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Ulrik Wells was a force on both ends of the floor Tuesday, as Coupeville drilled Friday Harbor 54-41 in a scrimmage. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No one has touched them this spring.

And with that word – spring – we can probably simmer down, but still, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team is off to a strong start.

First came a 5-0 run through the Crescent Classic, and Tuesday, it was time for the Wolves to lace up their sneakers and go toe-to-toe, and three-ball-to-three-ball, with visiting Friday Harbor in a scrimmage.

Playing two 25-minute halves, with a running clock and refs working the floor, Coupeville rebounded from a slow start, then poured it on, building a 24-point second-half lead before walking off with a 54-41 victory.

And it was those three-balls which did a lot of the damage.

Back-to-back daggers from Hawthorne Wolfe and Logan Martin gave the Wolves the lead for good midway through the first half, and, by the time it was done, CHS rained down 10 shots from behind the arc.

The two teams played with very different styles, as Coupeville won the three-point battle 10-3 (providing a nice 30-9 cushion), while Friday Harbor spent much more time at the free-throw line, carving out a 16-4 advantage in made shots.

In the early going, the Wolves hit the boards with ferocity, getting strong glass-cleaning work from the trio of Ulrik Wells, Gavin Knoblich, and Jacobi Pilgrim.

Only problem is, Coupeville couldn’t get anything to drop, going nearly five minutes into the game before any of its players found the bottom of the net.

That was Knoblich, who finally broke the seal on the rim, banging home a short runner in the paint off a feed from Sean Toomey-Stout.

Koa Davison immediately hit a shot of his own the next trip down the floor, pulling off a bang-bang give-and-go play with Knoblich.

That cut the margin to 5-4, and the game stayed as a one or two basket affair for the game’s first 14 minutes.

Daniel Olson picked the pocket of a Friday Harbor guard, then crashed end-to-end, smacking the layup home under great duress, to stake CHS to its first lead at 8-7.

But it was the final 10-11 minutes of the first half which radically changed the flow of the game.

Three different Wolves — Martin, Wolfe, and Davison — splashed home three-balls as Coupeville went on an 11-0 run, gave back one single, solitary bucket, then tacked on another quick seven points.

The eventual 18-2 surge carried CHS into the halftime locker room up 26-13, and Friday Harbor would never remotely sniff the lead again.

The Wolves, who had a 12-7 advantage in players — even with varsity vets Mason Grove and Jered Brown sitting out the game — used their depth to run the visitors a bit ragged, especially after the break.

Coupeville used a 14-3 surge coming out of the break, with Wolfe hitting for eight of the points, to push its lead out to 40-16, which would be the high-water mark for the afternoon.

Brad Sherman’s squad mixed it up, using the long ball to knock Friday Harbor back on its heels, before utilizing crisp, efficient passing to garner buckets on quick slashes to the hoop.

While Wolfe dropped three of his four treys in the second half, his prettiest bucket came on a little one-hander that was set up by a one-man-wrecking-crew play from Wells.

The CHS big man took the ball three-quarters the length of the court, sucked the defense to him, then flicked a perfect lil’ set-up pass to Wolfe, who was strolling through the paint, acting all innocent until he gutted the defense.

Other Coupeville players had big moments, as well.

Knoblich nailed back-to-back buckets, one after he chased down a loose ball, then spun and hit nothing but net, the other on a shot which made almost as many bounces on the rim as Kawhi Leonard’s series winner against Philly.

When Wells wasn’t setting others up, he was benefiting from the positive karma he had collected.

Martin, holding down the back line, went airborne to reject a Friday Harbor shot, smashing the ball right onto Wolfe’s fingertips.

Skipping second gear, and going right to third, Wolfe spun down the right side of the court, before zipping the ball on a bead to Wells coming down the left, setting him up for a sweet layup.

Then there was Xavier Murdy, the right man in the right place, with the right touch on the ball.

Davison drove the lane, got hammered by multiple enforcers, and saw the ball pop loose and shoot towards the sideline.

But, a mere moment before the orb disappeared for good, Murdy, coming in hot, yanked the ball out of the air, reversed on a dime and let fly with a fall-away three-ball.

Time stopped for a second, then ball tickled the twines as it landed with a soft, satisfying plop, sending Wolf JV players in the stands into near hysterics.

In the end, nine of the 12 Wolves in uniform scored, led by Wolfe’s game-high 15-point performance.

Knoblich (6), Martin (6), Jean Lund-Olsen (6), Davison (5), Murdy (5), Olson (5), Wells (4), and Toomey-Stout (2) also scored.

Wolfe ruffled the nets for a crowd-pleasing four treys, while Lund-Olsen and Martin netted two apiece. Murdy and Davison rounded out the three-ball assassins.

While they didn’t score, Pilgrim, Tucker Hall, and Sage Downes all delivered with strong work on the defensive end of the floor.

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Mason Grove (left) and Matt Hilborn were banged up after a collision in the outfield Wednesday afternoon, but rebounded to help Coupeville win its sixth-straight game. (Chris Smith photo)

Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

The late-season surge continues, as the Coupeville High School baseball squad continues to rewrite its story.

Bouncing back from a rough start, the Wolves have become a hit-happy group in the latter part of the season, and Wednesday was more good times as 10 base-knocks fueled a 7-4 win at Granite Falls.

The sixth-straight win for the suddenly-scorching Coupeville diamond men, it lifts them to 6-8 in North Sound Conference play, 6-12 overall.

The Wolves and Tigers wrap their three-game series, and the regular season, Friday in Coupeville.

First pitch is 4 PM, and it’s Senior Night for Matt Hilborn, Dane Lucero, Jake Pease, Bryce Payne, and Shane Losey.

Win or lose that finale, Coupeville is playoff-bound as the #4 seed from the NSC, and kicks off the double-elimination bi-district tourney May 4.

Wednesday, the Wolves scrapped and fought, then blew the game open with a nine-batter, five-hit, five-run fifth inning.

CHS trailed 3-1 headed into that frame, having given up a single run to Granite in the first, third, and fourth.

Coupeville’s only run before the explosion came in the top of the first, after Hilborn doubled to lead-off the game, then came around to score on a Pease sac fly.

Looking for a game-changing play, the Wolves got it, with Ulrik Wells amblin’ to the plate to lead off the fifth and promptly smashing a triple.

From there, the floodgates broke, as a Losey double mixed with singles from Hilborn, Lucero, and Gavin Knoblich and a walk to Hawthorne Wolfe.

Given the lead, Wolf pitcher Lucero, making the final regular-season start of his four-year prep career, shut down Granite, scattering two singles across the final three innings en route to tossing a complete game.

Coupeville tacked on a final run in the seventh, just to make sure, with Hilborn ripping a single and Lucero conking a double.

Hilborn (2B, 1B, 1B), Lucero (2B, 1B), and Knoblich (1B, 1B) led the hit parade, with Wells (3B), Losey (2B), and Pease (1B) each adding a solid base-knock.


Wolves arch-rival play for a title:

Coupeville’s first win, a 4-3 shocker over a South Whidbey team which was rolling, looms even larger now.

That meant the Falcons would have to sweep their final three-game series with Cedar Park Christian to claim the league title.

With CPC riding a 16-game winning streak entering this week, that seemed unlikely.

Now, not so much.

South Whidbey nipped the Eagles 3-0 Wednesday, after winning by the same score Monday, and the two teams are dead even at 12-2 in conference action with one game to play.

CPC is 16-3 overall, South Whidbey 17-2 (it also lost one game to King’s), and the two teams play Friday in Bothell with the pennant at stake.

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Freshman outfield ace Hawthorne Wolfe, who had a strong day defensively Friday, charges in to retreive a ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ulrik Wells goes low to snag a hot bouncer.

Morgan Pease gives the thumbs up after big bro Jake clobbers a key RBI double.

Matt Hilborn deals.

The prairie was alive with various sounds Friday afternoon.

Bats hitting baseballs. Fans roaring. And the steady click-click-click of John Fisken’s camera.

The energetic paparazzi moved to and fro as Coupeville’s big win over arch-rival South Whidbey played out, and the pics seen above are courtesy him.

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And remember, a percentage of all sales goes to help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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Junior Sean Toomey-Stout earned team MVP honors Wednesday as Coupeville High School boys basketball held its season-ending awards banquet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Immediate impact.

From the moment they made their varsity basketball debuts this season, junior Sean Toomey-Stout and freshman Hawthorne Wolfe were at the core of everything the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad accomplished.

Leading a young team building for the future, the duo impressed North Sound Conference coaches, picking up votes in postseason voting and earning Honorable Mention status when the league recently named its All-Conference teams.

Toomey-Stout, bouncing back after missing his sophomore basketball season thanks to a football injury, added the team varsity MVP award Wednesday, when CHS held its season-ending banquet.

“The Torpedo” led the Wolves in steals, assists, points in the paint, and offensive rebounds, while finishing second in defensive boards and scoring.

The night’s other big awards went to the team’s two seniors, post player Dane Lucero and team manager Ryan Labrador.

Lucero capped a two-year run on the hardwood by nabbing the varsity Wolf Pack Award, which honors a player who showcases “leadership, character, attitude, effort, and commitment.”

Dane exemplifies all of these and more,” said CHS coach Brad Sherman. “Very deserving of being recognized for his level of leadership and class in everything he does.”

Labrador received the Program Distinguished Service Award.

Ryan works extremely hard to support those around him, never asks for anything in return, and does it with a smile on his face,” Sherman said. “That’s just who he is and we were very lucky to have him this year.”

As a program, Coupeville also received a pair of awards from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, with both the varsity and JV earning Distinguished Scholastic Awards.

The JV put together a cumulative GPA of 3.292, while the Wolf varsity finished at 3.185.


Other awards:


Varsity statistical recognition:


Leading Scorer:

Hawthorne Wolfe


Steals Leader:

Sean Toomey-Stout


Leading Rebounder:

Gavin Knoblich


Blocks Leader:

Ulrik Wells


JV co-MVPs:

Xavier Murdy
Daniel Olsen


JV Wolf Award:

Grady Rickner


C-Team MVP:

Jaylen Nitta


C-Team Most Improved Player:

Chris Cernick 


Varsity letter winners:

Jered Brown
Mason Grove
Gavin Knoblich
Dane Lucero
Jean Lund-Olsen
Jacobi Pilgrim
Sean Toomey-Stout
Ulrik Wells
Hawthorne Wolfe


Participation certificates:

Andrew Aparicio
Chris Cernick
Brayden Coatney
Miles Davidson
Koa Davison
Sage Downes
Tony Garcia
Tucker Hall 
Alex Jimenez
Logan Martin
Xavier Murdy
Jaylen Nitta
Daniel Olson 
Jonathan Partida
Grady Rickner
TJ Rickner
Cody Roberts
Chris Ruck
Ben Smith
Damon Stadler



Ryan Labrador 

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Hawthorne Wolfe (far right) banked in nine points Tuesday, moving closer to being Coupeville’s highest-scoring freshman boy in 102 years. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There were a couple highlights.

Now, they were few and far between, which is often what happens when you’re a team in rebuilding mode and your opponent firmly believes, and plays like, it can win a state title.

But they were there.

The scoreboard will tell you the King’s High School boys basketball squad stormed into Coupeville’s gym Tuesday and ran away with a 76-31 win.

Which is not a surprise.

The ninth-straight win for the Knights, it lifts them to 8-0 in North Sound Conference play, and, combined with South Whidbey’s loss to Sultan, clinches the league crown.

But rest assured King’s is thinking about more than a conference title.

At 14-4 overall, with losses only to 4A Glacier Peak, 2A schools Lynden and Lakewood and California power Corona del Mar, the Knights, a team who can start an entire five-man lineup of players 6-foot-5 or taller, wants the big banner.

Whether they can get past fellow 1A juggernaut Lynden Christian (17-0) and its star, University of Michigan recruit Cole Bajema, is a question for another day.

On this day, they looked big, quick, polished, reeking of basketball smarts and with few, if any, weak links.

Unlike previous years, they don’t necessarily have a superstar (though their 6’7 freshman is on his way), but when every single player on the roster can hurt you, badly, spreading scoring out isn’t a bad thing.

Coupeville, by contrast, is 1-6 in league play, 2-12 overall, and trying to hold off Granite Falls (0-7, 2-14) for the fifth, and final, NSC playoff spot.

Its leading scorer is a freshman, it lists only one player over 6’2, and it lost six of last year’s seven top scorers to graduation.

Things are a work in progress for CHS head coach Brad Sherman, and assistants Chris Smith and Scott Fox.

And yet, other than a first quarter where the film should be burned to protect the innocent, the Wolves stepped up and showed they can be competitive, can push good teams and go down swinging against great ones.

All we’ll say about the opening eight minutes is the Wolves looked unusually flustered, perhaps allowing a big name on the opposing jersey to put them off their game.

With King’s shredding Coupeville’s last nerve with its press, the Knights threw down easy bucket after easier bucket en route to a 31-1 advantage at the first break.

It was ugly, plain and simple.

But, after that, Sherman seemed to get through to his players, to remind them this was nothing new, that they had played King’s before and could have some success if they did what they knew had worked.

While there was no great comeback brewing, the Wolves did stay much more competitive after that, only being outscored 21-13 in the second quarter.

Jered Brown, who accounted for Coupeville’s lone point in the first quarter, opened the second with a jumper and that helped ignite the offense.

The Wolves tossed in a trio of three-balls in the quarter, two from Mason Grove and a third by Gavin Knoblich, while Ulrik Wells stroked a sweet pull-up jumper which cleared the outstretched fingertips of one of King’s big bangers.

The second half belonged to freshman Hawthorne Wolfe, who bounced and skidded around for all nine of his points after the break.

A swooping layup came on a play where he cut through a forest of tree toppers jammed in the lane, followed by a three-ball and then a layup off a strong feed from Grove.

Grove and Wolfe, who are listed in the program at 5’8 and 5’7, respectively, also showed grit, each ripping a rebound away from much-taller foes, then going back up for the second-chance bucket.

With the clock moving quickly, and King’s coach carping he “just wanted to catch the ferry,” Coupeville fans got a couple of nice moments near the end.

The normally unflappable Knights botched a couple of dunk attempts, drawing raspberries from the Wolf faithful, before CHS freshman Xavier Murdy put a cap on things.

Wolfe found him on the right side with about two ticks to play, and X-Man promptly drilled the bottom of the net out on a long three-ball, recording the first varsity score of his career.

Just 303 more points and he’ll catch uncle Allen Black for the family scoring title.

Wolfe’s nine gives him a team-best 134 on the season, pulling him a sliver away from passing Mike Bagby (137) to become the highest-scoring freshman boy in 102 years of CHS basketball.

Grove rattled the rims for eight, Brown banked in six, Knoblich and Murdy netted three apiece, and Wells rounded out the scoring with his bucket.

Jacobi Pilgrim, Dane Lucero, Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, and Daniel Olson also got a chance to go toe-to-toe with King’s, as Sherman ran all 11 active players onto the court.

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