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Coupeville track stars Jackie Contreras, Josh Guay and Zac Tackett begin a long day of competition. (Photo courtesy Guay)

The click of the camera, the ping of the phone.

However they capture the moment, photographers are out there, everywhere, documenting spring sports in Coupeville and in towns near and far.

The photos above and below showcase Wolf track and field, girls’ tennis, softball, and baseball, with nary a rain drop in sight.

Netters Vivian Farris (left) and Hayley Fiedler roll up the points. (Jackie Saia photo)

Jada Heaton, a fireball of energy and positive team spirit. (Jennifer Heaton photo)

Chase Anderson keeps an eye on the runner. (Morgan White photo)

Allie Lucero chucks heat. (Jackie Saia photo)

Skylar Parker tends to Kaitlyn Leavell’s hair needs before their match. (Lucy Tenore photo)

Landon Roberts puts some zip in his get up and go. (Morgan White photo)

CHS runners (l to r) Tate Wyman, Preston Epp, Cameron Epp, and Reiley Araceley pose under sunny skies. (Bob Martin photo)

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Jada Heaton (jumping), Mia Farris (12), and Skylar Parker (right) are all three-sport athletes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No rest for the truly dedicated.

A look at spring rosters shows that 22 Coupeville High School students — 10 girls and 12 boys — are finishing the job as three-sport athletes for the 2022-2023 school year.

At schools with small student bodies, having a strong showing in year-round athletes is huge, so it’s great to see so many Wolves complete the trifecta.

There are plenty of reasons why some CHS athletes choose to play just one or two sports, starting with the fact basketball is their only option during winter.

Don’t play God’s chosen sport? Can’t be a three-sport athlete in Cow Town.

Unless you make the move to wrestle or swim with another school during the snowy months, but that has been an infrequent occurrence.

Injuries, a need to concentrate on academics, home life requirements, or simply a desire to have a job or get your license — all reasons which sometimes come into play when sports-related decisions are made.

To each, their own choice.

But today we praise the 22 who made the commitment, in time and effort, to be an athlete for all seasons.

The blog is called Coupeville Sports, after all, and not Coupeville Teens Washing Dishes.

Anyways, those who gave all:



Teagan Calkins (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball)
Mia Farris
(Volleyball, Basketball, Softball)
Jada Heaton (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball)
Ryanne Knoblich
(Volleyball, Basketball, Track)
Carolyn Lhamon
(Soccer, Basketball, Track)
Katie Marti
(Volleyball, Basketball, Track)
Madison McMillan
(Volleyball, Basketball, Softball)
Brynn Parker
(Soccer, Basketball, Tennis)
Skylar Parker
(Soccer, Basketball, Tennis)
Lyla Stuurmans
(Volleyball, Basketball, Track)



Chase Anderson (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Dominic Coffman
(Football, Basketball, Track)
Nick Guay (Soccer, Basketball, Track)
Zane Oldenstadt
(Football, Basketball, Track)
Aiden O’Neill
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Jack Porter
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Johnny Porter
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Landon Roberts
(Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball)
Yohannon Sandles
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Malachi Somes
(Football, Basketball, Track)
Jonathan Valenzuela
(Football, Basketball, Baseball)
Cole White
(Soccer, Basketball, Baseball)

Aiden O’Neill is a man for all seasons. (Davin Houston photo)

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The Battlin’ Lucero twins are back to lead Coupeville High School softball into a new season. (Photo courtesy Jess Lucero)

Spring is sprung.

The weather isn’t all that balmy, but the calendar says Feb. 27 and Washington state is famous for starting prep spring sports way too early, so here we go again.

Coupeville High School softball, baseball, track and field, and girls’ tennis are back at it, with the first games two weeks away.

Wolf track and field has a stacked roster. (Photo courtesy Bob Martin)

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Mia Farris and Co. start spring sports practices Feb. 27. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It snowed in Coupeville last night. At least a few flakes.

So, perfect time to start thinking about spring sports.

Because, if the past tells us anything, it’s this — it’ll be cold, wet, and windy through almost every game, with perfect temps and sunshine for the season finale.

And ONLY the season finale.

It’s the Whidbey way…

That being said, Coupeville High School spring teams will hit the practice field (or court, or oval), Monday, Feb. 27.

Wolf baseball has a new head coach in Steve Hilborn, while Kevin McGranahan (softball), Elizabeth Bitting and Bob Martin (track and field), and Ken Stange (girls’ tennis) are all back to add another season to their resumes.

Nick Guay should be back to soar into the heavens.

With the pandemic having receded, there are full schedules for the first time in several seasons.

Both CHS softball and baseball are set to play 20 regular-season games, with three league games against fellow 2B schools La Conner and Friday Harbor, and two each against the 1B schools.

Mount Vernon Christian doesn’t field a softball program, however, so McGranahan’s crew picks up an extra road double-header with Eastern Washington power Onalaska.

Tennis is the trickiest sport to schedule, as just two of seven NWL teams play the sport.

That means four matchups between Coupeville and Friday Harbor, with the rest of the schedule filled out with bigger schools.

The Wolves currently have home-and-away series with 1A schools South Whidbey and Granite Falls, and Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith plans to add several more, with 3A Oak Harbor a likely contender.

The schedules below are valid as of Feb. 14, but can, and very likely will be tweaked as things play out.

For one thing, barring some kind of miracle all-sun-all-the-time spring for the first time in recorded history on the prairie, Mother Nature will shake things up.

“I can’t feel the lower half of my body on this sublime “spring” day, Skippy, but please kid, take your sweet time throwing a whole bunch of warmup pitches…”

To monitor those changes, keep an eye on these websites:


School calendar:



Northwest 2B/1B League site:



And here are the skeds, with (*) indicating league contests.



Mon-Mar. 13 — @ Meridian — (4:00)
Wed-Mar. 15 — South Whidbey — (4:00)
Sat-Mar. 18 — @ North Mason — (12:00)
Tue-Mar. 21 — La Conner (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Mar. 25 — Forks — (1:00)
Tue-Mar. 28 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Thur-Mar. 30 — @ Mount Vernon Christian (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 1 — Orcas Island (*) — (1:00)
Sat-Apr. 8 — @ Concrete (*) — (1:00)
Mon-Apr. 10 — Sultan — (4:00)
Tues-Apr. 11 — Darrington (*) — (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 13 — @ La Conner (*) — (4:00)
Tue-Apr. 18 — Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Wed-Apr. 19 — @ South Whidbey — (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 20 — Mount Vernon Christian (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 22 — @ Orcas Island (*) — (1:00)
Tue-Apr. 25 — Concrete (*) — (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 27 — @ Darrington (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 29 — La Conner (*) — (4:00)
Thur-May 4 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)



Thur-Mar. 16 — Granite Falls — (3:30)
Tues-Mar. 21 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Thur-Mar. 23 — @ South Whidbey — (3:30)
Mon-Mar. 27 — @ Granite Falls — (3:30)
Fri-Mar. 31 — Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Fri-Apr. 14 — South Whidbey — (3:30)
Fri-Apr. 21 — Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Tues-May 2 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (4:30)



Mon-Mar. 13 — @ Meridian — (4:00)
Wed-Mar. 15 — South Whidbey — (4:00)
Tue-Mar. 21 — La Conner (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Mar. 25 — Forks — (1:00)
Sat-Mar. 25 — Granite Falls — (4:00)
Tue-Mar. 28 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Fri-Mar. 31 — Cedar Park Christian — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 1 — Orcas Island (*) — (1:00)
Sat-Apr. 8 — @ Concrete (*) — (1:00)
Tue-Apr. 11 — Darrington (*) — (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 13 — La Conner (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 15 — @ Onalaska – Game 1 — (TBD)
Sat-Apr. 15 — @ Onalaska – Game 2 — (TBD)
Tue-Apr. 18 — Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 22 — @ Orcas Island (*) — (1:00)
Tue-Apr. 25 — Concrete (*) — (4:00)
Thur-Apr. 27 — @ Darrington (*) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 29 — La Conner (*) — (4:00)
Thur-May 4 — @ Friday Harbor (*) — (4:00)
Sat-May 12 — @ South Whidbey — (4:00)



Wed-Mar. 15 — @ La Conner (*) — (3:30)
Wed-Mar. 22 — HOME MEET (*) — (3:30)
Wed-Mar. 29 — @ Mount Vernon (*) — (3:30)
Fri-Mar. 31 — @ Trojan Twilight (Meridian) — (4:00)
Sat-Apr. 8 — @ Birger/Solberg Invite (Bellingham) — (10:00)
Sat-Apr. 22 — @ Eason Invite (Snohomish) — (10:00)
Sat-Apr. 29 — @ Sunny & 70’s Invite (Lakewood) — (10:00)
Wed-May 3 — @ League Championships (La Conner) — (3:30)
Sat-May 13 — Districts (HOME MEET) — (11:00)
TBD — @ Quad-Districts (TBD) — (TBD)
Thur/Sat-May 25-27 — @ State (Yakima) — (TBD)

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Left to right, top to bottom, are Wolf softball and tennis coaches Katrina McGranahan, Justine McGranahan (and grandson Braxton), Kevin McGranahan, Aaron Lucero, Ron Wright, Lark Gustafson, and Ken Stange.

CHS baseball and track coaches Steve Hilborn, Will Thayer, Bob Martin, Randy Thayer, Randy King, Brandon Bailey, Ferron Rice, Neil Rixe.

It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these.

With prep sports back in action after a year-plus absence, it’s time for another super-unofficial, highly-competitive coach’s poll.

We toss 15 Coupeville High School spring sports coaches into a (digital) room, you get 50 hours to mash your phones and computer keyboards into submission, and one guru emerges as the winner.

Their prize?

A nice, warm glow in the chest, and the respect of the internet. Plus the chance to needle all their fellow coaches.

So, priceless.

This time around, we’re not including any middle school coaches, as CMS is not competing against their rivals this school year.

Yes, there have been intramurals, and coaches have done amazing work — but we’re limiting this royal rumble to just those involved with teams playing other schools.

So, softball, track and field, baseball, and girls tennis.

Head coaches and assistant coaches, paid or volunteer, are included, but no managers or former Wolf athletes who are hanging out and helping for a few days.

If your name was in a Senior Night program produced by CHS, you’re in. If not, I’m sure you’ll survive.

And now on to the bloodbath!

The poll kicks off Tuesday, April 6 at 8 AM and closes 50 hours later on Thursday, April 8 at 10 AM.

Vote as many times as you like, and the more, the merrier.

I have no restrictions set.

WordPress sometimes does little things to slow people down, but you can usually avoid that by bouncing to a different device, before returning to your preferred one.

Those who get creative claim the throne!



UPDATE – 4/6 – 10:15 PM:

Poll has ended early. 

Over the past nine years, there have been several different companies involved with these polls on WordPress.

I’ve run polls which have collected everywhere from 17 votes to 123,908 votes.

And yes, there was probably some serious shenanigans on that last one… 

But through 27 previous polls, no one tried to charge me extra.

Until this time.

Crowd Signal (which I have never heard of before), “will not display new submissions in the results after 2,500 “signals” or votes.”

“Crowd Signal will still collect all your responses and when you upgrade to a paid plan they will be shown in the reports.”

Crowd Signal can blow it out their collective ass.

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