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Coupeville’s Sophie Sandahl (back, middle) and lil’ sis Lucy (front, right), livin’ that rowing life. (Photo courtesy Jeannie Sandahl)

Smart in high school, smart in college.

Coupeville sisters Sophie and Lucy Sandahl, now attending Seattle Pacific University, were both tabbed Monday for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic women’s rowing team.

SPU landed 10 athletes on the squad, which requires a 3.2 or better GPA.

Crew members must be on the roster for the entire season and are not eligible for the award until their second season with their university.

Sophie, a senior studying Art History and Visual Studies, notched a 3.52 GPA to earn her second appearance on the All-Academic team.

Her younger sister, a junior pursuing a degree in Physiology, came in at 3.28 and is honored by the GNAC for the first time.

Lucy has been the coxswain for SPU’s Varsity +4 boat this season, while Sophie has rowed in both +4 and +8 boats.

The Falcons, who competed at the GNAC Championships this past weekend, will find out Tuesday if they make the cut for the season-ending NCAA D-II Championships.

After moving to Whidbey Island from South Carolina, the Sandahl sisters attended local schools and were top scholar athletes.

Lucy graduated from Coupeville High School after playing volleyball and track and field for the Wolves, while Sophie graduated from Oak Harbor High School, where she swam for the Wildcats.

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CHS basketball gurus, like their coaching counterparts, led athletes to success in the classroom and the sports arena. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Athletic success and academic success go hand in hand.

That’s the message being broadcast Tuesday, as Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith revealed every Wolf sports program racked up a team-wide GPA of 3.1 or better during the 2022-2023 school year.

That includes the school’s female cross country runners, who were 2B state academic champions during the fall.

Hitting big numbers across the board required the effort of many.

“I want to say a great big thank you to our teachers,” Smith said. “They have worked diligently with our coaches and student athletes to help lead them through our athletic contract process.

“It is greatly appreciated and shows the commitment our staff has with our athletic programs!”


2022-2023 team GPA’s, with coaches:


Fall Sports:

Girls Cross Country (3.97) – Paige Spangler
Varsity Volleyball (3.68) – Cory Whitmore
JV Volleyball (3.66) – Ashley Menges
Boys Cross Country (3.57) – Paige Spangler
Boys Soccer (3.53) – Robert Wood
Girls Soccer (3.49) – Kyle Nelson
Cheer (3.42) – Jennifer Morrell
Football (3.11) – Bennett Richter


Winter Sports:

Varsity Girls Basketball (3.64) – Megan Richter
Varsity Boys Basketball (3.48) – Brad Sherman
JV Girls Basketball (3.43) – Kassie O’Neil
JV Boys Basketball (3.19) – Hunter Smith


Spring Sports:

Girls Tennis (3.87) – Ken Stange
Boys Track (3.71) – Bob Martin
Softball (3.64) – Kevin McGranahan
Girls Track (3.60) – Elizabeth Bitting
Baseball (3.50) – Steve Hilborn

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The muscles? Sean Toomey-Stout got them by lifting books.

He’s a heavy hitter on the football field and in the classroom.

Coupeville grad Sean Toomey-Stout was one of 32 University of Washington football players named Thursday to the Pac-12’s 2022 Fall Academic Honor Roll.

It’s the second-straight year “The Torpedo” has been honored by the conference for his academic excellence.

To make the Pac-12 honor roll, an athlete needs a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better and has to have attended the school for a minimum of a year.

Toomey-Stout, a two-time Athlete of the Year during his CHS days — back when he was vying for weight room superiority with siblings Cameron and Maya — played in six games for the Huskies this past fall, including appearing in the Alamo Bowl.

He collected seven tackles for a U-Dub team which finished 11-2 and became likely the first Coupeville athlete to appear on their own collectiable trading card.

When he’s not going sideline to sideline blowing up fellow NCAA D-1 athletes, Toomey-Stout is studying Construction Management and making moms Lisa Toomey and Beth Stout proud.

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CHS female harriers excel in the classroom as well as on the course. (Helen Strelow artwork)

Our cross country runners are smarter than your cross country runners.

Coupeville High School’s female harriers qualified as a team for this Saturday’s state meet, and while the Wolves are in Pasco, they’ll receive an extra honor.

That’s because CHS girls’ cross country is an academic state champion, with its runners combining for the best GPA among all 2B schools participating in the sport.

The Wolf team, which includes Helen Strelow, Claire Mayne, Noelle Western, Reagan Callahan, and Erica and Cristine McGrath, compiled a 3.969 GPA.

Coupeville is coached by Paige Spangler.

The state champion honor is bestowed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and Gesa Credit Union.

CHS will receive a plaque at the state meet, with runners each earning a special patch and medallion.

Other 2B schools honored for fall sports include Okanogan (boys’ cross country and girls’ soccer), Saint Georges (boys’ soccer), Liberty (football), and Asotin (volleyball).

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Sarah Wright

She’s a star on, and off, the field.

Coupeville High School grad Sarah Wright, now a softball player at Tennessee’s Sewanee: The University of the South, was named to the 2020-2021 Southern Athletic Association’s Academic Honor Roll.

To qualify, athletes had to record a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Wright was one of 264 Tigers across 21 SAA-sponsored varsity sports to earn the honor.

Sewanee’s softball team set a program record, with 11 players landing on the honor roll.

Through two pandemic-altered seasons on the diamond, Wright has shown she can be as successful in college as she was in high school.

The former Wolf hit .407 during her sophomore campaign, collecting 11 hits, including two doubles, while driving in five runs.

Through 26 career games at Sewanee, Wright sits with a .309 batting average, 68 at-bats, 21 hits, including two home runs and two doubles, and 12 RBI.

She has walked nine times, come around to score six times, and anchored the Tigers with her quick glove and explosive throwing arm behind the plate.

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