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Coupeville freshman Coral Caveness (in sunglasses) smacked two hits Saturday in a playoff game. (Photo by Kelly Crownover)

They were among the best to ever wear the uniform.

Coupeville High School seniors Hope Lodell, Lauren Rose and Katrina McGranahan were not only four-year players for the Wolf softball squad, but four-year stars.

All three were on the field, claiming the spotlight, from the first day of their freshman season, and their stellar play and quiet leadership helped the program blossom.

The trio’s journey ended a few days earlier than hoped, when Coupeville was eliminated from the district playoffs Saturday after a 7-4 loss to Olympic League rival Klahowya.

The defeat denied the Wolves (12-9) a trip to state, the second-straight season CHS fell a single game short of the big dance.

Klahowya (12-7), which snapped a two-year, six-game losing streak against Coupeville, advances to state for the first time since 2004.

While the loss ends the on-field run for the Wolf seniors, it can’t dim what they accomplished.

The trio won 47 games over four seasons, led CHS softball to a league title this season, its first in 16 years, and were the heart and soul of the program.

Last year’s team went 19-5, the second-best finish in the 40 years the Wolves have played softball, but Mouse, The Surgeon and Killer Kat shone as brightly in defeat as they did in victory.

And all three went down fighting Saturday, on a day when the game wasn’t decided until late, and when a hit here, a bad bounce there, and the result would have likely flipped.

Coupeville was hanging tough at 2-2 late in the top of the fifth, having pulled off the defensive play of the game.

Left fielder Mackenzie Davis fielded a hit with two runners on base and just one out, came up firing and laid a strike into Scout Smith’s glove at second.

The sophomore infielder pivoted and fired a rocket to catcher Sarah Wright, who slapped the tag on the incoming runner, preserving the tie and igniting the Wolf faithful in attendance.

At that moment, with CHS having crawled back from an early 2-0 deficit, all the momentum seemed in favor of the Wolves.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the Eagles cracked back-to-back huge hits to bust the game open.

A two-run double broke the tie, then an RBI single stretched the lead to 5-2 and, in two quick, lethal swings, KSS seized the day.

Coupeville didn’t go down quietly, though, as McGranahan came back to end the inning with the seventh of the eight strikeouts she tossed in her final game as a prep pitcher.

She added a spectacular diving catch in front of the circle in the sixth, but Klahowya scraped out two more runs in the seventh to really seal the deal.

Down to their final outs, the Wolves plated two of their own, setting the table with a single from Coral Caveness and a frozen rope of a double from Rose.

One run scooted home on an RBI ground-out from Smith, before McGranahan whacked an RBI single in her final at-bat.

While the late innings were full of offensive fireworks, much of the game was a pitcher’s duel between McGranahan and KSS hurler Amber Bumbalough.

In the four years the schools have played each other, Klahowya held the advantage in the first half, winning five of six games.

Years three and four belonged to Coupeville, as the Wolves won all six before Saturday, with this year’s three-game regular season sweep coming thanks to a 60-22 advantage.

In their final match-up with Bumbalough, the Wolves had the D-1 recruit on the ropes several times, but she escaped with a little skill and a little luck.

After surrendering two runs in the top of the first, CHS got one back on a single from Smith and a thunderous one-out triple off of McGranahan’s bat.

Klahowya escaped though, inducing a grounder for out #2, then nailing McGranahan at the plate on a wham-bam play off a passed ball.

Coupeville had a golden opportunity in the second, with Veronica Crownover and Chelsea Prescott camped at second and third with no outs.

Bumbalough reached deep for a little magic, though, punching out back-to-back Wolves, before forcing a chopper to first for the third out.

The game stayed 2-1 until the bottom of the fourth.

Prescott walked, stole second, then took off like a rocket and scored when Crownover, the team’s leading hitter this season, sliced an RBI single through the gap.

After a Caveness single and a drawn-out, testy exchange between the Klahowya coaching staff and the umps, Bumbalough took matters once again into her own hands.

With the go-ahead runs at second and third, she cracked off an inning-ending strikeout.

The two pitchers, who have dueled for four years running, finished their final meeting with eight strikeouts apiece.

Coupeville, which went 7-6 against Klahowya between 2015-2018, rapped eight hits in their final game in District 3.

The Wolves, who jump back to District 1 and the new North Sound Conference next year, got two hits each from McGranahan (3B, 1B) and Caveness (1B, 1B).

Rose smoked a double, while Prescott, Crownover and Smith added a base-knock apiece.

While the Wolves will miss their three seniors, they are primed to be a contender for years to come, as their roster was extremely balanced.

CHS had three seniors (Rose, Lodell, McGranahan), three juniors (Wright, Crownover, Nicole Laxton), three sophomores (Smith, Davis, Emma Mathusek) and three freshmen (Prescott, Caveness, Mollie Bailey) on their varsity roster.

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   Former All-Conference player Luke Pelant joined the CHS soccer coaching staff this year, helping the Wolves make their longest playoff run since 2010. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The 11th time was not the charm.

Squaring off with Olympic League rival Klahowya Thursday night in Silverdale, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad experienced a good case of deja vu.

Falling 3-0 to the host Eagles, the Wolves were knocked out of the West Central District 3 playoffs and likely ended their relationship with a school they could not beat on the pitch.

After making their deepest run into the postseason in almost a decade, the Coupeville booters finished 7-9-2.

A win over five-time state champ Bellevue Christian kicked things off, then losses to Vashon Island and KSS ended things.

Now CHS jumps to the new North Sound Conference, and returns to District 1, this fall.

Klahowya (14-3-1), which never lost to a fellow 1A Olympic League team in four years, advances to play either Vashon Island or Charles Wright Academy Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-goes-home game.

The Eagles scored early Thursday, when Pacific Lutheran University recruit Mason Joe hauled in a long ball and poked it into the back of the net.

A second goal came in the 22nd minute, when Josh Connolly’s corner kick found the perfect angle and deflected in off of Coupeville goaltender Dewitt Cole’s outstretched hands.

The Wolves played aggressively in the second half, hoping to emulate their late-game heroics against Vashon, but it wasn’t to be.

The game’s final score, a tap-in off of a cross, came courtesy William Stewart.

“It was a fairly close game,” said Coupeville coach Kyle Nelson. “They made us pay for a couple of mistakes and were able to keep us at bay, though we did have a few pretty good shots.

“They definitely put some attention on their defense to keep us out,” he added. “Overall, a good game for us; we were in it until the very end.”

While the loss ended the season, and the careers of seniors Hunter Downes, Axel Partida, Ethan Spark and William Nelson, this postseason was the best for Wolf boys soccer in quite some time.

The last playoff win for CHS came in 2012, and the three games was the most Coupeville had played in one postseason since they won four of six playoff games during a run to the state tourney in 2010.

The Wolves also busted two single-season goal scoring records, with sophomore Derek Leyva toppling cousin Abraham’s mark for a player (21 goals), and the team tallying a program-best 66 scores.

Those who found the net in 2018:

Derek Leyva – 24
Aram Leyva – 13
William Nelson – 8
Sam Wynn – 5
Hunter Downes – 3
Sage Downes – 3
Pedro Gamarra – 3
Ethan Spark – 2
James Wood – 2
Chris Cernick – 1
Jonathan Partida – 1
“Own” goal by other team – 1

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   Sage Renninger, seen here in an earlier match, teamed with Payton Aparicio Monday to win a third straight Olympic League doubles crown. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Vilma Jurma of Port Townsend, a Finnish foreign exchange student, placed second in singles at the league tourney.

   Coupeville senior Claire Mietus claimed fourth in singles and advances to the district tourney for the first time.

It went just about flawlessly.

Pretty much everything clicked into place Monday as Coupeville High School hosted the 1A Olympic League girls tennis tourney.

The weather morphed from early clouds into blazing sun, which was great except for one poor Klahowya netter who sat up from her towel late in the day to be met by muffled screams from her teammates.

“You are a lobster! No, I mean a red, REEEEEDDDDDD lobster!!”

Meanwhile, school groundskeepers were able to shepherd some wayward geese from the premises before they had a chance to unleash machine-gun-style poop. Always a win.

In the midst of all of that, CHS coach/tourney director Ken Stange pulled off a tight, well-oiled event which was done in time to let rival teams catch the early ferry, with nary a trace of drama, on-court or off.

Coupeville, as undisputed four-time league champs, had the most entries, claiming nine of the 24 slots.

By the end of the day that had held up, as the Wolves won a doubles title, tied for top honors in the team scoring race, and advanced five netters to next week’s district tourney.

CHS seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger were the big winners, sweeping all three of their matches to claim a third straight doubles crown.

The team they beat in the final, Wolf sophomores Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, played well above their seeding, taking out both of Klahowya’s doubles duos.

The youngest players to advance (eight seniors and two juniors will join them at districts), they had the match of the day.

That came in the semifinals, when Wurzrainer, whipping vicious cross-court returns and Avalon Renninger, peppering screaming left-handed winners, stomped on Klahowya’s #1 team.

“That! That was nice!!,” Stange said with a big grin as he strolled by in the aftermath.

The young Wolf duo benefited from the biggest cheering section of the day.

While school was in session Monday, many of their fellow athletes popped out during breaks, lunch or study hall.

Every Wolf had at least a few students on hand during their matches, but the clock timed out best for Avalon and Tia, who saw the bleachers jammed for their semifinal bout.

The two CHS doubles duos will be joined in Tacoma May 16-17 by senior singles player Claire Mietus, who is making her first trip to districts.

The top two finishers in singles and doubles at the two-day event, held at the Sprinker Tennis Center, advance to state.

Monday’s league tourney, which was missing Chimacum’s top two players, Renee Woods and Gladys Hitt, who had other commitments, opened with a winner-take-all first round.

Win a pro set and you were district bound, with later rounds (all best-two-of-three-sets) for deciding seeding. Lose and your season was done.

Wolf singles players Genna Wright and Heather Nastali and the doubles team of Kameryn St Onge and Maggie Crimmins fell in the first round.

Wright, who soared all the way to being Coupeville’s #1 player this season, is just a freshman, while the other three are seniors.

CHS sends five players to districts, while Klahowya (four, including singles champ Hailey Sargent), Chimacum (2) and Port Townsend (1) round out the Olympic League contingent.

 

Complete Coupeville results:

 

Genna Wright:

Lost to Maddy Rienks (Klahowya) 8-6

 

Claire Mietus:

Beat Makaela Caskey (Chimacum) 8-4
Lost to Vilma Jurma (Port Townsend) 6-1, 6-3
Lost to Rienks (Kla) 6-3, 6-0

 

Heather Nastali:

Lost to Jurma (PT) 8-0

 

Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger:

Beat Chiara Vignale/Claudia Garfis (PT) 8-0
Beat Grace Yaley/Chloe Patterson (Chim) 6-3, 6-0
Beat Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzainer (Coup) 6-0, 6-0

 

Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer:

Beat Anna Wells/Kelisha Harris (Kla) 8-0
Beat Taylor Bruce/Marianne Marker (Kla) 6-2, 6-3
Lost to Aparicio/S. Renninger (Coup) 6-0, 6-0

 

Maggie Crimmins/Kameryn St Onge:

Lost to Yaley/Patterson (Chim) 9-7

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   Coupeville captain William Nelson blasts a deep ball Monday against Klahowya. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hunter Downes (center) was one of four Wolf seniors honored Monday night.

Senior defender Axel Partida gets a final photo op with CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

The fans get chatty.

Dawson Houston does his best Spielberg imitation.

An injury has sidelined Ethan Spark, but he was hailed for his stellar career.

The Nelsons have family time on the pitch.

Aram Leyva, who scored his 11th goal Monday, comes sliding in to save the day.

Let’s agree to ignore much of what happened Monday night.

Coming off a playoff-clinching win in its previous bout, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad fell flat against four-time Olympic League champ Klahowya on Senior Night.

But while the Wolves fell 6-1 Monday, the loss can’t dim what they’ve accomplished.

After three straight third-place finishes, CHS closed its final run through the conference by finishing second with a 5-4 mark.

Now, the Wolves take their 6-7-2 record into the postseason, kicking things off with a “home” playoff game against Bellevue Christian Saturday 1 PM at Oak Harbor High School’s stadium.

It’s a loser-out contest, with the victor advancing to the double-elimination portion of districts May 8-12.

While Coupeville took a step back against Klahowya, which had its midfielders firing on all cylinders, the Wolves did pull off one fairly spectacular play.

Derek Leyva fired a cross that freshman Sam Wynn collected and nudged to Aram Leyva, who buried the ball into the back of the net for his 11th goal of the season.

The Wolves have scored 59 goals in their 15 games, the best single-season scoring performance in program history.

While it still has at least one playoff game to go, Coupeville took time to honor its graduating players — William Nelson, Axel Partida, Ethan Spark and Hunter Downes — prior to their final true home game.

 

To see other pics John Fisken shot Monday, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-2018-Coupeville-Soccer/2018-04-30-vs-Klahowya/

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   Freshman hurler Daniel Olson clinched the Olympic League baseball crown for Coupeville Monday with his first, and, so far, only varsity pitch. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One pitch.

That’s all it took for Coupeville High School freshman Daniel Olson to pen his name into Wolf baseball history.

Coming on in relief Monday after starting pitcher Matt Hilborn burned through all 105 pitches he was allowed by state rules, Olson threw more warm-up pitches than game ones.

Not that it mattered, as his one and only heave caused a Klahowya hitter, who was staring at a two-strike deficit when the Wolves were forced to change pitchers, to go down swinging.

And with that final strike and final out, Coupeville capped a 5-0 road win and officially clinched its second Olympic League title in three seasons.

The win, the sixth straight and 10th in their last 11 games for the Wolves, lifts them to 7-1 in conference action, 13-4 overall.

After closing the regular season Wednesday at home against Port Townsend (it’s Senior Night and first pitch is 4 PM), CHS is playoff-bound.

The Wolves open the double-elimination district tourney May 8 in Tacoma.

Coupeville faces the #2 team from the Nisqually League, and will need two wins in three games to advance to state for the first time since 2014.

To see the bracket, pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2654&sport=6

Monday afternoon the Wolves made their final trip to Silverdale a business trip. Get in, win, get out, then celebrate.

And, despite hitting into a rare double play, Coupeville netted the only run it would really need in the top of the first.

With two outs and no one one base, Hunter Smith drew a walk, moved up on a single from Dane Lucero, then scampered home when Klahowya booted a ball off the bat of Jake Hoagland.

Wolf catcher Gavin Knoblich, who has been on a hot streak of late, gunned down an Eagle on the base-paths to get Coupeville out of a small jam in the bottom of the first, then helped CHS add an insurance run.

Knoblich walked, moved around thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Zettle, then ceded his spot at third to speedy punch-runner Nick Etzell, who bolted home to score on an RBI ground-out from Shane Losey.

Coupeville had a chance to keep the run-scoring binge going in the third, but left Smith aboard after he bashed a one-out double.

Not wanting to repeat the goose egg, however, the Wolves tacked on two runs in the fourth and a final tally in the fifth.

Zettle and Hilborn whacked RBI singles to plate runs, while Hoagland doubled and ambled home on a passed ball to round out the scoring.

While CHS was putting runs on the (nonexistent) scoreboard, Klahowya could get little going against Hilborn, who whiffed six and didn’t give up a hit from the second through the sixth inning.

The Eagles finally got to the Wolf hurler, a bit, putting two on base in the seventh.

That was merely a way for Coupeville to pull off the surprise finale, with Olson coming out of the pen Goose Gossage-style to slam the door.

The Wolves scratched out six hits in the clincher, getting doubles from Smith and Hoagland, as well as singles from Hilborn, Zettle, Dane Lucero and Joey Lippo.

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