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Coupeville’s Audrianna Shaw, a three-sport star who played her heart out. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“She never misses a layup. Ever.”

And then Audrianna Shaw promptly bounced the basketball off the back of the rim, the orb skipping free and bringing my career as a hoops scout into serious question.


As a rival rebounder hauled in the wayward shot and turned to head back up the floor, Audri immediately spun into battle mode, a fierce look crossing her face.

Catching the unsuspecting dribbler from behind, she snaked her hand into a tiny gap, poking the ball free and snatching it up before heading in the opposite direction.

Step-step-slap-the-ball-through-the-hoop and Audri’s layup rate was back at a crisp 99.3%.

That was the one, and only time, I ever saw her miss a layup during her middle school hardwood career.

And her fast recovery to turn the moment into a win speaks to exactly the kind of athlete she has been for the past six-plus years.

Audri, who played three sports and was a key figure in all of them, never hung her head, and certainly never accepted defeat.

Instead, she attacked, attacked, and attacked some more, relentlessly giving her teams the spark they needed.

Whether she was on the soccer pitch, the basketball court, or the softball field, Audri was always one thing – a winner.

Now sure, sometimes her team came out on the short end of the final score, but you never knew it from her effort or body language.

Audri has a bright burning fire in her soul, and I never witnessed her give up on a play or surrender without first throwing haymakers every which way.

In short, she has moxie, something which should serve her well as she heads to college in Alabama, and then off to rule the world.

Giving her all. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

On the soccer pitch Audri anchored the Wolves from her midfielder position, capable of both banging home goals and playing rough-and-tumble with any rivals foolhardy enough to challenge her in the open field.

She tied for the team lead in scoring as a senior, spinning the ball past flailing goaltenders with laser-like shots, capping a stellar run which covered her entire high school career.

Once let loose on the basketball court, Audri lived to make wild dashes from end-to-end.

Weaving through traffic, before throwing up runners while on the move, she absorbed more than her share of punishment from flying elbows and grasping defenders trying in vain to slow her down.

“Get outta my way! I got buckets to score!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Even when she was smacked around, Audri almost always wore a huge smile as she ambled to the free throw line, where she tossed in daggers while dropping side eye at the girl(s) who fouled her.

She could be explosive on offense — leading the Wolves in scoring during her junior season — and finished her varsity time with 212 points, which lands her at #56 all-time on the scoring chart for a CHS girls program fast approaching its 50th anniversary.

But while Audri could drop buckets, she was also a scrapper on defense, a two-way weapon able to help her team at any moment of the game.

A layup? Odds are she’ll make it. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

That carried over to her spring sport of choice, where she was an integral part of the softball program.

As a freshman, Audri was one of two 9th graders on a varsity squad which went all the way to the state tourney, where the Wolves played three games in a day, including toppling powerhouse Deer Park.

Covid erased her sophomore campaign, but she and the Wolves responded by mashing the crud out of the ball once they got to return to the diamond.

Audri and Co. went 12-0 during a cut-down junior season, then finished with a 16-3 tear this spring, missing out on a return trip to state by just a game.

Patrolling center field, Miss Shaw was dynamic on defense, capable of running down balls from the left field line to the right field line.

She made life considerably easier for the girls patrolling the outfield corners, as they often got to sit back and watch Audri spear runaway balls while sprinting out of her shoes.

At the plate, she was a weapon unleashed, capable of launching rockets to the deepest, darkest parts of the outfield, followed by her legs churning as she alertly picked up extra bases by capitalizing on the slightest hesitation from fielders.

Power, unleashed. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

How dangerous could she be with a bat in her hands?

At several times during her senior season Audri changed things up during big blowout wins and came to the plate batting left-handed, instead of her normal righty stance.

It’s not easy to suddenly hit from a completely different look, and yet Audri surprised, not just making contact, but whacking the ball for line-drive hits.

Followed by her bouncing at first (or second) base, big grin washing across her face as her teammates went bonkers and Wolf coach Kevin McGranahan shook his head in silent tribute.

From middle school through high school, Audri was a fun-lovin’ ball of fire, one of the more entertaining athletes to ever wear the red and black, and one whose hustle, skill, and love of competing made for a potent combination.

I might have been wrong with my assessment she would never, ever miss a layup, but I was right that she would have a major positive impact during her prep sports days.

So today we induct Audri into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, welcoming her to our hallowed digital shrine.

After this you’ll find her at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

I have no doubt this is but the first of many honors Audri will capture in her life, however.

Her future is as bright as her personality.

Celebrating Senior Night with mom Bonnie. (Jackie Saia photo)

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Covid turned four seasons of high school softball into 2.5 for Izzy Wells, but she led Coupeville to a 43-13 record during that time. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Izzy Wells and Audrianna Shaw will be remembered as elite softball players, two of the best to ever wear a Coupeville High School uniform.

Their prep careers ended Saturday at Fort Borst Park in Centralia, as the Wolves fell 15-4 to Toledo in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

But that final score is a bit deceptive, as the game wasn’t a blow-out until the very end, when the Riverhawks busted open a 5-4 thriller with 10 runs across the final three innings.

Coupeville finishes 16-3, while Toledo carries a 16-9 record as it preps for a trip to the 12-team 2B state tourney in Yakima.

For Wells and Shaw, the state tourney is where their high school diamond journey really got going.

As freshmen, the duo was part of a 2019 Wolf squad which played three games in one day at the 1A big dance, a run which included eliminating highly ranked Deer Park.

But then the world, and their softball dreams, took a major hit, with a pandemic shutting down school sports.

Wells and Shaw lost their entire sophomore season, before playing a chopped-down, 12-game junior campaign while wearing masks and having no chance for a postseason.

Jump forward to their senior year, and the duo led Coupeville to another league title, only to be stung once again by the vagaries of life.

CHS played the waiting game during an 18-day gap between the regular-season finale and Saturday’s playoff game.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association dictates you have to have 50 schools playing a sport for a 16-team state tourney, and 2B softball only had 49 this spring.

So, welcome to a 12-team championship event.

Welcome to Coupeville’s home, District 1, being told its champ would not automatically qualify for the big dance, as previously promised.

And welcome to the Wolves being forced to sit 18 days between games, travel 138 miles, then play a sudden-death contest against District 4’s #5 team for that elusive ticket to state.

A Toledo squad which was playing its third game of the day and sixth during the five-day District 4 tourney.

Which could have meant the Riverhawks would be tired. Or, more likely, that they would be in a groove.

Choose the latter, as Toledo, which began the season 4-6, won for the twelfth time in its last 15 games.

The Riverhawks won four of six at the D4 tourney, outscoring foes 75-23 and losing only to Forks and Pe Ell-Willapa Valley, which are also state bound.

In the early going, it looked like Coupeville would add another loss to Toledo’s record, as the Wolves jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.

After Izzy Wells, prowling the pitcher’s circle, ended the top of the first with an emphatic strikeout, CHS pushed three runs across in the bottom of the frame.

Walks to Shaw, Gwen Gustafson, and Izzy Wells set the table, with freshmen Mia Farris and Savina Wells both coming up with well-placed singles to key the early onslaught.

Savina Wells is one of four freshmen who started this season for a 16-3 CHS diamond crew.

A third Wolf fab frosh, shortstop Taylor Brotemarkle, walked to open the second inning, before coming around to score on an RBI single from Farris.

Up 4-0, things were looking good, but, while it didn’t yet know it, Coupeville wouldn’t score again this season after Brotemarkle slapped home.

The Wolves put runners on base in every inning, finishing the day with seven hits and eight walks, but couldn’t sustain any late rallies.

That gave Toledo time to get its own bats poppin’, with the Riverhawks cutting the deficit to 4-3 in the third, before surging ahead 5-4 through four frames.

Two more tallies in the fifth stretched the lead to 7-4, with a pair of four-run innings in Toledo’s final at-bats making the score far more lopsided than expected.

“They hit the ball all over the field,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan. “Our girls played well, but the hits were all solid and well-placed.”

Even as the season wound down, the Wolves continued to scrap for every out, something which pleased their coach.

“The girls were focused and ready to play and left it all on the field,” McGranahan said.

Izzy Wells and Audrianna Shaw, four-year varsity players who got to actually play 2.5 years, depart, with fellow seniors Mckenna Somes and Violette Huegerich also set to graduate.

But Coupeville is built for the future.

Four of Saturday’s starters — Farris, Brotemarkle, Madison McMillan, and Savina Wells — are freshmen, while a fifth — leftfielder Teagan Calkins — is only an 8th grader.


Saturday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 walk
Mia Farris — 2 singles
Gwen Gustafson — 2 walks
Allie Lucero — 2 walks
Maya Lucero — 1 walk
Madison McMillan — 1 single
Audrianna Shaw — 2 singles, 1 walk
Izzy Wells — 1 walk
Savina Wells — 2 singles

Mia Farris is ready to sprint into even more success.

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Izzy Wells whiffed 12 in a six-inning no-hitter Tuesday in Darrington. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Level achieved.

Taking care of business Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad capped another perfect run through conference play with a 10-0 win at Darrington.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 8-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 16-2 overall, but the season is far from done.

The current plan calls for Coupeville’s sluggers, the best in District 1, to twiddle their collective thumbs until May 21, when they’ll travel to Centralia for a winner-to-state, loser-out game against the #5 team from District 4.

That’s a long gap, made necessary by D-4, which has 20 schools playing 2B softball, holding its postseason tourney first.

Since teams can play 20 games before the playoffs, there is some hope Coupeville may be able to rustle up another non-conference game or two between now and then.

Otherwise, it’s practice, practice, and more practice as the Wolves prep for their state play-in game.

“We have to come out ready to go on the 21st in Centralia,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan. “Gotta treat every game from here on out like a loser-out game, because, as of right now, they are.”

While Coupeville might not have played its best game of the season Tuesday, the Wolves delivered another solid performance.

The 16th win is the second-most for a Wolf team in McGranahan’s six seasons as coach, trailing just his 2017 squad, which finished 19-5.

CHS was patient at the plate, drawing 12 walks off of Darrington’s pitchers, then delivering a couple of key base-knocks to keep everyone honest.

Wolf hurler Izzy Wells had the first big bash, smacking a double to left, while fellow senior Audrianna Shaw went yard, launching a solo shot over the fence in left-center.

“It was a no doubter,” McGranahan said of Shaw’s moonball.

Darrington had no chance at the plate. Like zip, zero, zilch.

Flinging liquid heat, Izzy Wells tossed a six-inning no-hitter, missing out on a perfect game by one batter, as she walked a single hitter in the second inning.

She struck out 12 and recorded another three outs on groundouts back to the pitcher’s circle, giving her teammates plenty of time to enjoy nature while largely standing around.

What Izzy Wells looked like to the Darrington hitters.


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 single
Mia Farris — 1 walk
Gwen Gustafson — 2 walks
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 walk
Maya Lucero — 1 single
Madison McMillan — 2 walks
Sofia Peters — 1 single
Audrianna Shaw — 1 single, 1 home run, 2 walks
Izzy Wells — 1 double, 2 walks
Savina Wells — 2 walks

One win from the state tourney.

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Seniors (l to r) Violette Huegerich, Mckenna Somes, Izzy Wells, and Audrianna Shaw. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They went out with a bang.

Coupeville High School’s senior softball players led the way Friday as the Wolves drilled Orcas Island, capturing a pair of wins in their final games on their home field.

Izzy Wells, Mckenna Somes, Violette Huegerich, and Audrianna Shaw are part of a CHS diamond squad currently flying high at 15-2, so there’s still more games to play.

But barring a sudden quirk in the schedule, the rest of the way will play out on the road for the Wolves.

So that meant Friday’s games included a Senior Night celebration, with chunks of it captured in the pics seen above and below.

Izzy arrives in style. (Jackie Saia photo)

Mckenna Somes and part of her rooting section. (Jackie Saia photo)

Violette Huegerich and her proud mom. (Jackie Saia photo)

Audrianna Shaw enjoys a laugh with her #1 fan. (Jackie Saia photo)

They’re eating well today. (Jackie Saia photo)

Izzy Wells and associates — including everyone’s favorite pup. (Jackie Saia photo)

Senior Night deep thoughts, forever immortalized. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Fab frosh Mia Farris was superb at the plate and in the field Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“A tough game, but a good game. I don’t call it an L (for a loss), I call it (an L for) learning.”

While Saturday’s royal rumble on the diamond didn’t end in favor of the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad, Wolf coach Kevin McGranahan was philosophical afterwards.

His 2B Wolves, playing their third game in four days — all against schools from bigger classifications — hung tough for five innings with 2A Lakewood, before falling 23-13.

The non-conference home loss snaps an 11-game win streak for Coupeville, but the many positives from Saturday’s game are what matter most for a Wolf squad sitting at 12-2 on the season.

With McGranahan’s crew looking to return to the state tourney, they have looked to “play up,” and are 6-0 against 2B rivals and a very strong 6-2 against schools from bigger classifications.

This week was a whirlwind, with victories over 1A Meridian and 3A Oak Harbor, and there were huge chunks of the game Saturday when it seemed the Wolves would complete the trifecta.

Rallying from five runs down, Coupeville went ahead by as much as 10-6 in the middle stages of the game, and only trailed 13-12 heading to the sixth inning.

Ultimately, though, the visiting Cougars proved to be too tough, spraying the ball to all fields in the late going, while clamping down on defense.

Lakewood threw out two Coupeville runners at home plate — both on wham-bam plays which were a whisker away from going the other way — and closed the game with a sensational double play.

The Wolves, who started four freshmen, threw down and left everything on the field.

But some days it’s just not quite enough.

Saturday’s brawl on the prairie came on a beautiful, sunny, largely wind-free day — or basically the exact opposite of their last home game, when ice-cold rain slashed and wind howled for two hours straight.

Lakewood came off the bus hot, its bats popping during a five-run top of the first, before Wolf shortstop Taylor Brotemarkle made a superb running snag on a fly ball into left to start the turnaround.

Coupeville pitcher Izzy Wells promptly whiffed the next two batters, and the Wolves were ready to go on the offensive.

“We got sticks, too!” McGranahan told his players, and they responded.

While CHS only pushed across a single run in the first, on a double steal with Audrianna Shaw streaking for home, it got busy in the following frames.

Base-knocks from Gwen Gustafson and Maya Lucero set the stage in the second, with Shaw and Mia Farris rapping back-to-back two-run singles to cut the margin to 6-5.

That set up the third inning, which was the highlight of Coupeville’s day.

On defense, the Wolves set Lakewood down 1-2-3 with Madison McMillan, Brotemarkle, and Allie Lucero all making sterling plays to rob the Cougars on line drives.

McMillan went to her knees at second for her snag, while Lucero stretched to twice her height at first to bring down a ball which had extra-base hit written all over it.

Madison McMillan dares you to run. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spurred on by the defensive stand, Coupeville poured five runs on the board in its half of the third, romping to a 10-6 lead.

Brotemarkle spanked an RBI single which left a fiery trail as it exited the infield, Farris and Gustafson rapped equally torrid run-scoring base-knocks of their own, but it was Shaw who brought the house down.

Smashing the crud out of the ball, the Wolf senior sparkplug laced a two-run triple to straightaway center, sending a ripple of cheers through her substantial cheering section.

Lakewood wouldn’t go away, however.

A three-run double in the fourth pulled the Cougars within 10-9, before a rally in the top of the fifth sent the visitors ahead 13-11.

Coupeville pulled back within one run after an RBI single from Izzy Wells, but then Lakewood snuffed out the hopes and dreams of the home fans.

Five-run rallies in both the sixth and seventh stretched the lead out, while the Cougar gloves were at their best in the waning moments.

The Wolves loaded the bags in their half of their sixth, sparked by a gorgeous pinch-hit double from Sofia Peters, but Lakewood escaped when it tracked down a long two-out fly ball to right.

In the bottom of the seventh, Coupeville picked up an RBI single from McMillan, only to have the game end with an emphatic exclamation point half a second later.

Gustafson smoked a shot between second and third, but Lakewood shortstop Natalie Krueger speared the ball at her ankles while on the move, before doubling McMillan off of first.

It was a remarkable double play, and one which received an appropriate amount of applause from even the Coupeville side of the field.

In a game in which 36 runs scored, there were more than a handful of defensive gems from both teams — Mia Farris also had a great jumping catch in right field for the Wolves — and the mood of the game was often electric.

In the break before the two JV teams played, a Lakewood player distributed cupcakes to the Coupeville players.

Also, as seen in the photo below, Taylor Brotemarkle and her rival #9 also made an unexpected connection.

Taylor Brotemarkle has a new friend. (Kimberly Brotemarkle photo)

All in all, it was a good day for the Wolves — a rugged test against a strong team, which will help prep Coupeville for the postseason.

A win would have been the cherry on top, but sometimes you take your cupcake and your lessons learned and you move on.

Right back to aiming for personal and team growth, every step of the way.

Cause that’s the real win.


Saturday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 single
Mia Farris — 3 singles
Gwen Gustafson — 1 single, 1 double
Allie Lucero — 2 singles, 1 walk
Maya Lucero — 1 single, 1 walk
Madison McMillan — 2 singles, 1 walk
Sofia Peters — 1 double
Audrianna Shaw — 3 singles, 1 triple
Izzy Wells — 3 singles, 2 doubles
Savina Wells – 1 walk

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