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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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