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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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Former CHS supernova Katrina McGranahan won a state title this weekend with her travel softball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call them the comeback queens. Or, better yet, just call them champs.

Sparked by their Coupeville superstar, Katrina McGranahan, the Seattle Spice travel softball team roared from behind four times in two days this weekend to win the USSSA U18 B state championship.

Playing in Auburn, the Spice spotted each of their rivals an early lead, then convincingly put the hammer down when it mattered.

Fresh off their state title, McGranahan and Co. are off to Canada this coming weekend to play in the Canada Cup. The Spice close the summer ball season at the Western Nationals in Oregon the following week.

McGranahan, who graduated from CHS this spring, won pretty much every honor possible during her stellar run as a volleyball and softball star.

She was an Olympic League MVP in both sports, shared Coupeville High School’s Female Athlete of the Year award as a junior, and was a staple on All-Conference teams.

McGranahan signed a letter of intent with Everett Community College, and is slated to be playing college ball next spring at the same school where former CHS star Hailey Hammer sparkled for two years.

Killer Kat, a terror at the plate and a flame-thrower in the pitcher’s circle, twice carried the Wolf softball team to within a win of the state tourney.

Now, she gets the title she always deserved – state champ.

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Katrina McGranahan, a killer with a soaring spirit. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Already a star, even before she stepped into the hallways at Coupeville High School.

An athlete who enjoyed every moment she was given.

Katrina McGranahan entered as a star, and exited as a legend.

The Coupeville High School senior, who celebrates her 18th birthday today, excelled at every sport she played, even the one she didn’t really enjoy.

And, while she gave up basketball shortly into her high school career, after dominating in middle school, McGranahan embraced stardom and a role as a quiet leader in both volleyball and softball.

On the court, she broke through as a freshman, making her varsity debut late in the season and flashing signs of the big-time power hitter she would become.

For the next three seasons, McGranahan was front and center, an All-Conference pick, a league MVP, an invaluable contributor on squads which won back-to-back league titles and returned to state after a 14-year absence.

Her kills at the net were delivered with precise power, her blocks with high-flying grace and her service aces with an extra bit of zing.

As good as she was on the volleyball court, it is softball which holds her heart, and the diamond is where Killer Kat has truly soared.

A dangerous hitter who combines power, an ability to hit to all fields, speed and smarts, McGranahan has been Coupeville’s most consistent weapon since day one of her freshman campaign.

When she’s at shortstop, she displays a gun for an arm and a nose for always tracking down even the hardest-hit or weirdest-hit balls.

One of the best plays I have ever witnessed on the prairie came courtesy McGranahan, who, battling epic winds, started to retreat as a pop up corkscrewed over her head.

Then the prairie breeze slammed into the ball in mid-air like a runaway freight train, the ball came to a dead stop in mid-flight, made a little scream and pitched forward, careening towards the Earth.

McGranahan spun in mid-stride, launched herself face-first into oblivion and somehow, against all odds and most of the laws of the known universe, reached the ball with the tip of her glove.

That she touched the ball was a miracle.

That she somehow speared said ball was extraordinary.

That she held onto said ball, pulling it back into her body as she slammed into the unforgiving infield dirt, and completed the play, refusing to let the ball separate itself from her glove?

That made even the impartial umpire behind her scream like a little girl who has just gotten a pony.

And, you know, with all this talk of shortstop, McGranahan rarely played there.

Because, from day one to the final moments of her prep career, she was the young woman who reached out, game after game, took the ball and strode into the pitcher’s circle, ready to face whatever came her way.

Instead of easing into the role while being an understudy as a freshman, McGranahan was thrown into the fire right away as veteran hurler McKayla Bailey rehabbed an injury.

Katrina never blinked, never hesitated. She snapped off strikes as a 9th grader and was still snapping off strikes as a 12th grader, and all that changed was who was behind the plate to catch her pitches.

Over the past six years, in all of her sports, I have witnessed her deliver big moment after big moment, capture epic wins and fight to the final moment in agonizing losses.

I have seen her smile many times as an athlete, and I have seen her cry a few times as well, and the fact there was many more smiles than tears makes me happy.

If Katrina had never played a sport, her strength, spirit, warmth and class would have still made her stand out.

But she was an athlete, one of the best I have written about, a young woman who cared deeply for her teammates, a warrior who fought for every play but had the grace to accept the outcome, good or bad.

As she moves on to play college ball, my enduring image of Killer Kat will be of her pacing in the pitcher’s circle, her fingers kneading the ball, the game on the line, and yet, amid the tension, a huge smile on her face.

She was a killer, but one who was enjoying every moment.

So, today, we wish Miss McGranahan a happy birthday (and much cake) and we officially welcome her into the company of her fellow legends, inducting her into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

After this, you’ll find her name up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

There was never a doubt she would end up here.

I knew it from the first time I watched her play in middle school, and the last six years have simply reinforced my first opinion.

Sometimes it’s nice to be right.

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Lauren Rose is one of three Wolf seniors who will play in an All-Star fastpitch softball game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’ll be joined by slugging sensation Katrina McGranahan.

Hope Lodell, here dropping a bunt, rounds out the terrific trio.

One more day on the diamond as teammates.

Coupeville High School seniors Lauren Rose, Katrina McGranahan and Hope Lodell have been invited to play in an annual All-Star fastpitch softball game hosted by the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable.

The game is set for May 30 at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and will be a nine-inning affair, with first pitch at 4 PM.

The Wolf trio, who were four-year starters and perennial All-Conference players for CHS, will wear their school uniforms.

McGranahan has been Coupeville’s primary pitcher the past four years, while Lodell patrolled center field.

Rose was a jack of all trades, catching as a freshman, doing duty at third-base as a sophomore and junior and closing her prep career at shortstop.

Coupeville won 47 games and an Olympic League title during their run, twice coming within a game of advancing to the state tournament.

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