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   Aiden Burdge, seen here last season, was a spark-plug Monday for Coupeville. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All in all, a pretty good day.

Facing off with visiting Blue Heron Monday, the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball squads came away with a split highlighted by the Wolf varsity romping to a big win.

The JV wasn’t quite as lucky, but did close with an especially strong fourth quarter in its loss.

Varsity:

In a game with a lot of offense, it was a superb defensive stand which launched the Wolves to a 64-43 win, evening their record at 2-2 on the season.

After a back-and-forth slug-fest of a first quarter which ended with things knotted at 17-17, Coupeville held Blue Heron without a field goal for 10 minutes.

20, if you count the halftime break.

Pushing the ball hard on breakaways — speed demon Hawthorne Wolfe knocked down 10 of his game-high 21 in the second quarter — then getting back on defense as a unit, CMS broke Blue Heron’s spirit.

A 16-3 romp in the second, in which the visitors could only manage three free throws (while missing five), juiced up the crowd.

Then, without missing a beat, the Wolves switched up and pounded the ball down low to Caleb Meyer, who opened the third quarter with back-to-back buckets while out-muscling his defender.

With the game blown wide open, Coupeville was able to withstand a very-effective three-ball wizard in a road uniform. While the Blue Heron gunner knocked down six treys, most of them came long after the game was decided.

And, just to show the visitors that they too could hit from behind the arc, the Wolves swished six balls from distance.

Wolfe hit the first, Logan Martin nailed a twisting miracle, Meyer knocked one down from the top, while Grady Rickner torched the net.

Putting a cap on the win, Rickner hit three-balls on three straight trips down the court to open the fourth quarter.

Each one came from a little further back, and each one sent his teammates and fans into ever-growing hysterics.

Proving they could attack from any angle, the Wolves closed the game by ditching the threes and punctuating things with some old-school savagery.

Gabe Shaw yanked down a rebound, pulling it away from a rival, then stepped between two defenders and set up Xavier Murdy for a layup with a crisp bounce pass.

Very next play, Murdy climbed into the sky to soundly reject a shot from Blue Heron’s tallest player.

Full of swagger at the start of the game, but clutching a stitch in his side midway through the third, the visitor learned one final lesson — don’t mess with X.

CMS spread out its offensive attack, with Meyer rattling the rim for 14 and Rickner tickling the twines for 12 in support of Wolfe’s 21.

Murdy and Martin each knocked down seven, Cody Roberts (a whirling dervish on defense) added three and Shaw and Aiden Burdge provided quality minutes off the bench.

JV:

A rough second quarter, in which the Wolves surrendered a 16-2 run, doomed Coupeville in a 62-46 loss.

CMS, which boasts little experience among its young guns, fell to 0-4.

But, while the final margin was substantial, it was radically cut down, as the Wolves sliced away at a 27-point deficit, getting it down to 16 by game’s end.

With Isaiah Bittner working hard in the paint and Dominic Coffman flying all over the place, Coupeville opened the fourth with 11 straight points.

After giving up back-to-back buckets, CMS went right back to Bittner and his hot hand, coasting in on a 5-1 run.

Coupeville, with a bit of unintentional trickery, stayed close in the game’s opening minutes.

At one point midway through the first quarter, a Wolf missed his cue to exit the game, and CMS attacked with six players on the floor.

With the odds ever in his favor, Burdge slashed to the hoop for a bucket.

Both coaching staffs, like the refs, didn’t notice the discrepancy until AFTER Blue Heron pulled the ball from the net, in-bounded it again and headed back up-court.

To the delight of the home crowd and the deep consternation of the visiting coaches, who later got an official warning from the refs for complaining after a different play, the basket stood.

Blue Heron got their revenge in the second quarter, though, using a string of fast-break layups to turn an eight-point lead into a 22-point bulge.

Lost in the hail of buckets for the visitors was a superb pass from Wolf guard Tony Garcia to Coffman.

Working an in-bound play to perfection, Garcia delivered his picture-perfect assist through a tangle of Blue Heron arms, while Coffman caught the pass, spun and nailed home a beauty of a banker.

Bittner finished with 12 points to pace the Wolves, while Shaw went off for eight of his 10 in the third quarter.

Alex Murdy (8), Coffman (6), Damon Stadler (4), Burdge (4) and Ty Hamilton (2) also scored, while Kevin Partida, Garcia, Levi Pulliam and Brayden Coatney rounded out the roster.

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   Logan Martin, seen here last season, went for seven points Monday in a hard-fought game with Stevens. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a small moment, but the kind of thing likely to pay dividends down the road.

As his teammates milled around, talking to family, or headed to the door after Monday’s game, Coupeville 8th grade basketball star Hawthorne Wolfe sprinted back and forth in the CMS gym.

By the time he was done, he had run a mile, his own personal atonement for missing free throws early in the contest against visiting Stevens.

The free throws hadn’t been the deciding factor in the game, and Wolfe had led the Wolves in scoring, yet he felt the need to put in extra work, to not settle for good, but aim for better.

Off to the side, his teammate, Logan Martin, head phones back on and in his own world, lofted shot after shot, working on his mid-range game.

In a sport where success is built on and off the court, in season and out, the actions of the two young players bodes well for the future of Coupeville basketball.

So does their play on the court Monday, where the undermanned Wolves made several runs at their much-taller rivals before falling 56-46.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, the CMS 7th graders made a big jump forward offensively from their first game of the season, more than tripling their previous output in a 44-20 loss.

8th grade:

A mismatch everywhere but between the lines.

Coupeville had seven players, Stevens close to 37 (or so it seemed), and the visitors had a huge height advantage.

Yet, take away one bad stretch to open the fourth quarter, when the somewhat-gassed Wolves surrendered a 12-0 run, and the game was a knock-down brawl.

The Wolves jumped out early, snagging a 5-2 lead on a pair of free throws from Caleb Meyer and a three-ball off the fingertips of Xavier Murdy, then weathered repeated Stevens runs.

The game took on a particular rhythm — the visitors would surge, the game would start to slip away, then CMS would dig deep and rally right back.

Coupeville used a 9-4 run, with Martin scoring five, to close within a basket right before the end of the half.

Then the Wolves went cold for a bit, allowing Stevens to open the third with eight straight points, stretching its lead to 13.

Game over and … nope, here come the never-say-die guys in red and white.

Murdy tossed in another three-ball to kick off a rally, Grady Rickner closed it with a trey of his own, and, in between, Martin fed Wolfe for a layup with a superb outlet pass and Meyer put on a dribbling show, weaving between three different defenders while never losing the handle.

As Rickner’s shot tickled the net on its way down, Coupeville was back within 37-31 heading into the fourth and all the momentum had seemingly swung its way.

Except momentum is a fickle mistress.

Cue 12 straight points for the bad guys to open the fourth, and, once again, irrational joy for the Stevens fans in attendance.

But, down by 18, the Wolves still had some fight down deep in their souls.

Wolfe connected on back-to-back three-balls from the right side, Rickner tossed in a trey from the top and Meyer held his ground against the Stevens big trees, glaring down one elbow-prone rival who tried to rough up Murdy.

A final 15-7 surge cut the margin back down, and left CMS with remarkably-balanced scoring.

Murdy, Wolfe and Rickner netted 10 apiece, while Martin and Meyer had seven each. Cody Roberts added a bucket and some stellar defense, while Gabe Shaw worked hard on the boards during his time on the court.

In the end, the score wasn’t what they wanted, maybe, but the Wolves walked away, heads held high, eyes already on the rematch, which comes in the season finale Jan. 19.

Well, except for Wolfe, who was off and running, and Martin, who was putting up jumpers before the Stevens players had fully boarded their bus.

The will is strong in these ones, and it’s good to see.

7th grade:

Take a very polished, aggressive Stevens squad and throw them against a Coupeville team on which probably half the players are in their first season of basketball, and the result was as expected.

But the young Wolves, steadied by 8th grader Aiden Burdge, who jumped teams to run the point for a team in desperate need of a ball-handler, played progressively better as the game unfolded.

CMS brought the margin down in each quarter, from 14-2 to 12-6 to 11-7 to 7-5.

The Wolves even had a final three-point attempt, which, if it hadn’t skimmed out, would have given them a fourth quarter “win.”

Isaiah Bittner garnered Coupeville’s first basket, banging home a turnaround jumper in the final minute of the first quarter, and went on to score a team-high six points.

Burdge added four points, a blocked shot on which he came from behind to snuff the shot of a taller foe, and was a calming influence for the Wolves, who were under constant attack from Steven’s scrappy defenders.

Dominic Coffman (3), Alex Murdy (3), Kevin Partida (2) and Shaw (2) rounded out the offensive attack.

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   CMS 8th grader Caleb Meyer has his own personal cheerleader, big sis Mckenzie. (Photos courtesy Mckenzie Meyer)

   Wolves Cody Roberts (21), Meyer and Hawthorne Wolfe (1) line up for the start of a new season.

Ready to tackle anything that gets in their way. (Bob Martin photo)

After this, everything counts.

The Coupeville Middle School football team got the butterflies out Saturday, traveling to Sequim for a season-opening jamboree.

Next up on the schedule is the first official game, which arrives next Thursday, Sept. 21.

It’s a home game, the opponent is Chimacum, and kickoff is set for 3:45 PM.

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Hawthorne Wolfe (John Fisken photos)

   Hawthorne Wolfe, seen here in an earlier game, dropped in 14 Monday for the CMS 7th graders. (John Fisken photo)

The big dog was gone, but his schoolmates still howled.

A game after scorching Forks for 26 points, Coupeville Middle School hoops sensation Caleb Meyer was a world away Monday — visiting his mother’s family in New Zealand.

Without their rampaging beast in the paint, the CMS 7th graders put up a strong fight, but fell 55-36 to host Port Townsend.

Meanwhile, Coupeville’s 8th graders put together their most complete game of the season, but were nipped 35-30.

The losses dropped the CMS 7th graders to 2-2 and the 8th graders to 0-4 on the season.

The younger squad got another big game from their other lethal scoring weapon — fleet-footed gunner Hawthorne Wolfe — as he hit for a team-high 14, including a pair of three-balls.

Coupeville put up most of its offense in the first half, scoring 24 before the break, then hit a cold stretch with their shooting touch.

Still, they spread the scoring wealth around, with seven other players joining Wolfe in the scoring column.

Connor Barton drained six, Cody Roberts and Logan Martin knocked down four apiece and Aiden Burdge, Xavier Murdy, Gabe Shaw and Grady Rickner each added a bucket.

Jonathan Carroll and Logan Wertz also saw floor time for CMS.

In the eighth grade game, Jake Mitten made his own run at matching Meyer’s season-high, scoring in all four quarters as he tallied 20 of his team’s 30 points.

After banking home a bucket in the first, he accounted for all seven of Coupeville’s second quarter points, then tallied 11 more in the second half.

Daniel Olson and Sage Downes backed Mitten, both hitting for five. Olson’s points all came in the first quarter, while Downes capped his run with a fourth quarter trey.

Ben Smith (playing on his birthday), Dakota Eck and Alex Jimenez rounded out what is a very thin 8th grade roster.

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Caleb

   Caleb Meyer celebrates with big sis Mckenzie after scoring 26 in a wild win Thursday night. (Frank Meyer photo)

They saved the best for last.

The Coupeville Middle School boys’ basketball program played three games Thursday against visiting Forks, and games one and two were lopsided losses.

But then the 7th grade varsity took the floor, and things took a radical turn.

Storming back from a big early deficit, then not buckling in the final moments as waves of emotion surged on first one side, then the other, of the gym, the Wolves pulled out a heart-stopping 54-51 win.

The victory lifts the 7th graders to 2-1 on the season, and marks the biggest single-game scoring display put down by a Wolf this winter, high school or middle school player.

That came courtesy Caleb Meyer, who scored Coupeville’s final five points en route to a 26-point night.

With CMS clinging to a 49-48 lead, Meyer powered in between two defenders to bank home a bucket, then added three free-throws in the final seconds to blunt a miracle three-ball from Forks.

The Spartans actually had a chance to force overtime, but Coupeville’s defense hung tough, played exactly the way longtime hoops guru Randy King drew it up, and was rewarded when the game’s final shot — a heave from half-court — went wide right.

That capped a sometimes-bizarre game in which CMS fell behind by eight points after just two minutes.

As quickly as they had disintegrated, the Wolves pulled themselves back together, though, closing the first quarter on a 14-2 tear.

Meyer threw down four baskets during the surge, while Coupeville shredded the Forks defense with pinpoint passing.

Grady Rickner was channeling John Stockton in his prime, feeding Xavier Murdy on a quick cut for a bucket, then whipping a laser pass to Meyer for two more on the very next possession.

Trying to top that, the Wolves bounced the ball around like they were playing pinball the next time down the floor.

Hawthorne Wolfe picked a pass out of mid-air, spun up court, fed Murdy, then the Wolf post dropped a pass over his shoulder to a rampaging Meyer, causing jaws to drop along the Forks bench in tribute.

Up 16-12 after one, the Wolves stretched it out to 30-20 at the half.

The highlight came when Meyer pumped home three straight buckets without having to cross mid-court on defense.

Two steals turned into layups, packaged around a loose ball that took a perfect bounce off a shoe right into Meyer’s waiting hands.

Without a moment’s hesitation, the curly-haired grandson of former Videoville owners Frank and Miriam Meyer took a step and sank a running one-hander off the glass.

Forks wasn’t dead, however, and the Spartans regrouped to score more in the third quarter (23) than they had in the entire first half.

With Meyer, Murdy and Wolfe all in serious foul trouble, and a very thin bench, the Wolves headed into the fourth trailing 43-39 and looking like they might crack.

Course, they were just bluffing.

Logan Martin and Cody Roberts bought King valuable time, ably filling in for the guys with four fouls, then Coupeville’s defense won the game.

Wolfe picked off back-to-back passes, hitting the jets and turning both into breakaway layups, then CMS took the lead for good by getting back to the pinball passing attack.

Meyer found Roberts, who was cutting inside, for a bucket, before Connor Barton pulled off the prettiest play of the night on a give-and-go that he capped by banking the ball home over his shoulder while sliding through the paint.

Another Wolfe steal, this one kicked out to Murdy for a layup, broke Forks collective back, before Meyer closed things out with his furious final five (points).

His 26, which edges the 23 scored by Wolf freshman Jered Brown in a high school JV game Wednesday as the season’s biggest offensive display, was backed by Wolfe, who drained 15.

Barton knocked down six, Murdy banked in five and Roberts added a bucket to round out the scoring.

8th grade varsity:

Jake Mitten dropped in a gorgeous jumper in the final seconds of the first quarter, pulling Coupeville within 10-8 as the teams went to the first break.

Then things fell apart, hard.

Unable to deal with Forks full-court press, which was headed up by a quicksilver guard with very fast hands, or the Spartans considerable size advantage, the Wolves splinted in the second quarter.

A 24-1 surge left Coupeville crippled, and it never recovered, falling 71-30.

Forks had three high school-sized front court players, and the Spartans dominated the glass relentlessly.

On ONE possession they pulled down FIVE consecutive offensive rebounds.

While Forks shooting touch from close range wasn’t as impressive as its glass game, you get that many rebounds, one has to drop … eventually.

The Wolves rallied a bit in the second half, making things much more competitive, with Mitten and Sage Downes finishing with 12 points apiece.

Daniel Olson knocked down four free throws, Dakota Eck sank a bucket and Ben Smith and Alex Jimenez brought intensity and fight on the defensive side of the ball.

7th grade JV:

A bad first quarter (22-2) doomed the Wolves, as they fell 58-28.

Gabe Shaw paced the Wolves with eight, while Martin and Aiden Burdge each hit for seven, with Burdge netting a long three-ball.

Roberts (4) and Miles Davidson (2) also tallied points.

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