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Coupeville senior Sean Toomey-Stout strides out of football season, and heads towards basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One team left standing.

Coupeville High School boys tennis, girls soccer, and now football have wrapped their seasons, leaving just CHS volleyball still in action.

Plus, lone Wolf cross country runner Catherine Lhamon, who leaves her squad behind to compete at the 1A state meet next weekend.

While the Coupeville junior has one race left to run, her school’s volleyball team faces a busy week ahead.

The Wolf spikers play two more matches at the district tourney Tuesday, an event which they host.

Win at least one of those, and Coupeville moves on to bi-districts, which plays out next Thursday and Saturday.

After that, there’s the possibility of state for volleyball, while winter and basketball loom on the horizon.

As we begin to transition seasons, a last look at the league standings, through the games of November 2:


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s 10-0 16-0
Coupeville 8-2 14-3
CPC-Bothell 5-5 10-8
South Whidbey 4-6 5-11
Sultan 2-8 8-11
Granite Falls 1-9 4-11


North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 3-1 7-2
King’s 3-1 4-5
Coupeville 0-0 5-4
Granite Falls 2-2 3-6
South Whidbey 2-2 6-3
Sultan 0-4 1-8

**CHS football played an independent schedule and had no league games.**


North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 9-1 14-4-0
South Whidbey 9-1 15-2-1
CPC-Bothell 5-5 10-7-0
Granite Falls 5-5 9-9-0
Coupeville 2-9 3-13-2
Sultan 1-10 1-14-2

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 12-1 12-1
University Prep 12-1 12-1
Overlake 8-5 8-5
Bear Creek 7-7 7-7
Eastside Prep 3-7 3-7
Bush 3-9 3-9
Coupeville 3-11 4-11
South Whidbey 3-11 3-11

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Avalon Renninger is one of Coupeville’s top returning hoops stars. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.met)

Hawthorne Wolfe led the Wolf boys in scoring last year as a freshman.

The countdown to hard-court mania begins.

The Coupeville High School basketball teams take the floor for the first day of practice Monday, Nov. 18, with the season-opening games two weeks later.

Both the Wolf girls and boys are currently scheduled to play more than 50% of their regular season games away from Cow Town, with the girls taking a bigger hit.

Playing for new coaches Scott Fox and Megan Smith, who replace the retired David and Amy King, the CHS girls get just seven of 18 games on their home floor.

Meanwhile, the Wolf boys, who will operate under returning coaches Brad Sherman and Chris Smith, get nine of 19 at their place.

Doubleheaders will play a large role, as there are 11 scheduled – five at home, six on the road.

And last, but not least, there’s a weird quirk to the league schedule.

King’s, which has two teams intent on playing for state titles, approached the other five North Sound Conference schools and proposed playing just one league game with each, instead of the normal two.

That would allow the Knights to stuff their schedule with large-school rivals such as Rainier Beach and Tumwater, which, in theory would better prepare King’s for the postseason run.

On the girls side, all five schools accepted, leaving King’s to play just five league games, while everyone else will compete in nine.

Two schools on the boys side – South Whidbey and Cedar Park Christian – declined, however, and will still play home-and-away with the Knights.

So, that leaves Coupeville, Sultan, and Granite Falls with nine league games, King’s with seven, and the South Whidbey and Cedar Park boys as the only teams with the full 10 contests.

The change affects only basketball.

With that said, here’s an up to the moment look at CHS varsity basketball schedules.


To stay up to date, you can always check:







Tues-Dec. 3 — @Darrington (5:00)
Wed-Dec. 4 — @Oak Harbor (5:40)
Sat-Dec. 7 — Orcas Island (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 11 — @Friday Harbor (4:30)
Fri-Dec. 13 — Concrete (5:15)
Sat-Dec. 14 — @Bush (12:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — @Sultan (6:45) *
Thur-Dec. 19 — @Port Townsend (6:00)
Sat-Dec. 21 — Nooksack Valley (1:00)
Fri-Jan. 3 — @Chimacum (5:45)
Tues-Jan. 7 — Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 14 — @Granite Falls (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (5:00) *
Tues-Jan. 28 — @King’s (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (6:45) *
Tues-Feb. 4 — South Whidbey (6:45) *



Tues-Dec. 3 — @Darrington (6:45)
Wed-Dec. 4 — @Oak Harbor (7:15)
Sat-Dec. 7 — Orcas Island (5:00)
Wed-Dec. 11 — @Friday Harbor (6:00)
Fri-Dec. 13 — Concrete (7:00)
Sat-Dec. 14 — @Bush (3:00)
Tues-Dec. 17 — Chimacum (7:30)
Thur-Dec. 19 — Port Townsend (6:00)
Sat-Dec. 21 — Nooksack Valley (2:45)
Fri-Jan. 3 — @Chimacum (7:30)
Tues-Jan. 7 — @Granite Falls (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 10 — Sultan (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 14 — Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 17 — @South Whidbey (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 21 — @King’s (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 24 — @Cedar Park Christian (6:45) *
Tues-Jan. 28 — South Whidbey (6:45) *
Fri-Jan. 31 — Granite Falls (6:45) *
Tues-Feb. 4 — @Sultan (6:45) *

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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.

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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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Cristina McGrath is in the zone at the North Sound Conference Cross Country Championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Eli Kastner goes about his work with a smile.

Claire Mayne comes pounding down the backstretch, shadowed by teammate Alana Mihill.

The Wolf boys break from the line.

Aidan Wilson is in a hurry to get where he’s going.

Mihill charges for the finish line.

Sam Wynn gets the hair bouncing as he strides across the grass.

Coupeville’s girls attack as a pack.

The trail is never-ending, and so are the photos.

As the Coupeville High School cross country squad winds its way through the final weeks of the season, Lakewood was the destination this past Saturday, with the league title on the line.

Popping up, camera at the ready, was John Fisken, who wandered off of Whidbey for the day in search of photo ops.

The pics above are courtesy him, but are just the start of what he shot.

To see everything, and maybe purchase some glossies for grandma, pop over to:


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Freshman Scott Hilborn is part of the first CHS football team to post a winning season since 2005. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf volleyball team is a sweet 12-2 headed into its regular-season finale. (Brian Vick photo)

History was made last week, but we’re not done yet.

The Coupeville High School football team clinched the first winning season by the program since 2005, while the Wolf girls soccer squad captured its first-ever playoff win.

As we count down the final days of October, then veer into the first days of November, there’s a lot less games to play, but those that remain mean a lot more.

The Wolf booters play a loser-out game at Cedar Park Christian Monday.

Win, and two more games pop up on the schedule, with road tilts Wednesday and Saturday against yet-to-be-determined foes.

Football closes its season Friday on the road in Bellevue against Interlake, while cross country runs Saturday at the district meet in Langley.

CHS tennis has already wrapped its season, while Wolf volleyball still has a ways to go.

The spikers cap the regular season Monday in Sultan, then kick off district play with two matches Saturday in Lynden.

As we prepare for at least one more week of action-packed fall sports, a look at where we are at the moment.


North Sound Conference volleyball:

School League Overall
King’s 9-0 13-0
Coupeville 7-2 12-2
CPC-Bothell 5-4 10-5
South Whidbey 4-5 5-8
Sultan 2-7 6-9
Granite Falls 0-9 3-11


North Sound Conference football:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 2-1 6-2
King’s 2-1 3-5
South Whidbey 2-1 6-2
Coupeville 0-0 5-3
Granite Falls 2-2 3-5
Sultan 0-3 1-7

**CHS football is playing an independent schedule and has no league games.**


North Sound Conference girls soccer:

School League Overall
King’s 9-1 12-4-0
South Whidbey 9-1 13-1-1
CPC-Bothell 5-5 8-6-0
Granite Falls 5-5 8-7-0
Coupeville 2-9 3-12-2
Sultan 1-10 1-14-2

Emerald City League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Seattle Academy 12-1 12-1
University Prep 12-1 12-1
Overlake 8-5 8-5
Bear Creek 7-7 7-7
Eastside Prep 3-7 3-7
Bush 3-9 3-9
Coupeville 3-11 4-11
South Whidbey 3-11 3-11

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