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Former CHS supernova Katrina McGranahan won a state title this weekend with her travel softball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call them the comeback queens. Or, better yet, just call them champs.

Sparked by their Coupeville superstar, Katrina McGranahan, the Seattle Spice travel softball team roared from behind four times in two days this weekend to win the USSSA U18 B state championship.

Playing in Auburn, the Spice spotted each of their rivals an early lead, then convincingly put the hammer down when it mattered.

Fresh off their state title, McGranahan and Co. are off to Canada this coming weekend to play in the Canada Cup. The Spice close the summer ball season at the Western Nationals in Oregon the following week.

McGranahan, who graduated from CHS this spring, won pretty much every honor possible during her stellar run as a volleyball and softball star.

She was an Olympic League MVP in both sports, shared Coupeville High School’s Female Athlete of the Year award as a junior, and was a staple on All-Conference teams.

McGranahan signed a letter of intent with Everett Community College, and is slated to be playing college ball next spring at the same school where former CHS star Hailey Hammer sparkled for two years.

Killer Kat, a terror at the plate and a flame-thrower in the pitcher’s circle, twice carried the Wolf softball team to within a win of the state tourney.

Now, she gets the title she always deserved – state champ.

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   Hunter Smith tossed six scoreless innings and racked up four RBIs Saturday in an 8-2 win over defending state champ Vashon Island. (John Fisken photo)

Vashon Island was the toast of baseball a year ago.

The Pirates took out Meridian, Nooksack Valley, Overlake/Bear Creek and defending state champion Hoquiam en route to taking home the trophy as the best 1A team in all the land.

Maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t face Hunter Smith along the way.

The Coupeville High School hurler got his crack at the Pirates Saturday and thoroughly bushwhacked them, tossing six scoreless innings and driving in four runs to spark an 8-2 win.

The non-conference victory, the third straight for the Wolves, lifts them to 3-2.

Coupeville has a busy week ahead, with two of three at home.

The Wolves host non-conference foe Sultan Monday, then open defense of their Olympic League crown with a home game Wednesday against Klahowya and a road trip Friday to Port Townsend.

Now, if we’re being totally fair, we’ll acknowledge this year’s Vashon squad is not the same as last year’s, since the Pirates lost nine players to graduation.

But until someone takes away the title, they will still enter every game this year bearing the moniker “defending state champs,” so it is what it is.

And Vashon flat-out had no luck against Coupeville’s junior ace, who welcomed the Pirates to Whidbey by setting them down one after another.

Smith whiffed ten, while giving up just a single in the second and a walk in the fifth, cruising home with an 8-0 lead.

Vashon managed to scrape together two runs in the seventh against Wolf reliever Matt Hilborn, but he settled down quickly and ended any hopes of a late-game rally.

Coupeville jumped on the Pirates quickly, scoring two in the first and another two in the second.

The opening runs came courtesy an RBI double from Clay Reilly and an RBI single by Jake Hoagland, before Smith struck in the second with a two-run single.

Two innings later, Smith was right back at it, this time crushing a two-run double to run the score to 6-0.

Reilly and Dane Lucero plated runners in the fifth to cap Coupeville’s scoring.

While Vashon couldn’t buy a hit most of the day, the Wolves collected six base-knocks, with four of them being of the extra-base variety.

Smith, Reilly and Ethan Marx all had doubles, while Reilly also tripled.

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In 116 years, no Coupeville High School student has won as many state titles as this guy -- five-time champ Kyle King.

The most decorated male athlete in CHS history — five-time state champ Kyle King.

(Jim Waller photo)

If CHS were to adopt the style used by Oak Harbor High School, with its own color scheme, white could be for league titles, black for district titles and red for state accomplishments. (Jim Waller photo)

Natasha Bamberger, holder of four of the 17 state titles won by CHS athletes all-time.

Natasha Bamberger, the only Wolf to win five state titles completely on her own.

116 years. 113 titles.

That’s what I’ve come up with. So far.

Never having been satisfied with the small amount of banners that hang in the Coupeville High School gym, I decided recently, with the help of Jim Waller, Keven R. Graves and the Whidbey News-Times archives, to see if I could get a better read on the history of Wolf sports.

What I have come away with is about 100 (give or take one or two) more titles than what currently hang in the gym.

Now, this is not meant to be a slam on anyone in the school administration.

It doesn’t matter who let the history slip away, or when it happened.

But we are the generation that can save it.

It’s that simple.

If we move forward and restore the lost accomplishments, we can honor the past and inspire the future.

As we move forward, I’ll continue to talk to those who actually make these kind of decisions (administrators, school board, Booster Club), figure out what it would cost, how we could make it happen and all that jazz.

But, for the moment, let your eyes wander down the list.

61 league titles.

14 district titles.

21 teams that placed at state (top 10), topped by three (2002 softball, 1987 baseball, 2005 girls’ tennis) who finished as high as 3rd — and yet two of those teams (baseball and tennis) do NOT have banners currently hanging.

17 state titles. 15 in track (14 individual and one relay team) and two in cross country — won by six guys and two gals.

Fact-check me. Did I miss something while going cross-eyed? It’s possible.

Or just bask in the history of our little school on the prairie.

Coupeville High School title winners 1900-2016:


1960 — “B” Northwest League
1965 — “B” Northwest League
1969 — “B” Northwest League
1973 — “B” Northwest League
1973 — “B” District
1974 — “B” Northwest League
1975 — “B” Northwest League
1976 — “B” Northwest League
1976 — “B” District
1977 — “B” Northwest League
1977 — “B” District
1978 — “A” District
1980 — “A” Cascade League
1987 — “B” District
1987 — “B” 3rd at state
1991 — “B” Northwest League
2008 — “A” District


1970 — “B” Northwest League
1970 — “B” District
1971 — “B” Northwest League
1972 — “A” Cascade League
1975 — “B” Northwest League
1979 — “A” Cascade League
1998 — “A/B” Northwest League
2002 — “A” Northwest League


1975 — “A” 9th at state
1976 — “A” 5th at state
1977 — “A” Cascade League
1977 — “A” District
1977 — “A” 5th at state
2010 — “A” Tyler King — state champion


1961 — “B” Northwest League
1967 — “B” Northwest League
1968 — “B” Northwest League
2002 — “A” Northwest League
2009 — “A” Northwest League
2009 — “A” District
2010 — “A” Northwest League
2011 — “A” Northwest League
2015 — “A” Olympic League


1979 — “A/B” Jeff Fielding — state champion (3200)
1979 — “A/B” 8th at state
1984 — “B” Northwest League
1985 — “B” District
1986 — “B” 6th at state
1987 — “B” Northwest League
1987 —  “B” District
2005 — “A” Bi-District
2005 — “A” 8th at state
2006 — “A” Bi-District
2006 — “A” Jon Chittim — state champion (200, 400)
2006 — “A” Kyle King — state champion (3200)
2006 — “A” Chris Hutchinson, Jon Chittim, Kyle King, Steven McDonald — state champion (4 x 400)
2006 — “A” 4th at state
2007 — “A” Kyle King — state champion (1600, 3200)
2008 — “A” Kyle King — state champion (3200)
2008 — “A” 4th at state
2010 — “A” Tyler King — state champion (1600, 3200)
2010 — “A” 6th at state
2011 — “A” 7th at state


1974 — “B” Northwest League
1990 — “B” Northwest League


1998 — “A” Northwest League
2002 — “A” Northwest League
2002 — “A” 6th at state
2003 — “A” 8th at state
2005 — “A” Northwest League
2005 — “A” 8th at state
2006 — “A” Northwest League
2015 — “A” Olympic League
2016 — “A” Olympic League


1981 — “A/B” 8th at state
1982 — “A” Cascade League
1982 — “A/B” 4th at state
1985 — “A/B” Natasha Bamberger — state champion


1994 — “AAA” Wesco (Coupeville/Oak Harbor)
1994 — “AAA” 4th in state (Coupeville/Oak Harbor)


1981 — “A” Cascade League
1982 — “A” Cascade League
1983 — “A” Cascade League
1998 — “A” Northwest League
1999 — “A” Northwest League
2000 — “A” Northwest League
2001 — “A” Northwest League
2002 — “A” Northwest League
2003 — “A” Northwest League
2004 — “A” Northwest League
2005 — “A” Northwest League
2005 — “A” 3rd at state
2008 — “A” Northwest League
2009 — “A” Northwest League
2010 — “A” Northwest League
2011 — “A” Northwest League
2012 — “A” Northwest League
2015 — “A” Olympic League


1984 — “B” Natasha Bamberger — state champion (1600, 3200)
1984 — “B” 5th at state
1985 — “B” Natasha Bamberger — state champion (3200)
1986 — “B” Natasha Bamberger — state champion (3200)
1986 — “B” 8th at state
1989 — “B” Northwest League
1989 — “B” District
2003 — “A” Amy Mouw — state champion (800)


2002 — “A” Northwest League
2002 — “A” 3rd at state


1997 — “A/B” Northwest League
2001 — “A” Northwest League
2002 — “A” Tri-District
2004 — “A” District

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   A montage featuring Central Whidbey softball players who have gone to state the last two seasons. (Mimi Johnson and Katy Wells photos)

Coach Chris Tumblin (left) charges in to join the dog pile after Central Whidbey won the state title in 2010.

That moment when lil’ ol Coupeville beat the big city boys to win a state title.

What do you mean it doesn’t feel like baseball season?

Ignore the snow-infused rain and get crackin’, as it’s closer than you might think.

Central Whidbey Little League has kicked off registration for 2016 softball and baseball play (they have teams open to players from ages 4-14) and it runs through Feb. 29.

Practices starts in March (yes, it will still likely be cold, thank you, and get used to it), with games beginning in April.

To register or pick up more info (the league is also looking for sponsors and volunteers), pop over to the league’s sparkling new website at:


While there you can marinate in pics of past success stories such as the 2010 state champion Juniors baseball squad and the 2014 Venom, a Juniors softball squad which clobbered foes left and right on their way to state.

Then, after your kids sign up, they can go write their own success story for future generations to marvel at.

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13 players. 1 dream. Forever the champs.

Top to bottom, from left column: Brendan Coleman, Aaron Curtin, Aaron Trumbull, Carson Risner, Kurtis Smith, Ben Etzell, Korbin Korzan, Brian Norris, Morgan Payne, Jake and Chris Tumblin, Wade Schaef, Paul Schmakeit, Kyle Bodamer.

Today is historical.

Five years ago to the day, Coupeville stood tall and shocked the world.

Capping a miracle run, the Central Whidbey Little League Junior (13-14) baseball squad stormed from behind to upend West Valley and win a state title.

It took three runs in the bottom of the seventh just to force extra innings, then one more in the tenth to win, but, in the end, the pride of the prairie pulled out a 10-9 win on Saturday, July 24, 2010.

It is a day that will live in the memory banks of those 13 Coupeville players and coach Chris Tumblin, a day when they refused to let early despair win out.

Central Whidbey had fallen 4-3 earlier that day, losing on a balk in the seventh. It could have destroyed them, but it didn’t.

That resolve showed through in the final game, as the future Wolves refused to buckle, even when they fell behind 5-0 after just two innings of play.

Chipping away, Central Whidbey closed to 9-6, but stood three outs away from a season-ending loss.

Then, as it had done all postseason, the squad rallied.

Stringing together hits from Aaron Trumbull, Wade Schaef and Morgan Payne, mixed in with a West Valley error or two, Whidbey got all three runs it would need.

Given new life, the small-town diamond men handed the ball to Kurtis Smith.

Smith surrendered just one lone hit over the next three innings, and, in the tenth, kicked off Central Whidbey’s offense with a double of his own.

A walk to Jake Tumblin put two runners on, before Smith was forced at third on a fielder’s choice on which Ben Etzell reached first.

A bit of luck kept the rally alive, as Tumblin, caught in a rundown on an attempted steal, busted up the pickle and slapped his hand on third before the tag.

Cue history, as Trumbull lashed an infield single that plated the speedy Tumblin and set off a celebration that went on for days.

The first-ever state title for a team coming out of District 11 (Skagit and Island counties), it remains, five years later, as a defining moment in local sports history.

Eight of the 13 players would go on to play four years of baseball at Coupeville High School, and every one of the players now owns a diploma from the school.

As they move forward with their lives and accomplish new things, they will remain linked, by one day when they stood as a team, as brothers, and ruled the entire state.

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