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Noelle Daigneault, extremely entertaining and very deserving of taking home honors. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe reminds you there’s a line to get his photo, and it starts over there.

You can’t dampen their enthusiasm.

Coupeville High School seniors Noelle Daigneault and Hawthorne Wolfe are multi-sport stars who both have vibrant personalities.

So, it’s sort of appropriate that the duo was both honored Tuesday, taking home the Cliff Gillies Award.

That honor, named for the longtime Executive Director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, recognizes student/athletes who excel in scholarship, citizenship, and participation in activities.

Daigneault was a key member of Wolf soccer and tennis teams.

On the pitch, she was a feisty, fast-talking defender who helped anchor the back line.

Pop her on a tennis court, and Daigneault was an ace, partnering with Eryn Wood to advance all the way to bi-districts.

An academic sensation, she also ruled the stage as an actress and was voted Homecoming Queen, accomplishing everything while showcasing one of the sunniest personalities in Wolf Nation.

Wolfe is one of the few CHS stars from any time period who can match Daigneault’s charisma, and he loves the spotlight.

As a senior, he helped lead Coupeville to its best boys basketball season in decades, with the Wolves winning their first league title since 2002.

The hoops squad added its first district title since 1970, then punched a ticket to the state tourney for the first time since ’88.

Wolfe went out doing what he does — raining pain on his foes from long-distance, while bobbing, weaving, and talking non-stop to fellow players, refs, and fans.

The man who lived to watch the nets flip dropped 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter of Coupeville’s finale at state, with the final three-ball giving him 800 career points.

After that, Wolfe moved to the baseball diamond, where he earned Northwest 2B/1B League co-MVP honors for his work on the mound, in the outfield, and at the plate.

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Alex Murdy crashes to the hoop. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Dig in deeper to that wallet.

The further the Coupeville High School boys basketball team goes this postseason, the more expensive it will get for Wolf fans.

An adult ticket to the district title game was $7.00, but one to this Friday’s state tourney opener against Kalama at Battle Ground High School runs $15.00

The next week, Coupeville travels to the Spokane Arena, where it will play the remainder of the big dance.

The Wolves could play between 1-4 games between Mar. 2-5.

Tickets in Spokane are also $15 a day – or you can nab a deal if you purchase a four-day pass ($50) or three-day pass ($38).

Those multi-day passes have to be purchased by Mar. 2 and 3, respectively, and there’s no refunds if your team gets knocked out before Mar. 5.

How you can buy your tickets also varies.

For the Kalama game, you have one option — purchasing tickets online through GoFan — with no paper tickets sold at the door.

Once you’re in Spokane, GoFan is still in use, but the option to buy in person will also be available.


For info, pop over to:


Kalama game @ Battle Ground HS — Friday, Feb. 25:



Spokane Arena Mar. 2-5:


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Izzy Wells and Co. have to win a district title to make it to the state tourney, after the WIAA altered the playoff setup. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf boys face a similar path.

Just win, baby.

After an unexpected, last-second reversal from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Coupeville High School basketball teams, and their closest rivals, have no other choice.

Because claiming a district title is now the only way for teams in Districts 1 or 2 to earn a berth to the big dance.

Previously, both teams which made the championship game of the District 1/2 tourney were slated to advance to the regional round of the 16-team state championships.

That outlook had been in place since before the season started, but changed Sunday, when the WIAA cut District 1/2’s state allocations from two back to one.

District 4 was given the boys berth, while District 7 nabs the girls slot.

The District 1/2 tourney, to be held at Coupeville High School Feb. 15 and 17, retains the same setup as before, just with an increased emphasis on ending things with a win.

The #2 seeds from the Northwest 2B/1B League face Auburn Adventist in loser-out games the first night.

Two days later, the winners from those opening games return to play the NWL #1 teams for a district title and a state berth.

Heading into the final week of regular season play, the Coupeville boys and La Conner girls are each on the cusp of earning those #1 seeds.

On the girls side of things, Coupeville is a Senior Night win away from claiming the #2 NWL seed, while the La Conner boys have a slight edge over Friday Harbor in that race.


Coupeville response:

In a letter sent to WIAA decision makers, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith had the following to say.


This is what myself, my coaches, my staff, and our community feels with the decision that you’ve made regarding the allocation change at this point in the season.

From what I understand in talking about the process you used in discussing the change, it was all about the numbers, so let me speak to you about some numbers that I have.


The number of personal correspondence we received explaining the decision.

Rather, we received a forwarded email from our District Director stating that the allocations had been adjusted and distributed to District 4 (Boys) and District 7.

Nothing detailing why the decision was made, just a sheet of the allocations with scribbled notations on it.

When I go and tell our teams and community about the change and they ask why, what should I tell them?

The decision to make this change was based on what?

And none of you thought this decision important enough, at this late of a date, to give any written or verbal explanation as to the reasons you chose to make this decision?


The number of weeks to the start of our District Tournament in which we have to communicate to our athletes, coaches, and communities that we have lost an allocation.

I could also say zero since District 4 had already completed their first round by the time you made this decision.


The number of weeks that passed in which no coach, athletic director, district director, or WIAA member showed any concern about the allocations.

However, with one week prior to the majority of the District Tournaments beginning a District 6 representative brings this up.

Why? What prompted the concern after the allocations had been out so long?

Is there not a point in the season when it becomes imprudent to make a change; apparently there is not but there should be.


Is the number of our student-athletes that this directly affects.

Adding up the other three schools would increase this number to close to 100 student-athletes plus our coaches.

Our kids believed all season, that because of the allocations posted, they would have an opportunity to get two teams from our tournament to the state bracket, only to have it taken from them with one week before the start of the tournament.

While you may not think this is a substantial amount of student athletes negatively affected by this decision I would ask you to come and give them the news one week out that based on numbers they have now lost their allocation.


The number of coaches or athletic directors that have communicated with us from our District and other Districts that support this decision by the WIAA Executive Board (including those that benefitted from this decision).

They think it is absolutely ludicrous that this decision would come out this late in the season and take this opportunity away from our student athletes.


Flawed system of checks and balances as well as a philosophical approach to this issue.

This should not happen, ever to any other school or District again and if there is not a review of the system for confirmations, if there is not a cutoff date initiated to make these type of changes in a timely manner, and if there is not a switch in philosophy that puts numbers ahead of our student-athletes then you will have failed as a board.

You chose to make this about numbers rather than looking at the entire picture; your decision is narrow in focus and narrow minded.

It does not represent what you, and we, are supposed to be about and that is the well-being of the student-athletes we are put in charge of.

I sincerely hope that out of our loss changes come about to make this never happen again.

I hope that you are the type of people that will look closely at this situation, honestly assess your reasoning, and choose to put our student-athletes well-being above numbers or formulas.

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Coupeville High School boys hoops assistant coach Greg White lays it on the line. “Just win, baby! The rest will take care of itself.” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, we get some respect, just not all the respect.

Despite being the only unbeaten 2B boys team left in the state, Coupeville High School has yet to top any of the state-wide rankings this season.

But the Wolves, now 13-0 after road wins at Mount Vernon Christian and Granite Falls this past week, have bumped back up.

So, it’s a start.

Evans Rankings, which uses “an unbiased ranking system using a formula of my creation,” according to well-respected writer/numbers cruncher Matt Evans, has the CHS boys #6 as of Sunday night.

Coupeville trails Kalama (12-1), Chief Leschi (13-1), Ilwaco (14-1), Okanogan (16-2), and Napavine (13-2), but does rise four slots from last week, when they were tabbed at #10.

Meanwhile, the Wolves also sit at #6 in the RPI rankings posted by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, trailing the same five schools, just in a slightly different order.

The WIAA goes Kalama, Ilwaco, Okanogan, Chief Leschi, and Napavine currently.

While there is a lot of (often well-deserved) carping about the WIAA’s system, that’s the one which directly affects where and who Coupeville would play if it advances to the state tourney.

Meanwhile, new “Top 10 power rankings” from SB Live should be out in the next day or two.

In the last one, posted on Jan. 25, Okanogan was #1 in 2B, and Coupeville was on the outside looking in, considered one of “the next three teams up.”

Finally, there’s last week’s Associated Press poll, where pampered Seattle and Tacoma newspaper people sit around eating caviar and bonbons while ignoring the outer kingdoms.

I kid, I kid.

With the newspaper industry crashing to Earth like the Hindenburg, it’s more like a dented bottle of off-brand bottled water and an out-of-date pack of Ho Ho’s, am I right?

Honestly, it’s not surprising the Wolves get no love (or a single vote) from the AP, as the Coupeville boys haven’t been to the state tourney since 1988.

That means most voters haven’t seen CHS play in years and have no base of reference to draw from.

Out of sight, completely out of mind.

A few years back Makana Stone averaged 20+ points and 20+ rebounds a night while leading the Coupeville girls to a third-straight Olympic League title — a stretch where no conference rival came within single digits of the Wolves.

Local voters handed her another unanimous league MVP, but, when AP voters tabbed All-State teams, they ignored Kana.

Instead, they voted in favor of a girl from Klahowya who wasn’t the first option on a team which finished at the bottom of the league.

Why did they do that?

Because the Klahowya girl was one of the best soccer players in the state, the anchor of a state-title winning team.

AP voters mindlessly voted for a name they recognized, exposed an epic blind spot, then went back to hustling to keep their industry from vanishing from the face of the Earth.

And thus it has ever been so.


Evans Rankings:





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There’s $27,000 in scholarships on the table, and some of it could come to Coupeville.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is accepting applications through April 1 for its annual Smart Choices Scholarship Program.

There are three $5,000 scholarships, and a flurry of $1,000 bonuses available to students in the Class of 2022.

The program is funded by Gesa Credit Union, the Dairy Farmers of Washington, and Les Schwab Tires.

Excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership, and community service are considered by judges.

To be eligible, students must be a senior, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be enrolled as a full-time student in a WIAA member high school such as Coupeville.

If you receive a scholarship, you have to graduate at the end of the 2021-22 school year, and enroll as a full-time student at a college, university, community college, trade or vocational school for the 2022 fall semester.


To apply, pop over to:


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