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A couple more hours to fine-tune the swing. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One more day to build the anticipation.

Thursday’s baseball battle royal between Coupeville and Friday Harbor — a one-game showdown in La Conner to decide which of the schools advance to the state tournament — has been bumped a day.

Mother Nature, as she has been all spring, is a pain in the tushie.

The game, now set for 3 PM Friday, still on that neutral field in La Conner, pits a 13-6 Wolf squad against a 14-2 Wolverine team.

Coupeville is the Northwest 2B/1B League champ, having finished 11-1 to Friday Harbor’s 10-1, but playoff seeding is determined only by the games between 2B schools.

Both teams swept two games from La Conner, while splitting their own season series.

Friday Harbor won 3-2 on its home field, while Coupeville returned the favor 11-8 on Whidbey.

The winner of the play-in game advances to the 16-team 2B state tourney, which kicks off May 21.

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Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray

Amanda Gray was sassy.

Vibrant, full of life, whip-smart and not about to take no crap from nobody.

A devoted mom to her daughters Kaitlyn and Kynsie, she worked long hours at a law firm in Coupeville when I knew her, but always had time for her beloved children.

Amanda’s sudden death Sunday in Oklahoma, less than two months shy of her 39th birthday, is shocking.

She had moved across the country to be closer to family and was engaged to be married at the time of her death.

Her oldest daughter had graduated from Oak Harbor High School and her younger daughter, who I remember as a little girl from the David’s DVD Den days, has shot up in height in recent pictures.

They are now without a mother, a woman who fiercely fought for them every step of the way, who was mom and dad rolled into one.

Kaitlyn and Kynsie have both grown up into bright young women who reflect Amanda in looks, and, even more importantly, in spirit.

They have a strong family around them, which will be a huge help, but they need help, from all of us who knew Amanda, who appreciated the spark she brought to this world, who thought she was a really incredible woman.

A fund has been set up, and I hope we, the people of one community that Amanda embraced, can reach out and help her daughters in the days to come.

The fund:

The Amanda Gray Memorial Benefit
Alva State Bank
801 W. Broadway
Enid, OK 73701
#580-234-4201

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