Posts Tagged ‘girls tennis’

   Tia Wurzrainer is teaming with fellow Wolf sophomore Avalon Renninger to form a potent doubles duo. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tennis is a tricky game.

They record the team score, yet individual development is the primary objective.

Coupeville High School girls tennis coach Ken Stange has been hanging around the courts for most of his life, and has developed a nice Zen attitude about the whole thing.

So, while his Wolf squad fell to 0-3 on the season after taking a 4-1 non-conference loss at South Whidbey Friday, he can be at peace, seeing each of his netters develop their own story arc at their own pace.

Coupeville will have a tough time putting together a string of team wins, with seven matches against 2A schools, several others against tough 1A rivals like South Whidbey, and a Wolf lineup still very much in flux.

Friday’s match, while it ended in a team loss, had its positives, though, especially in doubles.

Stange’s top duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, bounced back after a narrow loss to a Sequim tandem, pulling out an epic three-set win in Langley.

Sage and Payton really figured it out today,” Stange said. “South Whidbey had a tough duo.

“It took a while for them to find the groove, but once they did, it was lights out for SW.”

Coupeville’s #2 duo, sophomores Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, have only played three matches together, but their coach already sees a bright future for his young netters.

Avalon and Tia continue to grow,” Stange said. “They may have lost, but I see them evolving into one entity.

“They remind me of my 1’s, in a way.”

The final varsity doubles match presented Coupeville’s coach with a bit of a quandry.

While he was fully in support of his own players — seniors Kameryn St Onge and Maggie Crimmins — one of the Falcon rivals happened to be Oliana Stange.

The SWHS sophomore was making her varsity debut, and she and her partner pulled out a win as Ken Stange carefully juggled two roles, that of an aggressive coach and a justifiably-beaming father.

“Between sets, I told Kam and Maggie to hit it to the less-experienced player. That was O,” chess-master Ken Stange admitted with a small smile. “I told my girls that she’d either wilt or rise up.

O stepped up. I was quite proud.”

After another clash with a 2A school, this time Kingston, next Tuesday, Mar. 20, Coupeville begins its run at a fourth-straight Olympic League crown when it hosts Klahowya Thursday, Mar. 22

Complete Friday results:


1st Singles — Claire Mietus lost to Farriss Jokinen 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Genna Wright lost to Ashley Ricketts 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Mary Zisette/Ainsley Nelson 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer lost to Robynn Maciel/Alison Papritz 6-4, 6-2

3rd Doubles — Kameryn St Onge/Maggie Crimmins lost to Ally Lynch/Oliana Stange 6-2, 6-2


4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Annika/Chloe 6-1

5th Doubles — Heather Nastali/Nanci Melendrez beat Capri/Amara 6-1

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   Payton Aparicio eyeballs a pair of noisy fans. “I hear one more peep out of you two and I’m coming up there!!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   “Yeah? I’d like to see you try and … oh crud, Bob, she’s got a ladder! Dear sweet lord in bird heaven!!”

Zara Bradley pounds out a forehand.

   “Where do you think you’re going??” No tennis ball escapes the reach of Sage Renninger.

   “Get on my racket, ball!” Megan Behan uses her Jedi mind tricks to mesmerize the incoming fuzzy yellow target.

   One match into her high school career, and fab frosh Genna Wright is already slapping shots at #1 singles. Her middle name? “Talent.”

Avalon Renninger fires up a wicked serve.

Emily Fiedler floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

He was a tad late, but he made up for it by working quickly and efficiently.

There was some confusion among fans as to when Monday’s season-opening Coupeville High School girls tennis match started, making for a few “late stragglers.”

One of those was photo bug John Fisken, but, once he was in place, camera in hand, the lenses were clicking madly.

The shots seen above, which capture a mix of varsity and JV players, are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes. Circle of life and all.

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Katrina McGranahan (John Fisken photos)

  Wolf hurler Katrina McGranahan, throwin’ heat on a cold day. (John Fisken photos)

Sage Renninger

Hard-court assassin Sage Renninger delivers another winner.

Matt Hilborn

Freshman phenom Matt Hilborn comes up firing at third.


  Net ace Jazmine Franklin gives one final look back at the opponent she just toasted.

Hunter Smith

The mound was a little mucky, but Hunter Smith’s pitches were downright nasty.

Mikayla Elfrank

   Having tagged the runner out, Mikayla Elfrank can taste the double play she’s about to finish.


   Hardball guru Chris Smith (left) has a meeting of the minds with catcher Cole Payne and son Hunter.

Jae LeVine

  No softball gets past Jae LeVine. Why? She’s too quick. They don’t call her “Flash” for nothing.


   Silhouetted against the prairie (and the ever-present rain clouds), new Wolf softball coaches Kevin and Justine McGranahan enjoy a quiet moment with their easily-excitable squad.

The prairie was poppin’ Monday.

Despite the ever-present threat of rain (it never fully arrived) and wind (mostly absent for once), all three Coupeville High School sports teams in action were able to put an (almost) full day in.

The Wolf softball and baseball squads dropped close contests to Sultan, while the CHS netters were drubbing 2A Granite Falls when their courts got too slippery to continue.

Madly bouncing around from site to site, travelin’ photo man John Fisken snapped away, and the pics above are courtesy him.

To see more, and possibly purchase some, thereby helping fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, pop over to:

Baseball http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=10939&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

Softball — http://www.olympicleague.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=10937&league=21&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=24&sport=0

Tennis — http://www.cascadeathletics.com/index.php?act=view_gallery&gallery=10934&league=2&page=1&page_name=photo_store&school=21&sport=0

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Makana Stone snatched Olympic League MVP honors while leading the Wolves, who won all nine league games by double digits. (John Fisken photos)

  Makana Stone snatched Olympic League MVP honors while leading the Wolves, who won all nine league games by double digits. (John Fisken photos)

Aaron Curtin, state caliber.

Aaron Curtin, state caliber.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

The first year of the all-new, all-exciting 1A Olympic League is all but done — softball is mid-way through its season and all the other sports are in the postseason, but all league games have been played for 2014-2015.

So, how did Coupeville High School do?

Let’s just say quality beats quantity.

Despite being the smallest of the four schools in the league (with just half the student body of Klahowya), the Wolves more than held their own in the 10 sports in which they compete as a team.

For this exercise, we are looking at football, volleyball, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys basketball, softball and baseball.

Golf doesn’t count, as Christine Fields (who just won the Olympic League postseason tourney by 10 strokes, I might add) was a one-woman team.

She played against 1A/2A Cascade Conference competition during the regular season, when she trained and traveled with South Whidbey.

We’re also not counting track, which is largely an individual sport inside a team one.

With most meets involving multiple teams from 1A and 2A (and, sometimes 3A), team wins and losses have little meaning.

Seriously, go look at the Olympic League website and try and figure out how they compute track team records. It makes no sense.

P.S. — If we go by their convoluted computing, Coupeville is the 1A girls’ regular season track champs.

But all anyone really looks at is how individual athletes (and relay teams) do at the state meet, so we’re not adding track into this team tally.

The stats:

Student body size (WIAA numbers at start of the school year):

Klahowya (455)
Port Townsend (327)
Chimacum (237)
Coupeville (225)

Total league wins across the 10 sports:

Klahowya (52)
Coupeville (40)
Chimacum (23)
Port Townsend (20)

League titles:

Klahowya (5) Volleyball, girls soccer, boys tennis, baseball, boys soccer
Coupeville (2) Girls basketball, girls tennis
Chimacum (2) Boys basketball, softball
Port Townsend (1) Football

Best league record:

Coupeville girls basketball (9-0) **Wolf JV also went 9-0**
Klahowya baseball (9-0)

State titles (so far):

Klahowya girls soccer

More positives for Coupeville, you ask?

The Wolves may have lost the regular season boys’ tennis title, but they stormed back to dethrone Klahowya in the postseason league tourney.

Plus, unlike Chimacum and Port Townsend, they garnered at least one league win in every one of the 10 sports, just like Klahowya.

In the end, what can we take away from all this?

One, Klahowya is good, especially in soccer, but didn’t really dominate across the board as much as you might have expected with its size advantage.

It is not ATM or King’s, and the Wolves can compete with the Eagles in almost any sport, any night.

Two, the numbers back my feeling that we are back in a golden age for female athletes at CHS.

Both of the new league title banners going up on the gym wall come from feminine sweat, grit and hard work, and Wolf girls accounted for 60% (24 of 40) of Coupeville’s league wins in year one.

Now, the gentlemen had their moments.

The Wolves were the only team to beat league champ Port Townsend in football and senior netter Aaron Curtin is going to state as a singles player.

In the end, take this — year one was a very good start. Year two, if the Wolves, girls and boys, believe and work, should be even better.

You know what the league is now. Go take control of it, in every sport.

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Mary Massengale


Massengale flies to the ball during her senior tennis season. (John Fisken photo)

Mary Massengale has always been her own person.

And that’s exactly how it should be.

She started her high school career as a football player and ended it on the tennis court. And never took any crap from anyone along the way.

Whether on the field or operating in the real world (we served time together in the restaurant world), she has always been feisty, independent, outspoken and, under it all, a really sweet-natured, likable young woman.

She may not have gotten the big headlines during her time as a Wolf, but I don’t think that was ever a priority with her.

Mary had talent and skill, but played the game on her own terms.

The one time a photographer was able to snap a picture of her playing tennis, it made her mom, Bobbie, thrilled.

Mary just arched an eyebrow, rolled her eyes slightly and went back about her business.

She declined to re-hash her time as a football player, because, even though others found it note-worthy that a freshman girl had suited up and held her own on the gridiron, it was just a small slice of her life.

As she celebrates her birthday today, I hope that Miss Massengale is fully appreciated by all around her.

She is talented, she is her own woman, and she consistently surprises. There is nothing she can’t do.

While Mary may not waste much time sitting around talking about how awesome she is, it’s a word that fits.

She’s not going to toot her own horn, so we’ll do it for her.

Mary Massengale — a quiet winner who deserves some loud applause.

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