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South Whidbey’s Bodie Hezel runs to daylight during his senior season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Whidbey Island would have been represented in Yakima.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shut down prep sports this spring, and one of the bigger casualties was the loss of the Earl Barden Classic.

The annual all-star football game, played in Yakima, pits the top seniors in the state from the 2A, 1A, 2B, and 1B classifications.

Coupeville gridiron stars who have played in the event in previous years range from Josh Bayne to Ryan Labrador.

While the game, and surrounding festivities, were cancelled for 2020, Earl Barden officials went on Twitter Friday night to reveal what the rosters would have been for this year’s game.

While not all players had yet accepted their invitation to play before the game was shut down, the rosters in their original form give a pretty good indication of what might have been.

While Coupeville’s Sean Toomey-Stout was snubbed, Whidbey Island did get some respect with South Whidbey senior Bodie Hezel selected for the West team.

Hezel, listed as a 6-foot, 180-pound running back/receiver/defensive back, drew the attention of coaches for a senior season in which he was named the North Sound Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player.

The South end standout was also tabbed as a First-Team pick as a defensive back, helping lead the Falcons to a 6-4 record in his final go-around on the gridiron.

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Former Coupeville lineman Ryan Labrador will play in an all-star game Saturday in Yakima. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ryan Labrador is playing with the big boys.

The recent Coupeville High School graduate was selected to play in this Saturday’s 25th annual Earl Barden Classic.

The all-star football game, which brings together many of the best seniors from the state, is open to players in 2A, 1A, and 2B.

Kickoff is 1 PM at Zaepfel Stadium at Eisenhower High School in Yakima.

Labrador, a stellar two-way lineman for CHS, is the first Wolf to play in the game sinceĀ Josh Bayne went East in 2015.

The West team in this year’s game features three players from the North Sound Conference – Labrador and Cedar Park Christian teammates Dawson Drews and Epic Csigi.

Rosters for the game:



Head coach: Jon Randall — Clover Park

Carter Trammell (QB-DB) Sedro-Woolley
Kieran Hunkin (RB-LB) River Ridge
Axel Wilhonen (RB-LB) Burlington-Edison
Dawson Stanley (QB-LB) Napavine
Isaac Hoidal (TE-LB) Stevenson
Aidan Allsop (TE-LB) North Kitsap
Dawson Drews (TE-LB) Cedar Park Christian
Logan Storm (RB-LB) Chimacum
Drew Rose (TE-LB) South Bend
J.J. Lemming (QB) Steilacoom
Tyler Nevin (WR-DB) Concrete
Riley Cowan (QB) Sequim
Tyler Gray (RB-DB) Cedarcrest
Jared McCollum (RB-LB) Napavine
Robert Comstock (TE-DE) Quilcene
Taitum Brumfield (RB-DE) Elma
Luke Riojas (LB) Archbishop Murphy
Herb Polu (OL-DL) River Ridge
Cade Cochran (OL-LB) Charles Wright
Chase Campbell (OL-DL) Port Townsend
Tristan Lawrence (OL-DL) Onalaska
Caleb Larson (OL-DL) Hoquiam
Christian Butenschoen (OL-DL) Bellingham
Sven Lukner (OL-DL) Sedro-Woolley
Ryan Labrador (OL-DL) Coupeville
Epic Csigi (OL-DL) Cedar Park Christian
Hunter Eaton (OL-DL) Toledo
Jason Chilcoate (OL-DL) Adna
Adam Kruzich (OL-DL) Meridian
Dylan Mabry (WR-LB) Clover Park



Head coach: Scott Ditter — Selah

Kasen Hunsaker (WR-DB) Lakeside
Tug Smith (WR-DB) Newport
Dawson Fritz (WR-DB) Mark Morris
Angel Farias (WR-DB) Royal
Kanen Ables (QB) Omak
Justin King (RB-DB) Liberty
Sawyer Jenks (QB-DB) Royal
Jordan Thrasher (WR-DB) Tonasket
Steven Flowers (QB-LB) Lake Roosevelt
Mason Knode (WR-DB) Liberty Christian
Cameron Ditter (WR-DB) Selah
Troy Yarter (WR-DB) W.F. West
Tyler Flanagan (QB-RB) Woodland
Jake Weber (RB-LB) Selah
Alonso Hernandez (RB-LB) Royal
Marshall Meleney (RB-LB) West Valley-Spokane
Danny Bradbury (RB-LB) Newport
Jon Denny (OL-DL) Liberty
Caden Hicks (OL-LB) Tumwater
Alfredo Nila (OL-DL) Brewster
Jordan Claridge (OL-LB) Black Hills
Jacob Newsom (OL-DL) Colville
Dakota Hibbs (OL-DL) Zillah
Ben Cunningham (OL-DL) Clarkston
Navarro Nanpuya (OL-DL) Omak
Leo Schroeder (OL-DL) Tri-Cities Prep
Bailey Sparks (OL-DL) Zillah
Skylar Rayburn (OL-DL) Selah
Chet Craigen (OL-DL) Okanogan
Zach Holt (OL-DL) East Valley-Spokane
Jacob McGourin (TE-DE) Cheney

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Josh Bayne stares down the state. (John Fisken photo)

Josh Bayne stares down the state. (John Fisken photo)

Josh Bayne only played one-way this time, but it was more than enough.

The recent Coupeville High School grad, who was an All-State player on both sides of the ball during his senior season, sparkled on defense Saturday at the 21st Earl Barden East-West All-Star Classic.

Sparked by Bayne’s hard-hitting play from the corner-back position, the West held on for a 20-14 win in the game, played at East Valley High School in Yakima.

The game brings together the best players in 1A, 2B and 1B.

Bayne, who was the 1A Olympic League MVP, was one of the state’s leading rushers in 2014.

While he didn’t get any carries Saturday, he brought the heat in much the same way that also made him one of the best defenders in his class.

He recovered a fumble, made several tackles and swatted a pass down.

With all the offense coming in the game’s first half, Bayne and his West teammates clamped down at the end of the first half to seal the win.

With their backs to the wall, they refused to break and pulled off a goal line stop heading into the break.

The score would have been more lopsided, but the West had a pick six called back because of a personal foul behind the play.

Bayne, who was also a First-Team All-League player in baseball, will now take his skills to the college level, where he plans to play football at Simon Fraser.

He’ll be one of two speedy Wolves making the trip North of the border, as former Wolf rushing sensation Jake Tumblin is also slated to join the school’s gridiron squad, known as The Clan.

Simon Fraser is scheduled to play Central Washington twice this coming season.

Former CHS lineman Nick Streubel, who blocked for both Tumblin and Bayne, is on scholarship at CWU, having red-shirted his freshman year.

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Josh Bayne, being all awesome and stuff.

Josh Bayne, being all awesome and stuff.

The coolest cat in the room. Always.

Josh Bayne has glided through life at Coupeville High School in much the same way he slices ‘n dices defenses on the football field — with ease, while always looking stylish doing it.

As he celebrates his birthday today, with graduation just a few days away, he is at the top of his game.

Olympic League MVP and All-State on both sides of the ball during football season, with an invitation to the Earl Barden East-West All-Star Classic later this month.

When baseball arrived, Bayne punched out his usual stellar season, earning his second First Team All-Conference selection of the school year.

Wednesday he’ll be in Bellingham, joining Wolf teammates Aaron Curtin, Kyle Bodamer and Aaron Trumbull at the state feeder games.

And, while he didn’t play basketball, he was always front and center to cheer on his classmates. If there was a costume to be worn, he was your man.

The rampaging force of nature who CHS hardball guru Willie Smith tabbed “Awesome Joshsome” was a truly electrifying athlete.

Whether rupturing spleens by launching himself like a heat-seeking missile at ball carriers or sporting a huge grin as he shot around third base after hammering a home run into the parking lot, Bayne enjoyed his days in the red and black.

As he moves on to accomplish big things in the real world, we, his fans, want to wish him the best and send him big birthday greetings.

You can’t stop the Bayne Train. You can’t contain him. But you can applaud him as he sails by.

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Josh Bayne (John Fisken photo)

Josh Bayne (John Fisken photo)

Pack up the family van. It’s time for a road trip.

The place to be is Earl Barden Stadium at East Valley High School in Yakima June 20, when Coupeville High School’s standout running back, Josh Bayne, will compete in the All-State game.

Bayne, who will have graduated from CHS at that point (after possibly winning a state title in baseball), was tabbed as one of the best football players in 2A, 1A and 2B.

He’s the first Wolf to get the honor since Mike Bagby in 2006.

There was little doubt Bayne deserved the nod, after throwing down an MVP season in Coupeville’s debut in the Olympic League and being selected as an All-State player both as a running back and linebacker.

He led all 1A players in rushing yards, touchdowns and interceptions, proving himself a terror both ways.

Bayne’s pertinent stats:

Passing: 1 of 1 for 43 yards. So, perfection.

Rushing: 143 carries for 1,528 yards. #1 in 1A.

Receiving: 31 catches for 460 yards. #12 in 1A.

Kickoff/punt returns: 11 returns for 224 yards, after which teams refused to kick his way for most of the season.

Total yards: 2,031. #4 in 1A.

All-Purpose yards: 2,281.

Touchdowns: 25. #1 in 1A. 15 rushing, 10 receiving. Twice scored six in a game this year.

Tackles: 91. 77 solo, 14 assists. #3 in 1A.

Sacks: 2 (while playing in the defensive backfield).

Interceptions: 6. Tied for #1 in 1A.

Fumble recoveries: 4.

Yakima, we have an incoming missile and it’s gonna hurt when he hits.

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