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Sarah Wright has been a softball success at every level she’s played. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hits keep coming.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright picked up two more base-knocks Sunday, and the former Wolf continues to swing a hot bat during her freshman softball season at Sewanee: The University of the South.

The Tennessee-based Tigers dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, but remain competitive despite playing with a very-thin roster.

Sewanee was edged 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel in Sunday’s opener, then fell 9-3 in the nightcap, dropping their record to 2-8 on the season.

The Tigers return to Georgia this coming Tuesday, February 25, when they play a doubleheader against Covenant College (0-4) at Lookout Mountain.

Facing off with Wesleyan, Wright picked up a pair of singles and scored a run in game two while hitting out of the cleanup spot in the lineup.

The former CHS star also caught both games, and has started all 10 contests during her first go-around as a college player.

Sewanee has a 40-game regular-season schedule.

At the quarter mark, Wright is hitting .267 with eight hits (including a three-run home run), six RBI, two walks, and a .367 slugging percentage.

She leads the Tigers in RBI’s, is tied for #1 in home runs, and is second on the squad in hits, total bases (11), and slugging percentage.

During her Coupeville days, Wright was the Valedictorian for the Class of 2019, while playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.

The ever-energetic one capped her illustrious prairie career by helping lead CHS softball back to the state tourney during her senior season, only the third time the Wolf sluggers have made the trip in 41 seasons.

In between running wild through the parking lots in Richland last spring, tempting wayward seagulls with sandwiches, Wright rapped five hits across three games in her prep swan song.

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Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk lets it rip in a college track meet. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Sarah Wright cracked her first college home run Saturday in Georgia. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Four Whidbey alumni are playing baseball for Green River College this season. Left to right, James Besaw, Joey Lippo, CJ Smith, and Hunter Smith. (Charlotte Young photo)

One day, three sports, three states, a whole ton of former Wolves on the prowl.

Saturday was a busy day for Coupeville grads competing in the world of college sports, with events going down in South Dakota, Georgia, and Washington state.

How the day played out:


Sarah goes yard:

Just like the old days.

Playing in her eighth college softball game, Coupeville grad Sarah Wright belted a three-run home run to left field, the highlight on a day when the former Wolf catcher’s new team was swept in a doubleheader.

Sewanee: The University of the South fell 9-1 and 10-6 to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, dropping the Tigers record to 2-6.

Wright and associates get a chance for a quick reversal of fortunes, as they play another doubleheader Sunday, this one against Wesleyan College in Macon.

The former Coupeville standout crushed her round tripper in her first at-bat in Saturday’s second game.

Through the first eight games of her freshman season, Wright is hitting .261 with six hits and a team-high six RBI.

She’s also doing it on the defensive side as well, where she tops Sewanee with 25 putouts and absolutely, positively no errors whatsoever.


Danny hits the jets:

A two-time state champ for CHS, Danny Conlisk continues to tear up the track as a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Bouncing back from an illness which kept him out of action last week, the Hardrocker freshman finished 2nd in the 400 at the Stinger Open at Black Hills State University.

Conlisk won his heat and smashed his collegiate PR in the event, hitting the tape in an adjusted time of 51.58 seconds.

That shaved .80 off of his previous best.

The former Wolf is one meet away from reaching the mid point of his season(s), with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships set for February 28-29 in Colorado Springs.

After that, Conlisk and his teammates take a month off from competition (but not training), returning March 27 for the start of the outdoor season.


Strong start for diamond dandies:

It’s a reunion on the next level.

CHS grads, and brothers, CJ and Hunter Smith are back for their sophomore year at Green River College in Auburn.

Joining them on the Gators baseball squad this time around are former Coupeville star Joey Lippo and former Oak Harbor standout James Besaw.

All four Whidbey alumni saw action Saturday, as Green River opened a new season by sweeping a doubleheader from Western Washington University.

The Gators took the opener 11-4, with CJ Smith coming on in relief to earn the win.

Mr. Cool jumped in to the game in the second inning, with his team trailing, and promptly threw 4.1 innings of shutout ball, whiffing three.

His younger brother was a big supporter, as Hunter rapped a single, walked three times, stole a base, and scored twice as the Gators stormed from behind to nail down the victory.

Besaw played a key role, as well, walking and ripping an RBI single.

In the second game of the day, Green River once again rallied, plating two runners in the fourth to tie the game, then sending two more home in the sixth to eke out a 4-3 victory.

Hunter Smith collected another single in the nightcap, and he teamed up with Lippo for the defensive play of the game.

Recreating their high school magic, Lippo fielded a dangerous ball in the outfield which had extra-base hit written all over it, then came up gunning.

Airmailing a wicked throw to his former Wolf teammate, he started a bang-bang play, which nailed the WWU runner when Smith zipped the relay on a bead to Green River’s third-baseman.

“The play between Joey and Hunter was awesome,” said proud papa Joe Lippo. “Had the Green River fans yelling the loudest all day!”

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A new season of Central Whidbey Little League action approaches. (Jackie Saia photo)

Spring approaches, but little league action will probably beat it in getting here.

Central Whidbey Little League hosts its second, and final, skills and registration camp this coming Saturday, February 22 from 10 AM-noon at the CHS gym.

The event is open to children ages 5-15 who live in Central Whidbey (Coupeville and Greenbank), and includes all age groups (T-Ball, baseball, and fastpitch softball).

Parents are encouraged to register their children at the league’s site — https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/ — or at the skills camp.

For Saturday’s event, players are asked to wear athletic clothing and “good gym shoes.”

It’s recommended they bring their baseball and softball gear, if they have it, though some will be provided for those in need.

The league also hosts its annual field work party Mar. 14, a time when the ball fields at Rhododendron Park (502 W. Patmore Rd.) will be primed for play.

Volunteers are welcome and needed.

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Sarah Wright leads the dugout chatter back in her high school days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Winner, winner, (Southern fried) chicken dinner.

Powered by Coupeville grad Sarah Wright, the Sewanee: University of the South softball squad rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Johnson University Saturday in Tennessee.

Winning 10-0 and 10-4, the Tigers notched their first victories of the new campaign, and sit at 2-4 on the season.

Sewanee returns to action next weekend, when it travels to Georgia for back-to-back twinbills.

Wright and Co. play a doubleheader at Agnes Scott College Saturday, Feb. 22, then bounce over to Wesleyan College for two more games the next day.

The Tigers play the first 15 games of their 40-game schedule on the road, not making their home debut until March 7.

Facing off with Johnson University Saturday, Sewanee controlled the action from start to finish.

Wright caught both games of the doubleheader, collecting three hits and two RBI while holding down the #5 slot in the lineup.

On the season, the former Coupeville star is hitting .313 with five hits, three RBI, two walks, and an on-base percentage of .389.

That puts her in the top three on the team in all five offensive categories.

A freshman at Sewanee, Wright is studying politics in between softball games and practices.

During her time at CHS, she was class Valedictorian, while playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball.

Wright capped her prep softball career by being tabbed as the 2019 North Sound Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while helping the Wolves advance to the state tourney for the third time in program history.

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Former Coupeville star Sarah Wright made her college softball debut this weekend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s entered a whole new world.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright became the latest in a string of Wolves to take their game to the next level when she made her collegiate softball debut this weekend.

Wright, now a freshman at Sewanee: the University of the South, played four games in two days in two states, as the Tigers softball team kicked off their 40-game season with back-to-back doubleheaders.

While Sewanee came out on the short end of the score, being swept 8-0 and 10-0 by Judson (Ala), and 3-0 and 6-3 by Fort Valley State (GA), Coupeville’s progeny was a bright spot.

Wright collected two hits, a walk, and her team’s only RBI, which came on a bases-loaded free pass.

While the season is just 10% played, the former Wolf star is tied for the team lead in OBP (on base percentage) and hits.

Sewanee returns to action next weekend, when it hits the road again, playing a doubleheader February 15 against Johnson (TN).

The Tigers play their first 15 games away from their home field in Tennessee, not making their home debut until Mar. 7.

Wright’s season stretches from Feb. to late April.

During her time at CHS, the ever-ebullient one was a four-year star for the softball team, helping carry the Wolves to the state tourney during her senior season, where they beat Dear Park and came within a play of upending Cle Elum.

Wright also had strong stints as a basketball, volleyball, and soccer player, was the class valedictorian, and may have threatened to eat a worm of two to amuse her softball teammates.

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