

Caleb Meyer (7), Grady Rickner (5), Cody Roberts (2) and Aiden Burdge (1) rounded out the team-wide scoring attack.

Coupeville was active behind the three-point arc, raining down seven treys.

Wolfe led with four, while Martin knocked down a pair and Meyer swished one.

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   Aiden Burdge, seen here last season, was a spark-plug Monday for Coupeville. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All in all, a pretty good day.

Facing off with visiting Blue Heron Monday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads came away with a split highlighted by the Wolf varsity romping to a big win.

The JV wasn’t quite as lucky, but did close with an especially strong fourth quarter in its loss.


In a game with a lot of offense, it was a superb defensive stand which launched the Wolves to a 64-43 win, evening their record at 2-2 on the season.

After a back-and-forth slug-fest of a first quarter which ended with things knotted at 17-17, Coupeville held Blue Heron without a field goal for 10 minutes.

20, if you count the halftime break.

Pushing the ball hard on breakaways — speed demon Hawthorne Wolfe knocked down 10 of his game-high 21 in the second quarter — then getting back on defense as a unit, CMS broke Blue Heron’s spirit.

A 16-3 romp in the second, in which the visitors could only manage three free throws (while missing five), juiced up the crowd.

Then, without missing a beat, the Wolves switched up and pounded the ball down low to Caleb Meyer, who opened the third quarter with back-to-back buckets while out-muscling his defender.

With the game blown wide open, Coupeville was able to withstand a very-effective three-ball wizard in a road uniform. While the Blue Heron gunner knocked down six treys, most of them came long after the game was decided.

And, just to show the visitors that they too could hit from behind the arc, the Wolves swished six balls from distance.

Wolfe hit the first, Logan Martin nailed a twisting miracle, Meyer knocked one down from the top, while Grady Rickner torched the net.

Putting a cap on the win, Rickner hit three-balls on three straight trips down the court to open the fourth quarter.

Each one came from a little further back, and each one sent his teammates and fans into ever-growing hysterics.

Proving they could attack from any angle, the Wolves closed the game by ditching the threes and punctuating things with some old-school savagery.

Gabe Shaw yanked down a rebound, pulling it away from a rival, then stepped between two defenders and set up Xavier Murdy for a layup with a crisp bounce pass.

Very next play, Murdy climbed into the sky to soundly reject a shot from Blue Heron’s tallest player.

Full of swagger at the start of the game, but clutching a stitch in his side midway through the third, the visitor learned one final lesson — don’t mess with X.

CMS spread out its offensive attack, with Meyer rattling the rim for 14 and Rickner tickling the twines for 12 in support of Wolfe’s 21.

Murdy and Martin each knocked down seven, Cody Roberts (a whirling dervish on defense) added three and Shaw and Aiden Burdge provided quality minutes off the bench.


A rough second quarter, in which the Wolves surrendered a 16-2 run, doomed Coupeville in a 62-46 loss.

CMS, which boasts little experience among its young guns, fell to 0-4.

But, while the final margin was substantial, it was radically cut down, as the Wolves sliced away at a 27-point deficit, getting it down to 16 by game’s end.

With Isaiah Bittner working hard in the paint and Dominic Coffman flying all over the place, Coupeville opened the fourth with 11 straight points.

After giving up back-to-back buckets, CMS went right back to Bittner and his hot hand, coasting in on a 5-1 run.

Coupeville, with a bit of unintentional trickery, stayed close in the game’s opening minutes.

At one point midway through the first quarter, a Wolf missed his cue to exit the game, and CMS attacked with six players on the floor.

With the odds ever in his favor, Burdge slashed to the hoop for a bucket.

Both coaching staffs, like the refs, didn’t notice the discrepancy until AFTER Blue Heron pulled the ball from the net, in-bounded it again and headed back up-court.

To the delight of the home crowd and the deep consternation of the visiting coaches, who later got an official warning from the refs for complaining after a different play, the basket stood.

Blue Heron got their revenge in the second quarter, though, using a string of fast-break layups to turn an eight-point lead into a 22-point bulge.

Lost in the hail of buckets for the visitors was a superb pass from Wolf guard Tony Garcia to Coffman.

Working an in-bound play to perfection, Garcia delivered his picture-perfect assist through a tangle of Blue Heron arms, while Coffman caught the pass, spun and nailed home a beauty of a banker.

Bittner finished with 12 points to pace the Wolves, while Shaw went off for eight of his 10 in the third quarter.

Alex Murdy (8), Coffman (6), Damon Stadler (4), Burdge (4) and Ty Hamilton (2) also scored, while Kevin Partida, Garcia, Levi Pulliam and Brayden Coatney rounded out the roster.

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   Caleb Meyer, with his #1 cheerleader, big sis Mckenzie, sealed Coupeville’s 14-13 win Wednesday with a last-second fumble recovery. (Frank Meyer photo)

The new stadium’s not fully built yet, but it’s already been baptized with a thriller of a win.

Playing in the shadows of a work crew slowly assembling glitzy new grandstands, the Coupeville Middle School football squad pulled off a wild 14-13 victory Wednesday over visiting Blue Heron.

To seal the victory, though, the Wolves had to come up with two epic plays in the final minute of play.

First, after surrendering a late touchdown toss from its Port Townsend-based rivals, Coupeville had to snuff out a two-point conversion attempt.

Then, as soon as that was done, the Wolves, having lost the ball after a bad bounce on the ensuing onside kick, had to make a huge defensive stand.

Instead of hanging tough on play after nerve-wracking play, CMS crushed the Blue Heron line on the very next play from scrimmage, forcing a fumble which bounced nearly from one side of the field to the other.

As players from both sides slammed into the turf, trying desperately to corral a seemingly greased-up ball which popped free not once, not twice, but three times, time stood still.

Until Wolf 8th grader Caleb Meyer, last heir to the Videoville legacy, pulled the ball into his chest and held on for dear life as every other player on the field fell on top of him.

Emerging from the heap a bit mussed, but flashing a mega-watt grin and holding the ball high, he elicited a tidal wave of cheers from Coupeville’s sidelines, where coaches Gabe Shaw and Ryan King led the celebration.

Filling in for Wolf head coach Bob Martin while he was out of town on real-world business, Shaw brought home the W, then passed out praise.

Logan Martin and Logan Wertz were “the dynamic duo,” controlling the line and “doing their due diligence hunting the ball on defense.”

Quarterback Xavier Murdy, who ran the offense while also finding time to pick off a pass on defense, did “a phenomenal job. He kept his composure when things got tight.”

Then, sweeping his hand across the horizon, his fingers pointing at each and every one of his players, Shaw nodded emphatically, grin on his face.

“Really, really nice support work from the whole crew … all the players and this crowd!”

Coupeville never trailed, jumping on Blue Heron for the game’s first score early in the second quarter.

Damon Stadler ripped through the defense, leaving a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake, as he plunged in from the five-yard line. Tack on a two-point kick from Murdy and CMS was staked to an 8-0 lead.

Two huge defensive plays from Scott Hilborn, plus a fumble recovery by Martin and a big break-up of a pass by Nezi Keiper, made the score stand up heading into the halftime break.

Hilborn, a slick-hitting, slick-fielding baseball star, may not be the biggest guy on the gridiron, but he picks his moments to play like a giant.

On the first play on his Wednesday highlight reel, Wendi and Steve Hilborn’s youngest chased down a Blue Heron kickoff returner, preventing a touchdown when he rammed the runner out of bounds a step or two shy of the end zone.

Coupeville’s defense stiffened, shoving the visitors back, then Hilborn struck again.

Facing fourth down, Blue Heron’s QB tried to roll out and look for a pass, only to have his plans thwarted when Hilborn, flying around from the side, brought him down with a sack.

To make the tackle, he had to grab the passer’s shoe, then yank with enough force to topple him before he could let loose with a toss. Mission accomplished.

Blue Heron finally got on the board midway through the third, marching down the field on a four-minute-plus drive that ended with an 18-yard scoring run to daylight.

Coupeville didn’t break, though, blocking the kick to keep the score tight at 8-6.

Then things got bonkers in the fourth.

Hold on to something, cause things are about to come flying at you.

Lunging for the end zone after a sweet catch over the middle, Coupeville’s Hawthorne Wolfe got popped hard from behind and the ball was jarred loose. Advantage, Blue Heron.

But Murdy promptly climbed the stairway to heaven, picking a pass. Advantage, Coupeville.

Hilborn made a sensational recovery off of a fumble by a teammate to keep the ensuing drive alive, before the Wolves used some trickery (Cody Roberts pulled off a TimTebow-in-his-college-prime hop and pass, hitting Stadler for a TD) to stretch the lead.

Big advantage, Coupeville.

Except … the visitors blocked the kick, then drove down field for a potential game-tying score of their own. Advantage, Blue Heron.

But the final advantage belonged to the guys in the red and black uniforms, sending a surprisingly large crowd to the exit with smiles and hugs all around.

The Wolves broke through Blue Heron’s line, preventing them from getting a kick off.

While the visitors picked the ball up and ran it in, middle school rules, aimed at encouraging kicking, are the reverse of those used in high school, college or the NFL, awarding two points for a kick and just one for a run or pass.

Still trailing, Blue Heron went for a miracle, and got part of it with the onside kick.

Enter Meyer, playing the role of the closer on the same field where his uncle, Michael, once cleared running room for Coupeville’s career rushing leader, Ian Barron.

As he carried the ball, and the win, off the field, Caleb (whose aunts Jennifer, Kathryn and Megan and big sis Mckenzie all starred in a variety of sports for the Wolves, as well) wrote another tale in his family’s book of athletic success.

It’s a pretty good bet there are a lot more chapters still to come.

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Cookies are handed out for PRs. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

   A Wolf prepares to heave the shot put into the great wide open. (Deb Smith photo)

   Track — a whole lot of waiting around, followed by running as fast as you can, then waiting some more for your next event. (Susan Hulst photo)

It was a day for PRs, and cookies.

Competing at a three-team meet in Port Townsend Wednesday, the Coupeville Middle School track squad ripped up its record books.

Logan Martin smashed his PR in the turbo javelin by an astonishing 47 feet, and that was just the start.

Others making big moves included Ben Smith (a 24-foot improvement in the javelin), Emily Fiedler (a 10-foot jump in the same event) and Catherine Lhamon (a 22-second time drop in the 800).

“I could go on and on!! It was a good day!!!,” said CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting.

The Wolves return home for their first meet on the school’s new track Tuesday, May 9.

Complete Wednesday results:


60 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins 8.43; Emily Fiedler 9.05; Maddy Andrews 9.60

100 — Kiara Contreras 15.09; Kylie Chernikoff 16.01; Angelina Gebhard 16.02

200 — Hoskins 30.15; Bella Velasco 34.84; Alana Mihill 40.15

800 — Catherine Lhamon 3:14.40; Adair De Jesus-Ramirez 3:16.40; Mihill 3:28.70

1600 — De Jesus-Ramirez 7:00

75 Hurdles — Contreras 16.60

4 x 100 Relay — De Jesus-Ramirez, Gebhard, Noelle Daigneault, Velasco 1:04.05

4 x 200 Relay — Hoskins, Contreras, Gebhard, Velasco 2:09.07

Shot Put — Chernikoff 20-05; Daigneault 18-05; Andrews 11-07

Discus — Chernikoff 53-00

Turbo Javelin — Fiedler 72-08; Ella Colwell 52-02; Daigneault 50-02; Lhamon 32-05

Long Jump — Gebhard 13-05; Hoskins 12-01.25; Contreras 10-4.25; Colwell 8-09; Chernikoff 7-10

High Jump — Fiedler 4-02


60 — Sam Wynn 8.02; Sage Downes 8.09

100 — Jake Mitten 12.81; Aiden Burdge 13.75; Downes 14.02; Ben Smith 14.28; Zach Murtha 14.58, Gabe Shaw 15.48; Trystan Ford 16.08; Alex Jimenez 16.78; James Mayne 17.37

1600 — Connor Barton 5:48; Wynn 5:50; Murtha 6:14; TJ Rickner 6:58

75 Hurdles — Mayne 18.75

200 Hurdles — Smith 33.06; Barton 34.28

4 x 100 Relay — Wynn, Burdge, Downes, Mitten 54.80; Murtha, Smith, Logan Martin, Barton 57.00

Shot Put — Ford 23-08; Jimenez 23-07.50; Shaw 22-09.50

Discus — Ford 57-00; Jimenez 44-02; Shaw 44-01

Turbo Javelin — Martin 144-06; Smith 98-06; Ford 76-08; Rickner 73-09; Logan Wertz 68-02; Jimenez 44-03

Long Jump — Wynn 14-05; Barton 13-09.50

High Jump — Martin 4-10; Mitten 4-10

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