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Coupeville High School hoops stars hang out between summer league games. (Brad Sherman photos)

The off-season is off to a great start.

Coming off the program’s best season in decades, Coupeville High School boys basketball players are keeping the good times rolling.

Even without their now-departed pack of seniors, the Wolves stormed through the Skagit County Parks and Rec Summer League, finishing 7-1 to claim top honors.

CHS coach Brad Sherman had a large group of players to draw on, using a mix of varsity and JV players, plus some incoming freshmen.

Most of those same players are currently camped out at Gonzaga University, where the Wolves are participating in a summer camp.

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Coupeville High School softball sensations Izzy (left) and Savina Wells will be a senior and freshman, respectively, this coming school year. (Katy Wells photo)

Wolf juniors Gwen Gustafson (middle) and Sofia Peters hang out with coach Lark Gustafson. (Paula Peters photo)

They exited with a roar.

Handing the previously-undefeated Skagit Bats travel team its first loss of the summer, the Coupeville High School softball squad earned a doubleheader split Wednesday night.

Following up a 5-4 win in the opener with a narrow 6-3 loss to a well-rested Burlington squad in the nightcap, the Wolves finished their off-season run with a strong 6-3 record.

Coupeville nailed down the victory when Gwen Gustafson lifted a sac fly to the heavens in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending Savina Wells scooting for home with the deciding run.

The Bats have spent the summer blowing people out, but Coupeville came close to toppling them the first time around, falling 13-10.

Take that narrow earlier defeat, then flip the script with Wednesday’s win, and CHS coach Kevin McGranahan came away pleased, noting it as “a great measure of development.”

After a tense opening game in the July heat, the 2B Wolves hung tough with 2A Burlington, before running out of gas at the end.

“We were hot and exhausted, and Burlington was fresh with only one game,” McGranahan said. “We lost, but definitely could beat them if fresh.”

With a full roster for summer ball, the Wolves can only benefit from the additional playing time.

“This was a great summer and the team gelled very well,” McGranahan said. “We will be ahead of the game come season start.

“I am so proud of all the girls that practiced and played through the summer; their commitment and work ethic will pay off.”

McGranahan also praised the player’s families, and his coaching staff, which includes Ron Wright, Lark Gustafson, Katrina McGranahan, and Aaron Lucero.

“I want to make sure and thank all the parents; without their support this doesn’t work,” he said. “We had packed stands every Wednesday evening.

“This coaching staff is amazing; these girls are in good hands.”

While he won’t work with his players as a group again until next spring, Kevin McGranahan hopes each diamond warrior takes the initiative to keep improving.

“Well, about six months off now, and the team needs to work on their own through fall and winter to maintain where we are,” he said. “Well done, ladies! See you in about six months.”

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Sofia Peters (left) and Gwen Gustafson are part of a “bright future” for Coupeville High School softball. (Photo courtesy Irene Gustafson)

Wins are nice, growth even better.

Getting some of both, the Coupeville High School softball squad strolled to an 8-2 win over next door neighbor Oak Harbor Wednesday, running its summer league winning streak to four games.

The Wolves enjoyed a bigger roster than before, with incoming freshmen who played on the Whidbey Island All-Star juniors team in uniform for the first time.

That group was coming off a district title and a four-game run at the state little league tourney.

“All the new freshmen played for the first time last night and did a great job, with some minor hiccups along the way,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan.

“But, all in all, I was impressed with their poise and how they competed,” he added. “The Wolf fastpitch program has a very bright future.”

With the influx of new players, McGranahan had to shuffle his lineup a bit to insure playing time for the newcomers.

“It is impossible to play 20 girls in one game, so I want to thank those that I asked to take a week off,” he said. “You gave the younger girls valuable experience last night.

“Thanks for being unselfish and “taking one for the team”.”

Coupeville closes summer league play next Wednesday, July 28, when it plays its final two games of the off-season.

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Izzy Wells fired BB’s Wednesday as the Coupeville High School summer softball squad won its third-straight game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything is coming together quite nicely.

Fighting back for a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Lynden Wednesday, the Coupeville High School summer softball squad captured its third-straight victory.

With the triumph, the Wolves are 3-2, and about to expand their roster.

Kevin McGranahan’s squad will balloon with the arrival of a group of sluggers who just finished playing four games at the state tourney for Whidbey Island’s All-Star juniors team.

That group, which includes incoming freshmen such as Taylor Brotemarkle and Jada Heaton, will get a chance to mesh with veterans like Izzy Wells, Bella Whalen, and Audrianna Shaw.

The first game for the expanded team comes next Wednesday, July 21, when Coupeville clashes with Island rival Oak Harbor.

Against Lynden, the Wolves fell behind 3-0 in the first inning, then snapped into lock-down mode.

Wells was dominant in the pitcher’s circle, while her defense brought the good leather to their efforts, not allowing the big city girls a chance to add to their run total.

Coupeville “battled against a very good, hard-throwing pitcher,” breaking through for three runs in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead.

After holding Lynden scoreless in the top of the fifth, the game was called due to a summer league rule which limits game times.

With back-to-back league titles, in different conferences, CHS softball continues to soar, and the purpose of playing in the summer was to help the program reach a new level.

Consider McGranahan pleased with what he has seen.

“The team showed its heart of a champion today, and never let up,” he said. “This summer league is working out great; the team is gelling nicely.

“Couldn’t be happier with the effort and development of this young team.

“Scores don’t matter in the off-season, but always nice to come from behind late and show the heart.”

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