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Sarah Wright, softball terminator. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Get you someone who looks at you the way Wright looks at confetti.

The Wright Express comes in hot.

“You’re running … ON ME???? Oh, you foolish child!”

A prairie legend forever.

Sarah Wright is a tornado of fun.

She blows through, rips up the joint, throws the furniture up on the roof, but leaves everyone smiling afterwards.

As I have covered her exploits through the years, from youth sports, to middle school, and then on through four fast n’ furious years of high school, she was as entertaining an athlete as any I’ve ever seen.

Talented? Without a doubt.

But with Sarah, it was always about how much fun she was having out there, whether it be a pressure-packed game at the state tournament, or a random practice on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of the season.

She worked her tail off, fought for success, screamed her lungs out, and got every last scrap of enjoyment she could from her sports.

Volleyball to soccer, basketball to her truest love of them all, softball, Wright never lost the joy little league athletes have, even when she was finally old enough to work as their hitting coach.

Whether she was threatening to eat worms while watching her JV teammates play, laughing until she could barely stand, or feeding seagulls in the parking lot in between state playoff games, running and giggling as the birds pecked at her sandwich, Sarah was, and is, pure giddy joy.

Not that she couldn’t be deadly serious, mind you.

Wright sacrificed her body, time and again, and when it was time to compete, she wanted to win as badly as she wanted to enjoy life in her down time.

As a softball catcher, she bore the brunt of long hours hunched down in the dirt.

Her hands stinging from knocking down wayward balls, her body sore from standing tall and taking the brunt of the explosion when rival players were dumb enough to try and knock her down during plays at the plate.

During her travel ball tournaments, or during Coupeville’s playoff runs, you would see Sarah walk away, looking like a (sometimes very tired) warrior.

Eye black on, smeared by sweat and dirt, her uniform streaked in dust, her mitt in one hand, her mask in the other, she resembled a gladiator coming back from the pits and you knew she left a trail of bodies behind her.

And then, two steps later, she’d suddenly start laughing, and by the time she reached the dugout she was singing in a voice which carried across the field.

I watched Sarah win big games during her career, and take some tough losses, but, in the end, whether her heart was soaring or breaking, she was happy to be in that uniform, to have that mitt and mask, to just play.

She was a solid volleyball player, a take-charge soccer goalie, a pounder in the paint on the basketball court, but she was at home on the softball diamond.

She loved it, and it loved her back.

Knowing Sarah gets to play college softball, even if it will be far away from Coupeville, makes me happy.

It means she gets to keep cracking tape-measure home runs.

Or bashing doubles that she turns into triples, legs pounding as she comes crashing into third-base in a giant cloud of dust, followed by her looking up at CHS coach Kevin McGranahan with a huge grin and saying “I told you I’d make it … Keeeeevvvvviiiiinnn.”

She’ll be zinging throws from behind the plate, sprawled out, firing off the wrong leg and, somehow, still nailing straying runners.

“Another notch on the ol’ gun belt there, Kevin, my boy!”

Sarah stepped onto the CHS softball field and was a starter at the hardest position from day one of her freshman season.

The only thing which kept her waiting that long was the silly Washington state high school rule book, which prevented her from playing varsity high school ball during her middle school days.

Swap rule books with a state like Kentucky and she would have been making rival high school coaches rip out their hair back when she was 12.

Through it all, as Wright came within a play or two of making it to state as a sophomore and junior, then got over the hump as a senior, she was a bonafide leader.

Vocal, the very definition of loud ‘n proud, whether in the dugout, face first in the prairie dust, or running through the parking lot as the Seagull Queen, she will never truly be replaced.

Yes, someone else will be behind the plate next season, and in the years to come.

Hopefully they will have strong careers, and, hopefully, they will enjoy their days on the diamond as much as Sarah did hers.

But you don’t truly replace the legends.

Whether it’s Hailey Hammer, or Breeanna Messner, or Wright, after they’re gone, you can close your eyes the next time you’re in the stands at the CHS diamond, and you will see them still out there playing.

For now, she leaves her field, her town, but she’s not truly going anywhere, because our memories of her will last.

There was never really a doubt Sarah would one day be walking (actually, sprinting while giggling and throwing sandwich bits in the air) into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

I knew it when I watched her play in middle school and little league, and nothing changed my mind as she traveled her journey.

So, after this, you’ll find her at the top of the blog, up under the Legends tab.

And, you’ll find her in the memories of Wolf fans.

Long after her last high school award, her final banquet, the last time she took off a Wolf uniform she wore with genuine pride and joy, Sarah¬†will still be out there, gunnin’ and grinnin’ as the sun sets across the prairie.

Covered in dirt from head to toe, tackling her teammates in joy, standing on the dugout bench, batting helmet jammed backwards on her head, screaming “GET OFF HER, BALL!!!,” having the time of her life.

There is only one Sarah Wright, and we were very lucky to have her.

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Former Coupeville softball supernova Sarah Wright closed her travel ball career with a strong performance at a tourney in Auburn. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sarah Wright is a real dirt bag.

The Coupeville High School grad plays select softball with SnoCo Express Fastpitch, but, for that team’s final tournament, its leader decided to mix things up a bit.

So he handed out new-look uniforms which combined the Express logo with a new name also plastered across the top of the jersey.

“Our coach gave us Dirtbag uniforms as a way to inspire us to play for each other and to leave it all on the field,” Wright said. “And he told us that yesterday we finally earned them.

“Our coaches are good old fashioned baseball players,” she added with a big laugh.

Inspired by the upgraded uniforms, or driven to go out on top, as it was the end of the road for this team, the Express/Dirtbags roared through the tourney in Auburn, claiming 2nd place when all the dust had settled.

“We played really well,” Wright said.

Now, having put a bow on her high school and travel ball career, the former Wolf ace will take her softball skills to the next level.

Wright plans to attend Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, where she’ll study politics and play ball for the NCAA D-III Tigers.

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Coupeville High School junior Scout Smith joined senior Lindsey Roberts as the only Wolves to make All-Conference teams in three different sports during the 2018-2019 school year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a decent haul.

While Coupeville High School has the smallest student body (by far) in the North Sound Conference, Wolf athletes more than held their own in year one of the new six-team league.

Counting the 14 athletic teams CHS sends into action, Cow Town produced one league MVP, two Coaches of the Year, and 32 athletes who received at least one All-Conference selection during the 2018-2019 school year.

Actually, our little exercise only covers 12 of the 14 teams, as the NSC gave no All-Conference honors for girls or boys tennis.

So, that leaves softball, baseball, volleyball, football, plus girls and boys teams in cross country, soccer, track and field, and basketball.

Before we run through the cold hard numbers, there are a couple of things to know.

Six Wolves earned All-Conference honors in two sports, with Emma Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, Gavin Knoblich, Ryan Labrador, Dane Lucero, and Sean Toomey-Stout all proving themselves to be multi-talented.

Knoblich and the Toomey-Stout twins are juniors, so 50% of the Two-Timers Club can return next year.

Going one better, senior Lindsey Roberts (soccer, basketball, track) and junior Scout Smith (volleyball, basketball, softball) are the only CHS athletes to make an All-Conference team in each of the year’s three seasons.

Of other note, track and cross country listed no MVP’s or Coach of the Year winners, and those two sports chose their All-Conference teams based solely on how athletes placed at the league meet.

The other eight sports had coaches vote for postseason honors.

And lastly, not all sports referred to their top players as MVP’s, so those distinctions will be noted in the list.

How things broke down:

 

Top athletes:

Baseball:

Offensive Player of the Year – Cole Fazio (Cedar Park) and Tyler Durbin (King’s)
Pitcher of the Year – Ethan Petty (South Whidbey)

 

Boys Basketball:

MVP – Kody Newman (South Whidbey)

 

Boys Soccer:

Offensive Player of the Year – Michael Lux (South Whidbey)
Defensive Player of the Year – Christian Engmann (King’s)
Goalkeeper of the Year – Gunnar Morehead (King’s)

 

Football:

Offensive Player of the Year – Zach Wilkins (Cedar Park)
Defensive Player of the Year – Dawson Drews (Cedar Park)

 

Girls Basketball:

MVP – Irena Korolenko (Cedar Park) and Claire Gallagher (King’s)

 

Girls Soccer:

Offensive Player of the Year – Callie Wright (King’s)
Defensive Player of the Year – Emma Culberson (King’s)

 

Softball:

Offensive Player of the Year – Samantha Vanderwel (Granite Falls)
Defensive Player of the Year – Sarah Wright (Coupeville)

 

Volleyball:

MVP – Dominque Kirton (King’s)

 

Coaches of the Year:

Baseball – Tom Fallon (South Whidbey)
Boys Basketball – Adam Lynch (Cedar Park)
Boys Soccer – Emerson Robbins (South Whidbey)
Football – Mark Hodson (South Whidbey)
Girls Basketball – Todd Weideman (Sultan)
Girls Soccer – Nicole Gabelein (King’s)
Softball – Kevin McGranahan (Coupeville)
Volleyball – Cory Whitmore (Coupeville)

 

1st and 2nd Team All-Conference selections
(*track relay teams count as one pick):

King’s (75)
South Whidbey (64)
Coupeville (48)
Cedar Park Christian (46)
Granite Falls (32)
Sultan (19)

 

Coupeville’s All-Conference selections:

Danny Conlisk:

1st Team – Track (200)
1st Team – Track (400)
1st Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (100)

 

Veronica Crownover:

2nd Team – Softball (First Base)

 

Koa Davison:

1st Team – Track (High Jump)

 

Matt Hilborn:

2nd Team – Baseball (Shortstop)

 

Ja’Kenya Hoskins:

2nd Team – Track (4 x 200 Relay)

 

Ja’Tarya Hoskins:

2nd Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 400 Relay)

 

Tiger Johnson:

1st Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)

 

Gavin Knoblich:

2nd Team – Football (Tight End)
2nd Team – Baseball (Catcher)

 

Mallory Kortuem:

2nd Team – Track (400)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 200 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (Pole Vault)

 

Mikaela Labrador:

2nd Team – Track (4 x 400 Relay)

 

Ryan Labrador:

2nd Team – Football (Offensive Line)
2nd Team – Track (Shot Put)

 

Aram Leyva:

1st Team – Soccer (Midfielder)

 

Derek Leyva:

2nd Team – Soccer (Forward)

 

Shane Losey:

2nd Team – Football (Linebacker)

 

Dane Lucero:

1st Team – Football (Defensive Line)
2nd Team – Baseball (First Base)

 

Jean Lund-Olsen:

1st Team – Track (100)
1st Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (200)

 

Emma Mathusek:

1st Team – Softball (Centerfielder)

 

Alana Mihill:

2nd Team – Track (4 x 400 Relay)

 

Jake Pease:

2nd Team – Baseball (Outfield)

 

Chelsea Prescott:

2nd Team – Softball (Shortstop)

 

Lindsey Roberts:

1st Team – Soccer (Midfielder)
1st Team – Basketball
2nd Team – Track (100 hurdles)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 200 Relay)

 

Lucy Sandahl:

2nd Team – Track (4 x 400 Relay)

 

Ema Smith:

2nd Team – Basketball

 

Emma Smith:

1st Team – Volleyball (Middle Blocker)
1st Team – Track (Shot Put)
2nd Team – Track (Discus)

 

Scout Smith:

1st Team – Softball (Second Base)
2nd Team – Volleyball (Setter)
2nd Team – Basketball

 

Matt Stevens:

2nd Team – Football (Defensive Line)

 

Maya Toomey-Stout:

1st Team – Volleyball (Outside Hitter)
1st Team – Track (Long Jump)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (4 x 200 Relay)

 

Sean Toomey-Stout:

1st Team – Football (Running Back)
1st Team – Football (Secondary)
1st Team – Football (Specialist)
1st Team – Track (Long Jump)
1st Team – Track (4 x 100 Relay)
2nd Team – Track (Triple Jump)

 

Alex Turner:

1st Team – Football (Linebacker)

 

Izzy Wells:

2nd Team – Softball (Pitcher)

 

Tia Wurzrainer:

1st Team – Soccer (Defender)

 

Sam Wynn:

2nd Team – Soccer (Defender)

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Maddy Hilkey, one of the primary stars of the torch video crafted by the CHS Class of 2019. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s got everything.

Parkour.

Elaborate hand-drawn escape maps.

Sarah Wright dodging invisible lasers and “swimming” from wall to wall while sliding down the hallways of Coupeville High School.

A single piece of confetti, a used-up co2 cartridge, and “a very, very good painting” that no one wants.

A slow speed car chase with one of the “cops” playing a trombone.

Harris Sinclair watching bear videos in the getaway car.

Plus, Chris Battaglia rocking a fur coat and long hair, Madison Rixe screaming “I’m not going back to jail” and Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King talking about how he no longer twerks.

Put it all together, with a lot more cameos, a few surprises, and Ryan Labrador being repeatedly hit by flying objects, and you have the latest link in a long-running CHS tradition.

It’s known as the “torch video,” and every year the graduating class produces one as they attempt to pass the torch to the incoming seniors.

This year’s version, crafted by the Class of 2019, is known as “Ocean’s 19,” and it’s a piece of prime-time crime-time.

 

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Coupeville catcher Sarah Wright was the North Sound Conference softball Defensive Player of the Year. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Scout Smith was a First-Team All-Conference pick for her work at second base.

Heidi Meyers won the JV team’s “Charlie Hustle” award.

The future is now. Freshmen Izzy Wells (left) and Audrianna Shaw (center) and sophomore Coral Caveness all lettered this season.

Banquet season ended with a bang.

The Coupeville High School softball team, coming off a triumphant return to the state tournament, officially capped spring sports Thursday, handing out awards, letters, and plenty of desserts.

The Wolves, who captured the North Sound Conference title, finished 2nd at a tough district tourney, then played three games at state, including knocking off highly-ranked Deer Park, had plenty to celebrate.

Coupeville saw six of its nine starters earn honors when league coaches voted for All-Conference teams.

Senior catcher Sarah Wright led the way, sharing league MVP honors with Granite Falls senior shortstop Samantha Vanderwel.

Wright was tabbed as the North Sound Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while Vanderwel was named the NSC Offensive Player of the Year.

Junior second-baseman Scout Smith and junior center-fielder Emma Mathusek received First-Team All-Conference honors, with senior first-baseman Veronica Crownover, sophomore shortstop Chelsea Prescott, and freshman pitcher Izzy Wells making Second Team.

Coupeville diamond guru Kevin McGranahan was selected as Coach of the Year by his peers.

While the All-Conference honors were big, they were just the start for the Wolves, who also handed out a bunch of team awards as well.

 

Varsity awards:

Team MVP — Sarah Wright

Offensive MVP — Veronica Crownover

Defensive MVP — Scout Smith

Coaches Award — Chelsea Prescott

Rookie of the Year — Izzy Wells

“Put in the Work” — Emma Mathusek

Four-year recognition — Crownover, Nicole Laxton, Wright

Captains — Smith, Wright

 

JV awards:

Leadership/Sportsmanship — Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Charlie Hustle — Heidi Meyers

Golden Glove — Abby Meyers

Coaches Award — Ivy Leedy

Most Improved — Morgan Stevens

Most Versatile — Mckenna Somes

 

Varsity letter winners:

Mollie Bailey
Coral Caveness
Veronica Crownover
Mackenzie Davis
Nicole Laxton
Emma Mathusek
Chelsea Prescott
Audrianna Shaw
Scout Smith
Izzy Wells
Chloe Wheeler
Sarah Wright

 

JV participation certificates:

Tariana Hunter
Ivy Leedy
Lily Leedy
Abby Meyers
Heidi Meyers
Marenna Rebischke-Smith
McKenna Somes
Morgan Stevens
Amanda Thomas
Kylie Van Velkinburgh

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