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   Tia Wurzrainer is teaming with fellow Wolf sophomore Avalon Renniger to form a potent doubles duo. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tennis is a tricky game.

They record the team score, yet individual development is the primary objective.

Coupeville High School girls tennis coach Ken Stange has been hanging around the courts for most of his life, and has developed a nice Zen attitude about the whole thing.

So, while his Wolf squad fell to 0-3 on the season after taking a 4-1 non-conference loss at South Whidbey Friday, he can be at peace, seeing each of his netters develop their own story arc at their own pace.

Coupeville will have a tough time putting together a string of team wins, with seven matches against 2A schools, several others against tough 1A rivals like South Whidbey, and a Wolf lineup still very much in flux.

Friday’s match, while it ended in a team loss, had its positives, though, especially in doubles.

Stange’s top duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, bounced back after a narrow loss to a Sequim tandem, pulling out an epic three-set win in Langley.

Sage and Payton really figured it out today,” Stange said. “South Whidbey had a tough duo.

“It took a while for them to find the groove, but once they did, it was lights out for SW.”

Coupeville’s #2 duo, sophomores Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, have only played three matches together, but their coach already sees a bright future for his young netters.

Avalon and Tia continue to grow,” Stange said. “They may have lost, but I see them evolving into one entity.

“They remind me of my 1’s, in a way.”

The final varsity doubles match presented Coupeville’s coach with a bit of a quandry.

While he was fully in support of his own players — seniors Kameryn St Onge and Maggie Crimmins — one of the Falcon rivals happened to be Oliana Stange.

The SWHS sophomore was making her varsity debut, and she and her partner pulled out a win as Ken Stange carefully juggled two roles, that of an aggressive coach and a justifiably-beaming father.

“Between sets, I told Kam and Maggie to hit it to the less experienced player. That was O,” chess-master Ken Stange admitted with a small smile. “I told my girls that she’d either wilt or rise up.

O stepped up. I was quite proud.”

After another clash with a 2A school, this time Kingston, next Tuesday, Mar. 20, Coupeville begins its run at a fourth-straight Olympic League crown when it hosts Klahowya Thursday, Mar. 22

Complete Friday results:


1st Singles — Claire Mietus lost to Farriss Jokinen 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Genna Wright lost to Ashley Ricketts 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Mary Zisette/Ainsley Nelson 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer lost to Robynn Maciel/Alison Papritz 6-4, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Kameryn St Onge/Maggie Crimmins lost to Ally Lynch/Oliana Stange 6-2, 6-2


4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Annika/Chloe 6-1

5th Doubles — Heather Nastali/Nanci Melendrez beat Capri/Amara 6-1

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   Chelsea Prescott struck out nine Friday as Coupeville’s JV softball squad thumped Concrete’s varsity. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chelsea Prescott already knows how to crack Concrete.

The Coupeville High School freshman made her high school softball debut Friday, and blitzed the visiting Lions, using her arm and bat to propel the Wolf JV to a 9-2 win over Concrete’s varsity.

Flinging mad heat all game long, Prescott, who will see a fair amount of time as a varsity player once that squad finally kicks off its season, whiffed nine and retired another five batters on bouncers back to the mound.

She was only hit hard once, maybe twice, and teamed up with freshman catcher Mollie Bailey, her former Little League teammate, to blitz Concrete at every step.

The Wolf JV, which got to make its Opening Day splash a day before the varsity travels to South Whidbey for its opener, controlled every aspect of the game.

On defense, Coral Caveness and Melia Welling came up with laser throws from short and third, respectively, while Coupeville’s hitters spread the love around from the top of the lineup to the bottom.

Prescott whacked a pair of singles to spark the Wolf attack, but it was Nicole Laxton and Caveness who had the biggest base-knocks.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, courtesy Bailey walking before Prescott and Welling were plunked, Laxton sauntered to the plate ready to get rowdy.

Hefting her bat, a small smile playing at the corners of her mouth as varsity catcher Sarah Wright kept up a steady stream of positive chatter from the bench, Laxton found her pitch and made Concrete’s pitcher weep silent tears of despair.

Ripping the hide off the ball, she sent a low, screaming shot down the left field line, plating two runners and effectively ending the game in one sweet swing.

Coupeville tacked on another run a batter later, with Welling beating a throw home after Marenna Rebischke-Smith got on base when the Concrete catcher failed to catch a third strike.

The Wolves stretched their lead to 5-0 in the second inning, netting two runs thanks to smart base-running.

Thora Iverson, who got aboard on a walk, scampered home on a passed ball, before Bailey psyched out Concrete’s first-baseman on a stop-and-go move between third and home.

Coming halfway down the line, the one true Photo Bomb Queen faked like she was headed back to third, then, when her frazzled rival paused for a split-second, suddenly spun and shot home.

Faked out of her shoes by a prime-time bit of Bailey magic, the Lion fielder was slow on her throw, and Bailey was quick on her slide under the tag, making for pure kismet.

Coupeville had a runner gunned down at the plate in the third, then hit a two-inning dry spell at the plate, giving Concrete a chance to crawl to back within 5-2.

That would be the last gasp from the Lions, however, as Prescott continued to heat up on the mound, and the Wolf bats recovered at a crucial moment.

Blowing the doors off the barn, the Wolves exploded for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to put an exclamation point on things.

Chloe Wheeler led off with a walk, stole second, got to third when Concrete was slow to respond, then strolled home after Caveness crunched an RBI double to deep center field.

From there it was a hail of runs, as Prescott and Laxton each stroked an RBI single and Rebischke-Smith brought the game’s final run around on a hard-hit grounder to the right side.

Coupeville collected six hits on the afternoon, with Bailey, Caveness, Prescott, Jenna Dickson and Laxton leading the hit parade.

Ivy Leedy came within an inch or two of joining them, but her wicked liner back up the middle in the fifth was snagged in a reflexive move by the Concrete pitcher, who was just trying to keep from taking a softball to the noggin.

Prescott’s nine K’s were spread out nicely, with the Wolf hurler ringing up at least one batter in six of seven innings.

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   Coupeville’s Chris Battaglia gets medieval on the shot put during Thursday’s Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hannah Davidson lines up her throw.

Working between two rivals, Wolf speed demon Jacob Smith fires up the jets.

   Freshman Kylie Chernikoff makes her high school track and field debut a successful one.

   Thane Peterson contemplates the state of the universe before flinging his discus into the great unknown.

A day after her birthday Lindsey Roberts gets airborne in the hurdles.

The shoes were tightly tied, the shot puts were flying and the cameras were clicking.

Thursday brought the start of a new high school track and field season, and the presence of all three Whidbey Island schools in one location was enough to draw John Fisken out of hiding.

The camera bug hit the Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor, and the Coupeville-heavy pics seen above are courtesy him.

To see everything Wolf-related Fisken shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember, purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes. Circle of life and all.

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   Johnny Carlson was a force at the plate and on the mound Thursday for the Coupeville JV baseball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sun was back, and it brought the offense with it.

A day after the Coupeville High School varsity baseball team was rained out, the Wolf JV had beautiful weather for its game Thursday, a day when the only thing raining down was runs.

How many runs you ask? A heck of a lot of runs.

31 to be exact, as visiting Sequim built a 12-run lead, then held off a furious Coupeville comeback and escaped with an 18-13 win.

The loss drops the Wolf JV to 0-2 on the season.

It was the kind of day when 95% of the players scored at least one run apiece.

OK, it’s probably simpler to just say Sequim third-baseman Julian Hernandez was the only player, out of 20 to see the field, who didn’t touch home.

He was 90 feet away in the first inning, but the Wolves denied him, and then every other player in uniform went and did what he couldn’t.

All 10 Wolves scored, with Jered Brown, Mason Grove and Drake Borden crossing the plate twice each and CHS racking up 15 hits on the afternoon.

Coupeville claimed its only lead of the game at 4-2 after piling up five of those base-knocks in the bottom of the first.

Brown, Grove, Jake Pease, Shane Losey and Johnny Carlson all put good metal to ball, as the Wolves looked like they might roll away with things.

Sequim managed to put a damper on things though, escaped the inning, then held CHS scoreless until the fourth as it built a 9-4 lead.

The Wolves chipped away for two runs in the fourth to pull back within three runs, then the fifth inning went nuclear on both sides of the ball.

Sequim erupted for nine runs in the top half of the inning, blowing the game open to an 18-6 tune, then promptly almost gave it all back.

Putting together five hits, including two from freshman Daniel Olson, Coupeville sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven of them in the bottom of the fifth.

And then, as suddenly as the offense came, it fled again, with the two teams both failing to score a run across the final two innings.

Carlson, who came on in relief in the fifth, closed out the game on the mound, striking out two as he shut Sequim down in the sixth and seventh.

Coupeville’s hit parade was led by Brown and Grove, who each collected four hits, while Jacob Zettle, Gavin Straub and James Vidoni joined their teammates by scoring.

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   South Whidbey’s Carl Henri Chapman (left) and Coupeville’s Jean Lund-Olsen, who both hail from Haiti, hang out at Thursday’s Island Jamboree. (Photo by Jon Chapman)

   Lauren Bayne kicked off her senior campaign with a win in the high jump. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You know it’s a good day when you can make Randy King gush.

The longtime Coupeville High School track and field guru has been around the oval a few times, so not a lot surprises him.

But there he was Thursday, hale and hearty after recovering from surgery, and popping his buttons while watching his Wolves open the season at the Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor.

“Our work over the past two weeks is bearing fruit!,” King said. “My, oh my. Lots of good performances.

“Looking forward to next week and a full meet!”

Thursday presented the latest chapter in an annual event which brings all three Whidbey Island schools together, with 1A Coupeville and South Whidbey competing against 3A Oak Harbor.

Despite facing stiff competition, the Wolves acquitted themselves quite nicely, winning three events (and a fourth unofficially), claiming six second-place finishes and compiling 31 PR’s.

The stars of the day were Emma Smith (shot put), Allison Wenzel (discus) and Lauren Bayne (high jump), who all ended up on the highest step of the award stand.

Kylie Chernikoff, Hannah Davidson, Wenzel and Bayne also teamed up to win the only relay of the day, which was a special one for throwers.

While times weren’t recorded or posted for the event, the Wolves broke the tape first, and everyone saw it, so bow down to Cow Town.

Coupeville also got second-place finishes from Thane Peterson (discus), Danny Conlisk (800), Mallory Kortuem (400), Ryan Labrador (shot put), Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles) and Jean Lund-Olsen (long jump).

Complete CHS results:


100 — Mallory Kortuem (6th) 13.72

200 — Lindsey Roberts (3rd) 28.73; Ashlie Shank (9th) 30.47; Zoe Trujillo (13th) 31.42 *PR*

400 — Kortuem (2nd) 1:05.36 *PR*; Natalie Hollrigel (6th) 1:10.35 *PR*; Shank (8th) 1:10.60 *PR*

800 — Catherine Lhamon (7th) 2:54.21 *PR*; Lucy Sandahl (8th) 2:55.01; Hollrigel (15th) 3:25.30 *PR*

1600 — Lhamon (5th) 6:12.66 *PR*; Sandahl (7th) 6:22.77

100 Hurdles — Roberts (2nd) 16.17; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (5th) 19.80 *PR*

Throwers Relay — Allison Wenzel, Lauren Bayne, Kylie Chernikoff, Hannah Davidson (1st) NO TIMES RECORDED

Shot put — Emma Smith (1st) 29-09 *PR*; Chernikoff (4th) 24-06 *PR*

Discus — Wenzel (1st) 82-06; Chernikoff (3rd) 78-03 *PR*; Davidson (4th) 72-03 *PR*; E. Smith (6th) 70-10; Abby Parker (7th) 65-10

Javelin — Bayne (4th) 95-05; Wenzel (5th) 91-11; Davidson (6th) 85-11 *PR*; Raven Vick (10th) 80-04; Trujillo (11th) 78-06 *PR*; Parker (12th) 74-01

High Jump — Bayne (1st) 4-08; Cassidy Moody (3rd) 4-04; Hoskins (5th) 4-00; Willow Vick (5th) 4-00 *PR*


100 — Jacob Smith (3rd) 11.57, Jean Lund-Olsen (10th) 11.96 *PR*; Thane Peterso(20th) 13.47 *PR*; Chris Ruck (24th) 14.07 *PR*

200 — Kyle Burnett (10th) 26.71 *PR*; Luke Carlson (14th) 27.66; Ethan Clavette (22nd) 29.87 *PR*

400 — J. Smith (4th) 54.27; Burnett (12th) 1:02.70 *PR*

800 — Danny Conlisk (2nd) 2:15.83

1600 — Conlisk (3rd) 4:56.14 *PR*

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (2nd) 38-05 *PR*; Chris Battaglia (4th) 36-07; Keahi Sorrows (6th) 35-04 *PR*; Matt Stevens (19th) 26-07 *PR*

Discus — Peterson (2nd) 90-05 *PR*; Sorrows (4th) 86-09; Labrador (16th) 60-00; Clavett(19th) 50-01 *PR*

Javelin — Battaglia (4th) 128-05 *PR*; Carlson (8th) 108-05 *PR*; Andrew Martin (9th) 107-10 *PR*

Long Jump — Lund-Olsen (2nd) 18-01; Ruck (7th) 10-08 *PR*

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