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Fab four fly high!!

   Lindsey Roberts, seen here at state last spring, has the third-fastest time among all 1A hurdlers this year. (Sherry Roberts photo)

It’s early. Like, really, really early.

But with one official meet under their belt in 2017, four Coupeville High School track stars have already staked their place among the best in the state.

Seniors Jacob Martin and Mitchell Carroll, junior Jacob Smith and sophomore Lindsey Roberts are all currently sitting in the top 10 among all 1A athletes in at least one event.

As the Wolves prepare to head to Port Angeles Thursday for a six-team meet, a quick look at the CHS front-runners:

Girls:

100 hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (3rd) 16.55

Boys:

200 — Jacob Smith (3rd) 23.70

Long Jump — Jacob Martin (2nd) 20-07; Mitchell Carroll (8th) 19-04

Triple Jump — Carroll (4th) 39-11

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Ben Etzell gets nasty. (Libby Auger photo)

The Coupeville connection is alive and well.

Former Wolves can be found playing on college softball and baseball diamonds in several states this spring.

Ben Etzell and Monica Vidoni are pulling on their uniforms in Minnesota, while Aaron Trumbull and Hailey Hammer are still swinging away here in Washington state.

An alphabetically-assembled update through Wednesday:

Ben Etzell — Now a junior at Saint John’s University, the former Cascade Conference baseball MVP has made a team-high six appearances on the pitching mound.

He has a 1.86 era across 9.2 innings, with 13 strikeouts and a save for a Johnnies squad which sits at 9-5.

Hailey Hammer — The sophomore slugger mashed a grand slam for Everett Community College, and overall is hitting .308 with seven RBI in 10 games.

The Trojans are 4-9 and she has eight hits, seven walks and six runs.

Aaron Trumbull — Playing as a freshman for Olympic Community College, he’s appeared in three games for a 2-6 team. Overall, he’s hitting .250 with a run and a walk to his credit.

Monica Vidoni — A sophomore at Rainy River Community College, she’s hitting .267 through 10 games for a 6-5 Voyageurs squad.

She has four hits (including a double), three runs, two RBI, two walks and a stolen base.

   Melia Welling and her Wolf softball teammates will run a free skills clinic for children in K-8 Saturday, April 1. (John Fisken photo)

Want to some day chase down fly balls like Hope Lodell or slug home runs like Katrina McGranahan?

Now’s your chance.

The Coupeville High School softball squad is offering a free skills clinic Saturday, April 1 for kids in grades K-8.

The event will kickoff with registration at 9:15 at the CHS softball field, and the clinic runs from 10-12.

If there’s rain, things will move inside the high school gym.

Wolf players and coaches will work with young players on throwing, hitting, defense, pitching and catching, with everything tailored to the child’s age and skill level.

Children should come ready with a bat, glove, footwear (inside and outside), softball clothing, jacket and water.

For more info contact CHS coaches Kevin McGranahan at kmcgranahan@coupeville.k12.wa.us or Justine McGranahan at (360) 720-8436.

   Uriel Liquidano scored his first goal of the season Tuesday, knocking in a header at Forks. (John Fisken photo)

The longest road trip of the season took a bad detour in the final moments.

Having traveled 114 miles one-way Tuesday to visit Forks, the land of twinkly vampires and Ron Bagby memorials, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad squandered a two-goal lead and fell 3-2 in a non-conference game.

The loss dropped the Wolves to 1-2-1 on the season.

CHS struck early, getting scores from Ethan Spark and Uriel Liquidano as it built a semi-cushy lead.

Spark knocked a ball into the top left corner of the net from 30 yards out for his team-leading fourth goal of the season, then the always-dependable Liquidano struck for his first score of 2017.

Using his head to redirect a William Nelson corner kick past the Forks goalie, the senior put the Wolves up 2-0.

The host Spartans chipped away, however, scoring on a corner kick right before the break, then using a goal off of a breakaway to knot things up in the second half.

With the game in its final minutes, Forks struck one last time, converting off of a corner kick right before the clock froze at the two-minute mark, sending the final countdown into the hands of the ref.

The Wolves return to their home pitch Friday for another non-conference game, when they welcome North Mason to town for a 3:30 game.

It will be the third time in five games this season Coupeville has played above its classification against a 2A school.

Battle hardened!!

   Ja’Kenya Hoskins, seen here in an earlier game, dropped in a team-high four points Monday for the CMS 7th graders. (John Fisken photo)

Lessons learned.

Playing their final road game of the season Monday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads ran into a buzz-saw deep in the wilds of Sequim.

Facing off with a much-larger school which feeds a 2A high school, the Wolf 7th graders were nipped 26-16 in a vicious defensive battle, while the CMS 8th graders fell 55-11.

The losses left the squads at 4-4 and 1-7 on the season, respectively.

Coupeville will have a prime shot to close the season strongly, with home games Thursday, Mar. 23 (Forks) and Monday, Mar. 27 (Port Townsend).

Both Wolf teams beat Port Townsend the first time around, while the CMS 7th graders also knocked off Forks in their first meeting.

Against Sequim, the 8th graders got six points from Izzy Wells, a 7th grader who has played up a team all year.

In the first game of the day, the younger Wolves stayed close all game and held Sequim to just a single free-throw in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t generate enough offense to fully rally for the win.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins paced the Wolves with four points, while Kiara Contreras and Kylie Van Velkinburgh both went for three.

Samantha Streitler, Anya Leavell and Audriana Shaw rounded out the scoring with a bucket apiece, while Adair De Jesus, Alana Mihill and Katelin McCormick all saw floor time.