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Lone Wolves

Awards are nothing new for Coupeville senior Mike Bagby.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t gladly accept another one.

“I don’t get tired of it,” he said. “I love getting awards, but I don’t let it get to my head. It’s something that I earned, but don’t need everybody to know about it either.”

Bagby, who was named the Washington Wendy’s High School Heisman winner and was listed on the all-state football and basketball teams earlier this year, capped his athletic career in grand fashion Friday by earning 2006 CHS male athlete of the year. It was the second straight year he earned the award.

“I feel really honored that people notice what I do,” Bagby said. “It just makes me kind of proud, you know?

There’s a lot of guys who could get it, but they picked me.”

Bagby played three sports for the Wolfpack for his fourth straight year.

As the starting quarterback for the football team he threw for 1,022 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for four TDs.

Bagby said his most memorable moment this year came when the Wolves traveled to Kalama to take part in the football program’s first playoff game since 1998. They lost 26-0 in muddy, rainy conditions, but it marked a special accomplishment for Bagby.

“That was the first time I’d made it to the playoffs in any sport so that was awesome,” he said.

Bagby also starred on the basketball team where he averaged 19.2 points per game. The Wolves missed the playoffs by one game. Bagby said it was rough, but he still enjoyed every minute of the season.

“Going down to the wire with Friday Harbor here in basketball, it’s the games like that, that stick out in my mind,” he said, referring to a 62-60 heartbreaking loss.

Bagby wrapped up his Coupeville athletic career on the baseball field and he went out with a bang. He batted an impressive .491, had a team-high 28 hits, scored 20 runs and had a .649 on base percentage.

“Mike put together probably the best season that I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” 10th year head coach Willie Smith said.

Bagby excelled in athletics, but perhaps more importantly, he performed flawlessly in the classroom. In four years at CHS, he maintained a 4.0 GPA the entire time. He will be the valedictorian at the graduation ceremony.

“It feels pretty good to be able to say that,” Bagby said.

After graduation Bagby plans to continue a career in his favorite sport, basketball. He said options are still in the air, but he will either attend Whatcom County Community College or Western Washington University.

Coupeville’s Chelsea Rosenkrance hasn’t received all the accolades of her male counterpart, but give her time.

The junior, who transferred to Coupeville from Oroville this fall, made a quick adjustment at her new school both athletically and academically and was named CHS female athlete of the year.

“It was surprising,” Rosenkrance said. “It was pretty neat actually because being new, it’s pretty hard, people don’t really know who you are.”

Rosenkrance participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field.

She was an outside hitter on the Wolves’ district volleyball team, which came up one win shy of returning to state for a fifth straight year.

“We were really close, it was still a lot of fun,” Rosenkrance said.

She also played on Coupeville’s state basketball team where she averaged four points, three rebounds and two steals a game.

“Chelsea was a blue collar type player,” coach Geoff Kappes said. “She did not ever complain, she just went out on the court and did whatever was asked of her.”

Roskrance’s most memorable moment in her first year at CHS occurred in the spring when she advanced to the 1A state track and field meet in the 100 hurdles.

“I’ve been trying to make it to state my last couple of years, that was my goal,” she said.

She finished 16th in the event with a time of 18.15 seconds.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Rosenkrance made an impact in the classroom where she maintained a 3.9 GPA.

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