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   Aiden Burdge saw action in two CMS hoops games Thursday, scoring eight in the JV contest. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

X marks the spot of your destruction.

With Xavier Murdy rolling off 14 consecutive points at one stretch Thursday, hitting on a variety of inside and outside shots, the Coupeville Middle School varsity boys basketball squad cruised to its fifth-straight win.

Blowing open a semi-close game in the second half, the Wolves crushed visiting Chimacum 56-26 to improve to 6-2 on the season.

In the opener, the Wolf JV carried a lead into the fourth quarter, then couldn’t buy a bucket and faded to a 34-26 loss.


Chimacum led for the very briefest of moments at 6-5 two minutes into the game, than X-Man dropped the boom.

The game-clinching play came fast and it came with an explosive bang.

Out on the run, Grady Rickner threaded a pair of Cowboy defenders, then dished the rock to Murdy, who slashed to the hoop and slapped home the go-ahead lay up.

Followed a few seconds later by a long three-ball off of the fingertips of Logan Martin, who was actually the leading scorer in the first quarter with seven points, it broke Chimacum’s spirit.

The Cowboys very will to live? That went shortly thereafter, thanks to an astonishing bit of work by the hyped-up Wolves.

With the clock racing madly to 0:00 in the first, Hawthorne Wolfe sailed into a pack of rivals to snatch away a loose ball, then spun the orb over his head.

Some will say he was just launching a prayer and had no clue where the ball would land.

Others would say, give in and believe the hype, Wolfe knew exactly what he was doing, and he was playing three-dimensional chess while Chimacum was still learning how to play checkers.

Either way, Wolfe’s tip landed smack-dab in Martin’s waiting hands, and the CMS 8th grader caught it, went airborne and launched a flawless jumper from the top of the key in one smoother-than-smooth motion.

Splat, ball hits nothing but net, buzzer rings, ref signals basket, crowd goes bonkers and the Cowboy tears hit the ground like the raindrops outside — fast, furious and in the thousands.

Up 18-9 at the first break, Coupeville stretched it out to 27-16 at halftime, with Murdy pounding home back-to-back buckets on power moves in the paint to cap things.

That was just the tip of the iceberg, however.

Having picked up a few halftime shooting tips from former Wolf scoring ace Allen Black, Murdy came out on fire to open the third.

First, he tip-toed down the baseline and threw up a reverse layup, then came a power bucket set up by a steal-and-dish from Wolfe, who was in full whirlwind mode.

Not content to stop there, Murdy swished back-to-back three-balls from the deepest part of the right corner, with one taking a jaw-dropping bounce to the heavens, before somehow catching a very forgiving part of the rim and promptly flopping through the bottom of the net.

Having rattled off 14 straight points by himself at that point, X-Man turned the highlight reel over to Wolfe, who tossed in an uncanny bank shot using his left hand, to cap a Chimacum-shredding 16-0 run.

The Cowboys had no answers, mostly trying to stay out of the way of the rampaging Wolves.

Whether it was Caleb Meyer, rocking a ’70s-style headband to hold back his curly hair while dropping in elegant finger rolls, or Murdy pump-faking a defender into the parking lot on a late bucket, CMS had everything working.

The only thing keeping the score down at the end was Coupeville’s sense of honor, as Wolfe ripped off three straight steals at the end, but circled back around and worked time off the clock instead of throwing down needless breakaway layups.

That left him with 16 points on the afternoon, while Murdy paced the Wolves with 20.

Meyer had eight, Martin netted seven (and a ton of rebounds), Rickner tickled the twines for five and Cody Roberts, Aiden Burdge and Gabe Shaw delivered hustle, defense and intangibles.

CMS wraps its season with a home game against Sequim Jan. 17, then a road trip to Port Angeles Jan. 18 to face Stevens.

After avenging an early-season loss to Forks a week ago, the finale gives the Wolves an opportunity to get payback for their only other defeat.


The first half was great, as Coupeville used a 20-5 run to turn an early six-point deficit into a nine-point lead at the break.

With Burdge, a swing player, draining eight points in the two quarters he was allotted, the Wolves built a 20-11 lead and seemed to be in control.

Things didn’t change much in the third, as Damon Stadler slapped home a rebound for a bucket right before the buzzer, sending CMS into the fourth up 26-19.

Unfortunately, Stadler’s put-back would be the last time the Wolves scored.

While Coupeville couldn’t get the ball to fall, Chimacum positioned their biggest player under the basket (good thing the refs weren’t enforcing the three-in-the-key rule…) and he spent the quarter grabbing rebounds and putting them back up and in.

Toss in a three-ball, and the Cowboys did, as a wild heave somehow rolled around the rim and flopped through, and the visitors were set.

A 15-0 advantage over the final eight minutes gave Chimacum a season split with the young Wolves (1-7), who are still very much a work in progress.

Burdge paced the JV with eight, while Stadler and Shaw knocked down six apiece.

Defensive wild man Dominic Coffman singed the nets for a quick four and Alex Murdy netted a bucket to round out the scoring.

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   Caleb Meyer was one of seven Wolves to score Monday as the CMS 8th graders rocked Blue Heron 73-49. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Consider it a warning shot fired across the bow.

Playing a day before their respective high school teams clash, the Coupeville Middle School varsity boys basketball squad crushed host Blue Heron (Port Townsend) Monday 73-49.

Powered by a 29-point performance from guard Hawthorne Wolfe, the Wolves romped to their fourth straight win and improve to 5-2 on the season.

The CMS JV, a much-greener team that is still very much a work in progress, fell 50-25 in the opener. The younger Wolves sit at 1-6.

Both teams return home for their next two games, with the first one being Thursday against Chimacum. Tip-off is 3:15.

Monday, everything worked, and all its shots (or, at least a great majority of them) dropped for the Wolf varsity as it hit a season-high in scoring.

Coupeville was remarkably consistent all afternoon, dropping in 19, 19, 18 and 17 in the four quarters.

Wolfe was the man with the golden touch, scoring in every quarter.

After opening with a modest four points in the first eight minutes, he went off for 11 in both the second and third quarters.

Hot on his heels were Logan Martin, who combined a pair of three-balls and some buckets in the paint for a season-best 16 points, and Xavier Murdy, who tickled the twines for 13.

Caleb Meyer (7), Grady Rickner (5), Cody Roberts (2) and Aiden Burdge (1) rounded out the team-wide scoring attack.

Coupeville was active behind the three-point arc, raining down seven treys.

Wolfe led with four, while Martin knocked down a pair and Meyer swished one.

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   Xavier “X-Man” Murdy knocked down 11 points Thursday, sparking the CMS 8th grade squad to a season-opening win in Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

He could retire undefeated.

Now, there are still nine games left on the Coupeville Middle School boys basketball schedule, and it’s doubtful Dante Mitchell is going to quit any time soon.

But, after guiding the Wolf 8th graders to a 39-33 win Thursday in Sequim, his record as a coach is flawless.

The same can’t be said for Brian Shank, who was filling in for Bob Martin while the veteran round-ball guru is away on a business trip.

Despite Shank’s best coaching moves, the undermanned CMS 7th graders were stuffed 53-6 by their big school rivals.

8th grade rolls:

Mitchell got scoring from six of the eight players on his roster, with Xavier Murdy leading the way with a game-high 11.

Grady Rickner banged away for eight, Caleb Meyer threw down seven and Logan Martin banked home six.

Hawthorne Wolf added five, while Cody Roberts dropped in a bucket to round out the scoring.

Aiden Burdge and Gabe Shaw also saw action for the Wolves, who return home to host Stevens next Monday.

7th grade survives:

The young guns have a thin roster, and, it appears, ran out of steam, failing to score in the final three quarters

Isaiah Bittner led the way with five points, while Dominic Coffman netted a free-throw for Coupeville’s other point.

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   Mathias Anderson (5) and Nezi Keiper pose for a photo Thursday after making their debut as CMS football players. (Sarah Saunders photo)

   A young, fairly inexperienced Wolf squad almost pulled off a stunning comeback. (Bob Martin photo)

It came dangerously close to being a miracle comeback.

If you went to the parking lot just a hair early Thursday, you missed a wild finish to the season debut of the Coupeville Middle School football squad.

Down by two scores with under a minute to play, the Wolves pulled off half a stunning rally, only to finally have luck (and the clock) run out on them in a 21-14 loss to visiting Chimacum.

Damon Stadler sent a jolt of electricity through the packed bleachers, ripping a ball free and careening 80+ yards down the left sideline for a defensive touchdown with just 43 ticks left on the clock.

That pulled CMS from the brink of a sure loss to the tantalizing possibility of overtime, but it wasn’t to be, as Chimacum fell on Xavier Murdy’s ensuing onside kick.

The late-game heroics capped a game in which a thin, inexperienced Coupeville squad held its own pretty dang well.

Wolf coach Bob Martin has 20 players on his roster, but five of those weren’t wearing pads Thursday, leaving him with a fairly short bench.

Chimacum, which featured a surprisingly beefy line, controlled the pace of the game in the early going, building a 14-0 lead by running, running some more, then running one final time.

The Wolves sputtered a bit on offense in the first half, finally putting everything together on their final possession before halftime.

Caleb Meyer got things going when he brought back a kick-off 35 yards, then Murdy went to work under center.

The CMS 8th grader, replacing the departed Cade Golden at QB, hit Scott Hilborn and Hawthorne Wolfe on short passes to soften the defense, before connecting with Cody Roberts on his first scoring play.

A 36-yard catch-and-run, in which Roberts shed several would-be tacklers as he rambled down the left sideline, put CMS on the board, though the extra point attempt was thwarted by a bad snap.

The two teams burned some serious clock in the third quarter, going through 12 scoreless minutes during which each team had just a single possession.

If you were expecting Chimacum to go away from its clock-burning ways in the fourth quarter, you’d be out a few bucks, as the Cowboys continued to use a steady stream of runs to milk time.

When they finally bashed in their third score of the afternoon on a five-yard plunge up the middle, they had frittered away another eight-plus minutes, finally exiting the field up 21-6 with 3:52 to play.

Not having been on offense since early in the third quarter, Coupeville promptly went three and out and all the Cowboys had to do was run the clock out.

Enter Stadler and cue the miracle that almost was.

After his touchdown was made official — a flag on the field momentarily put a damper on things, but turned out not to be a Wolf spirit-crusher — Murdy nailed the PAT kick, which in middle school football is worth two points.

Coupeville set up for an onside kick, hoping to retrieve the ball and have a shot at a tie or win, but Murdy’s kick didn’t take a vicious enough bounce and a Cowboy fell face-first on it, ending things with a whimper and not a bang.

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Raising their helmets to a new season of success. (Photos courtesy Bob Martin)

Putting in work under blue skies.

The line surges.

Dreaming of fall success.

Helmets in hand, a new batch of football warriors are taking possession of the gridiron.

Or, the practice field, at least.

Led by coach Bob Martin, the newest version of the Coupeville Middle School football squad is hard at work, putting in time and effort during spring practice drills.

The season may still be two-plus months away, but the Wolves are already on the prowl.

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