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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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The day was grey, but Melanie Navarro’s future is bright. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The camera rarely rests.

Bouncing between Oak Harbor and Coupeville, wanderin’ photo whiz kid John Fisken had a busy weekend, shooting a little here, a little there.

The photos above and below capture Wolf softball and girls tennis teams in action as both clinched Northwest 2B/1B League titles.

To see everything Fisken snapped, and maybe buy a nice present or two for the grandparents, pop over to the links below.

SB 2021-03-27 vs Darrington – John’s Photos

GT 2021-03-26 vs Friday Harbor – John’s Photos

Emily Fiedler combines ballet with tennis.

Three generations of Wolf softball experts.

Jill Prince, about to make a sensational mid-air, bare-handed catch after a line drive smacked off her glove.

Maya Lucero makes the ball pop into super-focus.

Jaimee Masters glides into a shot.

Celebrating being 9-0.

Genna Wright lunges for a winner.

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Mary Milnes is part of an undefeated CHS tennis team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Andrew Williams and Wolf baseball are still in the hunt for a league title. (Jackie Saia photo)

Things are working out quite nicely.

As area high schools return to action after a year off thanks to the ongoing pandemic, one has risen above the others this spring.

Coupeville, the newcomer to the Northwest 2B/1B League, has won conference crowns in softball and girls tennis, and still has an outside shot at making it three-for-three with a baseball title.

Overall, looking at the three spring sports in which win/loss records are recorded (track is its own unique thing), CHS is 19-2, with almost as many wins as the other six schools combined.

Friday Harbor, which currently holds the top spot in baseball, sits second with 11 victories, with Darrington (6), Orcas Island (4), and Mount Vernon Christian (1) trailing.

Concrete, and somewhat surprisingly, traditional league power La Conner, have yet to win a spring contest.

Things come to a close this coming week, followed by the transition to traditional fall sports.

Coupeville tennis finishes first, playing at Friday Harbor Monday, while track has two meets – one Wednesday at La Conner, before the League Championship meet Saturday on Whidbey.

Softball is scheduled to travel to Friday Harbor on Friday, then La Conner Saturday, while CHS baseball gets four games in the final five days of the season.

The Wolf diamond men host Mount Vernon Christian Tuesday, celebrating Senior Night, before joining softball on its road trips.

If Coupeville baseball bounces MVC, then sweeps a doubleheader from Friday Harbor — the only team it’s lost to this season — the Wolves would move into a tie with the Wolverines heading into their respective season finales.

Overcoming a 2.5 game deficit in the final week won’t be easy, but stranger things have happened.

Where we are through March 28:

 

Northwest League baseball:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 8-0 8-0
Coupeville 5-2 5-2
Darrington 2-1 2-1
Orcas Island 2-5 2-5
MV Christian 1-3 1-3
La Conner 0-7 0-7

 

Northwest League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Coupeville 5-0 5-0
Friday Harbor 0-5 0-5

 

Northwest League softball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 9-0 9-0
Darrington 4-3 4-3
Friday Harbor 3-4 3-4
Orcas Island 2-4 2-4
La Conner 0-3 0-3
Concrete 0-4 0-4

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