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Hawthorne Wolfe (second from right) collected one of five hits Friday for a Coupeville baseball squad coached by Chris Smith (middle). (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After being forced to postpone its season opener Tuesday with 10 of 16 players out sick, just getting on the field Friday was an accomplishment for the Coupeville High School baseball squad.

Once there, a young Wolf squad, which played three freshmen, starting two, out-hit host Lynden Christian, but were undone by errors in a 2-1 non-league loss.

“All things considered, not bad, but we kind of gave it to them,” said CHS coach Chris Smith.

Coupeville gets a chance to bounce right back, hosting Overlake at 1 PM Saturday in another non-conference rumble.

Friday afternoon, the Wolves jumped on their hosts quickly, plating their only run in the first inning, then having a chance to break things open in the second.

The first run of the season came courtesy back-to-back two-out base-knocks from seniors Jake Pease and Dane Lucero.

That would be the only run for the Wolves, however, as Lynden’s pitcher ended the first inning with a strikeout, before escaping a jam in the top of the second.

In that inning, CHS loaded the bases with just one out, as Mason Grove and Sage Sharp walked, followed by Daniel Olson rapping a single.

With the top of the order coming to the plate, the stage seemed set for the Wolves to go bonkers on the Lyncs, but it wasn’t to be on this day.

A strikeout, followed by a ground-out to second shut down the rally, while kicking off a run of 10 straight outs by Wolf hitters.

Coupeville didn’t break the cold streak at the plate until the fifth inning, when freshman Hawthorne Wolfe punched his first high school hit.

A fly-out to center left him stranded, however, and a potential rally in the sixth, sparked by a Lucero walk and an Ulrik Wells single, ended suddenly and savagely with three straight strike-outs.

Lynden only scraped out a single base hit against Coupeville hurlers Lucero, Wolfe and Matt Hilborn, and it went nowhere.

But the Lyncs benefited from some Wolf stumbles, turning three walks and two errors into their only two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Coupeville finished with four errors on the afternoon.

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Four-year starter Matt Hilborn is one of five returning letter winners for Coupeville High School baseball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves enjoy rare blue skies as they prep for their season opener.

Let’s shake things up.

Coupeville High School baseball soared through much of the 2018 season, winning its second Olympic League title in three years and falling a single win shy of advancing to the state tourney.

Jump forward to this spring, and many things have changed for third-year head coach Chris Smith.

He needs to replace an especially strong group of seniors from last year’s 15-6 squad, having lost eight to graduation, including league MVP Hunter Smith.

And, while doing so, the Wolves are bouncing into the new North Sound Conference, a league headed up by Cedar Park Christian, which has finished 2nd and 4th at state the past two seasons.

After playing a scattershot schedule during their four-year run in the Olympic League, Coupeville returns to a more traditional schedule in their new surroundings.

Much like the Wolves did in their old stomping grounds in the Cascade Conference, NSC teams will play three-game series in a single week.

Instead of a game here, a game a month later, and then a final match-up sometime after that, the new league operates with a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule.

So, when the Wolves open their league schedule, against the aforementioned CPC, they’ll go to Bothell Monday, host the Eagles Wednesday, then travel back to Bothell Friday.

The new schedule more closely replicates what college and pro teams play, while giving coaches more of a chance to use strategy as they set up their pitching and adjust to changes as each week plays out.

While he won’t have his son ready to take the mound this year, Smith can lean on a pair of veteran hurlers.

Seniors Matt Hilborn and Dane Lucero top the mound rotation, and are joined by three other returning lettermen, seniors Jake Pease and Shane Losey and junior Gavin Knoblich.

“All are expected to start this year and make a strong impact,” Smith said. “We have strong returning pitching and a strong senior core, but we will be a very young team.”

Among the younger players expected to play key roles include juniors Ulrik Wells and Mason Grove, sophomore Daniel Olson, who got the strikeout to clinch last year’s league title, and freshman Hawthorne Wolfe.

The roster will lean towards players making their varsity debuts this time around.

“(There are) some other up and coming players that will definitely have the opportunity to help out when called upon,” Smith said.

While his team may not be the most-experienced, the eternally-upbeat Wolf coach is aiming for success, as always.

With the season opener at home Mar. 12, against non-conference foe Friday Harbor, Smith is rarin’ to get going.

“Our number one goal is to make a run at the league title; our number two goal is to qualify for the state tournament,” he said.

“It will be a successful season if we play good baseball, and maintain a high level of motivation, energy and effort regardless of the outcome.”

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Eyes always on the prize, Chelsea Prescott lofts a free throw. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ryan Labrador is honored on Senior Night.

Gavin Knoblich has places to be, and he intends to get there quickly.

Jean Lund-Osen (left) and Koa Davison carve out some time for a modeling session.

Injured fingers? No big deal, as Lindsey Roberts is a one-armed rebounding beast.

Dane Lucero enjoys Senior Night festivities with mom and dad, some of his sisters and girlfriend Hope Lodell (far left).

Grady Rickner comes bearing gifts.

With no game to play on this night, Wolf hoops stars (l to r) Kiara Contreras, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Anya Leavell show up to root on their classmates.

If it’s a Friday night, there’s a good chance John Fisken’s cameras are clickin’.

The erstwhile paparazzi, having obtained a prime parking spot from which to promote his biz, snapped away through four games in two separate Coupeville gyms.

The pics above are pulled from girls varsity (Cedar Park doesn’t have a female JV squad), plus boys varsity, JV and C-Team bouts.

To see everything Fisken shot while in Cow Town, pop over to:





And, as always, a percentage of each purchase helps fund scholarships for deserving CHS senior student/athletes.

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The lone senior on the Coupeville boys basketball roster, Dane Lucero, was  honored Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wins were in short supply Friday, but improvement was the buzz word.

All four Coupeville High School basketball teams in action fell to visiting Cedar Park Christian, and the Wolf varsity boys were no exception.

But like the other CHS squads, the margin of said loss was greatly improved from the first meeting between the schools.

For the varsity boys, their earlier trip to Bothell included a painful 70-27 bushwhacking.

Friday night, the Wolves, who were celebrating Senior Night, made things much, much closer, staying within single digits until late in the fourth quarter in a 52-36 loss.

While the defeat drops Coupeville to 1-7 in North Sound Conference play, 2-13 overall, the Wolves still hold the fifth, and final, playoff berth from the six-team league.

With two regular-season games left — road trips to South Whidbey and Granite Falls next week — CHS trails King’s (9-0) CPC (5-3), South Whidbey (5-3) and Sultan (5-4), but is ahead of Granite (0-8).

Hold on to that advantage and the Wolves are off to the double-elimination district playoffs starting Feb. 4.

If Coupeville and Granite finish in a tie, they would meet Saturday, Feb. 2 on Whidbey to decide the #5 seed. Tip-off for that playoff play-in game would be 5 PM.

Facing off with Cedar Park, the Wolves didn’t play perfectly, but they did play with heart and fire.

Coupeville had too many turnovers, mainly off of passes which it would have liked to take back a split second after firing them, but a couple of nice runs on offense kept it within shouting distance all night long.

The first quarter set things in motion, as Sean Toomey-Stout slammed home a put-back off of a sensational offensive rebound, Coupeville’s lone senior, Dane Lucero, dropped in a sweet lil’ hook shot, and Jered Brown singed the nets for a three-ball.

But those baskets came one at a time, and with some chunks of the clock ticking away between them, allowing CPC to claim a 14-7 lead it would never relinquish.

Wolf frosh Hawthorne Wolfe sank a long trey early in the second quarter, only to have the Eagles hit back-to-back three-balls of their own on the next two trips down the floor.

Down by 12, with the game starting to slip away, Coupeville dug in for one of its two extended runs on offense.

Keyed by Gavin Knoblich, who was everywhere and nowhere at once, cleaning the boards, then using his long arms to reach in and poke balls away, the Wolves closed the half on an 8-3 run.


Buckets from Ulrik Wells, Brown, Toomey-Stout, and Knoblich cut the lead to seven and CHS had the momentum heading towards the break.

Unfortunately, Cedar Park exploited a let-down on defense, with its point guard slicing right up the middle, uncontested, for a layup which hit the bottom of the net just as the horn sounded.

The bucket staggered the Wolves, who also came out a bit lethargic to start the third.

Despite a strong power move in the paint for a bucket by Jacobi Pilgrim, and a sensational three-ball by Wolfe, who fired it off his left shoulder while hanging in mid-air, CPC began to pull away.

Up by 15 heading into the fourth, the Eagles met a final burst of resistance from Coupeville, which cut the margin back to nine on a pair of Wells free throws.

Right after that, though, Knoblich fouled out, and without the Energizer bunny-style energy he brought to the floor Friday, CHS finally hit the wall.

While Cedar Park tossed in seven straight points across the final 90 seconds to make the final score a bit skewed, Coupeville coach Brad Sherman could see some positives in how his squad handled the rematch.

“It was a huge improvement for our guys; they battled,” he said. “We had a way better effort on defense and on the boards this time around.

“We had some good looks (on shots), but just couldn’t get them all to fall tonight.”

Brown finished with nine points to pace the Wolves, while Toomey-Stout banked home seven and the duo of Wells and Wolfe chipped in with six apiece.

Pilgrim (4), Lucero (2), and Knoblich (2) also scored, with Mason Grove helping out with scrambling defense and some quality set-up passes.

Perhaps lost in the haze of the game was a historical note, as Wolfe became the highest-scoring freshman boy in 102 years of CHS basketball.

His first three-ball tied him with Mike Bagby at 137 points, and his second one moved this year’s leading varsity scorer to a solid 140.

While Wolfe has passed every other Coupeville boy, there are still four girls ahead of him.

He has a strong chance of catching Megan Smith (161) and Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby (163), but may not have enough games left to make a run at Novi Barron (242) or Brianne King (275).

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Andrew Martin was credited with six tackles in Friday’s loss to Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Work with what you have.

Sultan’s hard-hitting (and chippy) defense limited a lot of what Coupeville wanted to do Friday night, resulting in a 38-6 Turk win at Mickey Clark Field.

But, even in a loss, there are stats to ponder, mull over, and argue about.

So wander down below, and you’ll see what I was given for week #6.

The stats were compiled by injured Wolf Jake Pease, who was (relatively) high above the field, in Coupeville’s new press box – where awkward sight lines are the order of the day.




Dawson Houston 2-6 for 33 yards
Shane Losey 5-11 for 26 yards


Sean Toomey-Stout 2 receptions for 27 yards
Dane Lucero 2-16
Gavin Knoblich 1-10
Matt Hilborn 1-3
Gabe Shaw 1-3


Toomey-Stout 16 carries for 62 yards
Losey 7-4
Hilborn 9-2
Derek Leyva 1-(-6)
Houston 5-(-20)

Total Yards (Rush/Pass/Rec):

Toomey-Stout 89
Losey 30
Lucero 16
Houston 13
Knoblich 10
Hilborn 5
Shaw 3


Toomey-Stout 1


Toomey-Stout 6




Alex Turner 10
Toomey-Stout 8
Andrew Martin 6
Hilborn 5
Knoblich 4
Lucero 4
Ryan Labrador 
Gavin St Onge
Matt Stevens
Isaiah Bittner 

Fumble recoveries:

Team 1




Hilborn 3-55

Kickoff Returns:

Hilborn 3-45
Leyva 1-15
Toomey-Stout 1-0

Punt Returns:

Hilborn 2-22

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