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Katrina McGranahan, legend. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This is a shout-out to one of the true giants.

During her time at Coupeville High School, Katrina McGranahan was a stellar athlete — a volleyball, softball, and (for a brief moment at least) basketball supernova.

Blessed with natural talent, and always willing to put in work, Killer Kat was tabbed as the CHS Female Athlete of the Year.

Following in the footsteps of big bro Wade Schaef, while carving out her own brilliant path, Miss McGranahan remains a one-of-a-kind wonder who also happens to be a pretty extraordinary human being.

These days, she’s a mom to a bright-eyed lil’ boy, and has returned to her alma mater to coach the Wolf JV softball program.

Coupeville’s young guns are 5-1 while playing for Katrina, and it’s a kick to see her passing on wisdom to a new generation.

She has also stepped up in her first season and proven to be the true heir to David and Amy King by being the best quote in the biz.

I’ve watched as a first year CHS softball coach once literally sprinted away across a field to keep from answering one question from Whidbey News-Times guru Jim Waller and myself after a game.

Katrina is the exact opposite, kicking me scorebook photos and introspective insight on her team in a super-timely fashion, just like her dad Kevin, the CHS varsity diamond coach, does.

You love to see it.

It’s always great when former Wolf athletes return to coach teams in Cow Town, either at the middle or high school level.

When they prove to be ideally suited for the job, like Miss McGranahan, it’s even better.

So, thank you once again, Katrina, for all the highlights from your playing career, and now for being part of a very-strong coaching crew guiding Wolf Nation forward.

Once a superstar, always a superstar!

“You’re playing in front of the fence. I said this one is going OVER the fence…”

“I have…”

“the…”

“POWER!!!!!”

“Dang straight she does, skippy!”

“They found it down by the Clinton ferry…”

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Taylor Brotemarkle is in a good mood. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Many games, many photos.

The Coupeville High School softball program was busy last week, with three varsity games and a JV clash.

The Wolves won three of four, and ever-wandering photo clicker John Fisken was on hand to snap pics at multiple games.

The photos above and below are courtesy him, but you can see tons more if you pop over to:

 

Oak Harbor varsity game:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-/SB-2022-04-22-Coupeville-at-OH/

 

Lakewood varsity and JV games:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-/SB-2022-04-23-vs-Lakewood/

 

Allie Lucero flicks fire.

Katrina McGranahan shows the youngsters how it’s done.

Edie Bittner tracks a fly ball.

Madison McMillan gets plunked.

Izzy Wells (left) and Mckenna Somes plot the destruction of their foes.

Gordon McMillan, man of 1,001 tasks.

Sofia Peters marinates in the moment after smashing a double. “I hit, son, it’s what I do!”

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Mia Farris puts some zip on the ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The spotlight was all theirs.

With no varsity game on the schedule, the Coupeville High School JV softball sluggers were in charge of the diamond Thursday and responded with a win over visiting Oak Harbor.

Photographer John Fisken, bouncing from site to site, made an appearance, and the pics above and below are courtesy him.

To see more, and ponder the possibility of purchasing some glossy photos to send to Grams and Gramps, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-/SB-2022-03-24-vs-OH/

 

Katie Marti is too fast for your puny tag.

Softball fans find a new angle from which to scope out the action.

It’s about to be a photo shootout at the OK Corral.

Maya Nottingham pulls in a pop-up.

Don’t mess with the Messner clan!

Wolf coaches Katrina McGranahan and Aaron Lucero plot strategy.

Taylor Brotemarkle rips the cover off the softball.

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Nick “The Big Hurt” Streubel anchors the line for the nationally-ranked Central Washington University football squad. (Photo courtesy Nanette Streubel)

Brothers CJ (left) and Hunter Smith are trying to earn spots on the Green River College baseball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ally Roberts, and her trusty steed, kick off the college equestrian season next month. (Photo courtesy Roberts)

Once they were Wolves, but now they wear a variety of uniforms.

At least seven Coupeville High School grads are either currently playing college sports, or about to start a new season.

From football to basketball to equestrian sports to baseball and softball, the Cow Town alumni can be found just about anywhere.

And I say “at least seven,” because as soon as I print this story, it’ll turn out I missed someone. Happens every time.

But, at this moment, to the best of my knowledge, and in alphabetic order, here are the former Wolves who are continuing to play on in their sport of choice:

 

Kailey Kellner:

The former All-Conference hoops player returns to D’Youville College, an NCAA D-III school in New York, for her sophomore campaign.

The first time around, she played in 25 games for the women’s basketball squad, starting in several, averaging 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds a night.

The Spartans open a new season Nov. 10 against non-conference foe Wells College.

 

Katrina McGranahan:

The Everett Community College freshman has been battling a nagging quad injury, but played through it as her softball squad went 6-0 in fall ball.

She has been splitting time between manning third-base and pitching, but is expected to mainly play in the field once the regular season begins in the spring.

At the plate, the former CHS Athlete of the Year bashed a string of extra-base hits in fall ball, narrowly missing a home run in her final game.

 

Ally Roberts:

A standout volleyball spiker in high school, she’s following her primary passion these days, competing in horse sports.

A member of the Western Washington University equestrian team, she will compete in Western gaming when the season starts in Nov.

 

CJ and Hunter Smith:

The brothers have taken their skills to Auburn, where they are in the final weeks of fall baseball with Green River College.

Both have seen time on the mound and in the infield, and will soon head into winter workouts with the goal of making the hardball squad next spring.

When they’re not fine-tuning their baseball skills, both are on educational paths as well, with CJ studying Criminal Justice and Hunter beginning his journey towards a Physical Therapy degree.

 

Makana Stone:

Coming off a trip to Brazil as part of a D-III all-star women’s basketball team, the former two-time Olympic League MVP returns for her junior season at Whitman College.

A First-Team All-Conference selection in 2017-2018, she has played in 57 college games across two seasons, pouring in 540 points, snatching 385 boards, doling out 83 assists, pilfering 34 steals and rejecting 18 shots.

As a sophomore, she averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 assists, while receiving multiple honors.

She was the MVP at the “Whitworth Holiday Classic,” made the All-Tournament team at the “Ramada at the Spokane Airport Whit Classic,” and was tabbed as the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week.

The Blues, who have gone 48-10 since the former Wolf hit campus, open the season Nov. 1 with an exhibition road game at Lewis-Clark State College.

Whitman’s regular-season opener is Nov. 10 against NAIA heavy hitter Eastern Oregon, which went 31-2 a season ago.

 

Nick Streubel:

The red-shirt junior continues to anchor the line for one of the best football teams in D-II.

Central Washington is 5-2 overall, 5-0 in league play, and carries a 15-game winning streak in conference play dating back to Oct. 2016.

Ranked #21 in the latest national poll, the Wildcats have four regular-season games left, starting with a clash with Simon Fraser Oct. 20.

An All-Conference player during his days at CHS, “The Big Hurt” was an All-Region First-Team selection as Central went undefeated and won a league crown in 2017.

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Sarah Wright (front) and Katrina McGranahan have changed uniforms, but are still playing softball deep into the summer. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Softball all day, every day.

That’s pretty much life this summer for former Wolf battery-mates Katrina McGranahan and Sarah Wright.

While the diamond duo hung up their CHS uniforms after the district playoffs in mid-May, they have continued to play the game they love for another two months.

McGranahan, who graduated this year, is playing travel ball with the 18U Seattle Spice, while Wright, who will be a senior this coming school year, suits up with the 16U Snohomish County Express.

Wright is manning her usual station behind the plate as her team’s catcher, while McGranahan is resting her pitching arm and playing shortstop.

Both Coupeville standouts have spent most of their summer bouncing from tournament to tournament.

“It’s been busy!,” Wright said.

McGranahan and the Spice won a state title earlier this summer, and spent last weekend at the huge Canada Cup International Softball Championship in Surrey, BC.

The Spice rallied to win two of their final three games, with Killer Kat playing every inning in five games over three days under a blazing sun.

The summer season wraps up soon for both, with the Wolf stars and their current teammates each having one tournament left to play.

McGranahan is first up, heading to Milwaukie, Oregon July 20-22 for the Western Nationals.

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