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   Coupeville High School baseball coach Chris Smith checks to see if any raindrops are falling. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

And we’re off.

The first days of spring sports played out this past week, at least when the rain drops weren’t putting a damper on things.

Three of the four spring Coupeville High School varsity teams to keep track of a win-loss record are sitting with winning records as you read this, which is always a nice start.

Very few Olympic League contests have been played so far, with one of the big rain-outs preempting Coupeville and Chimacum from meeting on the baseball diamond.

But, the few that have made it into the books have gone exactly the way expected, with Coupeville and Klahowya coming out on top.

The two schools have fought for the varsity wins crown the past four years, with the Eagles coming out on top in years #1 and #2 and the Wolves claiming top dog status in year #3.

This year, in the final go-round for the four-team league (Coupeville is hopping conferences in the fall), CHS is out in front once again.

The Wolves exited winter with a 31-28 lead, based on girls soccer, football, volleyball, boys tennis and girls and boys basketball.

With a pair of early wins over Port Townsend in baseball and soccer, Klahowya has narrowed the gap to 32-30, ensuring what should be a fairly thrilling stretch run.

The week ahead, while chock full of games, won’t have much of an impact on the wins race.

Most of Coupeville’s games between Mar. 19-24 are non-conference tilts, though the two which are Olympic League clashes are both head-to-head with Klahowya.

The two teams are scheduled to meet on the tennis court Mar. 22 and the soccer pitch Mar. 24, with both contests on Whidbey.

Standings through Mar. 18:

Olympic League baseball:

School League Overall
Klahowya 1-0 2-2
Chimacum 0-0 0-4
Port Townsend 0-1 0-2

Olympic League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Klahowya 1-0 1-0-1
Chimacum 0-1 0-2
Port Townsend 0-1 0-2

Olympic League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Chimacum 0-0 0-1
Klahowya 0-0 0-2

Olympic League softball:

School League Overall
Klahowya 0-0 2-1

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   Tia Wurzrainer is teaming with fellow Wolf sophomore Avalon Renninger to form a potent doubles duo. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tennis is a tricky game.

They record the team score, yet individual development is the primary objective.

Coupeville High School girls tennis coach Ken Stange has been hanging around the courts for most of his life, and has developed a nice Zen attitude about the whole thing.

So, while his Wolf squad fell to 0-3 on the season after taking a 4-1 non-conference loss at South Whidbey Friday, he can be at peace, seeing each of his netters develop their own story arc at their own pace.

Coupeville will have a tough time putting together a string of team wins, with seven matches against 2A schools, several others against tough 1A rivals like South Whidbey, and a Wolf lineup still very much in flux.

Friday’s match, while it ended in a team loss, had its positives, though, especially in doubles.

Stange’s top duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, bounced back after a narrow loss to a Sequim tandem, pulling out an epic three-set win in Langley.

Sage and Payton really figured it out today,” Stange said. “South Whidbey had a tough duo.

“It took a while for them to find the groove, but once they did, it was lights out for SW.”

Coupeville’s #2 duo, sophomores Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, have only played three matches together, but their coach already sees a bright future for his young netters.

Avalon and Tia continue to grow,” Stange said. “They may have lost, but I see them evolving into one entity.

“They remind me of my 1’s, in a way.”

The final varsity doubles match presented Coupeville’s coach with a bit of a quandry.

While he was fully in support of his own players — seniors Kameryn St Onge and Maggie Crimmins — one of the Falcon rivals happened to be Oliana Stange.

The SWHS sophomore was making her varsity debut, and she and her partner pulled out a win as Ken Stange carefully juggled two roles, that of an aggressive coach and a justifiably-beaming father.

“Between sets, I told Kam and Maggie to hit it to the less-experienced player. That was O,” chess-master Ken Stange admitted with a small smile. “I told my girls that she’d either wilt or rise up.

O stepped up. I was quite proud.”

After another clash with a 2A school, this time Kingston, next Tuesday, Mar. 20, Coupeville begins its run at a fourth-straight Olympic League crown when it hosts Klahowya Thursday, Mar. 22

Complete Friday results:


1st Singles — Claire Mietus lost to Farriss Jokinen 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Genna Wright lost to Ashley Ricketts 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Mary Zisette/Ainsley Nelson 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer lost to Robynn Maciel/Alison Papritz 6-4, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Kameryn St Onge/Maggie Crimmins lost to Ally Lynch/Oliana Stange 6-2, 6-2


4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Annika/Chloe 6-1

5th Doubles — Heather Nastali/Nanci Melendrez beat Capri/Amara 6-1

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   After two straight home matches to open the season, Megan Behan and her Coupeville tennis teammates hit the road Friday and travel to Langley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some days are about winning and losing, and some days are about learning.

Thursday afternoon the Coupeville High School girls tennis team got to experience the latter, as the Wolves ran into a buzz-saw in 2A Sequim.

“They’re good. No, I mean … they’re GOOD,” said a philosophical CHS coach Ken Stange as he ambled past, watching the action unfold through the chain-link fence.

The visitors, who are coached by Mark Textor, brother of Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Phyllis Textor, cruised to a 7-0 win.

The non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 0-2, but they get an immediate chance to bounce back, as CHS travels to Langley Friday to face arch-rival South Whidbey.

Coupeville’s closest match against Sequim came at #2 doubles, where sophomores Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer fought through three tension-soaked sets before falling.

Complete Thursday results:


1st Singles — Claire Mietus lost to Isabelle Hugonoit 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Genna Wright lost to Olivia Preston 6-0, 6-2

3rd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Emily Bundy 6-2, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger lost to Jessica Dietzman/Kali Wiker 6-2, 7-6(7-5)

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer lost to Mckenna Hastings/Ashley Rosoles 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

3rd Doubles — Kameryn St Onge/Maggie Crimmins lost to Arlene Law/Amanda He 6-2, 6-3

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Eden Johnson/Amanda Dietzman 6-0, 6-4


5th Doubles — Nanci Melendrez/Megan Behan lost 6-0

6th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-1

7th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Nastali lost 6-2

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   Payton Aparicio eyeballs a pair of noisy fans. “I hear one more peep out of you two and I’m coming up there!!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   “Yeah? I’d like to see you try and … oh crud, Bob, she’s got a ladder! Dear sweet lord in bird heaven!!”

Zara Bradley pounds out a forehand.

   “Where do you think you’re going??” No tennis ball escapes the reach of Sage Renninger.

   “Get on my racket, ball!” Megan Behan uses her Jedi mind tricks to mesmerize the incoming fuzzy yellow target.

   One match into her high school career, and fab frosh Genna Wright is already slapping shots at #1 singles. Her middle name? “Talent.”

Avalon Renninger fires up a wicked serve.

Emily Fiedler floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

He was a tad late, but he made up for it by working quickly and efficiently.

There was some confusion among fans as to when Monday’s season-opening Coupeville High School girls tennis match started, making for a few “late stragglers.”

One of those was photo bug John Fisken, but, once he was in place, camera in hand, the lenses were clicking madly.

The shots seen above, which capture a mix of varsity and JV players, are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes. Circle of life and all.

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   Showcasing her ferocious serve, Avalon Renninger teamed up with fellow sophomore Tia Wurzrainer Monday to win in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Small, but important steps.

A young, plucky and undermanned Coupeville High School girls tennis team didn’t get the win Monday, but it did flash a lot of positives.

The Wolves fell 5-2 to visiting Port Angeles, a large 2A school which carries 31 players on its full roster (double Coupeville’s body count).

But, having sunshine instead of howling wind and slashing rain on Opening Day was a good sign.

Brighter than the sun was the play of sophomore sensations Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, who romped to a win at second doubles.

While Coupeville’s top doubles duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, were huge favorites and easily lived up to the hype with their own straight-sets victory, the younger Wolf aces were somewhat of an unknown entering the match.

Both Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger had strong freshman years, but they are a new pairing as a doubles team, so there might have been some kinks to work out in their first official match.

Not so.

The left-handed Renninger controlled the match on her serve, zinging low, hard shots which bit a chunk out of the court as they skidded away from the Port Angeles netters.

Her running mate was particularly deft at the net, as Wurzrainer delighted her fervent fan club with a series of crisp put-aways.

Their play brought a quick smile to the face of longtime Coupeville net guru Ken Stange as he restlessly prowled the outside of the chain link fence.

With a solid line-up of doubles duos, the Wolves should give rival teams trouble all year long.

Singles is a little more of a work in progress, as CHS deals with the loss of its top three players from a year ago to graduation.

With Valen Trujillo and Co. off to pursue new avenues in life, Wolf freshman Genna Wright got a chance to jump right into the cauldron of playing first singles on opening day.

A naturally-talented athlete and one of the most gung-ho people on the planet Earth, the fab frosh was a First-Team All-Conference player in soccer and a one-woman wrecking crew in basketball.

While she might not have the same amount of experience in tennis as she does in her other sports, Wright came out swinging Monday, making her far more seasoned foe battle mightily for every point.

At one point, the two players went back and forth on a sustained rally, before the freshman dumped a back-hand winner just out of the reach of her rival.

Walking back to the service line, head down, hat pulled low, Wright wore a giddy grin, a star of tomorrow savoring a winner today.

Complete Monday results:


1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Summer Olsen 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Horton 6-1, 6-0

3rd Singles — Nanci Melendrez lost to Kailey Droz 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Saige Hefton/Casandra Shamp 6-0, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer beat Jocelyn Reifenstahl/Emily Metzeler 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Maggie Crimmins lost to Paulina Crawford/Madison Saiz 6-2, 6-2

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Hanna Brown/Emily Rygaard 6-0, 5-3 (PA left to catch ferry)


5th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Megan Behan trailed 3-0 (ferry)

6th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-2

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