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Coupeville senior Xavier Murdy capped his prep hoops career by being tabbed the Northwest 2B/1B League MVP. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Brad Sherman, who led the CHS boys to state for the first time since ’88, was named Coach of the Year by his peers.

Dominate the season, dominate the awards.

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team swept to a Northwest 2B/1B League title this winter, finishing 11-0 against conference rivals.

Now, the Wolves have been rewarded for their play, sweeping both MVP and Coach of the Year, in addition to seeing four other players earn honors.

Senior Xavier Murdy, who paced Coupeville in virtually every stat category, was picked by NWL coaches as the best player in the league for the 2021-2022 season.

His own mentor, Brad Sherman, who led CHS to a 16-2 record, a league title, a Bi-District crown, and a trip to state, earned Coach of the Year honors.

Wolf seniors Hawthorne Wolfe and Caleb Meyer were tabbed as First-Team All-League players, with junior Alex Murdy landing Second-Team status.

Sophomore Logan Downes, who came off the bench to become Coupeville’s #3 scorer this season, was an Honorable Mention selection.


Complete All-League awards:



Xavier Murdy — Senior — Coupeville


Coach of the Year:

Brad Sherman — Coupeville





First-Team All-League:

Diego Lago — Junior — Orcas Island
Caleb Meyer — Senior — Coupeville
Dylan Roberson — Senior — Friday Harbor
Hawthorne Wolfe — Senior — Coupeville
Nick Wyatt — Junior — Mount Vernon Christian


Second-Team All-League:

Owen Aamot — Junior — Concrete
Billy DeJong — Junior — Mount Vernon Christian
Alex Murdy — Junior — Coupeville
Julian Pedrosa — Senior — Mount Vernon Christian
Isaiah Price — Junior — La Conner


Honorable Mention:

Logan Downes — Sophomore — Coupeville
Ben Rozema — Junior — Mount Vernon Christian
Miles Sidzyik — Senior — La Conner
Sam Sutton — Sophomore — Orcas Island
Phoenix Tillequots — Senior — Darrington

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After scoring 24 goals, CHS sophomore Derek Leyva was named the Olympic League boys soccer MVP. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Their final season in the Olympic League was a major success.

After three years of garnering third-place finishes, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad surged to second-place in 2018, then made its longest playoff run in a decade.

CHS bounced five-time state champ Bellevue Christian from the postseason, then pushed Vashon Island and Klahowya hard in playoff losses.

With a solid core of young players (its top two scorers are only sophomores), the Wolves are primed for future success as they head to the new North Sound Conference next year.

And one of those sophomores, Derek Leyva, is still making headlines after being selected Olympic League MVP.

It’s the first time a non-Klahowya player was honored as the top boys soccer player in the four years of the conference.

Making his debut in 2018 with CHS, Leyva scorched the nets for 24 goals, a single-season record for the Wolf boys program.

He shattered the previous mark of 20, set by cousin Abraham Leyva in 2016.

Also pulling down big honors from league coaches were senior William Nelson and sophomore Aram Leyva, who were tabbed as First-Team All-Conference players.

It was Nelson’s fourth time to receive the honor.

Those awards, and team honors, letters and certificates, were handed out Thursday night as the booters kicked off Coupeville’s spring sports banquet circuit.

Derek Leyva was also named the team’s Player of the Year, while Uriah Kastner (Most Improved), Nelson (Most Inspirational) and Sam Wynn (Rookie of the Year) received varsity awards.

JV players Dawson Houston (Most Inspirational) and Ben Smith (Most Improved) were honored, as well.

“This was a great season for us with plenty of records and firsts in quite a few years,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson.

Varsity letter-winners:

Chris Cernick
Dewitt Cole
Hunter Downes
Sage Downes
Pedro Gamarra
Uriah Kastner
Teo Keilwitz
Aram Leyva
Derek Leyva
William Nelson (4-year letter winner)
Axel Partida
Josh Robinson
Ethan Spark (4-year letter winner)
James Wood
Sam Wynn

JV certificates:

Zach Ginnings
Dawson Houston
Alex Jimenez
Jonathan Partida
Ben Smith
Simon Socha


Peytin Vondrak

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   Wolf senior spiker Hope Lodell was named Olympic League MVP. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a season of domination, right down to the end.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squad drilled its Olympic League foes this season, winning all nine matches, and, for that matter, all 27 sets.

So it came as no surprise when the Wolves received 50% of the All-Conference selections, including, for the second-straight year, MVP.

This time around the highest honor went to senior Hope Lodell, who moved to libero for her final year, but never lost her reputation for carving up foes as “The Surgeon.”

Sliding over to replace a legend in Valen Trujillo, Lodell adapted her game to fit her new job and excelled on a nightly basis.

Whether scraping digs off the floor or firing wicked aces which burnt the top of the net and caused dad Mike to lose his mind, she went out all guns blazing.

After helping lead CHS to a league title, a tie for the most wins in program history (13) and its first trip to state since 2004, Lodell exits holding numerous marks on the school volleyball record board.

Also getting honors for Coupeville were fellow seniors Katrina McGranahan (last year’s MVP), Mikayla Elfrank and Lauren Rose, who were all named First-Team All-League.

Chimacum junior Renee Woods, Port Townsend senior Alana McCleese and Klahowya sophomore Rachel Bailey rounded out the First-Team roster.

Klahowya sophomore Maile Lueck was tabbed as the defensive player of the year.

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   Hope Lodell was one of four First-Team All-Conference picks for CHS softball. (John Fisken photos)

Lauren Rose has been a First-Team pick three years running.

Epic home runs and laser throws led coaches to praise Mikayla Elfrank.

   A two-way terror, Wolf pitcher Katrina McGranahan shares league MVP honors with Chimacum’s Shanya Nisbet.

   The Wolves wrap up their season with a Friday night shindig. (Rebecca Lodell photo)

Killer Kat’s school year was all that, and more.

Coupeville High School junior pitcher Katrina McGranahan shared 1A Olympic League softball MVP honors with Chimacum senior shortstop Shanya Nisbet when league coaches announced All-Conference picks.

The selection follows on the heels of McGranahan being tabbed league MVP during volleyball season.

With Mia Littlejohn winning co-MVP honors for soccer, CHS had at least a share of three of the four top awards given to female athletes by Olympic League coaches in 2016-2017.

The selection of McGranahan and Nisbet broke a two-year run by Klahowya’s Amber Bumbalough.

The Eagle junior pitcher/shortstop was MVP as a freshman and shared honors with Chimacum’s Ryley Eldridge last season.

McGranahan, who led Coupeville in virtually every offensive category, while also going 18-5 in the pitcher’s circle, was honored by league coaches for a third consecutive season.

Junior third-baseman Lauren Rose was also an All-Conference First-Team pick for the third time, while junior center fielder Hope Lodell was honored for a second time.

Junior shortstop Mikayla Elfrank, a first-time honoree, rounds out Coupeville’s All-League picks.

When CHS coaches handed out their own awards Friday, McGranahan and sophomore catcher Sarah Wright shared team MVP honors.

Also bringing home awards were Veronica Crownover (Offensive MVP), Rose (Defensive MVP), Tamika Nastali (Hustle Award), Kyla Briscoe (Most Improved), Scout Smith (Rookie of the Year) and Elfrank (Coaches Award).

Coupeville finished 19-5 after splitting four games in 26 hours at districts. It was the second-best record in program history.

To acknowledge his player’s accomplishments, Wolf head coach Kevin McGranahan lettered everyone on the roster.

“All of them did everything as a team. Practice, long bus rides and everybody played in varsity games this year,” he said. “It took the whole team to do what we did this year.”

Varsity letter winners:

Kyla Briscoe
Tiffany Briscoe
Robin Cedillo
Veronica Crownover
Mackenzie Davis
Mikayla Elfrank
Nicole Lester
Jae LeVine
Hope Lodell
Emma Mathusek
Katrina McGranahan
Tamika Nastali
Lauren Rose
Scout Smith
Melia Welling
Sarah Wright

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Cole Payne (Sylvia Hurlburt photos)

   Your 2016 1A Olympic League baseball MVP — Coupeville catcher Cole Payne. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

Cole Payne is going out on top.

The Coupeville High School senior, who fought through injury to lead the Wolves to their first baseball league title in 25 years this spring, was tabbed as the MVP of the 1A Olympic League in coach’s voting.

Payne is the second CHS athlete to win top honors in the league, following in the footsteps of two-time girls’ basketball MVP Makana Stone.

A force both at the plate as a hitter and behind it as a catcher, Payne topped a 13-man All-League team released Monday afternoon.

Joining him as First-Team All-League players were senior pitcher CJ Smith, sophomore pitcher Hunter Smith and freshman third baseman Matt Hilborn.

The team features seven seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

Coupeville also received the award for best coaching staff, while Port Townsend took home the sportsmanship award.

The complete All-League team:

Cole Payne (C) Coupeville
George Harris (Inf) Klahowya
Henry Lovekamp (Inf) Chimacum
Matt Hillborn (Inf) Coupeville
Hayden Trull (Inf) Klahowya
Jakob Wittig (C) Klahowya
Berkley Hill (Utility) Port Townsend
Dylan Zuber (OF) Klahowya
Troy Porter (OF) Klahowya
Logan Shaw (OF) Chimacum
CJ Smith (P) Coupeville
Nate Hough (P) Klahowya
Hunter Smith (P) Coupeville

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