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Jazmine Franklin

She’s the real deal.

Coupeville grad Jazmine Franklin was an outstanding tennis player, and a high-energy cheerleader during her days at CHS, a student leader and one of the brightest stars in the Wolf galaxy.

And nothing has changed in her post-high school days.

Franklin is now a highly-accomplished artist, with the rest of the world discovering what Coupeville people already knew.

She’s not a queen, but THE queen.

Franklin’s latest artistic masterpiece, seen in the photo above, is up for auction right now, with the current top bid at $100 through Sunday.

The auction closes at 7 PM Tuesday for the 11×14 inch airbrush painting on stretched canvas, and you can still bid by messaging her at https://twitter.com/JumpinLikeJazz or https://www.facebook.com/JazmineFranklins.

Or, you can pop over to her personal site and peruse (or buy) her artwork and apparel.

Whether you need prints and posters, or want to rep her artwork through t-shirts, masks, or mugs (to name just a few of her items), Franklin offers a wide range of artfully-crafted products.

 

To see Jazmine’s artistic endeavors, pop over to:

https://jzmn-originals.myshopify.com/

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Avalon Renninger, a lethal lefty on the court. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 1-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.

 

They are the queens.

Girls tennis owns the most league titles of any sport in the history of Coupeville High School, and it’s not really close.

Long, successful runs by coaches Cliff Horr and Ken Stange — with the latter guru still out there patrolling the courts — have been instrumental.

But it’s also helped to have really-talented players along the way.

Going through the last nine seasons (well, technically eight, as we lost one campaign to Covid), the competition was fierce for the nine slots on my “all-star” squad.

A mix of singles aces and doubles pros, it’s a roster built to win titles, again and again.

A young Valen Trujillo, already a fashion icon.

Payton Aparicio — Raw talent for days, but she also worked far harder than often given credit for. Teamed with Sage Renninger to form a doubles unit which was like a buzz-saw when unleashed, up to smacking a rival with a ball every once in awhile.

Bree Daigneault — She would knock your brains out on the court, then make you feel better than if you had won. Showering her opponents with genuine compliments after nearly every point, she was always kind and humble, a ray of sunshine in an often-bleak world.

Amanda d’Almeida — A superior athlete who could out-gun and out-run almost every foe. Started as a doubles player, then morphed into a singles sensation after her partner moved off-Island, and a winner no matter where she landed in the lineup.

Jackie Ginnings — The ultimate grinder, she would stay on the court for 17 hours, if need be, wearing down the girl on the other side of the net until they could take no more. Nothing seemed to throw her, as she handled good points and bad with the same quiet resiliency.

Allie Hanigan — She used her height to dominate at the net, and her often-unexpected speed to chase down almost everything flung her way. Maybe the most-poised Wolf netter of the past decade.

Avalon Renninger — A lethal lefty who sliced ‘n diced foes with a small smile carefully-hidden on her face. Always gave maximum effort while showcasing a motor which never stops.

Sage Renninger — Big sis teamed with Aparicio to form the most-deadly doubles duo of the blog era, girls or boys. State tourney veterans who could grind you down, or smack you right off the court.

Valen Trujillo — A perfect example of a saint off the court, a cutthroat killer between the lines. Baked goodies for her teammates, made lifelong friends with the girls from other schools she thumped, and did it all in super-classy style.

Tia Wurzrainer — An underrated warrior, she improved by leaps and bounds each season while teaming with Avalon Renninger to form an elite doubles duo which was primed to ascend the mountaintop as seniors, only to have Covid sweep away their final campaign.

Sage Renninger (left) and Payton Aparicio, a premier doubles duo.

 

Up next: We head to the gridiron.

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Nothing dims Genna Wright’s smile. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Genna Wright is a prodigy.

Springing from a family of athletes, the youngest one in the bunch might be the most talented one.

Which is saying a lot when all of your siblings, and your parents, have a heapin’ helpin’ of natural talent mixed with a burning desire to excel.

Owner of one of the sunniest personalties in Coupeville, Genna has rare star quality.

She looks the part. She acts the part.

Whether you’ve known her for years or merely walk past her for the first time, one glance and you know there’s something special about Wright.

She’s got that whole Matthew McConaughey, laid-back surfer personality going on, but there’s never been a doubt she is driven to be the best at everything she attempts.

Even as a young athlete, her love of competition was obvious.

Over the past six years, as she played numerous sports as a middle school, then high school athlete, I’ve witnessed more than one Genna Wright.

I’ve seen her in happier moments — mobbed by teammates after scoring, or lounging with prairie buddy Mollie Bailey, two very-personable young women delighting in friendship and inside jokes.

And I’ve seen Genna in some of her lowest public moments — dealing with the rawness of a season-ending loss, or trying to come to terms with a brutal injury.

Through it all, her spirit, her love of life and those closest to her, her uncanny ability to light up the world around her, have never lagged.

That injury, which cost her an entire season of soccer and a chance to claim the school’s career scoring title on the pitch, was as unfair as they come.

Blown up from behind as she charged after a ball headed for the sideline, at a moment when it wasn’t necessary, Wright shredded virtually everything important in one of her highly-talented legs.

It was a devastating injury, one which required major surgery and a long, torturous rehab.

Which she endured with great grace and admirable grit.

In public, Wright never betrayed her anger or sadness over the lost opportunities, instead choosing to become her teammate’s loudest and proudest cheerleader during her absence from the pitch.

She could have hidden away, but she embraced positivity — something which she has done every step of the way as I have documented her prep sports career.

And what a career it has been — even with the dual daggers of injury and then a pandemic.

Now a bionic woman, yet still fighting for every point.

Wright was the #1 singles player for the Coupeville High School tennis team her entire career — something not accomplished even by Wolf net legends such as Amanda d’Almeida or Valen Trujillo.

CHS coach Ken Stange looked at his irrepressible freshman, dared her to accept the mantle of greatness from day one, and then, like all of us, was wowed when Genna embraced her destiny with a grin (and a nasty forehand).

Whether playing against ritzy Seattle-based private schools, or leading the Wolves to conference crowns, Wright was money in the bank.

All around her, the fortunes of other CHS players rose and fell, through tough matches and easy walk-overs.

But then there was Wright, camped out on her own private patch of court, ripping winners, mixing in graceful parries with booming winners, and, occasionally, arching one eyebrow at dad Ron when he got particularly enthuiastic over her play.

Put her on the soccer pitch, and Genna was maybe even more amazing.

I’m not the most-knowledgable soccer aficionado, but even I could tell she’s something special with a ball on her foot, and a scared goaltender awaiting her impending arrival.

Wright could score from any angle, and, even with all the time lost to injury, still finished as the #3 scorer in CHS girls soccer history.

But she was also a great set-up artist, flicking passes through feet, leaving the ball in just the right spot for one of her teammates to benefit.

And Wright was as tough as any young woman to pull on a Wolf jersey.

Foes flung elbows at her, lashed out at her with wayward legs, did everything legal (and some things maybe not so much legal) to keep her away from the net, but Genna wasn’t here for their shenanigans.

She could bash with the best of them, and, while playing with a remarkably-clean style, was more than able to unleash a bit of the ol’ skull cracker when necessary.

“They call me the Grave Digger, Gramps, cause I bury fools.”

An accomplished student off the field, Genna — like siblings KeriAnne, Aaron, and Sarah before her — is the complete package.

Smart, tough when it matters, talented, funny, genuinely kind at all times — high-achievers who carry themselves with a quiet confidence while declining to thump on their chests while screaming about their superiority — they reflect well on parents Ron and Christine.

Falling back on one of the oldest puns in the book, they do things the … Wright way.

Today we welcome Genna into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, where she joins Sarah in hanging out up at the top of the blog under the Legends tab.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not the first or last honor the youngest Wright will receive, but it is a testament to how highly thought of she is by those who have watched her from the stands these past six years.

With some athletes, you never know what you will get from game to game.

With Genna Wright, there has never been a doubt — you will get her best each and every time out.

Buy your ticket, or go in for free, and you will see a young woman whose mere presence is a guarantee of something special.

She’s like a freakin’ ray of (very-talented) sunshine, she is.

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Eryn Wood and CHS tennis went 6-0, capturing a league crown. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf softball squad, with big contributions from seniors Heidi Meyers (left) and Chelsea Prescott, also swept through an undefeated campaign. (Jackie Saia photo)

25-3.

Coupeville High School made a dramatic statement in its return to the Northwest 2B/1B League, dominating play during the pandemic-shortened spring season.

The Wolves won titles in girls tennis and softball — with both teams finishing undefeated — while claiming second-place in the final baseball standings.

While CHS was piling up 25 wins, the other six league schools combined to claim just 27.

Friday Harbor, which did win the baseball title, was a distant second with 11 victories, followed by Darrington (8), Orcas Island (7), and Mount Vernon Christian (1).

Concrete, and perhaps surprisingly, traditional power La Conner, both came up empty this spring.

But don’t cry too hard for the Braves, as they launch the league’s most-dominant program as we head into this school year’s out-of-place fall sports season.

La Conner volleyball has won back-to-back state titles.

And while there won’t be any playoffs this season, that squad is still a heavy favorite to be the team of the “fall.”

With all the seasons super-compressed by the pandemic, football, volleyball, boys tennis, cross country, and soccer start play this coming week, even as the dust from spring sports settles.

First up for Coupeville is its own talented volleyball squad, which travels to Concrete Thursday, then hosts Friday Harbor on Saturday.

Girls soccer is on the road Friday, travelling to Friday Harbor, while Wolf football hosts La Conner a day later.

CHS tennis and cross country make their debuts the following week, while the Wolf boys soccer program is sitting out the season after it was unable to fill a complete roster.

 

Final spring sports league standings:

 

Northwest League baseball:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 9-0 9-0
Coupeville 7-3 7-3
Darrington 3-2 3-2
Orcas Island 4-5 4-5
MV Christian 1-5 1-5
La Conner 0-9 0-9

 

Northwest League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Coupeville 6-0 6-0
Friday Harbor 0-6 0-6

 

Northwest League softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 12-0 12-0
Darrington 5-3 5-3
Orcas Island 3-3 3-3
Friday Harbor 2-6 2-6
Concrete 0-4 0-4
La Conner 0-6 0-6

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Vivian Farris and her CHS tennis teammates had a sensational spring. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Eryn Wood (left) and Noelle Daigneault are expected to be team leaders when they return next spring.

They ran the table.

6-0 in team matches.

30-0 in individual varsity matches.

The battle for the Northwest 2B/1B League title during this pandemic-shortened season was a two-school rumble between Coupeville and Friday Harbor, and the former dominated the latter.

Putting a final punctuation mark on the whole affair, the Wolves closed their most-recent campaign with another 5-0 win over the Wolverines, this one coming Monday at Friday Harbor.

Now, in a lightning-fast turnaround, Coupeville coach Ken Stange bids adieu to his female netters, and will be back on the CHS courts Tuesday to welcome his boys squad back to action.

With traditional fall sports being played AFTER spring sports as everyone deals with the fallout from Covid, the Wolf boys will play the first of their six matches April 7.

Stange, now in his 16th year of coaching both CHS net squads, got the most he could out of the girls season, shuffling players around and giving as many volleyers as possible a crack at playing in a varsity match.

Monday’s road trip was the final prep tennis match for three Wolf seniors, as Jaimee Masters, Emily Fiedler, and Genna Wright wrapped up long, successful runs.

Masters and Fiedler played as Stange’s #1 doubles duo during their senior campaign, while Wright lived at #1 singles for her entire four-year CHS journey.

 

Complete Monday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Genna Wright beat Allie Fleming 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Abby Mulholland beat Lucy Martin 6-2, 6-1

1st Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler beat Liliia Gamez/Emilie Mason 6-0, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Helen Strelow beat Amelia Eltinge/Ava Martin 6-3, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Mary Milnes/Katelin McCormick beat Lucy Marinkovich/Eleanor Rollins 4-6, 6-1, 10-5

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Lucy Tenore/Sophie Martin beat Trinity Cullen/Isabella VanderYacht 8-0

5th Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris beat Elanor Gislason/Sidney Herda 8-2

6th Doubles — Nozomi Hagihara/Hayley Thomas beat Eva Sanabria/Lilli Turnbow 8-5

7th Doubles — Gwen Crowder/Strelow beat Annabelle Mountford/? 8-3

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