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Scout Smith was a flawless passer Tuesday, handing out 35 assists as Coupeville volleyball drilled host Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

At a spiffy 10-1, the 2019 Wolf squad has tied the 2004 team for best start in program history. (Photo by Lisa Toomey)

You know, Cory Whitmore is doing pretty OK.

The Coupeville High School volleyball coach is in his fourth season at the school, and he’s now produced double-digit win totals in every campaign.

After rolling up 11, 13, and 11 wins over the past three seasons, Whitmore’s spike-happy assassins sit at 10-1 after a huge win in Bothell Tuesday night.

Bouncing host Cedar Park Christian 25-18, 26-24, 16-25, 25-18, the Wolves rise to 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, which leaves them a game off of King’s (6-0, 10-0) in the race for a league title.

The 10-1 start matches the best record at this point of the season since the 2004 CHS team, which eventually peaked at 14-1 before finishing 14-3.

Coupeville’s 2019 squad still has four regular season matches left on the schedule, starting with a trip Thursday to Langley to face South Whidbey.

Squaring off with Cedar Park, the Wolves were looking for their second win against the Eagles, while trying to improve on last year, when they split regular season matches before knocking CPC out of the district playoffs in meeting #3.

Tuesday’s tilt was, in some ways, a mirror image of the first match-up between the two squads, as Coupeville swept the first two sets, had a brief stumble in set three, then righted the ship.

“We definitely had our big ups and downs,” Whitmore said. “Had to work through some moments where we weren’t controlling the tempo, but ultimately our players came up big in the fourth to seal the win.”

Coupeville was playing its third match without big hitter Chelsea Prescott, as she recovers from an ankle injury, but the Wolves compensated by getting production across the board.

Maya Toomey-Stout matched her season-high with 19 kills, while Zoe Trujillo (12), Hannah Davidson (9), Maddie Vondrak (5), and Scout Smith (2) picked up the rest of Coupeville’s put-aways.

Toss in solid work controlling the floor, with Smith (12), Emma Mathusek (10), Lucy Sandahl (9), Toomey-Stout (8), Trujillo (6), Raven Vick (1), and Davidson (1) combining for 47 digs, and few CPC shots got away from the Wolves.

Coupeville also had four players — Lucy Tenore, Vondrak, Davidson, and Smith — collect blocks at the net, while Sandahl and Davidson served two aces apiece, and Smith handed out 35 assists.

Getting something from everyone on the floor is one of Whitmore’s goals, and the Wolves accomplished the task in style.

Lucy Sandahl had great clean play with long service runs, solid defense and one spectacular diving play to keep a rally alive and turn into offense and a big point to swing things in our favor,” Whitmore said.

“I thought Scout and Maya found their connection,” he added. “And Hannah went on two serving runs that scrambled CPC and gave us control of the fourth set.”

As he headed back to the bus, enjoying the victory while already looking ahead to the next match, Whitmore knew which stat he enjoyed the most, and it starts with a W.

“Overall, happy to win on the road,” he said.

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Maddie Vondrak smoked seven kills Tuesday as 1A Coupeville toppled 2A Anacortes in volleyball action. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lucy Sandahl (8) and Zoe Trujillo both played strongly for a Wolf team which got big contributions from everyone on the roster. (Brian Vick photo)

When you’re knocking down big trees, you bring your best axe.

Big 2A Anacortes High School features six players on its varsity volleyball roster who stand behind 5-foot-10 and 6’1.

Lil’ 1A Coupeville … does not.

But it mattered not Tuesday, as the Wolves carved up their taller foes, heading back to the bus with a 25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17 victory.

The non-conference win lifts Coupeville to a pristine 2-0 heading into its home opener Saturday against Chimacum.

Its the fourth-straight season, all under the guidance of Cory Whitmore, that the Wolf spikers have opened a season with multiple wins.

Coupeville has gone 2-0, 2-0, and 5-0 to start the previous three campaigns.

The key to knocking off Anacortes for a second-straight year was showing no fear.

“We aren’t strangers to being the shorter of two teams on the court, but the height difference between us and Anacortes these last two seasons has been noticeable,” Whitmore said. “I’m really proud of the way that this team didn’t let something like taller players kill their tenacity and heart.”

What the Wolves might lack in height is more than made up for in talent and desire.

Embrace what you are, instead of worrying about what you aren’t.

“It was important for us to start to build and develop on our identity tonight,” Whitmore said. “We served very tough, which pushed their strong hitters off the net and it was our stable defense that allowed us to transition points our way.”

“All six of our serving rotations were strong and that was important for us to rack up some aces, or at the very least push their hitters off the net turning defense into offense.”

Coupeville spread out the love at the service stripe, with Lucy Sandahl and Scout Smith leading the way with three aces each.

Raven Vick (2), Maya Toomey-Stout (2), Hannah Davidson (1), and Chelsea Prescott (1) all chipped in to the ace parade as well.

That style of play, of each Wolf on the floor doing their part to form a powerful nucleus, left their coach wearing a smile.

“Tonight was especially fun, because we had huge contributions from a lot of different players,” Whitmore said.

“We expect a lot from Maya, Hannah, and Scout, both offensively and defensively, so for them to perform is always huge,” he added. “But I was especially impressed with Chelsea, Zoe Trujillo and Maddie Vondrak’s offensive efficiency.

“All three took advantage of their opportunities and it will be big for us to establish them as offensive threats.”

Mixing and matching players, the Wolf coach hit pay dirt with almost every lineup.

Lucy and Raven Vick (also) came in and played very key roles, serving and defense,” Whitmore said. “I’m really proud of the balanced nature of this win.”

The stat sheet was bursting by the end of the match, with Smith (35 assists) and Toomey-Stout (13 kills and 21 digs) pacing their squad.

Emma Mathusek went low for 15 digs, while Prescott (nine kills, seven digs), Trujillo (eight kills), Davidson (eight kills), Vondrak (seven kills), and Sandahl (five digs) all played at the top of their games.

The Wolves controlled the net, with Smith, Prescott, and Vondrak collecting solo blocks.

As Coupeville heads back to Whidbey to start a three-game home stand, Whitmore and crew are ready for the challenges ahead.

“Plenty that we need to tighten up and situations we’ll need to prepare for,” he said. “But this was a big team effort and a confidence booster.”

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CHS and CMS volleyball stars work with the next generation during a recent K-6 skills camp. (Photos courtesy Cory Whitmore)

Start young, have strong role models, and the future is bright.

Lucy Sandahl teaches a girl who just discovered she wants to grow up to be the next Lucy Sandahl.

Layer upon layer.

That’s how you build truly-successful sports programs, bringing in athletes when they’re young, then having current stars work with them.

Coupeville High School volleyball guru Cory Whitmore embraces the idea, which is why the K-6 skills camp he, assistant coach Chris Smith, and their players ran the past couple of days is so important.

You can see it in the photos above, as high school and middle school players embrace the chance to be role models and coaches in their own right, and elementary school athletes discover someone to emulate.

A few years down the road, the lil’ kids will be the teachers, and the current spikers will be the ones visiting and seeing how their efforts paid off.

It’s how you build success, one layer upon another layer.

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Mason Grove comes around to tap home Friday as Coupeville wins its fourth-straight game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolves (l to r) Lucy Sandahl, Ashley Menges, and Lindsey Roberts drop by to cheer on their classmates.

CHS alumni Hope Lodell and Kyle Rockwell venture back onto school grounds.

Gavin Knoblich gets down with his bad self.

First-base coach Mike Etzell runs away to join the soccer team.

Heidi Roberts (left), Sarah Meyer (center), and Mckenzie Meyer get a little bit rowdy.

The Wolf brain trust ponders in-game strategy.

Spoiler: he said yes. Sandahl and Daniel Olson are Prom-bound.

The weather held up, and so did the cameras.

Despite some splatters of rain in the early going Friday, the Coupeville High School baseball squad was able to get a complete game in, waxing visiting Sultan 14-4.

And, despite having to dodge a bit of liquid sunshine, and deal with some mid-game wind, local paparazzi John Fisken was able to merrily snap away for the full 2.5 hours.

The photos above, a mix of in-game and out-of-game action, are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot (and possibly purchase some glossies, while helping fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:


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Aurora Cernick shattered her PR in the javelin Saturday at the six-team Coupeville Imvite. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, training with Sean Toomey-Stout, set a PR in the 200 while also running a leg on two winning relay teams.

Invade Whidbey, get wrecked.

Defending their home turf with authority, the Coupeville High School girls track and field team roared to a team win Saturday at the six-team Coupeville Invite.

Piling up nine victories, including two individual wins each for Lucy Sandahl, Mallory Kortuem, and Lindsey Roberts, the Wolves held off Cedar Park Christian 137-101.

Mount Vernon Christian (100), Clallam Bay (67), and Crescent (7) rounded out the race.

Sandahl blazed to wins in the 800 and 1600, Roberts notched triumphs in the 100 hurdles and high jump, and Kortuem doubled her pleasure by claiming titles in the 400 and pole vault.

Catherine Lhamon also claimed first in the 3200 on mom Helene’s birthday, while the CHS 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay squads couldn’t be caught.

Those units were comprised of Roberts, Kortuem, and the quicksilver Hoskins sisters, Ja’Kenya and Ja’Tarya.

On the boy side, Coupeville nabbed wins in the 100 (Jean Lund-Olsen) and 400 (Danny Conlisk), while claiming third in the team race.

Mount Vernon Christian topped that battle with 166 points, staying well ahead of Cedar Park (128), Coupeville (92), Clallam Bay (50), and Crescent.

Lummi had a handful of athletes competing, but didn’t score in either team race.

After two meets in three days, Coupeville is now off until April 11.

The Wolves won’t have to go far for that meet, as they will once again be home, with King’s and Cedar Park scheduled to come to Whidbey.


Complete Saturday results:



100 — Mikaela Labrador (5th) 15.49 *PR*

200 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (3rd) 29.33 *PR*

400 — Mallory Kortuem (1st) 1:00.65 *PR*

800 — Lucy Sandahl (1st) 2:44.57

1600 — Sandahl (1st) 5:59.64; Catherine Lhamon (2nd) 6:00.53 *PR*

3200 — Lhamon (1st) 13:31.69

100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (1st) 16.68

300 Hurdles — Ja’Tarya Hoskins (3rd) 55.68

4 x 100 Relay — Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Kortuem, Roberts (1st) 52.88

4 x 200 Relay — Roberts, Kortuem, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Ja’Kenya Hoskins (1st) 1:51.23

Shot Put — Raven Vick (6th) 21-02 *PR*; Aurora Cernick (7th) 20-02.50; Megan Behan (8th) 19-11 *PR*

Discus — Cernick (3rd) 66-05 *PR*; Willow Vick (5th) 62-05; R. Vick (6th) 60-04 *PR*; Behan (8th) 53-05

Javelin — R. Vick (3rd) 85-06; Cernick (6th) 63-09 *PR*; W. Vick (8th) 59-03; Behan (9th) 57-03; M. Labrador (12th) 39-00

High Jump — Roberts (1st) 4-11 *PR*

Pole Vault — Kortuem (1st) 7-00

Long Jump — M. Labrador (2nd) 12-09.50 *PR*



100 — Jean Lund-Olsen (1st) 11.61; Lucious Halstead (7th) 13.11

200 — Danny Conlisk (2nd) 23.88; Halstead (7th) 26.28 *PR*; Kyle Burnett (9th) 26.53

400 — Conlisk (1st) 51.76; Tiger Johnson (5th) 57.74 *PR*

110 Hurdles — Jakobi Baumann (3rd) 20.94

300 Hurdles — Baumann (4th) 50.76

4 x 400 Relay — Halstead, Johnson, Baumann, Conlisk (3rd) 3:57.54

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (2nd) 39-09.50; Keahi Sorrows (3rd) 39-02; Chris Battaglia (4th) 37-07; Elijah Okaruru (17th) 27-03 *PR*

Discus — Battaglia (5th) 104-09; Sorrows (6th) 104-04 *PR*; R. Labrador (9th) 97-03; Brian Casey (18th) 73-04; Okaruru (19th) 65-04

Javelin — Battaglia (2nd) 134-01; Baumann (10th) 77-00 *PR*; Okaruru (12th) 68-03; Casey (13th) 61-04

High Jump — Koa Davison (2nd) 5-04

Pole Vault — Burnett (2nd) 7-06

Long Jump — Baumann (5th) 15-03 *PR*

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