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Joey Lippo hangs out with mom after an early-season game. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

Across the nation, Wolves are winning the day.

Saturday, Coupeville High School grad Sarah Wright picked up a game-deciding RBI in a college softball game, and Sunday it was Joey Lippo’s turn.

The former Wolf baseball ace punched across the game’s only run with a fourth-inning single to lift the University of Maine at Presque Isle to a 1-0 victory against Thomas College.

The win gave the Owls a doubleheader split after they fell 11-6 in the opener, and lifts UMPI to 4-19 on the season.

Lippo finished with three hits, two runs, an RBI, and a stolen base on the afternoon.

Presque Isle is in the thick of its schedule, with six games set for next week.

The Owls have doubleheaders Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, with 12 games total left on the regular season schedule.

Lippo, a UMPI sophomore, has been at the forefront of the stat chase all season.

Skyy’s twin brother leads the Owls in at-bats (80), runs (19), triples (2), home runs (1), RBI (16), walks (9), and stolen bases (4), and is second in batting average (.342) and hits (28).

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Coupeville grad Sarah Wright (center, in catcher’s gear) is enjoying a stellar college softball season. (Photo property Sewanee softball)

She’s an artist with a bat in her hands.

Playing in the regular season finale Saturday in Danville, Kentucky, Coupeville grad Sarah Wright put together another strong performance on the softball diamond.

The Sewanee: University of the South junior collected three hits, including a double, and two RBI as the Tigers split a doubleheader with Centre College.

The biggest of the two RBI came in the opener, where it proved to be the game-winner.

Trailing 3-0 heading to the top of the seventh and final inning, Sewanee rallied for four runs to pull off the stunner.

Freshman pinch hitter Kaila Seger drilled a three-run home run to right-center to tie things up, before Wright lofted a long sac fly to plate the go-ahead run.

Sewanee, which finishes the regular season at 7-24, now advances to the double-elimination Southern Athletic Association Tournament.

The Tigers are expected to begin play Apr. 21, but the opponent and site have yet to be revealed.

Wright, who finally got to play a full college season in her third go-round, after the pandemic trimmed down her first two seasons, is one of just three Tigers to have started all 31 games this season.

She leads Sewanee in at-bats (95) and is tied for first in runs (15) and home runs (2).

Wright has 23 hits — including four doubles — 16 RBI, three walks, and a tidy .607 OPS.

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Wiley Hesselgrave

   Wiley Hesselgrave lines up what would turn out to be the game-winning free throw in a 64-60 playoff-berth-clinching victory. (John Fisken photos)

Hunter Smith

Steal-happy Hunter Smith (right), about to get all up in someone’s business.


Beauman Davis puts in work down in the trenches.

Gabe Eck

Gabe Eck (with ball) gets mugged in broad daylight.

Jordan Ford

   When Jordan Ford gets angry, Wolf fans do like him, cause he brings the pain to opposing teams.

Cameron Toomey-Stout

Cameron Toomey-Stout, almost too quick to be caught on film.

Hunter Downes

   Hunter Downes finds out just how far his arms will stretch. Spoiler alert: pretty far.

bench celebration

   Wolves (l to r) JJ Johnson, Dante Mitchell, Desmond Bell, Ford and Jared Helmstadter celebrate a big play.


Riding a thrilling come-from-behind win Friday night, the Coupeville High School boys’ basketball squad is headed to the postseason (after they finish the final three games on their regular season schedule next week).

How best to celebrate?

Marinate in the photos above, sent our way by wanderin’ photo man John Fisken.

To see more, and possible purchase some, thereby helping fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, pop over to:

Varsity — http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=10539&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

JV — http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=10541&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

P.S. — Use coupon code EB105394962 before Feb. 13 and you’ll get a crisp 15% discount off your purchase.

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   Former Wolf great Boom Phomvongkoth played twice on Jan. 25 in a three-year period between 1992-1994. (John Fisken photo)

Both Hunter Hammer (left) and Dalton Engle played key roles in Coupeville upsetting South Whidbey five years ago today.

   Hunter Hammer (left) and Dalton Engle played key roles in Coupeville upsetting South Whidbey five years ago today, when Ian Smith hit “The Shot.” (Photo courtesy Linda Hammer)

Let’s get historical for a second.

Today marks the five-year anniversary of “The Shot” — Ian Smith banking home a lunging three-pointer at the buzzer to slay South Whidbey 44-42 on its own home court.

The basket shattered a ten-game Falcon winning streak, took down the first-place team in the Cascade Conference and ignited an explosion from the visitors side of the bleachers that has yet to fade.

To this day, video of that miracle — in which the Wolves snagged a rebound off of a missed South Whidbey free throw, got the ball to Tyler King, then watched as somehow, trapped, he spun the ball to Smith at the very last second — still enjoys huge popularity online.

So, with my recent temporary acquisition of 17 of the 20 score-books from Randy King’s tenure as CHS basketball coach, I got to wondering. What else might have happened on this day?

Turns out the Wolf boys played six times on Jan. 25 during King’s reign (that we know of; remember, I’m missing a couple of books), winning three.

Let’s go hop in the Way-back Machine, shall we, and explore this day in Coupeville basketball history.

1992: Wolves fall 70-39 to Tolt

King’s first season as head coach was a rough affair, as he had no seniors and had to throw an extremely young roster on the floor every night during an 0-20 campaign.

This night was not as bad as the other game against Tolt (a 101-41 loss) or their non-conference battle with a Blaine squad that refused to stop pressing the entire game (105-18), but the Wolves were also starting a three-game stretch without their top scorer, Virgil Roehl.

Tied at eight after the first quarter, CHS crumbled in the second (22-7) and fourth (20-9).

The lone bright spot came at the charity stripe, where Coupeville held a 19-5 advantage, led by Troy Blouin, who went a crisp 8-8.

Blouin netted 14 to pace the Wolves, while Brandon Huff banged home 12.

Scott Sollars (6), Matt Douglas (3), Boom Phomvongkoth (2), Jason McManigle (1) and Kit Manzanares (1) rounded out the attack.

1994: Wolves nipped 84-76 by Cedarcrest

This game was decided on free throws, with the Red Wolves hitting seven in the fourth, while Coupeville clanged five in the same time frame.

The final eight minutes were an offensive explosion all around, with 52 of the game’s 160 points (27-25 Coupeville) coming in the fourth quarter, keeping scorer Stephanie Engle’s fingers flying.

Five of the six Wolves who scored hit double digits, led by Brad Miller (19) and Manzanares (17).

Phomvongkoth and Matt Ortega dropped 11 apiece, while Roehl (10) and Gabe McMurray (8) both fouled out during a frantic finish.

2000: Wolves thrash Concrete 89-60

Third time’s the charm, as the Wolves opened on this Jan. 25 with a a 25-3 first quarter assault, then tacked on another 25-10 run to carry a 50-13 lead into the locker room.

Caesar Kortuem was out of his mind, outscoring Concrete by himself in the first half.

Knocking down shots from everywhere, he had 15 of what would turn out to be a career-high 26 before the break.

Now, here’s where it gets tricky to know exactly what happened simply based on cold hard numbers in a book.

With the lead expanded to 72-28 after three quarters, you would expect a running clock to be in effect, and yet Concrete somehow had enough time to score 32 in the fourth.

That’s correct. The Lions tallied more than 50% of their offense in the final eight minutes, at a time when the clock should have been zooming out of control.

Either they took advantage of every single possession or someone forgot to trigger the mercy rule.

In the end, all nine Wolves who played scored, with Patrick Bennett (13), Jason Fisher (11) and Noah Roehl (10) joining Kortuem in double digits.

Matt Frost (9), Joe Donnellon (9), Chris Good (6), Ty Blouin (3) and Geoff Hageman (2) all scored as well.

2005: Wolves slip by Orcas 55-48 (or was it 53-48?)

Two straight Jan. 25 wins, as Coupeville jumped to a 20-5 first quarter lead and never looked back.

It was Blake Day’s night, as the Wolf gunner sank four treys en route to a team-high 14.

Andrew Mouw banked in 12 in support, while Mike Bagby tickled the twines for 10. Trevor Tucker (9), JJ Marti (6) and current CHS assistant coach Trent Diamanti (2) all etched their names in the score-book, as well.

Now, the only question is, did Coupeville score 55 or 53?

The score-keeper wrote 55 in as the final score, but the quarter scores and the individual stats both add up to 53, but, as they say, a win’s a win, even if the stats don’t add up.

2008: Wolves foiled by South Whidbey 51-46

Those dastardly Falcons slipped away with one, thanks to a dead-eye from the line in the fourth.

Clinging to a one-point lead after three quarters, South Whidbey hit 10 free throws in the final eight minutes (Coupeville swished only seven all night) to win the all-Island rumble.

Kramer O’Keefe torched the nets for a game-high 17 to pace the Wolves, while Brian Miller (13), Alex Evans (8), Zepher Loesch (6) and James Smith (2) also scored.

Of note, Cody Peters, who would score 518 points over the course of this season and the next, is listed as having played in all four quarters — yet went scoreless for what seems to be the one and only time in his Wolf varsity career.

On that Jan. 25, the Falcons would celebrate, but, three years in the future, redemption, and Ian Smith, lurked.

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