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Together since t-ball, and still going strong, are l to r, Nick Etzell, Mike Etzell and Jake Hoagland. (Lisa Jenne photo)

Summer baseball is about two things.

One, it’s a chance for the guys who just graduated to have a final farewell.

And, maybe more importantly, it’s a chance for the young guys who still have high school eligibility, to get some more work in while playing with their teammates.

So growth, and not wins and losses, was first on the checklist for Coupeville High School coach Chris Smith at the season-ending Enumclaw 4th of July Bash.

Consider that part of the agenda checked off, as the Wolves, while going 0-4, came within a run in their final two games.

And they did so with six of their 10 players (6 of 9 on the final day of play) scheduled to return next spring.

“Good tournament for us this weekend,” Chris Smith said. “No wins, but good work for our younger guys that are coming up.”

Coupeville opened with a tough draw on the first day of the tournament (Friday, July 6), falling 8-0 to the Puyallup Knights and 8-2 to the Thurston County Saints in a rain-shortened game.

After a day off, the Wolves returned to the diamond for a Sunday twin-bill, minus Olympic League MVP Hunter Smith, who departed for a family trip to Italy.

Playing with no bench (middle school ace Scott Hilborn was in uniform in case any of the starting nine went down), CHS was nipped 7-6 by the Avengers and 5-4 by Mac Baseball.

In both those games, Coupeville fought back from early deficits to reclaim a tie or the lead, only to give up the winning run in the seventh and final inning.

But, while the wins didn’t come, the hits did for the young guns, as potential returning players accounted for nine of the 15 hits rapped out on the weekend by the Wolves.

Matt Hilborn and Dane Lucero, who will be seniors next year, led the way, both collecting four hits apiece.

Lucero walloped a double, while Hilborn had the team’s biggest base-knock, crunching a seventh-inning RBI triple to left against the Avengers.

The recently graduated Jake Hoagland (1B, 2B), Hunter Smith (1B, 1B), Nick Etzell (1B) and Joey Lippo (1B) notched their final hits in a Wolf uniform, while junior-to-be Gavin Knoblich smoked a single.

Underclassmen Mason Grove, Gavin Straub and Daniel Olson rounded out the Wolf roster, with all three coming around to score at least once during the weekend.

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Matthew Kelley (Photos courtesy Pat Kelley)

   Matthew Kelley shows off the shirts worn by Wolf players. (Photos courtesy Pat Kelley)

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The Wolves, pre-sunburns.

Bennett Boyles (Photo courtesy Pat Kelley)

Bennett Boyles

They burned for Bennett.

Playing under scorching skies in Enumclaw, eight Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball players poured in buckets in support of a missing teammate this weekend.

Playing at an outdoor three-on-three tourney, the Wolves raised $402 as a fundraiser for Bennett Boyles.

The CMS hoops player is battling an inoperable brain tumor and has been sidelined at a hospital in Seattle for weeks.

While he wasn’t able to travel with his teammates, he was very much in their thoughts, with each basket scored by the Wolves raising money for Boyles.

Coupeville players got fans to pledge a certain amount per basket scored in the tourney and the Wolves combined to pour in 46 buckets.

Seven of the eight CMS players on hand for the tourney scored, while nearly all of them came home with sunburns.

The Wolves were hurt a bit by a thin bench, as local teams shared players among teams.

Still, win or lose, the tourney was more about helping their missing teammate and less about worrying over the score.

So, in the end, it was a rousing success.

“Very proud of the boys,” said Coupeville coach Pat Kelley. “Go Bennett!”

Donations to help Boyles and his family (his mom Lucienne Rivera, a CHS grad, had to quit her job to be with her son) can be dropped off at Ebey Academy (140 SE Terry Road) in Coupeville.

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Bennett Boyles (Photo courtesy Pat Kelley)

Bennett Boyles (Photo courtesy Pat Kelley)

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The rock outside CHS shows support for the town’s ailing hoops star.

They’re shooting for their teammate.

Adding a personal spin to the community’s ongoing efforts to help Bennett Boyles and his family, Coupeville Middle School basketball players will be scoring for two reasons this weekend.

The Wolves are sending two squads to Encumclaw for a tourney, and while there, every basket they score will go to help Boyles, their missing teammate.

The 11-year-old is in Seattle, undergoing weeks of treatment for an inoperable tumor on his brain stem.

His mom, CHS grad Lucienne Rivera, quit her job to be with him, and people near and far are stepping up to help the family pay their considerable expenses.

Ebey Academy, where teachers had the joy of welcoming Bennett on a regular basis, has been at the forefront of fundraising operations.

You can help them at: https://gobennett.givingfuel.com/go-bennett

The Wolves hoops squads, coached by Nate Barton and Pat Kelley, will be eight-men strong this weekend.

Matthew Kelley, Alex Jimenez, Jake Mitten, Connor Barton, Danny Barajas, Caleb Meyer, Logan Martin and Miles Davidson will play in a 3 v 3 tourney.

Each player is asking fans to pledge money for baskets scored, with all proceeds going to their missing brother.

The team’s goal is to raise $500 this weekend for Boyles.

“We will take Enumclaw by storm,” Pat Kelley said. “We will play fair but HARD.

“The teams we leave in our wake will fear us and know that our effort and dedication is based on the LOVE we have for Bennett and his family!”

Total baskets from the tourney will be published here on Coupeville Sports after play is done Sunday.

Pledges can either be given to players or dropped off at Ebey Academy (140 SE Terry Road in Coupeville, across from the high school).

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