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Oak Harbor grad James Besaw hopes to play baseball in Wisconsin next spring. (Photo courtesy Teresa Besaw)

New state, same game.

Oak Harbor High School grad James Besaw is off to the Midwest to pursue his baseball dreams, while continuing to work on his college education.

The former Wildcat star will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior, a liberal arts school where he’ll be pursuing a bachelors in chemistry.

Besaw, who is working as a park aid at Deception Pass State Park this summer, leaves near the end of August to head to a school with some famous alumni.

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t need much of an introduction, but Wisconsin-Superior has also graduated Pixar co-founder David DiFrancesco, several NFL players, and old-school Major League Baseball star Morrie Arnovich.

Arnovich played seven seasons in the bigs, making the All-Star team as a Philadelphia Phillie, before winning a World Series with the 1940 Cincinnati Reds.

Wisconsin-Superior, which plays baseball in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, is an NCAA D-III school.

After graduating from OHHS, Besaw played his freshman season at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

He then moved back to the Northwest, where he suited up this spring for Green River College alongside Coupeville grads CJ Smith, Joey Lippo, and Hunter Smith.

The season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the handful of games he played as a Gator don’t count against Besaw’s college eligibility.

Wisconsin-Superior contacted Besaw, and, after a visit to the campus, he decided it was perfect for the next step in his baseball career.

“I don’t look forward to him being so far away, but I am excited for him to play ball again,” mom Teresa Besaw said. “He was off to such a good start before COVID hit.

“It’s just over a bridge from Duluth, Minnesota, so there will be lots to do where he’ll be at,” she added. “I’m glad to see him getting more opportunity to play ball.

“He’s been loving the game since he was four.”

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Rain? What rain? (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Through rain and pandemic, the show must go on.

While Coupeville High School opted not to hold its annual senior parade this year, Oak Harbor soldiered on, and local photo whiz kid John Fisken was on hand to snap pics.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


PS — This time around, all photos can be downloaded for free.


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Jon Atkins, seen during his days as Coupeville High School football coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Onward and upward.

After more than a decade teaching at Oak Harbor High School, and a two-year run coaching football in Coupeville, Jon Atkins has landed an administration job beginning next school year.

He’ll join Mariner High School in Everett as an Assistant Principal.

Atkins coached CHS football through the 2016 and 2017 seasons, becoming the first Wolf coach to beat South Whidbey in The Bucket game in back-to-back seasons.

During that time be bounced between schools, as he also coached girls basketball at OHHS.

An employee of the Oak Harbor School District since 2008, Atkins started as a coach, then went back to school to obtain his teaching certificate.

He’s taught in the Choices program at OHHS since the 2013-2014 school year.

Before accepting the Assistant Principal position at Mariner, Atkins earned an Educational Leadership administration certificate through Western Washington University.

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After two seasons as a football coach at Coupeville High School, Kwamane Bowens is jumping to Oak Harbor. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

Bowens and Bennett Richter work the sideline in a game this past fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kwamane Bowens is taking his talents north.

The former NCAA D-I football star, who has been an assistant gridiron coach at Coupeville High School the past two seasons, made the announcement Thursday on Facebook.

For the 2020 football season I will be coaching the defensive backs at Oak Harbor High School at the varsity level. I am beyond excited!!

I would love to thank the support I have gained from the past two years at Coupeville from parents and staff to the whole community.

To the coaching staff that gave me my first chance I am forever grateful and I thank you for letting me find who I was as a coach and mentor.

The things that we accomplished were amazing and I pray the program continues to grow.

To the kids I ask that you continue to give everything you got no matter what.

Do not let anybody tell you dreams don’t come true because those who say that don’t work for them.

Go win conference!

I am very excited for this new opportunity and can not wait for the new season.

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Grady Rickner tossed in a team-high 10 points Wednesday as the Coupeville JV hoops squad rumbled with Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Different game, different hero.

This year’s Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team is very balanced, with scoring threats at every position.

On opening night, Sage Downes had the hottest hand. Jump forward a night, and it was Grady Rickner’s turn.

The lanky sophomore tossed in a team-high 10 points Wednesday in Oak Harbor, leading a pack of nine Wolves who scored in a 68-40 loss.

Five players, led by Rickner, nailed three-balls, but it wasn’t enough to save Coupeville, which fell to 1-1 headed into its home opener.

That comes Saturday, when the Wolves host Orcas Island in another non-conference game.

Wednesday’s bout was a rock-em, sock-em affair from the start, with Oak Harbor bolting out to an 18-5 lead after one quarter of play.

The second frame was the most high-powered of the evening, with the teams combining for 38 points.

The talented Wildcats held the edge in that one, as well, using a 21-17 spurt to push the lead out before the half.

Rickner swished a pair of treys while piling up his 10 points, with Cody Roberts, Sage Downes, Logan Martin, and Alex Jimenez also hitting from long distance.

Downes finished with six points, while Jimenez (5), Daniel Olson (4), Roberts (4), Alex Murdy (4), Martin (3), Chris Cernick (2), and TJ Rickner (2) also dropped their names into the scoring column.

Rounding out the active Wolf roster were hard-playing hustlers Chris Ruck and Miles Davidson.

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