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Hawthorne Wolfe surveys the skies during his time on the prairie. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s an equal opportunity pitcher.

After making his first two college baseball appearances as a reliever, Coupeville grad Hawthorne Wolfe was tabbed to make his first start Saturday afternoon.

The former CHS ace tossed three scoreless innings for the Western Washington University club hardball squad, whiffing four Central Washington University hitters while keeping his ERA pristine.

While the Vikings eventually fell 6-5 after their bullpen failed to match Wolfe, it was the only loss for WWU, which claimed two of three for the second time this season.

Western, which clubbed Central 17-1 and 20-1 in the weekend’s other two games, sits at 4-2 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Wolfe, who leads Viking pitchers with three appearances on the mound, is 1-0 with a save, having struck out six across seven scoreless innings of work.

He’s scattered five hits and three walks, while plunking a rival batter just to keep everyone honest.

Along with his debut as a college starting pitcher, the former Northwest 2B/1B League MVP also got his first swings at the plate for the Vikings this past weekend.

Wolfe scored twice, picked up an RBI, and made off with his first college steal.

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Hawthorne Wolfe, international man of mystery. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fly high, Hawk.

Coupeville grad Hawthorne Wolfe had a strong debut for the Western Washington University club baseball team this weekend, picking up a win and save as the Vikings took two of three from Oregon State in the season opener.

WWU split games on Saturday, winning 6-5 and losing 4-1, then bounced back to claim Sunday’s bout 6-5 in 11 innings of taut diamond action.

Wolfe picked up the save in game one, facing four batters and retiring three of them.

The former Coupeville sensation came back around Sunday to nab the win on the mound, chucking the final three innings as the Vikings pulled out the victory.

Wolfe (2) with his new WWU teammates. (Photo courtesy Molly McPherson)

Western returns to action next weekend when it hosts Eastern Washington University Feb. 25-26 at Squalicum High School.

The teams play at 1 PM and 3 PM Saturday, then clash at 11 AM Sunday.

The Vikings have a long, successful diamond history, including a run at the National Club Baseball Association Division 1 World Series in 2013 when Coupeville grad Jordan Wilcox played for the team.

During his time at CHS, Wolfe was named Northwest 2B/1B League MVP during his senior baseball season, while also terrorizing his foes on the basketball court.

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Caleb Meyer rumbles during his high school days. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe smacks a base-hit.

Add two more to the list.

Coupeville High School Class of 2022 grads Caleb Meyer and Hawthorne Wolfe are joining the ranks of former Wolves playing college sports.

Meyer, a six-foot-two guard and the last heir to the Videoville legacy, is one of 15 players listed on the 2022-2023 men’s basketball roster at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon.

The Cardinals tip off Nov. 18 at the North/West Classic at Everett, with their season running through March.

A star athlete during his early days in Coupeville, Meyer attended Jackson High School from grades 9-11, before returning to his hometown for his senior year.

He was a crucial part of the most-successful Wolf boys basketball squad in decades, before advancing to the state meet in track and field.

Meyer keeps alive a Whidbey-to-Skagit tradition, with South Whidbey gunner Kody Newman the most recent alumni of The Rock to have played hoops for the Cardinals.

Wolfe, the floppy-haired Pistol Pete of Cow Town, was a four-year starter for Coupeville’s hoops squad who rained down 800 career points, even while Covid threw two of those seasons into turmoil.

But it’s baseball, where he was the Northwest 2B/1B League MVP last spring, which is drawing his early interest.

After tryouts, Wolfe made the roster for the club baseball team at Western Washington University, which plays in the spring.

The Vikings, who play at historic Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, compete in the National Club Baseball Association.

Western went all the way to the NCBA World Series in 2013, a season when one of their key players was Coupeville grad Jordan Wilcox.

The dynamic duo knocks it out of the park at graduation. (Morgan White photo)

With Meyer and Wolfe taking the next step, Coupeville currently has 13 active college athletes.

The other 11:


Ja’Tarya Hoskins 
Saint Martin’s University
Track and Field


Joey Lippo
University of Maine at Presque Isle


Logan Martin
Central Washington University
Track and Field


Lucy and Sophie Sandahl
Seattle Pacific University


Mica Shipley
Eastern Washington University


Ben Smith
Eureka College


Emma Smith
University of Washington
Club Volleyball


Sean Toomey-Stout
University of Washington


James Wood
Colorado State University
Club Co-Ed Soccer


Sarah Wright
Sewanee: University of the South

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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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