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Get into the swing of things. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’ll do it live!

Central Whidbey Little League will offer three chances for parents and guardians to register their children in person for the upcoming spring season.

The events will hit on consecutive Saturdays (Jan. 15, 22, and 29) and run from 10 AM until noon at the Coupeville High School gym.

Birth certificates for players are not mandatory until All-Star competitions at the end of the season.

If an adult wishes to volunteer with CWLL, they’ll need to provide their driver’s license, and fill out a background check.

Teams will be offered in T-ball, baseball, and fastpitch softball, with action open to players ages 4-14.

 

For more info, pop over to:

https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/Default.aspx?tabid=945573

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Spring, and little league action, are on their way. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There’s still a bit of time before games begin, but prospective diamond dandies can get a jump on things.

Registration for Central Whidbey Little League went live when the calendar clicked over to 2022.

Teams will be offered in T-ball, baseball, and fastpitch softball, with action open to players ages 4-14.

For more info, or to register today, pop over to:

https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/Default.aspx?tabid=945573

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Cory Whitmore is working on a sixth-straight winning season as CHS volleyball coach. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf softball guru Kevin McGranahan, coming off a 12-0 season, has led the diamond program to four-straight winning campaigns.

It’s a two-man battle, with a third lurking.

When you look at Coupeville High School’s sports programs, volleyball and softball have had the most sustained success over the past half-decade plus.

The Wolf spikers, currently sitting at 5-2, are playing for a sixth-straight winning season, all under coach Cory Whitmore.

CHS is 5-0 in Northwest 2B/1B league play this year, and has eight matches, seven against conference foes, remaining on the schedule.

Meanwhile, the softballers, playing for Kevin McGranahan, have put together four consecutive campaigns which ended with more wins than losses.

The only other Coupeville coach with an active streak of back-to-back winning seasons is football guru Marcus Carr.

His gridiron teams have finished 3-2 and 5-4 the past two campaigns, and are 1-2 this time around, with five games left to play on the regular-season schedule.

Boys basketball (Brad Sherman), girls tennis (Ken Stange), and baseball (Will Thayer) each have a current one-year streak of winning seasons.

Whitmore and McGranahan both were hired in 2016, both taking over programs which had a losing record the season before.

Since then, they’ve each won 60 games and taken a team to state, though their paths slightly diverge.

Whitmore is the only current CHS coach in any sport with more than one season under their belt to never post a losing record.

Meanwhile McGranahan’s softball squad went 12-0 this spring, believed to be the best finish by any Wolf team in school history, in any sport.

Unfortunately, Covid restrictions scrapped any form of playoffs for the diamond queens.

Which is still better than 2020, when the pandemic erased the whole season for spring teams.

How the coaches with the longest active-winning streaks at CHS match-up through Oct. 1, 2021, with Whitmore set to move ahead with a win next Tuesday at home against Concrete.

 

Cory Whitmore:

2016: 11-6
2017: 13-5 (State)
2018: 11-5
2019: 14-5
2020: 6-3 (Partial season – Covid)
2021: 5-2 (Active)

Total: 60-26

 

Kevin McGranahan:

2016: 9-11
2017: 12-9
2018: 12-9
2019: 15-10 (State)
2020: No season – Covid
2021: 12-0 (Partial season – Covid)

Total: 60-39

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Stephanie Henning (right), seen with Coupeville’s Nicole Laxton, will coach a new Concrete High School cross country team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Reunited, with a bit of a twist.

Coupeville High School has picked up a new cross country rival, and it’s a team which will be led by a former Wolf coach.

Stephanie Henning, who spent time as a CHS junior varsity softball coach, is heading up Concrete’s brand-new harrier program.

The addition of cross country was just approved by the Concrete School Board.

Now the Lions will spring into action, joining Coupeville, Mount Vernon Christian, and Orcas Island as Northwest 2B/1B League teams which run the trails.

Henning is an elementary school teacher in Concrete, and has teamed with district employee Anna Frank to build interest in the addition of cross country.

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Madison McMillan is a three-sport athlete with a very bright future. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Madison McMillan is in a unique position.

As she prepares to enter Coupeville High School as a freshman this fall, the three-sport star already knows what it’s like to be a high school athlete.

McMillan was one of seven 8th grade girls who played above their grade level last year, helping a CHS hoops program which struggled with low numbers.

Given an extra, early season of high school basketball, she tallied 33 points across five JV games in a pandemic-altered season, finishing second on her squad in scoring.

McMillan powers in for a bucket. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Not content to stop there, McMillan quickly moved to the softball diamond, capping her final season in little league by being a homerun-bashing supernova — first for Central Whidbey’s juniors squad, then for an All-Star team which finished fourth at the state tourney.

Along the way, she crushed an out-of-the-park dinger which brought back memories of previous Coupeville sluggers like Hailey Hammer and Veronica Crownover, who both went on to have legendary four-year runs on the high school diamond.

Toss in volleyball, and McMillan plans to be a busy bee during her high school days, playing year-round.

“As long as my grades are good!,” she said with a laugh.

McMillan is part of a tight-knit group of talented young Coupeville athletes who have grown up together, uniting as teammates and friends.

“My most favorite thing about being an athlete is playing the sport with friends and winning and losing as a team,” she said.

“I also love the sense of competition between teams, because both teams want to win.”

McMillan, who enjoys history and English classes when in school, tabs sports classics A League of Their Own and Miracle as her favorite films.

Ready to drop the hammer. (Jackie Saia photo)

Her love of sports has led her to embrace the idea of being a three-sport athlete, which is huge at a small school like Coupeville, which needs as many players as possible.

“My favorite sport really depends on the season,” McMillan said. “Like, if it was the fall, my favorite sport would most likely be volleyball.

“Or, if it was spring and summer then it would be softball, when winter would be basketball,” she added. “So I’m pretty fortunate to have a sport for each season.”

As she has grown as an athlete and young woman, McMillan has had many mentors, with her grandparents, Gordon and Nancy, standing out.

“My grandpa definitely had the greatest influence on not only my sports career, but my life as well,” McMillan said. “He coached the tee-ball team I was on, and rookies.

“And along with my grandma, he comes to cheer every single game, no matter what sport it is.

“And jokes if I play college sports he and my grandma will buy a trailer and drive to each game.”

McMillan and Teagan Calkins celebrate as they roll to another win. (Jackie Saia photo)

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