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CHS senior cheerleader Julie Bucio capped a busy week by performing at Wednesday’s basketball playoff game. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolves (l to r) Ashleigh Battaglia, Mica Shipley, and Emily Fiedler take to the skies.

Fiedler stands tall in the spotlight.

The Wolves work the sidelines, while volleyball player Lucy Sandahl (far left, in the stands) is shocked to hear about the snow forecast.

Shipley, who’s been doing competition cheer since she was a little girl, is an old pro at this kind of thing.

Battaglia and Fiedler get an airborne workout.

They got a well-deserved curtain call.

Days after claiming 3rd place at state, while competing for the first time since 2011, the Coupeville High School cheer squad returned to its own gym Wednesday night.

With snow and ice throwing the district basketball playoffs into disarray, CHS unexpectedly found itself hosting a home game, which gave the Wolf cheerleaders a chance to work the sidelines one more time.

In a nice bit of coincidence, the visiting team was Sultan, which brought its own cheerleaders along.

The Turk cheer squad claimed the 1A state title in Coupeville’s class, Game Day Small, and the coaches from the two North Sound Conference schools became new best friends during the big meet.

Keeping that friendship going, the two cheer squads joined together at halftime Wednesday to pull off a joint performance.

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Senior Julie Bucio helped lead Coupeville High School back to the world of competition cheer, where the Wolves placed 3rd Saturday at the state championships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They caught the cheer world by surprise.

Operating a competition cheer squad for the first time since 2011, Coupeville High School stormed the state championships Saturday, taking home 3rd place in the 1A Game Day Small division.

In its first year of operation, the North Sound Conference did extremely well, sweeping the top three slots in the event.

Sultan won the state title with 77.75 points, while Cedar Park Christian (69.00) and Coupeville (60.50) were hot on the Turks heels.

That the Wolves were even on the blue mats at Battle Ground was a bit unexpected.

While CHS cheer won a state title in 2006, then claimed 2nd in 2007 and 4th in 2011, the Wolves reverted to being just a sideline squad after longtime coach Sylvia Arnold retired.

Things took a change for the positive in 2018, when BreAnna Boon, who won state and national cheer titles during her days as a student in Oak Harbor, accepted Coupeville’s coaching position.

Operating on a short time table, and with few cheerleaders who had any previous experience in the competitive world, Boon expected the 2018-2019 winter season to be a nice learning process.

Instead, her 10-woman squad hit the mats strongly at its first meet, raised its score rapidly and steadily, then qualified for state at the last meet of the regular season.

With just one senior, Julie Bucio, on the competition squad, Boon and her team should continue to rise in the cheer world as they go forward.

The Wolf team, which will add a new plaque to the Wall of Fame in the school gym:

Ashleigh Battaglia
Julie Bucio
Kim Castro
Coral Caveness
Emily Fiedler
Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Mica Shipley
Bella Velasco
Melia Welling


PS — Coupeville’s neighbor, Oak Harbor, finished 4th in the 3A/4A Non-Tumbling Small division.

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Mica Shipley and her fellow Coupeville High School cheerleaders are off to the state championships. (BreAnna Boon photos)

The bus is decked out for the trip.

Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King earns honorary team membership.

Back, l to r: Bella Velasco, Marenna Rebischke-Smith, Kim Castro, Ashleigh Battaglia, Mica Shipley, Julie Bucio, Coral Caveness, Melia Welling. Front: Emily Fiedler, Ja’Tarya Hoskins.

Back on top, in the blink of an eye.

After not fielding a competition cheer squad since 2011, Coupeville High School got back into the game this winter under first-year coach BreAnna Boon.

And, just like that (after a lot of hard work and several strong performances at meets), the Wolves are bound for the state championships.

The 10-woman team hit the road Friday, heading for Battle Ground, where it will compete in Small Game Day Saturday afternoon.

As one of just four 1A schools to make the cut in the event, CHS is guaranteed to add a new plaque to the school’s Wall of Fame.

However they do on the big stage, these  Wolves will join the 2006 (state champs), 2007 (2nd place) and 2011 (4th place) Coupeville cheer squads up on the wall in the gym.

Loud, proud and state bound.

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Current Wolves Julie Bucio (back) and Coral Caveness are joined by a cheer captain of the future. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Morgan Stevens lays the beat down.

Aram Leyva is ready for his close-up, Emma Mathusek (center) gets ready to fire right back with her own camera, and Lucy Sandahl pretends like none of this is happening.

Hoops star Ja’Kenya Hoskins infiltrates the CHS band.

Izzy Wells rocked so hard, her hair stood up and saluted.

Maya Toomey-Stout’s radar goes off whenever pesky paparazzi get too close.

One photo, mega star power, as (back, l to r) Megan Behan, Genna Wright and Sarah Wright hang out with Kayla Rose.

“You know GENNA WRIGHT?!?!?!? Can you get her autograph for me??????”

A little bit of everything.

That’s what we have to offer today, as wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken delivers a mix of cheer, band, and fan pics from Friday’s home hoops doubleheader.

To stay on top of everything he snaps, pop over to https://www.johnsphotos.net, where he’s always happy to sell you some glossies.

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Coupeville High School cheer coach BreAnna Boon and senior Julie Bucio share a moment. (Photos courtesy Boon)

The Wolves are off to the state meet for the first time since 2011.

One team, one dream.

“They have far exceeded any expectations I had for them.”

When first-year Coupeville High School cheer coach BreAnna Boon decided to take the Wolves back into the world of competition events, it was a huge change.

CHS has been a sideline-only cheer squad since 2011, when it finished 4th at state, its third top-four finish in a six-year span.

That followed a state title in 2006 and a 2nd place finish a year later.

But Boon, who was a state and national champion during her cheerleading days at Oak Harbor High School, wanted to revive what longtime Wolf coach Sylvia Arnold once brought to the program.

So, ready or not, it was time to get back on the blue mats.

And the Wolves responded, claiming strong finishes at every meet, and then, Saturday at Curtis High School, punching their ticket to the 2019 state meet.

It’ll be a quick turn-around, with the state championships set for Feb. 1-2 in Battle Ground.

Coupeville’s class, Small Game Day, competes on the second day of the event.

To get to state, the Wolves put in two months of work behind the scenes, then adapted to changing up routines on nearly a weekly basis, while never knowing quite what to expect from judges.

“Judging is so opinionated when it comes to cheerleading routines,” Boon said. “You could have different judges every weekend. What one set of judges like, the others may not.

“It’s about finding that magical combination that makes the routine come to life and makes those judges want to get up out of their seats and cheer with you.”

The meet at Curtis was Coupeville’s final shot at punching a ticket to state, and it came during a week when the Wolf squad performed at two home basketball games, prepped for Senior Night festivities and battled the onslaught of cold and flu season.

“We only had two full practices this week, but man did those kids work,” Boon said. “They basically learned a whole new routine Monday and we didn’t want to leave anything on the mat that the judges could critique us for.”

Giving their all and then being rewarded was huge for Coupeville’s athletes.

“The commitment every single cheerleader put towards this team was shown out there on the mat,” said senior Julie Bucio. “We finally got what this team deserved.”

That was a sentiment echoed by junior Ashleigh Battaglia.

“We worked hard and we finally got to see it take us to where we wanted to go,” she said. “I’m so very proud of our squad, and of course, our coach.”

For her part, Coupeville’s leader didn’t realize how hard the moment might hit.

A veteran of cheer competitions who has gone to the heights of the sport herself, seeing the young women under her charge blossom has been huge for Boon.

“When the announcer said Coupeville cheer qualified, I think we all felt like it was a dream!!,” she said. “I was like, did I just imagine he said that??

“But I looked at the kids and they were all screaming, jumping, and hugging each other … annnnd … that’s when I started crying!!,” Boon added. “Who knew the hard cheer coach has a heart?!”

Coupeville had nine cheerleaders on the mat Saturday — Mica Shipley, Battaglia, Kim Castro, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Emily Fiedler, Bucio, Melia Welling, Bella Velasco, and Coral Caveness — with two others, Marenna Rebischke-Smith and Jaden Marrs, having competed in earlier events.

For their coach, it’s been a wild thrill ride all the way.

“When I originally started this competition team, it was never a goal to go state. It was just to show these kids what competition cheer was,” Boon said. “I wanted them to hit the mat, have a good time, and show people that Coupeville High School existed. Next year we were planning on taking the competition world by storm.

“This year, we were just supposed to get our feet wet in competition. And now we’re going to state! It’s just so unbelievable!”

As the Wolves celebrated into the night (“It was literally a party that could be heard across the world! OK, maybe the parking lot, but still!”), they also took time to share their moment with Arnold, who led the CHS program for 20 years.

“One of my favorite parts of the day was when we got back on the bus, first person we wanted to inform? Sylvia of course!,” Boon said. “The girls left her a voicemail saying, guess what, we’re going to state!

Sylvia has inspired me to be a stronger, better coach and person. If I can end up even HALF as good as she is, I will consider that a huge accomplishment,” Boon added. “If you can’t learn from the best, you will never be the best!”

As the CHS bus exited the parking lot Saturday, bound for home and then even bigger things, the Wolves and two generations of coaches celebrated long into the night.

“Even our bus driver Karen (Autio) was so happy for the kids,” Boon said. “Honking, screaming, hugs, happy tears.

“It all happened!!”

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