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Sean Toomey-Stout (and his colorful shoes) fly the friendly skies. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Toomey-Stout’s fan section, ready to rock the gym.

Jacobi Pilgrim runs the sideline on a play where he went coast-to-coast, turning a rebound into a breakaway bucket.

“Get in the freakin’ paint now and whack a dude upside the head!!” When she’s done playing, Lindsey Roberts (in red) is ready to coach.

Gavin Knoblich (22) and Jered Brown get their pre-game flex on.

Bob Martin and Hannah Davidson enjoying indoor heat, which won’t be around when track season starts.

The student section gets loud during a Wolf comeback.

Brown, too quick for Granite Falls to contain.

One more time in the gym.

With an unexpected tie-breaker game popping up on the schedule, high school basketball fans got to spend one more evening on the hardest bleachers in the world.

Along for the ride, though not sitting on the butt-bustin’ bleachers, was ever-busy paparazzi John Fisken, who delivers the pics seen above.

To see everything he snapped, and perhaps purchase some glossies for posterity, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Basketball-2018-2019-boys-and-girls/BBB-2019-02-02-playoff-vs-Granite-Falls/

And, when you go wanderin’ among the pix, keep in mind that any purchases help fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

So, there’s that.

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Sean Toomey-Stout, seen in an earlier game, scored a game-high 14 Saturday, but Coupeville fell short of qualifying for the playoffs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They went down, but not without a fight.

The season ended abruptly Saturday for the Coupeville High School boys basketball team, but a squad which can return 11 of 12 varsity players, including its top nine scorers, seems to be on the cusp of something big.

The Wolves wanted to make the playoffs, but it wasn’t to be, after back-to-back losses to Granite Falls, coming in two different towns over a 20-hour period, eliminated CHS a win shy of the postseason.

After falling on the road Friday in the regular season finale, Coupeville returned home Saturday, only to come up short again versus the Tigers, losing 52-38.

The loss, coming in a tiebreaker game to decide the fifth, and final, playoff berth from the North Sound Conference, leaves the Wolves final record at 2-16.

Which is a bit deceptive.

After graduating every starter, Coupeville had six players make their varsity debut this year, with freshman Hawthorne Wolfe emerging as the team’s leading scorer.

While the Wolves racked up a string of losses, they were competitive virtually every time on the floor, and were a team which often played hardest when trailing.

CHS coach Brad Sherman preached not giving in, not giving up, continuing to fight regardless of the odds, and his players listened.

And that showed Saturday, as a rough opening could have sucked the life out of the Wolves. Instead, they delivered maybe their most-stirring comeback of the season.

Perhaps Coupeville’s players were a bit road-weary after getting home in the early hours of Saturday morning, then returning to the gym to coach youth basketball teams, all before pulling on their own uniforms again for a 5 PM start.

Or, maybe there was a breeze in the CHS gym, blowing the ball off its intended path.

Whatever the answer, Coupeville couldn’t buy a bucket for much of the first half Saturday, falling behind 9-0. Eventually, the deficit billowed all the way out to 23-4 with under a minute to go until halftime.

A Jered Brown jumper in the first quarter and a Sean Toomey-Stout rumble to the hoop for a second-quarter bucket were all the Wolves could get to drop, and things looked bleak.

CHS finally found a spark, though, right at the end of the second quarter, with Mason Grove burying a three-ball from the right side, followed by Toomey-Stout snatching a deflected rebound and scooting up the floor for a quick pull-up shot right before the buzzer.

The 5-0 mini-surge, and whatever Vince Lombardi-style speech Sherman delivered in the locker room, seemed to do the trick, as the Wolves looked like a vastly different team in the second half.

Coupeville busted out a 15-5 tear across the eight-minute third quarter, cutting the lead all the way back to 28-24, and Granite seemed genuinely shaken.

Multiple Tiger players spent more time complaining to the refs than playing defense and the Wolves took advantage, reeling off one bucket after another.

CHS big man Ulrik Wells opened the run with a soft lil’ jumper under pressure, Toomey-Stout closed the surge by drilling the bottom out of the net with another pull-up, and, in between, Wolfe and Jered Brown both nailed crowd-pleading three-balls from great distance.

And the Wolves didn’t stop there, as Toomey-Stout, who spent the game out-leaping, out-sprinting and out-muscling everyone in sight, took the ball coast to coast for a layup to open the fourth quarter.

A student section which had grown in size as the game developed was on its feet, the collar on the Granite coach’s shirt was getting way too tight, and all the momentum had shifted.

But then things went South.

Kellen Webb, who had been little more than a role player in the first two games the teams played, suddenly decided to become Kobe Bryant reincarnated.

Going off for all 12 of his team-high points in the fourth, the Granite sophomore scorched Coupeville for a three-ball to push the lead back to five, then capped an ensuing 11-0 Tiger run with a second trey.

After fighting so hard to get back from 19 down, Coupeville found a two-point deficit shoved back out to 13 in the seeming blink of an eye, and it was staggering.

But not a total killer.

The Wolves, refusing to believe their season was ending, actually mounted a second rally, cutting the lead back to 42-36 when Toomey-Stout rippled the net on a three-ball from the top of the arc.

That capped a 10-3 run in which post player Jacobi Pilgrim dropped a pair of free throws, then yanked down a rebound and shot up the right side for his own coast-to-coast bucket, eliciting squeals from his coaches.

Toomey-Stout, who has a heart the size of a large galaxy, and played like it Saturday, opened the second rally with a three-point play the hard way.

Not content to just pull down an offensive rebound, he did so with great style, fighting off three Tigers, then spinning like a ballet god in the paint, before flipping the ball up and off the glass while being slapped hard around the face.

If there was justice, the Wolves would have been rewarded for making not one, but two, epic rallies while facing gut-churning suspense.

But, sometimes, basketball can be a cruel sport.

Coupeville’s shot-making artistry vanished in the game’s final two minutes, and, while the Wolves had solid looks at the basket, the rim was a fickle, unforgiving mistress.

Shot after shot rolled out, popped back up or flat-out refused to go down.

Granite, mainly operating at the free-throw line in the waning moments, closed its win and celebrated a chance to go get stomped by league champ King’s in their district playoff opener.

While he wanted a win, while he needed a win, Sherman, the former CHS star who has reshaped the hoops program in his two years on the job, walked away with his eyes set firmly on the positives.

“We are really, really proud of these guys, of how they showed heart tonight and all season, how they always fought back,” he said.

“We will miss (lone senior) Dane (Lucero) and his leadership and everything he gave us,” Sherman added. “But the other guys left here with their heads high, ready to put in work in the off-season and come back stronger next year. We have a lot to look forward to.”

Toomey-Stout, one of eight juniors on the 12-man CHS roster, closed his first varsity season with a game-high 14 points, while Brown knocked down seven.

Wells (5), Pilgrim (4), Wolfe (3), Grove (3), and Gavin Knoblich (2) rounded out the offensive attack.

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Sean Toomey-Stout tossed in 12 points Saturday as Coupeville clashed with The Bush School. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are a team in transition. Full of promise but searching for the perfect fit.

Somewhat young, largely inexperienced, learning on the fly, the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team has moments when everything clicks, and moments when … they don’t.

Saturday night was a classic example, as the Wolves, even playing without their lone senior, came out focused and clicking on all cylinders, set their foes back on their heels, but couldn’t quite complete the full knock-out.

Unable to stop the suddenly nuclear Kai Osaka, who poured in 19 of his game-high 26 points after the halftime break, Coupeville saw a winnable game slip away, falling 49-30 to The Bush School.

The home non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 0-2.

In the moment, it stings a bit, as Coupeville led from the opening tip until midway through the second quarter, and was still down just four at the half.

But the effort shown, the hustle and desire, and the willingness to learn and improve, provides some salve for Wolf coach Brad Sherman.

“We played a lot tougher (than in our first game) and rebounded the ball a lot better,” he said. “That was very nice to see.

“We came out really strongly in the first quarter and really controlled the beginning of the game,” Sherman said. “The challenge for us is to stay patient in our offense and sustain that patience.”

Coupeville opened the game minus senior captain Dane Lucero, who was earning scholarship money on a visit to Washington State University.

The plus side was the return of big man Gavin Knoblich, who rolled his ankle before the first game, and point guard Jered Brown, who sat out much of the second half against Oak Harbor after being drilled in the chest.

With Brown directing traffic, the Wolves came out firing.

Mason Grove netted a picture-perfect three-ball from the right side to open the game, then Sean Toomey-Stout went to work on both ends of the floor.

“The Torpedo” slapped home a layup, then juked his way through the paint for another bucket, wrapped around a defensive gem in which he climbed to the ceiling to reject a Bush shot into the parking lot.

The visiting Blazers, while solid on the boards, didn’t boast any players remotely capable of standing eye-to-eye with their coach, 6-foot-9 former U-Dub great and NBA vet Steve Hawes.

That left lanky Wolf junior Ulrik Wells plenty of opportunities to use his 6’4 frame to his advantage, and he responded smartly.

A lil’ bank shot off the glass and two note-perfect free throws, set up by a rebound hauled down in traffic, gave Wells four points in the first quarter and sent Coupeville to the first break up 11-8.

Wells wasn’t done, throwing down an explosive block to open the second quarter, spiking the ball like a volleyball kill artist, setting off the Wolf student section into howls of approval.

Unfortunately for Coupeville, it was right after that when things started to slip away a bit.

The Wolves, who had been netting most of their shots, hit a period where the net was unforgiving, eking out just four points in the second quarter.

A put-back by freshman Hawthorne Wolfe and two charity shots from Knoblich kept CHS close, but a Bush basket off a give-and-go right before the buzzer hurt a bit.

Not as much as the start of the third quarter stung, however.

Osaka hit three-balls on three consecutive trips down the floor to open the second half, and before you could say “ouch,” a four-point game soon slid into dangerous 15-point territory.

To its credit, Coupeville didn’t break, scoring the final five points of the third and four of the first six in the fourth, twice pulling back within eight.

Toomey-Stout, in his second game back since missing his sophomore season with a football injury, was a rampaging wild man, forcing the action by slashing into the paint and using his unique left-handed shooting style to bedevil Bush.

Which is why it hurt so badly when the refs, apparently not interested in letting the game turn back into a thriller, whistled “The Torpedo” for his fifth, and final foul, sending him to the bench to be a vocal fan, and not a sweet-shootin’ savior.

Bush used a 13-2 surge to close the game, as the scoreboard turned deceptive at the end, allowing anyone wandering by for the first time to have the wrong impression about how close the game seemed for much of its duration.

Coupeville spread its offense among six players, with Toomey-Stout’s team-high 12 backed up by six from Wolfe and five from Wells.

Grove’s three came courtesy his long trey, while Knoblich and Davison rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.

Brown, who stayed in the gym working on his shot long after the crowd had vanished, ran the offense with style, Jacobi Pilgrim fought the good war down in the trenches and Jean Lund-Olsen showed off his wheels while shadowing Bush guards.

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Shane Losey played four seasons for Coupeville High School football. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

All-Conference lineman Ryan Labrador clears running room for Andrew Martin.

The season ended not with a tackle or a screen pass, but with deviled eggs and All-Conference certificates.

Coupeville High School football brought an end to the gridiron season Thursday with an awards banquet, as the Wolves put a final stamp on the 2018 campaign.

First-year head coach Marcus Carr handed letters to 19 players, while also hailing those who played four years of football, and those who were previously honored by the North Sound Conference.

 

All-Conference 1st Team:

Dane Lucero (Defensive Line)
Sean Toomey-Stout (Running Back, Defensive Back, Special Teams)
Alex Turner (Linebacker)

 

All-Conference 2nd Team:

Gavin Knoblich (Tight End)
Ryan Labrador (Offensive Line)
Shane Losey (Linebacker)
Matt Stevens (Defensive Line)

 

Four-Year Awards:

Chris Battaglia
Matt Hilborn
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Jake Pease
Alex Turner

 

Varsity letter winners:

Isaiah Bittner
Brian Casey
Cam Dahl
Miles Davidson
Matt Hilborn
Dawson Houston
Gavin Knoblich
Ryan Labrador
Derek Leyva
Shane Losey
Dane Lucero
Andrew Martin
Gabe Shaw
Ben Smith
Matt Stevens
Gavin St Onge
Gavin Straub
Sean Toomey-Stout
Alex Turner

 

Certificate of Participation:

Chris Battaglia
Jake Pease
Keahi Sorrows

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Sean Toomey-Stout was named a 1st team All-League pick at three positions by North Sound Conference coaches. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They know his name, and they respect his game.

Coupeville High School junior Sean Toomey-Stout was named a 1st Team All-Conference pick at three different positions when North Sound Conference coaches voted for their league’s best players.

“The Torpedo,” who led the Wolves in almost every statistical category, was tabbed at running back, defensive back and for his special teams play.

Toomey-Stout rumbled for more than 1,000 yards on the ground and scored 10 touchdowns for a Coupeville team which had no other player score more than two.

He was joined by seniors Dane Lucero (defensive line) and Alex Turner (linebacker) on the 1st team, while four CHS players were named as 2nd team picks.

Seniors Ryan Labrador (offensive line), Matt Stevens (defensive line) and Shane Losey (linebacker) and junior Gavin Knoblich (tight end) rounded out the Wolf award winners.

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