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Scott Hilborn earned All-State honors for his play on the baseball diamond. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe was also honored.

Wait, there’s more.

Practice has begun for the 2022-2023 school athletic year, but one final set of awards has come hurtling in at the last second to officially put a wrap on things from last year.

The Washington State Baseball Coaches Association released its All-State teams Wednesday, with two Coupeville players landing on the 1B/2B squad.

Senior Hawthorne Wolfe and junior Scott Hilborn were tabbed for their play this past spring, when they helped lead CHS to a Northwest 2B/1B League title.

Coupeville finished 13-7 overall, 11-1 in conference action, falling 3-2 in a winner-to-state, loser-out game against Friday Harbor.

Wolfe split time between the outfield and pitcher’s mound, while Hilborn played in the infield and pitched. Both were standout hitters for the Wolves.

Friday Harbor’s Nathan Posenjak and Darrington’s Jesse Stewart, both shortstop/pitchers, join Wolfe and Hilborn in representing the NWL.

Led by Coupeville’s duo, Whidbey Island had a strong showing overall.

Joshua Sterba, a pitcher/infielder from South Whidbey, was named to the 1A team, though 3A Oak Harbor, which had a strong season, was blanked.

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Hawthorne Wolfe, prairie legend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Amadeus is a great movie, one of the best to ever claim Best Picture at the Oscars.

It’s the somewhat-fictionalized tale of a real-life genius — the fast-talkin’, fast-walkin’ king of transformative musical compositions, one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

As brought to life by Tom Hulce, who was Oscar-nominated but lost to film rival F. Murray Abraham, the film version of one of history’s legendary wild men is mesmerizing.

And why do I bring this up now, so many years after Videoville has faded into memory and I scrape out my bucks writing about prep sports instead of gushing about films?

Because, for the past seven years-plus, Hawthorne Wolfe — the most-entertaining man in prep sports — has reminded me on an almost daily basis of Mozart, or at least the version of him captured on celluloid.

Whether raking on the baseball diamond or draining three-balls on the hardwood — while launching a lot of those long-range missiles from somewhere out in the parking lot — Hawk is truly unique.

“Are you not entertained?” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Others are here to play, some to excel.

Hawthorne is here to burn the joint down, marinate in the cheers (or boos) from the gathered throng, and make dang sure you’ll remember him long after the final whistle.

Bobbing, weaving, playing to the audience — both the one in the stands and the one inside his own brain — he talks to the refs.

To other players.

To people in the stands.

And, frequently to himself, keeping a running commentary going and being his own best hype man.

It has been ever so, since Hawthorne was a floppy-haired middle school hoops hotshot who ran laps around the gym after missing a single free throw — in a game Coupeville won by double-digits.

Now, at one point, he switched up and started running backwards, just to see if his coach noticed.

Then reversed again, and was back going forward just as said coach started to say something, a devious grin on his face as Hawk relished the confusion.

A young Hawk, angling to earn some sweet, sweet cash from doing hair shampoo ads. (Pat Kelley photo)

When high school arrived, Hawthorne, channeling the shoot-first, shoot-second, shoot-always style of “Pistol” Pete Maravich, was a varsity starter from day one of his freshman season.

He never left the starting lineup, and, even with a pandemic putting a (slight) crimp in his roll, crafted one of the best runs any Coupeville hardwood player has ever achieved.

Hawthorne led the varsity in scoring as a freshman and finished just a bucket off of repeating that feat as a sophomore.

That was also the first of several moments when I witnessed him find a new maturity, as he spent his time after a season-ending playoff loss not asking about his own point totals, but instead praising the veteran players who were departing.

“A little shake, a little bake, and then I embarrass you.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two seasons in, with two to go, he was set up for a run at the very top of the all-time scoring chart for a CHS hoops program which was 101 years strong before he pulled on a varsity uniform.

You don’t always get what you want, though, and dealing with the reality of life has made Hawthorne (and his Class of 2022 mates) stronger for the struggle.

A gym rat who lived to put up shots, he reached a new level as a junior, raining down 21 points a night — only to be sandbagged by Covid cutting the season to 12 games.

With the pandemic receding (a bit) during his final go-round, Hawthorne lived through the best and worst of a sports world thrown asunder by nonstop virus testing and often arcane rules.

The 2021-2022 basketball season saw all but two members of the CHS varsity boys team have to sit out games at some point, with coach Brad Sherman often juggling lineups at the last moment.

Through all the confusion, though, the Wolves responded, often with a different player leading the scoring attack each night.

In this jumbled world, Hawthorne, like his teammates, adapted.

Returning from his own down time, he found a new niche as a wild man on defense.

He delivered crisp passes to open teammates and was a cheerleader for his fellow hoops stars.

All while remaining the king of chatter, the guy who danced and flexed and popped his uniform in front of the Oak Harbor student section after Coupeville savaged its big-school neighbors.

That opening-night win hailed a season for the ages, as Wolfe and the Wolves won the program’s first league title since 2002 and its first district crown since 1970, before punching a ticket to state.

Party like it’s 1970. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville was 16-0 and the only undefeated team left in 2B when it earned its first berth at the big dance since 1988, and narrow losses to powerful Kalama and Lake Roosevelt can’t dampen what this group achieved.

Hawthorne went out the only way he could, dropping 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter of his final high school game.

That his final shot — a three-ball flicked skyward while he balanced on one leg — splashed through the net to give him exactly 800 career points was the exclamation point required.

Of course, he didn’t stop there, heading out to the baseball diamond where he earned league MVP honors while helping spark Coupeville to another league title.

Like Mozart before him, Hawthorne was composing new ditties to the end, taking time to talk it up with the ump between innings as he strolled back to the dugout after striking out the side in a tense late-inning game.

Everyone else was on edge.

Hawk? He was having the time of his life, as always, and wanted to make sure to share the feeling with everyone involved.

A lot of athletes have come and gone across the decade that Coupeville Sports has existed, but few, if any, have been half as entertaining as Joan McPherson’s grandson.

Hawthorne always had a story to tell, his eyebrows wiggling in delight as he let loose.

He could be sensitive — his tributes to Bennett Boyles, a teammate who lost a battle with cancer early in life, were poignant.

He could be a little cocky, but it was a fun cocky, delivered with a disarming smile, and it was balanced by his growth in maturity, both as an athlete and a person.

Most of all, he was worth the price of admission every single time out.

Win or lose, Hawthorne was going to amuse, he was going to impress, and he was going to do it in a way only he could.

If you thought there was any question as to whether he would one day gain entry into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, you haven’t been paying much attention.

Hawk was headed to the top of the blog, ready to fling the door open on the Legends tab, from the time he was in elementary school.

You can’t play favorites, they tell me.

To which I respond, yes, I most certainly can.

“The autograph line starts over there.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Samantha Streitler is outta here. (Morgan White photos)

Graduation isn’t really over until the final photos drop.

Sure, the Coupeville High School Class of 2022 has their diplomas, Mickey Clark Field has emptied, and new destinations await the Wolves.

Doesn’t mean I can’t nab some more sweet, sweet page hits with a final (maybe) pictorial essay, compliments of Wolf Mom and school board director Morgan White.

Noelle Daigneault

Hawthorne Wolfe (left) and Cole Hutchinson

Eryn Wood

Rock on, Wolf grads … rock on.

Andrew Aparicio

Mary Milnes

Cecilia Camarena-Barajas

A final bow from (l to r) Katelin McCormick, Abby Mulholland, Wolfe, and Moose Moran.

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Noelle Daigneault, extremely entertaining and very deserving of taking home honors. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe reminds you there’s a line to get his photo, and it starts over there.

You can’t dampen their enthusiasm.

Coupeville High School seniors Noelle Daigneault and Hawthorne Wolfe are multi-sport stars who both have vibrant personalities.

So, it’s sort of appropriate that the duo was both honored Tuesday, taking home the Cliff Gillies Award.

That honor, named for the longtime Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, recognizes student/athletes who excel in scholarship, citizenship, and participation in activities.

Daigneault was a key member of Wolf soccer and tennis teams.

On the pitch, she was a feisty, fast-talking defender who helped anchor the back line.

Pop her on a tennis court, and Daigneault was an ace, partnering with Eryn Wood to advance all the way to bi-districts.

An academic sensation, she also ruled the stage as an actress and was voted Homecoming Queen, accomplishing everything while showcasing one of the sunniest personalities in Wolf Nation.

Wolfe is one of the few CHS stars from any time period who can match Daigneault’s charisma, and he loves the spotlight.

As a senior, he helped lead Coupeville to its best boys basketball season in decades, with the Wolves winning their first league title since 2002.

The hoops squad added its first district title since 1970, then punched a ticket to the state tourney for the first time since ’88.

Wolfe went out doing what he does — raining pain on his foes from long-distance, while bobbing, weaving, and talking non-stop to fellow players, refs, and fans.

The man who lived to watch the nets flip dropped 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter of Coupeville’s finale at state, with the final three-ball giving him 800 career points.

After that, Wolfe moved to the baseball diamond, where he earned Northwest 2B/1B League co-MVP honors for his work on the mound, in the outfield, and at the plate.

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Coupeville High School baseball standout Hawthorne Wolfe is co-MVP of the Northwest 2B/1B League. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’ll take all your top awards. All of them, I said!

Coming off of a league title winning season, the Coupeville High School baseball squad finished strong in All-Conference voting.

Senior pitcher/outfielder Hawthorne Wolfe shared Northwest 2B/1B League MVP honors with Mount Vernon Christian hurler Alec Flury, while CHS head man Will Thayer was tabbed Coach of the Year by his colleagues.

Coupeville, which went 11-1 in league play, 13-7 overall, also landed four players on the All-League team.

Senior pitcher Cody Roberts and junior shortstop Scott Hilborn were First-Team honorees, while senior catcher Xavier Murdy and junior third-baseman Jonathan Valenzuela were Second-Team picks.

Scott Hilborn tracks down a pop fly.

 

All-Conference teams:

 

First-Team:

Jordan Boon – Mount Vernon Christian
Levi Buchanan – Friday Harbor
Scott Hilborn – Coupeville
Diego Lago – Orcas Island
Camden Losey – Friday Harbor
Nathan Posenjak – Friday Harbor
Cody Roberts – Coupeville
Jesse Stewart – Darrington
Nathan Symmank – Mount Vernon Christian

 

Second-Team:

Haydin Dinnuis – La Conner
Connar Haines – Friday Harbor
Moose Kinsey – Orcas Island
Graham Learing – Friday Harbor
Xavier Murdy – Coupeville
Joe Stephens – Orcas Island
Jonathan Valenzuela – Coupeville
Joel Votipka – Mount Vernon Christian

Will Thayer ponders strategy.

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