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Emma Mathusek is here to rock the joint. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

With Maddie Georges eyeballing her work, Abby Mulholland soars for a tip.

Vivian Farris stays hyper-focused.

Dairy Queen makes delicious treats and should sponsor Coupeville Sports. Or at least give us some free ice cream.

Scout Smith angles a return, looking for a tiny crack in the defense.

Wolf football ace Alex Jimenez shows his support for his classmates.

Lucy Tenore denies your request for a kill.

Jordyn Rogers will go as low as necessary to save the day.

Cameras were clickin’, and volleyballs were zingin’.

With King’s in town Tuesday, all three Coupeville High School spiker squads were in action, and assorted camera clickers were hard at work, stalking the sidelines and baseline.

The pics seen above come from one of those intrepid photogs, John Fisken, who bounced between gyms, only taking a break to let his camera cool down.

And perhaps have a sip of Diet Coke.

To see everything Fisken shot in between beverage breaks, pop over to:


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Lucy Sandahl flies down the backstretch Saturday while running the 10K at Race the Reserve. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fellow CHS senior Gavin Knoblich dodges raindrops while pulling in volunteer hours.

The runners surge from the starting gate.

Sophie Sandahl cruises by.

Emma Somes protects her noggin from the liquid sunshine.

Michael Sandahl hands out awards (and smiles).

Mary Conlisk zips across the same track brother Danny competed on during his high school days.

Nikolai Lyngra hits the jets as the finish line beckons.

Wolf volleyball superstars Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Emma Mathusek spend some quality time together.

Back on the Island and back at work.

After spending a chunk of time bouncing around America in an RV, searching for inner truth and such, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken returned to Coupeville Saturday morning.

Calling him like a siren song was the 2019 edition of the annual Race the Reserve, a five-race event which raises money for the next graduating class from Coupeville High School.

Dealing with a sudden onslaught of liquid sunshine in the early morning hours, Fisken kept the camera hummin’, and the pics seen above are a taste of what he shot.

To marinate in everything he captured (and possibly purchase some glossies), pop over to:


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Sophomore Coral Caveness cracked a career-high four hits Wednesday as Coupeville stunned league leader Granite Falls. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves celebrate one of their two out-of-the-park home-runs.

They came in with a swagger, and they left with a stagger.

Granite Falls still sits atop the North Sound Conference softball standings, but the Tigers got tamed Wednesday afternoon in Cow Town.

Scoring in every inning, then clamping down on defense with the game on the line, Coupeville roared from behind to stun their visitors 20-18 in a wild and woolly affair on the prairie.

The win, emphatically ended by freshman hurler Izzy “Ms. Unflappable” Wells whiffing Granite’s most-dangerous hitter with the nastiest pitch of her career, lifts the Wolves to 6-3 in league play, 9-7 overall.

That moves them back into a 2nd place tie with Cedar Park Christian (6-3, 11-4), though Coupeville owns the tiebreaker with the Eagles, having won two of three against CPC.

Granite (8-2, 11-6) is still in control of the race for the pennant, but Coupeville remains in play to tie or outright win the league title.

The Wolves play a home doubleheader Friday with Sultan (1-7, 1-10), then finish May 7 at South Whidbey (2-8, 5-11).

No matter how the race for the title ends, Wednesday’s clash was a statement game, and the Wolves spoke loudly.

“We finally put a complete game together against them,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan. “We made our share of mistakes, but we continued to fight.

“Total team win and they continue to remind me of why I do this,” he added. “I couldn’t be more proud of them and watching them achieve their goals makes every minute I spend out there worth it.”

Nine of the 11 players to see action got a hit Wednesday, as Coupeville smashed a season-high 24 base-knocks, including two out-of-the-park home runs, one from an expected source, one not so much.

Watching senior catcher Sarah Wright launch her fourth tater, a blast which was still going up as it waved bye-bye-bye to the fence, was not a surprise.

Having junior center-fielder Emma Mathusek — a speedy slash hitter who lives to spray hits, then leg out extra bases, go nuclear on the ball — almost made her mom fall out of the stands.

“This is my first home-run ever! Ever, ever, EVVVVVERRRRRRRR!!” Mathusek kept on saying, while circling the bases, while being mobbed by her teammates, even after the game, as she had all of her playing partners sign the ball.

It was a game where the big sluggers came through, where the bottom-of-the-order hitters proved as dangerous as anyone, and where the Wolves, to a player, refused to lose.

In the early going, it looked a bit dire, as Granite, a team which thrives on out-hitting its rivals, jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and eventually led until the bottom of the fourth.

But McGranahan had a plan, liberally swapping his pitchers as the game wore on.

Scout Smith, who uses precision and guile, got the start, while Wells, fond of flicking fiery mitt-poppers that kiss Wright’s glove with an audible smack, finished.

McGranahan traded the duo out each time Granite ran through its lineup, and the Tigers sputtered for a bit, picking up just five runs total across the second, third, and fourth innings.

Meanwhile, Coupeville was pick-pick-picking at the lead, tossing up three runs in the first, a single score in the second, two in the third, then erupting for nine in the game-changing bottom of the fourth.

The three-spot in the first showcased the many ways the Wolves can hurt rival teams.

Smith beat out an infield single to open things, before scoring all the way from first base on a throwing error.

Two batters later, Wright let everyone move a lot slower, mashing the ball down towards the ferry in Clinton and waltzing around the bags for a two-run homer.

In the second, it was Chelsea Prescott lashing an RBI single, while in the third Smith came back around to smoke a two-run double to left.

But the bottom of the fourth was the beauty, a 14-hitter, nine-hit, nine-run bonanza which featured disputed calls, a deep dive into the rule book and the Granite coach being verbally warned.

Down 10-6 headed into their turn at the plate, the Wolves went crazy.

RBI singles from Mollie Bailey, Veronica Crownover, and Wells cut the lead, and the tying run was waved home after Granite threw the ball into the Coupeville dugout while trying to get it back to the infield on the third of those hits.

The dispute centered around the umps giving the Wolf runner two bases, saying she was already on her way to third, so the extra base on the overthrow should send her home.

Granite’s coach, who looked like he wanted to pull off a Lou Piniella-style tirade, argued unsuccessfully to overturn the call until told to step off by a no-nonsense ump with a photographic memory of the rule book.

If the Tiger headman had a sour look on his face at the moment, it quickly got worse for him, as Coupeville pasted his pitcher for five more runs before she could escape the inning.

Coral Caveness ripped an RBI single to give CHS its first lead, Mathusek sliced a long two-run single (a hint of what was to come), before Bailey and Crownover tattooed run-plating base-knocks of their own.

But Granite worked its way into first-place thanks to owning a certain set of skills – top to bottom, their lineup is chock full of aggressive hitters.

Bouncing back with a vengeance, the Tigers plated seven runs of their own in the top of the fifth, capped by a three-run home run to left.

Back in front 17-15, the visitors seemed to have the momentum again.

To which Wells laughed, and laughed, and laughed some more. All while hiding her mouth behind her mitt, so as not to crack her Terminator facade.

The fab frosh closed the fifth with back-to-back strikeouts, and, whether they knew it or not, the Tigers were done for good.

Wells gave up a bunt single in the sixth, but closed a scoreless frame with a great snag on a come-backer, before getting two of her final three outs via strike-outs in the seventh – while facing the top of the order.

That was all Coupeville needed.

Caveness drilled a single under the shortstop’s glove in the bottom of the fifth, before Mathusek got savage.

Her game-tying, two-out, two-run home-run went dead to center, shocking the young woman who hit it, and delighting her boisterous fan section.

The fourth Wolf to clear the fence this season, Mathusek joins Crownover, Wright, and Smith in the long ball lounge.

Though, arguably, that club should have five occupants, as Nicole Laxton went yard in an earlier game, only to have a blind ump with a bad sight-line call it a ground-rule double.

Still going to argue that one for a long time…

With the game on the line in the bottom of the sixth, Coupeville got big blows from its old-timers and young whippersnappers alike.

Wright and Bailey poked singles to get things rolling, before Crownover and Wells pasted doubles, the first base-knock cracking the tie, the latter tacking on two insurance runs.

And yet, throats were dry in the Wolf fan section as the top of the seventh rolled around.

Granite, down just three, and with its most-lethal hitters striding to the plate, still presented major issues.

To which Wells laughed, and laughed some more. While keeping it all inside, her face impassive under her mask.

The lead-off batter, a very-artful slap hitter, plunked a double to left, then scooted to third on a passed ball, but Coupeville’s freshman pitcher reared back and gunned down the next Tiger swinging.

Facing a full count on the #3 hitter, with big-time masher Samantha Vanderwel on deck, Wells coaxed a deep fly to Mathusek in center.

While the sac fly plated a run, it accomplished two major feats — clearing the bases and pushing the Wolves an out away from the win, while not giving Granite’s cleanup hitter a chance to tie things up.

Vanderwel was still swinging from the bottom of her shoes, though, and her final face-off with Wells resembled two gunfighters circling each other at high noon.

Even if it was pushing 6:30 PM and the game was headed for a three-hour running time.

For one brief, fateful moment, all the birds stopped singing, the sun halted its descent to watch things play out, and the fans forgot to breathe.

Wells arm shot down, the ball exploded forward, Vanderwel’s bat whistled through the evening air, and one loud, joyous pop sounded as a final strike nestled deep in Wright’s mitt.

And then pandemonium broke loose.

Mitts went into the air.

Wolves screamed.

Wells might even have smiled, but only when everyone wasn’t looking, cause that’s how Terminators operate.

The furious comeback, the frantic finish, the emotional end, all capped a remarkably-balanced performance.

Caveness (a “Swiss Army knife” who played three positions), Smith, and Wright collected four hits apiece, while Crownover had three, and Mathusek, Prescott, Wells, and Bailey each ripped a pair.

Rounding out the hit parade was Mackenzie Davis and her single to center in the third inning was a thing of beauty, jumping off her bat, biting a chunk out of the field as it hit, and launching a key rally.

Laxton and Audrianna Shaw also saw playing time, while Chloe Wheeler was a vibrant part of the world’s loudest dugout, as Coupeville once again got contributions from everyone on the roster.

McGranahan has 12 Wolves in uniform, a unit that is rockin’ and rollin’ and not afraid of anyone, any time, any place.

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Sarah Wright (left) and Izzy Wells discuss the latest stats updates. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Stats don’t always tell the whole story, but they do tell an interesting one.

Watching the numbers ebb and flow over the course of a season gives you a pretty good idea of who’s hot, who’s trying to find their rhythm, and who’s just downright dangerous.

The Coupeville High School softball squad is surging in the race for a North Sound Conference title, so it’s time to pop back in and take a look at where its 12 varsity players stand in the stats race.

A look at season-to-date numbers, as plucked from MaxPreps:



Player AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR SB BB RBI Avg. OBP
A. Shaw 12 3 2 1 6 .167 .444
I. Wells 29 8 6 1 2 3 .207 .303
C. Wheeler 7 1 1 1 4 3 .143 .455
C. Caveness 25 6 4 1 5 3 .160 .344
E. Mathusek 37 18 14 4 1 1 14 17 .378 .558
S. Smith 47 23 17 5 1 1 4 10 12 .362 .492
C. Prescott 48 16 13 1 3 3 7 10 .271 .375
M. Davis 25 2 3 1 6 3 .120 .290
M. Bailey 40 12 14 1 1 5 9 .350 .422
V. Crownover 43 12 22 8 3 5 22 .512 .560
S. Wright 48 22 29 8 2 3 1 3 21 .604 .642
N. Laxton 19 6 6 1 4 4 .263 .500



Player W/L ERA Gms CG SO Hits Runs BB K IP BF
I. Wells 6-3 6.73 10 6 73 68 34 58 52 289
S. Smith 2-3 6.52 7 3 34 39 11 13 29 146
C. Prescott 0-0 12.25 2 5 11 3 1 4 25

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Emma Mathusek had four RBI and a sensational catch in center field Thursday as Coupeville softball romped to a win at Sultan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Boom, baby.

A wild Thursday is in the books, and, just like that, the Coupeville High School softball squad is back in first place.

The Wolves, missing two starters, swung by Sultan and still thumped the Turks 12-0 in a game called after six innings.

Meanwhile, off in Bothell, with both teams having apparently taken a detour into the Twilight Zone, Cedar Park Christian pulled off the upset of the season, shocking Granite Falls 14-10.

With those twin verdicts both falling in favor of Coupeville, the Wolves, now 2-1 in North Sound Conference play, 4-3 overall, move back to the penthouse.

They’re sharing it with Granite (2-1, 5-4), while Cedar Park (1-1, 3-1) and South Whidbey (1-1, 3-3) sit a game back, and Sultan (0-2, 0-4) brings up the rear.

How CPC, a team Coupeville crushed 13-2 the first time around, beat the bashers from Granite, is a question for another day.

For now, we’ll focus on the Wolves, and how they polished off the Turks.

A band trip erased pitcher Izzy Wells and third-baseman Mollie Bailey from the starting lineup, while a foot injury kept go-go reserve Chloe Wheeler sitting on the bench, operating as an enthusiastic cheerleader for her teammates.

In their place, freshman Kylie Van Velkinburgh got a promotion, at least for one day, and made her varsity debut in right field in the game’s final inning.

For one brief second, the game looked like it might be close, as Coupeville came away with nothing in the top of the first.

Wolf lead-off hitter Scout Smith opened the game with a single, but a botched bunt turned into a rally-killing double play, giving Sultan a flicker of hope.

A very, very brief flicker.

Smith, stepping into the circle, was dealin’ from her first pitch to her last, whiffing five Turks while letting only a handful reach base.

Any potential trouble was promptly squashed by stellar defensive play from her support crew.

Coupeville’s outfielders, who struggled while staring into a fiery, hellish sun two days before at Granite Falls, were flawless on this day.

The trio of Nicole Laxton, Emma Mathusek, and Mackenzie Davis tracked down anything and everything which went airborne, with Mathusek making a sensational catch on a blast to center.

She and Laxton almost collided, but the silky-smooth center-fielder hurdled her partner at the last second, while refusing to let the rapidly-falling ball get away from her.

CHS catcher Sarah Wright also gunned down a rare would-be base thief, delivering a frozen rope which landed with a happy little plop into shortstop Chelsea Prescott’s glove.

The one, and only time Sultan had a chance to score a run came in the fifth, when it put a runner at third with just one out.

Cue a flawlessly-executed double play, as Smith speared a bouncer back up the middle, froze the runner at third, then whipped the ball to first-baseman Veronica Crownover.

Tapping her toe on the bag for one out, Crownover promptly launched a missile to Wright, who spun and slapped the very soul out of the incoming Turk for the inning-ending third out.

After their brief brush with offensive unhappiness in the first, the Wolves tore the hide off the ball the rest of the way, cracking 12 hits, with four going for extra bases.

Crownover had the bashingest bat in the lineup, going a sweet four-for-four at the plate, with a mammoth double followed by three long singles.

The Wolves got their first three runs of the game in the second inning, scoring them all after starting with Crownover camped at third base with two outs.

Walks to Mackenzie Davis and Nicole Laxton (who was plunked for the 27,651st time in her career) juiced the bags, then Coral Caveness and Emma Mathusek earned RBI walks, packaged around a run-scoring single off of Smith’s electric bat.

Not content to stop there, Coupeville lit up the joint in the third inning, rolling up six runs off of five hits, including doubles from Wright and Mathusek and a triple by Chelsea Prescott.

Each extra-base hit went further than the one before it, with Mathusek’s bomb to deep left only topped by Prescott lashing a ball that dove under an outfielder’s mitt before skipping merrily away to go kiss the right field fence.

Up 9-0, the Coupeville bus was revving its engine in the parking lot, which seemed to light a brief (very brief) spark under the Turks.

Backed by a girl on the bench whose scream was reminiscent of a Navy jet taking off right next to your ear canals, Sultan made a couple sweet defensive plays of their own to stifle the Wolves through the fourth and fifth.

The best was a tumbling snag by the Turk shortstop on a hot liner.

Her own double play partner came crashing through the scene, undercutting the shortstop, who went airborne, pulling off a hap-hazarded cartwheel while robbing Laxton.

And let’s take a moment to give it up for Nicole.

She remains the most pleasantly positive athlete in Wolf Nation, even after being plunked, robbed of a hit by a miracle play, then forced to ride home on the ferry with her thumb stuck in a cup of ice after taking a later pitch off of the digit in question.

Laxton deserves all the cheers. All of them, I said.

Coupeville finally got up and over the 10-run mercy rule margin by tossing in three final runs in the top of the sixth.

Mathusek capped a four RBI game with a bases-loaded walk, while Prescott shouldered her bat like a missile launcher and let loose with another epic blast to plate the final two runs.

The sophomore slugger was denied a hit, because a Turk outfielder got some glove on the ball, but the orb was covered in fire as it hit mitt, and there was no way it was going to stay in the webbing.

As he left the field, content with his own victory while not yet knowing about Granite’s debacle, CHS coach Kevin McGranahan praised his players.

“We came out a little flat in the first, but quickly hit our stride,” he said. “Our offense came alive and defensively we played much better; we were error-free and the outfield bounced back nicely, as I knew they would.

“All in all, it was a good game to focus on the basics.”

Crownover paced the hit machine with her four base-knocks, while Smith whittled away at the defense, poking holes to every field with her three singles.

Wright (1B, 2B), Prescott (3B), Mathusek (2B), and Caveness (1B) also had hits, and Laxton, Davis, and Audrianna Shaw combined for four of Coupeville’s nine walks.

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