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Logan Martin dances on the tennis court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Xavier Murdy punches a return.

Andrew Aparicio goes low, sending a screamer flying back.

Longtime CHS coach Ken Stange schools his players.

Martin flicks a winner.

Aparicio stares down the world.

Murdy keeps his eye on the ball.

Racket in one hand, mask in the other.

While adapting to the ongoing pandemic, Coupeville High School tennis players and coaches have been back on the court, taking part in practices.

As the Wolf netters worked on their approach shots and backhands, ever-lurking photo whiz kid John Fisken snagged the pics seen above.


To see everything he shot, pop over to:


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Grady Rickner is here to teach you slick dribbling skills. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of the lessons, but not the work, or the fun.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week six today, and it’s the final set of videos.

Current CHS hoops stars Xavier Murdy and Grady Rickner and the ready-to-graduate-this-Saturday Scout Smith are on hand to guide you through the drills.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

Then keep at it, through the summer and beyond, as you prep for basketball glory to come.


Skill 17:


Skills 18-19:


Skills 20-21:

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Xavier Murdy pounds the ball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grab your basketball and get to work.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for another week, with three drills intended to make your crossover the snappiest in town.

Current CHS hoops supernova Xavier Murdy, fast-rising middle school stars Landon Roberts and Cole White, and legendary former Wolf Lindsey Roberts are all on hand to be your guides.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.


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Cody Roberts helped key a huge comeback Friday, as Coupeville’s JV toppled South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Crunch time is their time.

The Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team is liberally sprinkled with guys who love the spotlight, who live to (metaphorically) gut rivals and leave them to bleed out on the floor.

So Friday night’s rumble against South Whidbey, capped with an electrifying come-from-behind victory, while thrilling, wasn’t especially surprising.

But satisfying? Oh, absolutely.

Charging back from a 14-point halftime deficit, the Wolves used a 27-point explosion in the fourth quarter to KO their hosts 70-63.

Coupeville’s third-straight win, it lifts the JV to 3-0 in North Sound Conference play, 7-3 overall.

The victory is big in the moment. But it’s also a clarion call for the future.

With all but two players on this year’s CHS varsity squad being seniors, the auditions for JV players hoping to move up next year is ongoing.

And, to a man, the younger Wolves are letting people know — they’re coming, and they’re coming for all the wins.

Friday’s tilt actually looked like it might be a South Whidbey romp in the early going, as the Falcons eased out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter of play.

Coupeville got closer during the second frame, but still headed to the locker room trailing 35-21 at the half.

Enter X-Man.

Sophomore sensation Xavier Murdy, having recovered from a preseason injury, is finally back on the floor and splitting time between the varsity and JV.

That limited him to just two quarters of action in Friday’s undercard, but he made every second on the floor count.

After warming up with a quick five points in the third, part of a 22-13 CHS surge, Murdy went off for 14 in the fourth frame, keying a 27-15 run across the game’s final eight minutes.

X-Man drained 9-10 free throws to supplement a variety of field goals, but he wasn’t the only Wolf to sting South Whidbey at crunch time.

Cody Roberts also came up big in the fourth, banking in six points, while Logan Martin and Grady Rickner popped for four and three in the quarter, respectively.

Dominating play in the second half to a 49-28 tune, Coupeville finished the night with 10 of 13 players scoring.

Xavier Murdy led the way with 19, all in the second half, while Martin hit for 12, Grady Rickner notched nine, and Roberts sank eight.

Rounding out the balanced attack were Daniel Olson (7), Sage Downes (7), Alex Murdy (4), Miles Davidson (2), Chris Cernick (2), and Andrew Aparicio (2), while Alex Jimenez, TJ Rickner, and Chris Ruck all saw floor time.

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Xavier Murdy, who is dealing with an elbow fracture, leads off a group of CHS boys basketball pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf varsity coach Brad Sherman

Dominic Coffman

The JV: (back, l to r) Grady Rickner, Cody Roberts, Sage Downes, TJ Rickner, Daniel Olson, Logan Martin. Front: Xavier Murdy, Miles Davidson, Alex Jimenez, Alex Murdy, Andrew Aparicio.

Ulrik Wells

JV hoops guru Chris Smith

Alex Jimenez

The varsity: (back, l to r) Sean Toomey-Stout, Gavin Knoblich, Wells, Koa Davison, Jacobi Pilgrim, Xavier Murdy. Front: Tucker Hall, Hawthorne Wolfe, Jered Brown, Jean Lund-Olsen, Mason Grove.

Closer and closer.

The tip-off of the high school hoops season draws ever nearer, as Coupeville players enter week two of practice.

The Wolf boys had their picture day Monday, and you can see a portion of what John Fisken shot.

Tuesday the camera swings towards the CHS girls, with a jamboree set for Saturday in Sedro-Woolley.

After that comes opening week, with the Wolves set to play three games in five days.

Coupeville travels to Darrington Dec. 3, makes the short jaunt to Oak Harbor the next day, then welcomes Orcas Island to town for the home openers Dec. 7.

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