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   Wolf track stars Lucy Sandahl (8) and Mallory Kortuem are back to kick off spring sports. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Die-hard Coupeville High School spring sports fan? Gas up the car and get ready to enjoy ferry life.

All five Wolf teams have more road games than home contests during their final spin through the Olympic League, with softball getting the shortest end of the stick.

The CHS sluggers, who went 19-5 last season and came within a strike of making the state tourney, are scheduled to play 12 of 20 regular-season games away from their home field.

Baseball (11 of 20 on the road), girls tennis (9 of 17) and boys soccer (8 of 15), have it slightly better, while track, as usual, spends 98.2% of its season away from home.

The Wolves do host one high school track meet (Mar. 28 vs. Port Townsend, Klahowya and Chimacum), which will be the first one to go down in front of the school’s new grandstand.

Boys soccer gets to debut the new stadium, when it hosts 2A non-conference foe Olympic Mar. 10.

Will there be cake to celebrate the debut of the shiny new grandstand? We can only hope!

Another milestone is set to arrive May 7, when the Wolf softball squad plays its final regular-season game.

Chimacum is the foe that day, and the bout is the last regular-season conference game in any sport Coupeville will play against a 1A Olympic League opponent.

After a four-year run in their current league, the Wolves jump to the new six-team North Sound Conference with the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

As you peruse the schedules below, remember, weather, ferries and other assorted problems can, and will, likely rip them to shreds at some point.

For up-to-date info, try either http://www.olympicleague.com/ or http://coupeville.tandem.co/

Varsity schedules (* = Olympic League game):

BASEBALL:

Sat-Mar. 10 Lynden Christian — 1:00
Wed-Mar. 14 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Thur-Mar. 15 Sequim — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 17 @ South Whidbey — 1:00
Mon-Mar. 19 @ Bremerton — 4:00
Fri-Mar. 23 North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 @ Vashon Island — 1:00
Mon-Mar. 26 @ Sultan — 4:00
Wed-Mar. 28 @ Klahowya (*) — 3:30
Fri-Mar. 30 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 @ Friday Harbor — TBD
Sat-Apr. 7 Cedarcrest — 1:00
Wed-Apr. 11 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 16 @ Sequim — 3:30
Thur-Apr. 19 @ La Conner — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Wed-Apr. 25 @ Port Townsend (*) — 3:30
Fri-Apr. 27 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 30 @ Klahowya (*) — 3:30
Wed-May 2 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00

BOYS SOCCER:

Sat-Mar. 10 Olympic — 1:00
Tue-Mar. 13 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:30
Fri-Mar. 16 @ Sequim — 3:45
Wed-Mar. 21 @ North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 Klahowya (*) — 3:00
Tue-Mar. 27 @ Port Townsend (*) — 6:15
Fri-Mar. 30 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 Vashon Island — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 7 Forks — 3:00
Tues-Apr. 10 @ Port Angeles — 5:00
Mon-Apr. 16 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 @ Port Townsend (*) — 6:15
Tues-Apr. 24 Port Townsend (*) — 6:00
Fri-Apr. 27 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:30
Mon-Apr. 30 Klahowya (*) — 5:30

GIRLS TENNIS:

Mon-Mar. 12 Port Angeles —  4:00
Tue-Mar. 13 @ South Whidbey — 3:30
Thur-Mar. 15 @ Sequim — 3:15
Thur-Mar. 22 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Mon-Mar. 26 @ Olympic — 4:00
Tues-Mar. 27 Granite Falls — 3:30
Fri-Mar. 30 Kingston — 3:15
Mon-Apr. 9 North Kitsap — 3:15
Wed-Apr. 11 @ North Mason — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 13 Chimacum (*) — 3:15
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Friday Harbor — TBD
Mon-Apr. 16 @ Sequim — 4:00
Tue-Apr. 17 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Tues-Apr. 24 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Wed-Apr. 25 South Whidbey — 3:30
Thur-Apr. 26 Klahowya (*) — 3:15
Thur-May 3 Chimacum (*) — 3:15

SOFTBALL:

Sat-Mar. 17 @ South Whidbey — 1:00
Fri-Mar. 23 North Mason — 4:00
Sat-Mar. 24 @ Vashon Island — 1:00
Wed-Mar. 28 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:15
Fri-Mar. 30 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 2 @ Blaine (Doubleheader) – 1:00
Fri-Apr. 6 Meridian — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 7 Forks — 1:00
Wed-Apr. 11 @ Chimacum (*) — 4:15
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Friday Harbor — 12:00
Thur-Apr. 19 @ La Conner — 4:00
Fri-Apr. 20 Klahowya (*) — 4:00
Sat-Apr. 21 @ Lynden Christian — 4:30
Wed-Apr. 25 @ Port Townsend (*) — 4:15
Fri-Apr. 27 Chimacum (*) — 4:00
Mon-Apr. 30 @ Klahowya (*) — 4:15
Wed-May 2 Port Townsend (*) — 4:00
Thur-May 3 @ Sequim — 4:00
Mon-May 7 Chimacum (*) — 4:00

TRACK:

Thur-Mar. 15 @ Island Jamboree (Oak Harbor) — 3:30
Thur-Mar. 22 @ North Mason with Port Townsend, Olympic — 3:15
Wed-Mar. 28 HOME MEET with Chimacum, Port Townsend, Klahowya — 3:15
Thur-Apr. 12 @ Olympic with Port Angeles, Kingston — 3:15
Sat-Apr. 14 @ Cashmere Invitational — 12:00
Wed-Apr. 18 @ Sequim with North Kitsap, Olympic — 3:20
Thur-Apr. 26 @ Sequim with Port Angeles, Port Townsend — 3:20
Sat-May 5 @ Olympic League Championships (North Kitsap) — 10:00
Mon-May 7 @ JV Championships (Kingston) — 3:15
Fri/Sat-May 18-19 @ Districts (Renton) — 3:25/10:00
Fri/Sat-May 25-26 @ State (Cheney) — 10:00

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   CHS senior Katrina McGranahan signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play softball for Everett Community College. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

McGranahan was already a slugger back in her Little League days.

   Catching some Z’s with fellow Wolf softball star Lauren Rose on another long road trip. (Justine McGranahan photos)

   McGranahan puts pen to paper Tuesday during a signing ceremony which attracted a strong turnout of friends, family and fellow Wolf athletes. 

   McGranahan is joined by CHS softball teammates (l to r) Sarah Wright, Melia Welling, Scout Smith, Kyla Briscoe and Hope Lodell.

Killer Kat is taking her talents to Everett.

Coupeville High School senior softball standout Katrina McGranahan signed a letter of intent Tuesday and will join the Everett Community College sluggers next spring.

“This was the school she wanted and liked the best,” said CHS softball coach/dad Kevin McGranahan.

His daughter agreed, pointing to Everett’s proximity with Whidbey and the chance to be part of a tight-knit group as big factors in her choice.

“Everett has a great family atmosphere,” Katrina McGranahan said. “Every softball team I’ve been on has felt like a family, and I can’t wait to join the EvCC softball family.

“Everett is also really close to home; I am able to come back when I want,” she added. “Which is a plus! Because I would love to come back and support not only the (CHS) softball team but the volleyball team as well.

“Everett gives me the opportunity to continue my softball career and I couldn’t be more thankful.”

Before she pulls on a college uniform, the reigning Olympic League MVP has one more crack at leading her high school squad to the state tourney.

Coupeville, which fell just a single strike short of punching its ticket to the big dance in 2017, returns virtually every starter this spring.

Leading the way is McGranahan, who is a double threat, whipping strikes from the pitcher’s circle and thumping the heck out of the ball at the plate.

As a junior she went 18-5 as a pitcher, earning a save in the only game where she didn’t notch the decision.

McGranahan tossed 140 strikeouts in 144 innings of work, with 19 complete games, a no-hitter and a sparkling 1.56 ERA.

At the plate, she hit .524, piling up 33 hits, 34 runs and 37 RBI. That included five home runs, five triples and three doubles.

A two-sport star, McGranahan was also a league MVP during her junior volleyball season and was a major part of the Wolves winning back-to-back conference titles her final two seasons.

As a senior, she helped the CHS spikers return to the state tourney for the first time since 2004.

A serene superstar, a quiet leader who lets her skills do the talking, McGranahan shared Coupeville High School Female Athlete of the Year honors in 2016-2017 with Valen Trujillo.

McGranahan will be the second Wolf to make the jump to EvCC in recent years, as former Coupeville slugger Hailey Hammer just wrapped up a two-year run at first base for the Trojans.

Seeing his daughter prepare to strike out on her own, while pursuing her life-long love of softball, is big for Kevin McGranahan.

“From her father’s perspective –  I am extremely proud of her and excited for her opportunity to play at the collegiate level,” he said. “She has put in a lot of her own time during the off-season to make herself and her teams better and achieve her dream to play at the next level.

“I feel like it was only yesterday she picked up a softball for the first time and I saw her fall in love with the game,” Kevin McGranahan added. “No matter what happens from here I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Having coached his daughter from little league through high school, Kevin McGranahan is justifiably proud of how she has grown during her time on the diamond.

Katrina has always been there for her team and has done everything she can to help the team succeed,” he said. “She has a natural athletic ability that has been a pleasure to coach and mold her into the athlete and person she is today.

“Softball has always been her passion. To see her achieve her goal is awesome,” Kevin McGranahan added. “Incoming freshmen and future Coupeville softball players should understand the commitment and off-season work that goes into making yourself the best you can be.

“Softball doesn’t end, the season comes and goes, but it is a year-long sport just like any other, and if you put in the work you will see the results.”

When Katrina transitions to the college game, her dad will change roles.

“I am excited to just be dad next year and get to watch from the sideline,” Kevin McGranahan said.

“Of course, once a coach always a coach, and it will be hard to not try to coach her after the games,” he added with a laugh.

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   Mollie Bailey, who moves to high school softball this spring, is shocked to learn little league registration is already open. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s never too early to think about spring, apparently.

It may be damp and chilly outside on Whidbey, but you can already hear the crack of baseball and softball bats far off in the distance.

Central Whidbey Little League has kicked off registration for a new season, and, if you jump in now, you can get an early bird discount.

For more info and to register, pop over to:

http://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/

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   Three-sport athlete Hannah Davidson, seen here last season, has returned to Coupeville after living in California for a year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   The move allows Davidson to reunite with former teammates and close friends. (Charlotte Young photo)

They got the band back together.

Coupeville High School’s Class of 2020 boasts some very-talented female athletes, and the roster just got deeper (and taller).

Hannah Davidson, a 5-foot-11 sophomore who plays volleyball, basketball and softball, registered and began attending classes at CHS Monday morning.

She and her family, which includes two younger brothers, moved to California midway through her freshman basketball season.

With a second family move now bringing her back to Whidbey, Davidson is immediately eligible to play, as she already participated in the required number of practices while in California.

She began practicing with the Wolves Monday, and is expected to be in uniform Wednesday for a home non-conference game against Concrete.

Since she’ll have a chance to play more than 50% of the schedule (13 of 21 regular season games remain), Davidson will also be eligible for postseason play.

She gives a rebuilding CHS varsity girls hoops squad an injection of height (she edges 5’10 junior Lindsey Roberts as the tallest Wolf), and re-enters a system she already knows well.

After playing through middle school and into her freshman year with her current teammates, Davidson also attended basketball camp with them this past summer.

During her first go-around in Cow Town, Davidson was a tower of power in all three of her sports.

She was tabbed as the MVP of the Wolf JV volleyball team as a freshman, then dominated in the four games she played on the hardwood before the move to Cali.

The last time Davidson wore a Wolf uniform, she poured in 15 points, snatched 10 boards and rejected a pair of shots in a JV win over Klahowya.

While she hasn’t had a chance to play softball for CHS (yet), she was a key member of a Central Whidbey Little League juniors squad which rolled to a 13-3 record and a league title when she was an 8th grader.

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   South Whidbey High School senior softball sensation Mackenzee Collins. (Photo courtesy Collins)

“Softball has always been my escape.”

Mackenzee Collins is a standout on the diamond, a flame-throwing hurler, a coach’s daughter driven both by those who believed in her and those who did not, a high-flying Falcon on her way to big things off-Island one day.

The South Whidbey High School senior, who also plays basketball, hails from an athletic family which includes older brother Parker and dad Tim.

Her big brother was a rampaging force of nature as a football and basketball star, a role model as she developed her own impressive skill-set, while her late father shaped her life in a million little ways, starting with being her pitching guru, and going well beyond.

“There are a few people who have made me the player and person I am today,” Collins said. “Parker, growing up, he played a lot of sports, but basketball was his passion.

“Watching how dedicated he was and still is, how selfless of a player he is, and how incredibly hard Parker works, is amazing, and he inspires me to be the best athlete I can be.”

Their father, a noted pitching coach, had a sterling reputation in the local sports community, and his unexpected passing in 2015 affected players, fans and fellow coaches at all three Whidbey Island high schools.

“He always pushed me to be the very best player and teammate I could,” Collins said. “When I was feeling tired or lazy, it was my dad who made me go pitch to him (and thankfully he did).

“Even when it was 24 degrees out one winter years ago, I still remember going under the covered area at the elementary school and pitching with him,” she added. “He was, and always will be, my biggest fan and my biggest inspiration. I play for him.”

As positive as her time with her father was, on the field and off, there’s another coach, one with a different outlook, who drives Collins through the toughest practice, who helps her reach back and find one more laser pitch to escape a bases-loaded jam.

“As crazy as this may be, I will never forget one other person who had a huge impact on me as a player,” she said. “The coach of my first select softball team when I was only nine years old.

“I pitched one inning the entire season, simply because he didn’t believe in me, and didn’t hide it,” Collins added. “I may have only been nine years old at the time, but somewhere on that team it lit a fire in me to prove him wrong, a fire that’s still there today.”

Away from the field, she’s a member of the National Honor Society, someone who “loves reading and writing, so naturally my favorite class is English,” a strong student who wants to follow both of her parents into the teaching profession.

“Other than sports, I love to spend time with my friends, out in the sun on the beach, reading a good book, or blasting my country music,” Collins said.

But the softball diamond is where she makes her name, where she wants to carve a path which will lead to “playing collegiate softball at a competitive school.”

“It’s always been my dream,” Collins said. “And I am working very hard to make it happen, so I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”

While she enjoys basketball, spring is her time.

“Softball is easily my favorite,” Collins said. “I grew up around a lot of sports, but ever since I started playing softball when I was eight I just fell in love with the game. It’s fast paced at a high level, and I love the competition.”

She has a ferocious bat and a slick glove, but it’s her propensity for eye-popping strikeouts which catch most people’s eye.

The Cascade Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Collins, with her killer mind-set and big-game work in the pitcher’s circle, carried the Falcons to the state tourney as a junior.

“One of my strengths as a pitcher is the movement I put on my pitches,” she said. “Over the past two years, I’ve worked a lot on my screwball, curve-ball, and rise-ball in order to really make them jump.

“Of course, movement and location is something a pitcher can absolutely always improve upon, so that is my focus this coming off-season,” Collins added. “Another strength of mine is my composure on the mound.

“My motto has always been that whether my team is winning by 10 or losing by 10, I stay the same.”

While the spotlight often rests on her, thanks to playing a key position and putting up impressive stats, Collins is quick to spread the love to her teammates.

“I enjoy sports in general because they give young people a chance to be a part of a team, represent their community, compete, and have fun, all of which is incredibly valuable,” she said. “Softball, in particular, has always been my escape. I knew it was something that I could do that could take my mind off of anything.

“As I mentioned, it’s very competitive, and I love the pressure put on me as a pitcher,” Collins added. “I love knowing that my teammates are counting on me, and I work very hard to not let them down.”

While Coupeville fans might logically daydream what it would be like to have her wearing a Wolf uniform, forming a potent pitching combo with fellow CHS ace Katrina McGranahan, Collins is content with life on the South end.

“In many ways, Coupeville and South Whidbey are very similar,” she said. “I love how close-knit our school is. As much as I want to branch out and meet new people, I love walking down the hallways and being able to recognize pretty much everyone.

“Our community is filled with kind, helpful, and incredibly caring people, and all of South Whidbey is beautiful. In fact, our whole Island is; we’re pretty lucky!,” Collins added. “South Whidbey is home, and it always will be.”

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