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Savina Wells (far right), soaring in Florida. (Photo courtesy Katy Wells)

She’s still touching the stars.

Former Wolf supernova Savina Wells capped an impressive first year in the Sunshine State with another standout track and field performance.

The Coupeville protege, now a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School, claimed 4th place in the high jump at regionals after winning the event at districts.

Wells cleared the bar at four feet, 9.75 inches, narrowly missing out on an invitation to the state championships.

The younger sister of Ulrik and Izzy topped out this year at 5-00, which would put her two inches off the school record for girls, if she was still living in Coupeville.

Savina and her family, both those of the human variety and pug variety, moved from Washington state to Florida after her freshman year at CHS.

She has excelled as a volleyball, basketball, and track athlete at her new home, continuing a career of athletic excellence which began from the day she first walked.

During her time in Coupeville, the youngest of Lyle and Katy’s children was one of the best and brightest, from her little league softball and SWISH basketball days through her time as a middle school and high school athlete.

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Savina Wells, circa spring 2022. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If she was still in Coupeville, she’d be two inches off the school record.

Of course, Savina Wells, onetime Wolf supernova, now lives in Florida, where she’s a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School.

So, while her current accomplishments have no impact on the CHS track and field record board, her high-flying exploits still reverberate with her Whidbey fan club.

Wells cleared the high jump bar at an even five feet Thursday, tying her PR, to win a title at the district meet, and advance to regionals.

The CHS all-time mark for girls, set by Yashmeen Knox in 1999, is 5-02.

Wells has also vied in the long jump and 100 in her first season at Fernandina Beach, after delivering strong volleyball and basketball campaigns.

While growing up in Coupeville, Savina, younger sister of fellow Wolf stars Ulrik and Izzy Wells, was a marquee player in multiple sports.

Volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, and doing cartwheels across the little league fields at Rhododendron Park — she was the undisputed queen.

And might have been referred to as “The Chosen One” in stories written at 2:00 AM by overly excitable bloggers.

Or at least that’s the rumor.

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Former Wolf Savina Wells is tearing things up in Florida. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She had an immediate impact.

Coupeville native Savina Wells continues to rack up sizzlin’ stats while playing sports in Florida.

The sophomore sensation, coming off an auspicious debut as a volleyball spiker at Fernandina High School, kept the good times going while transitioning to the basketball court.

The former Wolf ace led the Pirates stat sheet during a 12-7 season, averaging 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a night.

Wells paced Fernandina Beach in both categories, while also topping her squad in both total rebounds (125) and blocked shots (21).

Her 160 points were second to the 172 banked in by senior Nevaeh Morris, but Wells played in 15 games, while her older teammate suited up for all 19 contests.

Wells also made off with 17 steals and tallied four assists for a Fernandina Beach team which played two games at the district tourney.

The Pirates opened the postseason with a 41-39 win over West Nassau Jan. 31, then were eliminated Feb. 1 in a 43-37 double-overtime thriller by top-seeded Andrew Jackson.

Now, Wells will wrap her first school year in the Sunshine State by joining the Fernandina Beach track and field team.

A multi-sport star in Coupeville since she could walk, Savina is the youngest of Lyle and Katy’s three children.

Older siblings Ulrik and Izzy both graduated from CHS after stellar athletic and academic careers, before the family moved to Florida after Savina’s freshman year.

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Gabriella Gebhard and her pooch enjoy Florida. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Gabriella Gebhard continues to take the world of dog showing by storm.

The Coupeville High School sophomore competed in the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida this weekend.

It was her second-straight trip to the event, but not the end of her adventure, as the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show awaits in May 2023.

With strong performances this season, Gebhard is actually halfway to qualifying for the 2024 edition of Westminster as well.

While in Florida she claimed multiple awards with the most experienced of her pooches, Walker (Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making).

Who’s a good dog?

The duo, who are ranked #7 in the nation, made it through three cuts, and Gebhard claimed 2nd place for handlers who own and show their own dogs.

They also earned their fourth Best Junior award during a season which began Oct. 1.

“Successful show for sure!” said mom Stephanie.

On to more championships!

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Savina Wells, seen here during volleyball season, is back on the basketball court in Florida. (Katy Wells photo)

She’s been a star since she first exited the hospital by ripping off a string of cartwheels as a mere newborn.

Or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

These days Savina Wells, who dazzled Wolf fans for a decade-plus, is a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School in Florida, where she’s wowing the locals in a second sport.

Coming off of a strong volleyball season, Izzy and Ulrik’s younger sibling is now torching the basketball net in her first go-round as a Pirate.

Showing off the hardwood skills she first honed in Coupeville, the youngest of Katy and Lyle’s children went off for 26 points Wednesday in a 43-37 win over West Nassau.

Savina was aces at the free-throw line, netting 10-12 on charity shots, including rippling the net on a pair after her foes were whistled for a technical foul.

Fernandina Beach is off to a 3-0 start on the court, with a game Friday against a 1-6 Fletcher squad.

Through three games, Savina has racked up 40 points, 25 rebounds, two assists, eight steals, and four blocked shots.

She sits #1 on the team in scoring and blocks, and #2 in rebounds.

Even with 6 AM practices, Savina is enjoying herself, while not forgetting about former teammates such as Lyla Stuurmans or Maddie Georges.

“This will be a fun season to watch!” said mom Katy. “Wolves, we are cheering you on too!!”

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