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Joey Lippo, back in his younger days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, at least one guy on the roster is raking.

Get eight other hitters to swing bats like Coupeville’s Joey Lippo is, and the ol’ win/loss record will take a marked improvement.

The baseball squad at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, an NCAA D-III school, is scuffling a bit as it looks for its first victory.

The Owls, who opened March 27, then had eight games postponed thanks to the pandemic, got back at it the past two days, playing a pair of doubleheaders against Thomas College.

Unfortunately, UMPI, with a still-depleted roster, lost two games Sunday and another two Monday to fall to 0-5 at the quarter mark of what currently sits as a 20-game campaign.

Lippo has been doing his part, however, both at the plate and in the field.

With a stick in his hands, the former Wolf three-sport star is hitting a cool .300, and is among team leaders in several offensive categories.

Coupeville’s progeny has seen action in four games, racking up 12 plate appearances, 10 at-bats, three hits, an RBI, and a .364 on-base percentage.

In the field, Lippo has been patrolling the outfield for UMPI, already showing off a strong arm,

He gunned down one runner heading into second, and seemed to have another rival beaten, with his throw reaching third before the incoming runner arrived.

Whether the tag was a split-second late, or the local ump was missing his seeing-eye dog, Lippo was denied an assist on the play, but shrugged it off and moved on with his day.

UMPI returns to action April 22-25, when it faces off with Husson University for five games in four days.

The Owls have similar five-game stands scheduled against Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (April 30-May 2) and the University of Maine-Farmington (May 6-10).

During his days in Coupeville, Lippo played tennis, basketball, and baseball for the Wolves.

While he plays college hardball, twin sister Skyy is studying dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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A Coupeville softball player works on her swing. (Jennifer Marzocca photos)

Chloe Marzocca’s mitt, perfect for the Age of Coronavirus.

“Two outs, one swing to win it all.”

Bring your bats, gloves, and masks.

After a spring lost to Covid-19, Central Whidbey Little League is back in business, with plans to play games between April and June.

There are some pandemic restrictions in place, but the hope is to get a complete season in the books.

Schedules have been set for Minors and Rookies Baseball, as well as Minors and Juniors softball, all of which can be found below.

The T-Ball season is set to run from May 10 to June 18, but the schedule is still being tinkered on.

There is a MANDATORY parent/family meeting Saturday, April 17 at Rhododendron Park (1 PM) for everyone involved in T-Ball.

CWLL is also still seeking T-Ball coaches, and umpires for Juniors and Minors Softball and Minors Baseball.

If interested, contact centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.

 

Schedules:

 

BASEBALL – MINORS:

Mon-April 12 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-April 19 — @ South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (11:00)
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 1 — North Whidbey 3 — (11:00)
Mon-May 3 — @ South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (2:00)
Mon-May 10 — South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — North Whidbey 1 — (1:00)
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-June 7 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

 

BASEBALL – ROOKIES:

Wed-April 21 — @ South Whidbey 1
Fri-April 23 — @ South Whidbey 4
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 3
Wed-April 28 — South Whidbey 2
Mon-May 3 — South Whidbey 1
Wed-May 5 — South Whidbey 4
Fri-May 7 — @ South Whidbey 3
Mon-May 10 — @ South Whidbey 2
Fri-May 14 — @ South Whidbey 1
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 4
Wed-May 19 — South Whidbey 3
Fri-May 21 — South Whidbey 2
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 5

 

SOFTBALL – JUNIORS:
* = Doubleheader

Mon-May 3 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 10 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 15 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 17 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 24 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Wed-May 26 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 5 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-June 7 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 12 — South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*

 

SOFTBALL – MINORS:

Tue-April 13 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 16 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 20 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 23 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 27 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 30 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 4 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 7 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 11 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 14 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 18 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 21 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 25 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Tue-June 1 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 4 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-June 8 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 11 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

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Left to right, top to bottom, are Wolf softball and tennis coaches Katrina McGranahan, Justine McGranahan (and grandson Braxton), Kevin McGranahan, Aaron Lucero, Ron Wright, Lark Gustafson, and Ken Stange.

CHS baseball and track coaches Steve Hilborn, Will Thayer, Bob Martin, Randy Thayer, Randy King, Brandon Bailey, Ferron Rice, Neil Rixe.

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these.

With prep sports back in action after a year-plus absence, it’s time for another super-unofficial, highly-competitive coach’s poll.

We toss 15 Coupeville High School spring sports coaches into a (digital) room, you get 50 hours to mash your phones and computer keyboards into submission, and one guru emerges as the winner.

Their prize?

A nice, warm glow in the chest, and the respect of the internet. Plus the chance to needle all their fellow coaches.

So, priceless.

This time around, we’re not including any middle school coaches, as CMS is not competing against their rivals this school year.

Yes, there have been intramurals, and coaches have done amazing work — but we’re limiting this royal rumble to just those involved with teams playing other schools.

So, softball, track and field, baseball, and girls tennis.

Head coaches and assistant coaches, paid or volunteer, are included, but no managers or former Wolf athletes who are hanging out and helping for a few days.

If your name was in a Senior Night program produced by CHS, you’re in. If not, I’m sure you’ll survive.

And now on to the bloodbath!

The poll kicks off Tuesday, April 6 at 8 AM and closes 50 hours later on Thursday, April 8 at 10 AM.

Vote as many times as you like, and the more, the merrier.

I have no restrictions set.

WordPress sometimes does little things to slow people down, but you can usually avoid that by bouncing to a different device, before returning to your preferred one.

Those who get creative claim the throne!

 

 

UPDATE – 4/6 – 10:15 PM:

Poll has ended early. 

Over the past nine years, there have been several different companies involved with these polls on WordPress.

I’ve run polls which have collected everywhere from 17 votes to 123,908 votes.

And yes, there was probably some serious shenanigans on that last one… 

But through 27 previous polls, no one tried to charge me extra.

Until this time.

Crowd Signal (which I have never heard of before), “will not display new submissions in the results after 2,500 “signals” or votes.”

“Crowd Signal will still collect all your responses and when you upgrade to a paid plan they will be shown in the reports.”

Crowd Signal can blow it out their collective ass.

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Eryn Wood and CHS tennis went 6-0, capturing a league crown. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf softball squad, with big contributions from seniors Heidi Meyers (left) and Chelsea Prescott, also swept through an undefeated campaign. (Jackie Saia photo)

25-3.

Coupeville High School made a dramatic statement in its return to the Northwest 2B/1B League, dominating play during the pandemic-shortened spring season.

The Wolves won titles in girls tennis and softball — with both teams finishing undefeated — while claiming second-place in the final baseball standings.

While CHS was piling up 25 wins, the other six league schools combined to claim just 27.

Friday Harbor, which did win the baseball title, was a distant second with 11 victories, followed by Darrington (8), Orcas Island (7), and Mount Vernon Christian (1).

Concrete, and perhaps surprisingly, traditional power La Conner, both came up empty this spring.

But don’t cry too hard for the Braves, as they launch the league’s most-dominant program as we head into this school year’s out-of-place fall sports season.

La Conner volleyball has won back-to-back state titles.

And while there won’t be any playoffs this season, that squad is still a heavy favorite to be the team of the “fall.”

With all the seasons super-compressed by the pandemic, football, volleyball, boys tennis, cross country, and soccer start play this coming week, even as the dust from spring sports settles.

First up for Coupeville is its own talented volleyball squad, which travels to Concrete Thursday, then hosts Friday Harbor on Saturday.

Girls soccer is on the road Friday, travelling to Friday Harbor, while Wolf football hosts La Conner a day later.

CHS tennis and cross country make their debuts the following week, while the Wolf boys soccer program is sitting out the season after it was unable to fill a complete roster.

 

Final spring sports league standings:

 

Northwest League baseball:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 9-0 9-0
Coupeville 7-3 7-3
Darrington 3-2 3-2
Orcas Island 4-5 4-5
MV Christian 1-5 1-5
La Conner 0-9 0-9

 

Northwest League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Coupeville 6-0 6-0
Friday Harbor 0-6 0-6

 

Northwest League softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 12-0 12-0
Darrington 5-3 5-3
Orcas Island 3-3 3-3
Friday Harbor 2-6 2-6
Concrete 0-4 0-4
La Conner 0-6 0-6

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Coupeville senior Daniel Olson closed out his high school baseball career Saturday by getting the final out in a 30-0 win. (Morgan White photos)

First, a small round of applause for Ivory Souryavong.

You probably don’t know him. I had never heard of him before Saturday.

But, as a major rebuilding season ended for a painfully-young La Conner High School baseball squad, Souryavong provided the lone highlight for Brave fans.

La Conner fell at home, and fell hard, losing 30-0 to a confident, really-starting-to-jell Coupeville squad.

The Braves sent 16 hitters to the plate in the loss, with 13 striking out against Wolf hurlers Hawthorne Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, and Daniel Olson.

Two others grounded out.

But Souryavong, a freshman third-baseman, rapped a two-out single in the bottom of the third, providing La Conner’s lone base runner.

It’s a small thing, but it should be noted — a kid refusing to go down easy even when things are not so great.

So, some kudos to Souryavong, before we move on to extolling the virtues of his foes.

And those Coupeville diamond men were in fine form, closing this pandemic-shortened season at 7-3, second-best in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Cole White is one of six Wolf freshmen on a 16-man roster.

First-year coach Will Thayer, with a pretty young roster of his own, got the best out of his diverse team, and loses just one senior to graduation.

That’s Olson, who once upon a time was my “assistant manager” at David’s DVD Den when he was a preschooler.

He was paid in candy, and I’m still not sure all the customer’s money made it into the till…

Now all grown up (at least mostly), he scored four times Saturday, and came to the mound to get the final out of the game, the season, and his prep career.

Olson ended things with another strikeout, punching out La Conner’s lone senior, Alden Schnabel, then strolled into the twilight.

For a moment at least, as the lanky Wolf is likely to return for basketball season.

After netting just a lone run in the top of the first, Coupeville dropped a 10-spot in the second, then tacked on 15 more in the third, before coasting home with four in the fourth.

With so many runs flying across the plate, the scorebook doesn’t show how a lot of Wolf hitters got on base, and I was in Freeland, helping my sister with chicken coops, and not camped out in La Conner.

So, if you were hoping for a complete breakdown of the hit parade, this is not the story you seek.

But suffice it to say that Thayer was able to get all 16 of his players into the game, with his young guns getting plenty of playing time.

“Super proud of this team,” said the CHS coach. “And excited to start building towards next season.”

After a strong junior campaign, Cody Roberts is primed to be Coupeville’s #1 pitcher when next season rolls around.

Wolfe and Murdy were pitching for the first time in a game this season, while Jonathan Valenzuela paced the offense, scoring five times.

Olson and Scott Hilborn both tapped the plate four times apiece, as well, with Cody Roberts coming around three times.

Also seeing playing time in the finale were Gabe Reed, Miles Davidson, Cole White, Sage Sharp, Zane Oldenstadt, Andrew Williams, Nick Guay, Coen Killian, Peyton Caveness, and Seth Woollet.

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