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Savina Wells, seen here during volleyball season, is back on the basketball court in Florida. (Katy Wells photo)

She’s been a star since she first exited the hospital by ripping off a string of cartwheels as a mere newborn.

Or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

These days Savina Wells, who dazzled Wolf fans for a decade-plus, is a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School in Florida, where she’s wowing the locals in a second sport.

Coming off of a strong volleyball season, Izzy and Ulrik’s younger sibling is now torching the basketball net in her first go-round as a Pirate.

Showing off the hardwood skills she first honed in Coupeville, the youngest of Katy and Lyle’s children went off for 26 points Wednesday in a 43-37 win over West Nassau.

Savina was aces at the free-throw line, netting 10-12 on charity shots, including rippling the net on a pair after her foes were whistled for a technical foul.

Fernandina Beach is off to a 3-0 start on the court, with a game Friday against a 1-6 Fletcher squad.

Through three games, Savina has racked up 40 points, 25 rebounds, two assists, eight steals, and four blocked shots.

She sits #1 on the team in scoring and blocks, and #2 in rebounds.

Even with 6 AM practices, Savina is enjoying herself, while not forgetting about former teammates such as Lyla Stuurmans or Maddie Georges.

“This will be a fun season to watch!” said mom Katy. “Wolves, we are cheering you on too!!”

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Former Coupeville volleyball ace Savina Wells earned MVP honors at a mid-season tournament in Florida. (Katy Wells photo)

Savina Wells is embracing a bright future.

The former Coupeville supernova made a strong debut on the volleyball court in her new home this fall.

Now a sophomore at Fernandina Beach High School in Florida after a family move to the Sunshine State, Wells worked her way into the Pirates varsity lineup as the season progressed.

Joining a squad headlined by five seniors, she played 41 sets for Fernandina Beach’s top squad.

Wells peppered opponents with 29 kills, recorded 14 block assists, went low for 16 digs, dealt out three assists, and soared for two solo blocks.

A three-sport star during her Coupeville days, she helped the Pirates finish 20-6 on the season.

Fernandina Beach made it to the regional semifinals before falling to Bishop Kenny of Jacksonville, which went on to win the tourney and advance to Florida’s final four.

Growing up in Coupeville, Savina, the youngest of Lyle and Katy’s three talented children, played volleyball, basketball, and softball.

Following in the footsteps of Ulrik and Izzy, she played at the varsity level at CHS in all three of her sports as a freshman, while making her high school basketball debut as an 8th grader.

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Savina Wells, one of Coupeville’s best and brightest, has moved to Florida. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Savina Wells has taken her talents to South Beach.

Or, at least somewhere close to there.

A family move to Florida will subtract the rising sophomore from Coupeville High School sports rosters, bringing an end to a stellar run in Wolf uniforms for the youngest child of Lyle and Katy Wells.

The move also affects Cow Town’s teaching depth, as Katy Wells was an Elementary Paraeducator for the Coupeville School District.

Savina, who followed in the footsteps of Ulrik and Izzy, who both graduated from CHS, has been at the forefront of Coupeville athletics since she was old enough to walk.

In the early days, you’d be at one of her siblings’ games, and there would be Savina doing a series of never-ending cartwheels, all while never losing the bag of chips she was bringing back from the snack bar.

The Wells sisters fuel up before wreaking havoc on the diamond.

Once she was old enough to capture the spotlight, she was a gold-plated star from day one.

Did I think about calling Savina “The Chosen One?”

Possibly.

Did I show restraint for once, though, and not refer to her as that in print until now?

Definitely, though it was a tough battle with the shameless hype master living inside me.

A standout in little league and youth sports, Savina made her high school basketball debut as a precocious 8th grader and was second on the team in scoring during a pandemic-shortened season.

Through her first year-and-half of high school hoops, she racked up 133 points, leaving her 85th all-time among Wolf girls for a program which started in 1974.

Older sister Izzy graduated with 204 points to her credit and is #58 all-time.

Soaring above the competition.

Savina was also a varsity volleyball and softball player for CHS during her freshman year.

On the volleyball court, she registered 70 kills, 47 digs, five block assists, and 42 service aces in her debut, ranking #2 on the team in aces and #3 in kills.

When spring rolled around this year Savina was Coupeville’s starting catcher, where she hauled in pitches from her sister.

The lanky fab frosh was a dangerous hitter and a fleet-footed runner, cracking a steady string of extra-base hits for a Wolf squad which went 16-3.

Savina hauls in another strike from big sis Izzy.

Coupeville has taken a hit in the offseason from family moves, losing four talented athletes in the prime of their prep careers.

Along with the Wells clan moving to Florida, other Wolves departing include sisters Olivia and Amaya Schaffeld and three-sport star Mikey Robinett.

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Freshman Savina Wells had three hits, including a home run, in her second high school softball game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Not all losses are the same.

Yes, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad fell 8-5 at Lynden Christian Wednesday, but there’s more at stake here than just the final score.

While the non-conference loss drops the Wolves to 1-1 on the still-young season, getting to play a bigger school — and one that is a sports powerhouse — is the kind of challenge CHS coach Kevin McGranahan craves.

Unlike last season — when there were no playoffs and no non-conference games — and unlike the season before — which was simply erased by the pandemic — the 2022 Wolves get a chance to flex their muscles against big-time foes.

That should help tremendously when Coupeville chases a return to the state tourney.

Wednesday the Wolves squared off with a school coming off of a girls basketball state title, in a game played in a town where wins are highly valued.

And take one inning out, and Coupeville likely heads home with a victory.

“We played seven innings of up and down softball tonight,” McGranahan said. “(The score) is deceiving.

“We started out strong and fell apart in one inning, giving up runs on a bunch of errors,” he added. “We take out those errors and we win, but unfortunately the errors still count.”

Coupeville drew first blood, pushing across a run in the top of the first thanks to some prime-time two-out hitting from Savina and Izzy Wells.

The freshman catcher punched a single, then came around to score when her big sis whacked an RBI double.

Izzy Wells played strongly on both sides of the ball against a tough foe.

A day after obliterating South Whidbey, Izzy Wells was strong in the pitcher’s circle again, and the game was knotted at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.

That was where Coupeville’s gloves went on strike, with a series of bobbled balls allowing Lynden to blitz the scoreboard for six runs.

The Lyncs added another run in the fifth to stretch their lead out to 8-1, but the Wolves dug in and gave their hosts some heart palpitations before things were done.

CHS sprang back to life with a three-run rally in the sixth, getting base-hits from Audrianna Shaw, Savina Wells, Madison McMillan, and Taylor Brotemarkle.

Not done just yet, Savina Wells came back around in the seventh to launch her first high school home run, a two-out solo shot which capped a three-hit day for the fab frosh.

Sparked by the round-tripper, the Wolves brought the tying run to the plate, thanks to back-to-back walks to Izzy Wells and McMillan, before Lynden escaped with the win.

The Wolves, who started four freshmen in the game, with Mia Farris joining McMillan, Brotemarkle, and Savina Wells, return to action Mar. 22, when they host La Conner in their league opener.

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Nezi Keiper was one of eight Wolves to score Friday in a key road win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Advantage, Wolves.

Rampaging on the road Friday, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team rolled to a big win and moved a step closer to clinching a playoff berth.

Taking apart host Friday Harbor to the tune of 39-25, the Wolves improve to 5-3 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 7-6 overall.

Who the victory came against is almost as important as the fact CHS claimed the rout.

Coupeville, Friday Harbor, and La Conner — the three 2B schools in the NWL — are fighting for two postseason slots.

La Conner has already clinched one berth and is all but assured of being the #1 seed.

With its win Friday, Coupeville pushes Friday Harbor to the edge of elimination.

Beat the Wolverines a second time next Saturday, Feb. 12, this time in Coupeville on Senior Night, and CHS is the #2 seed to the district tourney and plays Auburn Adventist Feb. 15 in a loser-out, winner-to-state game.

But if they should lose that regular season finale, the Wolves will immediately play Friday Harbor again Feb. 14 in a tiebreaker game for that last playoff spot.

Short answer: Friday Harbor can’t lose again, and Coupeville has two chances to win one game (but would prefer to do it in just one game).

Now that it’s all as clear as mud, on to this Friday’s win, in which the Wolves overcame the absence of three key players.

Lyla Stuurmans, Alita Blouin, and Carolyn Lhamon were all sidelined for various reasons, but their teammates more than handled things, with eight different players scoring for CHS.

The game was a tense affair through the first eight minutes, with Friday Harbor clinging to a 9-8 lead at the first break.

After that, the Wells sisters went to work, combining for seven points in the second frame as Coupeville went on a 12-6 run.

Older sister Izzy knocked down a pair of buckets, lil’ sis Savina rippled the nets on a three-ball, and the Wolves went to the locker room up 20-15.

From there Coupeville stretched the margin out to 31-19 through three quarters, then ran the clock out on their hosts.

Izzy Wells dropped in a game-high 10 points to fuel the balanced Wolf attack, with Nezi Keiper, Maddie Georges, and Audrianna Shaw chipping in with six apiece.

Savina Wells (5), Ja’Kenya Hoskins (2), Gwen Gustafson (2), and Abby Mulholland (2) also scored, while Katie Marti brought energy off the bench.

CHS players enjoy the action.

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