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After a year off due to COVID-19, Izzy Wells and Co. are back to reclaim the diamond. (Karen Carlson photo)

It’s been a long time coming.

Coupeville High School softball players are back on the field and ready to play games again for the first time since the 2019 state tournament.

The COVID-19 shutdown cost the Wolves the 2020 season and prevented four-year players such as Emma Mathusek and Scout Smith from experiencing their senior season.

But, while that hurts, the focus when players opened practice Monday was a positive one, said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan.

“I have 22 girls as of today and ALL of them have been practicing when we could throughout the last year,” he said. “They have all stuck by the program and are anxious to get the season going.

“I could not be more proud of this team,” McGranahan added.

“I am always proud of my teams, but this particular set of girls have endured through the last year and finally get to showoff a little bit.”

Leading the way will be five players from that 2019 team, which won a North Sound Conference title, finished second at districts, then advanced to state for the third time in program history.

Seniors Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey, and Coral Caveness are joined by juniors Izzy Wells and Audrianna Shaw.

Wells was Coupeville’s #1 pitcher as a freshman, while Prescott has been one of her team’s most-dangerous hitters since day one of her own 9th grade season.

Bailey held down third base for the 2019 state team, and also has plenty of experience as a catcher, while Caveness and Shaw played multiple positions.

The five-pack are key as the Wolves move into their home in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

“Gonna need all of them to step up and lead the younger players that have never seen varsity time due to COVID,” McGranahan said.

Coral Caveness, one of three Coupeville seniors, last played at the 2019 state tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Among key newcomers for the Wolves are a group of “redshirt freshmen” — sophomores who never got to play last spring and are “talented, but very inexperienced at this level.”

These include Gwen Gustafson (pitcher/centerfield), Jill Prince (infield), and the deadly duo of Allie and Maya Lucero (infield).

Outfielder Lacy McCraw-Shirron, who transferred to Coupeville before last season, but never got on the field, is also expected to contribute.

Regardless of which of the 22 players get on the field, and in what positions, McGranahan will be there to preach hard work and improvement.

“We have strong leaders in our seniors, and our defense will be pretty solid with a scrappy offense,” he said. “(But we need to work on) softball IQ – we have to get better with our softball knowledge of the game and strategies.

“This is only because we are getting so young and inexperienced due to COVID; not a knock on the girls at all,” McGranahan added. “They just have to be able to learn quickly.”

Along with the time off, Coupeville is making the transition from 1A to 2B, with a new group of foes.

With schools playing shortened seasons as they return from the pandemic shutdown, the Wolves are scheduled for 12 games, all against league opponents.

They’ll play five games against fellow 2B schools La Conner (3) and Friday Harbor (2), with seven against 1B foes Orcas Island (3), Darrington (2), and Concrete (2).

Mount Vernon Christian (1B) doesn’t play softball, while Chimacum (2B) delayed its move to the NWL until the 2021-2022 school year.

There won’t be any playoffs this season, with the hope that things will be back to “normal” in the spring of 2022.

In particular, McGranahan, who enjoys having his team “play up,” is looking forward to when CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith can return to adding extra games to the schedule.

“I hope in future seasons we can play the 1A schools out of conference to challenge our girls, because they respond to a challenge.”

Which doesn’t mean the Wolves aren’t swinging for the fences this time out.

“Our goals are to win the league and develop the younger talent that lost a very big developmental year last season,” McGranahan said.

“Friday Harbor will be our biggest challenge from what I can tell,” he added. “They were getting pretty good before COVID, so I expect them to be our new rival.

“But with everyone having a year off, anyone could have gotten better.”

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Carolyn Lhamon slices to the hoop during a recent basketball practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf freshman Brionna Blouin works on her volleyball skills.

Mano a mano, hardwood-style.

Abby Mulholland hones her shooting touch.

Chelsea Prescott gets down to snag a sizzlin’ grounder.

Brian Casey gets stretched out.

Katie Marti slides in to make the play.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim flies up-court.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh snaps a throw across the infield.

No games, but plenty of action.

While the ongoing pandemic prevents Washington state schools from playing competitions, Coupeville High School athletes continue to take part in off-season workouts.

The pics above, shot at a number of practices, come to us courtesy local photo clicker John Fisken.

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Kylie Van Velkinburgh (with a little help from Tupac) keeps things locked down at first base. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Heidi Meyers snuffs out a potential base hit.

Wolf coach Kevin McGranahan gets his swing on.

Jill Prince tracks an incoming throw.

Chelsea Prescott prepares to unleash a laser.

“Get in my glove, ball.”

Izzy Wells hauls in a long bomb.

“Try and run, fool, I dare you!”

The girls of spring are playing this fall.

Sort of.

While there won’t be any games, in any sport, for some time thanks to an ongoing pandemic, Coupeville athletes are being allowed to participate in practices right now.

Staying off to the side at a reasonable distance, intrepid photographer John Fisken visited a recent Wolf softball event, where he snapped the pics seen above.

 

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2020-10-07-CHS-BT-SB-Practice/

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Chelsea Prescott is killin’ it in “home school.” Come with us as she replaces toilets and much more. (Photos courtesy Josie Prescott)

Attention to detail, always.

Power washing the house after lunch.

Got a car issue? Prescott also worked on the brakes after this.

Swinging by home ec to show off her cake skills.

If we end up in an apocalyptic wasteland, all hail our new leader!

Apparently Chelsea Prescott can do it all.

As an athlete, the Coupeville High School junior has been at the forefront every step of the way.

Back in her middle school days, she once accidentally smashed a volleyball off a rival’s face with so much fury, school Athletic Director Willie Smith had to bring out the really big towel to deal with all the blood on the floor.

In little league, she passed on softball, chose baseball, and said “Give me the dang ball, coach!” and was her team’s best pitcher.

Through three years of high school, nothing has changed, as Prescott has been a stellar star on Wolf volleyball, basketball, and softball squads, helping take the spikers and diamond queens to state.

Now, with schools shut down and sports put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone has had to scramble to adjust.

When it comes to the new homeschooling, few have made the transition with as much flair as Prescott.

Instead of just doing a little math here, and some history there, she’s jumped feet-first into hands-on learning, from changing brakes to removing and replacing a toilet.

If this is the start of the apocalypse, you all might want to get on Chelsea’s good side now before you have to wander the wastelands.

Cause it’s pretty dang obvious which one of us in this town is built to survive the longest.

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Senior sharpshooter Scout Smith rattled the rims for 13 Friday as Coupeville bounced arch-rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were a two-woman wrecking crew.

Outscoring South Whidbey by themselves Friday, Scout Smith and birthday girl Chelsea Prescott torched the nets for 13 points apiece, lifting the Coupeville High School varsity girls hoops squad to a major rivalry win.

Getting stronger as the night went on, the Wolves rolled to a 34-25 road win in Langley, improving to 3-1 in North Sound Conference action.

Now 8-3 overall, Coupeville won by clamping down on defense, hitting some key three-balls, and overcoming another shaky night at the free throw line.

The Wolves connected on just 3-12 at the charity stripe, continuing a season-long struggle, but made up for it in every other facet of the game.

On the day she celebrated her 17th birthday, Prescott had the hot hand early, banking in five points in the opening quarter to stake CHS to a 10-8 lead.

From there, the Wolves steadily pulled away, using 10-4 and 10-6 surges across the next two frames to build a 30-18 lead heading into the fourth.

Prescott continued to bang away on the offensive end, while her senior running mate found life fun behind the three-point arc.

Smith drained a pair of three-balls in the second quarter, then came back for another trey in the third, offering up something South Whidbey had no answers for on this night.

With their twin 13-point efforts, both of Coupeville’s shooting stars continue to climb up the CHS girls hoops career scoring chart, which covers 1974-2020.

Smith, now with 239 points, jumps from #50 to #46, passing Mikayla Elfrank (227), Ema Smith (228), Hilary Kortuem (231), and Breeanna Messner (235).

Prescott, just a junior, has tallied 224 points as a high school player, and is on the cusp of also breaking into the Top 50.

She moved from #54 to #51 Friday, elbowing past Beth Mouw (216), Lisa Roehl (216), and Annette Jameson (223).

Coupeville also got scoring from Avalon Renninger (4), Maddie Georges (2), and Hannah Davidson (2) Friday, while Carolyn Lhamon, Izzy Wells, Tia Wurzrainer, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh saw floor time.

Renninger reached a milestone of her own, as her final point of the night, a third-quarter free throw, was the 100th of her career.

Friday’s win kicked off a five-game road trip for the Wolves, who are scheduled to play three times next week.

CHS travels to Granite Falls Monday, Cedar Park Christian Friday, and Port Townsend Saturday.

The first and third games are make-up games after snow and wind, respectively, got in the way the first time around.

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