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Craig Anderson (standing) and Jon Roberts (sitting) return as CMS boys basketball coaches. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Basketball is on the horizon.

The Coupeville Middle School boys are the first to head into the gym, kicking off practice three weeks from today on Nov. 1.

The Wolves play an eight-game schedule over the course of a month, with four at home and four on the road.


Thur-Nov. 18 — South Whidbey (3:15)
Tues-Nov. 23 — @ Lakewood (3:30)
Tues-Nov. 30 — @ Sultan (3:30)
Mon-Dec. 6 — Granite Falls (3:15)
Wed-Dec. 8 — Northshore Christian (3:15)
Mon-Dec. 13 — Sultan (3:15)
Wed-Dec. 15 — @ South Whidbey (3:30)
Thur-Dec. 16 — @ King’s (3:30)

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CHS hoops hotshot Anthony Bergeron eyeballs mom Avis Mitchell. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 1-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.


Yes, I’m biased, and yes, basketball is the best sport.

It’s also one of the longest-running at Coupeville High School, with the boys program having put in 104 seasons and counting.

When I carved the rosters of the last nine campaigns down into one nine-man squad, more than one talented player got left behind.

But, as I assembled my roster, I went with a mix of big-time scorers and “hustle guys,” — players who won the day with steals, rebounds, charges taken, and a burning desire to do whatever was necessary to make the team better.

With this unit we can run, we can play in the paint, and we can beat the crud out of anyone who gets mouthy.

I like to call that well-rounded.

Nick Streubel, a force on both ends of the floor.

Anthony Bergeron — The feel-good success story, a young man who went from a shy role player to throwing down dunks and leading the Wolves in scoring his senior season. You love to see it.

Jordan Ford — Coupeville only had him for a single season, but he revived memories of dad David and uncle Tony. A perfect role player who led the squad in rebounding and was #2 in scoring, picking up most of his points off of put-backs and hustle plays.

Wiley Hesselgrave — Tough as they come, a four-year warrior who scored far more points than you remember, while rattling the teeth of everyone he guarded. Never one to toot his own horn, he came to the court ready to work, every day.

Risen Johnson — The man who brought style back to the floor for the Wolves, bobbing and weaving, flicking runners over outstretched hands or zipping flawless set-up passes to teammates. If you had to pay to watch, he was always worth the price of admission by himself.

Xavier Murdy — The glue, willing (and able) to fill whatever role is asked of him. Can pop the three-ball, but also a ferocious rebounder, a solid passer, and a hyper-intense defender. Always seem to play for the W, not the stats.

Hunter Smith — Finished as the #12 scorer across 104 seasons of Wolf hoops action, and would have been higher if injuries didn’t chip away at his floor time. Back-to-back 300+ point seasons, and a highly-revered athlete among coaches, fans, and his own teammates.

Nick Streubel — Even with refs often saddling him with atrocious fouls, based on his being the largest man on the floor, “The Big Hurt” was a rare bright spot during a tough stretch of time for the Wolf hoops program. The last man rivals wanted to see waiting for them in the paint, and a surprisingly nimble offensive threat.

Sean Toomey-Stout — Like Ford and Murdy, always played for the W over worrying about personal stats. Springy, with a motor which never stops, and a player who has all the intangibles which make coaches sleep easier at night.

Hawthorne Wolfe — Even with a pandemic cutting his junior season in half, is set to make a run at the program’s all-time scoring record. Can knife you with a three-ball from Damian Lillard distance, is a relentless gym rat, and is just flat-out entertaining to watch in action. Our version of Pistol Pete.

Hunter Smith slashes in for two of his 847 points.


Up next: We head to the courts to assemble the best female tennis players.

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William Davidson was one of eight Wolves to play Saturday in summer basketball scrimmages. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Left to right: Logan Martin, Hawthorne Wolfe, Nick Guay, Davidson, Xavier Murdy, Cole White, Alex Murdy, Logan Downes. (Brad Sherman photo)

Summer Saturdays are made for hoops.

The South Whidbey High School boys basketball program hosted a series of hardwood scrimmages Saturday, with Coupeville winning two of three games.

The Wolves, who brought an eight-man contingent to Langley, rep the smallest school, but played big on the day.

Coupeville, a 2B program, topped 1A schools Sultan and South Whidbey, while falling to 3A hoops legend Mercer Island.

Each game was a 40-minute affair, with two 20-minute halves.

While the wins were nice, the primary reason for all the teams to be in action was the opportunity for continued improvement, as individual players and teams.

“Great Saturday of hoops,” said Coupeville coach Brad Sherman. “Just a great chance to go compete for the day and play hoops, get better.”

Playing for the Wolves were William Davidson, Nick Guay, Alex Murdy, Hawthorne Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, Logan Martin, Cole White, and Logan Downes.

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Xavier Murdy, seen in a regular-season game, won a three-ball contest at a summer camp. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ready to storm the court. (Photos courtesy Brad Sherman)

This beautifully-refurbished old-school gym was a destination spot for the Wolves. Someone tell Willie Smith to get crackin’ on recreating it in Cow Town.

One big step into the future.

With a pandemic-altered season barely in the rearview mirror, Coupeville High School boys basketball quickly transitioned towards a 2021-2022 season which will arrive in mere months.

Wolf coaches and 20 players made the trip to Moscow, Idaho, where they took part in the Cloud 9 Sports – Gorilla Poet Team Camp from June 28-July 1.

CHS head coach Brad Sherman was able to send both a varsity and JV squad onto the floor, and felt time spent at the camp was invaluable.

“A great experience!,” he said. “We had a great turnout, and we grew as a team and got better against tough competition.”

Teams played eight games in a “simulation tournament,” where end-of-game scenarios were played out.

There were also practices, team meetings, a dunk contest, and a three-point shooting showdown.

Coupeville made a sizable impact there, with incoming senior Xavier Murdy singing the nets as he won the three-ball contest.

The camp also gave the Wolves a chance to integrate younger players, including several of whom haven’t played high school ball yet.


Wolf players who made the trip:

Chase Anderson
Ryan Blouin
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
Dominic Coffman
Miles Davidson
William Davidson
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Alex Murdy
Xavier Murdy
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Grady Rickner
Landon Roberts
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White
Hawthorne Wolfe


Xavier Murdy wins the three-ball contest:


Grady Rickner competes in the slam dunk contest:

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Jeff Rhubottom (left) and Hawthorne Wolfe have combined to score 1,674 points in Coupeville varsity basketball games. (Photo courtesy Stephanie Grimm Streitler)

Two titans passing in the night.

The unofficial Coupeville High School prom brought two Wolf basketball legends face-to-face Saturday, with almost 1,700 points on display.

Jeff Rhubottom, CHS Class of 1978, tossed in 1,012 points while patrolling the hardwood, which leaves him sitting #4 all-time on the school’s boys hoops career scoring list.

The dapper young gentleman next to him in the photo, senior-to-be Hawthorne Wolfe, is shooting up that same list, which covers 104 seasons.

Hawk has 662 points and counting through two full seasons and a pandemic-shortened junior campaign, which leaves him currently residing at #24 all-time.

When Wolfe and his teammates return for what should be a full season during the 2021-2022 school year, he’ll have his work cut out for him if he wants to catch Jeff Stone and Mike Bagby, tied for the program lead with 1,137 points apiece.

To get to 1,138, Wolfe will need 476 points during his senior season – a tall order but certainly reachable.

He averaged 21 points a night across a 12-game season as a junior.

If Wolfe were to score at that clip as a senior, he would need a shade under 23 games to achieve the feat.

Take a full regular season schedule of 18-20 games, add in a playoff run, and we could be in business.

If he were to get up to that 476 or higher mark as a senior, Wolfe would also have the second-best single-season scoring mark in CHS boys history, trailing just Stone’s legendary 644 from the 1969-1970 season.

The second-best season mark currently?

It’s 459 points, tossed in by one Jeff Rhubottom during his own senior season of 1977-1978.

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