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Vivian Farris gets ready to let a serve rip. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Krimson Rector coached Coupeville’s C-Team volleyball squad to an 8-2 record.

Jordyn Rogers unleashes a zinger.

The Lucero twins at work – one is Allie, one is Maya, and they’re both super-talented, even if I can’t always tell them apart. (Brian Vick photo)

They didn’t get an official swan song on court, so we’ll give them one in print.

The high-flying Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball spikers were denied a chance to play Monday when Sultan decided it didn’t have enough players.

So, a match early, the Wolves finish with a 7-2 record in North Sound Conference action, 8-2 overall.

Along the way, the all-freshman squad responded well to the teachings of first-year head coach Krimson Rector, routing most rivals.

The one team they couldn’t quite get past was private school power King’s, which handed them both of their losses.

The Wolves put the fear of God into the Knights, however, pushing both matches to a third and final set.

While Coupeville fought extremely hard when facing off with King’s, its biggest triumph came on the road at South Whidbey late in the season.

Trailing 24-12 in the third set, the Wolves fought off an eye-popping 12 straight match points thanks to pinpoint serving by Vivian Farris, before eventually winning 28-26.

That win captured the fab frosh and their coach at their best, refusing to back down and always on the prowl for a win.

The future for all involved? Pretty dang bright.

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Freshman Allie Lucero scored 21 points on her serve Tuesday, including 17 in a row at one point, as she sparked the CHS volleyball C-Team to a decisive win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There is hot.

There is red hot.

And then there is the level Allie Lucero was playing at Tuesday night.

Firing killer serves from every angle, the Coupeville High School freshman almost demolished visiting Cedar Park Christian by herself.

By the time she was done peppering the Eagles, Lucero had rung up 21 points on her service, including an eye-popping 17 in a row.

That run was dangerously close to catching what is believed to be the CHS record of 20 straight, set by Lauren Rose against Chimacum in 2016.

Toss in some stellar play from her teammates to go with Lucero’s torrid service game, and it’s little wonder the Wolf C-Team romped to a 25-12, 25-7, 25-4 win.

The victory lifts Coupeville’s young guns to 1-0 in North Sound Conference play, 2-0 overall.

First-year CHS head coach Krimson Rector came away pleased with what she saw on the floor.

Especially with how the Wolves dominated with the volleyball in their hands.

“This was definitely a match won by tough and consistent serves,” she said.

While Lucero was front and center, her teammates were hardly slouches, as Jordyn Rogers, Vivian Farris, and Ryanne Knoblich all chipped in with five aces apiece.

The Wolves also shared the load at the net, with Knoblich pounding home four kills, while Rogers and Gwen Gustafson picked up three each.

Gwen impressed me by her ability to step into an unfamiliar position and still play hard,” Rector said. “She gave us kills from the middle, as well as playing a strong defensive back row as usual.”

The C-Team will join Coupeville’s JV at a tournament in Oak Harbor this Saturday, Sept. 28, giving the young Wolves plenty of floor time.

Regardless of the opponent or the setting, Rector emphasizes looking inward and focusing more on yourself than the person across the net.

“Our goal for this game was to be focused on our side of the net and on what we as a team had control of,” she said. “We started out strong and only got better through each set.

“We kept energy and focus, which can sometimes be difficult in game situations where the ball is rarely coming back to us,” Rector added. “But I was proud of the girls for focusing in on each point and being ready to play our game when given the chance.

“We are excited to get back into practice and continue our hard work.”

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Freshman Ryanne Knoblich had seven kills Tuesday as Coupeville’s C-Team spikers demolished Anacortes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The stars of the future, supporting their older teammates today. (Brian Vick photo)

They kicked the season off with a bang.

The Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball players exited Anacortes Tuesday night flush with the thrill of victory.

Having dismantled the 2A Seahawks 25-15, 25-13, 25-10, the Wolves and new coach Krimson Rector sit at a flawless 1-0, with their home debut set for a week from tonight.

Getting production across the board, Coupeville came out strong and never took its foot off the gas pedal.

“It was great to get the first game jitters out and start our season strong,” Rector said.

The Wolves set up their success with pin-point accuracy at the service stripe, peppering Anacortes with nasty balls that were often nonreturnable.

Allie Lucero recorded a team-high 11 aces, while Maya Lucero, Vivian Farris, and Jordyn Rogers chipped in with five apiece.

When the ball did stay in play, the Wolves were efficient at the net, with Ryanne Knoblich (seven kills), Gwen Gustafson (six kills), and Jill Prince (four kills and three blocks) dominating play.

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Allie Lucero will join twin sister Maya as freshmen at Coupeville High School this fall. (Photos courtesy Jess Lucero)

In between playing three sports, Lucero finds time to hang out with a wide variety of animals.

You name it, Allie Lucero is likely involved in it.

Much like twin sister Maya, she plays three sports, while also pursuing a wide range of activities from band to Girls Scouts and way beyond.

Which doesn’t mean Lucero can’t also find time to tend to a menagerie of animals.

She has her dog, Yadi, to play with, while also commanding an army of chickens and ducks the family raises.

Lucero, who will be a freshman at Coupeville High School in the fall, tabs language arts as her favorite class, and likes to “read, hang out with friends and family, paint, watch Netflix, cook, and garden.”

And, somehow, in the middle of all that, she finds the time to also be one of the town’s most-promising young athletes.

During her middle school days, Lucero played SWISH and school basketball, club and school volleyball, and little league softball.

She plans to stay true to all three sports as she hits the high school stage, which is great news for local fans, as she and Maya bring skill, determination, and a love of the game to everything they do.

Following in the footsteps of older brother Dane, who just graduated from CHS after playing football, basketball, and baseball, Allie is out to make a name for herself.

“It would be pretty memorable and awesome if I had a chance to go to state for any sport,” Lucero said.

“I would also like to make varsity on one or all of these sports throughout high school,” she added. “And, finally, I want to improve and succeed.”

Lucero, who springs from a family with a deep sports background, embraces the chance to be an athlete.

“I enjoy staying active and always learning new things as an athlete,” she said.

Turning lessons into improvement on the field or court is huge for Lucero.

“Some (of my) strengths as an athlete are staying positive and enthusiastic, and my level of commitment,” she said.

“My best skills are serving and setting in volleyball, and fielding and hitting in softball,” Lucero added. “Yet, there is always more that I can learn and improve on with these sports.”

She’s picked up these lessons from many people along the way, and approaches each practice, each game, eager to soak up knowledge.

“There are many people who have helped me become the athlete that I am today,” Lucero said. “My coaches, who have always helped me improve on what I needed work on.

“This includes my mom and dad, who have supported me ever since I started sports,” she added. “My dad has always given great advice, and something he says that I will always remember, is to become successful by doing the things that others aren’t willing to do.”

Being a twin, Lucero always has someone else close by who’s playing at the same level as she is, which is a nice built-in advantage.

Maya has also supported me and has practiced with me in our yard countless times.”

While she approaches all of her sports with an open heart and a gung-ho attitude, Lucero is most at home in the fall and spring.

“My favorite sports are softball and volleyball,” she said. “I love softball because I have played it since I was seven. I love the game, and I always have the best time hitting or fielding.

“Volleyball is also a favorite, because even though I haven’t played it for very long, it always excites me, and it never gets old or boring!,” Lucero added. “I love these sports because I can always explore improvements to make, and I find them super fun.”

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Savina Wells (Katy Wells photo)

   Savina Wells whiffed 13 batters in All-Star little league action Tuesday night. (Katy Wells photo)

Savina Wells is the Smiling Assassin.

There is rarely a moment on the softball diamond when she isn’t grinning, bopping along to the between-batters music or looking like she is having the greatest time any player has ever had in the history of the sport.

Her fresh ‘n fun attitude keeps her Central Whidbey Little League Minors teammates loose, and the high, hard cheese she hurls from the pitcher’s circle keeps rival batters swinging at empty air.

Perfectly synced up with her Yellow Jackets catcher, Maddie “Mad Dog” Georges, the flame-throwin’ Wells whiffed 13 Sedro-Woolley hitters Tuesday night at Rhododendron Park.

And while a few bobbled balls cost Central Whidbey, as it fell 7-4 to the visitors, the Yellow Jackets emerged still looking very much like winners.

They’ll need to win back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday (6 PM back at Rhodie) to claim the District 11 championship and punch their ticket to the state tourney in Montesano.

Which is very much in the realm of possibility.

Wells was driving the K-express Tuesday, with eight of her first nine outs coming via punch-outs.

The few times she let her defense get in on the action they acquitted themselves nicely.

Allie Lucero gobbled up grounders at first, while Emma Hargrave pulled off a nice play while fielding a ball deep in the hole between second and first.

Lucero also got the crowd on their feet with her bat, lashing a pair of singles.

The moment which got the biggest reaction, though, came when she absolutely crushed a foul ball that ripped right over the fence along the third-base line like a laser, nailing a fan in the shoulder.

If she had straightened that swing out, Lucero would have been looking at a two-bagger, at the very least.

Instead, she sent a warning to the public at general — I will find you and I will hurt you.

Her endorsement line of autographed ice bags coming soon to a concession stand near you.

After a brief bout of miscommunication by Central Whidbey (no one covered home on a play at the plate) staked Sedro to a 1-0 lead, the Yellow Jackets reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the first.

Staging a two-out rally, Central used a single from Wells, a walk to Lucero and a beautifully-placed bloop single into center-field off the bat of Alena Osborne to plate a pair.

Sedro chipped its way back to a 4-2 lead, despite getting only one hit in the first three innings.

The visitors used a couple of walks and a couple of Yellow Jacket errors to get things going, but Wells refused to break.

At one point she even roared back from a 3-0 count to collect yet another strike-out. That earned an even bigger grin than normal and an extra skip in her step as she charged off the field.

Central Whidbey looked like it was going to have its own breakout in the bottom of the fourth.

Lucero led off with one of her two hits, Osbourne and Sofie Peters reached on errors and things were humming.

With the score trimmed to 4-3 after Lucero scampered home on a delayed steal, the Yellow Jackets were sitting with runners at second and third and nobody out.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the bottom third of the order went down one-two-three to end the brief rally.

Sedro stretched the lead out with two more in the fifth, but Central got out of the inning thanks to Wells dropping another pair of strike-outs before the rival third-base coach was flagged for coach’s interference.

The Yellow Jackets final rally came in the fifth, with Gwen Gustafson wearing a pitch before Wells and Lucero smashed singles.

Smart defensive plays saved the visitors, though, as Sedro gunned down a Central runner at the plate and saw its first-baseman come flying in from the side to snag a high, arcing foul pop-up.

After losing only once in the regular season, the Yellow Jackets faced its toughest competition yet with the onset of All-Star play.

Joining Georges, Gustafson, Wells, Lucero, Osbourne, Peters and Hargrave for postseason play are Chloe Marzocca, Allison Nastali, Vivian Farris, Hope Sinclair and Mia Farris.

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