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   Freshman Mollie Bailey had two hits Friday against 2A Lakewood. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“We stepped out of our weight class tonight and we learned some valuable lessons.”

Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan was philosophical after watching his squad get clubbed 20-5 Friday by visiting Lakewood.

While the non-conference loss to a large 2A school drops the Wolves to 11-5 on the season, it could actually benefit Coupeville in the long run.

As CHS preps for the district tourney, getting the chance to face off with dynamic, successful teams like Lakewood (which is 13-4) will harden them for the job ahead.

“We played a good team that is offensively sound,” McGranahan said. “We didn’t play our best defense, but, in our defense, they did hit the ball hard.

“They were a good team and we may have lost even if we played error-free, but, if you give a good team a few cracks they will exploit it,” he added. “The bright spot, and it is what I hope the team takes away from this game, is how we kept trying to battle back.”

Trailing 10-0 headed to the bottom of the third, Coupeville rallied to score four in the frame, then came back to get a final run in the fifth.

Both successes were set up by strong play from freshmen like Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey and Coral Caveness, which bodes extremely well for the future.

“A lopsided loss like this hurts,” McGranahan admitted. “But I hope we can bounce back and realize that this loss, though it hurts, will make us a better team for districts.”

Coupeville has two more regular-season games to go, at home May 9 against 2A Sequim and on the road May 11 at 2A Port Angeles.

After that, the Olympic League champs head to Lacey May 18-19 for the West Central District 3 tourney, from which two of four teams advance to state.

While the Wolves couldn’t keep up with the booming bats of Lakewood Friday, the Wolves did chip away for nine hits.

Bailey (1B, 2B) led the way, while Scout Smith also whacked a double.

Caveness, Lauren Rose, Katrina McGranahan, Chelsea Prescott, Veronica Crownover and Hope Lodell added singles.

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   Nanci Melendrez teamed with Jillian Mayne Friday to push their 2A foes hard in a narrow loss. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No one can accuse the Coupeville netters of not swinging for the stars.

By the time the season is done, the Wolves, who rep a 2B-sized school masquerading as a 1A, will have played almost half of their matches against 2A foes.

Facing much-deeper, more battle-tested squads, Coupeville has seen its win/loss record take a bit of a hit.

But learning under fire should hopefully benefit the Wolves in league and postseason play.

Friday, CHS ran into another 2A buzz-saw, falling 6-1 to host Olympic in Bremerton, but the Wolves came away with one huge bright spot at #1 doubles.

Seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger continued their stellar run, picking apart their big school rivals for a quick, straight-sets win.

“They’ve found a new, higher level,” said Coupeville coach Ken Stange.

The Wolves, 4-6 overall, have a key week coming up.

For one, they play only 1A schools, and two of the matches will be against Olympic League foes.

CHS, which is 2-0 in conference action, travels to Chimacum (2-1) Tuesday, then after a non-conference home match with South Whidbey the next day, ambles to Silverdale Thursday.

The finale to the week pits the Wolves against Klahowya (0-3) for a match-and-a-half.

The two teams need to finish the final three bouts from a rain-delayed match (the team score is tied 2-2), then play their regularly-scheduled match.

Complete Friday results:


1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Marissa Nemeth 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Breanne Nemeth 6-0, 6-1

3rd Singles — Zara Bradley lost to Jamie Frei 6-2, 6-4

1st Doubles — Sage Renninger/Payton Aparicio beat Sydney Troy/Brooklyn Haro 6-1, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger lost to SarahAnn Polsin/Emry Bohlman 6-0, 7-5

3rd Doubles — Maggie Crimmins/Kameryn St Onge lost to Kaylani Riley/Ryleigh Barrett 6-1, 6-1

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Nanci Melendrez lost to Alexis Valenzuela/Nicole Barber 7-6(7-5), 6-4


5th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-3

6th Doubles — Megan Behan/Elaira Nicolle lost 6-2

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   Andrew Martin, seen here throwing the javelin in an earlier meet, set a PR Thursday in the shot put. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Catherine Lhamon set PR’s in both the 1600 and 3200.

No fear, ever.

Despite repping one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, the Coupeville High School track team more than held its own with the big boys (and girls) Thursday afternoon.

Facing off with three 2A schools at Silverdale Stadium, the Wolves came away with nine wins and 22 PR’s.

In team scoring, the CHS boys beat both Port Angeles (71-68) and Kingston (90-53), while falling to host Olympic (80-60).

Coupeville’s girls, who swept the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, beat Kingston (94-53), tied Olympic (73-73) and lost to Port Angeles (99-51).

While a host of Wolves had impressive afternoons, junior Lindsey Roberts and sophomore Mallory Kortuem led the way as three-time winners.

The duo combined with Ashlie Shank and Maya Toomey-Stout to win two relays, while also each nabbing first in an individual race.

For Kortuem, it was the 400, while Roberts cruised to a win in the 100 hurdles.

Other Wolf champions included Ryan Labrador (Shot Put), Allison Wenzel (Javelin), Chris Battaglia (Javelin), Jacob Smith (400) and Ariah Bepler (High Jump).

Coupeville spread out its PR’s across a broad range of athletes, with 18 different Wolves setting a personal best in at least one event.

Catherine Lhamon (1600, 3200), Henry Wynn (100, 200), Kylie Chernikoff (Discus, Javelin) and Ethan Clavette (100, Discus) topped CHS with two PR’s apiece.

Complete CHS results:


100 — Maya Toomey-Stout (5th) 13.76; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (7th) 14.44

200 — Zoe Trujillo (10th) 32.18

400 — Mallory Kortuem (1st) 1:05.66; Natalie Hollrigel (5th) 1:12.11

800 — Lucy Sandahl (5th) 2:47.62; Hollrigel (7th) 3:01.70

1600 — Catherine Lhamon (3rd) 6:06.99 *PR*; Sandahl (5th) 6:11.60

3200 — Lhamon (4th) 12:41.10 *PR*

100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (1st) 16.34

300 Hurdles — Mckenzie Meyer (4th) 58.28; Hoskins (6th) 59.93 *PR*; Lauren Bayne (7th) 1:06.12

4 x 100 Relay — Roberts, Kortuem, Ashlie Shank, M. Toomey-Stout (1st) 53.28

4 x 200 Relay — M. Toomey-Stout, Shank, Kortuem, Roberts (1st) 1:53.63

4 x 400 Relay — Shank, Roberts, M. Toomey-Stout, Hollrigel (2nd) 4:41.77

Shot put — Emma Smith (3rd) 27-08.50; Kylie Chernikoff (8th) 24-01; Shank (9th) 22-11.25 *PR*

Discus — Chernikoff (4th) 79-00 *PR*; Wenzel (5th) 78-01; Hannah Davidson (7th) 72-02; E. Smith (8th) 68-01; Abby Parker (9th) 63-09; Willow Vick (14th) 53-00 *PR*; Raven Vick (16th) 40-07

Javelin — Wenzel (1st) 92-02; Davidson (2nd) 88-07 *PR*; Bayne (3rd) 85-00; Parker (6th) 72-09; Trujillo (8th) 71-01; R. Vick (9th) 68-01; Chernikoff (12th) 60-03 *PR*

High Jump — Bayne (3rd) 4-08; Hoskins (5th) 4-02; Cassidy Moody (6th) 4-02

Pole Vault — Meyer (3rd) 6-06; Kortuem (6th) 6-06 *PR*

Long Jump — Hoskins (8th) 12-04.50; Trujillo (17th) 9-04

Triple Jump — Trujillo (10th) 22-05


100 — Jacob Smith (3rd) 11.68; Henry Wynn (4th) 12.14 *PR*; Ethan Clavette (18th) 13.57 *PR*

200 — Wynn (3rd) 24.13 *PR*; Kyle Burnett (12th) 27.13

400 — J. Smith (1st) 52.37 *PR*; Burnett (6th) 1:01.27 *PR*

800 — Danny Conlisk (2nd) 2:09.45

1600 — Conlisk (2nd) 4:54.15 *PR*

3200 — Jakobi Baumann (4th) 13:11.01

110 Hurdles — Baumann (8th) 21.89

300 Hurdles — Baumann (8th) 51.62

4 x 100 Relay — Wynn, Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, Cameron Toomey-Stout (2nd) 46.20; Ruck, Thane Peterson, Andrew Martin, Clavette (7th) 54.66

4 x 400 Relay — J. Smith, Ariah Bepler, Wynn, Conlisk (2nd) 3:43.66

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (1st) 40-01.75; Chris Battaglia (2nd) 38-02 *PR*; Keahi Sorrows (4th) 37-06.50 *PR*; Martin (15th) 27-08 *PR*

Discus — Battaglia (3rd) 105-08; Labrador (7th) 87-02; Peterson (10th) 84-05; Sorrows (11th) 81-03; Clavette (20th) 63-01 *PR*; Martin (27th) 51-06

Javelin — Battaglia (1st) 130-04; S. Toomey-Stout (10th) 112-01; Martin (12th) 109-09; Bepler (13th) 108-04; Luke Carlson (14th) 107-07

High Jump — Bepler (1st) 5-08

Pole Vault — Burnett (5th) 7-06; Peterson (5th) 7-06 *PR*

Long Jump — S. Toomey-Stout (2nd) 18-05 *PR*; C. Toomey-Stout (3rd) 18-01; Ruck (21st) 13-04

Triple Jump — Baumann (6th) 33-05.25 *PR*

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   Coupeville sophomore Derek Leyva knocked in his 16th goal of the season Tuesday at Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Game by game, he’s chipping away at a record.

Coupeville High School sophomore Derek Leyva banged home his 16th goal of the season Tuesday, scoring for the eighth time in 10 games.

His tally wasn’t enough to save the Wolves against a very-good 2A school, as Coupeville fell 6-2 at Port Angeles, but it did get him one score closer to toppling his cousin.

Abraham Leyva, who graduated in 2016, owns the Wolf boys single-season (20) and career (45) scoring records, but Derek is making a bid for history in his first year at the school.

He has five regular season games left, and, most likely, at least one playoff contest, as he makes a run at the single-season scoring mark.

Coupeville, which also got a goal from James Wood Tuesday, his second of his sophomore campaign, is off for six days now.

The Wolves, 4-4-2 overall after the loss to Port Angeles, close the regular season with five straight 1A Olympic League contests.

That final stretch starts next Monday, Apr. 16, when CHS (3-1 in league play) travels to Klahowya (4-0) to face the three-time defending league champs.

After that comes back-to-back games against Port Townsend (1-3), a road clash with Chimacum (0-4), then Senior Night Apr. 30 against Klahowya.

The Olympic League has not posted playoff brackets yet for 1A, but, in previous years, the top three teams made the postseason.

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   Dane Lucero rapped a two-run single to kick things off Saturday, as Coupeville rallied to knock off 2A Cedarcrest. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Julian Welling had the last laugh.

The Coupeville High School senior was stung by Cedarcrest Saturday, but quickly rebounded and hit the visitors twice as hard, lifting his squad to a thrilling win in extra innings.

Unable to completely slam the door on the 2A Red Wolves in the late going as a relief pitcher, Welling responded by drilling a walk-off RBI single as Coupeville roared back to win 7-6 in eight innings.

The victory, the fourth straight for the Wolves, lifts them to 7-3 headed into the biggest game of the season.

That comes Wednesday, when Coupeville, 2-0 in Olympic League play, travels to Chimacum (1-0) to face the Cowboys in a game which will give the winner sole possession of first place in conference action.

CHS will arrive for that game on a high, both from its current winning streak, and the flamboyant style in which said streak stayed alive against all odds.

Twice rallying from a run down, with the second time coming in extra innings, Coupeville showed grit and resilience against a large 2A school which was riding high with a 6-3 mark entering Saturday.

The Wolves rep one of the smallest 1A schools in the land, but have acquitted themselves nicely against much-bigger rivals this season, going 2-2 against 2A foes.

Saturday’s game was a tense, back-and-forth affair, with the teams changing leads multiple times, but neither squad able to pull away.

Coupeville’s biggest lead came at 2-0 when it plated a pair of runners in the bottom of the first inning.

Matt Hilborn and Joey Lippo were aboard on a walk and a bunt single and busy tormenting the Cedarcrest hurler when he slipped up and delivered a juicy one to Dane Lucero.

Taking full advantage, the Wolf junior ripped a two-run single to open the scoring and raise the tantalizing possibility of a blowout on the horizon.

It wasn’t to be, however.

Instead, Cedarcrest knotted things at 2-2 in the second, then, after CHS scraped out a run in the bottom half of the inning on a Nick Etzell double followed by a Hilborn single, the two teams traded goose eggs until the fifth.

Coupeville had a magnificent opportunity in the third, loading the bags with no outs, only to have three consecutive hitters promptly punched out on strikes.

When Cedarcrest slipped two runs across in the fifth to retake the lead at 4-3, that third-inning kerfuffle looked even worse, but hope would not die on this day.

The Wolves packaged doubles from Hilborn and Hunter Smith around a free pass to Lippo in the sixth to snatch the lead right back, sending themselves charging out for the top of the seventh up 5-4.

The simple route would have been to retire the visitors 1-2-3 and head in with the win, beating the rain and getting out of the wind.

Welling likes to court danger, though, and Cedarcrest seized a glimmer of hope, using three extra-base hits and an error to plate one in the seventh to tie and one in the eighth to take the lead.

It was a moment fit for a lesser team, and a lesser player, to crumble.

Not on this day, and not this player and team.

Welling, like all good-hearted people, is a fervent fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and knows deep in his soul what it takes to be a champion.

Toss in his teammates, even those who … ugh … root for the SeaSlugs, and you have a band of warriors who have been tested in the fires and have launched Coupeville baseball to its best start in a decade by refusing to go down easy.

Inspired by a few quiet words of wisdom from the hardball whisperer, AKA coach Chris Smith, the Wolves stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth looking not for a mere tie, but an outright win.

Hilborn played patient, eking out a walk to get a man aboard with one out, then Lippo got dramatic.

Swinging on a full count, he lashed a laser, and came within a step of winning the game on one swing.

While Hilborn cruised home with the tying run, Lippo was held to a triple, and not a game-winning two-run home-run, only because his tootsies outran his head.

When his helmet came off and stayed behind as his body continued on, high school rules dictated he had to stop at the last base he hit, planting him firmly at third while he waited for his wayward head-protection to be returned to his noggin.

That small stickler of a rule gave Cedarcrest one last gasp of air, but, two batters later, it was payback time.

Strutting to the plate, waggling his bat like a rampaging Viking heading off the boat and looking for a new English village to conquer, Welling was a feel-good ending come to life for Wolf Nation.

And forget about a little blooper or a shallow single.

This was winning time and Welling blew the cover off the ball, giving Lippo enough time to stroll home, both hands holding his helmet firmly on his head, if he had wished.

In a different situation it would have been a two-bagger, but all that was needed was a quick step on first for the single, and cue the celebration among the cold, wind-lashed Wolf faithful.

For those who stayed for the entire game, they saw Coupeville spread out 10 hits among eight batters.

Lippo (1B, 3B) and Hilborn (1B, 2B) led the way, while Etzell and Hunter Smith had doubles.

Welling, Lucero, Jake Hoagland and Kyle Rockwell added singles.

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