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Artwork by Izzy Wells (Photos courtesy Katy Wells)

With Washington state schools closed down for at least six weeks due to the spread of coronavirus, we’re offering all Coupeville students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Izzy Wells, who created the artwork seen in this story, is a sophomore at CHS who plays soccer, basketball, and softball.


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Izzy Wells works her magic behind the arc. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gavin Knoblich comes flyin’ in hot.

Gwen Gustafson hits the brakes, giving her hair a case of whiplash.

Alita Blouin gets down ‘n dirty.

Ulrik Wells touches the heavens.

Avalon Renninger does complex mathematical equations in her head while waiting for someone to get open.

Hawthorne Wolfe pounds home the rock.

The Wolf JV boys get rowdy.

It’s the sound of silence.

We’re on Day 5 of a 12-day run with no Coupeville High School basketball games, as winter break plays out.

The Wolves return to action Jan. 3, when both the girls and boys travel to Chimacum for the final non-conference action of the season.

Unless the Port Townsend games — postponed by the concern high winds would affect the ferries — get rescheduled, that is.

But, I’m not holding my breath on that happening.

After the Chimacum match-ups, Coupeville jumps full-force into North Sound Conference games, with the girls at home first, welcoming Cedar Park Christian to Whidbey Jan. 7.

As we wait for the sound of basketballs thunking off the hardwood to return, here’s some photos from John Fisken to fill 2-3 minutes of your time.

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Izzy Wells was one of eight Wolves to score Saturday in Seattle as Coupeville’s varsity won its fourth-straight game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re getting historical.

Sparked by a big second quarter Saturday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team clobbered The Bush School to keep its early-season hot streak alive.

With the 41-28 non-conference road victory in Seattle, the Wolves are on a four-game winning streak and sit at 5-1.

That’s the best start by a CHS girls hoops team since the 2009-2010 squad, which was led in scoring by current JV coach Megan Smith, opened 6-1.

Coupeville, which plays its first North Sound Conference game next Tuesday, Dec. 17, when it travels to Sultan, is mixing aggressive defense with opportunistic scoring.

First-year head coach Scott Fox has a 13-player roster, and it’s a mix of seasoned vets who enjoyed success under previous coach David King before he retired, and young guns looking to make their own mark.

Saturday’s game perfectly captured Coupeville’s “something new, something old” style, as senior Scout Smith, and her likely heir at point guard, freshman Maddie Georges, teamed up to batter their foes.

Smith scored in every quarter, topping the Wolves with 10 points, while Georges nailed a pair of three-balls in the decisive second quarter, en route to eight points of her own.

The duo were part of a very-balanced offense, as eight different CHS players scratched their names into the scorebook.

Coupeville, whose only loss was to 3A Oak Harbor, which is also off to its best start in years at 5-0, came out strongly on the road.

Attacking the basket with intensity, the Wolves opened up a 10-7 lead after one quarter, then dropped the hammer with a 17-7 run in the night’s second frame.

Georges lit the fuse during that surge with her treys, but Smith, Avalon Renninger, Hannah Davidson, Izzy Wells, and Kylie Van Velkinburgh also netted buckets as CHS was unstoppable.

The Bush School players stiffened their collective spines during halftime and played Coupeville to a dead heat in the second half, with the third quarter going 9-9 and the fourth finishing 5-5, but it was too late for a rally.

“Well, we did it again,” Fox said. “Scout stepped up big time and led us like a senior.

Maddie played great and Hannah controlled the middle; another team win.”

While Smith (10) and Georges (8) had the hottest shooting touch, Davidson and Chelsea Prescott were hot on their heels, dropping in six points apiece.

Wells (4), Renninger (3), Mollie Bailey (2), and Van Velkinburgh (2) rounded out the offensive attack, with Tia Wurzrainer, Carolyn Lhamon, Audrianna Shaw, and Anya Leavell garnering quality floor time.

After playing at Sultan, the Wolves play two non-conference games next week, traveling to Port Townsend Thursday and hosting Nooksack Valley Saturday.

After that, they’re off for 12 days, returning Jan. 3 to kick-off the 2020 portion of the 2019-2020 hoops season.

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Learn it, live it, love it. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Izzy Wells slaps a two-run single back up the middle.

Darren Crownover broadcasts to the USA, while Kelly Crownover debates having some words with the ump if he doesn’t pull his head out of his rear.

Sarah Wright does her best to frame the pitch.

Rally caps sprout up in the Wolf dugout.

Ron Wright enjoys his afternoon on the prairie.

Coral Caveness squares up, moments before dropping a bunt single.

Every day, every moment, is an opportunity to excel.

That’s a key part of the commitment poster Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan has posted on the team’s dugout.

Monday afternoon his team responded, storming back from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, before toppling Cedar Park Christian in extra innings.

Local paparazzi John Fisken also lived up to the poster, clicking away across both the varsity and JV games, and delivering unto us an assortment of glossy pics.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2018-2019/SB-2019-04-15-vs-CPC/

And, as always, a percentage of any purchases goes to fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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CHS junior Scout Smith, destroyer of worlds, walk-off grand-slam hitter, and newly-certified prairie legend. (Photo by Charlotte Young)

When Scout Smith is older, when she’s in the coach’s box like her mom and dad before her, when she’s possibly coaching her own children, her mind may drift back.

And, in that moment, she will be 16 years old again, a wiry fireball sauntering to the plate, the sun barely peeking out from behind a wall of clouds on the Coupeville prairie.

Scooter will remember the roar of the crowd, the feel of the bat in her hands, the look of fear in the pitcher’s eyes.

It will be April 15, 2019 one more time.

And then, as she squeezes her eyes shut, she will relive the moment she went from being a very good softball player to stepping into history, forever etching her name among the prairie legends.

All she needed was a hit, a poke into open space, a bouncer back up the middle, a way to plate Veronica Crownover and cap one of the great comeback wins in school history.

But very good softball players bounce the winner back up the middle.

Legends beat the ever-livin’ snot out of the ball and bash epic walk-off grand-slam home runs.

Scout Smith is no longer a very good softball player. She’s a legend.

And so it came to pass, that the Wolf softball sluggers, after rallying for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, crushed the very soul out of Cedar Park Christian, winning 8-4 on Smith’s blast in the bottom of the ninth.

The win lifts Coupeville to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play, 6-5 overall, leaving them in a first-place tie with Granite Falls (4-1, 7-5), while Cedar Park (3-2, 7-3) falls a game off the lead.

Riding the high of Monday’s victory, the Wolves travel to Granite Wednesday, where they will bid to take complete control of the league in one 72-hour tear.

For the moment, they will bask in a win in which they never held the lead until the final swing of the game.

Freshman hurler Izzy Wells was droppin’ fire, whiffing 11 CPC hitters, and the Wolf defense played inspired ball.

It didn’t matter where the ball was hit, because a Wolf (and her glove) were there to deny the Eagles time and again.

Wolf catcher Sarah Wright picked runners off multiple bases, shortstop Chelsea Prescott nailed a runner coming home with a sizzlin’ throw, Crownover pulled off multiple unassisted put-outs at first, and somehow Emma Mathusek topped them all.

Running on a full-out sprint in the 7th inning, the Wolf junior flat-out robbed Cedar Park’s best hitter, throwing out her mitt at the last second to swipe a rapidly-dropping ball from the heavens.

What looked like an extra-base hit became just another out, as Mathusek flipped the ball back in, then stalked away, almost daring anyone else to try and hit it within a mile of her mitt.

And yet, as it came up to hit in the bottom of the seventh, Coupeville trailed 4-1, with just a fourth-inning Mollie Bailey RBI single to its credit, and things looked dire.

The Wolves scraped together one run, mashing together a Wright single, a Bailey grounder which was booted for an error, and then a Crownover RBI single.

But, as quickly as the final-inning rally began, it almost ended.

A strikeout and a fielder’s choice grounder left the Wolves down to their final out, still trailing 4-2, while Cedar Park’s extremely-enthusiastic third-baseman celebrated as if the Eagles had just won a state title.

They had not.

If you didn’t know Wells was a freshman, nothing about the way she conducts herself on the softball diamond would give you a clue.

Perhaps her insides are a bubbling cauldron of anxiety. It’s possible.

But Wells projects extreme calmness.

Whether she’s firing pitches into Wright’s mitt, pulling off web gems, or standing tall at the plate, Ms. Unflappable is the most self-assured 9th grader since Katrina McGranahan debuted in 2015.

And, with the very same former Wolf ace sitting high in the stands, keeping up a pro-Izzy stream of comments, Wells responded.

Down to her final strike, she whipped her bat through the gentle prairie breeze, rocketing a single into center field, sending Bailey and Coral Caveness careening for home, and suddenly we had a whole new ball game.

Which almost ended on the very next batter.

In her first three trips to the plate, Smith had put good bat on the ball, only to have CPC fielders run down her shots.

Trip #4 was (almost) legendary, as she laced what looked like the game-winner, only to be denied one more time.

Not on getting a hit, as the ball tore a chunk out of the outfield grass this time, but when an admittedly great relay throw nailed Wells by a fingertip at the plate.

Wolf fans, seemingly denied the walk-off win, howled.

They quickly got over it, however.

Wells, who had been aces in the pitcher’s circle through seven innings, was lights out in the extra frames.

She faced the minimum six hitters across the eight and ninth, punching out three Eagles on strikeouts, while getting some help from Bailey, who made a beautiful snag on a checked-swing liner down the third-base line.

That set up magic time, otherwise known as the bottom of the ninth.

Operating under softball’s sometimes odd rules, both teams started play in the 9th inning by being handing a free runner at second.

While Cedar Park’s player never got more than an inch off the bag as Wells blitzed her teammates, Coupeville’s runner, Bailey, went a lot further.

After skipping to third on a passed ball, she took time out from her busy afternoon to dance on the bag, then found herself with nowhere to go even as two more batters got on base.

With one eye on Bailey, a CPC fielder booted Crownover’s chopper, but recovered quickly enough to keep the wily Wolf at third from scampering home.

Bailey was similarly stuck when Caveness dumped an infield single in front of the third-baseman, then found herself forced at home on a Wells grounder.

Bases juiced, two outs, edge of your seat, strangled cries from both sides, a prayer or two curling up into the sky.

Body language told it all.

The CPC hurler, so effective for so long, leaned back, a haunted look in her eyes, relentlessly snapping the ball into her glove, unable to control what had become a twitch over the final innings.

And at the plate, not a muscle moving, steely gaze boring a hole through the universe itself, Scout Smith, lil’ sister of Wolf greats CJ and Hunter, decided it was time to claim the title of “Best Freakin’ Athlete in the Family.”

It wasn’t just that she hit a home-run.

She flat-out destroyed the ball, her bat ripping it nearly in half, sending it on a line up, up and away as Wolf fans exploded out of their seats, tripping over themselves and each other, a shower of sunflower seeds cascading to the Earth as Smith rounded third.

The ball cleared the left field fence in a hurry, and Cow Town went crazy.

It was history. It was a coronation.

Bow before Scout Smith, Destroyer of Worlds. And be glad she’s on our side.

As she hit home plate, she was mobbed by her teammates, who thumped on her, hugged her, and screamed in her ears until all she could do was stagger away, grin plastered from ear to ear.

Caught up in the celebration, CHS coach Kevin McGranahan was a man sitting on cloud nine.

“High school careers are made of nights like this and every girl in uniform contributed to this win,” he said. “Great team win!

“Wolves never say die!!”

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