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Coupeville’s Xavier Murdy will play one more high school basketball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’s not done just yet.

Basketball gear has been turned in, and he’s moved on to the baseball diamond, but the hardwood still calls to Xavier Murdy.

The Coupeville High School senior has been tabbed to play in the WIBCA All-State game this Saturday, Mar. 19.

The event, put together by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, goes down at Curtis High School in University Place.

There are three games, with each bout — 4A vs. 3A, 2A vs. 1A, and 2B vs. 1B — featuring a collection of the best senior hoops stars in Washington state.

Murdy is slated to appear in the 2B/1B game.

He’ll by joined on the 11-man 2B roster by players such as Jackson Esary of Kalama, Gary Dotson of Morton-White Pass, and John Lustig of Colfax.

During his senior season, Murdy┬áled Coupeville in scoring and rebounding, helping fuel the program’s best performance in decades.

The Wolves finished 16-2, winning their first league title since 2002, capturing their first district crown since 1970, and advancing to the state tourney for the first time since 1988.

Murdy tallied a game-high 24 points against Kalama in Coupeville’s state opener, then tossed in 10 more against Lake Roosevelt in game two.

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Danny Conlisk graduated from CHS, but he’s still tearing up the track oval. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They threw weather at him, and a packed field, and yet he endured.

Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk stared down cold, windy conditions and a group of 31 other runners Friday, winning his prelim heat in the 200 at the USATF Pacific Northwest Association Junior Olympic Championships.

The two-time state champ, who is running for the Kitsap Fliers this spring and summer, hit the tape in 22.58 seconds at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

That was the best showing in heat #5, and seeds him #3 for the finals in the event.

It also qualified Conlisk for the Junior Olympic Regionals, which go down July 4-7.

His current meet is a three-day affair, with Conlisk scheduled to run in two finals each of the next two days.

He’ll lace up his running shoes for the 400 and 4 x 100 relay Saturday, then head to the line Sunday in the 200 and 4 x 400.

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Henry Wynn (John Fisken photo)

Henry Wynn (783) tears up the turf at an early-season meet. (John Fisken photo)

He had a nice run.

Coupeville High School junior Henry Wynn capped his first season as a cross country runner Saturday, finishing 26th at the Westside Classic in Tacoma.

The event, run at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, was the final step before the state meet.

Only one team and the top seven harriers from other teams punched their ticket, leaving Wynn on the outside looking in.

Charles Wright Academy edged Port Townsend for the team title, while Jared Donnel of Bellevue Christian won the individual crown.

Wynn, who was one of just two Wolves running this season, covered the 5,000 meter course in 20:00.1, finishing ahead of 18 rival runners.

Coupeville doesn’t have an active cross country program, so Wynn and sophomore Danny Conlisk trained and traveled with South Whidbey this year, then split with the Falcons once the postseason started.

Conlisk, who has been battling an Achilles tendon injury, wasn’t able to run Saturday, but both Wolves are expected to return next season.

Pick up enough interest from other runners and there’s even an outside chance CHS could be inspired to restart its program, which has a distinguished history including two individual state champs in Nastasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010).

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