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Eyes scanning the defense, Audrianna Shaw prepares to slice ‘n dice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Anya Leavell can’t believe no one is playing defense on her.

“Why did the rooster go to Dairy Queen? He wanted to see a chicken strip!”

Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Shaw form an impenetrable defensive Wall o’ Doom and Despair.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins soars to the rafters.

“Mine! Mine!! Mine!!! Mine!!!!!!!!!”

The spotlight was fully on the young guns.

Monday night the court in Oak Harbor belonged to the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team, as they hammered their hosts and got their photos snapped by the local paparazzi.

John Fisken had time to shoot his shot(s) and still get home at a reasonable time, and the pics above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, and possibly buy some glossies for Grandma, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Oak-Harbor-Basketball-2018-2019/GBB-2019-01-07-OH-vs-Coupeville/

And remember, purchases help fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes, so when you give some, you help other people get some.

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   Freshman Scout Smith made several superb defensive plays Wednesday during a doubleheader sweep of 2A Sequim. (John Fisken photos)

   Mikayla Elfrank can beat you with her bat, glove or arm, something Sequim will never forget.

It started with thunder and lightning and ended with Dairy Queen.

Powered by a phenomenal performance from slugging shortstop Mikayla Elfrank, the Coupeville High School softball squad completed a doubleheader sweep of 2A Sequim which took a week, and two towns, to play.

Six days after game one was suspended by a sudden storm on Whidbey, the Wolves hit the road Wednesday and arrived on the mainland just in time to catch the arrival of the carnival to town.

Oh yeah, and they also pulled off 5-3 and 4-3 wins, while Elfrank cranked two home-runs to straight-away center (on separate days in different towns), collected seven RBIs, and got a gift certificate for creamy ice cream goodness from the rival coach.

The wins lift Coupeville to 17-3, the second-best record in program history, heading into postseason play.

The Wolves open the district playoffs May 19 against Vashon Island, a team they roughed up 13-5 earlier this season.

As they chase the 2002 CHS sluggers, who went 24-3 and finished 3rd at state, this year’s squad, which had eight underclassmen in the starting lineup Wednesday, has beaten every team except one.

They are 0-3 against Olympic League champ Chimacum and 17-0 against the world.

That includes going 5-0 against two teams, Klahowya and Sequim, which gave those Cowboys (9-4) two of their four losses.

Facing off with Sequim, a strong squad which claimed second in the 2A division of the Olympic League, Coupeville used a similar strategy in both games — big hits to jump on top early, then stellar defense and lights-out pitching from Katrina McGranahan to slam the door shut.

Game One (4-3 win):

This started in Coupeville May 4, then stopped after two innings, with the Wolves pounding the snot out of the ball on their way to a 4-0 lead.

Distant thunder and lightning caused a never-ending series of delays on Senior Night, and the game never re-started.

While it could have been called off, both coaches agreed they wanted to finish and made a gentleman’s agreement to do just that.

Before the delay, Elfrank crushed a grand-slam to straight-away center (that became a really long three-run single after she inadvertently passed teammate Sarah Wright at second) and Robin Cedillo spanked an RBI single.

Jump ahead six days, and the game, which was actually played second Wednesday, morphed from a hit-fest into a pitcher’s duel.

Sequim scraped out two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth to make things tense, but the Wolf defense withstood the challenge.

Freshman Scout Smith, in the lineup for Cedillo, who didn’t make the trip Wednesday, threw out not one, but two runners in the sixth from her position in right field.

Both were smart plays that serve as a testament to lessons learned growing up as a coach’s daughter.

On the first one, she snagged an errant throw over first and fired a laser to Elfrank covering the bag at second, cutting down the runner.

Smith then closed the inning with a nifty double play, pulling in a long fly, before nabbing a Sequim player who neglected to go back and tag up before trying to advance from second to third.

Clinging to a one-run lead in the seventh inning, Coupeville closed with a bang, as McGranahan collected her eighth strikeout, before Hope Lodell and Kyla Briscoe pulled in long fly balls.

The final blow was a high winder to deep left and had danger written all over it, but Briscoe, subbing for big sis Tiffany, who was back home taking AP English Lit tests, played the drifting ball to perfection, then got rushed by her jubilant teammates.

Game Two (5-3 win):

Wednesday’s regularly-scheduled game started off awfully similar to the one interrupted by lightning.

Jae LeVine ripped a single to right, Wright got plunked with a pitch and then Elfrank strode to the plate, twisting the bat in her hands like a woman about to rip it in half.

Before the game the Sequim coach had joked with the Coupeville players, telling them he’d buy a Blizzard for any Wolf who successfully crushed a ball off of the carnival rides being set up behind the outfield fence.

Elfrank was a woman on a mission.

Jumping on the very first pitch she saw from the same hurler she had homered off of six days earlier, she whacked the ball a country mile and the resulting clang when the ball hit pay-dirt left little doubt — ball had met carnival ride.

I’m calling it. Two consecutive pitches from the same rival pitcher — six days and two towns apart — and two consecutive bombs to straight-away center cement Elfrank as one of the most electrifying players to ever wear the red and black.

But she wasn’t done.

Next trip to the plate, in the top of the third, Elfrank dropped an RBI single to right, using her bat like a pool cue to place the ball into a small patch of open grass.

So, to recap — over the course of three consecutive at-bats against the same pitcher, but in two towns with a six-day delay between plate appearance #1 and #2, she went 3-3 with a home run that wasn’t because of a quirk, a home run that dented a carnival ride and seven RBI.

But she wasn’t done.

With the bat yes, as Elfrank didn’t reach base again Wednesday, but she also has a superb glove and a cannon for an arm.

Case in point, the bottom of the sixth.

Sequim had chipped away at the lead, cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 and had the tying run at third with two outs.

The batter cranked a hard-hit shot deep into the hole, and was flying down the line as her teammate headed home, ready to celebrate.

Elfrank, though, was in super-human mode, snagging the ball on the move, then spinning and firing while falling backwards into short left-field.

The ball zipped on a line, the runner leaned, all of Sequim held its collective breath, Wolf first-baseman Veronica Crownover reached as far as her 5-foot-11-and-three-quarters-inch frame would allow and time stopped for a moment.

To my right, Rod Serling, host of The Twilight Zone, appeared, calmly saying “You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination…”

And my dream came true.

Ball met mitt a split-second before spikes hit bag and the field ump punched the air, signalling the out with so much energy the entire diamond rocked like the epicenter of an earthquake.

Coming on the heels of two earlier gems — a catch at her shoestrings by center fielder Lodell and Wright ignoring hurt fingers to throw out a runner at third — Elfrank to Crownover to save the game was the perfect cap.

Sequim’s hitters seemed to know it too, as they meekly hit three pop-ups in the seventh, one each to Lauren Rose, Elfrank and LeVine.

Over the course of the two games, Coupeville racked up 14 hits, with 10 different hitters getting at least one.

Elfrank led the way with her three big blows, while Rose and LeVine had two singles apiece.

Tamika Nastali might have had the most satisfying base-knock.

After missing on two bunt tries, she pulled the bat back on the very next pitch and crushed a hard-hit liner down the right-field line that landed with a smack and brought her bench to its feet.

As his players celebrated around him, CHS coach Kevin McGranahan had the look of a man who would enjoy his bus ride back to Whidbey.

“This is the kind of test we wanted before the playoffs, and we passed,” he said with a satisfied smile. “Their confidence is soaring, and that is great to see.”

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May Rose (John Fisken photos)

May Rose

May Rose is taking over the world.

And the world’s pretty happy about that. As it should be.

The Coupeville High School junior, who celebrates a birthday today, is a winner on and off the field, a young woman whose potential is mind-boggling.

On the soccer pitch, she has taken huge strides every season, rising from a complementary player to a dangerous sniper.

This past fall she blasted home a goal against Chimacum in a 2-1 win that clinched a playoff berth for the Wolves and got the seal of approval from her coach afterwards.

May Rose played lights out; she has really worked hard and improved her game!,” Troy Cowan said. “Her first touch has become a real weapon and she is getting hungry for the ball, which is bad news for defenders!!!”

You notice, he gave her three exclamation points (one more than my typical headline). Nice.

When she’s not rampaging on the pitch, Rose is a soft serve master at Dairy Queen, a proud older sister to fellow booter Taichen Rose and a vital part of The Three Amigos with fellow CHS athletes Bree Daigneault and Ally Roberts.

Oh yeah, and she’s also one of the best in the game on Twitter, where she slices ‘n dices with subtle zingers that leave her foes on the mat, looking like fools.

But don’t let that confuse you.

May might be quick with the wit, but don’t get me wrong. She’s no bully. Far from it.

She has always come across as a friendly, considerate, very intelligent young woman who is supremely loyal to her friends and families, feisty but caring.

Rose is what every coach, every fan loves to see in a student/athlete, and we are very blessed to have her as part of our town.

So, as she celebrates her cake day, we want to send our best to May.

You’re flying high, Miss Rose. Keep soaring. Always.

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Wolf defender Lindsey Roberts never loses her smile, even when she uses her body to block a cannon shot as she did Tuesday. (John Fisken photo)

   Wolf defender Lindsey Roberts never loses her smile, even when she uses her body to block a cannon shot as she did Tuesday. (John Fisken photo)

The day began with Abby Wambach retiring.

After 14 years with the U.S. national soccer team, during which she made 252 international appearances and scored a record 184 goals, a legend who has inspired countless young women is headed to the locker room for the final time.

It was fitting then, that two teams full of young women who grew up in the age of Wambach, of Hope Solo and Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain and Alex Morgan, of womens’ soccer being ultra-successful and increasingly popular, ended the day by playing with the same passion and fire shown by their pro idols.

Capping regular season play, Coupeville and Port Townsend went at it Tuesday in a sometimes rough and tumble game, with the Wolves riding goals from Kalia Littlejohn and May Rose to a 2-0 win.

The victory evened the Wolves record at 6-6-3 overall, while lifting them to 4-2 in 1A Olympic League play.

Coupeville claimed second place in the four-team league for the second straight year, while improving its league record by a game over last season’s 3-3 mark.

The Wolves have now tied last year’s squad (6-7-1) for most wins in a single season, a mark they will attempt to break Saturday when they “host” a district playoff game on Halloween.

Unlike last year’s postseason opener, when it had to travel further than the “visiting” team, Coupeville has secured Oak Harbor’s stadium for the game.

Game time is currently set for 4 PM, though that may change.

The opponent will be the #3 team from the Nisqually League, which is almost certain to be Vashon Island, which knocked Coupeville out of the playoffs last year.

Win Saturday, and the Wolves advance to double elimination play, needing one win in two games to earn a trip to the state tourney.

To stay up to date on the playoff bracket, pop over to: http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=1665&sport=11

Coupeville showed an ability to bounce back quickly Tuesday, shredding Port Townsend less than 24 hours after a tough road loss at Klahowya.

The Wolves pushed the pace early, with Sage Renninger ripping a booming shot on goal that narrowly missed.

With the RedHawks back on their heels a bit, Littlejohn took advantage, pulling out every fake and juke from her big box of tricks.

Charging down the left sideline, pump faking RedHawks into the parking lot, the frosh who’s drawn to the net like it’s filled with magnets, pulled off a dazzling goal to open the scoring.

Popping the ball to her back foot, she spun the Port Townsend goalie around, then dropped her to the ground like a bad habit, before skipping ever so gently to the side and banking the ball into a now-open net.

It was Littlejohn’s tenth goal of the season, a school record.

Coupeville stayed on the attack, with Renninger, Rose and Mia Littlejohn getting good looks at the net, but the Wolves went into halftime still clinging to a 1-0 lead.

Freshmen defender Lindsey Roberts went into the break limping slightly, after she sacrificed her gluteus maximus, swinging at the last second to take the full brunt of a RedHawk shot and deflect it away from her goal.

The ball hitting derriere issued a gunshot-like crack through the stadium, sent Roberts large fan section (and her teammates) into delirium over their girl’s sacrifice and brought a huge grin to Lindsey’s face … after a few moments of lurching around like a woman who had just been hit by a freight train.

Robert’s play typified the lock-down mentality shown by the Wolf defense.

Anchored by senior captain Jennifer Spark, CHS goalie Lauren Grove’s support crew was on point all afternoon, with Roberts, Mckenzie Meyer, Lauren Bayne, Taichen Rose and others forming an impenetrable wall.

The few times the RedHawks broke through, Grove was there to shut things down.

The first-year goaltender made several strong saves, with one especially nice one in the second half, where she gave up her own body to knock down, then corral, a laser at close range.

Lauren has been just tremendous for us this season; she is doing a fantastic job in the box,” said Wolf coach Troy Cowan.

After a halftime celebration that honored Coupeville’s seniors — four-year starter Spark as well as fleet-footed Kirsten Pelroy and plucky Jovanah Foote — the Wolves turned to the silky-smooth Rose to seal the deal.

Trailing behind Pelroy as she launched an assault on the goal, Rose caught a loose ball with one toe, then flipped it past the flailing RedHawk goalie for her third score of the season.

The play was as smooth as the soft serve ice cream the Wolf junior serves up at her other job, working shifts at Dairy Queen.

And yes, that was a shameless plug in case anyone high up in the world of Dilly Bars is reading.

Coupeville Sports, where we never, ever say no to gift certificates…

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