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Hawthorne Wolfe glides in for a bucket. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolfe, here streaking for home, was a key player on a Babe Ruth team which finished 2nd at state and advanced to regionals this summer.

Talent? Check.

Hard work and commitment? Check and check.

Hawthorne Wolfe is that rare young athlete who checks all the boxes, and his appearance in a Coupeville High School uniform this coming year is highly-anticipated.

On the basketball court, he’s a three ball-droppin’ terror who can also wheel and deal with the ball, while on the baseball diamond, Wolfe brings a slick glove, hot bat and fleet feet to the lineup.

During his middle school days, Wolfe also played football, but, for the moment at least, he’s stepping off the gridiron to focus on his other two sports.

While he shines in all his sporting endeavors, the fast-rising young star hails hoops as his favorite pastime.

“It’s a team sport and at times can be individual,” Wolfe explained. “It’s also fast-paced, as well as fun.”

On a CMS team where all five starters felt comfortable firing up balls from behind the three-point arc, Wolfe was the deadliest last season.

Operating like NBA stars such as Steph Curry, or future CHS teammate Mason Grove, Wolfe has already showcased an often uncanny ability to get his shot off quickly, and from any angle.

Shooting on the move, while going either direction, he often proved deadliest when putting up balls in the flow of action.

Give him time to spot up and it was even more likely to result in a taste of splash city.

The commitment factor came into play vividly after one game, when, unhappy with his performance (despite leading Coupeville to a win), he ran laps around the gym.

A slight chuckle came from one of his coaches as Wolfe, not satisfied with his initial self-administered punishment, decided to double his running.

Commitment like that carried over to many of his teammates, and the middle school hoops team was a tightly-knit, successful squad.

Now, as Wolfe and most of his teammates prepare to swap out CMS uniforms for ones which read CHS, that sense of commitment continues to burn brightly.

“I want to hopefully go to state in all sports,” Wolfe said. “And, if possible, which I think it is, win state and so on.”

Away from the court or diamond, he’s fond of playing video games and spends a fair amount of time “watching sports or going to sporting events with my dad or family.”

When he’s in uniform himself, or working to get ready, Wolfe strives to mesh his skills with his teammates, well aware a solid team can go further than just a single athlete.

“It shows that you can work with others well and you get to have fun playing sports competitively,” he said. “I think I’m a good teammate; I mean, I recommend asking some of my teammates first.”

While he always wants to keep the competitive fires raging, Wolfe is also on a mission to find proper balance.

“I would like to work on not getting frustrated at things I shouldn’t get frustrated at,” he said with a small smile.

Whether dropping in treys from long distance, or slaving away over school work, Wolfe has a deep appreciation for his support crew.

“Well, obviously my parents and grandparents and all my coaches have been great on helping me,” he said. “I can’t think of one who hasn’t.

“But when it comes to teammates, I would say Caleb Meyer, just cause me and him are always competitive,” Wolfe added. “He helps me, I help him, and we strive to be great together, whether it’s in the gym or outside.”

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Daniel Olson fires the ball in during warm-ups. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Teamwork at its finest.

   Xavier Murdy comes up firing from behind the plate for Coupeville’s Babe Ruth baseball squad.

The brain trust, hard at work.

“Just try and throw it past me, bud, just try…”

Cody Roberts brings the heat.

The (very bright) future of Wolf softball.

Hawthorne Wolfe sets off a dust storm as he slides in with a run.

He wanders here, he wanders there, camera always at the ready.

Tuesday night the sound of ball hitting bat drew John Fisken to the Coupeville High School ball fields, where he snapped the pics seen above.

The photos capture two Central Whidbey Little League teams, a Babe Ruth squad in action against Anacortes and Majors softball players and coaches in their down time.

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   Gabe Shaw played strongly in two games Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net) 

One was over quickly, one came down to the final shot.

The two Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads closed out their final appearance on their home court Wednesday in very different fashions.

The Wolf JV fell 59-25 to visiting Sequim, while the CMS varsity came within a final, desperate three-point bomb of upending their rivals in a wild 53-50 battle royal.

Both Coupeville teams wrap the season with a trip to Port Angeles Thursday to face ginormous Stevens.

Varsity:

Not a good game for those with heart conditions.

It started with a bang — Logan Martin hitting a rain of shots as Coupeville jumped out to a 9-0 lead — got dicey in the second half, then turned crazy in the final quarter, as the teams combined for almost 40% of the night’s points in the final eight minutes.

In the early going, everything was one smooth groove for the Wolves.

Martin took, and hit, the first three shots, a fall-away jumper, a soft fader and a three-ball from the left side, before Hawthorne Wolfe did his best ballerina imitation, snaring a rebound and twirling between defenders to lay the ball back up and in.

Even after Sequim finally got untracked on the offensive end, CMS had a quick answer.

Wolfe netted a pair of treys to cap the first quarter and Martin came back to end the half by banking a shot high off the glass.

As his bucket dropped through, the Wolves headed to the locker room up 23-16 and in control of things.

It didn’t last, though.

Coupeville’s shooting touch vanished for a quarter, and Sequim took advantage, using an 18-7 run in the third to take the lead for the first time.

Cody Roberts had a sweet running bucket, set up by a long airmail pass from Wolfe, but the Wolves struggled at the free throw line and, for the first time all night, started losing the war on the boards.

Trailing 34-30 as the fourth quarter dawned, Coupeville rallied to tie things at 38 when Wolfe splashed home his second three-ball of the quarter, and fifth of the game.

But, as quickly as the tie came, it went away.

In the matter of maybe a minute and a half, even if it felt more like two seconds, Sequim seemingly blew the game wide open.

A pair of three-balls later, a 9-1 surge by the visitors pushed the Wolf deficit to 47-39.

Game over and … X-Man has launched!

Xavier Murdy drilled back-to-back treys of his own to give Coupeville hope, then Aiden Burdge went and got crazy to light the fuse on the home crowd.

First he nailed a three-ball from the top with 32 seconds left, before picking the pocket of a Sequim ball-handler and feeding Caleb Meyer for a layup with 22 ticks to play.

Back within 51-50, the Wolves came with an aggressive look on defense, but couldn’t get the steal and had to foul to stop the clock.

To the delight of the three (loud) Sequim fans in attendance, the visitors tuned out the din of the local supporters and dropped both freebies through the net to force CMS to find a miracle.

And the Wolves almost did.

Wolfe got a good look at the bucket, and his three-ball from the left side hit the rim once, popped up, hit it a second time, swirled around and then, to the wails of his rabid fans, ricocheted away.

At which point, Sequim’s bench players rushed the court like it was Game 7 of the NBA finals, celebrating a come-from-behind win which gave them a split this season with Coupeville’s 8th graders.

The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the CMS varsity, and they sit at 6-3 heading into their finale.

Wolfe finished with a game-high 17, while Martin banged home 11.

Murdy (8), Meyer (7), Burdge (5), Roberts (2) and Gabe Shaw rounded out the very-thin Wolf roster, while Sequim had a deep enough bench to sub in five at a time.

JV:

There was a moment when this game seemed like it would be a back-and forth affair. Then that evaporated.

Damon Stadler tore down a rebound, pounded the ball the length of the court and slapped home a layup a minute into the second quarter, pulling the Wolves within 9-8.

Part of a 9-3 run which featured scores from Isaiah BittnerShaw and Burdge — the latter coming on a swooping steal of an in-bounds pass — it positioned CMS well.

And then the much-more polished Sequim 7th grade squad struck, and struck hard.

Throwing down 11 straight points, then adding another seven after Wolf guard Alex Murdy briefly stopped the bleeding with a bank shot, the visitors put the game out of reach well before the halftime break.

Coupeville had a couple of quality plays in the late going, with Dominic “The Destroyer” Coffman drilling a three-ball and Tony Garcia rambling through the paint for a bucket on a nice spin move, but there were no comebacks on this afternoon.

The Wolves spread their offense around, with nine different players getting in on the fun.

Bittner, Murdy and Stadler led the way with four apiece, while Coffman (3), Burdge (2), Garcia (2), Shaw (2), Alex Wasik (2) and Ty Hamilton (2) also scored.

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   Aiden Burdge saw action in two CMS hoops games Thursday, scoring eight in the JV contest. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

X marks the spot of your destruction.

With Xavier Murdy rolling off 14 consecutive points at one stretch Thursday, hitting on a variety of inside and outside shots, the Coupeville Middle School varsity boys basketball squad cruised to its fifth-straight win.

Blowing open a semi-close game in the second half, the Wolves crushed visiting Chimacum 56-26 to improve to 6-2 on the season.

In the opener, the Wolf JV carried a lead into the fourth quarter, then couldn’t buy a bucket and faded to a 34-26 loss.

Varsity:

Chimacum led for the very briefest of moments at 6-5 two minutes into the game, than X-Man dropped the boom.

The game-clinching play came fast and it came with an explosive bang.

Out on the run, Grady Rickner threaded a pair of Cowboy defenders, then dished the rock to Murdy, who slashed to the hoop and slapped home the go-ahead lay up.

Followed a few seconds later by a long three-ball off of the fingertips of Logan Martin, who was actually the leading scorer in the first quarter with seven points, it broke Chimacum’s spirit.

The Cowboys very will to live? That went shortly thereafter, thanks to an astonishing bit of work by the hyped-up Wolves.

With the clock racing madly to 0:00 in the first, Hawthorne Wolfe sailed into a pack of rivals to snatch away a loose ball, then spun the orb over his head.

Some will say he was just launching a prayer and had no clue where the ball would land.

Others would say, give in and believe the hype, Wolfe knew exactly what he was doing, and he was playing three-dimensional chess while Chimacum was still learning how to play checkers.

Either way, Wolfe’s tip landed smack-dab in Martin’s waiting hands, and the CMS 8th grader caught it, went airborne and launched a flawless jumper from the top of the key in one smoother-than-smooth motion.

Splat, ball hits nothing but net, buzzer rings, ref signals basket, crowd goes bonkers and the Cowboy tears hit the ground like the raindrops outside — fast, furious and in the thousands.

Up 18-9 at the first break, Coupeville stretched it out to 27-16 at halftime, with Murdy pounding home back-to-back buckets on power moves in the paint to cap things.

That was just the tip of the iceberg, however.

Having picked up a few halftime shooting tips from former Wolf scoring ace Allen Black, Murdy came out on fire to open the third.

First, he tip-toed down the baseline and threw up a reverse layup, then came a power bucket set up by a steal-and-dish from Wolfe, who was in full whirlwind mode.

Not content to stop there, Murdy swished back-to-back three-balls from the deepest part of the right corner, with one taking a jaw-dropping bounce to the heavens, before somehow catching a very forgiving part of the rim and promptly flopping through the bottom of the net.

Having rattled off 14 straight points by himself at that point, X-Man turned the highlight reel over to Wolfe, who tossed in an uncanny bank shot using his left hand, to cap a Chimacum-shredding 16-0 run.

The Cowboys had no answers, mostly trying to stay out of the way of the rampaging Wolves.

Whether it was Caleb Meyer, rocking a ’70s-style headband to hold back his curly hair while dropping in elegant finger rolls, or Murdy pump-faking a defender into the parking lot on a late bucket, CMS had everything working.

The only thing keeping the score down at the end was Coupeville’s sense of honor, as Wolfe ripped off three straight steals at the end, but circled back around and worked time off the clock instead of throwing down needless breakaway layups.

That left him with 16 points on the afternoon, while Murdy paced the Wolves with 20.

Meyer had eight, Martin netted seven (and a ton of rebounds), Rickner tickled the twines for five and Cody Roberts, Aiden Burdge and Gabe Shaw delivered hustle, defense and intangibles.

CMS wraps its season with a home game against Sequim Jan. 17, then a road trip to Port Angeles Jan. 18 to face Stevens.

After avenging an early-season loss to Forks a week ago, the finale gives the Wolves an opportunity to get payback for their only other defeat.

JV:

The first half was great, as Coupeville used a 20-5 run to turn an early six-point deficit into a nine-point lead at the break.

With Burdge, a swing player, draining eight points in the two quarters he was allotted, the Wolves built a 20-11 lead and seemed to be in control.

Things didn’t change much in the third, as Damon Stadler slapped home a rebound for a bucket right before the buzzer, sending CMS into the fourth up 26-19.

Unfortunately, Stadler’s put-back would be the last time the Wolves scored.

While Coupeville couldn’t get the ball to fall, Chimacum positioned their biggest player under the basket (good thing the refs weren’t enforcing the three-in-the-key rule…) and he spent the quarter grabbing rebounds and putting them back up and in.

Toss in a three-ball, and the Cowboys did, as a wild heave somehow rolled around the rim and flopped through, and the visitors were set.

A 15-0 advantage over the final eight minutes gave Chimacum a season split with the young Wolves (1-7), who are still very much a work in progress.

Burdge paced the JV with eight, while Stadler and Shaw knocked down six apiece.

Defensive wild man Dominic Coffman singed the nets for a quick four and Alex Murdy netted a bucket to round out the scoring.

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   Caleb Meyer was one of seven Wolves to score Monday as the CMS 8th graders rocked Blue Heron 73-49. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Consider it a warning shot fired across the bow.

Playing a day before their respective high school teams clash, the Coupeville Middle School varsity boys basketball squad crushed host Blue Heron (Port Townsend) Monday 73-49.

Powered by a 29-point performance from guard Hawthorne Wolfe, the Wolves romped to their fourth straight win and improve to 5-2 on the season.

The CMS JV, a much-greener team that is still very much a work in progress, fell 50-25 in the opener. The younger Wolves sit at 1-6.

Both teams return home for their next two games, with the first one being Thursday against Chimacum. Tip-off is 3:15.

Monday, everything worked, and all its shots (or, at least a great majority of them) dropped for the Wolf varsity as it hit a season-high in scoring.

Coupeville was remarkably consistent all afternoon, dropping in 19, 19, 18 and 17 in the four quarters.

Wolfe was the man with the golden touch, scoring in every quarter.

After opening with a modest four points in the first eight minutes, he went off for 11 in both the second and third quarters.

Hot on his heels were Logan Martin, who combined a pair of three-balls and some buckets in the paint for a season-best 16 points, and Xavier Murdy, who tickled the twines for 13.

Caleb Meyer (7), Grady Rickner (5), Cody Roberts (2) and Aiden Burdge (1) rounded out the team-wide scoring attack.

Coupeville was active behind the three-point arc, raining down seven treys.

Wolfe led with four, while Martin knocked down a pair and Meyer swished one.

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