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   Payton Aparicio eyeballs a pair of noisy fans. “I hear one more peep out of you two and I’m coming up there!!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   “Yeah? I’d like to see you try and … oh crud, Bob, she’s got a ladder! Dear sweet lord in bird heaven!!”

Zara Bradley pounds out a forehand.

   “Where do you think you’re going??” No tennis ball escapes the reach of Sage Renninger.

   “Get on my racket, ball!” Megan Behan uses her Jedi mind tricks to mesmerize the incoming fuzzy yellow target.

   One match into her high school career, and fab frosh Genna Wright is already slapping shots at #1 singles. Her middle name? “Talent.”

Avalon Renninger fires up a wicked serve.

Emily Fiedler floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

He was a tad late, but he made up for it by working quickly and efficiently.

There was some confusion among fans as to when Monday’s season-opening Coupeville High School girls tennis match started, making for a few “late stragglers.”

One of those was photo bug John Fisken, but, once he was in place, camera in hand, the lenses were clicking madly.

The shots seen above, which capture a mix of varsity and JV players, are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes. Circle of life and all.

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   Showcasing her ferocious serve, Avalon Renninger teamed up with fellow sophomore Tia Wurzrainer Monday to win in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Small, but important steps.

A young, plucky and undermanned Coupeville High School girls tennis team didn’t get the win Monday, but it did flash a lot of positives.

The Wolves fell 5-2 to visiting Port Angeles, a large 2A school which carries 31 players on its full roster (double Coupeville’s body count).

But, having sunshine instead of howling wind and slashing rain on Opening Day was a good sign.

Brighter than the sun was the play of sophomore sensations Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer, who romped to a win at second doubles.

While Coupeville’s top doubles duo, seniors Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, were huge favorites and easily lived up to the hype with their own straight-sets victory, the younger Wolf aces were somewhat of an unknown entering the match.

Both Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger had strong freshman years, but they are a new pairing as a doubles team, so there might have been some kinks to work out in their first official match.

Not so.

The left-handed Renninger controlled the match on her serve, zinging low, hard shots which bit a chunk out of the court as they skidded away from the Port Angeles netters.

Her running mate was particularly deft at the net, as Wurzrainer delighted her fervent fan club with a series of crisp put-aways.

Their play brought a quick smile to the face of longtime Coupeville net guru Ken Stange as he restlessly prowled the outside of the chain link fence.

With a solid line-up of doubles duos, the Wolves should give rival teams trouble all year long.

Singles is a little more of a work in progress, as CHS deals with the loss of its top three players from a year ago to graduation.

With Valen Trujillo and Co. off to pursue new avenues in life, Wolf freshman Genna Wright got a chance to jump right into the cauldron of playing first singles on opening day.

A naturally-talented athlete and one of the most gung-ho people on the planet Earth, the fab frosh was a First-Team All-Conference player in soccer and a one-woman wrecking crew in basketball.

While she might not have the same amount of experience in tennis as she does in her other sports, Wright came out swinging Monday, making her far more seasoned foe battle mightily for every point.

At one point, the two players went back and forth on a sustained rally, before the freshman dumped a back-hand winner just out of the reach of her rival.

Walking back to the service line, head down, hat pulled low, Wright wore a giddy grin, a star of tomorrow savoring a winner today.

Complete Monday results:


1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Summer Olsen 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Horton 6-1, 6-0

3rd Singles — Nanci Melendrez lost to Kailey Droz 6-0, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Saige Hefton/Casandra Shamp 6-0, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Avalon Renninger/Tia Wurzrainer beat Jocelyn Reifenstahl/Emily Metzeler 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Maggie Crimmins lost to Paulina Crawford/Madison Saiz 6-2, 6-2

4th Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lost to Hanna Brown/Emily Rygaard 6-0, 5-3 (PA left to catch ferry)


5th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Megan Behan trailed 3-0 (ferry)

6th Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Emily Fiedler lost 6-2

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   CHS volleyball coach Cory Whitmore has been pleased to see his team win 20 of 23 sets this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

After a win over a large 2A school Thursday, the Wolves are 7-1.

1A or 2A, home or away, it matters not.

Carving up teams left and right, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad is on a tear of late.

Thursday night the Wolves added to their hot start, making quick work of host Port Angeles to the tune of 25-16, 25-22, 25-23.

The non-conference win, coming against a school with a student body nearly three times Coupeville’s size, lifts CHS to 7-1 on the season.

The Wolves will carry a five-match winning streak home to face another 2A school, Sequim, next Tuesday, then plunge fully into their pursuit of a second-straight 1A Olympic League crown.

Facing off with Port Angeles, Coupeville had a good mix of opportunistic offense and quality defense.

“I was happy to see our passing come back strong,” said Wolf coach Cory Whitmore. “We weren’t without mistakes, but we managed the serving with greater efficiency in fixing those mistakes and turning them into offense.

“We were sporadic with our attack but I was very proud of how our outsides both produced strong numbers on a mix of shots,” he added. “Glad to get the win on the road.”

Kyla Briscoe loomed large, leading the Wolves with 10 kills, while teammates Payton Aparicio and Katrina McGranahan chipped in with seven apiece.

Lauren Rose doled out a game-high 18 assists and added five service aces to go with the nine Aparicio blasted.

McGranahan, the reigning 1A Olympic League MVP, was a force wherever she set up on this night.

Katrina played a great all-around game with her blocking, serving and hitting,” Whitmore said.

JV falls for first time:

After reeling off six straight wins to open the season, the young Wolves suffered the first ding on their record, coming up on the wrong end of a 28-26, 25-19, 27-25 tally.

“A tough day, but a great learning and growing experience for the team,” said Coupeville JV coach Chris Smith. “The good news is we battled in all three sets and just came up short to a team that was very similar to us.

“We have a three-day break and then we will come back energized and focused on the areas we need to continue to improve upon.”

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   Wolf freshman Knight Arndt scored her first varsity goal Thursday at Port Angeles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“We came out a stronger team.”

Playing on the road, without one of its key players, against a very good, and very large, 2A school, the Coupeville High School girls soccer squad learned under fire Thursday night.

And while the Wolves suffered a 9-3 setback at the hands of Port Angeles, CHS coach Kyle Nelson emerged from the experience unbowed.

“A tough opponent tonight, with a tough first half,” he said. “We came back and played a much better second half.

“We look at these games as opportunities to improve,” he added. “And we figured out a few things tonight.”

The loss drops Coupeville to 6-5, but the Wolves still sit a tidy 4-1 in 1A Olympic League play.

With Port Townsend (1-4) falling to Klahowya (5-0) Thursday in a league tilt, the Wolves are three games up with four to play in the race for second place in conference play.

Another bright spot against Port Angeles was the continued emergence of players with a strong  scoring touch.

Freshman Knight Arndt became the ninth Wolf to tally a goal this season when she scored on “a nice back post run.”

Coupeville’s other two goals came on free kicks from senior captain Sage Renninger.

With the three-goal night, the Wolves raised their season total to 39 scores.

There are at least six games left on the schedule and CHS is coming up fast on last year’s team, which scored a program-record 47 goals while going 8-7-1.

Coupeville will have to go the rest of the way, though, without splendid junior midfielder/defender Lindsey Roberts, the team’s third-leading scorer.

She’s out with a tendon injury which requires wearing an ankle brace, icing three times a day, limited flexing, plenty of anti-imflammatories and a month’s rest.

While her own soccer season is done, Roberts is remaining with the team to cheer on her teammates and hopes to heal before basketball season.

Coupeville’s goal scorers:

Kalia Littlejohn 15
Genna Wright 8
Lindsey Roberts 4
Sage Renninger 3
Avalon Renninger 2
Ema Smith 2
Knight Arndt 1
Lauren Bayne 1
Mallory Kortuem 1

Own goals by opposing teams 2

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   Joey Lippo fires up a serve against hazy skies as he and William Nelson roll to a season-opening win. (Joe Lippo photos)

   The stands were crammed as Wolf soccer players and cheerleaders dropped by the match before their practices started.

The fans who stayed to the end got a show.

Playing under hazy skies, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad opened a new season Tuesday with a narrow 4-3 non-conference loss to big 2A school Port Angeles.

But while the Wolves represent a tiny 1A school with barely a quarter of the student population the Roughriders draw from (PA wins that battle 876-227), the CHS netters are a scrappy bunch.

Case in point, the day’s final match.

With play on all other courts finished, the score cards pulled and Port Angeles one step away from jumping on the bus and hauling tail for the ferry, Zach Ginnings and Drake Borden still had one final message to deliver to the big city folks.

The Wolf duo, a sophomore and freshman, respectively, battled blow for blow with their rivals, storming back to win in the #4 doubles slot with canny shot-making.

In a match full of long rallies and points pulled out with last-second miracle shots, Ginnings and Borden displayed a sweet touch on their volleys which earned an appreciative nod and smile from veteran Wolf coach Ken Stange.

His young guns ability to create was one of the true bright spots on a day when the sun was camped behind a thick layer of Canadian fire-driven smog.

Equally on point were seniors William Nelson and Joey Lippo, who romped to a quick win at #1 doubles, and sophomore Mason Grove, who cruised to a forceful victory in straight sets at #3 singles.

Nelson and Lippo, who came within a step of advancing to state a season ago, picked right back up, mashing big overheads and fooling the Roughriders with a variety of slick serves.

At one point Lippo cranked several winners in a row, sending the ball slamming off the court with enough kick to then cause it to shoot up and over the fence and land in a nearby housing development.

While the crowd argued over whether a tennis player could accurately be described as “hammering the ball” (I vote yes and the hapless tennis ball surely agrees with me), the serene Wolf duo remained low-key from opening warmup to final ace.

If they make it to state, Nelson and Lippo, a tandem not exactly prone to huge on-court celebrations, might go as far as tapping racquets.


On this day, the slightest of nods as they walked off the court, step one completed successfully on their final tennis journey.


Complete Tuesday results:


1st Singles — Nick Etzell lost to Kenny Soule 6-1, 6-2

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Hayden Woods 6-3, 6-1

3rd Singles — Mason Grove beat Henry Shaw 6-4, 6-0

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Lucas Jarnigan/Milo Whitman 6-1, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Pedro Gamarra/Nile Lockwood lost to Hunter Dougherty/Jaden Seibiel 6-4, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Jaschon Baumann/Tiger Johnson lost to Brady Nickerson/Kyler Tourbin 6-1, 6-1

4th Doubles — Zach Ginnings/Drake Borden beat Wyatt Hall/Tanner Price 7-5


5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Thane Peterson lost to Dan Clark/Caleb Flodstrum 8-1

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