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Lucy Sandahl radiates joy, on the court and off. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lucy Sandahl brings light, happiness, and joy into the world.

And those are things we really need right now.

As the country, and, to some extent, our town, rips itself apart, marinating in ugly arguments, it’s hard at times to see the positives.

Which means we need to look harder, go deeper, and actively seek out things to celebrate.

Today, that spotlight falls on Lucy, and our praise for her is highly deserved.

With that praise comes induction into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

After this, if you pop up to the top of the blog and look under the Legends tab, that’s where she’ll be enshrined as a member of a select group.

Passing on the game to the next generation. (Cory Whitmore photo)

Lucy graduated from CHS last spring (which seems like four lifetimes ago), and is currently attending Seattle Pacific University with sister Sophie.

Now, I don’t think I will hurt Lucy’s feelings too deeply when I say that, based on her career stats as a Wolf volleyball player and track and field competitor, she’s not necessarily someone who immediately jumps to mind for Hall o’ Fame induction.

But she more than earned her spot in our digital clubhouse of honor because of her spirit, because of her grace, and because there was never a moment when she gave less than her best.

Lucy, as much as anyone I have written about, seemed to take such great joy in being an athlete.

She radiated it, in every photo snapped of her in action, and every time I saw her play in person.

When you’ve just smacked a spicy service ace for an undefeated Wolf volleyball squad, and your teammates are thumping their feet on the floor around you in celebration, it’s easy to look joyous.

One ace, comin’ up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

But it’s not so easy when you’re battling to keep your lunch down after hitting the tape at the end of a brutal long-distance race on the track oval.

And yet, look at the assembled runners, most bent over in pain, some regretting their choices in life, and there would be Lucy, the smile never far away from resurfacing.

She was hurting, and yet being out there, seizing the opportunity to get the most possible out of her high school experience, running for her friends and family, meant so much to her.

“Is that seven laps … or eight laps?”

We like to say that heart matters in sports, and, if that’s true, Lucy is the perfect example of someone whose heart was three times as big as the young woman herself.

You can call her a role player, and there is nothing but respect in that assessment, because she fully embraced her status.

Which doesn’t mean Lucy didn’t work as hard as possible, in practice or games, forever trying to perfect her craft on the court or oval.

Cause she did.

What I mean is that she was not one to pout or complain about playing time.

Instead, she asked, “What can I do?” and then she pushed herself to deliver.

Lucy believed in her team, always, and was ready to do whatever was needed to help her athletic sisters prosper.

Or at least that’s how it seemed to me as I sat in the stands over the years, watching her career unfold once she and her family arrived on Whidbey after a move here from South Carolina.

It is very easy to root for Lucy, even for those of us who are supposed to be (sort of) impartial, and very easy to come away thinking she is truly a remarkable young woman.

She is a success with the books – the Salutatorian of her class – a success in the sports world, and, most importantly, a success as a kind, generous human being.

Lucy Sandahl is a Hall o’ Famer every day, in every way, and Coupeville is a better town for her having been here.

Senior Night festivities with mom Jeannie, sis Sophie, and dad Michael.

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Anna Dion, co-Valedictorian of the Coupeville High School Class of 2020, earned an impressive amount of scholarships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let it rain.

Things went digital this year, but Coupeville High School seniors still brought home an impressive collection of awards and scholarships.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools, the annual awards night couldn’t be held in person.

Instead, the school made a collection of video presentations, which were posted online Tuesday afternoon.

The CHS Class of 2020, led by co-Valedictorians Anna Dion and Scout Smith, and Salutatorian Lucy Sandahl, graduates Saturday.

To see who earned awards and scholarships, as well as view senior realization speeches from Avalon Renninger, Xaiviar Lee, and Zara Bradley, pop over to:


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Lucy Sandahl glides through a race last spring. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

With Washington state schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering all Whidbey Island students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Lucy Sandahl is a senior at Coupeville High School.


These past four years running on the track and field team has impacted me in a way that I will never forget.

A lot of people think of track and field as nearly an activity but never a sport; in reality it is and so much more.

It is a place where people can feel welcomed, a place to learn and grow around people who are supportive, and above all it is a family.

We all suffer through workouts together and we all cheer each other on during our events.

I truly couldn’t have made it through the season without all of my teammates support and for that I will forever be thankful.

I would like to thank every single one of the coaches for supporting me through these long four years.

Coach (Randy) King has always been a joy to be around from our pre-practice meetings to our end of the year pasta feed.

He has truly shaped Coupeville’s track and field team into a family and one that I was proud to be a part of for four years.

Coach Bob (Martin) was always there to help motivate and show us that we had exactly what it took to be the best and how hard we had to work to get there.

Coach (Lincoln) Kelley was always there to toughen me up and tell jokes when he knew that I did not have my best race or practice.

Coach (Neil) Rixe was there through it all.

Going into freshman year I had no idea that I wanted to run distance, but I knew I’d be in safe hands with Coach Rixe.

I may not have always loved the long hard workouts like 10 x 400 repeats or ladders but I knew that he had a plan and he knew what was best.

It saddens me that I couldn’t get another shot around that track but I would love to thank my coaches for being there and pushing me to show that it’s OK not to be the best but you sure as hell have to fight for it.

Along with my coaches I would love to thank my parents through this whole process.

I could never have trained without my dad dragging me out to the Kettles or on the track and I couldn’t have made it through a single race without hearing my mom’s signature whistle while dying on the back stretch.

They have supported me through it all and I could never truly say how much that means to me.

Finally, the last people that I want to reach out and thank are the track moms.

Dawnelle Conlisk, Deb Smith, Maria Reyes, Sherry Roberts, Lisa and Beth Toomey-Stout, Heather Kortuem, and of course Nana.

There was never a meet that went by that they didn’t bring food to try and get us to eat even though we were all too nervous, a time where they weren’t cheering on everyone, or a time where they wouldn’t get me out of my head after I was beating myself up after a bad race.

They were there for every single one of us kids and it truly hurts that I didn’t get to spend one more season with them.

Now that it is all over I will be the first to say that I am in no means the best of the best but no matter the day or how my race went I was always glued to the sidelines of the track screaming and cheering for everyone and that is the thing that I am going to miss the most.

Thank you for these past four years; I’m going to miss it so much.

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Coupeville High School throwers Raven Vick (left) and Megan Behan hoist their javelins. (Brian Vick photos)

Longtime Wolf track guru Randy King discusses strategy with his athletes.

Freshman Reiley Araceley works on his relay skills.

Wolves (l to r) Ryanne Knoblich, Lucy Sandahl, and Maya Toomey-Stout are ready to rock.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins waits for her moment in the spotlight.

Kai Wong contemplates the state of the universe.

Mikaela Labrador lets the shotput fly free.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins strikes a winning pose.

Spring sports, like much of life, is on hold right now as the world battles a pandemic.

But, before schools across Washington state shut down, Coupeville track and field athletes were busy prepping for a season which may never happen.

As they did so, Wolf dad Brian Vick snapped the pics seen above.

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Sean Toomey-Stout gets bendy. (Photos by JohnPhotos.net)

The future of Wolf basketball.

TJ Rickner climbs the stairway to heaven.

Wolf superstars Emma Mathusek (left) and Lucy Sandahl support their classmates.

Former CHS hoops sharpshooter Allen Black gets shut down by some man-to-man defense.

CHS head coach Brad Sherman has a word with the bench.

Gavin Knoblich muscles his way through the paint.

No autographs, but maybe a photo … if you ask nicely. Wolf supernovas (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Nezi Keiper, and Genna Wright class the joint up.

Action on the court, and action off the court.

Wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken haunted the Coupeville High School gym Saturday night, snapping away as the Wolf boys played (and beat) Port Townsend in a pair of games.

The pics above are courtesy him, but there’s a lot more where that came from.

To see everything Fisken shot, and possibly purchase some memories for Gram and Gramps, or the cousins, pop over to:


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