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Wolf grad Dante Mitchell (right) is back in the gym. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mitchell is joined on the NWMS bench by former Coupeville High School girls’ soccer coach Troy Cowan (far left).

The coaching life continues.

Coupeville High School grad Dante Mitchell, son of legendary hoops guru Avis Mitchell, is back on the bench at North Whidbey Middle School.

It’s the second season at NWMS for Dante, who both played and coached in Coupeville.

On the hardwood, he threw down buckets alongside twin brother DeAndre, before later putting in time as a basketball coach for Coupeville Middle School.

The photos above come from North Whidbey’s opener against Stanwood.

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Coupeville grad Dante Mitchell (far right) is working as a basketball coach at North Whidbey Middle School. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Keeping an eye on the action.

Different town, same game.

Coupeville High School grad Dante Mitchell is now working in Oak Harbor, coaching basketball at North Whidbey Middle School.

That follows on the heels of his time as a Wolf, where he was both a player, and later, a coach, continuing the work of mom (and hoops guru) Avis.

As Dante worked the sidelines Monday in a season-opening matchup against Mt. Baker Middle School, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was on hand to document the moment.

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Dante Mitchell, back in his high school days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Dante Mitchell is back in the game.

The former Coupeville High School hoops star, who went on to coach middle school boys basketball at CMS, is returning to the sidelines this year, but in a different town.

Mitchell will be working for North Whidbey Middle School.

Even though he’s swapped out his Coupeville red and black for Oak Harbor gold and purple, a lot of his heart still belongs in Cow Town.

“I’m not going to forget about the kids I coached in Coupeville!,” he said with a chuckle.

A 2016 Coupeville grad, Mitchell played basketball alongside twin brother DeAndre, with both following in the big footsteps of older brother Anthony Bergeron.

The trio got their basketball skills from mom Avis Mitchell, a highly-respected youth hoops coach in her own right.

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Twin brothers DeAndre (left) and Dante Mitchell finished in a tie atop the poll to decide the Coupeville Sports “Winter Coach of the Season.”

Back in their younger days.

Well, there’s a first time for everything.

I’ve run 21 polls in the history of Coupeville Sports, and never had this happen.

But here we are, 48 hours and 25 minutes later (yes, I overslept…) and 2,248 votes down the road, and we have a TIE for the “Winter Sports Coach of the Season.”

Which is kind of appropriate, because the winners are twin brothers.

Just as mom Avis can’t pick a favorite (at least in public), the voters decided to honor both of her sons, Coupeville Middle School 8th grade basketball coaches Dante and DeAndre Mitchell.

The former Wolf players each picked up exactly 634 votes, putting them comfortably ahead of third-place finisher Scott Fox, who strolled in with 422 votes to claim third.

The Coupeville High School boys C-Team coach was followed by CMS coach Mikayla Elfrank (145) and CHS JV guru Chris Smith (113) in a field of 14 basketball coaches.

And they were all basketball coaches in this poll, as I accidentally left out CHS cheer coach BreAnna Boon and her husband Tyson, who is providing coaching for Coupeville’s lone wrestler, Alex Turner.

Thankfully, that duo have already won state and national titles back in their own high school days, so, missing out on a chance to vie for my totally made up, but totally amazing, non-trophy, probably won’t destroy their lives.

We hope.

For the rest of the coaches, and their various fan clubs, thanks for playing along and congrats to the Mitchell brothers.

If they want to break the tie, may I suggest a brisk game of HORSE down at the CHS gym?

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The season is never truly complete until you get some pizza. (Photo courtesy Dante Mitchell)

Consider it a hardwood graduation.

Having wrapped their season Thursday, Coupeville Middle School 8th grade boys basketball players have finished one level of their hoops journey.

After this, hopefully, all nine Wolves who suited up this year will make the jump to join the high school program.

Having coached many of these players for both of their seasons in middle school, CMS 8th grade coach Dante Mitchell is like a proud father, sending his children onward and upward.

Friday, he made sure his players knew how much he appreciated them by holding an impromptu pizza party.

Gathered were Dominic Coffman, Jesse Wooten, Ty Hamilton, Alex Murdy, Josh Upchurch, Alex Wasik, Mitchell Hall, Kevin Partida, and Levi Pulliam.

“Pizza not for show, but because of the hard work and dedication,” Mitchell said. “I send my best wishes as these players move on to high school and bigger and better things.

“I’m so proud and grateful and blessed to have been able to get the opportunity to give back and coach such wonderful kids.”

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