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Vivian Farris is just here for the wins. (Jackie Saia photo)

Dangerously close.

Facing off with 1A Granite Falls Monday, the 2B Coupeville High School girls’ tennis squad came within a handful of points of toppling the Tigers.

But, for the second time in as many matches this season, the Wolves were edged 3-2 by their bigger school rivals.

The non-conference road loss drops Coupeville to 1-2 on the year, with a home match against Northwest 2B/1B League foe Friday Harbor set for this Friday, Mar. 31.

Mother Nature willing.

Monday’s match featured wins by #1 singles ace Helen Strelow and #1 doubles duo Hayley Fiedler and Vivian Farris, with all three Wolf seniors getting to a pristine 3-0 on the campaign.


Monday’s results:



1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Blair Johnson 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Ariana Dimitrova 7-6(7-3), 6-2

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris beat Ashlee Meusling/Ava Combs 6-2, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Lucy Tenore lost to Alexa Mace/Danika Mace 6-0, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Elizabeth Lo/Emma Morano lost to Paige Buchholz/Rosaiah Ainsworth 6-2, 6-1



4th Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Brynn Parker lost to Alja Rinia/Kortnei Schramm 8-2

5th Doubles — River Drake/B. Parker lost to Marjorye Garcia/Brooke Mann 8-1

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Jada Heaton celebrated her birthday by delivering big hits. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Heaton)

It was an all-day bash-a-thon.

Fueled by hot dogs donated by Prairie Center, and enough cookies, chips, and drinks to ward off the often-bitter prairie wind, three strong varsity softball teams waged battle Saturday.

Coupeville, looking to play a tough non-league schedule to prepare for potential playoff action, emerged from its hosting duties with an admirable split.

The Wolves rallied late to put a scare into Forks, which finished 3rd at the 2B state championships last year, before falling 15-9.

Then, after a break, CHS returned to the diamond and pasted 1A Granite Falls 12-9, busting the game open with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In between, Forks polished off Granite Falls 13-5, earning a nod of approval from Ron Bagby, doing his best to balance his long coaching and teaching tenure in Coupeville with the fact his niece currently hucks fastballs for Forks, his alma mater.

With the split against non-conference foes, the Wolves, who had an 8th grader, a freshman, and five sophomores on the field Saturday, get to 3-2 and pick up a ton of experience.

And they did it while getting hits from all 11 players who had an at-bat, while 9 of the 12 girls to step on the field scored.

How the day played out:



Squaring off with a lineup which delivered hits top to bottom, Coupeville found itself fighting from behind all afternoon.

Forks punched across four runs in the top of the first, with the Wolves immediately responding with two of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Freshman catcher Teagan Calkins beat out an infield single to get things kick-started, with Madison McMillan delivering the first of her five base knocks on the day, thanks to an RBI single to right field.

Madison McMillan can kill you with her bat or her glove. (Jackie Saia photo)

After a scoreless second, with both squads stranding runners, the game took a bad turn in the top of the third.

Forks took advantage of some rare Wolf mistakes to pile up seven runs in the inning, with four of the scores coming with two outs on the board.

The Wolves put runners at second and third in the bottom of the frame, but couldn’t bring anyone in, and watched as an 11-2 deficit stretched to 13-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Faced with being ten-runned, it would have been easy for the Wolves to have shrugged, given in, and headed off to lunch.

Instead, they made a ferocious stand, with some of the biggest plays coming from somewhat unheralded players.

Coupeville scored five runs in the fifth to stay alive, and the big blows came from a sophomore celebrating her birthday and an 8th grader collecting her first high school RBI’s before she even attends classes at the school.

Jada Heaton, a fireball force of nature who keeps her teammates spirits high, three sports a year, cracked a two-run single to earn her Sweet 16 birthday cake.

Two batters later, middle school ace Haylee Armstrong, never betraying her youth, calmly found her pitch, and smashed a two-run double, earning a double fist-pump from Wolf coach Kevin McGranahan.

“Love to see that!” said the diamond guru later, while reflecting on Heaton and Armstrong’s coolness under pressure.

Back within 13-7, Coupeville shut down Forks in the sixth, then scored two more runs to really tighten things up.

Back at the plate for a return engagement, Heaton got artistic, reaching out and muscling a ball over the first baseman’s head, the ball curving and splashing down just inside the line, causing the Wolf bench to go bonkers.

Forks is a rock-solid squad, though, and the Spartans closed things out, a long home run to straightaway centerfield taking a bit of the wind out of Coupeville’s sails in the closing moments.

But sometimes a close loss to a great team is far better than a blowout win over a weak squad, and their comeback seemed to light a fire under the Wolves.


Granite Falls:

With clouds moving in and daylight running away, the third game of the day moved fairly quickly.

It was a chess match early on, with Granite clinging to a 4-3 lead after three innings, even with McMillan and Melanie Navarro walloping back-to-back RBI triples at one point.

Maybe even more electrifying was Mia Farris coming in hot, getting down ‘n dirty as she slid under the catcher’s tag to score on a bang-bang play at the plate.

All of that set up the fourth inning, which started ugly, then got beautiful.

For the only time all day, Coupeville fell apart for several minutes, botching plays, chafing their coach, and allowing four runs to score despite starting things by having two outs with no one on base.

But the Wolves snapped back and snapped back in style.

Trailing 8-3 headed to the bottom of the fourth, Coupeville ran through the lineup, sending 13 hitters to the plate and bringing eight of them around to score.

Sofia Peters drove a single to center with two strikes, then everyone started whacking the ball.

Gwen Gustafson, Calkins, McMillan, and both Allie and Maya Lucero came up with RBI hits, with Maya Lucero delivering her team’s third triple of the game.

Maya Lucero played strongly Saturday on offense and defense. (Jackie Saia photo)

In the madness, pinch runner Chloe Marzocca sprinted home with a key run, and Taylor Brotemarkle’s speed caused a Granite defender to boot a ball which denied the Tigers a much needed out.

Taylor B. comin’ home!!” is her new war cry — one rival teams will likely come to fear.

With the lead in hand, the prairie wind having receded, at least a bit, and free cookies waiting to go home with me, the Wolves closed things in style.

Flinging BB’s into the rapidly approaching dusk, Wolf hurler Allie Lucero largely shut down the Tigers over the final three innings, and she got help from her defense, which threw out a runner at the plate to provide the exclamation point.


Saturday stats:

Haylee Armstrong — One double
Taylor Brotemarkle
— Two singles, one double, one walk
Teagan Calkins
— Three singles, one walk
Mia Farris
— One single, one double, one walk
Gwen Gustafson
— Five singles
Jada Heaton
— Two singles
Allie Lucero
— One single, one walk
Maya Lucero
— One triple
Madison McMillan
— Three singles, one double, one triple, one walk
Melanie Navarro
— One triple
Sofia Peters
— One single

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Kaitlyn Leavell, ready to fire aces. (Jackie Saia photo)

The weather was fair, and the tennis was hot.

The Coupeville High School netters kicked off a new season Thursday, putting up a strong fight before being nipped 3-2 by visiting Granite Falls.

“Not bad for a first match,” said longtime Wolf tennis guru Ken Stange.

With only one other Northwest 2B/1B League rival playing girls tennis — the Wolves and Friday Harbor clash four times — CHS has four non-conference matches scheduled against 1A schools.

Coupeville will play home and away series with Granite Falls and South Whidbey, with the rematch against the Tigers set for Mar. 27.

After opening at home, the Wolves play their next three matches on the road, not returning to their own courts again until Mar. 31.

Wolf netters (l to r) Vivian Farris, Hayley Fiedler, and Emma Morano kick off a new season. (Lucy Tenore photo)


Thursday’s results:


1st Singles — Helen Strelow beat Blair Johnson 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Djina Radenovic lost to Ava Combs 6-0, 6-1

1st Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris beat Alexa Mace/Danika Mace 6-1, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Skylar Parker/Elizabeth Lo lost to Paige Buchholz/Ashlee Meusling 6-4, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Kaitlyn Leavell/Emma Morano lost to Marjorye Garcia/Brooke Mann 8-2

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You get an “A” for defensive effort. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s still raining.

A day after a substantial amount of chunky hail peppered parts of Whidbey Island, the Coupeville Middle School girls’ basketball squads dropped numerous buckets from above on visiting Granite Falls.

With 14 different Wolves scoring in their home gym Monday afternoon, CMS won a game and came within a basket of forcing overtime in another.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Coupeville’s top squad built an early lead, but couldn’t hang on late, and was nipped 23-21 in a nip-and-tuck battle.

Five different Wolves kissed the ball off the backboard in the second quarter, sending CMS into the halftime break up 14-8.

Unfortunately for local fans, the visitors clamped down on the defensive side of the ball in the second half, cutting their deficit to 17-14 after three quarters, before pulling away for the narrow win.

8th grade ace Haylee Armstrong paced the Wolves with a team-high eight points, with Capri Anter chipping in with four.

Sydney Van Dyke (2), Rhylin Price (2), Tamsin Ward (2), Adeline Maynes (2), and Tenley Stuurmans (1) also scored, with Lexis Drake rounding out the active roster.


Level 2:

The Wolves bolted out to a quick lead, then held on for the victory in a defensive-minded rumble.

Holding Granite scoreless in the second quarter, Coupeville pushed a 4-2 lead at the first break out to a 10-2 advantage at the half, with the two teams combining for just 10 points in the second half.

Ari Cunningham had the hot hand for the Wolves, banking in six points, with Lillie Ketterling (4), Lina Shelly (2), and Melanie Wolfe (2) also tallying points for CMS.

Kennedy O’Neill, Izzy Bowder, Taylor Marrs, Amaiya Curry, and Isa De Souza Oliveira McFetridge all saw floor time as well.


Level 3:

You got me.

The Wolves lost 28-12, but it’s tricky to know more.

My sister is in Antarctica for two weeks (seriously), so I’m holding down the farm — and three nephews, two dogs, a cat, 75,612 chickens, and assorted wayward coyotes — and unable to attend any of the home games in person.

Monday’s book?

Willow Leedy-Bonifas is visible, pulling off the Beyonce-style one-name thing, but everyone else appears to have joined the Witness Relocation Program and I have no list of players matching names with jersey #’s, so…


What’s next:

Coupeville has a busy week, traveling to Lakewood Tuesday, before hosting Sultan Thursday. Tipoff is 3:15 PM.

The season wraps the following week, with a final home royal rumble Thursday, Mar. 9 against South Whidbey.

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“Why yes, Katie. I do think you should go wreck some fools.” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call ’em second-half killers.

Breaking open a close game Wednesday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls’ basketball squad held visiting Granite Falls scoreless for 10 minutes coming out of the halftime break.

Sparked by that defensive stand, the Wolves turned a six-point lead into a resounding 43-21 win over the Tigers, kicking off the new year in style.

The non-conference victory, coming in Coupeville’s first game in 18 days, lifts it to 4-3 on the season and gives the Wolves momentum heading into their league schedule.

First up is Orcas Island, which visits Whidbey Island Friday, followed by Mount Vernon Christian (Jan. 10) and Darrington (Jan. 13), as CHS opens the new year with four straight home clashes.

The matchup against Granite started a bit slowly, as both teams struggled to find their shooting touch in the early going.

Balls spun back off the rim, took weird bounces, and generally refused to play fair, though Coupeville had a little bit better touch.

Alita Blouin slashed past her defender to slap home a game-opening layup, while Lyla Stuurmans snatched a loose ball off the floor and went coast-to-coast to stake the Wolves to an 8-3 lead at the first break.

“You, Stuurmans. I like the cut of your jib! Go score me some points!!”

Attacking the ballhandler, often smothering them with two defenders madly poking at the ball, the Wolves frustrated Granite, and picked up most of their early offense off of turnovers.

Stuurmans, bobbing and weaving and bedeviling anyone foolish enough to dribble near her, hit a pair of second-quarter jumpers to lead the CHS offense.

The first of those shots was one of the most gorgeous of the season, as the Wolf sophomore spun a rival around, stopped ‘n popped, the ball kicking through the bottom of the net with a happy lil’ sigh.

Maddie Georges delivered a dagger, taking a kick-out from Blouin, and splashing home a three-ball, and Coupeville was content to carry a 17-11 lead into the break.

Maybe because the Wolves could sense what was coming — a 10-minute span of utter domination.

Granite went scoreless in the third quarter, then crawled nearly two minutes into the fourth before finally breaking its drought thanks to a rare free throw.

During that time, Coupeville rang up 15 straight points, stretching the lead all the way out to 32-11 and effectively ending the game.

Five different Wolves dropped buckets during the game-busting tear, while everyone on the floor hit the boards (and the floor) with intensity.

None more so than Gwen Gustafson, who launched herself airborne in pursuit of a ball which was madly skipping away, fully intent on bouncing out the gym door and going for an evening stroll.

Gwen Gustafson comes in like a wrecking ball.

Instead, the scrappy Wolf senior bounced off the hardwood, flung her arms out as she skidded face-first towards the rapidly approaching wall, and somehow, against all the rules of science, pulled off the save of the century.

Her breath gently crossing the endline, but not her body, Gustafson corralled the ball while hugging the floor, flipped it towards Georges, then watched as her teammate zipped a pass into the paint to a trailing Ryanne Knoblich.

Who promptly drained a sizzlin’ lil’ turnaround jumper, plopping the cherry on top of the sundae.

It was the biggest, and buzziest, play of the night, but not the only one which brought a smile to Wolf coach Megan Richter’s face.

A few seconds later, Georges backpedaled, planted, and absorbed the pain, drawing an offensive charging foul on an out-of-control Granite player.

Then there was Stuurmans, turning another steal into another breakaway bucket.

Georges rolling to the hoop for a lil’ runner which allowed her to become just the 36th Wolf girl to crack the 300-point club for a program which started in 1974.

Katie Marti getting nicely intense on defense, while teammate Jada Heaton egged her on with a big smile.

Plenty of prime moments to choose from, as Coupeville coasted in for the win.

Granite did finally find some semblance of a shooting touch late in the fourth, briefly cutting its deficit to 14 points.

The answer?

Blouin three-ball. Georges three-ball. And yet another Blouin three-ball.

Coupeville might have had a frosty night at the free-throw line, netting just 3-20 as a team, but the Wolves made up for it from long, and medium range.

Blouin paced CHS with a game-high 12 points, with Stuurmans banking in 10 and Georges tallying nine.

Knoblich (5), Gustafson (3), Marti (2), and defensive dynamo Mia Farris (2) also scored, as Coupeville spread the offensive load.

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