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Kylie Chernikoff and associates get down with their bad selves. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are the 21 images which best capture 2021.

Or, at least the ones which catch my attention the most today.

They’re presented in no particular order, and come from the cameras of eight different snappers.

There’s action, and reaction, and a whole lot of emotion.

So, basically, life.

“One fresh new pair of underwear coming right up!” (Sarah Kirkconnell photo)

Alex Murdy believes he can fly. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Madison McMillan enjoys her team’s run to the state tourney. (Jackie Saia photo)

Carolyn Lhamon, droppin’ buckets from the heavens. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Bow Down to Cow Town! (Jackie Saia photo)

Brutally cold, yet three generations of the McGranahan’s still showed up for a softball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Just let me stick the landing!” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jill Prince makes the catch of the year, bare-handed. You had to be there to fully appreciate the degree of difficulty. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

When you’re going to the state tourney, and everyone is happy in their own way. (Jennifer Heaton photo)

“Bye!” Scott Hilborn is off to the end zone. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“We run this prairie!” (Eileen Stone photo)

Ben Smith hurtles downhill. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lyla Stuurmans (4) is in a good mood. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Soccer on a lovely fall day… (Robert Wood photo)

Cross country ace Catherine Lhamon gets some love from mom Helene. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Dominic Coffman drops the hammer. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle school runners enjoy a tasty beverage — the best part of any meet. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

Mollie Bailey has a heartfelt conversation with her #1 fan. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No volleyball escapes Maddie Georges. Ever. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Joy. Pure joy. (Morgan White photo)

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Mollie Bailey, prairie legend. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mollie Bailey didn’t really need me.

Rising up from the prairie dirt as a fully-formed rural myth, capable of entertaining herself and others while achieving great feats, she was fully capable of building her own legend without an unpaid PR man to hype her.

But she let me hang around, and write about her for many years, so she’s got that going for her, which is nice.

Along the way, she morphed from a little girl with braids, chucking the ball at the hoop alongside Logan Martin during countless basketball halftimes, into a strong, confident young woman who soared in the classroom and on the softball diamond.

She was a terror swinging a bat, yet equally brilliant with a stack of books in front of her.

Mollie followed in the large footsteps of older sisters McKayla and McKenzie, warrior queens in their own right, but the youngest child always (I said always!) carved her own path.

Staring down the world from behind shades, she bopped along to a drummer’s beat, which is appropriate, as that’s the instrument she plays.

“Let’s get this party started!”

It’s easy, too easy sometimes, to compare people to Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey, the master of laid-back cool, but with Mollie it really feels right.

On the soccer pitch, on the basketball court, and, especially, on the softball diamond, she never betrayed any nervousness, never looked flustered or lost.

So maybe she was more like Jeff Bridges as The Dude in The Big Lebowski — always abiding.

Others walk, or run, but Mollie?

She cruised along, slow-nodding to her hyperventilating fan section when she felt like it, delivering one-liners out of the side of her mouth while crafting memorable moments.

As a sophomore, she was a key contributor to a Coupeville High School softball squad which went to state, then made considerable noise while at the big dance.

The pandemic ripped her junior diamond season from her grasp, but Mollie was back as a senior, Covid mask in place, going absolutely bonkers at the plate.

Hitting in the cleanup spot, the Wolf catcher put together an often-astounding final campaign, bashing the snot out of the ball.

She hit at well over a .500 clip, raining down double after booming double with a gentle flick of her powerful wrists, kick-starting a CHS offense which outscored foes 154-41 during a 12-0 season.

Smashing the crud out of the softball — it’s kind of her thing.

As hot at the plate as she was — and there were times when the bat threatened to melt as Mollie merrily mashed — she was also a calming influence while clad in her catcher’s gear.

Wolf hurler Izzy Wells was rarely in trouble this spring, but the few times other teams threatened to make a run, it was Mollie, laconic and rarely-ruffled, who promptly settled her team down.

Her athletic success carried over to other sports, as well, as she patrolled goal for the CHS soccer squad, and popped her share of shots from outside during her time on the basketball hardwood.

Through it all, she kept her family’s tradition alive, always (I said always!) knowing where the camera was.

But Mollie, like McKayla and McKenzie before her, is much more than just an athlete.

She claimed valedictorian honors, earned a staggering number of scholarships, and is headed to the University of Washington, where she’s been directly admitted to the College of Engineering.¬†

Brilliance — a family trademark.

Mollie is the product of a union between two long-time prairie families — Bailey and Engle — and is likely related to 74.3% of people in Coupeville, many of whom have been great athletes and/or students.

Hanging out with a small portion of her large fan club.

It would have been easy for her to coast along, go under the radar.

Instead, she’s boldly carved out her own path to success, and will remain as one of the enduring legends from my time writing about life on the prairie.

Today, Mollie joins her sisters in receiving an honor which is both fake and real, all at the same time — induction into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

After this, you can find her hanging out up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

Being the coolest cat in the club, and doing it her way.

Always.

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Mollie Bailey and other Coupeville High School Class of 2021 students raked in awards and scholarships in a virtual ceremony. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let the scholarships rain down. Virtually, at least.

With the pandemic still disrupting life across the globe, Coupeville High School is giving out awards and grants to Class of 2021 students in an online ceremony, saving the live experience for Friday’s graduation.

This marks the second-straight spring the senior awards night has been virtual, with all signs pointing to 2022 breaking that pattern.

 

Scholarships and awards:

 

Association of Old Crows
($6,000 – four years):

Mollie Bailey

 

AAUW Academic Scholarship
($2,000 each):

Mollie Bailey
Megan Behan

 

Bayleaf Foreign Study/Travel
($1,000):

Knight Arndt

 

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Julie Langrock Memorial
($2,500):

Drake Borden

 

Cascade Custom Homes and Design
($2,500):

Alex Jimenez

 

CHS Booster Club
($1,000 each):

Mollie Bailey
Alex Jimenez
Catherine Lhamon
Daniel Olson
Ben Smith
Genna Wright

 

CHS Parents
($500 each):

Mollie Bailey (Sports)
Megan Behan (General)
Autumn Cernick (Race the Reserve)
Kylie Chernikoff (Life Grant)
Emily Fiedler (Life Grant)
Alex Jimenez (Race the Reserve)
Catherine Lhamon (Sports)
Chandell Schoonover (General)
Ben Smith (Sports)
Lily Zustiak (General)

 

Coldwell Bankers 360 Team Cares
($500 each):

Megan Behan
Alex Jimenez

 

Coupeville Lions:

Mollie Bailey ($3,000)
Owen Barenburg ($2,225)
Megan Behan ($2,000)
Drake Borden ($3,000)
Anya Burns ($2,000)
Aurora Cernick ($2,000)
Autumn Cernick ($2,000)
Kylie Chernikoff ($1,000)
Alexis Czarnik ($1,000)
Alex Jimenez ($2,000)
Catherine Lhamon ($2,000)
Daniel Olson ($2,000)
Genna Wright ($2,000)
Lily Zustiak ($2,000)

 

Coupeville Lions Students of the Year
($500 each):

Megan Behan
Drake Borden

 

Educate Your Passion
($1,000):

Alexis Czarnik

 

Endeavor Scholarship
($1,000):

Alex Jimenez

 

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 97
($1,000):

Aurora Cernick

 

Friends of the Coupeville Library
($2,000 each):

Anya Burns
Daniel Olson

 

Gervais Memorial
($1,500):

Alex Jimenez

 

Harada Family Scholarship
($1,000):

Megan Behan

 

Harvey/Pickard Scholarship
($2,500 – four years):

Alex Jimenez

 

Jack McFadyen Memorial Scholarship:

Mollie Bailey

 

Larry Engle Teacher Extraordinaire
($500):

Knight Arndt

 

Leganeids:

Aurora Cernick
Alex Jimenez

 

Leo Beck Memorial Scholarship
($1,000):

Lily Zustiak

 

New Leaf Jo Balda Scholarship
($2,000):

Megan Behan

 

North Puget Sound Realtors
($1,000):

Daniel Olson

 

Pegasus Scholarship
($1,000):

Chandell Schoonover

 

Red Apple Market
($1,000):

Mollie Bailey

 

Rick Widdison Memorial Scholarship
($1,000):

Genna Wright

 

Rose Hip Farm
($1,000):

Alexis Czarnik

 

Salon Blue
($1,000):

Alexis Czarnik

 

Soroptimists International of Coupeville
($1,000):

Emily Fiedler

 

Suzanne Bond Memorial Scholarship
($1,000):

Lily Zustiak

 

Toby’s EMT/First Responders/Medical Profession
($1,000):

Megan Behan

 

Tom Roehl Memorial Scholarship
($2,000):

Drake Borden

 

Vaughan/Porter Scholarship
($5,000):

Drake Borden

 

West Family Foundation
($1,000 each):

Autumn Cernick
Catherine Lhamon
Daniel Olson

 

Whidbey Audubon Scholarship
($2,000 each):

Drake Borden
Catherine Lhamon

 

Whidbey Island Masonic Lodge
Bud Madsen Memorial Scholarship
($1,000):

Drake Borden

 

Yorioka Scholarship
($1,000):

Daniel Olson

 

The awards show:

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Mary Milnes was a CHS soccer team captain. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Freshman Ava Mitten lettered her first time out.

They had one last goal to net.

The Coupeville High School girls soccer team officially put a cap on the season Monday, handing out awards and letters at a team shindig.

Seniors Mollie Bailey and Genna Wright joined junior Mary Milnes in being honored as captains, while the latter two also received four-year awards for playing every season.

 

Varsity Letter Winners:

Mollie Bailey
Camryn Clark
Gwen Crowder
Noelle Daigneault
Nezi Keiper
Lily Leedy
Carolyn Lhamon
Sophie Martin
Katelin McCormick
Lacy McCraw-Shirron
Sofia Milasich
Mary Milnes
Ava Mitten
Anna Myles
Audrianna Shaw
Reese Wilkinson
Eryn Wood
Genna Wright

 

Participation Certificate:

Ivy Leedy

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Mollie Bailey clears the goal on Senior Night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of one journey, beginning of a different one.

Three Coupeville High School soccer players — two of whom had been with the program a full four years — bowed out Friday night as the Wolves faced Mount Vernon Christian on Senior Night.

Genna Wright, Lacy McCraw-Shirron, and Mollie Bailey graduate in June, but first they got a pitch sendoff.

The pics are courtesy John Fisken, and you can see some more photos from the night by popping over to:

GS 2021-05-07 vs MVC – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

CHS seniors (l to r) Lacy McCraw-Shirron, Bailey, and Genna Wright join coach Kyle Nelson.

McCraw-Shirron, with dad Ansel Glendenning and teammate Lily Leedy.

Wright and the parental units, Christine and Ron.

Bailey and mom and pops, Donna and Rusty.

One big Wolf family.

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