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The ever-irrepressible Ally Roberts is the seventh member of her extended family inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.com)

Also inducted today – older sister Madeline, a true one-of-a-kind star on the softball diamond.

At this rate, we might want to think about adding a Sandy Roberts wing to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

The man himself is already well-established in our lil’ digital hall of wonders, inducted for his stellar work as both a Wolf athlete and coach.

Toss in two sons (Jon and Jay Roberts), a daughter-in-law (Sherry (Bonacci) Roberts) and, as of today, three grandchildren (Lindsey, Madeline, and Ally Roberts) also camping out there, and the family is well-represented.

While we wait for the construction of that wing, though, we have a bit of business to take care of, and that’s the induction of grandchildren #2 and #3, sisters Madeline and Ally.

They went their own ways when it came to choosing their athletic pursuits, but they were similar in always shining brightly in whatever arena they participated.

Madeline made her name on the softball field, a slap-hitting speedster who anchored the top of the lineup for the CHS softball squad.

A four-year letter winner, she was a First-Team All-League pick at shortstop during her senior season in 2014, a time when Coupeville faced off with big bads like Archbishop Thomas Murphy and Lakewood in the 1A/2A Cascade Conference.

That was the season the Wolves shocked folks by putting together a late-season run which carried them all the way to Eastern Washington for the state tournament, their first return trip to the big dance in a decade-plus.

In addition to All-League honors, Madeline ran away with the team award for Best Offense when Wolf coaches David and Amy King held their annual season-ending shindig.

Not content with merely being a high school standout, Mad Dog made the jump to college ball, as well, and with a twist.

She played two seasons on the diamond for Shoreline Community College, facing off a few times against former CHS teammate Hailey Hammer, who did her college time at Everett Community College.

But Madeline also surprised everyone when, after not playing basketball in high school, she opted to play a campaign with Shoreline’s hoops squad, acquitting herself quite nicely.

Her younger, but ultimately taller, sister was also a multi-sport athlete, juggling the equestrian world with volleyball.

On the court, Rally Ally was a ferocious hitter, ripping off knee-quaking spikes and flinging her body to the floor with wild abandon to save wayward shots.

Playing for the Wolves during a time of transition, when several coaches moved through the system, Ally saw her role change often, but she always adapted and never stopped fighting during every second she was given on the floor.

When she wasn’t in the gym, Lisa Edlin’s youngest daughter could usually be found astride a horse, winning medals and ribbons while tearing up the rodeo circuit.

It was a sport which carried Ally through both high school and college, where she was the captain of Western Washington University’s equestrian team.

She won a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship in what turned out to be her final time in the saddle, before being denied a crack at nationals when COVID-19 shut down college sports.

That disappointment, while sad in the moment, will ultimately be just a small footnote for Ally, who like her big sis, has much more ahead of her left to accomplish.

As they move forward, they’ll also hang around, joining their family members under the Legends tab at the top of the blog.

They were stars during their school days — two bright, shining supernovas full of talent and skill who added bold new chapters to the tale of one of Coupeville’s most-successful athletic families.

Out in the real world, Madeline and Ally will be equally unstoppable. Of that, I have no doubt.

And when they do hit it big? We can say we knew them back when.

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Madeline Roberts (left) and Hailey Hammer, reunited on the college softball diamond. (John Fisken photo)

   Madeline Roberts (left) and Hailey Hammer, reunited on the college softball diamond. (John Fisken photo)

The end of the road comes for all athletes.

For former Coupeville High School softball stars Madeline Roberts and Hailey Hammer, this past weekend marked the end of different stages of their college careers.

Roberts, who was on crutches at the end after suffering an injury, marked the end of her two-year run as a Dolphin with Sophomore Night festivities at Shoreline Community College.

Meanwhile, Hammer, a freshman, saw the regular season roll to a close at Everett Community College.

Shoreline is 16-16 overall, 10-10 in league play, while Everett is 16-20, 9-11.

The two teams advance to play in the postseason, though Roberts will likely be out due to a possible ACL injury.

Both Wolf grads put in strong work during their respective seasons, as the duo comprised 50% of Coupeville’s college diamond dandies.

Ben Etzell, a sophomore at Saint John’s University and Monica Vidoni, a freshman at Rainy River Community College, both played in Minnesota this season.

Vidoni’s season is done, while Etzell and the Johnnies baseball squad are off to the NCAA D-3 playoffs later this week.

Hammer is hitting .283 with 17 hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles.

She’s racked up seven RBI, scored nine runs, walked six times and seen action in 24 games.

Roberts has appeared in 21 games, compiling nine hits (including a double), five walks, four steals and three RBI.

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Monica Vidoni

   Wolf grad Monica Vidoni (5) smashed her third college softball home run Sunday. (Photo courtesy Vidoni)

She can’t be contained.

Coupeville High School grad Monica Vidoni mashed her third college softball home run Sunday, a solo pinch-hit blast that helped carry Rainy River Community College to a 7-1 win.

The Voyageurs, who swept their twin-bill with Mesabi Range, winning the nightcap 10-6 (Vidoni singled), have won four straight and 10 of their last 12.

RRCC sits at 22-11 with one doubleheader left on its regular season schedule.

Vidoni, a freshman, has seen action in 27 games for the Minnesota-based school this spring, piling up 15 hits, 13 runs, five extra-base knocks (two doubles to go with the three dingers) and nine RBI.

Two of her former teammates are deep into their college seasons, as well.

Hailey Hammer, a freshman at Everett Community College, has played in 17 games for an 11-13 squad.

She has 10 hits, seven runs, five RBI, three walks and a game-winning home run.

Madeline Roberts, a sophomore at Shoreline Community College, has been on the field in 15 games for the Dolphins, who are 10-8.

The slap-hittin’ outfielder has four hits, four runs, four steals, three walks, two RBI and a double on her resume this season.

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Hailey Hammer (John Fisken photos)

   Hailey Hammer: “I believe I shall be awesome today. Yep, that’s the plan.” (John Fisken photos)


You dare to run on Madeline Roberts, you pay the price, fool.


   Hammer Time prepares to unleash her fury under the gaze of mom Linda (brown blanket) and Robert’s mom, Lisa Edlin (far right).


“We have liftoff!”


Hammer gets mobbed at home after breaking a scoreless tie with a tater.


Roberts (bottom, far left) and her camera-ready squad.


Everett has photo game, as well.


Former teammates, always friends.

Don’t hurt ’em, Hammer!

Too late.

In a college softball game Sunday that featured a match-up between former Coupeville High School teammates, Hailey Hammer had the last laugh.

Now a freshman at Everett Community College, Hammer went yard in the top of the seventh, blasting a fences-clearing solo shot to lift her squad to a 1-0 win against host Shoreline CC.

On the other side of the field, her former Wolf running mate, Madeline Roberts, now a sophomore for the Dolphins.

Both teams are now 4-2 in Northwest Athletic Conference play, putting them in a second-place tie behind Bellevue (5-1).

Everett is 9-9 overall, while Shoreline is 8-6.

Hammer’s long ball, her first as a college player, caught her a bit by surprise.

“Right over center field, it barely felt like I hit it far!,” she said with a laugh.

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Monica Vidoni

Monica Vidoni

Monica Vidoni went yard.

The Coupeville High School grad, now a freshman outfielder for Rainy River Community College in Minnesota, socked a solo, over-the-fence, home run Saturday as her squad swept two games.

“I was so excited I didn’t realize I was sprinting around the bases,” Vidoni said.

The big blow gives her nine hits and five RBI for a 12-5 Voyageurs squad.

She’s one of three former Wolves currently playing college softball, with former CHS teammates Hailey Hammer (Everett Community College) and Madeline Roberts (Shoreline Community College) also suiting up.

Hammer, a freshman, has eight hits, four RBI and a .348 batting average for a 5-7 team, while Roberts, a sophomore, has scored four runs and pilfered two stolen bases for a 3-3 squad.

Ben Etzell, a sophomore playing baseball at St. John’s University in Minnesota, is 1-0 with 13 strikeouts in 14 innings as a pitcher this season.

He’s also racked up six hits, seven runs and two doubles at the plate for the 11-5 Johnnies.

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