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Coupeville High School softball sensations Izzy (left) and Savina Wells will be a senior and freshman, respectively, this coming school year. (Katy Wells photo)

Wolf juniors Gwen Gustafson (middle) and Sofia Peters hang out with coach Lark Gustafson. (Paula Peters photo)

They exited with a roar.

Handing the previously-undefeated Skagit Bats travel team its first loss of the summer, the Coupeville High School softball squad earned a doubleheader split Wednesday night.

Following up a 5-4 win in the opener with a narrow 6-3 loss to a well-rested Burlington squad in the nightcap, the Wolves finished their off-season run with a strong 6-3 record.

Coupeville nailed down the victory when Gwen Gustafson lifted a sac fly to the heavens in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending Savina Wells scooting for home with the deciding run.

The Bats have spent the summer blowing people out, but Coupeville came close to toppling them the first time around, falling 13-10.

Take that narrow earlier defeat, then flip the script with Wednesday’s win, and CHS coach Kevin McGranahan came away pleased, noting it as “a great measure of development.”

After a tense opening game in the July heat, the 2B Wolves hung tough with 2A Burlington, before running out of gas at the end.

“We were hot and exhausted, and Burlington was fresh with only one game,” McGranahan said. “We lost, but definitely could beat them if fresh.”

With a full roster for summer ball, the Wolves can only benefit from the additional playing time.

“This was a great summer and the team gelled very well,” McGranahan said. “We will be ahead of the game come season start.

“I am so proud of all the girls that practiced and played through the summer; their commitment and work ethic will pay off.”

McGranahan also praised the player’s families, and his coaching staff, which includes Ron Wright, Lark Gustafson, Katrina McGranahan, and Aaron Lucero.

“I want to make sure and thank all the parents; without their support this doesn’t work,” he said. “We had packed stands every Wednesday evening.

“This coaching staff is amazing; these girls are in good hands.”

While he won’t work with his players as a group again until next spring, Kevin McGranahan hopes each diamond warrior takes the initiative to keep improving.

“Well, about six months off now, and the team needs to work on their own through fall and winter to maintain where we are,” he said. “Well done, ladies! See you in about six months.”

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After a tough loss, the Whidbey Island All-Star juniors softball squad is ready to sprint back into action at the state tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They can still win a title.

Saturday’s opener at the state tourney in Vancouver didn’t end the way the Whidbey Island All-Star juniors softball squad wanted, as it lost a late lead and fell 12-11 to Camas.

But the big dance is a double-elimination tourney, and with short memories and blazing bats, the Inferno can fight their way back.

The road to redemption begins Sunday afternoon, when Whidbey plays a loser-out game against South Hill Little League of Puyallup.

Win there, and the Inferno return to action Monday.

Keep coming out on top and they could play all the way through July 15.

It won’t be an easy path at this point, with Whidbey needing six straight wins across five days to claim a state title.

But, if the Inferno come out like they did for the first four-and-a-half innings Saturday, it’s not an impossible dream.

Facing the tourney hosts, Whidbey jumped on Camas early, building a 4-0 lead after an inning and a half, eventually stretching the lead all the way out to 10-4 headed into the bottom of the fifth.

Haylee Burleigh got things started early, whacking a triple to right in the top of the first, before scooting home on an RBI single off the bat of Savina Wells.

Madison McMillan followed Wells to the plate, bopping a run-scoring double to center, and the Inferno were heating up.

A double from Loto Tupu and a single to short from Adyson Morales set the table in the second, with Payton Ludemann bringing both of her teammates around to score on a shot to right.

Up 4-0 and cruising, Whidbey hit a brief bump in the bottom of the second, however, allowing Camas to crawl back in the game and tie things up.

But, as quickly as the hosts showed a bit of life, the Inferno returned to issuing a beat-down.

Three runs in the third, and another three-spot in the fourth, while Wells was firing BB’s from the pitcher’s circle, put Whidbey in a pleasant position.

The Inferno were getting contributions from everyone on the roster — 11 of 13 players collected a hit in the opener — and many of the base-knocks were of the extra-base variety.

Coupeville’s Katie Marti crunched an RBI double in the third, while Oak Harbor’s Layla Suto and Tupu crashed back-to-back one-out three-baggers in the fourth.

And there could have been more.

Up 10-4, the Inferno stranded Tupu at third, starting their only dry stretch of the afternoon — a run of nine straight batters who went down from the end of the fourth inning through the start of the seventh.

Given a reprieve, Camas dug deep and scratched out five runs in the bottom of the fifth to get all the way back to 10-9.

The fatal blow was a bases-loaded triple from Papermaker slugger Kallie True, but the Inferno  promptly picked her off third to end the inning and strand the tying run.

Camas had found its groove, unfortunately, and pushed two more runs across in the bottom of the sixth to claim the lead for the first time all day.

Though trailing 11-10, Whidbey came up huge on defense for a second-straight inning, with McMillan pulling off an unassisted double play on a liner to third to end the bleeding.

Down to their final two outs, the Inferno proved plucky and then some.

Bringing an end to her team’s run of nine straight outs, Tupu whacked a one-out single, with Taylor Brotemarkle following with a hit of her own.

Getting crafty, Whidbey used a bunt to bring the tying run home, with Morales artfully using her bat to drop the ball with perfection.

A Ludemann single loaded the bags, but this time it was Camas which escaped, as it pulled off its own double play on a liner, with the ball flying to first base this time around.

The Inferno came a single out from sending the game to extra innings, only to see the Papermakers drop in the game-breaking hit in the bottom of the seventh.

True singled, stole second, went to third on a fielder’s choice, then came home with the winning run on a walk-off RBI single from Ainsley Schweitzer.

Whidbey’s hit parade was led by Tupu, who collected three base-knocks, including a double and triple.

Burleigh, Wells, McMillan, and Brotemarkle each had two hits, while Teagan Calkins, Suto, Morales, Marti, Ludemann, and Lilly Norman netted one apiece.

Jada Heaton and Mia Farris rounded out the active roster, with Heaton collecting Whidbey’s lone walk on the afternoon – courtesy of getting hit by a pitch.

Wells went the distance for the Inferno, whiffing five, with 80 of her 127 pitches being strikes.

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The bats were on fire Saturday for the Whidbey Island All-Stars juniors softball team. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One of 47 runs scored by the Inferno.

Vancouver, here they come.

Delivering a blistering offensive attack under a blazing sun Saturday, the Whidbey Island Inferno All-Stars juniors softball team cruised to a pair of victories, claiming a District 11 title.

Dismantling the Skagit County All-Stars 20-0 and 27-1 at Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park, the Inferno claimed their district’s berth to the state tournament, which begins July 10.

The Whidbey Island All-Stars, who carry a 14-player roster which boasts seven players each from Coupeville and Oak Harbor, proved to be a well-balanced, and extremely-deadly squad.

“Girls were awesome today!,” said Whidbey coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed and both (pitching) batteries were awesome! Great defense all the way around.”

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

Playing as the road team, even though it hosted the district tourney, Whidbey Island essentially put the game away with a six-run top of the first.

From there, the Inferno slowly built the lead out to 8-0, then opened a can of whup-ass in the top of the fourth, raining down 12 runs and bringing the mercy rule into effect.

Whidbey opened things up with a five-hit explosion in the first, with three of those base-knocks being of the extra-base variety.

Doubles from Haylee Burleigh and Loto Tupu were big, while Coupeville’s Savina Wells rocked the joint with an RBI triple to center field.

New teammate Layla Suto went her one base better in the second inning, blasting an inside-the-park solo home run, before Wells came around to mash both a double and another triple in the fourth inning.

Madison McMillan added a two-bagger as Whidbey finished with seven extra-base hits among 15 base-knocks in the opener.

While the bats were electric, the Inferno was also lights-out on defense, while Wells offered the visitors little to hit while wheeling and dealing from the pitcher’s circle.

The incoming Coupeville High School freshman whiffed five across four innings of work, scattering five hits and never putting herself in danger.

 

Game 2:

There was no 12-run explosion in the nightcap, just the steady drip-drip-drip of runs splashing across the scoreboard.

Seven Inferno players tapped home in the first, with another five coming across in the second.

Tack on eight in the third and a final seven in the fourth, and the electronic numbers kept hoppin’.

Whidbey whacked six extra-base hits in game two, with McMillan crunching a triple, and Payton Ludemann rifling a pair of doubles.

Taylor Brotemarkle, Wells, and Tupu also collected two-baggers as part of an 18-hit rain of terror.

Ramona Ryder moved in to the circle to pitch the closer, limiting Skagit County to just a single hit, while piling up five K’s.

While offense largely carried the game, defense had its moments as well, with Burleigh and Mia Farris teaming up for an inning-ending double play on a pop-up to second base.

 

District tourney stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle (2 runs, 3 hits, 1 RBI)
Haylee Burleigh (3 runs, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 walks)
Teagan Calkins (4 runs, 2 hits, 4 walks)
Mia Farris (6 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 3 walks)
Jada Heaton (1 run)
Payton Ludemann (2 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 walk)
Katie Marti (1 run, 1 walk)
Madison McMillan (6 runs, 3 hits, 5 RBI, 2 walks)
Lilly Norman (1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 walk)
Ramona Ryder (3 runs, 3 hits, 2 RBI)
Layla Suto (7 runs, 4 hits, 2 RBI, 3 walks)
Loto Tupu (4 runs, 5 hits, 3 RBI)
Savina Wells (7 runs, 7 hits, 7 RBI)

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Savina Wells is one of seven Coupeville girls on the Whidbey Island Inferno All-Stars. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Madison McMillan and Co. are ready to come out swinging. (Jackie Saia photo)

One island, ready to thump on everyone else.

North and Central Whidbey are teaming up for the next round of little league Juniors softball competition.

With seven players from each league, the Whidbey Island Inferno All-Stars are a well-balanced squad, with hopes of making it all the way to the state tourney.

“This is a really solid team with strong pitching, hitting, and depth at each defensive position,” said coach Fred Farris. “It is going to be a lot of fun watching these girls compete this post season.

“Special shout out to North Whidbey manager Shelly Ryder and Central Whidbey coaches Shawn Calkins, Bella Blazek, and Philip Brotemarkle for all their time and efforts for helping get this team ready for the post season.”

The Inferno host a combined South Skagit/Sedro-Woolley/Burlington team in a best-of-three showdown this weekend, with the winner advancing to the big dance.

All games are at Rhododendron Park in Coupeville, with Game 1 at 11 AM Saturday, June 26, and Game 2 at 3 PM the same day. The concession stand will be open.

If a winner-take-all Game 3 is necessary, it will be June 27.

The District 11 champ travels to Vancouver for the state tourney, which kicks off July 10.

 

The Inferno roster:

Taylor Brotemarkle (CW)
Haylee Burleigh (NW)
Teagan Calkins (CW)
Mia Farris (CW)
Jada Heaton (CW)
Payton Ludemann (NW)
Katie Marti (CW)
Madison McMillan (CW)
Adyson Morales (NW)
Lilly Norman (NW)
Ramona Ryder
(NW)
Layla Suto (NW)
Loto Tupu (NW)
Savina Wells (CW)

Manager:

Fred Farris (CW)

Coaches:

Kim Brotemarkle (CW)
Tim Norman (NW)

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Savina Wells is the #123 scorer in Coupeville High School girls basketball history, and she’s not actually a high schooler yet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

234 players, and 35,493 points.

It’s not 100% correct, but it’s remarkably close.

With the pandemic-altered 2021 hoops season having ended Tuesday, it’s time to update my semi-official Coupeville High School basketball career scoring charts.

First up are the Wolf girls, who saw five girls add their names to a list which stretches back to the start of the program in 1974.

Two of those newcomers are Lyla Stuurmans and Savina Wells, who became the first 8th grade girls to play, and score, in a CHS varsity hoops contest.

With 59 points across 12 games, Wells was Coupeville’s #2 scorer this season, while Stuurmans rippled the nets for 23, including a team-high 10 in the season finale.

There are 12 active Wolves on the list, led by Maddie Georges, who has tallied 124 points across her first two seasons, putting her 85th all-time.

Admittedly, the list isn’t 100% precise, as any stats for the first Wolf girls team in 1974-1975 seem to have vanished into the mists of time.

We’re also missing a couple games from three seasons in the early 2000’s, with the search ever-ongoing.

With that in mind, the CHS girls hoops career scoring list, through June 17, 2021, with active players in bold:

 

Brianne King – 1549
Zenovia Barron – 1270
Makana Stone – 1158
Megan Smith – 1042
Ann Pettit – 932
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – 892
Terry Perkins – 673
Lexie Black – 622
Kristan Hurlburt – 598
Tina Lyness – 594

Marlene Grasser – 574
Judy Marti – 545
Brittany Black – 502
Jen Canfield – 497
Erica Lamb – 497
Emily Vracin – 467
Tina Barker – 464
Vanessa Davis – 448
Lindsey Roberts – 448
Maureen Wetmore – 438

Sarah Powell – 425
Mika Hosek – 424
Cassidi Rosenkrance – 423
Ashley Manker – 404
Shawna West – 388
Katie Smith – 374
Whitney Clark – 359
Amy Mouw – 353
Tracy Taylor – 350
Kailey Kellner – 339

Amanda Allmer – 331
Misty Sellgren – 331
Taniel Lamb – 330
Marie Grasser – 321
Mia Littlejohn – 317
Amanda Fabrizi – 299
Scout Smith – 290
Bessie Walstad – 288
Hailey Hammer – 282
Madeline Strasburg – 261

Carly Guillory – 260
Sarah Mouw – 259
Julie Wieringa – 252
Danette Beckley – 249
Chelsea Prescott – 249
Marlys West – 247
Kendra O’Keefe – 244
Breeanna Messner – 235
Hilary Kortuem – 231
Ema Smith – 228

Mikayla Elfrank – 227
Annette Jameson – 223
Beth Mouw – 216
Lisa Roehl – 216
Linda Cheshier – 210
Pam Jampsa – 202
Julia Myers – 202
Kim Warder – 193
Kacie Kiel – 188
Stephanie Clapp – 185

Kassie Lawson – 184
Heather Davis – 182
Jaime Rasmussen – 181
Trudy Eaton – 180
Heidi Bepler – 179
Jodie Christensen – 174
Aimee Messner – 168
Danielle Vracin – 167
Sherry Bonacci – 165
Marie Hesselgrave – 165

Marilyn Brown – 164
Hayley Ebersole – 163
Yashmeen Knox – 163
Traci Perkins – 161
Suzette Glover – 159
Jai’Lysa Hoskins – 151
Jennifer Bailey – 150
Emily Young – 149
Vanessa Bodley – 146
Joli Smith – 142

Jennie Cross – 140
Taya Boonstra – 132
Sarah Burgoyne – 126
Christi Messner – 125
Maddie Georges – 124
Kayla Lawson – 124
Avalon Renninger – 123
Cheryl Dunn – 119
Hannah Davidson – 116
Jill Whitney – 116

Sarah Wright – 115
Laurie Estes – 114
Debbie Snyder – 113
Izzy Wells – 113
Tiffany Briscoe – 111
Lauren Escalle – 109
Sally Biskovich – 108
Kara Harvey – 108
Kalia Littlejohn – 106
Kyla Briscoe – 104

Kelly Snyder – 104
Sue Wyatt – 100
Lupine Wutzke – 98
Monica Vidoni – 97
Christine Barr – 95
Lauren Grove – 95
Babette Owensby – 93
Audrianna Shaw – 93
Toni Thiefault – 92
Jennifer Pettit – 85

Laura Young – 83
Marnie Bartelson – 81
Cheryl Pangburn – 79
Courtney Arnold – 78
Tonnalea Rasmussen – 78
Sharon Jolly – 75
Amanda Manker – 73
Beth Cavanaugh – 72
Wynter Thorne – 68
Rachelle Solomon – 64

Lindsey Sherwood – 61
Ann Kahler – 60
Chelsea Rosenkrance – 59
Savina Wells – 59
Judy Wallace – 58
Rose Marti – 57
Jean Wyatt – 57
Carolyn Lhamon – 56
Jennifer Eelkema – 55
Christine Larson – 53

Courtney Boyd – 52
Kari Johnson – 52
Erin Ryan – 52
Anya Leavell – 51
Nicole Shelley – 50
Traci Barker – 49
Paige Mueller – 49
Stephanie Kipp – 48
Lynn Wilson – 47
Andilee Murphy – 46

Janiece Jenkins – 43
Meghan Metlow – 43
Tia Wurzrainer – 43
Jessy Caselden – 41
Karen Jampsa – 40
Jennifer Meyer – 40
Jill Keeney – 39
Suzanne Enders – 38
Mandi Murdy – 37
Shawn Diem – 35

Min Powell – 35
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – 32
Lauren Rose – 32
Tammie Hardie – 31
Shannon Rutledge – 29
Taylor Sherman – 29
Anna Myhr – 28
Kirsty Croghan – 27
Lori Friswold – 27
Sarah Vass – 27

Tina Jansen – 26
Kim Stuurmans – 26
Kathy Jolly – 25
Shelby Kulz – 25
Kylie Van Velkinburgh – 25
Melissa Cox – 23
Haley Marx – 23
Lyla Stuurmans – 23
Lori Hart – 21
Allison Wenzel – 21

Courtney Williams – 21
Aleshia McFadyen – 20
Nancy Dyer – 18
Dina Lanphere – 18
McKenzie Bailey – 17
Carol Estes – 17
Gwen Gustafson – 17
Ryanne Knoblich – 17
Kristina Clark – 16
Dawn Clampet – 15

Nicole Laxton – 15
Mollie Bailey – 14
Lindsey Tucker – 13
Jeannette Fixel – 12
Tammy Shubat – 12
Nikki Snyder – 12
Kelly Ankney – 11
Naomi Prater – 11
Michelle Riddle – 11
Emily Wodjenski – 11

Alyssa Kelley – 10
Zarah Leaman – 10
Toni Hudson – 9
Georgie Smith – 9
Cindy Bennett – 8
Susan Estes – 8
Ami Garthwaite – 8
Eileen Hanley – 8
Keri Iverson – 8
Kristine Macnab – 8

Michelle Smith – 8
Carlie Rosenkrance – 7
McKayla Bailey – 6
Lexi Boyer – 6
Rhiannon Ellsworth – 6
Debbie Johnson – 6
Grace LaPoint – 6
Skyler Lawrence – 6
Corrin Skvarla – 6
Janie Wilson – 6

Katy Bennett – 5
Penny Griggs – 5
Marissa Slater – 5
Denise McGregor – 4
Jessica Sherwood – 4
Kara Warder – 4
Christina Mowery – 3
Samantha Roehl – 3
Ashlie Shank – 3
Jamie Townsdin – 3

Brenda Belcher – 2
Rusty Brian – 2
Carol Davis – 2
Lisa Davis – 2
Nicole Fuller – 2
Cathy Higgins – 2
Nezi Keiper – 2
Daisy Kent – 2
Katie Kiel – 2
Charlotte Langille – 2

Morgan Stevens – 2
Tracy Barber – 1
Amy Biskovich – 1
Corinne Gaddis – 1

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