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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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Chelsea Prescott (and the parental units) kick off a series of Coupeville High School graduation pics. (Eileen Stone photos)

They’re outta here.

But first they stopped to get their diplomas, as the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 graduated Friday night.

The photos above and below, which capture a variety of Wolves as they celebrate their big moment, come to us courtesy Eileen Stone.

 

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Hunter Smith, swooping to the hoop, is one of three players in CHS basketball history with his first name, joining Hunter Hammer and Hunter Downes. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

There is only one Jacobi in 103 seasons, however, and it’s Jacobi Pilgrim.

There have been seven Jason’s in a CHS varsity uniform, but the one with Bagby as his last name still stands tall.

The history of the Coupeville High School boys basketball program is my great white whale.

It stretches out across 103 seasons, and, while a chunk of the records seem all but lost to the whims of time, I think we’ve done a pretty good job of documenting things.

As of this morning, I’ve recorded 74,587 points, tossed in to the bucket by 391 different varsity players.

Our inability to completely figure out career scoring totals for ’50s supernovas Jack Elzinga and Tom Sahli remains a thorn in my side.

And, while I have two seasons from the 1920’s locked down cold (Roy Armstrong was The Man), the ’30s will probably always be a mystery, unfortunately.

But, we go with what we have, while always hoping someone, someday, will unearth a treasure trove of scorebooks from the olden, golden days.

Today, following in the footsteps of Saturday’s story about CHS girls basketball scoring by first name, we’re doing the same quarantine-related stat-shuffling.

What do we find?

When you’re talking about 103 years, and changing popularity of names, it’s a wild mishmash.

We’ve got a Banky, a Gaylord, an Ulrik, a LaVerne, a Koa, and a couple of guys named … Guy.

Plus, a Caesar, an Utz, a Zepher, a Raleigh, an Ariah, and a Boom.

Also, as expected, a whole lot of John’s, Brian’s, Jason’s, and Scott’s.

Topping them all, however, is Mike, with no less than 11 guys with that name scoring for the Wolf hoops team over the years.

Bagby, Criscuola, Syreen, Millenbach, Mallo, Ankney, Ellsworth, Brown, Duke, Lester, and Eaton, working our way down the chart.

Or is it 12, if we count the one guy who went by Michael during his b-ball days, Michael Vaughan?

While the Coupeville girls program has five letters (F, O, Q, U, and X) which have never appeared at the start of a first name, part of that may be due to their much-briefer history.

With 103 seasons to just 46, the Wolf boys rep every letter except Y.

Y not, one asks?

Is no one brave enough to name their son after the hero in the 1982 sci-fi “classic” Yor, Hunter from the Future?

While we wait for that day, Xavier Murdy, Oscar Liquidano, and Quinten Farmer are the first, and so far, only ones, to stand tall for their opening initials.

As is Ian Smith, as in somewhat of a surprise to me, I is also one of the four letters with just one Wolf boy to call its own.

Maybe all the moms and dads just slid by I and landed on J, because, with 59 players, it routs the field.

R (42), D (38), and B (37) made decent runs, but it’s still a blowout.

Cause, it’s basketball, and when you need someone to drain a J, you turn to a J.

Simple as that.

 

How the letters rank, with total boys followed by total points:

A – 12/2771
B – 37/9045
C – 29/5867
D – 38/5583
E – 12/1356
F – 4/1142
G – 19/4658
H – 8/2848
I – 1/324
J – 59/11,236
K – 12/1738
L – 6/196
M – 32/6479
N – 9/1454
O – 1/1
P – 7/3169
Q – 1/75
R – 42/6560
S – 21/2930
T – 29/3850
U – 2/478
V – 2/877
W – 4/1476
X – 1/99
Y – zip
Z – 3/375

 

By first names:

Aaron (2) – 601
Alan (1) – 198
Alex (1) – 272
Allen (1) – 305
Andrew (3) – 295
Anthony (1) – 176
Ariah (1) – 5
Arik (1) – 867
Asa (1) – 52
Banky (1) – 44
Barry (1) – 769
Ben (5) – 914
Bill (5) – 1957
Blaine (1) – 393
Blake (1) – 299
Bob (2) – 321
Bobby (1) – 7
Boom (1) – 275
Brad (5) – 1978
Brandon (1) – 245
Brandy (1) – 58
Brian (8) – 1318
Bruce (1) – 9
Bryan (1) – 99
Bud (1) – 19
Byron (1) – 340
Caesar (1) – 369
Caleb (2) – 499
Cameron (1) – 80
Carson (1) – 86
Casey (2) – 654
Cedric (1) – 17
Chad (3) – 549
Charlie (3) – 371
Chris (6) – 1248
Christian (2) – 211
Chuck (2) – 42
CJ (1) – 54
Cody (1) – 518
Corey (1) – 811
Craig (1) – 132
Curt (1) – 226
Dale (2) – 357
Dalton (2) – 95
Dan (3) – 850
Dane (1) – 20
Daniel (3) – 42
Danny (1) – 36
Dante (1) – 34
Dave (4) – 91
David (3) – 885
Dean (2) – 88
DeAndre (1) – 56
Del (1) – 440
Dennis (1) – 57
Denny (3) – 1409
Desmond (1) – 11
Dick (1) – 352
DJ (1) – 13
Don (3) – 549
Doug (1) – 45
Drew (1) – 56
Duane (1) – 76
Dustin (1) – 21
Ed (2) – 225
Eddie (1) – 45
Ellis (1) – 56
Eric (3) – 392
Erick (1) – 40
Erik (2) – 69
Ethan (1) – 352
Evan (1) – 177
Foster (1) – 668
Frank (2) – 465
Fred (1) – 9
Gabe (2) – 908
Gary (3) – 984
Gavin (3) – 952
Gaylord (1) – 41
Geoff (2) – 381
George (2) – 148
Glen (1) – 12
Glenn (1) – 350
Greg (2) – 852
Guy (2) – 30
Harold (1) – 323
Harvey (1) – 265
Hawthorne (1) – 410
Henry (1) – 14
Hugh (1) – 145
Hunter (3) – 1691
Ian (1) – 324
Jack (1) – 646
Jacobi (1) – 111
James (3) – 511
Jared (1) – 24
Jason (7) – 1410
Jay (1) – 21
JD (2) – 378
Jean (1) – 17
Jeff (6) – 2300
Jered (1) – 156
Jeremy (2) – 64
Jerry (3) – 630
Jesse (1) – 119
Jim (6) – 1195
Jimmy (1) – 9
JJ (2) – 596
Joe (7) – 1153
Joel (1) – 217
Joey (1) – 121
John (7) – 1301
Jon (1) – 11
Jordan (2) – 230
Josh (1) – 16
Keith (2) – 319
Ken (1) – 11
Kevin (2) – 345
Kit (1) – 275
Koa (1) – 94
Kole (1) – 12
Kraig (1) – 8
Kramer (1) – 636
Kyle (2) – 38
Larry (1) – 26
LaVerne (1) – 12
Len (1) – 61
Les (1) – 69
Lewis (1) – 25
Luke (1) – 3
Marc (2) – 600
Marion (1) – 2
Mark (2) – 190
Martin (1) – 58
Marvin (2) – 68
Mason (1) – 414
Matt (7) – 605
Meryl (1) – 1
Michael (1) – 337
Mike (9) – 3639
Mitch (2) – 310
Monty (1) – 155
Morgan (2) – 100
Nate (1) – 5
Nevin (1) – 40
Nic (1) – 5
Nick (3) – 803
Noah (1) – 301
Noel (1) – 298
Norm (1) – 2
Oscar (1) – 1
Pat (5) – 2250
Paul (1) – 2
Pete (1) – 917
Quentin (1) – 75
Raleigh (1) – 1
Ralph (2) – 33
Randy (4) – 1869
Ray (2) – 397
Rich (3) – 856
Richard (4) – 514
Rick (4) – 321
Risen (1) – 291
Rob (2) – 26
Robbie (1) – 2
Robert (4) – 49
Robin (1) – 342
Roger (1) – 168
Ron (3) – 247
Ross (1) – 77
Roy (3) – 822
Rusty (1) – 3
Ryan (4) – 542
Sam (1) – 58
Sandy (1) – 118
Scott (7) – 504
Sean (3) – 960
Shawn (1) – 197
Sid (1) – 3
Stanley (1) – 48
Stephen (1) – 2
Steve (4) – 1024
Steven (1) – 16
Taylor (1) – 114
Ted (1) – 91
Teo (1) – 2
Terry (1) – 277
Tim (4) – 424
Timm (1) – 345
Toby (1) – 28
Todd (2) – 41
Tom (4) – 822
Tony (3) – 504
Tracy (1) – 3
Travis (1) – 10
Trent (1) – 23
Trevor (2) – 216
Troy (2) – 305
Tucker (1) – 6
Ty (1) – 369
Tyler (1) – 270
Ulrik (1) – 152
Utz (1) – 326
Vance (1) – 203
Virgil (1) – 674
Wade (1) – 659
Wayne (2) – 185
Wiley (1) – 632
Xavier (1) – 99
Zack (1) – 66
Zeb (1) – 35
Zepher (1) – 274

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Waiting for the lunch bus. (Photos courtesy Brad Sherman)

Ready to chow down.

Brad Sherman is Coupeville through and through.

A teacher and head boys basketball coach at CHS, he and his brothers are the third generation of their family to graduate on the prairie.

Now Brad and wife Abbey have four young boys who are beginning their own school journeys in the town where their dad and grandma Deb are both teachers.

As everyone adjusts to the school shut-down brought on by the nation’s battle with the coronavirus pandemic, Coupeville’s Connected Food Program has made sure local students are still being fed.

One teacher and father’s thoughts, as Brad Sherman shares his perspective with us:

Brady looks out the window each morning when it’s approaching the time for lunches to arrive – he knows once he sees the bus turn on Sherman Road that he’s got about two minutes before they get around the loop to our house.

And when he sees the bus, and his bus driver (shout out to Mr. Jump), and whichever staff member is volunteering on the route to hand him lunches each day, he grins from ear to ear.

The other day, Mr. Kemmer was that staff member.

When the boys asked for turkey sandwiches, he responded: “Gobble, gobble.”

They called my mom to tell her how funny he was.

Our kids don’t understand the magnitude of what’s going on around them. They just know something is very different.

They miss their friends.

They wonder why they aren’t starting tee-ball.

And for them, this is about more than lunches.

It’s about a little bit of normal. That school bus represents hope.

It represents the hard work of so many at a school district that sincerely loves its kids.

Proud to call Coupeville home.

Proud to call this my school district.

And proud to work with a whole lot of amazing people.

Go Wolves!

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Coupeville High School boys basketball coach Brad Sherman is our winter poll winner. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was the last poll of the decade, and it came down to a mere handful of votes.

In the end, Coupeville High School boys basketball coach Brad Sherman rallied to edge out CMS boys hoops guru Greg White and lay claim to the “much-coveted” title of “Top Coach of the Winter 2019.”

Sherman finished with 176 votes in our 13-coach, 50-hour poll, which wrapped Monday morning, while White racked up 172 tallies.

Rounding out the top five were Alex Evans (154), Arik Garthwaite (108), and Megan Smith (43).

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