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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 ShermanMegan 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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“Circumnavigate Whidbey 2018” brought out the fans. (Photos courtesy James Steller)

Steller (left) teamed with Neil Rixe (center) and Greg White to complete a two-day journey around Whidbey Island.

A rousing send-off as the runners hit the track at Coupeville High School.

Steller slices through the waters off of Whidbey.

Fathers competing to benefit their children (and many others).

They ran, they biked, they kayaked, they swam, and they raised some big bucks.

A pack of athletically-inclined Coupeville parents put in 19 hours of outdoor activity over Labor Day weekend, pulling off “Circumnavigate Whidbey 2018: The Traverse” and raising $21,000.

James Steller, Greg White, Neil Rixe and Andrew Wyman piled up more than 150 miles as they worked their way around Whidbey Island.

Money raised through donations goes to help the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools, which funds educator grants, awards scholarships to graduating CHS seniors, and provides assistance to financially disadvantaged students.

Founded in 1997, the group’s mission is to “provide an extra measure of support to students and educators at Coupeville Public Schools.”

Steller, a marathoner and endurance runner, launched the inaugural “Circumnavigate Whidbey” last year, and this time around was joined by fellow parents, which lightened the assault on his body (at least a little).

“I love where we live. The people and this island’s beauty and rural nature are amazing,” he said. “Our families and friends are special!

“The finishing lines were so heartwarming,” Steller added. “Each day we were tired, but the loud cheers from the big crowds made it all worthwhile.”

The group was almost down a member at the start, as Wyman was in a bad bike accident while training, but he was able to bounce back and participate in the running part of the event.

As they navigated the waters and road of Whidbey, the group came face-to-face with Orca whales while kayaking.

All four men are fathers of school-age children, and their offspring came along for the adventure, as support staff, and, in some cases, putting in miles running with their dads.

“It was really fun to have the Coupeville kiddos with us for portions of the course,” Steller said.

Numerous people helped to make the weekend event a success, and Steller sent a special thank you out to one of them.

“I want to recognize Chic Merwine, the president of the Foundation, who just recently retired from his job at Coupeville schools,” Steller said. “He dedicates so much of his life to the district and has made such a big difference.”

Whether they provided assistance, cheered from the sidelines or chipped in with money, the many members of the community who backed the event will see it pay off in the coming months and years.

“The folks and businesses that supported the effort with donations – thank you!,” Steller said. “There will be at least 15 or so innovative and enriching grants for teachers that will affect so many of our Coupeville students because of you!”

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James Steller and Co. will circumnavigate Whidbey Island Labor Day weekend to raise money for Coupeville schools.

He’s back at it, but this time he’s bringing some friends along for the adventure.

James Steller, one of Whidbey’s top runners and supporters of local schools, will once again be circumnavigating the Island Labor Day weekend.

But, unlike last year, when he attempted to go solo and put himself in the hospital for a bit, this time out Steller will be joined by “a small group of crazies.”

Neil Rixe, who coaches track and robotics at Coupeville High School, dentist Andrew Wyman and firefighter Greg White, a Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer for his old-school high school athletic exploits, will join Steller.

The quartet, who have seven kids among them, all involved in Coupeville schools, will launch “Circumnavigate Whidbey – 2018 – The Traverse” Sept. 1-2.

Each of the two days starts and ends in Coupeville, with the foursome (or more, if others join), running, biking, kayaking and swimming.

It will take 120 miles of biking, 24 miles of running, eight miles of kayak, and one mile of swim for the group to travel around the perimeter of Whidbey.

The event raises money for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools, a non-profit organization which supports local teachers by funding projects and issues scholarships to graduating seniors.

The Foundation annually puts $25,000 back into local education.

Last year’s inaugural edition of Circumnavigate Whidbey raised $15,000 in donations, but just about wrecked Steller.

A veteran triathlon and marathon athlete, he attempted to run the entire length and found even his well-seasoned body had trouble achieving the feat.

While it might have been a small setback in the moment, Steller was cheered by how the community stepped up with donations, and how, in the end, several other athletes jumped in to try and get him to the finish line.

After a lot of thought, and some personal reflection, he decided he couldn’t let the event die.

“The decision for me to try this again took me until June to finally make up my mind,” Steller said. “I knew that it was great for the Foundation, really bringing in both publicity and significant monies for our year of grants and scholarships.

“I just knew my body couldn’t run it.”

That was when he hit upon an idea to mix things up.

“In my past, I have done both the Ski To Sea and triathlons,” Steller said. “So my wife and I were talking and said, why can’t we do something like that on Whidbey?

“My ultimate ambition is to make it a tradition and have folks who participate do their own fundraising.”

While he has three compatriots lined up, Steller is open to adding other athletes to the mix.

As the founder of the event, he has the logistics and route ready to go, but would encourage anyone wanting to join to commit to raising $500 for the Foundation.

If you’re content to cheer from the sideline and donate to the cause, there’s still something special in it for you.

For every $100 you donate, you get an entry into a raffle for a two-night stay at the Ocean’s Bluff Farm’s guest house.

A small jewel tucked away on the Island, it offers “expansive ocean and Olympic views, farm animals and serenity.”


To get an idea of what the guest house looks like, pop over to:



For more info on Circumnavigate Whidbey, or to donate, pop over to:



If you’re interested in joining the “band of crazies” and taking to the road or waters of Whidbey, drop Steller a line at jsteller@hotmail.com.


PS — Check out this vintage video about the Foundation from 2011 and see how many future Wolf athletic stars you can ID. I got at least seven.

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