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Coupeville grad Joey Lippo is off to play college tennis in Kentucky. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tennis it is.

Joey Lippo was a three-sport star during his days at Coupeville High School, anchoring Wolf teams in tennis, basketball and baseball.

He was also the rare male athlete who could do a mean dance as well, often joining twin sister Skyy in her world of ballet, when he performed in productions of The Nutcracker.

But now Lippo, a 2018 CHS grad, will devote himself solely to the racket arts, after agreeing to play tennis for Midway University in Kentucky.

The liberal arts school competes athletically in the River States Conference, and is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Most NAIA schools offer athletic scholarships, and Midway has pledged to pick up a substantial portion of Lippo’s college costs, making his parents hearts sing with great joy.

In addition to playing tennis, Lippo will study environmental science. School begins Jan. 7, with tennis starting in Feb.

He’s joining an Eagles program which is still in its infancy, as Midway was an all-girls school until just recently.

Founded in 1847, the school was originally known as the Kentucky Female Orphan School and admitted its first male undergraduates in time for the fall 2017 semester.

Midway University sits smack-dab on a 200-acre working farm in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, and the oldest building on campus, Pinkerton Hall, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

While the school has been around for a long time, Lippo is one of the pioneers for male sports at the institution.

The men’s tennis program is in just its second season, with coach Joe Reyes, a highly-accomplished former college player, quickly building a strong roster.

The Eagles currently lay claim to players from Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas, plus four foreign netters, one from Spain and three from Columbia.

And now you can add Washington state to the list.

“The tennis coach found me somehow and told me to come visit the school,” Lippo said. “I got to play with the team and I loved that environment and everyone was so welcoming.

“It’s a small school and reminds me a lot of Coupeville.”

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CHS grad Joey Lippo and his select baseball team won five of six games at an 18-team Arizona tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The weather was hot in Arizona, but Joey Lippo was hotter.

Paced by their speedy lead-off hitter, the Seattle Bombers 18U select baseball squad won five of six games, claiming second-place at the 5th annual World Series West.

There were 18 teams, repping multiple states, in the Upperclass Division of the tourney in Scottsdale, and it took five days before any of them could upend the Coupeville grad and his summer compatriots.

The Bombers won a game a day from July 20-23, finishing first in pool play and earning a bye into the semifinals of the tourney.

After opening with a 9-7 win Friday over Edge White, Lippo and Co. blanked the Los Al Cage Rats 5-0 Saturday, then pulled off the win of the tourney Sunday morning.

Facing off with Batters Box 18U Navy, the Bombers went into extra innings tied 3-3.

At which point it was Lippo time, as the former Wolf launched a game-busting RBI double in the top of the eighth.

The blow sparked a five-run rally, which turned out to be a good thing, as Bombers pitching gave back three runs in the bottom half of the inning before escaping with an 8-6 win.

With a bye at stake, the Bombers won a battle of unbeaten teams Monday, knocking off Colorado Baseball Academy 7-0.

Lippo pilfered two bases to spark the offense, while Bombers hurler Eric Anderson tossed a no-hitter to seal the deal on a perfect 4-0 run through pool play.

The tourney came to an end Tuesday, with the Bombers knocking off the Aggie Scout Team 4-2 in the semis, before they were toppled 7-3 in the championship game by the Central Valley Marlins.

The Marlins, who did not have a bye coming in to the playoffs, had to win three games Tuesday to take home the trophy to Fresno, CA, and they did just that.

The tourney’s #1 team in ERA, strikeouts, RBI and hits won a pair of elimination games in romps (15-0 and 12-2) before jumping on the Bombers for four runs in the first inning.

Lippo went down swinging, rapping out a pair of hits to pace the Bombers in the title game.

For the tourney, he recorded six hits, four runs and two RBI, while reaching base just about every way possible.

That including being plunked, taking advantage of both fielding errors and catcher’s interference and using his torrid toes to out-race a dropped third strike.

Lippo was spotless on defense while roaming center field for the Bombers, including sprinting into left at one point to snag a ball his teammate lost in the sun.

He also is returning home without suffering heat stroke (we think), despite the weather being a balmy 100 degrees on the “coolest” day, before soaring Tuesday to a brain-frying 116 (in the shade).

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Together since t-ball, and still going strong, are l to r, Nick Etzell, Mike Etzell and Jake Hoagland. (Lisa Jenne photo)

Summer baseball is about two things.

One, it’s a chance for the guys who just graduated to have a final farewell.

And, maybe more importantly, it’s a chance for the young guys who still have high school eligibility, to get some more work in while playing with their teammates.

So growth, and not wins and losses, was first on the checklist for Coupeville High School coach Chris Smith at the season-ending Enumclaw 4th of July Bash.

Consider that part of the agenda checked off, as the Wolves, while going 0-4, came within a run in their final two games.

And they did so with six of their 10 players (6 of 9 on the final day of play) scheduled to return next spring.

“Good tournament for us this weekend,” Chris Smith said. “No wins, but good work for our younger guys that are coming up.”

Coupeville opened with a tough draw on the first day of the tournament (Friday, July 6), falling 8-0 to the Puyallup Knights and 8-2 to the Thurston County Saints in a rain-shortened game.

After a day off, the Wolves returned to the diamond for a Sunday twin-bill, minus Olympic League MVP Hunter Smith, who departed for a family trip to Italy.

Playing with no bench (middle school ace Scott Hilborn was in uniform in case any of the starting nine went down), CHS was nipped 7-6 by the Avengers and 5-4 by Mac Baseball.

In both those games, Coupeville fought back from early deficits to reclaim a tie or the lead, only to give up the winning run in the seventh and final inning.

But, while the wins didn’t come, the hits did for the young guns, as potential returning players accounted for nine of the 15 hits rapped out on the weekend by the Wolves.

Matt Hilborn and Dane Lucero, who will be seniors next year, led the way, both collecting four hits apiece.

Lucero walloped a double, while Hilborn had the team’s biggest base-knock, crunching a seventh-inning RBI triple to left against the Avengers.

The recently graduated Jake Hoagland (1B, 2B), Hunter Smith (1B, 1B), Nick Etzell (1B) and Joey Lippo (1B) notched their final hits in a Wolf uniform, while junior-to-be Gavin Knoblich smoked a single.

Underclassmen Mason Grove, Gavin Straub and Daniel Olson rounded out the Wolf roster, with all three coming around to score at least once during the weekend.

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   Julian Welling is one of five Coupeville seniors selected to play in the All-State baseball series feeder games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The baseball season isn’t done yet for five Coupeville High School seniors.

While the Wolves were knocked out of the playoffs last week, Hunter Smith, Joey Lippo, Julian Welling, Nick Etzell and Jake Hoagland will get at least one more chance to step onto a diamond in uniform.

The five were selected for the first leg in the All-State baseball series.

They’ll travel to Bellingham May 31 to play in the 1A/B feeder games for the Northwest District at Joe Martin Field.

Two games will be played that night, with the first starting at 5 PM.

The large contingent of CHS players is a reward for the Wolves putting together their best win-loss record (15-6) in more than a decade.

Coupeville went 8-1 in Olympic League play, winning its second league crown in three seasons, then played three games at districts, falling a game short of the state playoffs.

After a series of 15 feeder games across the state finish, a field of 200+ seniors will be chopped down to 72, with players drawn from every classification, 1B to 4A.

Those players will form the four teams (Adams, St. Helens, Rainier and Baker) that play in the actual All-State games in Yakima June 9-10.

While Coupeville annually sends players to the feeder games, the last Wolf to make the final cut (and agree to play) in the All-State games was Ben Etzell, older brother of Nick.

He pitched for Team Adams in 2014, then enrolled at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, where he went on to play four years with the Johnnies.


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   CHS senior first-baseman Julian Welling is among team leaders in multiple offensive categories. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything is clicking.

Stellar pitching, timely hitting, slick defense – it all adds up and has propelled the Coupeville High School baseball squad to a 14-4 record.

Coming off their second Olympic League title in a three-year span, the Wolves head to Tacoma Tuesday to begin the double-elimination district tourney.

Two wins in three games, and Coupeville is state-bound for the first time since 2014.

As you prepare your very soul for the start of the playoffs, a quick look at season-to-date stats for the streaking Wolves, who closed the regular season with 11 wins in their final 12 games.



Player AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR BB RBI Avg. OBP
D. Lucero 60 7 17 4 9 15 .283 .371
G. Knoblich 35 9 6 6 4 .171 .310
H. Smith 57 21 27 5 5 6 25 .474 .556
J. Zettle 4 1 1 2 1 .250 .500
J. Hoagland 49 14 10 2 2 11 10 .286 .415
J. Pease 38 7 9 8 5 .237 .383
J. Lippo 58 20 21 2 1 15 9 .362 .493
J. Welling 32 10 14 3 11 19 .438 .612
K. Rockwell 46 6 8 1 9 7 .174 .345
M. Hilborn 57 25 22 3 14 17 .386 .533
N. Etzell 35 11 8 3 8 3 .229 .372
J. Vidoni 1 1 1.000
S. Losey 5 2 2 1 .000 .444



D. Lucero 4-1 3.42 7 28 24 14 16 1 23 28.2 1.536
D. Olson 0-0 0.00 1 1 0.1 0.000
H. Smith 7-1 0.69 8 28 10 5 4 61 51.0 0.627
J. Lippo 0-1 10.50 1 1 1 2 1 0.2 3.000
J. Welling 1-0 3.50 1 3 2 1 2.0 1.500
M. Hilborn 2-1 2.33 7 28 15 10 15 4 32 30.0 1.433
N. Etzell 0-0 9.54 4 3 5 5 2 2 4 3.2 1.364

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