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Coupeville coach Cris Matochi teaches a next gen star the finer points of volleyball. (Phoenix Da Costa-Ford photos)

The love of the game is already in place.

A pack of future Wolf volleyball stars flooded the Coupeville High School gym for a recent skills camp put on by CHS coaches and players.

The young guns, who hail from K-6, are just learning the finer points of the sport, but already showing the enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge which produces winners.

Plus, the lil’ spikers are getting used to having Wolf Moms snap pics as they play, preparing them for the spotlights of tomorrow.

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Yesterday and today’s Coupeville volleyball stars pass on their love of the game to tomorrow’s spikers. (Phoenix Da Costa-Ford photos)

Tomorrow’s stars already own the gym.

Coupeville High School volleyball coaches and players kicked off a series of skills camps, and first up was the K-6 group, as seen in the pics above and below.

They’re coming for all your titles. All of them, I said.

Wolf ace Issabel Johnson inspires the players who will come after her.

Grey Peabody sets up a young gun for the spike.

CHS volleyball guru Cory Whitmore (in red), gets everyone fired up.

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Wolf softball raffled off gift baskets to raise money. (Susan Farris photo)

Three Coupeville High School athletic teams combined to raise more than $1,700 for the fight against cancer.

Numbers released by the WhidbeyHealth Foundation show the Wolf softball program brought in $663 for the MAC Patient Goodwill Fund with its April 1 Strike Out Cancer game.

That money goes towards quality coffee and comfort items for patients receiving treatment in the hospital’s MAC clinic.

Softball’s successful slugfest follows on the heels of fundraisers run by girls’ soccer and volleyball last fall.

The booters and spikers combined to bring in $1,063 for the Foundation Mastectomy Basket Fund, which is used for post-surgery patient gift baskets.

“The foundation is very grateful to the CHS teams and their dedicated parents for supporting our community and healthcare on Whidbey!” said Foundation Assistant Heather Tenore.


For more info on the work done by the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, pop over to:

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There’s something for everyone.

Coupeville High School and Middle School volleyball coaches and players are planning three skills camps for summer action.

Children entering grades K-6 can take part in one camp, while there are two separate camps for those headed to grades 7-12.

Money raised by the camps benefits CHS volleyball, and will help cover things such as tournament fees, jerseys, and updating equipment.

“Very excited to keep this annual event going,” said high school spiker guru Cory Whitmore.

All the pertinent information can be found in the photos above and below, so take a gander.


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Big hitters Lyla (left) and Tenley Stuurmans, always killin’ it on the volleyball court. (Photo courtesy Scott Stuurmans)

Sister, my sister, let the spikes fly.

Coupeville siblings Lyla and Tenley Stuurmans continue to shine on the volleyball court, whether wearing school or club uniforms.

The dynamic duo and their SIVA Blue South team, which plays out of Burlington, swept to a championship win at last weekend’s Tulip Festival Tournament in Skagit Valley.

The Stuurmans sisters, and their associates, won two matches Saturday, Apr. 1, and four more the following day to claim first-place in the U16 Gold division.

Club volleyball runs for two more months, with Lyla and Tenley scheduled to play in several more tourneys.

They’ll wrap the season with an appearance at the Emerald City Classic at the University of Washington May 27-29.

SIVA Blue South features a strong group of coach’s daughters, with the offspring of La Conner’s Pam Keller and Sedro-Woolley’s Shawna Tesarik joining the Stuurmans sisters, whose mom, Sarah, has had great success coaching Coupeville and Oak Harbor teams in multiple sports.

Playing club volleyball, especially off of Whidbey Island, has made the siblings step out of their comfort zone and learn to adapt to new responsibilities and positions.

Tenley, who is just 12, is “playing up” with most of her teammates being several years older, while Lyla has been a plug-and-play whirlwind, stepping in to take the place of missing teammates, often with little prior notice.

All while juggling multiple sports, as school track and field runs parallel with club volleyball.

Lyla, a sophomore at Coupeville High School, is currently the fastest 400 female runner in the 2B classification, while Tenley, a 7th grader, is expected to be one of the frontrunners for the middle school squad.

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