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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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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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Jered Brown and Co. fought hard Friday as Coupeville squared off with South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The rivalry is reborn.

Playing for the memory of a fallen, but not forgotten teammate Friday, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball squad put together its best performance of the season.

And while the still-young Wolves couldn’t get past South Whidbey and its rampaging scoring machine, senior gunner Kody Newman, the performance speaks well for the future.

Newman torched the nets for 33, including nine in the final minutes, as the Falcons pulled away late, turning a nine-point fourth-quarter lead into a 64-43 win.

But while the seventh and final star of South Whidbey’s #1 sports family graduates this year, Coupeville can return all of its stars next season.

Leading the way will be Hawthorne Wolfe, a freshman whiz kid who leads CHS in scoring and tossed in 17 more Friday while playing for the memory of his childhood friend.

Coupeville’s Class of 2022, and friends, family and fans came out strong in support of Bennett Boyles.

As part of Coaches vs. Cancer, the Wolves left a seat on their bench open Friday in memory of Boyles, who lost a battle with brain cancer when he was just 12.

Wolfe, who played with Boyles on SWISH basketball teams, wears his friends name on his shoes and put together his most-complete performance of his short high school career in tribute.

CHS raised $483.20 during Friday night’s doubleheader, with the proceeds being donated to Project Violet at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

After hugging Bennett’s mom Lucienne before the opening tip, Wolfe tapped his hand on his shoes as he stepped on the court, then lowered his head and whispered something to himself.

And then he came alive, bouncing and slapping his thigh, before rattling home the first of his three shots from behind the three-point arc, followed by a headlong charge into the South Whidbey defense for another bucket.

Flying down the court, Wolfe pulled in a pass from Jered Brown, switched hands in mid-stride, spun a scrambling defender in a circle, and flipped the ball high off the glass.

As the ball slipped through the twines, pulling Coupeville within 7-5, the biggest crowd of the season roared, with Wolfe and Boyle’s fellow frosh making the loudest noise.

But while the future of CHS basketball was playing at the top of his game, the visiting Falcons had a much-more seasoned pro to answer right back.

With Lewis Pope having graduated, Newman is The Man in Langley, and he hit from every angle, knocking down one three-ball from about a step over the half-court line.

The true killer came on the final play of the first quarter, with South Whidbey clinging to just a 12-10 lead and Coupeville pushing their rivals far harder than some might have expected.

Newman, snatching up a madly-skipping ball, hit turbo speed as he slashed down the sideline, storming right past the CHS student section.

With a small nod, and a bit of a grin, he beat the clock, and the scrambling Wolf defenders, slapping home a layup and picking up a three-point play the hard way, tossing in a free throw to cap a game-changing play.

For a moment, Newman’s derring do seemed to turn the entire flow of the game, and South Whidbey quickly stretched its 15-10 lead after one quarter out to 21-10.

But the Wolves didn’t break this time around.

Wolfe twirled through a maze of bodies for a lil’ dipsy-do bucket, then lobbed home a three-ball, before Gavin Knoblich decided to get into the scoring biz.

Dropping his own trey, and then tapping home a layup off of a sweet entry pass from Sean Toomey-Stout, Knoblich’s 5-0 run pulled the Wolves back to within seven.

Enter Newman again, as he stuck another dagger into his rivals.

This time it was a pass, flicked behind his back to a teammate running to his side, which turned into a gut punch of a Falcon bucket.

While South Whidbey carried a 32-20 lead into the half, the Falcons could never quite pull away until late in the game.

Coupeville banged home a trio of three-balls and got some nice work in the paint from Ulrik Wells and Jacobi Pilgrim and played their rivals to a 17-17 standstill in a third quarter brimming with intensity.

Brown singed the net for a trey of his own to open the fourth, and back within nine, the Wolves looked like a team that might make a run at pulling off an upset.

But Newman has honed the skills of a killer in his four years on the floor for the Falcons, and all the years before that playing against his much-heralded older sisters and brother.

In the crucible of the fourth, the Falcons leader was too much for the Wolves, and he went off for nine points in a closing 15-3 South Whidbey surge.

Record-wise, the two teams are headed in opposite directions.

With the win, South Whidbey is 4-2 in North Sound Conference action, 11-5 overall, and sits in second-place in the six-team league, trailing just King’s (7-0, 13-4).

Meanwhile, Coupeville is 1-5 in league, 2-11 overall, and is battling to hold on to the conference’s fifth, and final, playoff berth.

If the Wolves can replicate how they played Friday, however, anything is possible.

For CHS coach Brad Sherman, the Island rivalry match-up was simply a game well-played, by both teams, and for the right reasons.

“We talked before the game about keeping on theme, playing for Bennett and realizing there is a lot more to life than just basketball,” he said. “We’re honoring someone who went through the fight of his life, and we wanted to play for him.

“I’m really proud of our effort,” Sherman added. “We were scrappier than we have been at any point this season, and we rebounded better than we have all season.

“South Whidbey played well. It was just a good basketball game between two teams out there fighting hard on every play.”

That scrappiness was showcased by Wolfe, who along with his big offensive plays, was a demon on defense.

Four different times a kid listed at 5-foot-7 on the roster forced jumps balls with South Whidbey’s 6’6 big man, including one tussle where he held on to the ball even while being swung two foot into the air.

Wolfe’s 17 points gives him 125 on the season, making him the second highest-scoring freshman boy in 102 years of CHS basketball.

He passes Arik Garthwaite (109), Taylor Ebersole (114), and Mike Criscuola (115), and trails just Mike Bagby (137).

Toomey-Stout rattled the rim for nine points in support of Wolfe, and a fourth-quarter free throw broke a tie between him and older brother Cameron, who graduated last year.

Sean now holds the family scoring title at 81-80, though there’s always the chance sister Maya will return to basketball and come gunnin’ for them both.

Coupeville’s lone senior, Dane Lucero, played aggressively on defense, while Knoblich (5), Wells (4), Brown (3), Mason Grove (3) and Pilgrim (2) also scored.

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Hawthorne Wolfe is just the fifth CHS boy in 102 years to top 100 varsity points as a freshman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Second half, not the same as the first.

Finding its shooting touch after halftime Friday, the Sultan High School varsity boys basketball squad turned a close game into a blowout, romping past visiting Coupeville 67-28.

The killer was a 27-3 Turk run in the third quarter, which turned a seven-point lead into a 31-point advantage.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-3 in North Sound Conference action, 2-9 overall.

Coupeville still has a game-and-a-half lead on Granite Falls (0-5) for the fifth and final playoff spot from the six-team league.

King’s (5-0), which routed Granite 84-25 Friday, is flying high, while Sultan (3-1) sits in second, a game up on Cedar Park Christian (2-2) and South Whidbey (2-2).

CPC shocked Coupeville’s Island neighbors Friday, winning a 55-53 thriller.

Facing Sultan for the second time this season, the Wolves hung tough for a half.

Down 13-6 at the first break, CHS played the Turks even through a 10-10 second quarter.

Then, something went really, truly wrong for the Wolves after the halftime break.

While Gavin Knoblich netted a three-ball, that was all the offense Coupeville could muster in the third.

Sultan answered with 11 buckets, three of them from behind the three-point line, and tossed a pair of free throws onto the bonfire, effectively ending the game.

The fourth quarter, while not much better for the Wolves, did feature a couple of milestones.

Freshman Xavier Murdy and sophomore Daniel Olson made their varsity debuts, while Hawthorne Wolfe joined an elite group.

The sweet-shooting guard, who leads Coupeville in scoring, went coast to coast for a layup to become only the fifth boy in 102 seasons of Wolf basketball to score 100 varsity points during his freshman season.

With six regular season games left, then a possible postseason run, Wolfe, who has 103 points, has a legitimate shot to eclipse the four frosh boys who came before him.

Mike Bagby tops that list, with 137 points in the 2002-2003 season, with Mike Criscuola (115), Taylor Ebersole (114), and Arik Garthwaite (109) also on the list.

A fourth Wolf achieved a personal milestone Friday, as junior guard Jean Lund-Olsen recorded his first varsity points, netting a first-half three-ball.

Sean Toomey-Stout paced Coupeville with seven points, while Mason Grove netted a pair of treys en route to six. Wolfe (5), Knoblich (5), Lund-Olsen (3) and Jacobi Pilgrim (2) also scored.

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