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Lucy (in red) and Sophie Sandahl, back in 2019. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophie and Lucy Sandahl aren’t afraid to cross oars with anyone.

The Coupeville sisters took to the water Saturday, helping NCAA D-II Seattle Pacific University vie in one of the premier rowing events in Washington state.

The Sandahl siblings and their Falcon teammates participated in the Windermere Cup regatta, which went down on the Montlake Cut in Seattle and celebrates the opening day of boating season.

SPU’s open eight boat, with Lucy as coxswain and big sis Sophie rowing from the bow, gave regatta host University of Washington a strong push in their race before finishing second.

The Huskies compete for a D-I rowing program with a long tradition of excellence, but the Sandahls — in a boat with six novice college rowers — stayed close.

The Falcons zipped across the 2,000-meter course in seven minutes, 38.14 seconds.

Coupeville’s finest were joined on the journey by teammates Megan Rouse, Bella Sangston, Addie Clark, Meghan Rustemeyer, Nicole Svoboda, Ingrid Erickson, and Emma Ely.

Up next for SPU is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships May 14 at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Oregon.

When not in the boat, both Sandahl sisters are hard at work pursuing degrees.

Sophie is a junior studying art history, while Lucy, a sophomore, studies physiology.

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Emma Smith, back when she was tearing up the volleyball court at CHS. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can help send Emma Smith to the next level.

The Coupeville High School grad is currently playing club volleyball while attending the University of Washington.

Now the Huskies are looking to raise money to send two squads to the season-ending National Collegiate Volleyball Federation tournament in Phoenix, Arizona April 14-16.

U-Dub spikers need $15,000 to cover hotels, travel expenses, and entry fees, and have already topped $3,000 in a short time.

This will be the first NCVF tourney in three years, as the pandemic erased the last two national championships.

While the University of Washington funds its NCAA D-I volleyball program, club sports rely on the goodwill and bucks of Husky supporters who contribute to fundraisers.

The club volleyball program features two traveling teams, which compete in the Pacific Collegiate Volleyball Association, and a third squad which provides opportunities to beginners.

Smith, a four-year varsity player at Coupeville High School, is on the Husky B team, having been selected after tryouts which involved 150+ players.

During her time at CHS, she was an All-Conference pick and qualified for state tourneys in both volleyball and track and field.

A ferocious hitter from the middle blocker position, Smith was a team captain, a stat leader, and a ray of sunshine on the prairie.

An inductee into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, Emma kept her family’s proud athletic tradition in fine form, following in the large footsteps of aunt Joli, uncle Todd, dad Jesse, and Grandpa Steve.


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Prairie legend Emma Smith, back when she was smashing volleyballs as a high school player. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The former Wolf (fourth from right, back row), now plays for the University of Washington’s club volleyball program. (Photo courtesy Smith)

She’s still a prairie legend, just in a different uniform.

Emma Smith, who used to tear up the volleyball court at Coupeville High School, has returned to the sport, but at a higher level.

The former All-Conference spiker, who partnered with fellow captain Ashley Menges to lead the Wolves to the state tourney, is now playing club volleyball for the University of Washington.

Making a run at being selected for the program was a bit daunting, but Smith, one of three members of her family to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, stepped up to the challenge.

“Trying out was pretty overwhelming,” she said. “There were over 150 girls that showed up for two travel teams and it was so exciting but nerve wracking at the same time.

“I hadn’t played in twoish years, so I was rusty, and there were so many really good players,” Smith added.

She made the cut, however, reclaiming her role as a middle blocker and once again running wild on the court.

Instead of making high school rivals like South Whidbey weep salty tears — as Smith did back when she helped crush the Falcons on her 18th birthday — she’s now facing off with foes like Boise State, Montana State, Gonzaga, Oregon, and Washington State.

The Huskies club program plays in the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, and it has a creative schedule which is still unfolding for Smith and Co.

“Our schedule is all over the place because it’s pretty much a student run organization, but we play about one tournament a month in different locations,” she said.

Smith and her new teammates played a tourney in December at Gonzaga, where the Huskies claimed 2nd and 3rd place.

After a break, the U-Dub returns to action with two events in February, with one of those set to go down at Oregon State.

During her Coupeville High School days, Smith advanced to state in two sports, earning the trip in both volleyball and track and field.

During her senior track season in 2019, she went on a three-week tear, winning league, district, and bi-district titles in the shot put.

Once at state, Smith competed in both the shot put and discus.

Meanwhile, the Wolf volleyball team which went to the big dance her junior season marked the first time Coupeville spikers reached the promised land in 13 years.

A four-year varsity player in volleyball, Emma upheld a strong family tradition, following in the footsteps of her aunt, Joli Smith, a serene superstar from my Whidbey News-Times days.

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Sean Toomey-Stout (30) has traded Coupeville’s red and black for University of Washington purple and gold. (Chelle Herbruger photos)

He’s a Dawg.

Sean Toomey-Stout’s journey from Coupeville athletic sensation to being the future of University of Washington football continues.

Saturday brought the U-Dub season opener, and while a loss to Montana put a dampener on things in general, the mere sight of The Torpedo on the sidelines is enough to send a thrill through Cow Town fans.



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Coupeville grad Sean Toomey-Stout, now repping U-Dub football. (Photo courtesy Kwamane Bowens)

The Torpedo, ready to launch. (Photo property University of Washington football program)

Even Cougar fans may have to get a Husky jersey.

Piece by piece, day by day, practice by practice, Coupeville grad Sean Toomey-Stout continues to make a place for himself in the University of Washington football program.

Take a look at the U-Dub football roster — 2021 Football Roster – University of Washington Athletics (gohuskies.com) — and The Torpedo now has a mug shot, a bio, and a jersey number.

Plus they fixed his height and weight, giving him back the three inches and layers of muscle they originally failed to credit him with.

Toomey-Stout, who made it through as a walk-on, is on the roster for the upcoming fall season, and may play in the Husky Spring Game this Saturday.

“It’s a 50/50 chance that I will play,” he said. “Because I came so late I don’t know all the coverages yet, but the coaches said it’s definitely possible for me to play.”

From a 1A (now 2B) high school to a D1 football power — the journey continues.

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