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Jon Roberts is one of three CMS boys basketball coaches this season. (Photo by Ema Smith)

The seasons are a’changing.

It’s not just Daylight Savings Time, which is roaring up on us, but also the sounds of basketballs thunking against gym floors.

The Coupeville Middle School boys are the first ones to claim the hardwood, having opened practice Monday.

The 10-game Wolf schedule runs through Dec. 19, with the first game set for Nov. 13.

To peruse said schedule, pop over to:


Greg White returns to coach, while Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson join him this time around.

Continuing a new trend started during volleyball season, the CMS hoops squads will not be divided up by grade, but by talent level.

Instead of 7th and 8th playing separately, there will be three teams — Level 1, 2, and 3 — with each squad featuring a mix of the two grades.

Two days into practice, the Wolf coaches have 26 players to draw upon.

While some may go, and some may show up late, here’s how things stand as of mid-Tuesday:



Jordan Bradford
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
Carson Fields
Tavan Hughes
Jesus Madrigal
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Zander Pulliam
Landon Roberts
Nic Wasik


Ryan Blouin
Alex Clark
William Davidson
Logan Downes
JP Edoukou
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Justin Jansen
Harlan Mouw
Timothy Nitta
Zane Oldenstadt
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Chris Villarreal
Cole White

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Coupeville Middle School hoops star Ryan Blouin and friends return to the gym in two weeks. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re kind of getting ahead of ourselves, but just barely.

While fall sports are still chugging along, with plenty of games left to play, we’re also just two weeks away from the start of Coupeville Middle School boys basketball.

CMS soccer and cross country wrap up Oct. 23, then, bam, five days later, the Wolf boys head to the gym, with the first practice set for Oct. 28.

Games begin Nov. 13, with the 10-game season running about five weeks, then there’s an almost two-month gap before the CMS girls get their crack at basketball.

When games start, the CMS boys play four of their first five away from Whidbey, but also get a three-game home-stand to close the season.

Also, following a new wrinkle which debuted during volleyball, the hoops teams won’t be divided into 7th and 8th grade teams, but will instead feature three squads, referred to as Level 1, 2, and 3.

The teams will play in a different order almost every time out, just to keep people guessing.

The Wolves will be coached by returning hoops guru Greg White and CMS newcomers Jon Roberts and Craig Anderson.


The schedule:

Wed-Nov. 13 — @King’s (3:15)
Thur-Nov. 14 — Northshore Christian Academy (3:15)
Mon-Nov. 18 — @Granite Falls (3:15)
Tues-Nov. 26 — @Sultan (3:30)
Mon-Dec. 2 — @Lakewood (3:15)
Wed-Dec. 4 — King’s (3:15)
Mon-Dec. 9 — @Northshore Christian Academy (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 11 — Sultan (3:15)
Mon-Dec. 16 — South Whidbey (3:15)
Thur-Dec. 19 — Granite Falls (3:15)

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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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Levi Pulliam (second from left) and Alex Murdy (far right) return for another CMS basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The shoes are squeaking on gym floors, the basketball is pounding on the hardwood, and the start of a new season is days away.

The Coupeville Middle School boys hoops squads are the first to take the floor this year, kicking off a 10-game season at home Monday, Nov. 5 at 3:15 against King’s.

Leading the way for the Wolves are 8th grade coach Dante Mitchell, returning for his second season as a CMS coach, and Greg White, who makes his debut as the 7th grade guru.

The 20-man roster as it sits today:


Dominic Coffman
James Hall
Alex Murdy
Kevin Partida
Levi Pulliam
Josh Upchurch
Alex Wasik
Jesse Wooten


Ryan Blouin
Alex Clark
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Timothy Nitta
Zane Oldenstadt
Michael Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Chris Villarreal
Cole White
Justin Wilkinson
Andrew Williams

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Greg White, here with his family, has been hired as a Coupeville Middle School boys basketball coach. (Photo courtesy White)

One by one, the giants of Wolf basketball are returning to the gyms of their youth.

In recent seasons, former Coupeville High School hoops stars such as Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Brad Sherman, Megan Smith and Brittany Black have picked up clipboards and moved into working with the current generation of basketball players.

Now, you can add Greg White to that list.

The Class of 1998 grad has been hired as a boys basketball coach at Coupeville Middle School, and will start his first season when practice begins Oct. 22.

He still needs the OK from the Coupeville School Board when it meets at the end of the month, but hey, if they mess with a Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer, the editorials will never stop, so I think we’re safe on this one.

White will coach the 7th grade CMS squad, joining Dante Mitchell, who is returning for a second season and will helm the 8th grade team.

One of the most accomplished athletes in Cow Town history, the long ‘n lanky White was a star on the football gridiron, the basketball hardwood and the baseball diamond.

He still stands as the 29th highest scorer in the 101-year history of CHS boys basketball, having recorded 604 points during his time in a Wolf uniform.

After his playing days, White has transitioned into coaching.

In recent years, he has been at the forefront of local SWISH basketball programs, running successful teams and helping build a new generation of stars to follow in the footsteps of players such as himself and Sherman.

He’s also been a key player on Red Pride basketball teams which have scorched the field in the Tom Roehl Roundball Classic, and helped carry the load in a recent Coupeville Schools fundraiser in which he and his teammates completed a circumnavigation of Whidbey Island.

As he counts down the days until the first CMS practice, White is rarin’ to get on the court and get going.

“I think we have a great group of kids coming up,” he said. “And I’m excited to be involved in the program.”

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