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Coupeville hoops stars have taken their game on the road. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

They play here. They play there. They play everywhere.

Basketball is booming in Coupeville, and one huge positive is how many young kids are willing to trek off Whidbey for a chance to work on their skills.

A three-day hoops camp in Anacortes, which kicked off Tuesday and runs through Thursday, attracted 13 Wolf hoops stars.

Making the trip:

Colton Ashby
Halle Black
Alec Christie
Brayden Grinstead
Damien Howard
Liam Lawson
Jonah Meek
Dreyke Mendiola
Abel O’Neil
Braxten Ratcliff
Kamden Ratcliff
Brady Sherman
Nicholas Strong

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Coupeville High School volleyball players bond at a team camp in Bellingham. (Photos courtesy Cory Whitmore)

The heat is on.

With current summer temps at least slightly warmer than before, it’s the perfect time for volleyball players to fine tune their skill sets.

The Coupeville High School spikers showed up and showed out in Bellingham this week, with 11 Wolves participating in a camp run by Western Washington University.

The chance to get floor time, and build a team bond while doing so, is huge.

“As always, Western Washington runs a terrific team camp,” said CHS varsity coach Cory Whitmore.

“We have developed a strong relationship with them, and it is really beneficial to visit them year-after-year.”

Six of 11 Wolves were making their debut at the WWU camp.

Seniors Alita Blouin, Maddie Georges, Taygin Jump, Ryanne Knoblich, and Jill Prince were joined by junior Grey Peabody and sophomores Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti, Madison McMillan, and Lyla Stuurmans.

“I was incredibly impressed with the group’s ability to handle the strains of camp,” Whitmore said.

“It was much more about learning to communicate productively and blending the group than any one particular skill,” he added.

“With that in mind, I’m really happy with our consistency – the communication strategies worked, and the energy remained high.”

Another day, another round of spikes.

While Whitmore and Coupeville JV coach Ashley Menges were on hand, the duo allowed WWU players to largely take the reins, while giving Wolf players a chance to fend for themselves a bit.

“Coach Ashley and I did a lot of stepping back to let the group problem-solve and look to each other for strength and stability and I’m really encouraged by our growth in that area,” Whitmore said.

“They can be very proud of a hard-fought week that will provide them with a strong foundation to build upon in the fall.”

While all of the Wolves had a well-earned moment or two in the spotlight, Knoblich was chosen to receive the Camp Coaches Award.

Ryanne has grown so much in a year’s time and really anchors a lot of responsibility on the team now,” Whitmore said. “So, we were so happy to see the coaches recognize the impact she has on this team.

“Definitely looking forward to our fall season.”

On to fall!

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Camden Glover nabs a photo op with mom Stevie before heading off to basketball camp at Gonzaga University. (Photos courtesy CHS parents and coaches)

Travel as a pack, play as a pack.

Coupeville High School boys basketball coaches brought 21 players to Eastern Washington this past week, where the Wolves participated in a team camp at Gonzaga University.

The trip comes on the heels of CHS hoops stars rumbling to a title in the Skagit County Parks and Rec Summer League, where Coupeville finished 7-1.

Ready to rumble in Eastern Washington.

With the Wolf program coming off a season in which the varsity won league and district titles before advancing to the state tourney, the continued growth points to more big things on the horizon.

“(We had an) amazing experience (at Gonzaga),” said Coupeville head coach Brad Sherman.

“Saw us grow a lot as a team and we had a ton of fun together.”

Wolves (left to right) Landon Roberts, William Davidson, and Zane Oldenstadt keep a watchful eye on the action unfolding below.


The Gonzaga camp crew:



Chase Anderson
Ryan Blouin
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
William Davidson
Logan Downes
Carson Field
Camden Glover
Nick Guay
Alex Murdy
Zane Oldenstadt
Aiden O’Neill
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Landon Roberts
Mikey Robinett
Yohannon Sandles
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Malachi Somes
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White



Jon Roberts
Brad Sherman
Hunter Smith
Greg White

The big time.

But first, the thrill of their 10,000th ferry trip.

Chase Anderson triggers a play.

Leaving it all on the floor.


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Lucy Tenore and friends participated in a summer volleyball team camp at Western Washington University. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No off-season.

Coming off a second-place finish in their first season back in the Northwest 2B/1B League, the Coupeville High School volleyball coaches and players continue to put in the work.

Nine Wolves made the trek to Western Washington University recently for the school’s annual summer team camp, and the lessons learned should pay huge dividends down the road.

“We improved our cohesion and ability to play out-of-system, which is always a big obstacle to overcome with any new team,” CHS coach Cory Whitmore said.

“Our communication became more productive and with four seniors from the previous season no longer with us, our new leadership was a huge part of our focus.

“I believe each player that attended camp improved at their particular role.”

Returning varsity vets Lucy Tenore, Jill Prince, Maddie Georges, Alita Blouin, Abby Mulholland, Ryanne Knoblich, and Gwen Gustafson were joined by Olivia Schaffeld and Lyla Stuurmans.

“It’s a relatively smaller group to take to camp and meet the physical and mental challenges of four days of drills and scrimmaging and tournament matches,” Whitmore said. “Very few substitutes and for some, none at all.

“I’m really proud of not only how they held up through the challenges, but how they progressed through them.”

Whitmore praised the effort of all nine players, with a special emphasis on three.

“A couple to mention would be Alita playing virtually non-stop through a back injury that is in rehab,” he said. “Maddie for being the only setter, so scrambling and moving constantly to help her teammates.

“And Lyla, a freshman, having to learn the rotations at an accelerated rate in addition to playing a full six rotations for the team.”

With the pandemic receding, the hope is for a normal fall high school volleyball season to kick off the 2021-2022 school year, with Coupeville chasing two-time defending state champ La Conner.

The battle is eternal, and Whitmore is ready.

“We have a great foundation to take into the fall and we definitely left camp stronger than we entered it,” he said.

“This is a fun group to work with, and I’m looking forward to continue our team development to finish out the summer.”

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Xavier Murdy, seen in a regular-season game, won a three-ball contest at a summer camp. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ready to storm the court. (Photos courtesy Brad Sherman)

This beautifully-refurbished old-school gym was a destination spot for the Wolves. Someone tell Willie Smith to get crackin’ on recreating it in Cow Town.

One big step into the future.

With a pandemic-altered season barely in the rearview mirror, Coupeville High School boys basketball quickly transitioned towards a 2021-2022 season which will arrive in mere months.

Wolf coaches and 20 players made the trip to Moscow, Idaho, where they took part in the Cloud 9 Sports – Gorilla Poet Team Camp from June 28-July 1.

CHS head coach Brad Sherman was able to send both a varsity and JV squad onto the floor, and felt time spent at the camp was invaluable.

“A great experience!,” he said. “We had a great turnout, and we grew as a team and got better against tough competition.”

Teams played eight games in a “simulation tournament,” where end-of-game scenarios were played out.

There were also practices, team meetings, a dunk contest, and a three-point shooting showdown.

Coupeville made a sizable impact there, with incoming senior Xavier Murdy singing the nets as he won the three-ball contest.

The camp also gave the Wolves a chance to integrate younger players, including several of whom haven’t played high school ball yet.


Wolf players who made the trip:

Chase Anderson
Ryan Blouin
Hunter Bronec
Hurlee Bronec
Dominic Coffman
Miles Davidson
William Davidson
Nathan Ginnings
Nick Guay
Alex Murdy
Xavier Murdy
Jack Porter
Johnny Porter
Grady Rickner
Landon Roberts
Mikey Robinett
Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim
Jonathan Valenzuela
Cole White
Hawthorne Wolfe


Xavier Murdy wins the three-ball contest:


Grady Rickner competes in the slam dunk contest:

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