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Lauren Rose, baby whisperer, standout athlete, academic genius and all around remarkable young woman. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Rose comes up firing while patrolling the infield.

To know Lo is to adore her.

I have watched countless athletes play in my years as a sport writer, but Lauren Rose lands on a very, very small list as one of the best I have ever witnessed.

For her athletic ability? Absolutely. For her work ethic and commitment? Positively.

But also because she is simply one of the best human beings to ever pull on a Wolf uniform. Ever.

Lauren and twin sister Kayla are two of the most gracious, kind and caring, intelligent, personable young women I have met.

When you add in Lauren’s amazingly consistent, often inspired, athletic performances during her four-year run at Coupeville High School, and there is no doubt whatsoever she has long deserved inclusion into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

So, after I get done gushing about her in this article, you’ll find her enshrined up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

The supremely serene superstar, whether she was being hailed as Mouse, Munchkin or Keebler Elf, had the stats, the SportsCenter highlight plays, the big wins, and all the All-Conference awards.

But, most of all, she had a heart that was unmatched. She might not have been as tall as some of her teammates, but she played like a giant every dang day.

Pick a sport — volleyball, basketball or softball — and Rose delivered, steady, calm and collected, yet burning with desire to get better, work harder and fight longer.

She once snapped off 20 consecutive points on her serve in a varsity volleyball match against Chimacum, almost running a complete set by herself, and every serve was pure perfection.

Rose, who may have missed two or three serves in her entire four-year run for the CHS volleyball program, lashed winner after winner, putting a slightly different spin on each serve as she continually hit a target only she saw.

The Cowboys weren’t a bad team, and the match itself was competitive, but when Rose was twirling the ball and launching elegant missiles, they might as well have just sat down on the bench and enjoyed the show, cause they had no answers for what she was dealin’.

And that’s how she was in all her sports, whether finishing among the state leaders in assists as a nimble-fingered setter, harassing rivals to distraction on the basketball court as a ballhawk, or being uniformly superb at whatever position her softball coaches asked her to play.

Rose did a stint behind the plate as a freshman, waiting for Sarah Wright to arrive from middle school and take over the catching duties, then moved out to anchor the team at short and third in later years.

And it’s in the world of softball where The Keebler Elf delivered what I believe to be her most inspired moment.

Coupeville had a road game in Sequim rescheduled at the last second, which put Rose in an unexpected sticky situation.

As the leadoff hitter for the red-hot Wolves, she wanted to be in the lineup, and yet she also had an important SAT test she couldn’t miss.

Strong athlete, strong student, trapped in a no-win situation.

Except, she made it work.

First, Rose blitzed her way through the test, using a #2 pencil like a sword to defend her academic rep.

Then she bolted across the street, hurdled into a waiting car driven by a teammate’s parents and hauled tail for the ferry, not even stopping to change into her uniform.

“I’ll do it on the ferry!”

“Do you know how dirty ferry bathrooms are??????”

“I’ll move faster than the germs!!”

With the clock ticking against her, Rose (and her ride) made it to the field in Sequim with mere moments to spare, at which point she catapulted herself from the back seat of the still-moving auto, juggling her mitt, bat and snacks as she sprinted towards her coach, who was pacing madly, one eye on his watch, one on the ump.

“Oh, sweet lord, my heart…”

“Told you I’d make it,” Rose whispered to her coach as she flung her mitt and snacks over her shoulder, bouncing them into the dugout on a dime.

Never breaking pace, she sprinted to the plate, nodded to the ump, hefted her bat, glanced at the pitcher for a split second (or less) and promptly smacked the first pitch of the game, driving the ball to straight away center for a standup double.


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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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   Emma Mathusek smacked a single and scored twice Friday as Coupeville rolled to its second-straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Production from the top of the order to the bottom.

That’s what Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan is looking for, and his wish came true Friday afternoon.

Ignoring the iffy weather, the Wolves got a big-time spark from their #8 and #9 hitters, then rolled to a 7-3 win over visiting North Mason.

The non-conference victory, coming against a big 2A school, lifts CHS to 2-0 on the season.

The Wolves make an immediate turnaround, heading out Saturday morning for the long trip to Vashon Island.

They’ll do so still beaming over the play of freshman Coral Caveness and sophomore Emma Mathusek.

Mired in a scoreless game heading into the bottom of the third inning, Coupeville needed something.

A spark, as it were.

It came courtesy Caveness, who reached on an error while leading off, and Mathusek, who followed her by eking out a crucial walk.

With runners finally on board, Lauren “The Mighty Munchkin” Rose came up loaded for bear and promptly lashed a two-run double to get things really rockin’ and rollin’.

Rose scooted around to score herself on an RBI single off of the bat of Sarah Wright, and suddenly Wolf hurler Katrina McGranahan had a lead to play around with.

“We kept scrapping and getting runs here and there,” Kevin McGranahan said. “And, as usual, we played as a team and never panicked.”

That came in crucial when North Mason took advantage of a rare defensive lapse from the Wolves to plate two runners of their own in the top of the fifth, pulling back within 3-2.

Showing not a moment of panic, the Wolves tossed another three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning, with Mathusek, Scout Smith and Katrina McGranahan all collecting base-knocks.

The cherry on top came from Hope Lodell, as “The Surgeon” sliced ‘n diced North Mason’s defense for a sixth-inning double, then popped home on an RBI single from the red-hot Caveness.

Coupeville finished with eight hits spread out over seven batters, with Katrina McGranahan leading the way with two singles.

That matched what she gave up in the pitcher’s circle.

With help from Wright, her catcher, who “did a great job of keeping her (Kat) down in the zone for a very picky umpire,” Coupeville’s ace was on point all afternoon.

Katrina McGranahan has surrendered just three hits in the first 13 innings of the season.

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   Wolf seniors Lauren Rose (left) and Hope Lodell were named Friday to the 1A All-State volleyball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School had two of the best spikers in the state this fall.

It’s official, as seniors Lauren Rose and Hope Lodell were named to the All-State team Friday by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

The duo received Honorable Mention nods, along with Klahowya libero Maile Lueck.

King’s, which won the state title, had the 1A Player of the Year (outside hitter Alli Hansen) and Coach of the Year (Jeff Fransen).

Rose was honored for her work as a setter, while Lodell, who exits holding CHS single season and career records for service aces, was named to the team as a libero.

As part of a stellar group of seniors — The Magnificent Seven — they led the Wolves to a second-straight Olympic League championship.

Coupeville won every set it played against conference foes this season, to the tune of 27-0, tied a program single-season record with 13 victories and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 2004.

To see the complete All-State volleyball teams, pop over to:


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   Former Coupeville volleyball coach Kristin Bridges introduces her son to the gym life. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

A small fraction of Payton Aparicio’s fan club on Senior Night.

Big poppa Mitch Aparicio is the president of said fan club.

   The multi-talented Lauren Rose – volleyball setter by day, baby whisperer by night.

   So close. Seven of Coupeville’s eight seniors stop shredding foes long enough to take a group pic.

   Hard-hitting Mikayla Elfrank discovers she’s trending on Twitter (hashtag #TheEnforcer), while Jordan Ford ponders life as a couch.

   Aleshia McFadyen schmoozes with one of the 3,000 babies in attendance at Coupeville’s volleyball match.

The bright future of Wolf volleyball.

Too many pics.

Hey now, that’s not a bad thing at all, but when you set John Fisken and a bag of cameras to work, the man keeps the shutter poppin’.

While I didn’t have room enough to run everything from Wednesday’s CHS volleyball Senior Night that night, I’m starting to catch up.

The eight photos seen above, a medley of off-court moments, are but the tip of the iceberg.

To see everything Fisken snapped (and possibly purchase some, thereby helping fund scholarships for Wolf student/athletes), pop over to:


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