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Lauren Grove, kickin’ butt and takin’ names. Always. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

Lauren Grove is as tough as they come.

During her time as a Coupeville High School athlete, she impressed me again and again with her grit, her desire, and her unwillingness to back down against any team or any athlete.

That spirit carried her through an impressive prep career, one in which she wore the red and black while competing in track and field, volleyball, soccer, and basketball.

One of only two students from her graduating class to play a sport in all 12 seasons, Grove was a slam-dunk for the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

Miss Intense, at work. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Now, though, she is waging the strongest fight of her life, as she recovers from extensive burns suffered in a grease fire in May.

As she faces, and overcomes, every obstacle, Grove is documenting her journey on an Instagram page.

It is raw, unfiltered, and, like Lauren herself, full of hope.


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Lauren Grove was a strong four-sport athlete during her time at CHS. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Slicin’ ‘n dicin’ on the hardwood.

Grove lays out to make a save on the pitch.

Whether you live near or far, you can help Lauren Grove.

The 2017 Coupeville High School grad, who captured four state track and field meet medals, and was a solid basketball, soccer, and volleyball player for the Wolves, is currently at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

She suffered third degree burns in a home grease fire this past weekend, and is set for a second round of surgeries Friday.

In positive news, Lauren has been moved out of ICU and friends of the family have begun to set up a support network for her and her family.

If you’d like to help with medical expenses, donations can be made on the Venmo app:


An account is also being set up at Peoples Bank.

Amy Briscoe, whose daughter Tiffany graduated with Lauren, is selling home-baked pies this weekend to raise money as well.

She will have peach, apple, blueberry, and strawberry, and the suggested donation is $15.

Pies can be picked up at 825 Wanamaker Road, and paid for with cash, check, or Facebook Pay.

Social distancing protocol will be in place for all pie pick-ups.

For info or questions, contact Briscoe at albriscoe1074@gmail.com.


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Lauren Grove

Lauren Grove always impressed me.

Go back, before she set records, before she was one of the few Wolves to play a sport in every one of their 12 high school seasons, and there was a young girl just entering high school.

Standing behind me in the entrance to the Coupeville High School gym, Lauren pointed over my shoulder at the CHS track and field record board.

“I’m going to be up there. I promise you.”

Then she smiled and walked away.

And you know what? Lauren didn’t lie.

By the time she graduated in 2017, sure enough, her name was up on the big board, multiple times.

She also had four state track meet medals, one of just seven Wolf girls to reach that number in school history.

Along the way, Lauren was also an accomplished volleyball, soccer, and basketball athlete, a strong student, a great big sister, and a much-loved baby sitter.

Three years later, she faces the biggest challenge of her life, and I hope she knows how much support she has.

Lauren suffered severe burns this weekend in a grease fire, and is at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

She had extensive surgery Monday, and a second surgery is scheduled for Friday.

Lauren’s mother, Mindy, is posting updates on an online journal, which you can find here:


If you have a moment, consider leaving a message for Lauren, or for her family.

This is a rough situation, made worse by the ongoing pandemic restricting access for loved ones at hospitals.

Miss Grove, know that you are not alone. Ever.

You have a (Wolf) Nation behind you, and we are here for you, in mind and spirit.

I have seen the intensity in your eyes, and witnessed your accomplishments. I know the size of your heart.

Ask me what I believe in, and the answer is simple – I believe in you, Lauren.


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