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Trinity McGee (center, in headband) and associates lead off a collection of pics showing Wolf fans in their natural habitat – the gym. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The fans have claimed the spotlight.

In between snapping pics of basketball action this winter, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken has also snagged an assortment of photos depicting the wide world of Wolf supporters.

They put the fan in fantastic.

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Lucy Sandahl ripped five aces Monday, sparking Coupeville to a big win. (Brian Vick photos)

They closed like killers.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team wasn’t flawless Monday night in Sultan, but it was ruthless when it mattered most.

Wrapping up all three frames with a bang, the Wolves swept the Turks in straight sets, a cut above the team’s first meeting, when it took Coupeville four sets to escape with the W.

Winning 25-23, 25-17, 25-18, CHS put a bow on its regular season, finishing 8-2 in North Sound Conference play, 13-2 overall.

The Wolves claimed 2nd place in their six-team league for the second-straight season, with their only losses to King’s, which is ranked #2 in 1A headed into the playoffs.

The postseason begins with the district tournament, which runs Nov. 2 and 5.

As the #2 seed from the North Sound Conference, Coupeville opens against the #3 team from the Northwest Conference, which should be Nooksack Valley or Meridian.

To see the bracket, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3120&sport=10

With 13 wins heading into the playoffs, this year’s team has tied the 2017 Wolves for the second-most victories in a single season in program history.

The all-time record of 14 wins was set by the 2004 CHS squad.

Hannah Davidson (left) and Emma Mathusek are 13-2 heading into the playoffs.

Now 48-18 under Cory Whitmore over the past four seasons, the senior-dominated Wolves came out with a roar Monday, jumping out to a quick 9-2 lead in the opening set.

With Zoe Trujillo dancing and firing darts at the service line, setting up big kills for herself, Maya Toomey-Stout, and Maddie Vondrak, Coupeville was rolling.

And then the wheels on the car started to wobble, while thankfully not completely falling off.

Playing with emotion on their Senior Night, the Turks came roaring all the way back to snatch the lead away at 18-17, then twice stretched the margin out to two points.

While that might not sound like a lot, it felt like it in the moment, as Coupeville, despite big plays from numerous players, couldn’t seem to get back in gear.

Facing a 22-20 deficit, and the very real possibility of dropping the opening set, the Wolves finally found the key.

It was in the hand of senior Lucy Sandahl, who bounded off the bench, twirled the volleyball across her palm, then lit the Turks up.

A genuinely nasty service ace, which left a noticeable burn mark on the hand of the Sultan player unlucky enough to try and return it (or so I’d like to think), kicked things off.

Not letting up, Sandahl kept pouring heat out of her cannon of a serving arm, and the Turks melted under the onslaught.

One bad hit pulled Sultan back within 24-23 for a hot second, but then Toomey-Stout came strolling along, shaking her head in a silent “not gonna happen” moment.

Rising up from the ground like a phoenix reborn, “The Gazelle” tore the cover off the ball on set point, her kill ripping cross court and burying itself in the gym wall, never to be pulled back out again.

After that, the momentum had definitely shifted towards the young women in the black uniforms, which greatly pleased the large contingent of Wolf fans who made the trek to the hinterlands of Sultan.

“Take that one!” whispered Craig Trujillo, and, down on the floor, his daughter Zoe responded, elevating and lashing a frozen rope of a winner.

Zoe Trujillo brought her A-game, delivering five kills, two aces, and seven digs.

“Blow the gym up, baby!!” screamed Lisa Toomey (OK, maybe I’m paraphrasing on this one, but I think I’m close…) and, down on the floor, Maya Toomey-Stout dropped a few nuclear bombs disguised as kills.

With Scout Smith bobbing and weaving, firing up graceful sets for her big hitters to wallop, then running and diving, scraping balls off the floor, freeze-framing the Turks, before twisting in mid-air to flick winners off her fingertips, mom Charlotte Young nodded ever so slightly.

“Girl’s OK … I guess.”

And then she smiled the big smile of a mom whose heart soars each time her offspring dazzles and delights.

Which is often.

While the second set went back and forth, with seven ties, Coupeville never trailed, thanks to big plays from freshman Lucy Tenore, stuffing a would-be kill, and senior Hannah Davidson, ruthlessly dominating at the net.

With Sultan still hanging around at 19-17, Toomey-Stout dropped the hammer, reeling off six straight points on serve – the final coming on a dramatic ace which snagged the top of the net, then flopped over, falling to the ground and piercing the heart of everyone in Turk Nation.

After the comeback in set #1, and the often-tense action of set #2, the final set was almost anticlimactic, but in a good way for the Wolves and their fans.

Up early, up big, and never really pushed, Coupeville relied on big serving from Trujillo, Sandahl, and Raven Vick, plus tons more bashin’ of the ball from Toomey-Stout, Davidson, and Vondrak to close out the evening.

Sultan fought hard to stay alive, holding off four-straight match points at the end, but its fate was already written.

Putting an appropriate cap on things, Trujillo whipped a cross-court kill, a slicer ‘n dicer of a shot, to end things and send the Wolf faithful to the exits with smiles on their faces.

Toomey-Stout (16 kills), Smith (27 assists), Sandahl (five aces), and Trujillo (seven digs) topped the stat line, with Smith and Tenore each collecting a block.

“Playoffs, here we come!!”

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Volleyball dad Brian Vick gets his own moment in the spotlight. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Energy and giddiness crackles through the CHS varsity starters as they prepare to shower the student section with free candy.

Lisa Toomey and Beth Stout bask in the awesomeness of their children.

Scout Smith flips a note-perfect pass to a waiting hitter.

Soccer stars (l to r) Natalie Hollrigel, Tia Wurzrainer, and Genna Wright spread some love.

Wolf legend Sherry Roberts (left) catches up with Mallory and Heather Kortuem.

Jordyn Rogers flies into action.

Maddie “The Mad Masher” Vondrak arrives, ready to pound the very life out of the volleyball.

Trying to keep up with the camera can be a full-time job.

With tons of stories springing from my typing fingers in the past few days, there was bound to be a million or so pictures, hot off of John Fisken’s camera, which I hadn’t gotten around to using yet.

The eight you see above, a mix of on and off court action from a recent CHS volleyball match against Granite Falls, gets me at least partially caught-up.

For the moment, at least.

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Emma Mathusek is dressed to honor the battle against breast cancer. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Vivian Farris keeps the Coupeville offense flowing.

Wolf mom Maria Reyes models some catchy eye-wear.

Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Maddie Vondrak (pink glove) turn wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken pink to honor the memory of his late sister Mary.

Hannah Davidson gets artful at the net.

CHS soccer star Tia Wurzrainer gets an A+ for her artwork.

Taygin Jump with the bump.

9-1 on the season, with killer grades and a great sense of community spirit.

The Mad Masher gets dramatic, as Maddie Vondrak brings the heat.

It was a special night for Coupeville High School volleyball.

All three Wolf spiker squads won their home matches against Sultan Wednesday, but there was more going on then just a sports contest.

CHS joined hundreds of other schools in hosting a Dig Pink Night, raising money and awareness for the ongoing battle against breast cancer.

Photographer John Fisken, who lost his sister Mary to the disease, took a moment to put the camera down and honor her memory by turning his silky, silvery locks and beard a bright shade of pink.

Before and after, he hefted his cameras and caught a mix of on and off court action, some of which you can see above.

To see more of his work, and possibly buy some glossies for grandma, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball/VB-2019-10-09-vs-Sultan/

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Maddie Vondrak celebrates another kill Saturday, as Coupeville pounds Orcas Island. (Brian Vick photos)

7-0 and headed home for a huge rumble with King’s.

It was a nice warm-up.

Perhaps playing with one eye on the mega match-up awaiting it, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad made short work of host Orcas Island Saturday afternoon.

Using everyone in uniform, the Wolves stuffed their foes in short order, ringing up a 25-7, 25-15, 25-9 win.

The victory lifts CHS to 7-0, the second-best start in program history behind the 10 wins the 2004 squad began their season with.

Pursuit of win #8 in a row will require a mammoth effort, however, as Coupeville faces a major test Monday when King’s (6-0) comes to town.

The Wolves and Knights sit in a tie atop the North Sound Conference with 3-0 league records, and both teams have blitzed opponents.

Coupeville has won 21 of 23 sets, dropping just a single frame to Cedar Park Christian and Anacortes, while King’s is 18-2, giving up a set to Lakeside and Skyline.

It’s the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams, with a second match in Shoreline Oct. 24.

King’s is the defending league champs, and claimed 3rd place at state in 2018, while Coupeville was conference runner-up last season.

Tip-off Monday is 7 PM in the CHS gym, with JV and C-Team action at 5:15.

While the long trip to Orcas on a weekend day could have made for a potential stumbling block for the Wolves, they quickly tossed that scenario out the window.

Senior captains Scout Smith (27 assists, four service aces, two kills) and Maya Toomey-Stout (10 kills, six aces, four digs) paced the attack.

Zoe Trujillo and Chelsea Prescott rang up eight kills apiece, while Maddie Vondrak pounded six, and freshman Lucy Tenore collected four.

Coupeville was deadly at the service stripe all day, with Vondrak (four aces), Willow Vick (4), Kylie Chernikoff (1), and Raven Vick (1) all chipping in from the line.

Emma Mathusek pulled six digs off the floor, Lucy Sandahl went low for three more, while Vondrak and Tenore soared high at the net to collect a block apiece.

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