When looking for who sits at the summit of Coupeville High School athletics, cast a gaze toward the twin peaks — Maya and Sean Toomey-Stout.
The senior siblings are about to enter their final season of Wolves sports and will undoubtedly add a little more sparkle to their already shining careers.
The twins are gifted with natural ability, but it is what they add to the mix that sets them above most other high school athletes.
“I am not going to do something — sports, a hobby, homework — to not succeed,” Sean said. “I am going to use all my ability; I am not going to cheat myself or my team.”
To be the best takes “perseverance in everything,” he added. “It’s our mindset.”
The pair are noted for their workouts and devotion to the weight room.
That devotion was evident last summer when the family went on a three-week vacation to visit an uncle in Hawaii. Sean joined a local fitness club to avoiding losing an edge in his condition.
“There are times I want to sit around and watch TV,” Maya said, “but I realize I can do that later after I work out.”
“I definitely love sports and I take it seriously,” she added. “You have to put in the work if you want to be good.”
The twins feed off each other, pushing the other to work harder.
“We are competitive in our family,” Sean said.
When one wants to go for a run, the other, not wanting to look like a slacker, joins.
They often “throw in a few insults” about being lazy to fire up the other, according to Maya.
That competitiveness carries over to the interscholastic arena.
“When we lose a race or game, we always want to come back stronger,” Maya said.
“We want to be better tomorrow than today,” Sean added.
The twins, children of Lisa Toomey and Beth Stout, are also more concerned with helping their sibling succeed than “doing their own thing,” Maya said.
Their success, they noted, comes from more than their abilities, work ethic and sibling rivalry.
“Our community, our parents, our friends, our coaches — they all shaped us,” Maya said. “They are all really supportive.”
Not surprisingly, both star in the classroom as well. Sean owns a 3.9 grade point average, Maya a 3.8.
Neither sibling has decided on a college. Sean would like to major in mechanical engineering and possibly play football. Maya wants a career in a medical field and “definitely wants to go to school in California.”
Here’s a quick rundown of each’s high school athletic highlights.
Maya: Volleyball — three varsity letters; team’s most improved player as a sophomore; team’s most valuable player as a junior and senior; and all-conference, first-team as a junior and senior.
Track: three varsity letters heading into this season, four conference titles in individual events, two conference relay titles, 10 appearances in state events, three state medals and four schools records (long jump, 17-0.25; 100, 12.74; 4×100 relay, 50.54; 4×200 relay, 1:46.13).
Sean: Football — four varsity letters; first-team, all conference running back, defensive back and specialist as a junior. (Coupeville played as an independent in football Sean’s senior season, but the North Sound Conference still named him first-team specialist and second-team defensive back out of respect for his abilities and to help him receive all-state honors).
Basketball — two varsity letters (missed sophomore season because of a football injury), team MVP as a junior, Wolf Way Player of the Year as a senior and all-league honorable mention as a junior.
Track — two varsity letters heading into this season; two-conference titles in individual events; three conference relay titles; five appearances in state events; and two state medals.
Here’s what some of their coaches had to say:
Maya’s volleyball coach Cory Whitmore, “Maya is the type of student/athlete that changes and elevates every aspect of a program. Our core covenants are attitude, competitiveness, effort and service, and Maya has embodied the qualities of each for years.
“Her leadership was by example, and (she has) a very warm, welcoming demeanor that inspired players around her. She has set the ultimate standard for what I would hope players aspire toward.
“We will miss having her in the gym, always bringing a fiery edge to her game, balanced with a deep love for the sport and her teammates.
“She leaves a legacy that will be remembered by younger players for years to come.
“On a personal level, Maya has meant a lot to me, always trusting in my direction for the program, communicating regularly and diving all-in. I’m so proud of how she has worked for all that she has achieved, and through lessons learned here, I know she will go on to do great things.”
Sean’s football coach Marcus Carr, “Sean is a high character young man and an extremely talented athlete. He leads more with his actions than his words, and he was extremely vital to the success of our football team achieving its first winning season in 14 years. His work ethic is outstanding — if it’s on the field or in the classroom, he gives 100 percent no matter what.
“It is my belief after getting to know him these last two years that he will be successful in the future no matter what career path he chooses to pursue. He is truly one the hardest working young men I have ever met.”
Sean’s basketball coach Brad Sherman, “Sean is a tremendous leader, with a work ethic that is really unmatched. He plays with a ton of heart every time he steps on the floor, and you always know he’s giving you everything he has in the tank.
“What maybe sets him apart most is his genuine humility. Sean is a team guy, through and through. He’ll be the first to celebrate the success of a teammate and the last to boast about his own successes —— of which there are many.
“He’s a quiet leader but extremely impactful in the example he sets both on and off the court.
“Sean has meant so much to our program the last couple of years. He sets an example for our younger athletes that he should be very proud of. We talk about striving for excellence in all of the little things, and Sean does that and more. He is a remarkable defender, he led us in assists and total rebounds and will always be the first guy on the floor to get a loose ball.”