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Savina Wells, one of Coupeville’s best and brightest, has moved to Florida. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells has taken her talents to South Beach.

Or, at least somewhere close to there.

A family move to Florida will subtract the rising sophomore from Coupeville High School sports rosters, bringing an end to a stellar run in Wolf uniforms for the youngest child of Lyle and Katy Wells.

The move also affects Cow Town’s teaching depth, as Katy Wells was an Elementary Paraeducator for the Coupeville School District.

Savina, who followed in the footsteps of Ulrik and Izzy, who both graduated from CHS, has been at the forefront of Coupeville athletics since she was old enough to walk.

In the early days, you’d be at one of her siblings’ games, and there would be Savina doing a series of never-ending cartwheels, all while never losing the bag of chips she was bringing back from the snack bar.

The Wells sisters fuel up before wreaking havoc on the diamond.

Once she was old enough to capture the spotlight, she was a gold-plated star from day one.

Did I think about calling Savina “The Chosen One?”


Did I show restraint for once, though, and not refer to her as that in print until now?

Definitely, though it was a tough battle with the shameless hype master living inside me.

A standout in little league and youth sports, Savina made her high school basketball debut as a precocious 8th grader and was second on the team in scoring during a pandemic-shortened season.

Through her first year-and-half of high school hoops, she racked up 133 points, leaving her 85th all-time among Wolf girls for a program which started in 1974.

Older sister Izzy graduated with 204 points to her credit and is #58 all-time.

Soaring above the competition.

Savina was also a varsity volleyball and softball player for CHS during her freshman year.

On the volleyball court, she registered 70 kills, 47 digs, five block assists, and 42 service aces in her debut, ranking #2 on the team in aces and #3 in kills.

When spring rolled around this year Savina was Coupeville’s starting catcher, where she hauled in pitches from her sister.

The lanky fab frosh was a dangerous hitter and a fleet-footed runner, cracking a steady string of extra-base hits for a Wolf squad which went 16-3.

Savina hauls in another strike from big sis Izzy.

Coupeville has taken a hit in the offseason from family moves, losing four talented athletes in the prime of their prep careers.

Along with the Wells clan moving to Florida, other Wolves departing include sisters Olivia and Amaya Schaffeld and three-sport star Mikey Robinett.

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Joey Lippo (right) mashed four hits Monday, including his first home run of the season. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

The bat is sizzlin’.

Day two of a five-day jaunt to Florida brought more success for Coupeville grad Joey Lippo, as he continued to tear up college baseball pitching.

The former Wolf bashed four hits across two games Monday, including launching a home run to left center.

But while Lippo’s bat was getting work done, his University of Maine at Presque Isle hardball team didn’t have as much luck, dropping both games it played.

After absorbing a 14-3 loss to Rutgers University-Newark and an 18-4 defeat at the hands of SUNY Plattsburgh, the Owls fall to 1-5 on the season.

Presque Isle, which is playing five straight days in Florida, has its lightest schedule Tuesday, with just a single game against SUNY Brockport.

The Owls wrap up their southern jaunt with doubleheaders Wednesday (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) and Thursday (Colby-Sawyer College), then are off for nine days.

Lippo opened play Monday by bashing three hits off of Rutgers pitching, before topping his day with a round-tripper against Plattsburgh.

Through six games, he tops Presque Isle in virtually every offensive category, from batting average (.500) to hits (9), runs (4), RBI (3), on-base percentage (.524), and slugging percentage (.778).

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CHS grad Joey Lippo racked up five hits Sunday, as his college baseball team split a doubleheader. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

Like Superman before him, Joey Lippo seems to draw power from the sun.

Kicking off a nine-games-in-five-days road trip to Florida, the Coupeville grad rapped out five hits Sunday as he and his college baseball team split a doubleheader.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle slipped past Gallaudet University 3-2 in the opener, then fell 8-7 in extra innings in the nightcap.

The Owls, now 1-3 on the young season, get right back at it Monday with games against Rutgers University-Newark and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Lippo put up quality numbers in both games Sunday, lashing a leadoff triple in the opener.

He came around to score on an RBI single from teammate Timothy Burns, then added an RBI on a sac fly to stake Presque Isle to the win.

Playing the all-around game, Lippo also gunned down a runner at the plate, launching a cannon shot from deep in center field.

Returning to the field for game #2, the former Wolf stayed en fuego, bashing four hits against Gallaudet pitching.

Through four games, Lippo, a sophomore at Presque Isle, is hitting .455 with a .462 on base percentage and a .636 slugging percentage.

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Former Wolf Gabe Shaw hoists a trophy in Florida. (Photos courtesy Gabe Shaw, Sr.)

The line celebrates together.

He’s not a Wolf anymore, but he’s still a winner.

Gabe Shaw, who will be a senior at Clay High School in Florida this fall, kicked off his final season of prep football in style.

The standout lineman and his teammates stared down players from 15 other area schools to win the Clay/Duval Big Man Challenge, hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The National Football League franchise brought together the schools to give them a chance to face-off with rivals they might not play during the season.

Skills position players competed in 7 vs 7 games, while the linemen went toe-to-toe (and muscle to muscle) in strength events.

There was a medicine ball throw, weighted carry, a low sled push relay, and a tug of war.

Clay, a 5A school, went 9-2 last season, falling in its third playoff game.

The Blue Devils opened the postseason with 43-0 and 35-0 wins over Leesburg and Atlantic (Port Orange), respectively, before coming up on the short end of the stick 38-7 to Vanguard.

Shaw spent his first season in the Sunshine state pulling double duty, working as an offensive tackle and defensive end.

During his days in Coupeville, the two-way starter played football and basketball.

As a sophomore, Shaw was a crucial part of the first Wolf gridiron squad to post a winning record since 2005.

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Gabe Shaw, seen last fall in Coupeville, now plays for an undefeated football team in Florida. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shaw made the local paper, out in front on a run. (Photos courtesy Gabe Shaw, Sr.)

The former Wolf (wearing #72) takes out a would-be tackler.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide for anyone who gets in the way of #72.

Different state, same strong results.

Gabe Shaw spent the past two seasons wearing the red and black for Coupeville, where his play on both sides of the line last fall helped the Wolf football squad capture its first winning record since 2005.

A family move sent him across the country to Florida, however, and he’s attending school and playing ball in the deep South.

Now a junior at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Shaw is a vital part of an undefeated gridiron team.

The Blue Devils sit at a crisp 5-0 after thunking Mendendez High School 49-7 Friday night.

Clay has outscored its foes 220-68 so far this season.

Shaw, who is listed at tackle and defensive end, rocks #72 for the Blue Devils.

During his time in Coupeville, the younger Shaw also played basketball for the Wolves, while dad Gabe, Sr. was a popular assistant coach for the CHS football program.

Younger brother Ben was a taekwondo champ, and mom Rosmond kept the Shaw empire firing on all cylinders.

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