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March Student Spotlight

Isaac Kjose

Isaac Kjose is a senior at Kelso High School. A stellar baseball player for the Highlanders and a scholar athlete, Kjose is one of the WIAA’s Student Spotlights for the month of March.

Kjose started off his final campaign with three homeruns in two games. In the season opener versus Mark Morris, he had two of the Highlanders’ four hits (two homeruns) and four RBIs and earned WIAA Athlete of the Week honors for his efforts. The Highlanders are 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the GSHL.

“Starting his senior year with three homeruns was pretty big time,” said Kelso’s Head Coach Tom D’Aboy. “He’s a big kid, a big time presence in the batter’s box.”

In his 2015 season for the Highlanders, Kjose led the team in RBIs and homeruns. His power at the plate helped Kelso earn a league championship and a state playoff berth and Kjose secure a second team all-league selection.

Kjose’s dedication and commitment to the sport was recognized by his teammates who voted him captain. After suffering a broken hand in August, Kjose had to miss his senior season in football to focus on his recovery.

“Baseball creates a good work ethic,” Kjose said. “I’ve spent a lot of time doing my craft and I think it’s going to apply in life and work. Having a good work ethic really does pay off.”

In addition to baseball, Kjose played football for the Highlanders and is active in the community, participating in Relay for Life and volunteering through his church. He holds a 3.5 GPA and was named a Scholar Athlete at Kelso.

“He’s a kid who does well in the classroom, he represents Kelso baseball, Kelso athletics and Kelso High School the right way,” said Coach D’Aboy. “He is a good kid in the community, in the classroom, teachers like him, other players like him. He is just a good kid to be around.”

Kjose will play baseball at Centralia Community College next year. He plans to earn his AA degree and transfer to a four-year university to earn a degree in business, and follow in his uncle’s footsteps in becoming a business attorney.

For now, he’s focused on enjoying his senior year and cherishing the support Kelso’s student body gives their student-athletes.

“Sports have been a big part of high school for me,” Kjose said. “Every game we have had a couple dozen students come out and support our team. I think it is so cool that our school is so active in supporting us and that we have the opportunity to represent our community.”


Katrina McGranahan

Katrina McGranahan is a sophomore at Coupeville High School. A standout softball player and team leader, McGranahan is one of the WIAA’s Student Spotlights for the month of March.

Just a sophomore, McGranahan has already made an impact on the Wolves’ softball team. McGranahan started off the season striking out 12 batters in a 4-1 win over South Whidbey to earn WIAA Athlete of the Week honors. Coupeville is currently in first place (6-1) in the Olympic 1A League.

“She just always wants the ball in her hand,” said Coupeville Head Coach, and McGranahan’s father, Kevin McGranahan. “I try to take her out and she gets upset. That’s just the player she is.”

In her freshman campaign, McGranahan was named Coupeville’s Best Defensive Player and earned All-Olympic League First Team honors as a pitcher. She was also voted team captain the past two seasons.

“It was overwhelming at first, I didn’t know what to tell everyone,” said McGranahan about being named a captain as a freshman. “Then I realized I had to lead by example and show my teammates that it is okay if you do something wrong. You can’t get down on yourself and you have to understand your teammates are trying to help you.”

In addition to being a vital member of the Wolves’ softball team, McGranahan plays volleyball for Coupeville and select softball. This past fall was her first season on the varsity volleyball team. McGranahan’s efforts aided the Wolves’ to the district playoffs and earned her all-conference first team honors.

McGranahan attributes her participation in sports at Coupeville to helping her transition into high school.

“When I first started high school, everyone knew me as my brother’s little sister,” she said. “Sports helped me make a name for myself.”

Softball at Coupeville truly feels like family for McGranahan. With her dad as the first-year head coach of the Wolves, and the rest of the team consisting of players who have been together since little league, the team has gelled together quickly.  Both McGranahan and her father bring a sense of fun and competitiveness to the playing field and it has been crucial to the team and Katrina’s success so far this season.

“She plays for the team, not herself,” said Coach McGranahan, “She always tries to make her team better.”



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