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Hawthorne Wolfe slices through the defense for two of his career-high 34 points Wednesday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grady Rickner sets for a pass.

Gavin Knoblich stops ‘n pops.

Jered Brown gets out of town, fast.

Alex Jimenez lets fly.

TJ Rickner finds his way through the tall trees.

Mason Grove rises up to deny a rival.

Four teams, one cameraman.

As Coupeville and Oak Harbor played out two intense boy’s basketball games Wednesday, the man with the lens in hand was wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken.

He delivers the pics seen above, but he also shot a lot more.

To see everything he snapped, and possibly ponder some purchases, pop over to:


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Grady Rickner tossed in a team-high 10 points Wednesday as the Coupeville JV hoops squad rumbled with Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Different game, different hero.

This year’s Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team is very balanced, with scoring threats at every position.

On opening night, Sage Downes had the hottest hand. Jump forward a night, and it was Grady Rickner’s turn.

The lanky sophomore tossed in a team-high 10 points Wednesday in Oak Harbor, leading a pack of nine Wolves who scored in a 68-40 loss.

Five players, led by Rickner, nailed three-balls, but it wasn’t enough to save Coupeville, which fell to 1-1 headed into its home opener.

That comes Saturday, when the Wolves host Orcas Island in another non-conference game.

Wednesday’s bout was a rock-em, sock-em affair from the start, with Oak Harbor bolting out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play.

The second frame was the most high-powered of the evening, with the teams combining for 38 points.

The talented Wildcats held the edge in that one, as well, using a 21-17 spurt to push the lead out before the half.

Rickner swished a pair of treys while piling up his 10 points, with Cody Roberts, Sage Downes, Logan Martin, and Alex Jimenez also hitting from long distance.

Downes finished with six points, while Jimenez (5), Daniel Olson (4), Roberts (4), Alex Murdy (4), Martin (3), Chris Cernick (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also dropped their names into the scoring column.

Rounding out the active Wolf roster were hard-playing hustlers Chris Ruck and Miles Davidson.

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Hawthorne Wolfe singed the nets for a career-best 34 points Wednesday in a wild overtime game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

What a difference a year makes.

In last season’s opener, Coupeville, a 2B-sized school playing out the string in 1A, faced off with their next-door neighbor, 3A Oak Harbor, in a boy’s basketball game, and came within a bucket of losing by 50 points.

Wednesday night, on the second night of a back-to-back road-trip, the Wolves came within a bucket of flat-out beating their big-school rivals.

Oak Harbor escaped, scoring the final five points in overtime to eke out a 73-69 win in their opener, but Coupeville delivered a big statement.

The Wolves, who sit at 0-2 headed towards their own home opener Saturday against Orcas Island, won’t back down.

And they won’t have to, if they get play like they did Wednesday, when sophomore guard Hawthorne Wolfe burnt the whole gym down, and CHS big men Ulrik Wells, Jacobi Pilgrim, and Koa Davison came up huge in crunch time.

Wolfe will get the big headlines, and he deserves them, after tossing in a career-best 34 points.

Along the way, Coupeville’s modern-day “Pistol Pete” connected on seven three-balls and went on a 12-0 run by himself at one point.

It was the kind of blow-your-socks-off performance which carries you, in one night, past 21 former CHS players on the program’s career scoring chart.

Wolfe exited the Oak Harbor gym, just two games into his sophomore campaign, sitting in a tie with current Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.

The duo each have 198 points in a Coupeville uniform, putting them in a (probably momentary) deadlock at #132 on the chart, which covers 103 seasons.

A quick three-ball from Wolfe tied the game at 3-3, then, with his team trailing 8-3, the CHS gunner went off on the kind of hot streak from long-range his coach, Brad Sherman, used to be known for back in the day.

Three straight trips down the floor, and three straight daggers, as Wolfe knifed the Wildcats from the top of the arc with pull-up jumpers which caressed the net as they slid through.

Not content to stop there, he capped his run by spearing a wayward pass and crashing hard to the hoop for a fourth-straight three-point play, but this one the hard way.

Slapping a layup high off the glass, Wolfe absorbed the hit, then calmly went to the line and plunked the ensuing free-throw to set the ‘Cats back on their heels.

Sean Toomey-Stout added a layup of his own, ripping the ball free and careening the length of the court on a breakaway, and suddenly a 14-0 run had Coupeville in front 17-8.

It would be the biggest lead of the night for the Wolves, but Oak Harbor had plenty of fight of its own.

Closing the first quarter on an 8-2 run, the Wildcats got back within 19-16 at the break, then netted one of their 12 three-balls on the opening play of the second quarter to knot the game back up.

If Oak Harbor thought their rivals would blink, Gavin Knoblich had an immediate answer, and that answer was “SIR, NO, SIR!,” as the Wolf senior netted his own trey from the top of the arc a split second later.

Eight more points from Wolfe, with a pair of long-range bombs and a sweet pull-up jumper off a delightful dish from running mate Mason Grove, and Coupeville refused to give the lead back.

Wolfe wasn’t the only one hitting, as Davison banked home a runner, and Grove hit pay dirt of his own from three-point land, sending CHS to the halftime break up 35-31.

That was just the setup for a wild ‘n woolly second half.

The third quarter was a roller-coaster ride, with Oak Harbor claiming a one-point lead, Coupeville responding with an 11-2 run sparked by Wolfe, Grove, and Jered Brown, then the Wildcats storming back once again.

Four ‘Cat three-balls to end the quarter, packaged around one trey from Wolfe, staked the hosts to a 50-49 lead headed into the final (we thought) quarter, sending Oak Harbor fans into a tizzy.

But the Wolves had their own fanatics in attendance, ready to rock their share of the gold ‘n purple encrusted gym I hadn’t visited since back in my Whidbey News-Times Sports Editor days.

How long ago was that?

Well, none of the players on the floor Wednesday were alive in the mid-’90s, so it’s been a moment or two.

If Coupeville’s weapon of choice through the first three quarters had been the long-range bomb, in the fourth the Wolves let the tall dudes go to work down low.

Wells, holding his own in the paint against Oak Harbor star (and could-have-been Coupeville teammate) Matt Kelley, sank a pair of short jumpers to tie the game at 53-53.

Then things got frantic.

Exchanging shots to the ribs, the teams traded the lead seven times down the stretch.

Davison (a put-back), Wells (a bank shot off the glass), and Toomey-Stout (two pressure-packed free throws in front of a hysterical crowd) gave CHS momentary one-point leads.

Back down 61-59 with a little over a minute to play, the Wolves got the tying bucket from Pilgrim, off a dish from Brown, then the go-ahead score on a Davison hook shot.

A pretty, pretty shot, it was set up by a HUGE offensive rebound from Pilgrim, who went between two Wildcats to rip the ball free.

An Oak Harbor miss away from one of the biggest wins in recent memory, Coupeville kept the ‘Cats from lofting another three-ball, but a running jumper from the side with 33 ticks to play was enough to force yet another tie.

CHS had the final shot in regulation, thanks to Wolfe popping his biceps and out-wrestling a rival who tried to force a jump ball, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Kelley, who played for Coupeville through eighth grade, opened overtime with a layup, but Toomey-Stout answered with a ferocious offensive rebound and put-back bucket.

With both fan sections losing their collective minds, the teams swapped leads after that.

Slashing to the hoop off of an in-bounds play, Wolfe garnered the final points of his breakout performance with a layup, before another Davison hook, thrown up in the middle of a mob, gave CHS a 69-68 edge.

Oak Harbor rose to the moment one final time, however, drilling their final three-ball of the night, then hitting two free throws as the final seconds ticked away on Coupeville.

Eight of the nine Wolf players to see the floor scored, and the one who didn’t, Tucker Hall, delivered one of the night’s best hustle plays.

Holding on for dear life against a ‘Cat player who had 30 pounds on him, at least, the lanky Wolf senior went up and over his rival, riding the bucking bronco while refusing to let go of the rock, earning a key jump ball.

Wolfe’s 34 topped all scorers, while Davison banked home eight, and Toomey-Stout, Grove, and Wells all popped for six.

Pilgrim (4), Knoblich (3), and Brown (2) rounded out the attack.

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Logan Downes pumped in 27 Wednesday, including all 15 of his team’s fourth-quarter points. (Morgan White photo)

So, this is what it’s like to play at home.

After opening the season with four of five games on the road, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads kicked off the second half of the season Wednesday in their own gym.

Facing off with rough-and-ready King’s, the Wolves nabbed a win, while pushing hard for a second one but coming up just short.

How the afternoon played out:


Level 1:

Spurred on by the red-hot shooting of Logan Downes, who went off for a season-high 27, the Wolves put a scare into the visiting Knights before falling 49-33.

The loss drops Coupeville’s top squad to 1-4 on the season.

The Wolves split up their scoring load in the first quarter, with Downes, Ryan Blouin, and Zane Oldenstadt each scoring a bucket.

After that, it was the “Logan Gets Buckets” show, as the CMS 8th grader scored 25 of his team’s final 27 points, including all 15 they tallied in the fourth quarter.

The only time a teammate put the ball in the bucket over the final three-fourths of the game was when Cole White knocked down a third-quarter jumper.

Downes has had a hot hand all season, leading all CMS scorers with 95 points across the first six games, a whisper below 16 a night.

While they didn’t score, the trio of Landon Roberts, William Davidson, and Nick Guay┬áprovided key support on the defensive end of the floor for the Wolves.


Level 2:

Coupeville’s most-successful team continues to roll.

Putting the game away with solid runs in the second and third quarter, the Wolves cruised to a 31-15 win, improving their record to 4-1-1.

The game was close for seven minutes, as CMS clung to a 4-2 lead coming out of the first break.

After that, Timothy Nitta got going, and he carried his team on his back.

Popping for five points in the second and another seven in the third, the sharp-shooting Wolf guard spurred Coupeville to 11-5 and 10-4 surges, keeping King’s at bay.

Nitta finished with a game-high 16, hitting from all angles (six free throws, two regular buckets, and a pair of three-balls), while Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim knocked down six points in support.

Mikey Robinett (4), Nathan Ginnings (3), and Hunter Bronec (2) also scored, with Jack Porter, Hurlee Bronec, and Johnny Porter seeing floor time.


Level 3:

A cold-shooting third quarter kept Coupeville’s young guns win-less.

Toss out that frame and it was a one-point affair, but a 10-2 deficit coming out of the halftime break sealed the deal in a 22-15 loss which drops the Wolves to 0-5.

“Team three fought hard, but couldn’t quite make enough shots fall,” said Wolf coach Greg White.

JP Edoukou paced CMS with four points, Justin Jansen (3), Carson Fields (2), Chris Villarreal (2), Harlan Mouw (2), and Jordan Bradford (2) also scored, and Jesus Madrigal rounded out the active roster.

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Mason Grove netted a game-high 24 points Tuesday, nailing six shots from behind the three-point arc. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove’s shooting touch was in mid-season form Tuesday night.

The Coupeville High School senior opened a new basketball season by raining down 24 points at Darrington, including hitting six shots from behind the three-point arc.

It wasn’t quite enough to save the Wolves, however, as they lost a close one to their future league rivals, falling 56-49.

For the moment, the opening night defeat was a non-conference decision, but Coupeville will join Darrington in the Northwest League when CHS officially moves from 1A to 2B starting with the 2020-2021 school year.

Tuesday’s tilt gave Wolf coach Brad Sherman a chance to scope out one of his future rivals.

The third-year hoops guru won’t have much of this current team with him when the Wolves move to the Northwest League, as nine of the 10 players in uniform Tuesday were seniors.

Only sophomores Hawthorne Wolfe, who nailed two three-balls, and Xavier Murdy, who’s sidelined with an injury, will still be in uniform when the change occurs.

While Grove won’t play Darrington again, he made sure the Loggers will remember his name, torching them from multiple angles.

He split up his three-balls, netting at least one in every quarter.

With three treys in the first half, Grove had 11 points at the break, and Coupeville was hanging tough, down just 26-23.

Darrington, which hit four three-point shots to eight by the Wolves, got to the free throw line a ton, but clanked most of them, hitting just 14-32 at the charity stripe.

But the Loggers won by going old-school, showing if you hit enough two-point buckets, all the analytics in the world can’t argue with success.

With Caleb Rivera and Bashaun Williams forming a potent one-two combo, as the Loggers duo tallied 20 points apiece, Darrington didn’t run away with the game, but held on for the win.

Grove kept Coupeville close, rattling home half of his treys after the break, scoring 13 of his 24 in the second half.

The opening night explosion allows the Wolf senior to pass 15 former CHS players on the career scoring chart, carrying him to #138 all-time in the 103-season history of the program.

With 184 points in a varsity uniform, Grove needs to get to 277 to crack the top 100.

Tuesday night, he was backed up by Sean Toomey-Stout, who knocked down eight points, and Wolfe, who finished with six.

Jacobi Pilgrim (4), Jered Brown (4), and Koa Davison (3) also scored for CHS, with Jean Lund-Olsen, Tucker Hall, Gavin Knoblich, and Ulrik Wells seeing floor time.

It was Hall’s varsity debut.

Coupeville returns to action Wednesday, when it travels up the Island to face 3A Oak Harbor. The home opener is Saturday against Orcas Island.

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