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   Abby (Clinkscales) Meyers brings a positive attitude and hard work to all her sports. (Photo courtesy Pat Meyers)

She’s working hard for the future, smiling all the way.

Abby (Clinkscales) Meyers has made several appearances in the CHS weight room this summer, taking part in the school’s SST training program.

Working alongside older sister Heidi, Abby, who will be an 8th grader at CMS in the fall, is preparing for multiple sports.

After playing middle school volleyball and little league softball during her first year in Coupeville, Meyers plans to branch out and add basketball in year two.

While she enjoys all of her sports, diamond life is the life for her.

“My favorite sport is softball because I really enjoy the game,” Meyers said. “I had some great coaches in Mike Peters and Lark Gustafson this year that helped me improve a lot.”

Playing team sports gives her a chance to interact with new friends, something she embraces.

“I enjoy the energy you get from your teammates and learning new things every year,” Meyers said. “My strengths are cheering on my teammates, being supportive and helping whenever I can.”

Like most young athletes, she is discovering new strengths every day, and always wants to remain open to all the possibilities out there.

“What I’d like to work on is stepping out of my comfort zone,” Meyers said. “To try new positions as suggested by my coaches.

“My high school sports career goals would be to keep growing as a player and helping my teammates.”

Away from the playing field, she excels in her art and math classes and enjoys “drawing, reading and caring for animals,” with an eye on a possible career as a small animal vet.

Whether she’s swinging a softball bat or an art brush, Meyers has a strong support crew, something which means a lot to her.

“Many people have helped me become the person I am today,” she said.

“My Aunt Pat giving me my daily guidance, my coaches Lark and Mike for their encouragement, and my sisters Heidi and Lilly for always being there through it all.”

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   Mimi Johnson, the newest member of the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (John Fisken photo)

Mimi Johnson did it all.

Down the road, when it sinks in that she and her family (husband Scott and children Elliott and Stella) have really left Whidbey behind for the wilds of Danville, Kentucky, her absence will be enormous.

Mimi wore many hats during her years in Cow Town, as a player, coach, volunteer and business owner, and today we induct her into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame for her full body of work.

After this, you may not find her down at the CHS softball field as often, but you will always find her up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

We’re enshrining her as a Contributor, as a way to encompass everything she accomplished.

Back in her high school days, when she was still writing Iverson on her papers, Mimi was a standout softball player for CHS who later went on to play college ball.

After marriage and kids, she joined with brother Matt to do the seemingly impossible and resurrected Ebey Bowl after a decade-long absence.

The bowling alley of their youth had spent years neglected, basically a dumping ground for old car parts and boats, when the duo sparked a Phoenix-like rebirth.

When not working together to run the family insurance business, the brother/sister combo recreated a ’50s-style alley, and the place was popular with a new generation during its second run.

Around all that, Mimi, like her husband, devoted countless hours to Central Whidbey Little League.

Working as a coach, she took several softball teams, at different age levels, to the state tourney, capping her run by leading the Juniors squad to the big dance this year on the very day she was moving off-Island.

Through it all, Mimi rarely, if ever, lost her smile.

She was adept at bringing people together and worked to include players and families from North and South onto her Central Whidbey teams, when the other parts of the Island couldn’t field their own squads.

Mimi got along with everyone, even umpires, and her impact on a generation of young local softball sluggers, who have been ripping through rivals (but doing it with class) at every level, is immeasurable.

And now she’s gone, Kentucky’s gain and our loss.

Except, she’s not really gone.

Mimi’s fun, unassuming style will linger on through seasons to come, as her players go on to take the field for other coaches.

As future softball successes play out, she will be a part of them, if from afar.

And if Kentucky doesn’t work out?

Whidbey is always here waiting, and it wouldn’t be hard to find a coaching job upon her return.

Just start off with “So, yeah, I’m in the Hall of Fame…” and go from there.

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   Action was intense all week at the Minors softball district tourney. (John Fisken photo)

If it’s the final game of the season, might as well make it the craziest one, too.

The Central Whidbey Little League All-Star Minors softball squad bowed out of the District 11 tourney Thursday, falling to Sedro-Woolley in the championship round.

The 23-12 loss eliminated CW two wins shy of advancing to state.

But the score doesn’t tell half the story.

In a wild one, Sedro went up 11-0, gave back 10 runs in one half of an inning, then responded with 12 of their own the next time at bat, partially thanks to a missed call by the ump.

The tone of the game was set early, as Central missed a chance to take the early lead.

Trailing just 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first, the Whidbey squad got its first two runners, Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle, on base thanks to walks.

Things took a tragic turn however, as speed demon Farris severely twisted her ankle leading off of third, forcing coach/dad Fred Farris to be cautious on sending his runners.

“We were set up for a lead,” he said. “Under normal circumstances both would have stolen home, considering all the passed balls that followed.

Mia really sets the tone for us with her aggressive base running. She was hobbled throughout the game,” Farris added. “Would have been nice to have those two runs and the lead after one.”

Sedro tacked on three in the second, then broke the game open with five runs in the top of the third and two more in the fourth, making things look like a blowout.

Until the game took a wild swerve.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Madison McMillan ripped a single, Central’s first hit of the game, and it seemed to buckle Sedro’s resolve.

Or at least its ability to find the strike zone.

10 of the next 11 Whidbey hitters walked, and by the time Sedro had finally stopped the bleeding with an inning-ending strikeout, a romp had become a one-run thriller.

But then the game veered right back.

Four runs in the top of the fifth stretched the lead back to 15-10, but Central got the third out and was still close.

Except, the ump whiffed on the call which would have been the third out, and, given new life in the inning, Sedro tacked on eight more runs.

This time, a tired Central squad — many of its players pulled double duty, attending Girl Scout camp at Fort Casey, then heading to Anacortes three straight nights for playoff games — had no answer.

Even in defeat, Fred Farris had much to be grateful about.

“Tough loss, but Sedro is a good team. Our girls showed a lot of heart!,” he said. “Allison Nastali pitched great and Madison McMillan had a great game, both at the plate and on defense.

“It was a great experience for this young team,” Farris added. “I think seeing Sedro pose with the banner and celebrate, makes them want to be there next year.”

Central’s playoff roster was comprised of Taylor Auld, Brionna Blouin, Brotemarkle, Teagan Calkins, Farris, Mimi Forde, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti, Chloe Marzocca, McMillan, Nastali, Molly Nattress and Mayleen Weatherford.

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   With a win Wednesday, Central Whidbey advances to the championship round of the District 11 tourney. (John Fisken photo)

Pressure? What pressure?

With it season on the line, the Central Whidbey Little League All-Star Minors softball squad fired up the offense Wednesday and thumped North Whidbey 23-7 in a loser-out playoff game.

CWLL advances to the championship of the District 11 tourney, where it will seek revenge against Sedro-Woolley, a team it lost to Tuesday night.

Win twice — Thursday and Friday, with both games played in Anacortes —  and Central is bound for the state championships.

Sedro, 2-0 at districts, needs just one win to claim the crown.

If Central Whidbey takes advantage of its offensive opportunities like it did against North Whidbey, anything is possible.

Pouring in runs in every inning, the Coupeville sluggers (and their trio of South Whidbey mercenaries) built a 14-1 lead after the first inning and a half and never looked back.

After opening with five in the first and nine in the second, CW settled for two in the third, then closed with fury, plating seven in the fourth and final inning.

Central benefited from a keen eye at the plate, picking up a staggering amount of walks.

The few times the Whidbey hitters did get a pitch somewhere in the vicinity of the plate, they seized the moment, drilling hits left and right.

Mia Farris, Allison Nastali, Chloe Marzocca, Taylor Auld, Mimi Forde and Brionna Blouin all collected base-knocks.

With runs flying across the plate, Auld, Farris, Nastali and Marzocca stepped on home three times apiece, with Blouin, Mayleen Weatherford and Madison McMillan scoring twice.

Coupeville hurlers Blouin and Nastali were a deadly duo in the pitcher’s circle, with Nastali shutting North Whidbey down completely over the final 2 and 2/3 innings.

Behind them their teammates stepped up in the spotlight.

“The girls played stellar defense throughout,” said CW coach Fred Farris. “Teagan (Calkins) was a vacuum behind the plate.”

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   Allison Nastali, buckling hitters knees with wicked fastballs. (John Fisken photos)

“I dare you to try and steal … yeah, didn’t think so.”

The gun show arrives in town.

Softball guru Christi Messner (and associate) survey the on-field action.

“You can run, but I can gun! Get ready to be out in three, two, one…”

“Forget it, sister! I was safe by a mile!!”

They’ll be aiming for a quick bounce-back.

After falling 18-8 Tuesday to Sedro-Woolley at the district tourney, the Central Whidbey Little League All-Star Minors softball squad is still very much alive.

Now Coupeville’s sluggers need to take out Island rival North Whidbey Wednesday when both teams return to Anacortes for a loser-out game.

The winner of that game advances to the championship and a rematch with Sedro, which sits at 2-0 after beating both local teams.

To win the District 11 title, and punch a ticket to state, the winner of the Whidbey rumble will have to knock off Sedro twice.

Tuesday’s game was close for an inning, as Central Whidbey scored two in the bottom of the first to snag a 2-1 lead.

Then the floor fell out from beneath its feet for a bit, as Sedro broke through for 10 runs in the top of the second.

Central Whidbey responded with two in the second, three in the fourth and a final run in the fifth, but couldn’t fully recover.

“The big stage ruffled their feathers a bit once things started to get away from them defensively,” said Central coach Fred Farris. “They fought back hard to get back in the game.”

Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle led Coupeville, rapping singles, scoring twice and forming a potent defensive combo at second and short.

Allison Nastali and Taylor Auld also stepped on home twice, with Nastali “pitching a great game.”

The All-Star roster is comprised of Auld, Brionna Blouin, Brotemarkle, Teagan Calkins, Farris, Mimi Forde, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti, Chloe Marzocca, Madison McMillan, Nastali, Molly Nattress and Mayleen Weatherford.

To see more photos from this game (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes) pop over to:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-CWLL/20170627-CWLL-810-SB-AllStars-vs-SedroWoolley/

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