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Raven (left) and Willow Vick – bright, shining superstars. (Maria Reyes photo)

Kindness matters.

Long after the memories of their high school athletic achievements fade, Willow and Raven Vick will be remembered for the grace they showed others.

Through their schools days in Coupeville, from little tots to whip-smart high school grads, the twins amazed and dazzled.

As they grew up, they each found their own path, forged their own personalities, reached their own goals.

But, together or apart, they have one thing very much in common — the way they treat those around them, in good times and bad.

Willow and Raven benefit from having great parents, and Brian and Maria have much to be proud of when they watch their daughters.

That extends to the community which has helped shape them, and been shaped, in a very positive way, by the duo.

As they have followed their path through Cow Town, the Vick sisters have excelled in the classroom, in the music world, and on the sports field.

Always up for a photo shoot with dad. (Brian Vick photo)

They both played volleyball, finishing their prep careers as part of a highly-successful Wolf team which tied the program record for wins a year ago.

Coupeville started 12-1, won 14 matches in all, and claimed its fourth-straight top-two league finish and 10+ win season.

Along the way, the Wolves benefited from Raven’s crackling serves and Willow’s hustle and heart.

While the Vicks were denied a senior track and field season by the COVID-19 shutdown, they both took advantage of their time at the oval in previous seasons.

Raven celebrates after a successful track meet. (Brian Vick photo)

As a junior, Raven threw the shot put, discus, and javelin, competing in the league championships in all three events, and making it to bi-districts in the latter event.

Willow rounded out what would turn out to be her final track season by vying in the discus and javelin as well, along with performances in the 1600 and long jump.

And, like her sister, she qualified for the North Sound Conference Championships in three events.

Earlier in her track career, Willow, who also played for a Central Whidbey Little League juniors softball squad which went 13-3, made a splash.

As a freshman, she bounded past the competition to claim the title in the high jump at the Olympic League JV Championships.

Willow, ready to crank it. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

So, there’s ribbons, and memories, and moments which mattered to Willow and Raven, and to their family, and to their fans.

Add in all the high points in the classroom and with a musical instrument in hand, and you have a pair of young women who exemplify a lot of really great attributes.

They’re strong, they’re committed, they’re smart, they carry themselves with a sense of grace.

But, and in a world where things are out of sorts and 10,000 different versions of suck, Willow and Raven are kind.

Not because they have to be, but because they want to be.

I have seen it in public, with how they interact with their teammates on the court and around the track oval, and I have seen it in private, while sharing a car with them while driving back from volleyball postseason tournaments.

They are the same serene spirits when people are watching, and when they aren’t, and that goes a long way to why I have been so impressed with the twins.

So today, as the duo jointly celebrate their 19th birthday, I want to give back at least a little to them by inducting them into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

After this, if you pop up to the top of the blog, under the Legends tab, you’ll find them there.

Our Hall of Fame, since it’s picked by one person, has no set rules for who gets through the doors.

Sometimes, selection is for awe-inspiring play and big stats. Other times, it’s for being the absolute best you can be, in whatever way you can be.

Willow and Raven make Coupeville a better place. It’s as simple as that.

Through their actions over the years, the twins have soared as high as any prep athletes I have written about, and I know, without a doubt, their accomplishments in the future will likely be extraordinary.

So, Miss Vick, and Miss Vick, thank you.

Thank you for choosing to reach for greatness, and for always being the best of what Coupeville has to offer.

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Lucy Sandahl leads off a final batch of CHS volleyball portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jessica Ross-McMahon

Willow Vick

Krimson Rector

Zoe Trujillo

Wolf juniors (l to r) Kylie Chernikoff, Maddie Vondrak, and Chelsea Prescott.

Emma Mathusek

We’ve got time for a little more face time.

While the Coupeville High School volleyball season has come to a close, I still have a handful of portraits which I haven’t run yet on the blog.

So, some light reading for your Friday morning.

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Willow Vick, here competing in the javelin in an earlier meet, set a PR Thursday in the discus. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Logan Martin (right) also set a personal best in the discus, as Coupeville High School track and field competed in an eight-team meet at King’s.

They rose to the occasion.

Competing at an eight-team meet Thursday at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline, the Coupeville High School track and field squad came away with four wins and 21 PR’s.

The Wolves finished third in the girls team standings, and fourth in the boys, while host King’s claimed both team titles.

South Whidbey, Bellevue Christian, Grace Academy, Mount Vernon Christian, La Conner and Shoreline Christian rounded out the field.

Leading Coupeville were individual winners Mallory Kortuem (400), Danny Conlisk (400), Jean Lund-Olsen (100) and Ryan Labrador (shot put).

Emma Smith (shot put), Lund-Olsen (200), Koa Davison (high jump), Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles and high jump), and both girls relay teams claimed 2nd place finishes.

Coupeville gets right back at it in two days, hosting a meet Saturday at Mickey Clark Field. Things kick off at 11 AM.

 

Complete Thursday results:

 

GIRLS:

100 — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (13th) 14.26 *PR*; Mikaela Labrador (24th) 15.74 *PR*

400 — Mallory Kortuem (1st) 1:02.29

800 — Lucy Sandahl (9th) 2:45.71

1600 — Catherine Lhamon (4th) 6:08.82; Sandahl (5th) 6:09.02; Alana Mihill (7th) 6:35.48 *PR*

100 Hurdles — Roberts (2nd) 16.06; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (11th) 21.89

4 x 100 Relay — Ja’Kenya Hoskins, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Kortuem, Roberts (2nd) 52.75

4 x 200 Relay — Roberts, Kortuem, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Ja’Kenya Hoskins (2nd) 1:51.42

Shot Put — Emma Smith (2nd) 30-11; Aurora Cernick (12th) 20-04; Megan Behan (15th) 18-09

Discus — Willow Vick (9th) 66-00 *PR*; Smith (10th) 65-07; Cernick (15th) 60-01 *PR*; Behan (25th) 45-01

Javelin — Behan (10th) 65-04 *PR*; Cernick (14th) 59-00 *PR*; W. Vick (16th) 58-00; Mihill (19th) 50-10 *PR*; MLabrador (20th) 44-01 *PR*

High Jump — Roberts (2nd) 4-10 *PR*

Long Jump — M. Labrador (13th) 12-06 *PR*

 

BOYS:

100 — Jean Lund-Olsen (1st) 11.43; Lucious Halstead (15th) 12.92 *PR*; Chris Ruck (20th) 13.15 *PR*

200 — Lund-Olsen (2nd) 22.96 *PR*; Danny Conlisk (3rd) 23.26; Halstead (10th) 26.47 *PR*; Ruck (22nd) 27.99

400 — Conlisk (1st) 50.63; Tiger Johnson (10th) 58.39 *PR*

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (1st) 39-03; Keahi Sorrows (3rd) 36-11; Chris Battaglia (6th) 36-00; Brian Casey (15th) 31-04; Logan Martin (15th) 31-04; Elijah Okaruru (24th) 26-07 *PR*

Discus — R. Labrador (5th) 101-02; Sorrows (6th) 100-10 *PR*; Battaglia (7th) 99-04; Martin (10th) 94-05 *PR*; Casey (22nd) 77-05 *PR*; Okaruru (29th) 64-07

Javelin — Battaglia (5th) 124-06; Okaruru (34th) 65-03; Casey (35th) 62-03

High Jump — Koa Davison (2nd) 5-07 *PR*

Long Jump — Ruck (13th) 14-08

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Freshman Kylie Van Velkinburgh and the Coupeville JV volleyball squad played strongly Saturday at a tourney in Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No fear.

Playing against much-bigger schools Saturday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad more than held its own at a tournament in Oak Harbor.

The Wolves, repping one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, went spike-to-spike with rivals from larger classifications, ultimately winning five of nine sets.

CHS finished second in pool play, sweeping two sets from 2A Cedarcrest, while splitting sets with 3A Marysville Pilchuck and 4A Mount Vernon.

Advancing on to the single-elimination championship bracket, the Wolves pushed 4A Kamiak to the brink before bowing out in a hard-fought three-set rumble.

“Good tournament for the JV,” said Coupeville coach Chris Smith. “Overall good play from our team.”

Lucy Sandahl, Zoe Trujillo, Maddie Vondrak and the rampaging Vick sisters, Raven and Willow, carried the team on their back, but Smith was able to give quality floor time to everyone in uniform.

Anya Leavell and Abby Mullholland split time at middle while Jaimee Masters and Abby Meyers shared time at libero.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Ivy Leedy pulled duty on the front row, with Noelle Daigneault firing away from the service stripe.

The stat sheet was fairly balanced, with Trujillo (16 kills, nine digs and seven aces), Sandahl (36 assists, 15 aces) and Vondrak (15 kills, 6 digs) topping the charts.

Raven Vick whacked seven kills and went low for eight digs, while Willow Vick accumulated four kills, three digs and six aces.

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   Sophomore sensation Raven Vick (right) hangs with Wolf super mom Dawnelle Conlisk Wednesday at a track meet in North Mason. (Photos courtesy Conlisk)

   Waiting for the ferry on a beautiful early spring day (you know, back in that time before a rainy winter returned).

Abby Parker finds her inner bliss.

Coupeville track parents are always up for a road trip.

Lauren Bayne enjoys her day.

In our modern, go-go world, we expect everything super fast.

Maybe I’ve been spoiled, but with high school track teams using Athletic.net to post their results in recent years, I’ve grown used to stats popping up almost as soon as the meet is done.

Not so this week, as Coupeville’s trek to North Mason Wednesday for a four-team meet continues to go unreported.

The word on the street is the hosts had $55,000 in timing equipment — and yet, here we sit, an ungodly 24 hours after said meet (I know, I know…) without a whisper of a word on the results.

Athletic.net currently shows a whopping four guys from Port Townsend in the 400, and that’s it.

While I self-righteously say, “Boo,” some track pics to keep your mind off the greatest injustice since … well … that last time I got self-righteous.

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