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Sofia Peters is ready for her senior year at Coupeville High School. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“I’m so glad I got to grow up in an amazing school.”

When fall arrives, Sofia Peters and her fellow seniors in the Coupeville Class of 2023 will kick off their final run as high schoolers.

The annual countdown towards graduation — with big events like Homecoming, prom, and awards night scattered along the way — stretches out over nine months yet will likely seem like it’s flying by for students and parents.

For Peters, who has attended Coupeville schools since kindergarten, enjoying the time left and thanking those who have helped guide her along the path is huge.

“Something that the general public doesn’t know about me is how much I really love being a student at CHS,” Peters said. “It has given me so many amazing opportunities.

“I’ve had such a great support system and so many people who made an impact on me,” she added.

That has ranged from parents Mike and Paula Peters to CHS teachers and administration.

“My parents have always believed in me and always had my back,” Sofia said.

“And (Dean of Students) Tom Black and (teacher) Kyle Nelson — those are both people who really made school feel like a safe space.

“They always believed in me and helped me realize I didn’t need to always be so serious in school or in class.”

Peters has been a standout in both academics and athletics, earning induction into the National Honor Society and swinging a lively bat while playing second-base for the high-flying Wolf softball team.

Her freshman diamond season was swept away by the pandemic, but she stayed true to her sports calling, helping Coupeville go 12-0 and 16-3 the past two seasons.

“I hit, son. It’s my thing.”

Peters showed off a slick glove while playing in the infield and often raked at the plate.

Her best day as a junior was a five-hit performance against Sultan, with two of the base-knocks going for extra-bases.

Peters actually has pulled double duty on the diamond recently, working as a volunteer coach with Central Whidbey Little League softball teams while continuing her own playing career.

She’s following in the footsteps of her parents, both of whom have devoted countless hours to helping CWLL thrive.

“Something that drew me to help coaching was that it gave me more experience with kids, and I could see and learn how to help them,” Peters said.

The Wolf senior hopes to attend college in California, with an eye on earning a degree in elementary education.

“Some positives I’ve gotten while coaching would have to be watching the players grow and develop their softball skills,” Peters said.

“A lot of the players who I’ve helped coach hadn’t ever played before and watching them grow has been a great experience for me.”

As she looks ahead to her senior year, Peters has clear goals in mind.

“I would most like to accomplish keeping my grades up and staying strong all the way through the end,” she said.

“When I leave CHS I hope people will remember how much I’ve grown throughout school. Like how I was when I was a freshman compared to how I am as a senior.”

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Senior Audrianna Shaw slammed a home run Thursday, part of a 27-hit, 22-run performance for Coupeville. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Another day, another win over a bigger school.

Bringing out the extra-hot bats Thursday, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad crushed host Sultan 22-0 in a game mercy-ruled after five innings.

The non-conference win lifts the Wolves to 8-1 on the season, and they’ll carry a seven-game winning streak to La Conner Friday afternoon.

Intent on returning to the state tourney after Covid erased two years of potential postseason play, Coupeville has filled its non-league schedule with schools from higher classifications.

And it’s paid off, as the 2B Wolves are 4-1 against 1A schools this season, with just a narrow loss to traditional power Lynden Christian.

Still ahead are non-conference tilts with 3A Oak Harbor, 2A Lakewood, and 1A Meridian.

Thursday’s rumble with Sultan, pushed back a few days by bad weather, was bombs away for the Wolves.

Coupeville crunched a season-high 27 hits, with 12 of those base-knocks going for more than one base.

And to be truthful, there could have been more extra-base hits, had Kevin McGranahan’s squad not pulled back in the later going, trying to soften the defeat.

Sultan, a plucky team, did scratch out two hits and a walk off of Wolf ace Izzy Wells, but otherwise she was pouring straight heat on a cold day, whiffing 10 and keeping the Turks at bay.

Wells got some help as well, with her fielders playing error-free ball behind her.

Maya Lucero doin’ what she does — destroying pitcher’s dreams with each swing.

Coupeville put the game away early, erupting for eight runs in the top of the first, all with two outs.

With runners at the corners, Sultan had a chance to escape, only to see the Wolves smash six consecutive hits.

It started with Madison McMillan bashing a two-run single to left, before Sofia Peters zipped a hit off of the pitcher’s ankle.

That brought the Lucero twins to the plate, with both Maya and Allie launching run-scoring doubles, before things got really intense.

Melanie Navarro crushed the life out of the softball for an RBI triple, which made Audrianna Shaw nod and whisper, “I got this” before socking a two-run inside-the-park home run.

Sultan was set back on its heels, and never recovered, as Coupeville continued to pepper the ball, adding another four runs in the second and five in the third.

From there the Wolves pushed across four in the fourth and a solitary run in the top of the fifth, while doing their best to ease the Turk pain.

In the late going, Coupeville worked on its bunting, tried to go just station-to-station, and even had a couple players who don’t normally hit left-handed do just that.

Nine of 10 Wolves to see action collected at least one base-knock, with second-baseman Sofia Peters leading the way with a varsity career-best five-hit performance.

Now it’s off to La Conner Friday, where the Northwest 2B/1B League rivals are scheduled to play a doubleheader.

In a twist, while both games count in the overall standings, only the first game counts as a league game.

While some NWL teams are playing each other twice this season, others are clashing three times, with only the first two meetings recognized as league contests.

Coupeville already beat La Conner 18-0 in game #1 of their season series.


Thursday stats:

Violette Huegerich — 1 single, 1 walk
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 double, 1 walk
Maya Lucero — 2 singles, 2 doubles
Madison McMillan — 3 singles, 1 double, 1 walk
Melanie Navarro — 1 double, 1 triple
Sofia Peters — 3 singles, 2 doubles
Audrianna Shaw — 1 single, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 walk
Izzy Wells — 1 single, 2 doubles
Savina Wells — 2 singles, 1 triple

“So many runs. So many hits. My fingers are cramping … and I like it!!”

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Sofia and Mike Peters have formed a strong daughter/father coaching duo this season. (Photo courtesy Paula Peters)

Like father, like daughter.

As the Central Whidbey Little League minors softball squad has progressed this season — it started with only four girls with prior experience, yet has earned a trip to state — a unique coaching experience has played out.

The team’s coaching staff includes a father/daughter combo, with Mike and Sofia Peters working together to help shape the future of Coupeville’s diamond dandies.

The duo have worked together before, but in coach-player mode, with Mike helping shepherd Sofia and her teammates from rookie ball through juniors.

Now that his daughter is a high school player — she was a sophomore on this year’s CHS squad, which went a pristine 12-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play — the relationship is different, yet still just as close.

“We still talk the game all the time,” Mike Peters said. “When coaching Sofia, it was more sharing the knowledge and guiding her to help herself and the team.

“Coaching with Sofia is more of a collaboration,” he added. “I enjoy listening to some of my phrases I used when I coached her, that she now tells her players.”

Coming off her first season on the high school diamond — the pandemic cancelled her freshman campaign — Sofia Peters has adapted quickly to the other side of the coach/player relationship.

It’s a natural progression for her as she follows in her father’s footsteps, and one she would like to continue.

“I love softball and I really want to go to college to be an elementary school teacher,” she said. “So I thought coaching young softball players would be a really good way for me to be involved with both.

“I’m definitely going to coach again, whether it’s after, or during my own playing career,” Sofia added. “This was so fun and I really loved being out there coaching, and helping the girls learn and succeed.”

As the CHS junior-to-be has adapted to the role, it’s made for a lot of proud papa moments.

“Watching Sofia teach other players,” has been the best part for Mike Peters as the season has progressed.

“She actually takes the time with each player, no matter their playing level,” he added.

Seeing younger players make the same progress which she has shown on the diamond is huge, Sofia Peters said.

“The best part of coaching for me has been two things. One being seeing how the girls have developed and changed from our very first practice till now.

“And two is when a player gets excited because they finally did the thing they have been working on doing,” she added. “That can be anywhere from pitching a perfect strike to remembering to creep in the infield.”

As her first season as a coach nears its end, Sofia Peters is aglow with her player’s successes, and wants her young charges to depart with more softball knowledge than they had when they arrived at the first practice.

“Honestly, I hope they learn literally anything from me,” she said. “It could be something to do with actually playing or just about life in general.

“But, if I had to be specific it would be that practicing how you play really matters.”

Coaching has given Sofia Peters a different view of the game, allowing her to better appreciate what her dad and other coaches have tried to teach her.

“There are a few differences in coaching with my dad than playing for him, but the main one that comes to mind is when I was playing for him he always told me what to do,” she said. “And told me how I should play.

“But coaching with him, that’s what he wants me to do for the girls. He wants me to be a role model and he wants me to teach them what he taught me.”

The CWLL minors squad has benefited from a deep coaching bench this season, led by Aaron Lucero and Lark Gustafson.

Sofia Peters, Ana Valencia, and Scott Maynes have also helped, with Mike Peters stepping in to help as the team heads to state.

Lucero has a prior commitment which will prevent him from accompanying his team to Auburn for the big dance, but he’s left the team in capable hands.

For Mike Peters, the goal is to continue building on what has already been accomplished.

“With a young team, to move forward in team sports it is a combination of coaching and girls who want to learn,” he said. “Aaron creates a program that is easy to follow and learn from.

“It is a consistent program. His motto is “the little things,” Mike Peters added. “The girls for the most are growing from that.

“(We just want to) play our game. Minimize little league mistakes as we call it. Make the other team beat you. Just don’t make it easy for the other team.

“Biggest message I can give the team — enjoy the moment.”

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Sofia Peters is part of a pack of very-promising athletes moving up to Coupeville High School this fall. (Photo courtesy Peters)

Sofia Peters is not afraid of new challenges.

Throughout her middle school days, the Coupeville 8th grader has happily tackled a wide range of activities, playing softball and volleyball, along with participating in glee club and theater.

In everything she does, Peters has shown a willingness to embrace the spotlight, whether as a hard-hitting diamond warrior or in the multiple times she’s played a lead role during her six-year theater career.

Now, as she prepares to move up to high school this fall, she’s ready to add yet another accomplishment to her resume, swapping volleyball for cheer.

Peters has set solid goals for her high school career, aiming to make varsity softball by her sophomore year and varsity cheer by her junior season.

While she’s looking forward to both of her sports, her new one and her old one, she can’t deny softball has her heart.

“Softball is my favorite sport because I am a very competitive player and I have been playing with my friends for about four years,” Peters said. “They are my softball family and I would never trade that for anything.”

She credits her dad, Mike, who has been one of her coaches for her entire run on the diamond, with helping her reach her potential.

While playing for the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors team this season, Peters thumped the ball aggressively, helping the Wolves cruise to a 13-1 record.

She was one of the team’s most-productive power hitters, splashing doubles to all fields, while also cracking a home run in one rumble.

“Some things I enjoy about being an athlete would have to be playing games and being the best self I can be,” Peters said. “Playing with my team is like playing with a pack full of wolves.

“We are pumped, fast, and ready to make our way to the top no matter what stands in our way.”

Peters picks her hitting, fielding, and all-around hustle as positives in her game, though, like all athletes, she knows there’s always room to improve.

“One area I would like to work on is (keeping) my head in the game,” she said. “Sometimes I would be 100% focused, but, sometimes I get completely distracted.”

Helping her stay focused and continue to work are her teammates, a band of young women with whom she has grown up playing ball, and her large support crew.

“One other group of people who impacted me would have to be my school and my friends,” Peters said. “A lot of my teachers know about my softball team, and then my friends who are not playing with me come out and see me play.

“It motivates me to do the very best I can.”

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Powered by a high-octane offense, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team is 6-0 on the season. (Susan Farris photo)

In a season of blow-outs, they had to work for this one.

The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team has been destroying foes this season, culminating with a 19-3 romp Thursday over South Skagit.

Saturday afternoon the Wolves had a rematch, but on their home turf, and jumped out to a big lead.

And then, to everyone’s surprise, gave back their entire six-run lead, fell behind by a run, and had to rally for a 15-9 win in a game that went the full seven innings.

Romp or somewhat of a nail-biter, a win is a win, and this one improves Central Whidbey to a crisp 6-0 on the season.

A Wolf team which has outscored foes 112-35 so far came out swinging hot, plating seven runs in the bottom of the first to stake themselves to an early 7-1 lead.

The first seven hitters to stride to the plate reached base safely, with the trio of Jill Prince, Savina Wells, and Sofia Peters coming up big with back-to-back-to-back base hits.

But, as quickly as the offense turned on, it (somewhat surprisingly) turned off, with the Wolves going down 1-2-3 in both the second and third innings.

That slow-down gave Skagit a chance to fight its way back into the game, and the visitors did just that, scraping together a run in the second, then tossing three on the board in each of the next two innings.

The onslaught left Central Whidbey in a rare position, trailing 8-7 headed to the bottom of the fourth.

But there was no panic in the Wolf dugout, just a lot of stone-cold killers flexing their biceps as they hefted their bats and prepared to unleash a second round of “let’s whup on the pitcher.”

Just like in the first inning, it was the same hot-swinging trio who did the most damage, only with a bigger base-knock in the middle.

Prince and Peters both ripped singles, but Wells went two bases better, bashing a two-run triple to safely put Central Whidbey back in front.

The Wolves tacked on a single run in both the fifth and sixth, just to pad the lead out a bit, then coasted home with their record still unblemished.

Peters paced the offensive attack, collecting three singles, with Prince and Wells backing her with two hits apiece.

Melanie Navarro rounded out the hit parade with the team’s eighth base-knock on the afternoon.

The Wolves also walked eight times, with Gwen Gustafson, Vivian Farris, and birthday girl Maddie Georges getting aboard twice each thanks to wayward pitching.

Adrian Burrows and Navarro both walked once, with Cypress Socha, Hayley Fiedler, and Karyme Castro also seeing playing time.

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