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Wolf freshman Teagan Calkins earned First-Team All-Conference honors for her superb play. (Jackie Saia photos)

The future is bright for Coupeville High School softball.

Coming off a strong 14-6 season, seven Wolves were tabbed to All-Conference teams by Northwest 2B/1B League coaches.

Better still, four of those seven, including all three players to land First-Team honors, still have two or more seasons left to play.

Sophomores Madison McMillan (SS) and Mia Farris (OF) were joined by freshman catcher Teagan Calkins in receiving top honors.

Four other Wolves — sophomore Taylor Brotemarkle (2B) and seniors Allie Lucero (P/1B), Gwen Gustafson (3B/OF), and Maya Lucero (P/1B) — were named to the Second Team.

Coupeville’s seven All-League players make for a formidable lineup.

Coach of the Year honors went to a former Wolf assistant coach, with Concrete’s Stephanie Henning honored by her fellow diamond gurus for reviving the Lion program.

“She kept her girls playing all season,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan. “Something to be said for her and her coaching.”

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Sophomore softball slugger Jada Heaton earned Most Improved status at a season-ending barbecue. (Jennifer Heaton photo)

It was a season of success.

Playing through brutal “spring” weather until the final week, with a non-conference schedule stuffed full of top-level foes, the Coupeville High School softball squad still went 14-6.

And while the Wolves lose five seniors to graduation, their normal starting lineup featured six players who were sophomores, freshmen, or 8th graders.

While that bodes well for the future, Saturday afternoon was all about hailing what had just been accomplished, as Kevin McGranahan and his assistant coaches honored the 2023 squad.

Sophomore Mia Farris claimed the team’s Offensive MVP award, with senior Gwen Gustafson earning Defensive MVP.

They were joined by sophomore Jada Heaton (Most Improved) and 8th grader Haylee Armstrong (Rookie of the Year).

Haylee Armstrong made a big impression while still in middle school. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Gustafson, Allie Lucero, Melanie Navarro, Sofia Peters, and Maya Lucero — a group which stayed together even after losing their freshman season to pandemic restrictions — were also honored with four-year awards.


Varsity letter winners:

Haylee Armstrong
Taylor Brotemarkle
Teagan Calkins
Mia Farris
Gwen Gustafson
Jada Heaton
Layla Heo
Allie Lucero
Maya Lucero
Chloe Marzocca
Madison McMillan
Melanie Navarro
Sofia Peters


Participation certificates:

Capri Anter
Candace Meek
Rhylin Price
Bailey Thule
Melanie Wolfe

Wolf seniors (l to r) Maya Lucero, Gwen Gustafson, Melanie Navarro, Sofia Peters, and Allie Lucero. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Mia Farris spent quite a lot of time on base this spring. (Jackie Saia photo)

Mia Farris has a big bat, and she knows how to use it.

The sophomore sensation spent much of the spring racking up stats on the softball field, helping pace Coupeville to a strong 14-6 campaign.

Hitting out of the #2 hole, Farris led or was tied for the lead in eight of 12 offensive categories and was just three RBI’s away from sharing the top slot for a ninth time.

She and her teammates achieved much of their success thanks to their offensive firepower, and with a huge chunk of the roster being comprised of underclassmen, the future is bright.

As he scanned his season-ending stat sheet, CHS coach Kevin McGranahan took particular delight in his team’s OPS numbers.

That stat combines on-base percentage with slugging percentage, and an average around .800 is considered strong.

For Coupeville, 14 of 16 players topped that mark.

“We had a very good offensive season,” McGranahan said.

Madison McMillan goes yard. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)


CHS softball season stats, as compiled by Wolf coaches:



Mia Farris – 74
Taylor Brotemarkle – 60
Teagan Calkins
– 59
Maya Lucero
– 57
Madison McMillan
— 57
Allie Lucero
– 56
Gwen Gustafson
– 55
Jada Heaton
– 36
Melanie Navarro
– 33
Sofia Peters
– 32
Haylee Armstrong
– 15
Layla Heo
– 7
Chloe Marzocca
– 5
Capri Anter – 4
Bailey Thule – 2



Farris — 38
Brotemarkle — 31
McMillan — 31
Calkins — 30
M. Lucero — 25
Gustafson — 23
A. Lucero — 22
Heaton — 17
Navarro — 16
Peters — 11
Armstrong — 7
Marzocca — 2
Anter — 1
Heo — 1



Farris — 40
McMillan — 37
Brotemarkle — 35
Calkins — 30
A. Lucero – 27
M. Lucero – 26
Navarro — 20
Heaton — 18
Gustafson — 17
Peters — 13
Armstrong — 10
Marzocca — 9
Anter — 3
Thule — 3
Heo — 1
Melanie Wolfe — 1



Farris — 12
Brotemarkle — 11
Calkins — 8
M. Lucero — 8
McMillan — 7
Gustafson — 5
A. Lucero — 5
Navarro — 4
Peters — 4
Heaton — 2
Anter — 1
Armstrong — 1



Farris — 4
A. Lucero — 4
McMillan — 4
Armstrong — 2
Calkins — 2
M. Lucero — 2
Brotemarkle — 1
Navarro — 1



Farris — 3
Navarro — 3
Calkins — 2
A. Lucero — 2
Armstrong — 1
Brotemarkle — 1
M. Lucero — 1
McMillan — 1



McMillan — 31
Farris — 28
Gustafson — 21
M. Lucero — 20
Calkins — 19
Navarro — 19
Brotemarkle — 17
A. Lucero — 14
Heaton — 13
Armstrong — 5
Peters — 5
Anter — 3
Marzocca — 1
Thule — 1



Farris — 36
McMillan — 22
A. Lucero – 19
Calkins – 17
Brotemarkle — 16
M. Lucero — 15
Peters – 14
Navarro – 13
Gustafson – 8
Heaton – 8
Thule – 6
Anter — 5
Armstrong – 5
Marzocca — 5
Heo — 4
Wolfe — 3


Batting Average:

McMillan — .544
Brotemarkle — .517
Farris — .514
Calkins — .508
Navarro — .485
Heaton — .472
Armstrong — .467
M. Lucero — .437
Gustafson — .418
Marzocca — .400
A. Lucero — .393
Peters — .344
Anter — .250
Heo — .143


On-Base Percentage:

Wolfe — 1.000
Thule — .750
Marzocca — .700
McMillan — .671
Anter — .667
Farris — .667
Brotemarkle — .618
Calkins — .618
Navarro — .617
Armstrong — .571
Heaton — .568
M. Lucero — .556
A. Lucero — .547
Peters — .543
Gustafson — .492
Heo — .455


Slugging Percentage:

Armstrong — 1.000
Navarro — .939
Farris – .905
McMillan – .860
Calkins – .814
Brotemarkle — .783
A. Lucero – .732
M. Lucero – .702
Heaton — .528
Gustafson – .509
Anter — .500
Peters — .469
Marzocca — .400
Heo — .143



Farris — 1.572
Armstrong — 1.571
Navarro — 1.556
McMillan — 1.531
Calkins – 1.432
Brotemarkle – 1.401
A. Lucero – 1.279
M. Lucero – 1.258
Anter — 1.167
Marzocca – 1.100
Heaton – 1.096
Peters – 1.012
Gustafson – 1.001
Wolfe — 1.000
Thule – 0.750
Heo – .598

Sweet-swinging stat machine Teagan Calkins, ready to go ruin another pitcher’s day. (Jackie Saia photo)

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CHS softball coaches Katrina and Kevin McGranahan contemplate the state of things. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The season isn’t done, but any playoff hopes are gone.

The Coupeville High School varsity softball squad made some outstanding defensive plays Thursday but stranded 13 runners and fell 3-2 in eight innings to host Friday Harbor.

The Wolf sluggers, who went undefeated in their first two years back in the Northwest 2B/1B League, finish 10-2 in conference action this time around, and are 13-6 overall with a May 12 non-league tilt at South Whidbey left on the schedule.

Friday Harbor, which is 11-1 in league, 14-4 overall, won two of three against the Wolves and earns a league title and District 1’s lone playoff berth for 2B schools.

The difference between Coupeville and their closest rival was razor-thin this season, with both losses being one-run affairs on the road.

Friday Harbor won 13-12 back in March, in a game where CHS was up 6-0 early.

Then the Wolves bounced back, thrashing the Wolverines 8-1 in mid-April in a game played on Whidbey Island.

That set up Thursday’s league finale, which carried simple, but massive stakes.

And both teams met the moment, for the most part, alternating big-time plays as the pressure grew.

Coupeville struck first, pushing a run across in both the first and second innings, while Friday Harbor responded with two tallies in the bottom of the third to knot things back up.

Mia Farris, who walked, then went to second on a Taylor Brotemarkle single, nimbly dashed home on a wild pitch to stake CHS to a 1-0 lead.

Haylee Armstrong is locked and loaded.

The second run of the afternoon came courtesy of a couple of big hits from the bottom of the order, with 8th grader Haylee Armstrong lashing a leadoff triple to right-center in the top of the second.

Sailing into third without any hesitation, the middle school masher then came home two batters later when sophomore Jada Heaton hammered an RBI single into the gap.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, that would be the final run they scored, despite putting runners aboard in every inning.

CHS had Friday Harbor hurler Natalie Morton on the ropes, racking up six hits and 10 walks, but couldn’t land the knockout punch.

The Wolves stranded two runners in each of the first four innings, and left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.

“We just couldn’t seem to string hits together tonight,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan.

Part of the problem was Friday Harbor playing spotless defense, seemingly gobbling up every liner or pop fly, and making every throw.

Coupeville countered with its own defensive gems, however, as the teams played four straight scoreless innings to send the game into extra frames.

Freshman catcher Teagan Calkins, playing through an injury suffered in her team’s last game, came up huge, gunning down a would-be base stealer at third base.

Her bullet, which slapped into Gwen Gustafson’s glove a millisecond before the incoming runner, was followed by Brotemarkle diving to rob Friday Harbor on a soft liner headed for paydirt.

Best buds Farris and Heaton also came up with huge catches in the outfield late in the game, running down balls which had extra-bases written all over them.

Mia Farris is a defensive dynamo, and a fashion icon.

Jada had the game of her life,” McGranahan said. “Going back and snagging a long fly, and then catching a short fly to right and diving forward to catch one, and two hits with an RBI.”

Not to be outdone, Brotemarkle also snagged a hot shot on the ground while on the move, then spun and flipped the ball to Maya Lucero to beat an incoming runner.

But as strongly as both teams played on defense, even with the wind whistling past the phone livestreaming the game, a few balls were bound to find a place to drop back to Earth just out of reach.

Leading off the bottom of the eighth, Friday Harbor’s Audrey Allen bashed a ball which sliced between two defenders flying hard from opposite sides, then skipped away towards the fence.

It turned into a triple, and two walks — one intentional to avoid the Wolverines cleanup hitter — loaded the bases with no room for error.

CHS pitcher Allie Lucero whiffed a hitter to get her squad a third of the way to keeping the game alive, but a hard-hit grounder from the next batter was the difference maker.

The Wolves had a play at the plate, but the throw came in low and the runner came in hot, ending the game on a positive note for Friday Harbor.


Thursday stats:

Haylee Armstrong — One triple
Taylor Brotemarkle — Two singles, one walk
Mia Farris — Two walks
Gwen Gustafson — One walk
Jada Heaton — Two singles
Allie Lucero — Three walks
Maya Lucero — One single
Madison McMillan — Two walks
Sofia Peters — One walk

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Ask not for whom the bat tolls. It tolls for thee. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Today we put the league on notice! We are keeping the crown!!”

Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan was feeling good Saturday, and why not.

Having travelled to Orcas Island to face a decent Vikings squad, the Wolves opened a can of unholy whup ass on their hosts, blowing them out 22-0 in a game mercy-ruled after three innings.

Led by out-of-the-park home runs from Mia Farris and Haylee Armstrong, CHS solidified its hold on first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League, jumping to 7-1 in conference play.

Now 10-5 overall, the Wolves have won seven of their last eight games.

Fueled by tasty noodles, Madison McMillan and Co. are on a winning tear. (Jennifer Marzocca photo)

Saturday, Coupeville dominated in every aspect of the game.

Senior hurler Gwen Gustafson struck out nine, not allowing her defense to get a single out on its own.

The Vikings did scratch out one hit and two walks, but that paled in comparison to Coupeville ringing up 16 base knocks and seven free passes.

Two of the biggest blows came from the sweet-swinging Farris, who clobbered an RBI triple and a grand slam home run — all in the first inning.

CHS rolled out to a 9-0 lead after one frame, tossed three more runs on the board in the second, then emphatically ended things with a 10-run burst in the third.

Armstrong, an 8th grader playing like a seasoned pro, joined Farris in the long ball club, belting a two-run shot that was still climbing as it cleared the fence in left center.

Powered by her mom’s flowers, 8th grader Haylee Armstrong smashed her first high school home run Saturday. (Michelle Armstrong photo)


Saturday stats:

Capri Anter — One walk
Haylee Armstrong
— One home run
Taylor Brotemarkle
— Two singles
Teagan Calkins
— One single, one double, one walk
Mia Farris
— One double, one triple, one home run
Gwen Gustafson
— One single, one walk
Allie Lucero — One single, one double
Maya Lucero
— One single, one double
Chloe Marzocca
— One walk
Madison McMillan
— Two singles, one walk
Melanie Navarro
— One single
Sofia Peters
— Two walks

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