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Hawthorne Wolfe, during his younger days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Off to the playoffs he goes.

Coupeville grad Hawthorne Wolfe and the Western Washington University club baseball squad capped the regular season this past weekend with a three-game sweep of Portland State University.

Rolling to 16-9, 3-0, and 17-3 victories, the Vikings stretch their win streak to six games and get to 19-9 on the season.

Next up is a trip to Nampa, Idaho May 12-14, where WWU joins Oregon, Utah State, and Boise State in the double-elimination Northern Pacific Regional Tournament.

The winner claims one of eight tickets to the National Club Baseball Association Division 1 World Series, held May 26-June 2 in Illinois.

A decade ago, another Coupeville alumni, Jordan Wilcox, hit .313 across four games for WWU at the 2013 World Series.

Seeded #7 in an eight-team field, that edition of the Vikings surprised folks, finishing fourth at the season-ending tourney.

Wolfe, a freshman at Western, scored four runs, eked out three walks, smacked a pair of hits, and made off with a stolen base this weekend while facing off with Portland State.

On the season, the former CHS star has worked primarily as a pitcher, making 10 appearances — most of any WWU hurler — with four starts.

He has racked up 22 strikeouts while on the bump, putting Wolfe second-best among Viking pitchers.

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Makana Stone lines up a shot. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

Revenge, delivered with cold precision.

Earning some payback for a loss in the regular-season finale, Coupeville’s Makana Stone and her Norwegian pro basketball teammates rolled to a big playoff win Saturday.

Baerum, the #2 seed from the Kvinneligaen, bounced #3 Asker 84-68 in the semifinals of the eight-team, double-elimination postseason tourney.

That sends Stone and Co. to the championship game Sunday, where they will face top-seeded Ulriken.

Baerum sits at 20-6 heading into the finale, while their foes are 24-1, with their only loss coming in the regular season’s next-to-last game.

The team which beat Ulriken that day?

The one which wears light blue uniforms and features the #3 scorer in Coupeville High School hoops history.

Baerum, powered by a game-high 31 points from Abbey Hoff, jumped on Asker quickly, roaring out to a 25-7 advantage by the first break.

From there, Stone and her associates kept the lead at 45-30 at the half, then stretched it out to 65-46 heading into the final frame.

The former Wolf, who leads Baerum in scoring this season, battled through foul trouble Saturday while still putting together a solid stat line in limited minutes.

Stone finished with seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals against Asker.

On the season she has racked up 454 points, 281 rebounds, 63 assists, 63 steals, and 11 blocked shots.

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Makana Stone rumbles. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

Win and move on.

Back on the court for the first time in almost three weeks, Makana Stone and the Baerum women’s professional basketball team survived their playoff opener Friday in Norway.

The #2 seed in the eight-team, single-elimination tourney, Baerum edged #7 Storm Ungdom 54-43 to advance to the semifinals.

That game, against #3 Asker, goes down Saturday, while #1 Ulriken and #4 Ullern vie in the day’s other game.

The winners meet in the championship bout, which will be played Sunday.

The quarterfinals victory lifts Baerum to 19-6 and was sparked, as usual, by its Coupeville ace.

Stone knocked down a game-high 16 points, including drilling a pair of three-balls, while snatching five rebounds and making off with two steals.

Storm Ungdom finished the regular season with a record of just 2-21, but came out primed for an upset, jumping to a razor-thin 12-11 lead after one quarter of play.

Baerum righted the ship after that, using a 15-7 run to pull ahead 26-19 at the half, before pushing the advantage to 41-33 heading into the fourth.

Abbey Hoff and Julie McCarthy each snatched 13 rebounds, with Hoff tickling the twines for 10 points to give Baerum two players in double digits.

Stone, who is wrapping up her first season in Norway, and her second as a pro hoops star after debuting in England, continues to pile up the stats.

On the season, the former Wolf has 447 points, 274 rebounds, 57 assists, 61 steals, and 11 blocked shots.

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The present and the future, as Wolf gunner Logan Downes inspires a young Coupeville hoops star. (Angie Downes photo)

For a brief, shining moment, the unthinkable became possible.

But then it was gone.

Trailing by 18 points entering the fourth quarter Saturday, the Coupeville High School boys’ basketball squad almost pulled off a comeback for the ages.

Ripping off 13 straight points thanks to a ferocious defense, the Wolves made visiting Auburn Adventist Academy flinch, and flinch hard, but the Falcons regrouped and closed out a 64-53 win.

The bi-district playoff victory sends the private school ballers to the 2B state tourney, while Coupeville falls a win shy of making a return trip to the big dance.

The Wolves, who snapped a 34-year state tourney dry spell last season, finish 14-9 and can return eight of the 12 players on this year’s final varsity roster.

Not making state stings, especially since CHS had two cracks at punching their ticket, but also lost to La Conner on a disputed game-ending call two nights ago.

But not returning to Spokane isn’t unusual, as half of last year’s 16-team field, including defending state champ Liberty (Spangle) didn’t earn an invite this season.

Kalama (3rd last season), Colfax (4th), Toutle Lake, Ilwaco, River View, and Mabton also missed out, with Kalama crashing to 2-18 after losing a large group of seniors.

Coupeville also took a hit in graduation, losing six players from the squad which went 16-2 last season, but the Wolves never bottomed out.

After opening with a series of games against 2A and 1A foes, Brad Sherman’s squad won the two-day Cascade Hoops Classic in Leavenworth, bouncing always-tough Kittitas and Manson.

The Wolves hit a smooth groove in the middle of the season, winning 11 of 13 games at one point, including one in which Jonathan Valenzuela banked in a game-winning buzzer-beater three-ball to knife La Conner on its home court.

Saturday’s winner-to-state, loser-out game pitted the two #1 seeds in the District 1/2 tourney, after La Conner shocked the hoops world by upending both Auburn and Coupeville to get back to state for the first time since 2019.

The Wolves and Falcons played a non-conference game Feb. 2 in Auburn, with Coupeville winning 58-52 as Logan Downes scored 32 of his game-high 40 points in the second half.

Like in that first contest, CHS fell behind by 13 points in the first half, though this time the deficit was achieved in a much-quicker, more-shocking manner.

As in the Wolves fell behind 13-0 while having considerable trouble cracking Auburn’s slap-happy full-court press.

Coupeville didn’t put a point on the board until freshman Chase Anderson drained a pair of free throws at the 3:26 mark of the first quarter, enduring being hit in the head as he crashed to the hoop.

Chase Anderson, only a freshman, provided a huge burst of energy and defensive scrappiness for Coupeville this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves first field goal finally found the bottom of the net with less than two minutes to go in the opening frame, with Nick Guay popping a shot off a feed from Anderson.

The fab frosh came right back around with a bucket off of an offensive rebound, followed by baskets from Downes and Valenzuela, and the comeback was seemingly launched.

If someone walked into the gym right as the second quarter started, with Auburn clinging to an 18-12 lead, they would have had little idea of the carnage which came before.

That second frame was a slugfest, often quite literally, as both teams picked up a string of fouls, and things got chippy.

Coupeville got within four, Auburn surged back to a 10-point lead, then the Wolves hit four straight free throws — with two courtesy a technical foul called on the visiting coach — to cut things down to 29-23.

Unfortunately for home fans, the Falcons plunged a dagger in, as an Auburn guard slipped through a crowd of players and splashed home a three-ball which hit the floor right as the halftime buzzer shrieked to life.

That bitter taste on the back of the tongue carried over into the third quarter for the Wolves, as they struggled to put points on the board.

The best moment of the night came on a wild play in which Downes shot cross-court to outrun a rival for a ball after it was poked loose.

Somehow snagging the madly bouncing orb a step away from going out of bounds, the Wolf junior zipped a pass to Cole White in the far right corner while balanced, barely, on one foot.

Flicking the ball skyward, Coupeville’s wiry junior point guard splashed home his shot, the trey giving him exactly 200 career points with a season left to play.

Other than that, though, and William Davidson and White drawing offensive charging fouls on Falcon ballhandlers, the third quarter was a largely barren wasteland for the Wolves.

Outscored 16-7 in the frame, with Auburn knocking down a trio of three-balls, Coupeville headed to the fourth trailing 48-30 and in dire straits.

Cue up the gut-check defensive stand, as Sherman’s pack came out howling for blood.

Forcing numerous turnovers in the backcourt and converting most of them into wham-bam buckets, the Wolves ripped off 13 unanswered points to open the quarter.

Downes and senior Alex Murdy, who has spilled considerable blood, sweat, and tears as Coupeville’s primary defensive stopper, both rattled home six points during the surge.

The packed CHS gym was rockin’, with the road fans making a fair amount of noise in response to the hyped-up Wolf faithful, and LL Cool J seemed about ready to pop up at midcourt, mic in hand.

“Don’t call it a comeback, just call it a win.”

Except, this time around, Auburn didn’t wilt under the pressure.

Unlike in the first meeting, when the Falcons cracked down the stretch, this time they remained tough and resilient.

Auburn’s seventh, and final, three-ball of the night pushed the lead back to eight, and Coupeville was unable to put together back-to-back buckets at any point in the game’s final four minutes.

For a game in which seemingly every player finished with three or four fouls, there actually wasn’t an extraordinary number of free throws shot, though the Falcons did hit the ones they needed at the end.

Coupeville sank more charity shots — 15 of 25 to Auburn’s 13 of 18 — but left a chunk of points on the edge of the rim.

The playoff loss marked the final appearance for Wolf seniors Dominic Coffman, Jermiah Copeland, Valenzuela, and Murdy.

Alex Murdy (left) and Dominic Coffman played key roles in the rebirth of Wolf boys’ basketball. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

Downes paced the Wolves with a game-high 24 points, with Murdy netting all nine of his points in the fourth quarter.

Anderson (8), Guay (4), White (3), Coffman (2), Valenzuela (2), and Davidson (1) also scored, with Ryan Blouin working hard as a press-breaker.

Murdy, a terror on offense and defense during his Wolf career, finishes with 448 points.

Alex and older sibling Xavier, who scored 482 before graduating last spring, are one of just eight pairs of brothers to both top 400 points during the 106-year run of CHS boys’ basketball.

His running mate, Downes, caps one of the most remarkable seasons put together by a Coupeville hoops star.

The youngest of Angie and Ralph’s three sons scorched the nets for 554 points in 23 games — a hair over 24 points a night — while compiling the second-best single-season total by a Wolf player, boy or girl.

Logan’s junior season trails only Jeff Stone, who scored 644 as a senior in 1969-1970.

The previous #2 scorer was Jeff Rhubottom, who knocked down 459 points in 1977-1978.

Career-wise, Downes sits with 778 points, putting him #15 all-time on the CHS boys’ chart.

He passed Hunter Hammer (755), Barry Brown (769), and Jack Elzinga (770) Saturday, and will enter his senior season needing 360 points to catch Stone and Mike Bagby, who are tied at #1 with 1,137 points apiece.

While that duo tops the boys’ chart, Brianne King, who rained down 1,549 points between 1999-2003, is the undisputed school scoring champ.


Final season scoring stats:

Logan Downes – 554
Alex Murdy – 242
Cole White – 161
Nick Guay – 130
Jonathan Valenzuela – 85
Dominic Coffman – 60
Chase Anderson – 55
Ryan Blouin – 48
Zane Oldenstadt – 12
Jermiah Copeland – 10
William Davidson – 7
Mikey Robinett – 4
Hunter Bronec – 2
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim – 2

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Wolf freshman Miley Gerber gets the gym rockin’. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cheerleaders lead the charge.

Full of school spirit, Wolf sideline warriors have been at the forefront of generating the wall of positive noise exploding out of Coupeville’s gyms at this week’s playoff games.

As the CHS boys prepare to play their biggest game of the season Saturday — 7:00 PM tip vs. Auburn Adventist Academy, winner to state, loser out — a photographic look at the cheer squad in action, courtesy John Fisken.

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