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Coupeville High School softball sluggers (l to r) Veronica Crownover, Chelsea Prescott, and Sarah Wright are off to districts Thursday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Nine teams, three tickets to state, one royal rumble.

With the regular season done, everyone in the world of high school softball turns their eyes to the district tournament, where dreams are fulfilled … or dashed.

Before the first home run is bashed, the first strikeout registered or the first time an ump gives a coach angina, here’s what you need to know:

 

What:

1A Northwest District 1 softball tournament, with nine teams from two leagues.

The North Sound Conference brings five teams, the Northwest Conference four, and, other than a play-in game, it’s a double-elimination tourney.

 

When:

May 13, 16, 18

 

Where:

Multiple locations.

A loser-out, play-in game between Meridian and Sultan goes down Monday in Sultan.

After that, all games Thursday and Saturday will be played at Janicki Fields, located at 2044 Cook Rd. in Sedro-Woolley.

 

What’s at stake:

Three teams advance to state.

 

Admission per day for district playoff games:

Adults and students without ASB — $7.00
Students with ASB, children and seniors — $5.00
Preschool children (with paying adult) – Free

 

Team capsules:

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 12-7

League finish: Tied for #1 in 1A North Sound Conference (#1 playoff seed)

Run differential: 201-156

Seniors: (3) – Veronica Crownover, Nicole Laxton, Sarah Wright

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 10-4 (3-0 vs. South Whidbey, Sultan; 2-1 vs. Cedar Park Christian; 1-0 vs. Meridian; 1-2 vs. Granite Falls; 0-1 vs. Lynden Christian)

Coach: Kevin McGranahan

Mascot: Wolves

 

Cedar Park Christian:

Season record: 14-4

League finish: Tied for #1 in 1A North Sound Conference (#2 playoff seed)

Run differential: 227-143

Seniors: (4) – Andi Dill, Sela Flynn, Grace Orr, Grace Stiger

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 10-4 (3-0 vs. Sultan, South Whidbey; 2-1 vs. Granite Falls; 1-1 vs. Lynden Christian; 1-2 vs. Coupeville)

Coach: Stephanie Fazio

Mascot: Eagles

 

Granite Falls:

Season record: 12-7

League finish: Tied for #1 in 1A North Sound Conference (#3 playoff seed)

Run differential: 310-207

Seniors: (4) – Madison Hubbard, Samantha Vanderwel, Jaiden Waud, Jillian Zachry

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 10-3 (3-0 vs. Sultan, South Whidbey; 1-0 vs. Lynden Christian; 2-1 vs. Coupeville; 1-2 vs. Cedar Park Christian)

Coach: Tom Bergran

Mascot: Tigers

 

Lynden Christian:

Season record: 9-11

League finish: #3 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 191-199

Seniors: (3) – Abby Jansma, Anny Jansma, Shanoah Whittern

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 4-3 (1-0 vs. Coupeville, Nooksack Valley, Meridian; 1-1 vs. Cedar Park Christian; 0-1 vs. Mount Baker, Granite Falls)

Coach: Brooke Heystek

Mascot: Lyncs

 

Meridian:

Season record: 7-12

League finish: #4 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 112-162

Seniors: (5) – Danielle Graybill, Sarah Lagerway, Audrey Mark, Makayla Wright, Ella Zander

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 0-4 (0-1 vs. Coupeville, Mount Baker, Lynden Christian, Nooksack Valley)

Coach: Megan Monaghan

Mascot: Trojans

 

Mount Baker:

Season record: 14-6

League finish: #1 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 136-93

Seniors: (3) – Grace Davis, Hannah Pelan, Anya Zander

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 6-0 (2-0 vs. Nooksack Valley; 1-0 vs. Sultan, South Whidbey, Lynden Christian, Meridian)

Coach: Ron Lepper

Mascot: Mountaineers

 

Nooksack Valley:

Season record: 12-8

League finish: #2 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 157-96

Seniors: (2) – Allie Bird, Kendall Newton

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-3 (1-0 vs. Meridian; 0-1 vs. Lynden Christian; 0-2 vs. Mount Baker)

Coach: Tom Harmon

Mascot: Pioneers

 

South Whidbey:

Season record: 5-13

League finish: #4 in 1A North Sound Conference

Run differential: 117-211

Seniors: (3) – Myah Majestic, Megan Nance, Natalie Wilmoth

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 2-11 (2-1 vs. Sultan, 0-1 vs. Mount Baker; 0-3 vs. Coupeville, Cedar Park Christian, Granite Falls)

Coach: Brad Jaegar

Mascot: Falcons

 

Sultan:

Season record: 1-14

League finish: #5 in 1A North Sound Conference

Run differential: 81-218

Seniors: (7) – Alexis Boglivi, Emily Cook, Ace Evans, Taylor Fadden, Bethany Fulcher, Kyrah Willson, Angie Young

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-12 (1-2 vs. South Whidbey; 0-1 vs. Mount Baker, 0-3 vs. Coupeville, Cedar Park Christian, Granite Falls)

Coach: Garth MacDicken

Mascot: Turks

 

Bracket:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2923&sport=15

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Coupeville seniors (l to r) Bryce Payne, Dane Lucero, Jake Pease, Matt Hilborn, and Shane Losey are off to the playoffs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’a whole new world.

Fresh off winning its final seven games of the regular-season, the suddenly-surging Coupeville High School baseball squad is playoff-bound.

The Wolves open the double-elimination bi-district tourney Saturday with two games on the road, the first against Meridian.

Win at least one, and the season continues through the next weekend. Drop both, and it’s time to turn in uniforms and prep for the banquet.

A breakdown of what you need to know as we head towards the playoffs:

 

What:

1A Bi-District baseball tournament, featuring nine teams vying for four tickets to state.

District 1 has seven teams in the mix, with four from the North Sound Conference (including Coupeville) and three from the Northwest Conference.

District 2 is represented by two teams from the Emerald City League.

 

When:

May 1-11

 

Where:

Multiple locations.

A play-in game between Lynden Christian and University Prep goes down Wednesday in Lynden.

After that, all games will be played at either Sehome High School or Joe Martin Stadium, both in Bellingham.

 

What’s at stake:

Four teams advance to state, with this tourney filling 25% of the 16-team state bracket.

 

Admission for individual bi-district playoff games:

Adults and students without ASB — $7.00
Students with ASB, children and seniors — $5.00
Preschool children (with paying adult) – Free

 

Team capsules:

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 7-12

League finish: #4 in 1A North Sound Conference

Run differential: 79-126

Seniors: (5) – Matt Hilborn, Shane Losey, Dane Lucero, Bryce Payne, Jake Pease

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-11 (1-2 vs. South Whidbey; 0-1 vs. Overlake, Lynden Christian, University Prep; 0-3 vs. Cedar Park Christian, King’s)

Coach: Chris Smith

Mascot: Wolves

 

Cedar Park Christian:

Season record: 17-3

League finish: #1 in 1A North Sound Conference

Run differential: 195-42

Seniors: (7) – Jacob Catey, Epic Csigi, Michael Doyle, Ben Hann, Bret Henson, Ben Hirai, Brandon McClean

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 10-2 (3-0 vs. King’s, Coupeville; 1-0 vs. Lynden Christian, Overlake, U Prep; 1-2 vs. South Whidbey)

Coach: Matt Stevens

Mascot: Eagles

 

King’s:

Season record: 11-9

League finish: #3 in 1A North Sound Conference

Run differential: 115-83

Seniors: (?) – Not available

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 4-7 (3-0 vs. Coupeville; 1-2 vs. South Whidbey; 0-1 vs. U Prep, Overlake, 0-3 vs. Cedar Park)

Coach: Jake Beattiger

Mascot: Knights

 

Lynden Christian:

Season record: 7-13

League finish: #3 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 85-131

Seniors: (2) – Damyn Dykstra, Zach Sipma

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 2-3 (1-0 vs. Coupeville; 1-1 vs. Mount Baker; 0-1 vs. Meridian, Cedar Park)

Coach: Daniel VanderKooi

Mascot: Lyncs

 

Meridian:

Season record: 9-10

League finish: #1 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 86-115

Seniors: (5) – Enrique Gomez, Dylan Hickok, Josh Neeter, Andrew Weg, Brayden Zender

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 3-0 (2-0 vs. Mount Baker, 1-0 vs. Lynden Christian)

Coach: Steve Slesk

Mascot: Trojans

 

Mount Baker:

Season record: 9-11

League finish: #2 of 1A teams in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Run differential: 129-141

Seniors: (7) – Carter Backstrom, Kaleb Bass, Leif Blow, Isaac Gomes, Michael Kentner, Tyler Rosenburg, Jaxon Weathers

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 1-3 (1-0 vs. Lynden Christian, 0-2 vs. Meridian)

Coach: Justin Myers

Mascot: Mountaineers

 

Overlake:

Season record: 14-4

League finish: #1 in 1A Emerald City League

Run differential: 179-79

Seniors: (3) – Jon Campbell, Arlo Rafael Encarnacion, Austin Mell

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 4-3 (1-0 vs. Coupeville, King’s; 2-1 vs. U Prep; 0-1 vs. CPC, South Whidbey)

Coach: Mike Davidson

Mascot: Owls

 

South Whidbey:

Season record: 17-3

League finish: #2 in 1A North Sound Conference

Run differential: 156-46

Seniors: (2) – Jon Bartel, Kody Newman

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 8-3 (2-1 vs. Cedar Park, Coupeville, King’s; 1-0 vs. Overlake, U Prep)

Coach: Tom Fallon

Mascot: Falcons

 

University Prep:

Season record: 8-6

League finish: #2 in 1A Emerald City League

Run differential: 89-66

Seniors: (3) – Gus Coluccio, Owen Morgan, Keenan Van Deusen

Record vs. district tourney qualifiers: 3-4 (1-0 vs. Coupeville, King’s; 1-2 vs. Overlake; 0-1 vs. CPC, South Whidbey)

Coach: Rex Carlin

Mascot: Pumas

 

Bracket:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2913&sport=6

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