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CHS freshman Kylie Van Velkinburgh made her high school pitching debut Monday afternoon in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mckenna Somes had Coupeville’s lone hit in a 15-3 loss.

Stretch yourself now, try new things, and it may pay off down the road.

JV sports are about mixing and matching, seeing who can excel while playing multiple positions.

And, while the Coupeville High School JV softball squad fell 15-3 at Oak Harbor Monday, the Wolves got a chance to build for the future.

The Wolves, now 2-1 on the season, put freshman Kylie Van Velkinburgh in the pitcher’s circle for the first time, and she went the distance, facing 27 hitters.

That’s huge, as Coupeville tries to build a solid pitching staff at the JV level.

Van Velkinburgh’s best inning was the bottom of the second, when she erased three Wildcat hitters in order, ending things by taking down the top two hitters in the lineup.

While Coupeville’s JV was hoping to follow in the footsteps of the school’s varsity softball players and upend a 3A school, Wolf bats had a rare cold day.

McKenna Somes smashed a single in the first inning, but that was it for CHS, which did manage to eke out seven walks.

They came from seven different Wolf hitters as well, with Lily Leedy, Heidi Meyers, Van Velkinburgh, Abby Meyers, Chloe Wheeler, Morgan Stevens, and Amanda Thomas all reaching base thanks to possessing eagle eyes.

Marenna Rebischke-Smith and Ivy Leedy rounded out the lineup for the Wolves, who now head into a long break.

The JV isn’t scheduled to play again until Apr. 10, while the Wolf varsity takes the field five times during that stretch.

When they do get back into action, Coupeville’s young guns have eight games left on their schedule, including a rematch Apr. 18 with Oak Harbor.

That game is set to go down on Coupeville’s diamond.

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Abby Meyers reached base five times Wednesday as Coupeville’s JV softball sluggers rallied to beat Concrete’s varsity. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No lead is safe on the prairie.

A week after their varsity counterparts roared back from 10 runs down to win, the Coupeville High School JV softball squad showed the same kind of moxie.

Rebounding from an 11-2 deficit against Concrete’s varsity team Wednesday, the Wolf sluggers blew up the scoreboard en route to an 18-15 victory.

The home win lifts Coupeville’s JV to a flawless 2-0 on the young season.

“Total team effort, well done ladies,” said Wolf JV coach Greg Thomas.

His boss, Coupeville varsity coach Kevin McGranahan, was channeling Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon after watching his second miracle comeback of the spring.

“Yeah … I am too old for that,” he said with a laugh.

Playing under sunny skies, as opposed to the howling wind and sideways rain which generally accompanies softball season, the young Wolves struggled a bit in the early going against more-seasoned competition.

Despite eking out five walks in its half of the first inning, Coupeville found itself trailing 11-2 just an inning and a half into the game.

Six of Concrete’s first seven hitters reached base, and the Lions bashed a pair of home runs to set off the scoring.

Tack on a third round-tripper in the top of the second, and things looked dire.

Unless you know what wonders can happen out here on the prairie, then it was nothing much to worry about.

Coupeville’s pitching snapped into shut-down mode after that, limiting Concrete to just three hits total, and no more home runs, over the final five innings.

That gave the offense time to heat up, and once it did, the Wolves rained pain down on the Lion hurlers to the tune of 13 hits, including a double, triple and home run.

Tack on 13 walks, and every one of the 12 CHS players to see the field reached base at least once, with 10 of them scoring.

Leading the way were the Meyers sisters, Abby and Heidi, who combined to reach base eight times, and tap home plate on five of those trips.

Coupeville began to scrape its way back into the game with a five-run second.

Walks to Amanda Thomas and Abby Meyers, packaged around singles from Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Lily Leedy, set the stage, with Chelsea Prescott capping things by mashing a home-run of her own.

The Wolves finally knotted things at 13-13 in the fourth, an inning in which they collected singles from Prescott and Ivy Leedy, a double from Chloe Wheeler and a triple by Mckenna Somes.

Concrete still had some life left in its bats, however, going back up 14-13 in the fifth, then retying the game at 15 in the top of the sixth.

CHS was having none of that, however, plating three in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to base-knocks from Van Velkinburgh, Somes, and Abby Meyers.

With the lead firmly in place and the sun starting to sink, Prescott stormed into the pitcher’s circle and slammed home the final dagger, hurling nasty heat as she gunned down the final Lion hitters.

Coupeville spread out its offense all day, with Prescott (1B, 1B, HR), Van Velkinburgh (1B, 1B), and Somes (1B, 3B) peppering the ball.

Wheeler (2B), Ivy Leedy (1B), Izzy Wells (1B), Lily Leedy (1B), Audrianna Shaw (1B), and Abby Meyers (1B) rounded out the hit parade.

Heidi Meyers, Morgan Stevens, and Thomas combined to collect four walks and four runs.

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   Ja’Kenya Hoskins will straight up murder you on the boards. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   A quick snack and it was on to the championship game. (Stephanie Streitler photo)

Da champs. (Joshua Leavell photo)

Their swan song was a sweet one.

Rolling to three wins in as many games Saturday, the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team won its postseason tourney.

Now it’s on to the middle school season, where practice starts in late Jan.

Saturday, the Wolves opened by blasting the Swinomish Thunder 33-6.

After that came gut-check wins, as Coupeville nipped big city rivals Mount Vernon 22-20 and Oak Harbor 21-18.

The semifinals victory was one which brought a special smile to coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh’s face.

“I tell you what, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more intense, well-played eighth grade basketball game in my life,” he said. “We had some adversity, we have some girls get hurt and we got major contributions from everybody that played.

“In years past, in that game we would have lost by 10 or 12,” Van Velkinburgh added. “This year we stayed the course, hit free throws and did all the right things to win.

“It was a lot of fun to watch!”

Coupeville’s roster included Izzy Wells, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Abby Mulholland, Ella Colwell, Anya Leavell, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Samantha Streitler and Audrianna Shaw.

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   Coach Lark Gustafson (center) heads up a SWISH hoops squad featuring Coupeville players in grades 5-7. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   One step away from high school ball, the Wolves playing for Dustin Van Velkinburgh are in 8th grade.

The little sisters are here, to lay claim to the court.

Coupeville’s girls SWISH basketball teams have been ultra-successful in recent seasons, and there seems little reason to think it won’t continue.

The young Wolves, many of whom have now been playing together for several seasons, are working their way towards the high school team, all with an eye on continuing the success those older squads have also enjoyed.

This year’s 8th grade SWISH team has already beaten Orcas Island and Friday Harbor, while losing thrillers to big-city foes from Anacortes, Blaine and Mount Vernon.

The Wolves, playing without several injured players, had late leads on two of those three teams.

“We are playing really well; just missing shots,” said coach Dustin Van Velkinburgh. “Should be a good group to watch throughout high school.”

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   Jaelyn Crebbin and her teammates are ready to bite into a new season of middle school volleyball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A new generation of volleyball legends has arrived.

Some we’ve heard a bit about, while others are newcomers, but one thing is certain — Coupeville Middle School coaches will have full benches this season.

CMS 8th grade coach Casie Greve is back for a third season, while former Wolves Kimberly Bepler and Sarah Lyngra take over the 7th grade team.

The current roster:

8th grade:

Cecilia Camerena
Abby Clinkscales
Ella Colwell
Kiara Contreras
Jaelyn Crebbin
Noelle Daigneault
Angelina Gebhard
Chloe LaRue
Anya Leavell
Lily Leedy
Abby Mulholland
Audriana Shaw
Morgan Stevens

Samantha Streitler
Amanda Thomas
Kylie Vanvelkinburgh
Bella Velasco
Izzy Wells
Eryn Wood
Lita Woolett

7th grade:

Harlee Ausman
Kaielle Bepler
Alita Blouin
Karyme Castro
Vivian Farris
Hayley Fiedler
Gwen Gustafson
Taygin Jump
Ally Lucero
Maya Lucero
Trinity McGee
Sofia Peters
Abigail Place
Jill Prince
Jordyn Rogers
Brynn Schmid
Cypress Socha
Lucy Tenore

Managers:

Graci Lemaster
Mckenna Somes

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