Lucy (left) and Sophie Sandahl, being awesome every day. (Photo courtesy Lucy Sandahl)

The sisters rule the water.

Coupeville’s Sophie and Lucy Sandahl helped the Seattle Pacific University women’s rowing team thrash arch-rival Western Washington University at the Falcon Regatta Saturday morning.

The duo played major roles for the SPU varsity 4+ boat, which won its two races by almost a full five and seven seconds, respectively.

Overall, Seattle Pacific swept to victory in all six races contested on the L.W. Ship Canal course.

During the varsity 4+ races, Sophie, who celebrated Senior Night festivities this week, was in the #3 seat, while her lil’ sis dictated the pace of the attack from her coxswain position.

SPU, which is highly-rated this season, returns to action Apr. 15-16, when the squad travels to Cherry Hills, New Jersey for the Knecht Cup.

The Sandahls, who were sports and academic standouts as high schoolers, both attended Coupeville schools after the family moved to Whidbey from South Carolina.

Lucy graduated from CHS after playing volleyball and track for the Wolves, while Sophie went up north and finished at my alma mater, Oak Harbor High School, where she competed with the Wildcat swim team.

Wolf thrower Zac Tackett warms up. (Josh Guay photo)

There’s no slowing their roll.

Two days out from a dominant performance at a Northwest 2B/1B League meet, the Coupeville High School track and field team remained hot Friday while facing off with bigger schools.

Competing at the eight-team Trojan Twilight in Meridian, the Wolves claimed seven individual wins, with their boys finishing second in the team standings, and their girls landing in third place.

Host Meridian, a 1A school, held off Coupeville 185-154 in the boy’s battle, while no other team tallied more than 73 points on the day.

On the girl’s side, Meridian nipped Mount Vernon Christian 140.5-137.5, with the Wolves earning a rock-solid 97 points.

The meet featured four 1A schools — Meridian, Mount Baker, Blaine, and Nooksack Valley — with Coupeville and Friday Harbor repping 2B and MVC and Lummi Nation hailing from the 1B classification.

Aidan Wilson was the top Wolf, winning both the 400 and 800, while Ryanne Knoblich and Nick Guay swept the high jump titles.

Carolyn Lhamon (shot put), Mitchell Hall (1600), and Lyla Stuurmans (400) also claimed the top spot on the awards podium with their performances.

In addition to their four wins, the Wolf boys also had seven 2nd place finishes, helping boost their team point totals.

Coupeville is scheduled to be back in action next Saturday, Apr. 8 at the Birger Solberg Invitational in Bellingham.


Friday’s results:



100 — Alysia Burdge (10th) 15.50; Anna Annunziato (12th) 15.60; Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo (14th) 15.79

200 — Lyla Stuurmans (6th) 29.92

400 — Stuurmans (1st) 1:04.56; Aleera Kent (9th) 1:14.94

800 — Kent (3rd) 2:50.10

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (3rd) 19.21; Frankie Tenore (8th) 25.16

300 Hurdles — Mayne (5th) 58.55; Gwen Crowder (7th) 1:04.27 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Monroe Myles, Ryanne Knoblich, Carly Burt, Mayne (4th) 57.33

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (1st) 31-09; Katie Marti (4th) 25-02.50; Reese Wilkinson (6th) 24-06; Erica McGrath (9th) 23-03

Discus — Wilkinson (3rd) 85-06 *PR*; Lhamon (4th) 81-03; McGrath (5th) 78-10; Marti (7th) 77-00

Javelin — Marti (4th) 84-07; Burdge (9th) 65-07 *PR*

High Jump — Knoblich (1st) 4-10; Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson (8th) 4-02; Stuurmans (9th) 4-00

Long Jump — Knoblich (3rd) 14-04.50; Burt (6th) 13-08 *PR*; Tenore (9th) 12-02 *PR*; Annunziato (13th) 10-10



100 — Tim Ursu (2nd) 12.07; Dominic Coffman (5th) 12.27; Nick Guay (10th) 12.55

200 — Guay (3rd) 25.04; Reiley Araceley (5th) 25.62; Preston Epp (7th) 25.99; Adrian Cunningham (13th) 26.77

400 — Aidan Wilson (1st) 54.59; Anthony Smolen (6th) 58.88 *PR*; Hank Milnes (7th) 59.28

800 — A. Wilson (1st) 2:16.77; Cameron Epp (4th) 2:25.24; Ezra Boilek (8th) 2:28.66; Ezekiel Allen (12th) 2:38.54

1600 — Mitchell Hall (1st) 4:46.62 *PR*; Malachi Somes (6th) 5:00.70 *PR*; Boilek (10th) 5:28.45 *PR

3200 — C. Epp (2nd) 11:04.78; Somes (4th) 11:08.94; George Spear (7th) 12:37.63

110 Hurdles — Araceley (7th) 18.98; Tate Wyman (8th) 19.13; Cael Wilson (9th) 20.05

300 Hurdles — Wyman (6th) 46.82; C. Wilson (8th) 50.54; Araceley (9th) 50.87

4 x 100 Relay — Ursu, Araceley, A. WilsonCoffman (2nd) 46.64

4 x 400 Relay — Cunningham, C. Wilson, Guay, A. Wilson (2nd) 3:53.69

Shot Put — Zac Tackett (16th) 30-10; Zane Oldenstadt (19th) 30-07.50

Discus — Tackett (2nd) 117-06; Oldenstadt (9th) 101-07 *PR*; C. Epp (15th) 83-06

Javelin — Hall (10th) 106-11; Somes (16th) 95-06 *PR*; Boilek (19th) 89-10

High Jump — Guay (1st) 5-08; Coffman (2nd) 5-06; C. Wilson (7th) 4-10

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (2nd) 19-06; Ursu (5th) 17-07.50; Alex Merino-Martinez (10th) 15-09.50

Triple Jump — Milnes (3rd) 35-00.50; Hall (7th) 27-00

Teagan Calkins is ready to play, but weather is not cooperating. (Jackie Saia photo)

No freezing on the prairie for you today.

A couple of hours after Friday’s home girls’ tennis match was postponed due to looming rain, school officials also bumped softball off the schedule.

Coupeville was slated to host Cedar Park Christian-Bothell, but the game has been moved to Thursday, Apr. 6, with first pitch set for 4:00 PM.

The Wolves are still set to host Orcas Island Saturday at noon, with the game dedicated to cancer awareness, but Mother Nature will have the final say.

Djina Radenovic is ready to launch serves, but Mother Nature has other ideas. (Jackie Saia photo)

The dance continues.

Keeping a tennis schedule in place during “spring” is always a tricky game, and 2023 is no exception.

Friday’s scheduled home match between Coupeville and Friday Harbor has been postponed because of weather, as liquid sunshine returns to the weather scene.

The match, which is a rumble between Northwest 2B/1B League foes, will be rescheduled, said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

As the schedule sits now, the Wolves will be off for a bit, with spring break bearing down.

Currently, CHS is set to return to action Tuesday, Apr. 11 with a road trip to South Whidbey.

Wolf seniors (l to r) Scott Hilborn, Jonathan Valenzuela, and Piotr Bieda play at home Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Do we have to count every inning?

Take away the bottom of the fifth Thursday, and the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad returns from the road with a win in a first-place battle with Mount Vernon Christian.

Unfortunately, one bad frame — with the Wolves surrendering seven runs to the Hurricanes — was enough to send them to a 12-7 loss.

That drops Coupeville to 2-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 4-3 overall, while MVC (4-2) gets to 4-0 in conference action.

The Wolves built a 3-0 lead, let it slip away for a moment, then regained the advantage before the frame o’ death proved fatal.

MVC rapped out four hits in the bottom of the fifth, including an RBI double, but also benefited from drawing four walks — with three of those coming with the bases loaded, forcing in a run.

Coupeville also hurt itself in the inning by committing two errors and allowing another run to scamper home on a wild pitch.

The seven-run burst turned a 6-5 Wolf lead into a 12-6 deficit, which proved to be too much to recover from.

Things had looked much brighter in the early going, as starting pitcher Jonathan Valenzuela faced the minimum batters through two innings.

He gave up one walk, but immediately picked the runner off, rifling the ball to first-baseman Landon Roberts to catch the Hurricane straying.

After squandering a Chase Anderson double and a Cole White walk in the top of the first, the Wolves broke through to score a pair in the second, and another run in the third.

Coop Cooper put Coupeville up 2-0 with a two-run single to center, plating Camden Glover (walk) and Jack Porter (single), before Glover came back around to lash an RBI single an inning later.

MVC finally broke Valenzuela’s spell in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs thanks to a mix of walks, Wolf errors, and a well-placed sac fly.

Trailing for the first time, Coupeville responded in the top of the fourth, reclaiming the lead at 6-4 thanks to a bunch of steals and RBI singles from Anderson and White.

The Hurricanes nailed another sac fly to cut things to 6-5, but Glover ended the bottom of the fourth by snuffing out a would-be base thief trying to scramble to third base.

That seemed to set the stage for a back-and-forth battle, befitting the game being a battle for sole possession of first place in the NWL, but the terrible, horrible, no good fifth inning was fast approaching.

Once it fell behind for good, Coupeville put runners aboard in both the sixth and seventh but could only get one guy home.

That was Anderson, who walked, stole second, and lit out for home on a Valenzuela RBI single to center in the sixth.

While the loss stings, the Wolves get a chance to get right back on a win streak Saturday, when they host Orcas Island.

First pitch is at noon.


Thursday’s stats:

Chase Anderson — One single, one double, one walk
Coop Cooper — One single, one walk
Camden Glover — One single, one walk
Aiden O’Neill — One walk
Jack Porter — Two singles
Yohannon Sandles — One walk
Jonathan Valenzuela — One single, one walk
Cole White — One single, one walk