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Senior Ashleigh Battaglia leads a cheer squad that can bring the noise and the funk. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back, left to right: Lucy Crouch, coach BreAnna Boon, Coral Caveness, Battaglia, Mica Shipley, Emily Fiedler. Front: Kim Castro, Marenna Rebischke-Smith, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Melia Welling, Karyme Castro.

Fiedler gets a helping hand (or three) from her teammates.

Hoskins was a key part of a Wolf cheer team which claimed 3rd place at state last season.

Fiedler and Shipley go gliding.

Welling has been in the cheer biz most of her life.

Fiedler fires the bow and arrow.

“We’re coming for all your state titles! All of them!!”

They can’t be contained.

Whether working the sidelines or the gym, the Coupeville High School cheer squad is among the best in the state, offering equal parts fire and excitement in their routines.

As they sit a day away from pulling their first sideline duty of the fall — CHS football is home Friday vs. Port Townsend — John Fisken offers up a medley of cheertastic pics to get things kicked off.

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Wolf cheerleader Emily Fiedler works on her bow and arrow. (BreAnna Boon photo)

Every practice counts.

As a new fall sports season nears — Coupeville High School football opens at home Sept. 6 against Port Townsend, before girls soccer hosts Meridian the next day — all the Wolves are hard at work.

Today, the camera swings in the direction of the CHS cheer squad, thanks to their willingness to post videos on Instagram.

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Mica Shipley is one of six seniors back to lead the CHS cheer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Don’t stop until you hit the top.

The Coupeville High School cheer squad returned to competition last year and shocked a few people by immediately claiming 3rd place at the state championships.

Now, with most of last year’s key performers back in place, and one big new addition, the Wolves want more.

Second-year CHS coach BreAnna Boon has 11 athletes on her current roster, headed up by six seniors.

Mica Shipley and Ashleigh Battaglia, who competed during the off-season as well, are joined by Melia Welling, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Marenna Rebischke-Smith and Gavin St Onge.

The younger brother of former Wolf cheerleader Ciera St Onge, Gavin is splitting time between the school’s football team, where he will anchor the line, and the cheer squad.

In his relatively short time in the cheer world, St Onge has already made a significant impact.

He earned All-American honors at a summer camp the team attended, and opens up a world of new stunting for the squad.

Rounding out the current group, which will work the sidelines at CHS football games, are juniors Coral Caveness and Emily Fiedler, sophomore Kim Castro and freshmen Lucy Crouch and Karyme Castro.

The competition squad will be selected in the coming weeks, with the first meet set for Nov. 2.

 

The Wolves at work:

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Gavin St Onge gives Mica Shipley a boost during a cheer camp in Tacoma. (BreAnna Boon photos)

Emily Fiedler celebrates after she, Ja’Tarya Hoskins (left), and Melia Welling (right) teamed up to win a “strongest women” competition.

St Onge, a first-year cheerleader, earned All-American status.

Ashleigh Battaglia soars above the field.

Small town, big awards for the high-flying Wolf cheerleaders.

“We’re a little town, but we’re strong.”

Living up to their new team motto, a group of Coupeville High School cheerleaders endured 90-degree heat to emerge as big winners from a four-day summer camp.

The biggest highlight might have been the most unexpected, as a first-year Wolf cheerleader claimed All-American status.

That was transplanted football lineman Gavin St Onge, who showed off big-time moves in cheer, jump, and stunting skills.

His older sister, Ciera, is a former Wolf cheer superstar, and the biggest member of the current CHS squad impressed everyone gathered at the University of Puget Sound.

Gavin was the hit of the camp,” said Coupeville coach BreAnna Boon. “Small town boy with big muscles!”

The Wolves also claimed first-place in the camp’s “strongest women” competition, with Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Melia Welling, and Emily Fiedler teaming up to bring home the trophy.

The trio faced off with 20+ other schools to see who could hold a stunt for the longest amount of time.

The Wolves had to do squats, turns, and tricks, all while holding Fiedler in the air, and outlasted the field.

“After almost five minutes of pure torture, team after team dropped to the ground, and our Wolves came out on top!!,” said a very-proud Boon.

Coupeville added a fifth-place in jump, thanks to Ashleigh Battaglia, and a pair of thirds in team competitions on the final day.

Performing in front of a packed audience, the Wolves threw down “rally” and “game day” routines.

The first event includes a dance and a stunt, while the second encompasses band dance, sideline, and cheer.

Boon, entering her second season at the helm of the CHS cheer program, had 10 athletes accompany her to camp.

Hoskins, Battaglia, Fiedler, St Onge, and Welling were joined by Kim Castro, Coral Caveness, Mica Shipley, and incoming freshmen Karyme Castro and Lucy Crouch.

The group went from 8 AM to 8:30 PM daily during the camp, and were taught dances, cheers, and stunts.

Coupeville performed and was evaluated by camp administrators at the end of each session, then went in front of all the other cheerleaders, coaches and parents on the final day.

Despite the heat and the non-stop work, the Wolves held up well, earning a superior ribbon each night, as well as ownership of the spirit stick.

“The days were grueling and long hours, and there were times we didn’t think we were gonna make it out alive,” Boon said.

But her cheerleaders responded, not only showcasing their skills, but making friends along the way.

“We actually bonded with a squad from Kalama and had a pizza party with them on the last night!,” Boon said. “Our goal as cheerleaders is to bond teams together, and even though Kalama may become a rival one day, we are happy to call them our friends.”

And, circling back to the new team motto, Coupeville continually impressed the judges with how strong its small squad is, especially for a program which just got back into competition cheer last year.

“The UCA staff was amazed at the stunting skill level this small but mighty team had,” Boon said. “They are such talented, strong kids individually, so when you put that all together to make one team, the outcome is like something you have never seen before.

“This is the team that is destined for greatness,” she added. “Through their blood sweat and tears, they thrive.”

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Sofia Peters is part of a pack of very-promising athletes moving up to Coupeville High School this fall. (Photo courtesy Peters)

Sofia Peters is not afraid of new challenges.

Throughout her middle school days, the Coupeville 8th grader has happily tackled a wide range of activities, playing softball and volleyball, along with participating in glee club and theater.

In everything she does, Peters has shown a willingness to embrace the spotlight, whether as a hard-hitting diamond warrior or in the multiple times she’s played a lead role during her six-year theater career.

Now, as she prepares to move up to high school this fall, she’s ready to add yet another accomplishment to her resume, swapping volleyball for cheer.

Peters has set solid goals for her high school career, aiming to make varsity softball by her sophomore year and varsity cheer by her junior season.

While she’s looking forward to both of her sports, her new one and her old one, she can’t deny softball has her heart.

“Softball is my favorite sport because I am a very competitive player and I have been playing with my friends for about four years,” Peters said. “They are my softball family and I would never trade that for anything.”

She credits her dad, Mike, who has been one of her coaches for her entire run on the diamond, with helping her reach her potential.

While playing for the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors team this season, Peters thumped the ball aggressively, helping the Wolves cruise to a 13-1 record.

She was one of the team’s most-productive power hitters, splashing doubles to all fields, while also cracking a home run in one rumble.

“Some things I enjoy about being an athlete would have to be playing games and being the best self I can be,” Peters said. “Playing with my team is like playing with a pack full of wolves.

“We are pumped, fast, and ready to make our way to the top no matter what stands in our way.”

Peters picks her hitting, fielding, and all-around hustle as positives in her game, though, like all athletes, she knows there’s always room to improve.

“One area I would like to work on is (keeping) my head in the game,” she said. “Sometimes I would be 100% focused, but, sometimes I get completely distracted.”

Helping her stay focused and continue to work are her teammates, a band of young women with whom she has grown up playing ball, and her large support crew.

“One other group of people who impacted me would have to be my school and my friends,” Peters said. “A lot of my teachers know about my softball team, and then my friends who are not playing with me come out and see me play.

“It motivates me to do the very best I can.”

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