Posts Tagged ‘clinic’

   Follow in the path of Jim (left) and Joel Wheat and embrace the umpire lifestyle. (Connie Lippo photo)

Everyone thinks they can umpire.

At least that’s the impression one gets sitting in the stands.

Well, now’s your time to put up or shut up, as District 11, which includes Central Whidbey, is in need of umpires for little league season.

If you’re interested in joining the ranks of the men (and women) in blue, or are already an ump and want to refine your skills, the district is hosting a clinic Sunday, Mar. 18 in Anacortes.

It will run from 8 AM to 5 PM at Marguerite and Don Daniels Field (1915 13th Street).

This event is specifically designed for juniors umpires (players ages 10-18) to learn proper mechanics in a setting with their peers.

Western Region instructors and Regional/World Series umpires will be on hand to run the clinic.

If you’re planning to attend, they request you RSVP, so they can plan how many lunches they’ll need to provide.

Cost is $8.00 for the day and will be paid on arrival.

To RSVP, or for any questions, contact Bill Kosmas at strike_3@rocketmail.com or 360-770-6755.

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   Melia Welling and her Wolf softball teammates will run a free skills clinic for children in K-8 Saturday, April 1. (John Fisken photo)

Want to some day chase down fly balls like Hope Lodell or slug home runs like Katrina McGranahan?

Now’s your chance.

The Coupeville High School softball squad is offering a free skills clinic Saturday, April 1 for kids in grades K-8.

The event will kickoff with registration at 9:15 AM at Rhododendron Park on Patmore Road, and the clinic runs from 10-12.

If there’s rain, things will move inside the high school gym.

Wolf players and coaches will work with young players on throwing, hitting, defense, pitching and catching, with everything tailored to the child’s age and skill level.

Children should come ready with a bat, glove, footwear (inside and outside), softball clothing, jacket and water.

For more info contact CHS coaches Kevin McGranahan at kmcgranahan@coupeville.k12.wa.us or Justine McGranahan at (360) 720-8436.

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(John Fisken photos)

   Two seconds in and already overwhelmed by the excitement. (John Fisken photos)


   A line of players practices serves, except for the kid in the orange shirt, who’s debating kneecapping the paparazzi.


   CMS star Chelsea Prescott donates part of her Saturday to helping the next generation.


No fear of the floor.


Droppin’ bombs from above.


   “I’m just sayin’, that ball makes a run for it, I’m on it like a cheetah bringin’ down a water buffalo, sister!!”


“Get ready to taste my fastball, baby!”

Rose and Trujillo

   Wolf legends Lauren Rose (left) and Valen Trujillo provide some star wattage to the event.

The spikers of tomorrow learned big lessons today.

New Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore and a bunch of his Wolf players gathered at the CHS gym Saturday to put on a skills clinic for the community’s youngest hitters.

Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club, the event was a fast-paced, fun morning, complete with photographer.

Bouncing around Coupeville to snap pics at several locations, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken snagged the glossy photos above, which he was nice enough to share with us.

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Wolf players showed up Friday to hold a flag football clinic for kids from the Boys and Girls Club. (Photo courtesy Jacob Martin)

   Wolf players showed up Friday to hold a flag football clinic for kids from the Boys and Girls Club. (Photo courtesy Jacob Martin)

The strength of the Wolf is the pack.

Proving that to be true, 20 Coupeville High School football players showed up Friday — on a day when there was no school — to help their coaches run a flag football clinic for local children.

The event, put on through the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club, drew 28 participants, said CHS head football coach Brett Smedley.

“We had a great turn out and they had a great time!” he said.

Drawing in both girls and boys on a sunny afternoon, the clinic featured a mix of lessons and fun.

As he continues to build his own program at the high school, Smedley is also reaching out to the sport at other levels.

Getting assistance from a wide range of helpers was invaluable, he said.

“I’d like to thank the Boys and Girls Club, Coupeville Elementary, the CHS Football Team, Coach (Bob) Martin, and Coach (Ryan) King for putting this on!”

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Laugh (John Fisken photos)

   Two players share a laugh after battling for a ball during a drill. (John Fisken photos)

Sage Renninger

Sage Renninger works on her foot skills.

Lauren Grove

   Having bounced outside after playing volleyball in recent years, Lauren Grove enjoys the sunshine and fresh air.

Kalia Littlejohn

Kalia Littlejohn prepares to unleash the fury of her shootin’ foot.

Bree Daigneault

Bree Daigneault is on the attack.

Lindsey Roberts

Lindsey Roberts looks for an opening in the defense.

Ema Smith

Ema Smith navigates the cones during a drill.

Their foot game is strong.

With the start of a new season just around the corner, many of Coupeville High School’s female booters are taking part in a summer camp this week.

The camp, held at Fort Nugent, is running from Monday through Thursday. The first official day of high school practice is Aug. 24.

It’s the first summer camp sponsored by the North Whidbey Soccer Club, which means local players didn’t have to travel off-Island for once.

The camp, which is run by Nicholas Dziminowicz, a former D1 college player, has drawn a large response from Wolf players, who are accounting for about 70% of the attendees.

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