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Coupeville High School baseball coach Chris Smith with the first of eight seniors, Joey Lippo. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Julian Welling

Hunter Smith

James Vidoni

Jacob Zettle

Jake Hoagland

Nick Etzell

Kyle Rockwell

If you thought we were done with baseball, you were wrong.

When Senior Night went down two weeks back, I ran portraits of all eight Wolves who are moving on, but neglected to showcase pics that each player took with CHS coach Chris Smith.

So, here ya go.

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   Nick Etzell is one of eight seniors on the Coupeville High School baseball squad. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jake Hoagland

Joey Lippo

Kyle Rockwell

Hunter Smith

James Vidoni

Julian Welling

Jacob Zettle

Eight seniors, eight wins.

The red-hot Coupeville High School baseball squad has rolled to a 14-4 mark this season, going a flawless 8-0 at home.

A big part of that success has been the team’s seniors, who were honored after Wednesday’s game.

While their run isn’t done, with the double-elimination district playoffs kicking off Tuesday in Tacoma, the veteran Wolves bid adieu to their home field with an 11-0 romp over visiting Port Townsend.

Before they departed, local paparazzi John Fisken swung by the clubhouse to snap the pics seen above.

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   Careful pitch selection was key Monday, as Coupeville turned 12 walks into a 9-0 win at Friday Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Take what they give you.

Showing patience under pressure Monday, the Coupeville High School baseball squad walked its way to a blow-out win at Friday Harbor.

Turning 12 walks, and a handful of errors by their hosts, to their advantage, the Wolves cruised to a 9-0 win while only eking out four hits.

The non-conference victory, Coupeville’s third straight triumph and fourth in its last five games, lifts CHS to 6-3 on the season.

The Wolves, off to their best start in more than a decade, don’t play again until Saturday, when they host 2A Cedarcrest.

Using the Olympic League’s web site and Max Preps, I can go back as far as 2008, and, during that time, no Coupeville baseball squad has gotten off to better than a 5-4 mark.

The Wolves hit that mark in 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2010, but this time around they turned Friday Harbor’s weaknesses into a sixth, very satisfying win.

With hurler Hunter Smith firing BB’s on the mound (whiffing nine and retiring eight of the final nine hitters he faced), Coupeville didn’t need much offense.

Which doesn’t mean it wasn’t happy to accept what Friday Harbor offered.

The Wolves scraped out the only run that mattered in the top of the first, using a single from Matt Hilborn, a sacrifice from Joey Lippo, a passed ball and an RBI single by Smith to “bust” things open.

Coupeville added two more runs in the third, a single tally in the fourth and a game-capping five-run explosion in the top of the seventh, while not notching a single hit in those innings.

In the third, Hilborn and Lippo each walked, stole second and came around to score on Friday Harbor errors, while Nick Etzell pulled off the same maneuver in the fourth.

The Wolves gave Smith a much-bigger cushion in the fifth, again using a mix of walks (five this time) and booted balls by their hosts (two more) to plate five.

The final run came home off of a ground-out by Hilborn, one of the few times CHS was given a chance to put the ball into play in the latter stages of the game.

After collecting two base-knocks way back in the first, Coupeville didn’t get another hit until Smith ripped a fifth-inning single.

But, like Dane Lucero, who led off the sixth with a double, he was left high and dry, stranded and unable to score.

Not that it mattered much, as the Wolves capitalized on what they were given, with seven of nine hitters scoring at least once.

Hilborn and Lippo each tapped home plate twice to lead the scoring attack, while the only two starters not to score, Kyle Rockwell and Jake Pease, both picked up RBIs with bases-loaded walks.

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Kyle Rockwell returns to Earth, rebound in hand. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Matt Stevens lines up a shot.

Using his licence to thrill, Sage Downes slashes to the hoop.

   Wolf coaches Chris Smith (black jacket) and Brad Sherman eye the action during Coupeville’s first C-Team game of the season. Spoiler: the Wolves won.

Tucker Hall lofts a shot.

Chris Ruck can taste the excitement in the air.

James Vidoni splits the Turk defense on his way to throwing down a bucket.

They can travel near and far, but John Fisken will always find them.

Whidbey Island’s main photo bug was off to the mainland Saturday for a shopping spree, and, on the way back, he veered off to Sultan to track down Coupeville’s boys basketball squads.

Venturing to Turk territory, camera in hand, Fisken snagged pics of the Wolf varsity, JV and (in their debut) C-Team and he provides us with the photos seen above.

To peruse everything he shot on his road trip, pop over to:


And remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, so, circle of life and everything.

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   Teo Keilwitz recovered a fumble for a touchdown against Vashon Island. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Football stats are like a giant, shifting sand dune.

As the winds blow through, some piles rise and others fall, and, most times, you can’t totally control where the sand ends up.

Injuries are a killer on the gridiron, and, thanks to various hurts, Wolf stars Hunter Smith, Sean Toomey-Stout and Chris Battaglia have taken a stats hit in the last week or two.

At the same time, their absence has opened the gates for players such as Andrew Martin, Jake Hoagland and Teo Keilwitz, who have all seen their stats rise in the past two weeks.

Through it all, the most consistent weapon has been receiver/defensive back Cameron Toomey-Stout, who has stayed healthy and productive.

The senior standout is now #1 for CHS in six categories — receiving yards, touchdowns, points, all-purpose yards, interceptions (a tie with Smith) and return yards.

The man throwing him the ball, senior quarterback Hunter Downes, is busy making a run at the record books.

Through six games, he’s averaging 182.7 passing yards and 1.8 TD passes a game.

Stay at that pace through the final four contests and Downes would tie Joel Walstad’s single-season TD record (18 in 2014) and just miss Ian Smith’s single-season passing yardage mark (1,848 in 2010).

With 2,937 yards and 29 TD’s for his career, Downes is also closing in on Coupeville’s career records in those categories.

The man he’s chasing, Brad Sherman, the Wolf Offensive Coordinator, finished his run on the gridiron with 3,613 yards and 33 TD’s.

Downes and Co. will kick off the first of three straight home games this Friday, when Bellevue Christian comes to town for Coupeville’s Homecoming game.

Last year, Downes blitzed the Vikings for four scoring strikes, tying the CHS single game record. If history repeats itself, Friday the 13th could be historical.

As you count down the hours until that game, take a gander at the season-to-date stats, as compiled by CHS coaches and posted on MaxPreps.

Keep in mind, though, that when you look at where Wolf players are ranked, it comes with one caveat — not all teams in the state are actively reporting stats.



Hunter Downes 58-122 for 1,096 yards (#2 in 1A) with 11 TDs and 6 INTs
Shane Losey 1-2 for 16 yards
Dawson Houston 0-1


Cameron Toomey-Stout 28 receptions for 495 yards (#1 in 1A)
Hunter Smith 21-426 (#4 in 1A)
Sean Toomey-Stout 5-120
Matt Hilborn 3-51
Jake Hoagland 1-14
Losey 1-6


S. Toomey-Stout 41 carries for 224 yards
Chris Battaglia 24-127
Hilborn 34-97
Andrew Martin 11-51
Smith 4-11
Teo Keilwitz 3-7
Jean Lund-Olsen 3-5
Losey 3-0
Downes 15 (-3)

All-Purpose Yards (Rush/Rec/KR/PR/IR):

C. Toomey-Stout 758
Smith 637
S. Toomey-Stout 389
Hilborn 197
Battaglia 127
Hoagland 115
Keilwitz 66
Martin 51
Lund-Olsen 10
Losey 6

Total Yards (Rush/Pass/Rec):

Downes 1,093 (#3 in 1A)
C. Toomey-Stout 495
Smith 437
S. Toomey-Stout 344
Hilborn 148
Battaglia 127
Martin 51
Losey 22
Hoagland 14
Keilwitz 7
Lund-Olsen 5


C. Toomey-Stout 7 (#4 in 1A)
Smith 6 (#6 in 1A)
S. Toomey-Stout 4
Hilborn 2
Downes 1
Hoagland 1
Keilwitz 1


Hilborn 10 (#5 in 1A)


Smith 1
S. Toomey-Stout 1


C. Toomey-Stout 42 (#5 in 1A)
Smith 38 (#6 in 1A)
S. Toomey-Stout 26
Hilborn 22



S. Toomey-Stout 54 (#8 in 1A)
C. Toomey-Stout 35
Hilborn 34
Losey 27
Julian Welling 27
Battaglia 26
Dane Lucero 26
Hoagland 23
Tyler McCalmont 21
Jake Pease 21
Martin 15
Kyle Rockwell 15
James Vidoni 15
Keilwitz 11
Trevor Bell 5
Downes 5
Gavin Knoblich 5
Lund-Olsen 5
Brian Roberts 4
Houston 2
Cameron Dahl 1
Koa Davison
Gavin Straub 1

Tackles for Loss:

Pease 6
McCalmont 5
Vidoni 4
Lucero 3
Welling 2
Hoagland 1
Knoblich 1


Smith 4 (#1 in 1A, #4 in the state)
C. Toomey-Stout 4 (#1 in 1A, #4 in the state)

Fumble recoveries:

Pease 2
Hoagland 1
Keilwitz 1
S. Toomey-Stout 1
Welling 1


Pease 4
Welling 2
Losey 1.5
Lucero 1.5
Battaglia 1
McCalmont 1
Vidoni 1

Blocked kicks:

Rockwell 1



Hilborn 24 for 371 yards


Downes 7 for 196 yards

Kickoff/Punt returns:

C. Toomey-Stout 11 for 180 yards (#5 in 1A)
Hoagland 3-101
Keilwitz 5-59
Hilborn 4-49
S. Toomey-Stout 4-45
Smith 2-33
Lund-Olsen 1-5
Welling 1-0

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