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Dominic Coffman brings huge heart, and a dash of danger, to every sport he plays. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coffman, here kick-starting a fast break in middle school, will be a freshman at Coupeville High School this fall.

The most exciting player in middle school sports is headed to high school.

We’re going to let Dominic Coffman speak for himself here in a second, but I just have to say something first.

Over the past two years, no one in a CMS uniform has been quite as entertaining to watch play as he has been.

Coffman is a savage, and I mean that in the best possible way.

He comes with everything he has, and watching “The Dominator” in action is a treat.

Coffman goes flying into every play, whether on the football field, basketball court, or when he’s bouncing between events in track and field.

For example, other players may occasionally get a blocked shot on the hardwood.

At one point during his Coupeville Middle School days, Coffman chased down a play from behind, launched himself airborne, and managed to both reject the shot and bounce his shoe-clad foot off the back of the rival player’s head.

The second part was probably accidental. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

It was a thing of furious beauty, a testament to the fire Coffman brings to everything he does, and proof that he’ll be worth the price of admission when he invades Coupeville High School this fall.

The whirlwind wild man plans to continue playing all three of his sports, which is good news for Wolf fans (and writers who like a good foot-to-the-head moment).

“They keep me busy all year and with track and field it helps me get ready for football,” Coffman said. “With basketball, it helps me to get stronger and focus.”

While he enjoys all of his sports, gridiron action narrowly nips hoops as his favorite.

“I was six years old when my mom first put me in football,” Coffman said. “Then, when I learned to tackle kids that were two times bigger than me, it helped me to work hard and not to play with fear.”

While track and field can be a largely solitary sport, football and basketball involve groups of players working together to achieve success, something Coffman appreciates.

“They are team sports, so it helped me to learn to get along with others, build friendships and work hard for myself and the rest of the team,” he said. “Football and basketball show love for the game and for family.”

Coffman draws inspiration from fellow freshman-to-be Alex Murdy and current and former Wolf stars like Sean and Cameron Toomey-Stout.

All three are known for their dedication and hard work, something Coffman wants to emulate.

“My friend, Alex, he continues to be himself, not caring what other people think and always reminding me to be a team player doing my best and wanting others to do their best,” he said.

Cameron and Sean, I have watched them and how they push themselves,” Coffman added. “They have encouraged me and they are not afraid to be who they are.”

He also credits his parents for “always supporting and loving me and wanting me to be the best me I can become in everything I do,” and thanks “Ms. Z, Ms. Raven and Mr. Black” for their support in school.

Whether working in class, where he enjoys “math with Mr. DeArmond and history with Mr. Volkman,” or progressing as an athlete, Coffman is all about putting in work.

“All the stuff you can do to get better at my position and to see the face of my future coming true,” he said.

Coffman is working on increasing his speed and vertical jump, and has set goals of becoming a starter in football and “keeping my grades up, so I can still play sports.”

When he’s not at practice or involved in a game, he enjoys swimming, listening to hip hop, taking his Bernese Mountain Dog, Zion, for walks, and spending time with family and friends.

Ultimately, though, it all comes back around to sports, which drive him to be a well-rounded person, and one who plans to shine for the next four years.

“My strengths are my love for sports, my footwork, strength, and speed,” Coffman said.

“I want to work on my mental game and to get faster to get to the ball when I’m playing wide receiver,” he added “I also need to work out in the weight room, and get stronger.

Underestimate him at your own risk. Heart matters most in sports, and Coffman has a huge one.

“I might not be very tall, but I will continue to show it is not the height that matters,” he said. “It is my determination, getting stronger, and love of sports, that will prove who I will become.”

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Coupeville 8th grader Mitchell Hall notched eight points Thursday at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf 7th grade coach Greg White and his sharp-shooting point guard (and son) Cole watch a recent high school game.

Four games, four very different results.

The Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads trekked to the wilds of Sultan Thursday, and while the Wolves lost all four contests, the scores differed wildly.


8th grade varsity:

CMS came within a basket or two of sweeping the season series with their rivals, but fell just short.

Coupeville had strong first and third quarters, but cold shooting in the other two frames doomed it in a 28-26 nail-biter.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-7 on the season.

“They got us, it sure is a stinger,” said CMS coach Dante Mitchell. “But I can’t be more proud of the guy’s heart and hustle they showed tonight.”

His squad torched the nets for 10 points in the first and third, but were held to two and four in the second and fourth.

Free throws also hurt the Wolves, as they connected on just 2-9 from the charity stripe.

Mitchell Hall and Alex Murdy paced Coupeville with eight points apiece, while Ty Hamilton tossed in four.

Alex Wasik, Kevin Partida and Dominic Coffman rounded out the Wolf scoring machine with a bucket each, with Levi Pulliam, Jesse Wooten and Josh Upchurch also seeing floor time.


7th grade varsity:

The roughest part of the afternoon, as Coupeville inadvertently played the role of the log being force-fed into the chipper.

Facing a brutally-good Turk team, the Wolves, now 2-6, suffered through their coldest offensive performance of the season, falling 47-7.

While his team fought until the end, CMS coach Greg White could see this loss coming.

“Sultan has the best 7th grade team I’ve seen,” he said. “They’ve got some great athletes.”

The Turks blew out to a 17-3 lead after one quarter, stretched the margin to 34-3 by halftime, then coasted home on fumes in the second half.

Cole White, Logan Downes and Mikey Robinett each scored two, while Nick Guay arced a free-throw through the net to complete the limited offensive fireworks for the Wolves.

Ryan Blouin, William Davidson and Zane Oldenstadt rounded out the CMS roster.


7th/8th JV:

A joint team, with three eighth-graders (Pulliam, Wooten and Upchurch) joining the younger crew, played twice, facing off with separate Sultan squads.

CMS doesn’t have enough 8th grade players to form different JV teams this season.

Both final scores were lost to the winds, as Sultan’s books went missing, but we know for a fact Coupeville scored 12 points across the pair of two-quarter games, and they were both Wolf losses.

Robinett had the hottest hand for the Wolves, knocking down a team-high six, while Pulliam netted four and Chris Villarreal added a bucket.

Quinten Pilgrim, Timothy Nitta, Andrew Williams, Alex Clark and Justin Wilkinson all saw floor time as well.


Next up:

Coupeville wraps its 10-game season with a pair of contests on the Island, traveling to Langley Dec. 11, then hosting Granite Falls Dec. 13.

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Cole White tossed in 11 points Thursday in a narrow loss to King’s. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

What’s a Dollar worth? About 19 points and a win, that’s what.

Sparked by the son of former UCLA great Cameron Dollar, King’s Junior High eked out some payback against Coupeville Middle School Thursday, avenging an early season boys basketball loss to the Wolves.

With Jalen Dollar, who wasn’t eligible the first time around, pouring in 19 of his team’s points, the Knights held off a scrappy CMS 7th grade varsity squad, escaping with a 28-25 win in Shoreline.

The elder Dollar played four seasons at UCLA, helping the Bruins win three Pac-10 crowns and a 1995 national title.

He was a major factor in the championship win, an 89-78 upset of defending champs Arkansas in a game played in front of 38,540 fans at Seattle’s Kingdome.

UCLA star Ed O’Bannon, who was the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player, threw down 30 points and snared 17 boards, but it was Cameron Dollar who was singled out for special praise by coach Jim Harrick afterwards.

Stepping in when starting point guard Tyus Edney went down with an injury in the first half, Dollar finished with a game-high eight assists and four steals.

After his playing days ended in ’97, the Bruin legend became a coach and has worked at seven different NCAA schools over the past 20 years. He’s currently an assistant at the University of Washington.

The loss drops Coupeville to 2-4 on the season, but Wolf coach Greg White and his players weren’t hanging their heads after going toe-to-toe with the big boys.

“Tough loss tonight, but the boys actually played their best game of the season,” he said. “They moved the ball well against a press.”

The Wolves hung tough all game, trailing by just a bucket at the half.

King’s used an 11-7 surge in the third quarter, with Dollar dropping a pair of three-balls, to put some room between the teams, only to see Coupeville put together an 8-5 run of its own in the fourth.

Cole White poured in a season-high 11 to pace the Wolves, while Logan Downes popped for nine and William Davidson slapped home five.

Ryan Blouin, Zane Oldenstadt, Nick Guay, Mikey Robinett, and Quinten Pilgrim also saw floor time for Coupeville.


7th grade JV:

The second unit didn’t generate a ton of offense, but played pretty well on defense in an 11-2 loss.

Robinett banked home Coupeville’s lone bucket, while Pilgrim, Justin Wilkinson, Alex Clark, Timothy Nitta, Andrew Williams, and Chris Villarreal were all in action for CMS during the two-quarter game.


8th grade varsity:

Mitchell Hall continues to captivate, but not even he was enough to quell a fierce Knights squad which stormed to a 51-22 win.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-5.

Hall, who has come on strongly in the past few games, tossed in eight points to pace CMS, while Levi Pulliam knocked down a pair of buckets in support.

Dominic Coffman and Alex Wasik each added three, with Coffman drilling a trey, Alex Murdy and Kevin Partida had a basket apiece and Ty Hamilton, Josh Upchurch, and Jesse Wooten chipped in with hustle and hard work.

All three Coupeville teams return home for their next game, with Northshore Christian scheduled to travel to Whidbey Dec. 4.

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Logan Downes refuses to let any pesky basketballs get away. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

CMS 7th grade coach Greg White makes a plea to hot-shooting guard Ryan Blouin. “I need you to make it rain all day!”

Coupeville’s feisty 8th grade squad.

Blouin, seconds away from making the bottom of the net pop.

Ty Hamilton leads the charge up-court.

The next generation arrives, as the Wolf 7th graders make their debut.

Dominic Coffman gets ready to break some fools in half.

8th grade coaches Mikayla Elfrank and DeAndre Mitchell share a laugh with the bench.

The gym is alive with the sound of squeaking shoes.

Basketball has returned to Coupeville, and Monday’s middle school opener brought out a large crowd of fans and a handful of those working for their suppers.

One of the latter was paparazzi to the stars John Fisken, who worked every angle of the court, firing away with an assortment of cameras.

The pics seen above are but a small taste, however.

If you want to see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some glossies for Grandma, pop over to:


And, when you go, remember that purchases help fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

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Dominic Coffman forced a fumble and recovered another one Thursday afternoon in Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Find positives and build on them.

That’s one of the goals for the Coupeville Middle School football coaching staff as it tries to hold a very-thin Wolf roster together, while also teaching and building for the future.

Thursday afternoon in Sultan, CMS fell 30-0 and lost starting QB Nathan Ginnings to a broken arm, but the Wolves scrambled.

They moved Scott Hilborn under center and let him create, they moved a couple of players into positions they hadn’t played before, and they continued to play scrappy, opportunistic ball.

“The bright side is we stopped all their extra points,” said Coupeville coach Brett Casey. “Our defense played great.”

While the Wolves were beaten twice on big pass plays (“we had great coverage, they just had a little better play”), they forced three turnovers.

William “The Cornish Game Hen” Davidson and Dominic “The Dominator” Coffman forced fumbles, with Mike Robinett, Josh Upchurch and Coffman snatching up the loose balls.

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