Posts Tagged ‘Soccer’

Lillian and Amanda Stanwood

A nasty three-car accident Thursday has left a Coupeville family in need.

Amanda Stanwood, and her daughter Lillian, were hit in a head-on collision on Highway 20 in the vicinity of Dugualla Bay after another driver crossed the centerline.

Their car was pinned against the guardrail after the accident, and Amanda was one of three people involved transported to the hospital.

Seaside Spa and Salon owner Aaron Wiley, who is a family friend, posted this earlier today:


If you’re from Coupeville and a soccer family, chances are you know the Stanwood’s.

They personally mean a lot to me (Aaron) because they have been like family to my daughter and I since Emma was in diapers.

Their home has been her home away from home whenever she needed it, and our daughters will most certainly be lifelong friends. It’s just that kind of a bond.

Mandi & Lily were in that horrible wreck on North Whidbey this last Thursday. Hit head-on by an uninsured motorist who they think fell asleep at the wheel.

This family is the NICEST family I’ve ever met. They would give anyone the shirt off their backs and every last dime they had if someone was in need.

Mandi’s husband volunteers as a soccer coach and Mandi spends her time taking care of their household and helping all of her friends out when any of us are in a pinch with childcare.

They pour as much as they can into soccer for their daughter because it’s her outlet and is one of the things that has kept this sweet child sane through a terrible couple of years.

They travel off-Island multiple times a week for soccer camps and tournaments.

Now they are without a vehicle and not a lot of hope after this horrific car wreck that they miraculously walked away from … beaten up, cut up, bruised and shaken, but alive ❤️.

The paramedics were astounded they weren’t hurt any more than they were.

Please help them if you can. They need to purchase a car.

Thankfully they have been lent a vehicle to use temporarily from a friend until they can buy their own.

They need the stress taken off.

They may need help with medical bills because it’s unknown right now what their health insurance will cover.

Their car insurance was minimal and they don’t know what, if anything, it will cover to help them replace their car.

These are wonderful people and could really use some community support right now.


To help, pop over to:

Fundraiser by Melissa Talcott : Help the Stanwoods Recover from an Accident (gofundme.com)

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Chris Cernick

Two sports in one move.

Coupeville grad Chris Cernick continues to fine-tune his soccer skill set, working day in and day out on his moves, and posting the best ones on TikTok.

His latest captures the former Wolf using a pitch move to score two points on the basketball court.


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Sean LeVine with wife Joline and youngest daughter Izzy. (Photo poached from Joline LeVine)

Leading by example. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One of Whidbey Island’s most influential coaches is heading in a new direction.

Sean LeVine, who has helped shape the games and lives of hundreds of local soccer players over the past quarter-century, announced this week he was stepping away from being an active coach.

His statement:

This week I “retired” from coaching soccer on Whidbey Island — an endeavor I began in 1995 as my little brother’s team needed a coach.

For 26 years I have coached both boys and girls of all ages, including all three of my daughters.

There are no words I can put here that can adequately describe what these experiences have meant to me and my family.

Thank you to all the parents, coaches, board members, and players who have made this an overwhelmingly positive part of my life, and for offering soccer to the youth in our community year after year.

It has been an honor and privilege to have served by coaching kids in a sport I love.

LeVine, who is a paramedic with WhidbeyHealth in his non-soccer life, is a member of the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

He was inducted in 2015 as part of a particularly-impressive class which included Brad Sherman and Tyler King, among others.

During his time on the pitch, LeVine worked with numerous soccer squads, but his Whidbey Islanders girls teams had an especially-big impact.

Bringing together players from North, South, and Central Whidbey, including oldest daughter Micky, those teams went toe-to-toe with big-city clubs on a regular basis, winning frequently against top-level competition.

Sean LeVine was a master at bringing out the best in each player, while also devoting extensive time to making sure his proteges excelled away from the pitch.

Many of those Islanders, and countless other kids he coached, went on to attend college, some playing soccer, with a great deal of success.

LeVine was also one of the easiest coaches to work with, a guy who would shoot me detailed info and clever quotes even when he was likely tired after an early-morning wakeup, a long off-Island trek, and a series of games.

The continued growth of soccer in Coupeville is the result of a lot of people working their tails off, often without getting (or asking for) full credit.

People such as LeVine, Jim Copenhaver, Kyle Nelson, Reese and Michelle Cernick, Scott Rosenkranz, and Robert Wood — just to name a few — have been invaluable.

Whether this is really the end of his coaching career (he’s just hitting his mid-40’s, so a comeback is not out of the question) or just a cool-down period, LeVine leaves Whidbey soccer in a better place than he found it.

One of the legends, even if he blushes a bit when you call him that.

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Xavier Murdy charges into battle. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The fall belongs to La Conner, the school year to Coupeville.

We’ve made it through two of three seasons during this pandemic-fractured campaign, with winter sports set to kick off Monday and finish in mid-June.

Fall sports, which were played second and not first as normal, featured a very-competitive four-way battle for supremacy, with La Conner coming out with 17 varsity wins across volleyball, football, boys soccer, and girls soccer.

Cross country doesn’t have won/loss records, and boys tennis was cancelled after Friday Harbor chose not to play any sports this season.

The 17 wins was a big bounce back for the always-tough Braves, who won exactly zero games during spring sports.

But fall is La Conner’s sweet spot, thanks to a two-time defending state champ volleyball team which went 10-0 this time around, sweeping all 30 sets it played.

Mount Vernon Christian, paced by its title-winning girls soccer squad, was second with 15 fall varsity wins, followed by Orcas Island (13, with 10 from boys soccer), and Coupeville, which collected 12.

Concrete and Darrington were far back, with just two wins apiece, while Friday Harbor took the zero, cause you can’t win if you don’t play.

When we add fall and spring together, the Wolves, who went 25-3 in the spring while playing softball, baseball, and girls tennis, go back out in front, and by a lot.

With just basketball left to play — we don’t count wrestling, because CHS doesn’t wrestle, and this blog isn’t called, say, Darrington Sports — here’s the school year to date varsity win totals:

Coupeville — 37
Orcas Island — 20
La Conner — 17
Mount Vernon Christian — 16
Friday Harbor — 11
Darrington — 10
Concrete — 2


Final fall sports standings:


Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Orcas Island 10-0-0 10-0-0
MV Christian 4-2-0 4-2-0
CPC-Lynnwood 4-3-1 4-3-1
La Conner 3-4-1 3-4-1
PC Christian 3-5-1 3-5-1
Coupeville 1-5-0 1-5-0
Grace Academy 0-6-1 0-6-1


Northwest League football:

School League Overall
La Conner 3-1 4-1
Coupeville 2-1 3-2
Darrington 1-1 2-3
Concrete 0-3 0-5


Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 6-0-0 6-0-0
Coupeville 2-3-0 2-3-0
La Conner 0-5-0 0-5-0


Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
La Conner 10-0 10-0
Coupeville 6-3 6-3
MV Christian 5-4 5-4
Orcas Island 3-7 3-7
Concrete 2-8 2-8
Darrington 0-4 0-4

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Ryanne Knoblich leads off a collection of CHS fall sports portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Snap goes the camera, capturing the portraits which define a season.

As we head into the last week of fall sports, a collection of images featuring some of the Wolf athletes still hard at work.

They come to us from John Fisken, whose work can be found at:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


Nick Guay

Sofia Milasich

Isabel Johnson

Preston Epp

Gwen Crowder

Allie Lucero

Logan Martin

Mollie Bailey

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