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   Bob Martin stepped down from his positions as Coupeville Middle School head football and boys basketball coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Want to coach in Coupeville? There’s plenty of jobs to go around.

Both the high school and middle school have two slots available, as Athletic Director Willie Smith is seeking new head coaches for CHS football, CMS football and CMS boys basketball.

The school system is also looking for an assistant coach for CHS boys soccer.

The four jobs have come open for different reasons, as two coaches resigned and one unexpectedly passed away.

Jon Atkins stepped down as CHS football coach after two seasons, while the community lost a well-respected man when CHS soccer assistant coach and “goalkeeper whisperer” Gary Manker passed Jan. 25.

The two new openings, both coming at the middle school level, are due to Bob Martin recently stepping down.

For more info on the job openings, or to apply, pop over to:


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   Hawthorne Wolfe, here slicing to the hoop as a 7th grader, is back for a second season of middle school basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re 18 strong in the early going.

While players may still come and go, Coupeville Middle School boys basketball coaches Bob Martin and Dante Mitchell have a pretty good idea of what they’ll have to work with.

And what that is, is a fair amount of 8th graders (13) and a bare bones amount of 7th graders (just five).

Last year, it was the other way around, as the younger team was the well-stocked one.

With most of that crew staying with the game, Mitchell will have plenty of bodies to mix and match, while Martin is hustling to try and attract some more players to turn out.

The rosters as they stand through after day one of practice:

8th grade:

Lucious Binnings
Isaiah Bittner
Aiden Burdge
Brayden Coatney
Brawn Gadberry
Tony Garcia
Logan Martin
Caleb Meyer
Xavier Murdy
Grady Rickner
Cody Roberts
Damon Stadler
Hawthorne Wolfe

7th grade:

Dominic Coffman
Alex Murdy
Kevin Partida
Levi Pulliam
Alexander Wasik

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   Xavier Murdy is one of Coupeville’s top returning 8th grade players. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re going inside.

As fall sports begin to shift to winter sports, the basketball courts will light up with activity, and we’ll all get out of the rain and wind.

First up is the Coupeville Middle School boys, led by coaches Bob Martin and Dante Mitchell.

The Wolf young guns kick off practice Monday, with games set to start at the end of the month.

The 10-game CMS boys schedule, with all home games set to tip at 3:15 PM:

Thur-Nov. 30 @Sequim
Mon-Dec. 4 Stevens
Thu-Dec. 7 @ Forks
Mon-Dec. 11 Blue Heron
Thur-Dec. 14 @ Chimacum
Thur-Jan. 4 Forks
Mon-Jan. 8 @ Blue Heron
Thur-Jan. 11 Chimacum
Tue-Jan. 16 Sequim
Thur-Jan. 18 @ Stevens

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   Caleb Meyer played a ferocious game on defense Wednesday as a 17-player CMS football team almost upended Sequim, which has 53 on its roster. (Photo courtesy Mckenzie Meyer)


No, that’s not a game score. It’s the difference in roster size between Sequim and Coupeville’s middle school football teams.

One funnels players to a large 2A school, the other to a small 1A school, and yet, there they were, facing off on the gridiron Wednesday afternoon.

CMS coach Bob Martin, a former Marine Corps drill sergeant, has a philosophical approach to the disparity.

“That’s how we roll,” he said with a laugh. “We have no choice. Fight, get beat-up, or go home.”

Wednesday his Wolves fought, almost pulling off a stunning upset.

While time ran out on them in a 32-27 thriller, their effort never waned, even while being out-manned by a rival who had three players to every one they suited up.

“Just a good game,” Martin said, and then a pause, “And no injuries!”

While the Wolves might have had a lack of bodies, those bodies they did have were ready to rumble.

Coupeville scored every which way possible, just about, with quarterback Xavier Murdy having a standout game.

The CMS 8th grader connected with Hawthorne Wolfe on a 30-yard scoring strike, picked off a pass on defense and brought back a kick 85 yards for a touchdown.

When Murdy wasn’t hitting pay-dirt, his teammates took their turns.

Caleb Meyer, blasting in from his spot at outside linebacker, blitzed Sequim’s QB and knocked the ball free on a hand-off.

Staying alert, he then snatched the loose ball out of mid air, pulled it in to his body and rumbled 35 yards for the touchdown.

Damon Stadler capped the Wolf scoring, punching in for a TD off of a sweep.

Coupeville’s special teams play was outstanding all game, with a blocked field goal a particular highlight.

While the big plays lit up the scoreboard, everything was set up by the line, which held its own with a big school rival.

Isaiah Bittner “was key; his snaps were on the money tonight,” while Logan Martin and Gabe Shaw “made a huge difference by getting into the backfield.”

As he boarded the bus for the long trip back to Whidbey, Martin was all smiles, proud of how his undermanned squad fought valiantly.

“What a game — interceptions, blocked field goal, kickoff return for a touchdown … we had it all. Just a fun game!”

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   CMS 8th grader Caleb Meyer has his own personal cheerleader, big sis Mckenzie. (Photos courtesy Mckenzie Meyer)

   Wolves Cody Roberts (21), Meyer and Hawthorne Wolfe (1) line up for the start of a new season.

Ready to tackle anything that gets in their way. (Bob Martin photo)

After this, everything counts.

The Coupeville Middle School football team got the butterflies out Saturday, traveling to Sequim for a season-opening jamboree.

Next up on the schedule is the first official game, which arrives next Thursday, Sept. 21.

It’s a home game, the opponent is Chimacum, and kickoff is set for 3:45 PM.

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