Downes tabbed as All-State pick

Varsity player receives highest honor for senior hoops stars


Special to the News-Times

It was quite the heroic hardwood run.

Logan Downes exited as the top male scorer in Coupeville High School’s 107-year basketball history, and #2 all-time to Brianne King.

Along the way to tossing in 1,305 points, he played a vital role in the Wolves winning a pair of Bi-District titles and advancing to state both times.

The latter two events are things which hadn’t happened for the CHS boys in 50+ and 30+ years, respectively, before Downes pulled on a uniform.

A four-year varsity player, he had a major impact on the Wolf program.

And now, after recognition from area coaches in previous seasons, the CHS senior is getting flowers from more far-flung regions.

Downes has been picked as an All-State player by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, the highest honor for senior hoops stars.

The 10-man 2B team is headed up by that classification’s Player of the Year, James Grose of Napavine, who poured in 2000+ points during his prep career.

Along with the honor of being named to the team, Downes also gets an invitation to the WIBCA All-Star weekend.

There are five games set to be played Saturday, March 16 at Bellevue College, with the best of 1B facing off with 2B at 12:30 p.m.

Downes and Grose will be joined by Lincoln Foland (Liberty of Spangle), Chase Marchand (Lake Roosevelt), Seth Lustig (Colfax), Blake McClure (Tri-Cities Prep), Braeden Salme (Adna), Zach Swanson (Toutle Lake), Beckett Turner (Ilwaco), and Brady Wulf (Brewster).

It’s the second time in three seasons Coupeville has sent a player to the All-State game.

Xavier Murdy scored 10 points during his appearance in 2022, helping the 2B team roll to a 115-95 win.