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Senior Audrianna Shaw slammed a home run Thursday, part of a 27-hit, 22-run performance for Coupeville. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Another day, another win over a bigger school.

Bringing out the extra-hot bats Thursday, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad crushed host Sultan 22-0 in a game mercy-ruled after five innings.

The non-conference win lifts the Wolves to 8-1 on the season, and they’ll carry a seven-game winning streak to La Conner Friday afternoon.

Intent on returning to the state tourney after Covid erased two years of potential postseason play, Coupeville has filled its non-league schedule with schools from higher classifications.

And it’s paid off, as the 2B Wolves are 4-1 against 1A schools this season, with just a narrow loss to traditional power Lynden Christian.

Still ahead are non-conference tilts with 3A Oak Harbor, 2A Lakewood, and 1A Meridian.

Thursday’s rumble with Sultan, pushed back a few days by bad weather, was bombs away for the Wolves.

Coupeville crunched a season-high 27 hits, with 12 of those base-knocks going for more than one base.

And to be truthful, there could have been more extra-base hits, had Kevin McGranahan’s squad not pulled back in the later going, trying to soften the defeat.

Sultan, a plucky team, did scratch out two hits and a walk off of Wolf ace Izzy Wells, but otherwise she was pouring straight heat on a cold day, whiffing 10 and keeping the Turks at bay.

Wells got some help as well, with her fielders playing error-free ball behind her.

Maya Lucero doin’ what she does — destroying pitcher’s dreams with each swing.

Coupeville put the game away early, erupting for eight runs in the top of the first, all with two outs.

With runners at the corners, Sultan had a chance to escape, only to see the Wolves smash six consecutive hits.

It started with Madison McMillan bashing a two-run single to left, before Sofia Peters zipped a hit off of the pitcher’s ankle.

That brought the Lucero twins to the plate, with both Maya and Allie launching run-scoring doubles, before things got really intense.

Melanie Navarro crushed the life out of the softball for an RBI triple, which made Audrianna Shaw nod and whisper, “I got this” before socking a two-run inside-the-park home run.

Sultan was set back on its heels, and never recovered, as Coupeville continued to pepper the ball, adding another four runs in the second and five in the third.

From there the Wolves pushed across four in the fourth and a solitary run in the top of the fifth, while doing their best to ease the Turk pain.

In the late going, Coupeville worked on its bunting, tried to go just station-to-station, and even had a couple players who don’t normally hit left-handed do just that.

Nine of 10 Wolves to see action collected at least one base-knock, with second-baseman Sofia Peters leading the way with a varsity career-best five-hit performance.

Now it’s off to La Conner Friday, where the Northwest 2B/1B League rivals are scheduled to play a doubleheader.

In a twist, while both games count in the overall standings, only the first game counts as a league game.

While some NWL teams are playing each other twice this season, others are clashing three times, with only the first two meetings recognized as league contests.

Coupeville already beat La Conner 18-0 in game #1 of their season series.

 

Thursday stats:

Violette Huegerich — 1 single, 1 walk
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 double, 1 walk
Maya Lucero — 2 singles, 2 doubles
Madison McMillan — 3 singles, 1 double, 1 walk
Melanie Navarro — 1 double, 1 triple
Sofia Peters — 3 singles, 2 doubles
Audrianna Shaw — 1 single, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 walk
Izzy Wells — 1 single, 2 doubles
Savina Wells — 2 singles, 1 triple

“So many runs. So many hits. My fingers are cramping … and I like it!!”

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Jordyn Rogers and the Coupeville JV spikers smashed Mount Vernon Christian Tuesday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maya Lucero and twin sister Allie were lethal at the service stripe. And in the middle of the floor. And at the net. So, basically everywhere.

Their service game? Impeccable.

Throwing down a case of whupass with power and precision Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad obliterated host Mount Vernon Christian.

Combining for 26 service aces, the Wolves gave the Hurricanes little chance to put the ball into play, then ended things viciously when they did.

The final score, a somewhat eye-popping 25-6, 25-1, 25-8, left CHS coach Ashley Menges flying high.

“Last night went great!,” she said. “Allie (Lucero) basically served the whole first set, and Maya (Lucero) basically served the whole second set!”

The Battlin’ Lucero Twins were all over the stat sheet, with Allie recording 13 aces and 20 assists, while Maya notched six kills and five aces.

All seven Wolves to see action Tuesday night were on fire, with Ryanne Knoblich smashing a team-high seven kills.

She added three digs to her work, while Jordyn Rogers (four kills, five aces, two digs) and Grey Peabody (three kills, one assist, one block) chipped in with solid efforts.

Gwen Gustafson (six digs, two aces, a kill) and Olivia Schaffeld (four kills) also sparkled for the Wolves, who sit at 5-2 on the season with two matches to play.

Coupeville hosts La Conner Friday, then closes the season at home against Orcas Island Saturday afternoon.

That second match is a restricted one, with no fans allowed, as Orcas is requiring that this season.

CHS will stream JV and varsity matches on Facebook Live that day.

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Volleyball ace Alita Blouin leads off a collection of Coupeville High School fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

I’ve just seen a face.

Or nine of them, to be exact, as we continue to wind our way through the collected portraits of Coupeville fall sports athletes.

The pics seen today rep girls soccer, volleyball, and boys soccer — the three sports I still have unused photos from.

They come to us courtesy John Fisken, and, if you want to see more of his work, pop over to John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net).

 

Cael Wilson

Mary Milnes

Maya Lucero

Nathan Ginnings

Eryn Wood

Lucy Tenore

Ryan Blouin

Nezi Keiper

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Here comes the heat! Izzy Wells struck out 18 batters across two games Saturday, leading Coupeville to a doubleheader sweep. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

First test? Passed.

Taking the field for the first time since the 2019 state tournament, the new-look Coupeville High School softball squad made a bold statement Saturday afternoon.

Sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Friday Harbor, the Wolves fired the first shots across the bow of their new home in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

When last we saw CHS softballers, they had just played three games in one day at the 1A state tourney, demolishing highly-ranked Dear Park and coming within a play of eliminating Cle Elum.

Since then, COVID-19 wiped out a season and brought a premature end to the careers of stars such as Scout Smith and Emma Mathusek.

Jump forward to Saturday, and the Wolves, now a 2B school, finally got to return to play, with a chance to face the defending champs from their new league.

While Coupeville claimed first-place in the 1A North Sound Conference in 2019, Friday Harbor went a flawless 12-0 in the NWL that season.

That won’t be happening this time around, thanks.

Winning 7-3 and 6-3 in games which weren’t as close as they might sound — Friday Harbor scored only one run outside of the 7th inning all day — the Wolves made an emphatic statement.

Their handful of returning state tourney vets — fireball-tossing pitcher Izzy Wells, slammin’ slugger Chelsea Prescott, easy-going catcher Mollie Bailey, fleet-footed Coral Caveness, and fast-rising two-way star Audrianna Shaw — all looked sharp.

Even better, the next gen stars, many of whom were making their debut on a high school field, were sensational.

From Gwen Gustafson, who made one eye-popping catch after another in centerfield, to Jill Prince and Maya Lucero, who launched lasers off their bats, the young guns already have some serious pop.

“I was very happy with my “red-shirt sophomores” and how they played,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan. “They showed right away the game was not too big for them.”

Mixing and matching his lineup a bit between games, the Wolf diamond guru got incredible balance across the board.

Coupeville finished the twin-bill with 17 walks and 16 base-knocks, with 12 different players reaching base, 10 with hits.

How the day played out:

 

Game 1:

Friday Harbor was late after its bus broke down, requiring CHS to retrieve their opponents at the ferry dock.

Whether that affected the visiting team’s pitchers, or whether Coupeville’s hitters all just have eagle eyes, it worked out to the advantage of the team in red and black.

The Wolves piled up 11 walks in the opener, tossed in a few hits at important moments, and scored in every inning except the bottom of the sixth.

Meanwhile, on the other side, Wells limbered up her arm by playing a hardy game of catch with Bailey, as the duo combined to ring up an impressive 12 strikeouts.

Coupeville’s first two runs came courtesy of well-timed double steals, with the runner heading to second drawing the throw, before a runner at third scooted home.

The first time around it was Caveness tip-toeing down the line, the second time Shaw juking the Friday Harbor catcher out of her shoes.

The Wolves broke the game open with three runs in the third inning, all scored with two outs.

Shaw whacked an RBI single to centerfield, with the ball diving under the glove of the oncoming defender, before Prince smoked a two-run single to right-center, which drew a roar of approval from mom Jennie (Cross) Prince.

“I saw that!,” said the woman who still holds the CHS shot put and discus records three decades down the road, while her daughter ducked her head and beamed brighter than the sun.

Prince and Shaw also made nice snags on defense, supporting Wells, who was slingin’ heat while new CHS assistant coach, and former Wolf star, Katrina McGranahan hollered support from the bleachers.

When she wasn’t gently bouncing her adorable young son, the one-time diamond phenom was dropping pop quizzes on the greenest of Coupeville’s new players, giving them a gentle, but very-effective entrance into game strategy.

Meanwhile, out on the field, her father’s squad built its lead all the way up to 7-0, thanks to opportunistic base-running.

While Friday Harbor did claw back a bit in the seventh, scraping together a three-run rally, it was too little, too late.

Looking like the calmest pitcher to ever toe the rubber, Wells reared back one final time, sent the ball skidding into Bailey’s glove as a Friday Harbor bat went by too slowly, then skipped off the field in search of a quick between-game snack.

 

Game 2:

If the opener was about walks, the nightcap — played with just a hint of sprinkles replacing the here-sometimes, gone-sometimes sun which graced the prairie earlier — was all about hits.

Eleven of them, to be exact, with eight of nine starters notching at least one.

On the day she celebrated her birthday, second-baseman Heidi Meyers led the way, clubbing a single and double out of the leadoff slot, while Wells and Bailey also had a pair of hits each.

Heidi Meyers celebrated her birthday with a pair of base-knocks.

The game was actually scoreless until the bottom of the second, thanks to Friday Harbor gunning down a runner at the plate, and the Wolves pulling off an unusual double play.

Wells recorded yet another strikeout, with Bailey popping out of her crouch to nail a runner trying to steal second on the same pitch.

As the ball nestled perfectly into Prescott’s glove, the irrepressible Bailey nodded ever so slightly at her rabid fan base, while undoubtedly firing off finger pistols in her head.

That seemed to trigger the offense, as it came out firing on all cylinders in the bottom of the second.

Bella Whalen, making her Wolf debut, kicked things off by tearing the ball in half, her screamer down the third-base line reminiscent of former power hitters such as Veronica Crownover and Sarah Wright.

While this hit was a long single, she also thumped one deep foul ball off of a power line Saturday, and kept her teammates bouncing on the edge of their seats each time she strolled to the plate.

With Whalen aboard, Wells dumped a single into left, and Coupeville was off to a three-run inning.

One run came in on a passed ball, a second on an RBI grounder off of Shaw’s bat, and the final one on a long liner to center by Maya Lucero.

While Meyers didn’t get a hit in the inning, she did get a roar from her teammates after she almost killed first base coach Ron Wright with a rocket hit right at his chest.

The birthday girl came back around later in the game to mash an RBI double, while Lacy McCraw-Shirron added an RBI single as Coupeville cruised out to a 6-1 lead.

Down the stretch, the Wolves sparkled on defense as well, with Gustafson patrolling center like a legend, including making one truly sensational snag while running full-tilt towards right.

CHS also saved a run after a botched play, as Whalen alertly grabbed a wildly-skittering ball, spun, and delivered a pin-point strike to Bailey, who rode the incoming runner down to the dirt for the inning-ending out.

On the day, Shaw and Bailey led the way at the plate, with three hits apiece, while Meyers and Wells each had two.

Caveness, Prescott, and Whalen all walked three times, with Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Gustafson, and Wells eking out two base-on-balls each.

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Maya Lucero and Coupeville’s C-Team volleyball squad are 4-0 after a win Thursday in Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The freshmen are on fire.

Sparked by their usual strong service game, the Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball squad continues to carve up opponents.

The victim Thursday was Granite Falls, which fell with a thud, losing 25-11, 25-15, 25-11 on its home court, savaged by the rampaging Wolves.

The win lifts CHS to 3-0 in North Sound Conference play, 4-0 overall.

Coupeville dominated play in all aspects of the game, but was especially hot when their servers were twirling the volleyball in their hands.

“Again, we played to our strengths and served a solid game,” Wolf coach Krimson Rector said. “As a team, we ended with over 20 aces to help bring us to another win.”

Ryanne Knoblich, Allie Lucero, and Vivian Farris paced the Wolves, firing up five aces apiece.

Adding to the team-wide effort at the stripe were Maya Lucero (three aces), and Gwen Gustafson and Jordyn Rogers, who recorded two each.

Gustafson added seven digs and two kills, while Knoblich (5), Jill Prince (5), Rogers (4), Maya Lucero (2), and Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson (1) sprayed kills left and right.

“I was proud of the girls for setting specific goals both personally and as a team before the game, and really working hard throughout the night to stay focused on those,” Rector said.

“I felt confident in the players that stepped on to the court tonight, and continually saw them working hard and striving to stay on top.”

While her team is flying high, there is still a large chunk of the season left to play, and Rector continues to preach improvement and growth.

“While I am proud of tonight’s play, I am excited to push them to dig even deeper,” she said. “These girls are full of potential and it’s exciting to see them get better with each game.

“We plan to continue in this positive direction.”

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