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After COVID-19 stole a season from him, Hawthorne Wolfe returns to the baseball diamond. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

New coach, new league, new schedule.

Everything is a little different for the Coupeville High School baseball squad as it gets ready for its first games since 2019.

The pandemic erased prep sports last spring, then coach Chris Smith departed Whidbey Island after the graduation of his youngest child.

Now, Will Thayer steps into the dugout as the head man and his first Wolf team is scheduled to play a pared-down, conference-only slate of games.

That will give Coupeville a strong introduction to their new foes, at least, as CHS moves from 1A to 2B, returning to its old stomping grounds in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

While the schedule seems to shift each day, as of Thursday the Wolves are set to play fellow 2B schools Friday Harbor (4) and La Conner (3) the most, with a single game against 1B rivals Darrington, Mount Vernon Christian, and Concrete.

Orcas Island (1B) opted not to play spring sports as long as its students were not back in class, while Chimacum (2B) is slated to join the NWL for the 2021-2022 school year.

Having a chance to go toe-to-toe with Friday Harbor should give Thayer and his crew a solid idea of where they fit in the new hierarchy.

“Perennial power in this league seems to be Friday Harbor; they are a very well-coached team and consistently at the top of their league,” Thayer said. “This is our first year in this league and we will have to learn the teams on the fly.

“It is kind of nice being a first-year coach in a new league so I can learn with the team,” he added. “We will be able to measure ourselves against our league for the first time together.”

With the unexpected gap year, the Wolf roster has seen a fairly large turnover.

Of the 15 players listed on the roster posted on the league web site, only four have ever played in a CHS baseball game — senior Daniel Olson and juniors Hawthorne Wolfe, Cody Roberts, and Sage Sharp.

Olson and Roberts provide a one-two combo at the top of the pitching staff, while Wolfe is back to hit leadoff and prowl center field.

Cody Roberts joins Daniel Olson at the top of Coupeville’s pitching rotation. (Photo by Karen Carlson)

Three sort-of newcomers, all with plenty of hardball experience, are expected to have immediate impacts, as well.

Xavier Murdy, a junior, joins Olson and Wolfe as a team captain, while sophomores Scott Hilborn and Jonathan Valenzuela will start at shortstop and third base, respectively.

“We are anchored on the left side of our infield,” Thayer said. “This will be their first year of high school baseball and they have proven themselves ready to rise to the occasion and lead us in to the future.”

Murdy spent his freshman year on the soccer pitch, but with the move from 1A to 2B, boys soccer slides from spring to fall.

Rounding out the preseason roster are junior Miles Davidson, sophomore Coen Killian, and a pack of freshmen — Nathan Ginnings, Cole White, Nick Guay, Andrew Williams, Seth Woollet, and Zane Oldenstadt.

It’s a group which will have to learn on the fly.

“Just coming together as a team, as we haven’t had much time to bond as a tight group; but every practice we become a tighter group,” Thayer said.

“We are learning from each other as we go in a very short time.”

However the lineup eventually breaks down, Thayer is excited to get on the field.

“Our goal for this season is to compete for a league title,” he said. “Since there is no state tournament this year, our team goal is league title, and let everyone know that we are a state-worthy team next season.

“We are a very young team so our future is very exciting, and I believe we will be in contention for league and state for the foreseeable future.”

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Hawthorne Wolfe leads a pack of hot-shooting Coupeville hoops stars back to the gym. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zane Oldenstadt powers to the hoop while Nick Guay tries to deny him.

TJ Rickner lines up a shot.

Alex Jimenez looks for an opening.

Ryan Blouin spins away as Cole White plays lock-down defense.

Miles Davidson lets a rainbow fly.

Logan Martin, en fuego.

Sage Downes makes it rain.

Grady Rickner calls backboard.

One more time.

Wrapping up his wanderings through Coupeville High School sports practices, photo whiz kid John Fisken collected the pics seen above.

They capture the Wolves as they go through off-season workouts, masks and social distancing included.

If plans hold, the hoops stars will be the first prep athletes to return to games in the age of coronavirus.

The first “real” practices would go down the last week of December, with contests starting in Jan.

Or, at least that’s the hope.

For now, the Wolf coaches and players will take what they can get, when they can get it.

 

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2020-10-08-CHS-BBB-practice/

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Hawthorne Wolfe soars in for another bucket. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The court calls you.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week five, with four drills intended to make your crossover the snappiest in town.

Hoops phenom and international man of mystery Hawthorne Wolfe is your guide this time out.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

 

Skills 13-14:

 

Skills 15-16:

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Freshman cross country ace Mitchell Hall crushed the field and is the 2020 Coupeville Sports Athlete Supreme. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He ran away with it.

It started as a three-way battle, then became a two-person rumble, before ending as a one-man show.

Freshman cross country ace Mitchell Hall saw his numbers surge big-time at about the halfway point of voting in the 100-hour endurance race that decides the annual Coupeville Sports Athlete Supreme, and emerges as the victor in the eighth go-round of the event.

With 2,867 votes, he captured 50.59% of the 5,667 votes cast, outdueling sophomore basketball star Hawthorne Wolfe, who finished with 1,630 votes.

Defending champ Mason Grove (357 votes) stayed close in the early going, before stepping back and accepting third-place as a senior.

Freshman Maddie Georges (185) and senior Tia Wurzrainer (111) rounded out the top five in a field of 25 CHS athletes.

While the top of the poll had no major movement at the end, Wurzrainer did shake things up, sliding into the top five in the waning moments.

 

The roll call of Athlete Supreme winners:

2013 – Nick Streubel
2014 – Amanda Fabrizi
2015 – CJ Smith
2016 – Hunter Smith
2017 – Joey Lippo
2018 – Ethan Spark
2019 – Mason Grove
2020 – Mitchell Hall

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Departing senior Jered Brown tallied 156 points in his prep career, while setting up numerous teammates with his pass-first playing style. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It is the holy grail of Coupeville Sports.

A project which never ends, and is both rewarding and infuriating.

Tracking career individual scoring stats for the CHS varsity basketball programs requires a fair amount of sleuthing, some bleary eyes, and more than a little luck.

And then it’ll never really be complete…

Especially on the boys side of things.

No matter how many old newspapers I gingerly leaf through, no matter how many scorebooks I track down, a century-plus of Wolf basketball is a long time, and some records are simply lost to time.

I would love to find a scorebook for the 1953-1954 team, stashed in someone’s attic or barn.

But I know it’s unlikely, and so Jack Elzinga, Tom Sahli, and Jerry Zylstra’s scoring stats will never be truly complete.

But, I keep looking, and keep hoping, and compile what I have.

It ain’t perfect, but it’s better than what anyone else out there has managed to pull together.

So, having reached the end of the 103rd season of CHS boys basketball, I present my version of a career scoring chart for the program, updated to include every last point scored during the 2019-2020 season.

As you ramble through the list below, it includes 392 Wolves, three of whom — Hawthorne Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, and Daniel Olson — are still active.

With Coupeville sending off 11 seniors, most of next year’s varsity will be first-timers, making it likely the program will see its 400th scorer.

Of course, maybe someone unearths a bunch of scorebooks from the ’20s and ’30s in a basement, and we’ll reach 400 long before then.

You know, dream the impossible dream.

 

As you go through the list, where there are ties, it goes in alphabetic order, with one exception.

Jeff Stone and Mike Bagby both scored 1,137 points during their prep careers, tying for #1 all-time among Wolf boys.

I slot Stone first, even though B comes before S, as he accomplished the feat in three seasons to Bagby’s four, as Coupeville freshmen weren’t eligible to play high school hoops in the late ’60s/early ’70s.

 

CHS boys basketball career scoring chart (1917-2020):

Jeff Stone – 1137
Mike Bagby – 1137
Randy Keefe – 1088
Jeff Rhubottom – 1012
Mike Criscuola – 979 (**Missing stats**)
Bill Riley – 934
Pete Petrov – 917
Brad Sherman – 874
Denny Clark – 869
Arik Garthwaite – 867

Bill Jarrell – 855
Hunter Smith – 847
Corey Cross – 811
Barry Brown – 769
Hunter Hammer – 755
Steve Whitney – 730
Dan Nieder – 729
Chris Good – 688
Gavin Keohane – 677
Virgil Roehl – 674

Foster Faris – 668
Pat Bennett – 659
Wade Ellsworth – 659
Jason McFadyen – 654
Jack Elzinga – 646 (**Missing stats**)
Rich Morris – 637
Kramer O’Keefe – 636
Wiley Hesselgrave – 632
John O’Grady – 611
Greg White – 604

Joe Whitney – 601
Brian Miller – 597
Mike Syreen – 594
Gabe McMurray – 592
Pat Clark – 583
Randy Duggan – 552
Roy Marti – 551
Jim Syreen – 550
Marc Bissett – 549
Denny Zylstra – 538

Brad Miller – 526
Gary Faris – 524
JJ Marti – 520
Cody Peters – 518
David Lortz – 502
Jason Bagby – 499
Pat O’Grady – 472
Sean Dillon – 469
Frank Marti – 462
Gary Hammons – 443

Del O’Shell – 440
Tony Ford – 432
Caleb Powell – 421
Mason Grove – 414
Hawthorne Wolfe – 410 (**Active**)
Ben Biskovich – 407
Casey Clark – 407
Nick Sellgren – 406
Jerry Zylstra – 405 (**Missing stats**)
Blaine Ghormley – 393

Tom Logan – 385
James Smith – 382
Chad Gale – 373
Mike Millenbach – 373
JD Wilcox – 373
Ty Blouin – 369
Caesar Kortuem – 369
Ray Harvey – 368
Pat Brown – 355
Dick Smith – 352

Ethan Spark – 352
Glenn Losey – 350
Timm Orsborn – 345
Robin Larson – 342
Byron Fellstrom – 340
Kevin Faris – 339
Michael Vaughan – 337
Jim Yake – 331
Aaron Trumbull – 330
Brad Brown – 328

Charlie Tessaro – 328
Utz Conard – 326
Ian Smith – 324
Harold Buckner – 323
David Ford – 323
Bob Rea – 320
Chris Marti – 319
Gabe Wynn – 316
Nick Streubel – 314
Tom Sahli – 310 (**Missing stats**)

Ben Hayes – 306
Allen Black – 305
Noah Roehl – 301
Blake Day – 299
Noel Criscuola – 298
John Beasley – 293
Risen Johnson – 291
Brian Fakkema – 290
Matt Frost – 290
Mike Mallo – 282

Keith Jameson – 277
Terry Roberts – 277
Kit Manzanares – 275
Boom Phomvongkoth – 275
Zepher Loesch – 274
Alex Evans – 272
Aaron Curtin – 271
Tyler King – 270
Joe Tessaro – 270
Eric Hopkins – 265

Harvey Wainio – 265
Rick Keefe – 259
Troy Blouin – 256
Sean Callahan – 256
Greg Fellstrom – 248
Casey Larson – 247
Don Schreiber – 247
Brandon Huff – 245
Richard Hammons – 240
Brad Haslam – 235

Sean Toomey-Stout – 235
Don Cook – 230
Geoff Hageman – 227
Curt Youderian – 226
Ed Wood – 219
Rich Vaughan – 217
Joel Walstad – 217
Richard Cook – 216
Ryan Keefe – 214
Jordan Ford – 210

Andrew Mouw – 204
Vance Huffman – 203
Tim Quenzer – 202
Alan Hancock – 198
Shawn Ryan – 197
Mitch Aparicio – 195
Trevor Tucker – 194
Roy Mattox – 191
Dale Sherman – 188
Scott Stuurmans – 188

Pat Millenbach – 181
Wayne Hardie – 178
Chris Cox – 177
Evan Tingstad – 177
Jerry VandWerfhorst – 177
Anthony Bergeron – 176
Mike Ankney – 173
John Engstrom – 173
Ron Naddy – 172
Dale Libbey – 169

Roger Sherman – 168
Tim Walstad – 168
Randy Blindauer – 166
Mark Bepler – 165
Chad Brookhouse – 163
Jered Brown – 156
Monty Moore – 155
Geoff Wacker – 154
Bill Baas – 153
Ulrik Wells – 152

Jim Faris – 151
Steve Konek – 149
Gavin O’Keefe – 149
Ryan McManigle – 148
Ryan Griggs – 147
Hugh Abell – 145
George Libbey – 142
Noel Criscuola – 136
Craig Anderson – 132
Scott Franzen – 129

Ben Etzell – 127
Gavin Knoblich – 126
Brian Shank – 125
Joey Lippo – 121
Jessie Smith – 119
Sandy Roberts – 118
Scott McGraw – 116
Christian Townsdin – 116
Mitch Pelroy – 115
Taylor Ebersole – 114

Eric Taylor – 112
Jim Casey – 111
Jacobi Pilgrim – 111
Brian Barr – 108
Joe Donellon – 101
Jason McManigle – 101
Bryan Hamilton – 99
Xavier Murdy – 99 (**Active**)
Brian Knoll – 98
Morgan Payne – 96

Christian Lyness – 95
Koa Davison – 94
Ted Weber – 91
Hunter Downes – 89
James Meek – 89
Dan Miller – 89
Steve Bissett – 87
Andrew Cashen – 87
Carson Risner – 86
John Sinema – 86

Nick Morris – 83
Roy Armstrong – 80
Cameron Toomey-Stout – 80
Caleb Valko – 78
Ross Buckner – 77
Matt Shank – 77
JJ Johnson – 76
Duane Score – 76
Quinten Farmer – 75
Matt Ortega – 75

Mike Ellsworth – 74
Don Spangler – 72
John Zimmerman – 72
Joe Bruzas – 71
Jason Fisher – 71
Tony Prosser – 70
Les Jacobson – 69
Tom Conard – 68
Dean Grasser – 68
Matt Bepler – 67

Zack Swerdfeger – 66
Ron Lanphere – 65
Ben Hancock – 63
Randy Stone – 63
Mike Brown – 62
Jason McDavid – 62
Jeremy Staples – 62
Len Buckner – 61
Brian Hageman – 61
Erik King – 61

David Davis – 60
Tom Mueller – 59
Brandy Ambrose – 58
Sam Kieth – 58
Steve Smith – 58
Martin Walsh – 58
Matt Helm – 57
Dennis Terrell – 57
Drew Chan – 56
DeAndre Mitchell – 56

Ellis Schultz – 56
CJ Smith – 54
Asa Owensby – 52
Marc Aparicio – 51
Chris Chan – 51
Joe Kelley – 51
Marvin Darst – 50
Troy Hurlburt – 49
Stanley Bruzas – 48
Dalton Engle – 48

Jerry Helm – 48
Dalton Martin – 47
Eddie Fasolo – 45
Doug Speers – 45
Banky Fisher – 44
Keith Dunnagan – 42
Dave Stoddard – 42
Gaylord Stidham – 41
Erick Harada – 40
James Jorgensen – 40

Nevin Miranda – 40
Jeff Thomas – 40
John Wyatt – 40
Danny Bonacci – 36
Chuck Ruthford – 36
Charlie Toth – 36
Jim Marti – 35
Zeb Williams – 35
Robert Cushen – 34
Dante Mitchell – 34

Dave Brandt – 33
Ryan Kelley – 33
Brian Roundy – 32
Richard Barber – 31
Joe Libbey – 31
Ray Cook – 29
Tim Leese – 29
Ralph Lindsay – 29
Kyle Rockwell – 29
Rick Marti – 28

Toby Martinez – 28
Daniel McDonald – 28
Joe Rojas – 28
Todd Smith – 28
Scott Sollars – 28
Richard Benson – 27
Mike Duke – 27
John Holmes – 26
Larry Zylstra – 26
Lewis Berry – 25

Mark Short – 25
Tim Youderian – 25
Jared Helmstadter – 24
Trent Diamanti – 23
John Moskeland – 22
Trevor Mueller – 22
Dan Schleiffers – 22
Jay Roberts – 21
Dustin Van Velkinburgh – 21
Matt Douglas – 20

Jordan Emerson – 20
Dane Lucero – 20
Dean Strom – 20
Scott Fisher – 19
Scott Losey – 19
Bud Merryman – 19
Matt Petrich – 19
Jason Raymond – 19
Rob Blouin – 18
Rick Keith – 18

Marvin Mitchell – 18
Guy Walker – 18
Gary Boyke – 17
Jim Keith – 17
Jean Lund-Olsen – 17
Cedric McIntosh – 17
Rick Frieze – 16
Chad Nixon – 16
Josh Wilsey – 16
Steven Cope – 15

Eric Dyer – 15
Mike Lester – 15
Brad Rogers – 15
Henry Edwards – 14
Todd Brown – 13
DJ Kim – 13
LaVerne Arnold – 12
Mike Eaton – 12
Guy George – 12
Kole Kellison – 12

Glen Lanphere – 12
Desmond Bell – 11
Bill Hamilton – 11
Ken Pickard – 11
Jon Roberts – 11
Chris Squires – 11
Ben Winkes – 11
Ron Edwards – 10
Travis Hooker – 10
Daniel Graham – 9

Kyle King – 9
Bruce Seiger – 9
Jimmy Sullivan – 9
Fred Wyatt – 9
Erik Anderson – 8
Dave Bowers – 8
Rob Fasolo – 8
Kraig Gordon – 8
Robert Shafer – 8
Dave Wells – 8

Charlie Cook – 7
Bobby Engle – 7
Brian Folkestad – 7
Wayne Hesselgrave – 7
Ed Cook – 6
Tucker Hall – 6
Chuck Hardee – 6
Kevin King – 6
Robert Kirkwood – 6
George Smith – 6

Nic Anthony – 5
Ariah Bepler – 5
Scott Davidson – 5
JD Myers – 5
Daniel Olson – 5 (**Active**)
Nate Steele – 5
Andrew Bird – 4
Bill Boze – 4
Ralph Engle – 4
Jason Legat – 4

Morgan Roehl – 4
Rusty Bailey – 3
Luke Currier – 3
Sid Mudgett – 3
Frank Mueller – 3
Tracy Wilson – 3
Teo Benson – 2
Norm Enders – 2
Chris Locke – 2
Jeremy McCormick – 2

Rich McCormick – 2
Denny Moss – 2
Tony Sherman – 2
Marion Sill – 2
Stephen Stietenroth – 2
Robbie Wanamaker – 2
Paul Baher – 1
Robert Engle – 1
Bob Franzen – 1
Meryl Gordon – 1

Oscar Liquidano – 1
Raleigh Sherman – 1

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