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Abby Mulholland hangs out with Wolf legend (and her uncle) Ryan O’Keefe. (Renae Mulholland photo)

Coupeville netters (l to r) Noelle Daigneault, Katelin McCormick, and Mary Milnes enjoy Senior Night festivities. (Wendy McCormick photo)

There was a sparkle to the day.

Yes, the weather was overcast, cold, and threatened to spit rain all Tuesday afternoon.

And yes, the opponent was a lethal tennis factory which has rightfully ruled Whidbey’s courts for years, making the scores a little lopsided in favor of the players not in Coupeville’s colors.

But, while the Wolf netters being swept by visiting South Whidbey is a part of the day, it is only one part.

The bigger story was longtime CHS tennis guru Ken Stange celebrating perhaps the biggest senior class of his nearly two decades at the helm of the program.

Before serves were launched Tuesday, before backhands sliced and overheads smashed, the Wolves celebrated eight young women from the Class of 2022, paying tribute to all they have accomplished in difficult times.

The Wolf seniors completely lost their sophomore season, then had their junior season reduced to playing just one rival school, thanks to a pandemic.

Even now, as seniors, they have only been able to get four matches played, due to a lack of readily available opponents since CHS reclassified from 1A to 2B.

But they have endured, and their pluck and resilience warmed the heart of their coach, who praised his eight-pack for all they brought to the program.

Noelle Daigneault, Eryn Wood, Katelin McCormick, Sophie Martin, Kim Castro, Mary Milnes, Leni Raduenz, and Abby Mulholland returned that praise in their Senior Night comments, as well.

“I really want to thank Coach Stange for teaching me everything I know about tennis,” Daigneault said. “This is a skill set I will be using well into my old age, and I’m glad I have it.”

Her thoughts were echoed by Wood, who told her teammates, “I am going to miss the endless joking around and laughter that came with being a part of this team.”

While Tuesday’s loss drops Coupeville to 3-1 on the season, it still has two regular season matches left to play, before a trip to Tumwater May 20 for the District 1/4 tourney.

The Wolves will join Friday Harbor, La Conner, and Stevenson for that rumble, with the singles and doubles winner advancing to state.


Complete Tuesday results:



1st Singles — Abby Mulholland lost 6-1, 6-1 to Abby Amundson

2nd Singles — Helen Strelow lost 6-0, 6-2 to Maia Richards

1st Doubles — Noelle Daigneault/Eryn Wood lost 6-0, 6-0 to Pearl Buck/Ellie Thomson

2nd Doubles — Katelin McCormick/Mary Milnes lost 6-4, 6-3 to Nikki Murnane/Kailey Ricketts

3rd Doubles — Hayley Fiedler/Vivian Farris lost 6-1, 6-0 to Catie Beech/Mikaela Nelson



4th Doubles — Sofia Milasich/Yodnam Nakakul lost 6-1 to Izzy Wood/Katya Schiavone

5th Doubles — Kim Castro/Leni Raduenz lost 6-0 to Carlie Kuschnereit/Baylie Kuschnereit

6th Doubles — Lucy Tenore/Skylar Parker lost 6-3 to Alyssa Staats/Nicole Parker

7th Doubles — Gwen Crowder/Karyme Castro lost 6-0 to Eva Wirth/Rylan Rook

8th Doubles — Neveah Hertlein-Darby/Yodnam Nakakul lost 6-1 to Carlie Kuschnereit/Baylie Kuschnereit

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Seniors (l to r) Violette Huegerich, Mckenna Somes, Izzy Wells, and Audrianna Shaw. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They went out with a bang.

Coupeville High School’s senior softball players led the way Friday as the Wolves drilled Orcas Island, capturing a pair of wins in their final games on their home field.

Izzy Wells, Mckenna Somes, Violette Huegerich, and Audrianna Shaw are part of a CHS diamond squad currently flying high at 15-2, so there’s still more games to play.

But barring a sudden quirk in the schedule, the rest of the way will play out on the road for the Wolves.

So that meant Friday’s games included a Senior Night celebration, with chunks of it captured in the pics seen above and below.

Izzy arrives in style. (Jackie Saia photo)

Mckenna Somes and part of her rooting section. (Jackie Saia photo)

Violette Huegerich and her proud mom. (Jackie Saia photo)

Audrianna Shaw enjoys a laugh with her #1 fan. (Jackie Saia photo)

They’re eating well today. (Jackie Saia photo)

Izzy Wells and associates — including everyone’s favorite pup. (Jackie Saia photo)

Senior Night deep thoughts, forever immortalized. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Sage Sharp was one of five CHS seniors to play their final home baseball game Friday. (Morgan White photo)

The end is here.

Well, at least one end.

The Coupeville High School varsity baseball team still has one last regular season game on the road to play, and then at least one playoff game.

But Friday marked the final time this season the Wolves will compete on their home field.

Playing on their own diamond for the final time, five CHS players had the moment captured on film by a bevy of snap-happy photographers.

Cody Roberts and family. (Morgan White photo)

L to r: Cole Hutchinson, Hawthorne Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, Sharp, Roberts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cole Hutchinson and his fan club. (Morgan White photo)

Xavier Murdy and associates. (Morgan White photo)

Wolf coach Will Thayer joins the celebration. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe offers a final goodbye. (Morgan White photo)

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Hawthorne Wolfe and fellow Coupeville seniors won their final home game. (Morgan White photo)

“A great send off for our seniors!”

Coupeville High School varsity baseball coach Will Thayer was in a good mood Friday as afternoon faded into evening.

And why not?

His squad had bounced back from a non-conference loss a day before, pounding visiting Orcas Island 12-5 Friday on Senior Night.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 10-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 12-6 overall, with a road game at Darrington next Tuesday, May 3 the regular-season finale.

Coupeville remains a half-game up on Friday Harbor (9-1, 12-2) in the chase for the league crown.

While the Wolves finish at Darrington, the defending NWL champs host La Conner May 3, then travel to Orcas May 5.

If Coupeville and Friday Harbor — which split their two-game season series — finish in a tie, they will play May 12 on a neutral field in La Conner.

That game would be a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

But that’s down the road, and Friday was all about staying in the here and now and taking care of business.

Consider it mission accomplished for Coupeville.

On a day when CHS honored seniors Sage Sharp, Cody Roberts, Xavier Murdy, Cole Hutchinson, and Hawthorne Wolfe, the sun was out, the wind was sharp, and the Wolves were sharper.

Roberts was dealing on the mound, finishing with eight strikeouts while scattering just four hits.

Cody Roberts is in the mood to generate strikeouts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Meanwhile, with Roberts reaching base four times, he and his teammates scorched Orcas pitching for 12 base-knocks and six walks, building an 11-0 lead, then coasting home for the win.

Coupeville broke through early, plating three runners in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a string of walks and a couple of key hits.

Peyton Caveness and Wolfe laced singles to knock the visiting Vikings back on their heels, and the rout was underway.

The third inning was Coupeville’s finest moment, as Jonathan Valenzuela crunched a triple as part of a game-busting five-hit, six-run explosion.

Up 9-0, the Wolves tacked on two more tallies in the fourth and a final run in the sixth, while Orcas scraped out four runs in the top of the fifth to keep from being mercy-ruled.


Friday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single
Peyton Caveness — 2 singles, 1 walk
Scott Hilborn — 1 single
Cole Hutchinson — 1 single, 1 walk
Xavier Murdy — 1 single, 1 walk
Cody Roberts — 2 singles, 2 walks
Sage Sharp — 1 walk
Jonathan Valenzuela — 1 single, 1 triple
Hawthorne Wolfe — 2 singles

Xavier Murdy and Co. are in first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League. (Morgan White photo)

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Softball action gets started early Friday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let’s make a full day of it.

Friday’s Coupeville High School softball schedule is being adjusted, with all activities still going forward, just at different times.

Originally, the Wolves were slated to host Orcas Island in a doubleheader kicking off at 3:30 PM.

The new schedule is as follows:

Game #1 — 12:30 first pitch

Game #2 — 4:00 Senior Night festivities, followed by game 

The adjustments are being made to help Orcas, which catches a 6:45 AM ferry, “break up their day a little bit,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan.

Coupeville will provide a BBQ for the two teams between games, as well.

The Wolves will honor Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, Mckenna Somes, and Violette Huegerich during Senior Night festivities.

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