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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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Wolf super fans Mindy and Tim Grove play all the right cards at Saturday’s Coupeville Booster Club Crab Feed. (Photos by Lucy Sandahl)

Scott Stuurmans is pumped to eat some seafood.

Brian Vick knows all the winning numbers.

Tasha and Jarrett Fiedler enjoy a night out.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Emma Smith, back home from college for a few days, stops by to sign some autographs.

The guys who make the magic happen.

Coupeville High School basketball coaches Brad Sherman (left) and Scott Fox discuss game strategy while using crab claws to stand in for their players.

The freshmen members of the Crab Crew make an award-worthy debut.

Lucy Sandahl is a woman of many talents.

The Coupeville High School senior, coming off a strong final season on the volleyball court, moved behind the camera Saturday night.

The event was the annual Crab Feed put on by the Coupeville Booster Club, the biggest fundraiser for Wolf sports.

To see everything Sandahl shot, pop over to:


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Willow Vick kicks off a heroic look at CHS senior volleyball players. (Photos courtesy Charlotte Young)

Best Senior Night posters … ever.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squad kicked off a week of farewells, and raised the bar pretty high for the Wolf soccer, football, and cheer teams.

The posters seen above capture eight CHS senior spikers (and their coach), who have led their team to a 12-1 record this season.

Repping a mix of Marvel and DC characters, they put the super in super hero.

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