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Hawthorne Wolfe (second from right) collected one of five hits Friday for a Coupeville baseball squad coached by Chris Smith (middle). (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After being forced to postpone its season opener Tuesday with 10 of 16 players out sick, just getting on the field Friday was an accomplishment for the Coupeville High School baseball squad.

Once there, a young Wolf squad, which played three freshmen, starting two, out-hit host Lynden Christian, but were undone by errors in a 2-1 non-league loss.

“All things considered, not bad, but we kind of gave it to them,” said CHS coach Chris Smith.

Coupeville gets a chance to bounce right back, hosting Overlake at 1 PM Saturday in another non-conference rumble.

Friday afternoon, the Wolves jumped on their hosts quickly, plating their only run in the first inning, then having a chance to break things open in the second.

The first run of the season came courtesy back-to-back two-out base-knocks from seniors Jake Pease and Dane Lucero.

That would be the only run for the Wolves, however, as Lynden’s pitcher ended the first inning with a strikeout, before escaping a jam in the top of the second.

In that inning, CHS loaded the bases with just one out, as Mason Grove and Sage Sharp walked, followed by Daniel Olson rapping a single.

With the top of the order coming to the plate, the stage seemed set for the Wolves to go bonkers on the Lyncs, but it wasn’t to be on this day.

A strikeout, followed by a ground-out to second shut down the rally, while kicking off a run of 10 straight outs by Wolf hitters.

Coupeville didn’t break the cold streak at the plate until the fifth inning, when freshman Hawthorne Wolfe punched his first high school hit.

A fly-out to center left him stranded, however, and a potential rally in the sixth, sparked by a Lucero walk and an Ulrik Wells single, ended suddenly and savagely with three straight strike-outs.

Lynden only scraped out a single base hit against Coupeville hurlers Lucero, Wolfe and Matt Hilborn, and it went nowhere.

But the Lyncs benefited from some Wolf stumbles, turning three walks and two errors into their only two runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Coupeville finished with four errors on the afternoon.

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CHS sophomore Chelsea Prescott smacked three hits, including a triple, and made a sensational defensive play Friday in a close loss to Lynden Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They filled up the highlight reel.

Three different Coupeville High School softball players pulled off sensational defensive plays Friday, but it wasn’t quite enough to topple perennial power Lynden Christian.

Despite web gems from Mollie Bailey, Mackenzie Davis, and Chelsea Prescott, the Wolves fell just short, dropping a 9-6 non-league decision on the road.

The loss evens Coupeville’s early-season record at 1-1, heading into a doubleheader Saturday at Oak Harbor High School.

The 1A Wolves face 2A Lakewood at 11 AM, then return to the field at 3 PM for a Island rivalry showdown with their 3A hosts.

Friday, CHS jumped on Lynden early, scraping together a run in the top of the first thanks to the fleet feet of Emma Mathusek and the hot bats of Prescott and Sarah Wright.

Mathusek got things started by ripping a shot to third base, then using her go-go wheels to make the Lync fielder come up with the ball too quickly.

The ball was juggled, the throw was low, and the Wolf junior shot across the bag a step ahead of the incoming orb, earning a big cheer from first-base coach Ron Wright.

Coupeville’s sluggers took over from that point, with Prescott rifling a single into center, before Wright whacked an RBI single to virtually the same spot on the field.

Lynden Christian’s hurler escaped, tossing back-to-back strikeouts after that, but some damage was done.

Wolf freshman hurler Izzy Wells started strongly in the bottom of the first, whiffing a pair of Lyncs, and getting the first of the day’s three web gems from her defense.

This time it was Bailey at third, who almost had her head taken off by a line-drive from Lynden’s lead-off hitter.

The ball came screaming down the line, but the ever-easy-going Bailey snapped her mitt in front of her face at the very last millisecond, snagging the frozen rope, then nonchalantly flipping the ball back to her pitcher.

While she didn’t seem overly-impressed with herself, the play made her coach jump to attention.

Mollie caught a life-saving hard line, and then we had to restart her heart,” CHS coach Kevin McGranahan said with a small chuckle.

Despite the great snag, Lynden got on the board in the bottom of the first, thanks to a high looping ball that dropped into the gap behind short, plating the tying runner.

The game remained knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the third, and part of that was due to the second Wolf web gem.

Lynden’s lead-off hitter in the second smoked a shot into right which had extra bases written all over it, but Davis was having none of those shenanigans.

Charging the ball, she snagged the rapidly-sinking liner an inch off the ground, her mitt mowing the grass as she kept moving forward.

To the amazement of everyone in attendance, the ball stayed in her mitt, Davis stayed on her feet, even while churning across the turf, and the Lync batter could do little more than throw her hands in the air in frustration and amazement as the field ump emphatically punched the air to signal an out.

The tie was finally broken thanks to the one bad inning Coupeville endured.

Lynden put together four hits, and took advantage of a few bobbled balls, to pile up five runs in the bottom of the third, threatening to blow the game open.

Prescott finally snuffed out the rally with a pair of strong defensive plays.

The first was the eye-opener, as the Wolf shortstop pulled in a throw from Mathusek after a long RBI double to center, then alertly whirled and lunged backwards, slapping the tag on the incoming Lync as she came around the base a step too far.

That heads-up play blunted the Lynden rally, and then Prescott gunned down the next hitter, going into the hole, then coming up with a laser to CHS first-baseman Veronica Crownover to end the inning.

Down 6-1 at that point, the Wolves gave up another run in the fourth inning, before launching a comeback rally in the top of the fifth.

Coupeville’s first six batters reached base, with four scoring, thanks to some timely hits and a rare Lynden brain freeze.

Mathusek and Prescott kicked things off with singles, before Wright smashed an RBI base-knock back up the middle.

The Lyncs got helpful on the next batter, when their shortstop straight up muffed a play on a blooper off of Bailey’s bat.

It looked like the fielder was going to pull in the ball while it was still airborne, freezing the Wolf runners to their bags.

When the Lync failed to hold on to the ball, that left everyone scrambling at the last second.

In the heat of the moment, Lynden, instead of getting the easy force at second base, which was three inches from where the ball landed, tried to gun down Prescott heading for third.

It didn’t work, as the Wolf sophomore stretched out her quads in a hurry, then lunged under the tag.

With Lynden suddenly flustered, Coupeville took advantage, striking with a quick one-two combo.

Crownover belted a ball off of the right fielder’s glove to plate a run, then Davis lashed a two-run single to get her dugout really jumping.

Back to within 7-5, with two runners on and no outs, the Wolves sent Lync fans into a panic.

Unfortunately, the audible prayers of the Lynden faithful were answered, as their squad escaped thanks to a bang-bang double-play and a strikeout.

The two teams exchanged runs from there, with the home sluggers notching a single run in both the fifth and sixth, while Coupeville got one more back in its half of the sixth.

That final Wolf run came courtesy of a two-out rally, with Prescott launching a moon shot to right field, then sliding under the tag for a triple.

A pitch later, Wright smashed another RBI single, skipping to second when the ball was bobbled.

Coupeville’s last best hope ended a few feet short of nirvana, however, as Bailey’s ensuing blast to left was tracked down and caught.

Despite a one-two-three top of the seventh, McGranahan came away pleased with much of what he saw from his team in a road game against a school which regularly advances to the state tourney.

“Well, little errors got us today,” he said. “It was still a good game; there were a lot of positives to take away.

“If we clean it up we will be fine,” McGranahan added. “Young team making young team errors. It is only game two of a long season. No need to panic.”

Wright paced Coupeville, collecting four singles and three RBI in four trips to the plate, while Prescott racked up a triple, two singles, and a walk.

Mathusek, Crownover, and Davis also had base-knocks, while Coral Caveness eked out a base on balls.

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“Get out of here snow, you bum!!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature will do whatever she wants.

After the winter gods dumped snow all over Western Washington in the early hours Monday, the start of high school basketball playoffs went into a deep freeze.

Games were slated for multiple locations tonight, with the Coupeville girls set to travel to Lynden Christian.

Instead, that game, and every other one, in the double-elimination District 1 tourney, have been bumped back at least a day.

The new plan is to play first-round games Tuesday, Feb. 5, with second-round games also bumped, from Wednesday, Feb. 6 to Thursday, Feb. 7.

The tourney is still scheduled to wrap up with games in multiple locations Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9.

Of course, that all depends on how fast snow, and maybe more importantly, the ice on some roads, comes under control.

So prepare for hoops action, but keep checking back for updates.

For now, the revised district playoff bracket:


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Hannah Davidson and Coupeville kick off the postseason Monday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

So, you’re saying we have a chance?

The playoff push begins Monday, as the Coupeville High School girls basketball squad wades into the six-day, double-elimination district tourney.

First up for the Wolves is a road game at Lynden Christian, followed by a contest Wednesday against either King’s or Sultan.

Eight teams (five from the North Sound Conference, three from the Northwest Conference) are in the tourney, with four eventually moving on to bi-districts the next week.

That rumble, which pits District 1 (which includes Coupeville) against District 2, sends four teams to the state tourney, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

For the moment, let’s focus on the here and now.

A breakdown of what you need to know for districts:



Northwest District 1 girls basketball tournament



Feb. 4-9



Multiple locations. Coupeville opens at Lynden Christian and will almost certainly play its second game at King’s (though not necessarily against King’s).

After that would come games at neutral sites (Granite Falls and Mount Vernon).


Admission for individual games:

Adults / Students w/o ASB $7.00.
Students w/ ASB $5.00.
Children / Seniors $5.00.


Team capsules:



Season record: 8-9

League finish: #3 in 1A North Sound Conference

Seniors: (3) – Nicole Laxton, Lindsey Roberts, Ema Smith

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 4-6 (beat Sultan and Granite Falls twice; lost to King’s and Cedar Park Christian twice; lost to Meridian and Nooksack Valley)

Coach: David King

Mascot: Wolves


Cedar Park Christian:

Season record: 12-6

League finish: #2 in NSC

Seniors: (1) – Sela Flynn

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 6-2 (beat Sultan, Granite Falls and Coupeville twice; lost to King’s twice)

Coach: Brittani O’Malley

Mascot: Eagles


Granite Falls:

Season record: 5-14

League finish: #4 in NSC

Seniors: (5) – Alex Chavez, Sadie Hutchinson, Jasmin Myers, Hailey Nelson, Hannah White

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-8 (split with Granite Falls; lost twice to Coupeville, King’s, Cedar Park; lost to Nooksack Valley)

Coach: Dave Kaupp

Mascot: Tigers



Season record: 16-4

League finish: #1 in NSC

Seniors: (2) – Dominique Kirton, Rachel Phelan

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 8-0 (beat Cedar Park, Sultan, Granite, Coupeville twice)

Coach: Dan Taylor

Mascot: Knights


Lynden Christian:

Season record: 17-3

League finish: #2 among 1A schools in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Seniors: (3) – Josie Bocci, Isabela Hernandez, Grace Sterk

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-1 (beat Nooksack Valley; lost to Meridian)

Coach: Brady Bomber

Mascot: Lyncs



Season record: 17-4

League finish: #1 among 1A schools in NWC

Seniors: (5) – Alexis Groen, Makenna Holz, Abigail Martin, Lindsey Moore, Ella Zander 

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 2-1 (beat Coupeville, Lynden Christian; lost to Nooksack Valley)

Coach: Mark Gilmore

Mascot: Trojans


Nooksack Valley:

Season record: 13-7

League finish: #3 among 1A teams in NWC

Seniors: (1) – Jenna Tenkley

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 4-1 (beat Granite Falls, Coupeville, Meridian, Sultan; lost to Lynden Christian)

Coach: Shane Wichers

Mascot: Pioneers



Season record: 7-13

League finish: #5 in NSC

Seniors: (4) – Ashley Evans, Nina Frame, Kiana Kendall, Tori Mayer

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-8 (split with Granite Falls; lost twice to Coupeville, King’s, Cedar Park Christian; lost to Nooksack Valley)

Coach: Todd Weideman

Mascot: Turks




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   Coupeville freshman Coral Caveness has provided strong defensive play at second base this weekend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If Lynden Christian was expecting an easy Saturday, that’s not what it got.

Facing a Coupeville High School softball team playing its third game in as many days, with all three games in different towns, the undefeated Lyncs barely escaped with their perfect record intact.

Storming back from six runs down, powered by the last three hitters in their lineup, the Wolves came as close as any team to toppling LC this season before falling 7-5.

The non-conference road loss drops Coupeville to 9-4, while Lynden Christian rises to 13-0.

While it wasn’t a win, the day was full of positives for CHS coach Kevin McGranahan, an old pro who knows a narrow loss to a top-notch team often means far more than just mashing another also-ran.

“Nothing to be ashamed of, ladies. That’s the fight I want to see!,” he told his players afterwards.

Lynden Christian is undefeated because they are highly-proficient and fundamentally sound.

Taking advantage of a few “early errors and ticky-tack mistakes,” the Lyncs built a 7-1 lead before the very-determined Wolves mounted a sustained comeback which forced LC to bring back its top pitcher and bear down big time at the end to escape.

Coupeville’s bats took a few innings to warm up, with the first six Wolves going down in order.

Hope Lodell finally broke though, leading off the third with a beautiful bunt that she dropped to the left of the plate with a precise flick of the wrist.

She had barely scampered across the bag at first when freshman Mollie Bailey followed with a sharply-slapped single past the pitcher’s backside, putting CHS into business for the first time.

And while Lynden escaped the inning fairly unscathed, with the Lync catcher gunning down Lodell by half a step at third on a steal attempt to blunt the rally, the Wolves were finally clicking.

Down 5-0 headed to the top of the fourth (LC got three in the first and two in the third, with both mini-runs aided by Wolf errors), Coupeville finally got on the board.

Katrina McGranahan grooved a pitch, lashing a lead-off triple off the wall in right, then Chelsea Prescott brought her home with a long sac fly.

While Lynden scraped out two more runs in the fourth, when an epic fly ball snuck barely under the glove of a sprawling Lodell in center, the Wolves were on the prowl.

Back-to-back-to-back singles from Lodell, Bailey and Emma Mathusek, Coupeville’s 7-8-9 hitters, kicked off the fifth, before Smith brought home a second run with a grounder to second.

With the lead cut to 7-3, Coupeville launched an unexpected rally in the sixth, getting things started with two outs and no one on board.

Veronica Crownover spanked a single over the shortstop’s head to spark another run of Wolf hits.

Lodell followed with her third base-knock of the day, a booming double to left-center, then Mackenzie Davis rifled an RBI single to right on the very next pitch.

Back-to-back walks to Mathusek and Smith loaded the bags, then forced home yet another run and Lyncs fans were openly sweating on a reasonably cool day.

But Lynden is undefeated for a reason, and it stared down into the abyss without blinking.

A big strikeout brought the sixth to an end, and, with their closer firing cannon balls from short range in the seventh, the Wolves went down 1-2-3, though the final two outs were both on hard-hit balls.

Lynden Christian’s defense was impeccable, however, with not a single bobbled ball, and that made life extra-tough for a Coupeville squad looking for a final miracle.

The Wolves finished with eight hits, and seven of those came from their 7-8-9 hitters.

Lodell (1B, 1B, 2B) led the way, while Crownover, Bailey, Davis and Mathusek added singles.

Katrina McGranahan tripled, Smith led the squad with two RBI and fab frosh Coral Caveness had a couple of big defensive plays at second.

While he was pleased with the comeback, Kevin McGranahan was also all smiles over the fact the bottom third of his hitting order proved so potent.

He knows Coupeville’s big mashers will be on fire virtually every game, but getting contributions top to bottom is key to the Wolves being explosive come playoff time.

“The bottom of our lineup is clicking well and did the most damage today,” he said. “Emma is really doing well in the nine-hole and learning that role is very important.”

JV falls:

Facing a Lynden squad heavy in seniors and varsity players pulling double duty, the Wolf young guns jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold on.

The 14-3 loss was Coupeville’s first JV defeat, leaving them at 3-1.

Davis provided half the Wolf offense, smacking a pair of singles, while Caveness and Bailey also collected base-knocks.

Caveness put CHS on the board in the first, beating out an infield chopper, stealing second, zooming to third on a ground-out, then coming around to score on a passed ball.

Coupeville’s other two runs came home in the fourth, with Thora Iverson scoring on a Chelsea Prescott ground-out and Bailey unleashing an ultra-rare slide to get under a tag after streaking for home on a wild pitch.

Iverson also had a sensational running catch on a wildly-drifting pop-up, pulling the ball into the tip of her glove at the last second, and fans were treated to a dance-off between Bailey and Wright.

Lynden Christian plays music between innings and Coupeville’s catchers, who share an irrepressible nature that would have made Footloose-era Kevin Bacon proud, have never turned down a chance to bop to the beat … ever.

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