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Coupeville grad Sarah Wright is now a college softball sensation. (Photo property Sewanee softball)

Sarah Wright brought her manners with her to college.

The Coupeville High School grad was honored Monday, named to the Southern Athletic Association Winter/Spring All-Sportsmanship Team.

Now a freshman at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, Wright is a key member of the Tiger softball team.

Before the season was stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, she had started all 16 of her team’s games at catcher.

Wright led the team in home runs and RBI, and was second in batting average, hits, and total bases.

Sewanee had athletes honored for basketball, swimming and diving, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, track and field, and tennis.

Back in her Coupeville days, Wright was the CHS Class of 2019 Valedictorian, starred for Wolf softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams, and once came dangerously close to eating a worm to entertain her teammates.

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CHS grad Sarah Wright was off to a strong start as a college softball player.

Their seasons have ended too soon.

Seven Coupeville High School grads (and one Oak Harbor alumni whose mom is my former co-worker) saw spring college sports seasons prematurely end.

With most of the nation shutting down athletic events at every level as part of the fight to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s the new reality.

The status of each:

 

Ally Roberts – Senior
Equestrian – Western Washington University

 

After winning a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship, she was set to compete in the national semifinals in West Virginia later this month.

A top-two finish there would have sent her on to nationals.

That’s no longer the case, though, with both postseason events now scrubbed from the schedule.

“Really sucks, that’s for sure,” Roberts said. “But just happy with how the season went for my team and I.”

 

Danny Conlisk – Freshman
Track and Field – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

 

After a successful spin around the track during indoor season, the two-time state champ was on his way to the outdoor season, but it’s been cancelled.

A statement released Friday by the NCAA indicates all student/athletes competing in spring sports will be granted an additional season/semester of eligibility.

 

Sarah Wright – Freshman
Softball – Sewanee: The University of the South

 

Like Conlisk, the former Wolf star will be granted a do-over, even though she and her diamond teammates had played 40% of their schedule.

Sewanee was 2-14 on the season when the rest of its 40-game season was scrubbed.

Wright was in the top three on her team in eight offensive categories:

.244 batting average (#2)
41 at bats (#3)
10 hits (#2)
2 home runs (#1)
7 RBI (#1)
16 total bases (#2)
.390 slugging percentage (#2)
.311 on base percentage (#3)

She also had a .915 fielding percentage as Sewanee’s catcher, with 39 putouts and four assists.

 

Makana Stone – Senior
Basketball – Whitman College

 

The Blues were in Brunswick, Maine preparing to play Friday in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA national championships, but never got the chance when the tourney was cancelled.

Whitman finished a very-successful season at 26-3, with Stone, the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, having also been selected to play in the Beyond Sports Women’s Collegiate All-Star Game.

That game, featuring the best D-III players in the country, was set for March 21, but has also been cancelled.

Stone closed her senior season with 409 points, 225 rebounds, 37 assists, 26 steals, and 26 blocks, while shooting 166-316 (52.5%) from the floor and 74-96 (77.1%) from the free-throw line.

During her four years as a Blue, the former Wolf star played in 110 games, including making a program-record 92 starts.

She finishes as the #5 scorer (1,337 points) and #2 rebounder (837 caroms) in Whitman women’s basketball history.

 

CJ Smith – Sophomore
Hunter Smith – Sophomore
James Besaw – Freshman
Joey Lippo – Freshman
Baseball – Green River College

 

The one sport where some hope lingers.

The Northwest Athletic Conference has chosen, so far, to cancel all games through April 13.

Green River, which is 3-4, has had 19 games scrubbed, though 16 remain, for now, on the schedule.

At the time of the shutdown, Hunter Smith was hitting .333 with eight hits (including a pair of doubles), seven walks, five runs, and two RBI.

Besaw is also hitting at a .333 clip, with five hits, while playing error-free ball at first base for the Gators.

CJ Smith is 1-0 in two games as a relief pitcher, having tossed a team-high 7.1 innings while holding opposing batters to a .125 batting average.

The CHS grad has faced 24 batters, and the only other Green River pitcher with a better mark has only squared off with three rivals.

Lippo hasn’t been given much to do at the plate yet, but is playing error-free ball in the outfield, including a strong throw to Hunter Smith to help nail a wayward runner.

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Sarah Wright has been a softball success at every level she’s played. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hits keep coming.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright picked up two more base-knocks Sunday, and the former Wolf continues to swing a hot bat during her freshman softball season at Sewanee: The University of the South.

The Tennessee-based Tigers dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, but remain competitive despite playing with a very-thin roster.

Sewanee was edged 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel in Sunday’s opener, then fell 9-3 in the nightcap, dropping their record to 2-8 on the season.

The Tigers return to Georgia this coming Tuesday, February 25, when they play a doubleheader against Covenant College (0-4) at Lookout Mountain.

Facing off with Wesleyan, Wright picked up a pair of singles and scored a run in game two while hitting out of the cleanup spot in the lineup.

The former CHS star also caught both games, and has started all 10 contests during her first go-around as a college player.

Sewanee has a 40-game regular-season schedule.

At the quarter mark, Wright is hitting .267 with eight hits (including a three-run home run), six RBI, two walks, and a .367 slugging percentage.

She leads the Tigers in RBI’s, is tied for #1 in home runs, and is second on the squad in hits, total bases (11), and slugging percentage.

During her Coupeville days, Wright was the Valedictorian for the Class of 2019, while playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.

The ever-energetic one capped her illustrious prairie career by helping lead CHS softball back to the state tourney during her senior season, only the third time the Wolf sluggers have made the trip in 41 seasons.

In between running wild through the parking lots in Richland last spring, tempting wayward seagulls with sandwiches, Wright rapped five hits across three games in her prep swan song.

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Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk lets it rip in a college track meet. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Sarah Wright cracked her first college home run Saturday in Georgia. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Four Whidbey alumni are playing baseball for Green River College this season. Left to right, James Besaw, Joey Lippo, CJ Smith, and Hunter Smith. (Charlotte Young photo)

One day, three sports, three states, a whole ton of former Wolves on the prowl.

Saturday was a busy day for Coupeville grads competing in the world of college sports, with events going down in South Dakota, Georgia, and Washington state.

How the day played out:

 

Sarah goes yard:

Just like the old days.

Playing in her eighth college softball game, Coupeville grad Sarah Wright belted a three-run home run to left field, the highlight on a day when the former Wolf catcher’s new team was swept in a doubleheader.

Sewanee: The University of the South fell 9-1 and 10-6 to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, dropping the Tigers record to 2-6.

Wright and associates get a chance for a quick reversal of fortunes, as they play another doubleheader Sunday, this one against Wesleyan College in Macon.

The former Coupeville standout crushed her round tripper in her first at-bat in Saturday’s second game.

Through the first eight games of her freshman season, Wright is hitting .261 with six hits and a team-high six RBI.

She’s also doing it on the defensive side as well, where she tops Sewanee with 25 putouts and absolutely, positively no errors whatsoever.

 

Danny hits the jets:

A two-time state champ for CHS, Danny Conlisk continues to tear up the track as a freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Bouncing back from an illness which kept him out of action last week, the Hardrocker freshman finished 2nd in the 400 at the Stinger Open at Black Hills State University.

Conlisk won his heat and smashed his collegiate PR in the event, hitting the tape in an adjusted time of 51.58 seconds.

That shaved .80 off of his previous best.

The former Wolf is one meet away from reaching the mid point of his season(s), with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Championships set for February 28-29 in Colorado Springs.

After that, Conlisk and his teammates take a month off from competition (but not training), returning March 27 for the start of the outdoor season.

 

Strong start for diamond dandies:

It’s a reunion on the next level.

CHS grads, and brothers, CJ and Hunter Smith are back for their sophomore year at Green River College in Auburn.

Joining them on the Gators baseball squad this time around are former Coupeville star Joey Lippo and former Oak Harbor standout James Besaw.

All four Whidbey alumni saw action Saturday, as Green River opened a new season by sweeping a doubleheader from Western Washington University.

The Gators took the opener 11-4, with CJ Smith coming on in relief to earn the win.

Mr. Cool jumped in to the game in the second inning, with his team trailing, and promptly threw 4.1 innings of shutout ball, whiffing three.

His younger brother was a big supporter, as Hunter rapped a single, walked three times, stole a base, and scored twice as the Gators stormed from behind to nail down the victory.

Besaw played a key role, as well, walking and ripping an RBI single.

In the second game of the day, Green River once again rallied, plating two runners in the fourth to tie the game, then sending two more home in the sixth to eke out a 4-3 victory.

Hunter Smith collected another single in the nightcap, and he teamed up with Lippo for the defensive play of the game.

Recreating their high school magic, Lippo fielded a dangerous ball in the outfield which had extra-base hit written all over it, then came up gunning.

Airmailing a wicked throw to his former Wolf teammate, he started a bang-bang play, which nailed the WWU runner when Smith zipped the relay on a bead to Green River’s third-baseman.

“The play between Joey and Hunter was awesome,” said proud papa Joe Lippo. “Had the Green River fans yelling the loudest all day!”

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Sarah Wright leads the dugout chatter back in her high school days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Winner, winner, (Southern fried) chicken dinner.

Powered by Coupeville grad Sarah Wright, the Sewanee: University of the South softball squad rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Johnson University Saturday in Tennessee.

Winning 10-0 and 10-4, the Tigers notched their first victories of the new campaign, and sit at 2-4 on the season.

Sewanee returns to action next weekend, when it travels to Georgia for back-to-back twinbills.

Wright and Co. play a doubleheader at Agnes Scott College Saturday, Feb. 22, then bounce over to Wesleyan College for two more games the next day.

The Tigers play the first 15 games of their 40-game schedule on the road, not making their home debut until March 7.

Facing off with Johnson University Saturday, Sewanee controlled the action from start to finish.

Wright caught both games of the doubleheader, collecting three hits and two RBI while holding down the #5 slot in the lineup.

On the season, the former Coupeville star is hitting .313 with five hits, three RBI, two walks, and an on-base percentage of .389.

That puts her in the top three on the team in all five offensive categories.

A freshman at Sewanee, Wright is studying politics in between softball games and practices.

During her time at CHS, she was class Valedictorian, while playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball.

Wright capped her prep softball career by being tabbed as the 2019 North Sound Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while helping the Wolves advance to the state tourney for the third time in program history.

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