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Coupeville hoops stars have taken their game on the road. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

They play here. They play there. They play everywhere.

Basketball is booming in Coupeville, and one huge positive is how many young kids are willing to trek off Whidbey for a chance to work on their skills.

A three-day hoops camp in Anacortes, which kicked off Tuesday and runs through Thursday, attracted 13 Wolf hoops stars.

Making the trip:

Colton Ashby
Halle Black
Alec Christie
Brayden Grinstead
Damien Howard
Liam Lawson
Jonah Meek
Dreyke Mendiola
Abel O’Neil
Braxten Ratcliff
Kamden Ratcliff
Brady Sherman
Nicholas Strong

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The sluggers repping Kapaws kick off a series of light-hearted Central Whidbey Little League team pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Little league season is going strong, even between the frequent bursts of rain.

On one of those rare non-wet days, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken ended up down in Coupeville, and the photos above and below are courtesy him.

They capture the lighter side of things in between the more-serious team photos.

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Greg (left) and Cole White hit the road to Spokane. (Morgan White photos)

Let the 27-hour trip begin!

Well, OK, the trip from Coupeville to Spokane probably takes a little less time than that – though sitting in a school bus, it’s likely to feel that long.

The CHS boys basketball team is bound for the 2B state tournament, where it will put its 16-1 record on the line against Lake Roosevelt (16-6) Wednesday.

That game tips off at 9 PM and is a loser-out affair.

Win Wednesday, and Coupeville is guaranteed to play at least twice more, and maybe three times, at the Spokane Arena.

This is the first trip to the big dance for the Wolf boys hoops program since 1988.

The photos above and below, which capture the town-wide celebration send-off this morning, come to us courtesy Morgan White.

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Grady Rickner and the Coupeville High School boys basketball team leave Tuesday for Spokane, and the state 2B tournament. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wave bye-bye-bye as the wheels on the bus go round and round.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team hits the road Tuesday, on its way to Spokane for the 2B state tournament.

The Wolves leave the CHS gym at 11 AM, then roll down Main Street on their way to the highway.

That’s to allow Coupeville Elementary School students a chance to participate in the fond farewells, and the community is also invited to join the celebration.

Coupeville, 16-1 on the season after a narrow loss to top-seeded Kalama in the state opener Friday in Battle Ground, begins play Wednesday at the Spokane Arena with a 9 PM game against Lake Roosevelt.

That’s a loser-out game, with the winner moving on to the double-elimination quarterfinals.

The state tourney runs through Saturday, with the top six teams bringing home trophies.

This is the first time the CHS boys basketball team has made it to state since 1988 and continues a season of excellence.

Brad Sherman’s squad won a Northwest 2B/1B League title, the program’s first league crown since 2002.

The Wolves followed that up with a District 1/2 title — its second district title in 105 seasons, and first since 1970.

Injured senior Miles Davidson has stayed busy compiling stats.

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“State, here we come!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It won’t be a one-night stand.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team is headed back to the state tournament for the first time in 34 years, and the Wolves will play at least two games.

Depending on how things work out, those two rumbles could stretch out to as many as five.

Coupeville is guaranteed at least two games thanks to being ranked #8 in the 16-team 2B field.

Teams seeded #1-#8 start off in double-elimination mode, while #9-#16 play loser-out games, with all first-round bouts held at “regional sites.”

Twelve of the 16 teams then advance to the main site, which for 2B teams, is the Spokane Arena.

This is the first time the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has used seeding committees for basketball.

At first glance, it might be easy to think the Wolves are being underrated a bit.

Coupeville (16-0) is the only unbeaten boys team left in 2B, its RPI ranking was higher than #8, and it won a district title — something four of the seven teams ranked ahead of it did not accomplish.

The most likely reasons for Coupeville being seeded #8, and not higher?

Its strength of schedule was low compared to some other schools.

Plus, four of the top seven seeded schools hail from hoops hotbed District 4, and the WIAA pledged not to pit teams from the same district against each other in the first round if possible.

Also, you miss the big dance for 30+ years and you don’t have a rep, something which factored in during the season when Associated Press voters virtually ignored Coupeville.

But hey, it’s a weird, wild hoops world out there, where Chief Leschi started 13-1 and did NOT make it to state, while River View started 0-13, and DID.

Ultimately though, even at #8, the Wolves got what they wanted — a guarantee their first game is not a loser-out affair, and that they will play in Spokane.

“All is good. No complaints here,” said CHS coach Brad Sherman. “Very cool for the guys.”

Coupeville opens against top-seeded Kalama (19-1), which escaped with a District 4 title after two close calls.

The Chinooks, who feature several players from this year’s 2B state champion football team, were pushed hard in their postseason tourney.

Kalama needed a buzzer-beating three-ball to nip Napavine in the D4 semifinals, then edged Morton-White Pass by a point in the title game.

Coupeville’s showdown with the Chinooks is set for Friday, Feb. 25, with a 6 PM tip-off at Battle Ground High School.

Win, and the Wolves jump straight to the quarterfinals of the state tourney.

In that scenario, Coupeville starts play in Spokane Mar. 3.

Lose to Kalama, and the Wolves instead play Mar. 2 against either #9 Lake Roosevelt or #16 River View in a loser-out game.

The state tourney, which runs through Mar. 5, is a modified double-elimination royal rumble, with the top six teams earning trophies.


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