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Whidbey Island Little League fields will remain quiet.

North Whidbey Little League announced Wednesday it was cancelling its fall ball season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

That follows on the heels of South Whidbey Little League cancelling its Summer Sandlot series.

Both moves come after Island County Commissioners voted to “restrict outdoor recreation events including sports in Island County to no more than 10 participants.”

That ruling went into effect July 28.

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Veronica Crownover, sultan of swat, titan of terror on the diamond. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Playing softball in not-so-balmy November, Crownover is fond of muttering “Throw me the dang ball, woman, before I freeze in place!” (Kelly Crownover photos)

The union that was meant to be.

Hey, the weather was better. So, that’s a start.

Coupeville grad Veronica Crownover and the Washington State University club softball squad have endured freezing temps, rain, and plenty of doom ‘n gloom-lookin’ clouds during the opening of their season.

After winning four of six games while battling the weather, the Cougars found slightly more balmy temps awaiting them in Eugene this weekend, but the game scores took a turn slightly for the worse.

Wazzu pulled out a come-from-behind 9-7 win Saturday, then fell 13-5 and 7-1 Sunday to the University of Oregon, dropping its record to 5-4 headed into winter break.

With fall ball wrapping, Crownover and Co. put the mitts and bats away for a bit, with the spring portion of the season kicking off in February.

WSU, which opened by taking two of three from both Boise State and Gonzaga, played this weekend minus its starting pitcher (foot injury) and with its catcher hampered by a numb leg which limited her movement.

Crownover, who has swung a hot bat in her college debut, picked up a pair of singles and an RBI in the series.

The former Wolf was also a vacuum at first base, pulling in several short throws to nab the out.

A freshman at Wazzu, Crownover, when she’s not bashing softballs, is on track for a career in saving all the animals.

All of them, I said!

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Mia Littlejohn (John Fisken photo)

Mia Littlejohn runs the point for Coupeville. (John Fisken photo)

(Amy King photo)

   One final photo op before wrapping up fall ball and heading off to play regular high school ball. (Amy King photo)

Well, they’re consistent.

The Coupeville High School girls’ basketball squad wrapped up fall ball play Sunday with exactly the same result they obtained the three previous times they played this season — grabbing a two-game split.

The 1A Wolves held off feisty 2A Granite Falls 30-26 in their opener, then fell 43-13 to Lord Tweedsmuir of Surrey, British Columbia.

Canada’s team hails from a high school of 2,081 students, which would make it the biggest 4A school in Washington state (if it magically transported itself overnight to the USA).

Too many Wolf turnovers and too much height on Lord Tweedsmuir’s side of the court doomed Coupeville in the nightcap.

Kailey Kellner went down scrapping, snatching 10 boards against the Canucks, while Mikayla Elfrank pilfered three steals.

Mia Littlejohn kick-started the play of the game, making a sweet entry pass to Sarah Wright, who backed down a six-foot-two rival, stepped back and drained a short jumper.

Game one was a smoother affair, as the Wolves played like a well-oiled machine, moving the ball and looking for the open shooter.

Kellner popped for 10, including a long trey, while Littlejohn spent the game camped out at the free throw line after repeatedly drawing fouls on the Tiger defenders.

Everyone chipped in, with Lauren Grove hauling down six boards, Elfrank snatching away another two steals and the entire CHS team clamping down on defense.

The fall ball season gave the Wolves, who were coached by CHS hoops legend Sherry Roberts, a chance to mesh and work on new things.

Coupeville’s 11-woman roster featured a mix of returning varsity players, fast-rising JV stars and a newcomer in Elfrank, a South Whidbey transplant who’s joining the Wolf hoops squad after strong softball and volleyball seasons.

Grove, Kellner, Wright, Avalon Renninger, Mia Littlejohn, Maddy Hilkey, Kalia Littlejohn, Ema Smith, Tiffany Briscoe and Lindsey Roberts rounded out the Wolf roster.

Aimee Bishop, Kyla Briscoe and Ciara Smith helped Sherry Roberts coach.

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Sarah Wright (John Fisken photos)

   Sarah Wright looks for some room to rumble during a fall ball game Sunday. (John Fisken photos)

Tiffany briscoe

Tiffany Briscoe clamps down on defense.

Ema Smith

It’s up, it’s good for sweet-shooting Ema Smith.

Mikayla Elfrank

Mikayla Elfrank, AKA “Dead-Eye.”


Avalon Renninger waits for a teammate to break free before triggering the play.

Kailey Kellner

   Kailey Kellner revs up to deliver some of that old-fashioned slice ‘n dice she does so well.

Being away from the court didn’t slow down the Wolves.

Bouncing back after a three-week break, the Coupeville High School girls’ basketball fall ball squad earned a split Sunday against strong competition.

Playing at Skagit Valley College, the Wolves drove over Van City (heh heh) in their opening game, then fell to undefeated Meridian in the nightcap.

While it lost to the Trojans, Coupeville rallied nicely in the second half, playing virtually even after the break.

Seven of nine Wolves scored, led by Mikayla Elfrank and Mia Littlejohn, who dropped in four points apiece.

Kailey Kellner and Lindsey Roberts both knocked down a three-point bomb, while Roberts (5) and Elfrank (4) paced CHS on the boards.

Game #1, by contrast, was domination nation for the Wolves, as they easily outpaced a team which came into play Sunday matching them at 2-2 in fall ball.

Using an aggressive 2-3 zone employed by Wolf round-ball guru Sherry Roberts, Coupeville disrupted Van City’s offense and made off with a ton of steals.

Using the thievery to fuel a fast-break offense, the Wolves rained down layups as they raced out to a 24-5 lead at the half and never looked back.

With the ball zipping around and everyone setting up their teammates, CHS spread the stats around.

All nine players who made the trip snagged at least one board, while seven made off with a steal and five garnered an assist.

Kellner scorched the nets for a game-high 14, while Ema Smith continued to impress with her growth on the court, draining 10 points.

Tiffany Briscoe and Kellner each pulled down six boards, with Elfrank, Smith and Roberts snagging five apiece.

Lauren Grove and Sarah Wright each hauled in three caroms, while Avalon Renninger, the lone CHS freshman playing fall ball regularly, never stopped hustling and scrapping until she got dropped off back at her house.

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The CHS fall ball coaching brain trust is (l to r) Sherry Roberts, Aimee Bishop and Kyla Briscoe. (Amy King photos)

   The CHS fall ball coaching brain trust is (l to r) Sherry Roberts, Aimee Bishop and Kyla Briscoe. (Amy King photos)

Maddy Hilkey

Watch your digits around Granite Falls. Maddy Hilkey got bit in game two.

A little bit of sadness, then a whole lot of happiness.

That’s what Coupeville High School’s fall ball girls’ basketball squad experienced Sunday in Skagit County, as they split a pair of games with bigger schools.

After absorbing a 32-12 loss to 4A Mount Vernon, the Wolves rebounded with a fury in the nightcap, drilling 2A Granite Falls 36-14.

The split left Coupeville, one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, at 2-2 at the midway point of the fall ball season.

After a two-week break, the Wolves wrap things up with doubleheaders on Oct. 23 and 30.

CHS clicked in every aspect in game two Sunday, cutting down its turnovers, sharing the ball on offense and hitting the boards with a vengeance.

The Wolves roared out to a 17-5 lead at the half, then continued to stretch things out in the second half, with eight of 10 players scoring in the game.

Kailey Kellner popped for 12 to lead Coupeville, while Mikayla Elfrank and Mia Littlejohn chipped in with six apiece.

One big highlight was seeing freshman Avalon Renninger knock down her first fall ball bucket in the second half, getting a strong roar of approval from her older teammates.

The opening game wasn’t quite as thrilling, as difficulty breaking the press in the early going, and a cold shooting touch after the half conspired to hurt the Wolves.

While the halftime margin was just 12-5, Mt. Vernon got hot from the field after the break and refused to let Coupeville back in the game.

Littlejohn paced the Wolves with four points, five rebounds and four steals, while Kellner snared a team-high seven boards.

Tiffany Briscoe, Maddy Hilkey, Ema Smith, Lindsey Roberts, Lauren Grove and Kalia Littlejohn join Kellner, Elfrank, Renninger and Mia Littlejohn on the CHS squad, which is coached by Sherry Roberts, Aimee Bishop and Kyla Briscoe.

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