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The band revs up on opening night for Coupeville High School football. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sizzle of burgers on the grill fills the air.

Wolf volleyball ace Lucy Sandahl marinates in the moment.

The best chain gang in the biz gets a photo op. But, if they’re all on the field, who’s guarding their half-time snacks?!?!

Hannah Davidson acknowledges the roar of the crowd.

Coupeville cheerleaders come out strong.

Need a sweet deal on CHS merchandise? Booster Club bigwigs Abbie Martin (left) and Leann Leavitt are here for you.

Lisa Toomey, bringing good cheer to all.

Friday night football is always about more than just football.

As the biggest “event” sport in the high school game, gridiron action brings out a wide host of people.

From band members to cheerleaders to burger grillers, local photo whiz kid John Fisken always takes some time away from the game to capture the swirl of activity going on off-field.

The pics above capture football without football in all its wide-ranging glory.

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Jazmine Franklin (front) and McKenzie Bailey, during their days as high school tennis aces. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They were awesome together. They were awesome apart.

And now, three-plus years after graduation from Coupeville High School, Jazmine Franklin and McKenzie Bailey continue to grow in their awesomeness.

The former is an accomplished artist who’s a step away from breaking big, while the latter is on her way to being the coolest teacher a new generation of little kids could hope to meet in the classroom.

While both continue to soar on a daily basis as they chase their dreams, today we’re here to primarily talk about what they accomplished as Wolf athletes.

It is a sports blog, after all, and we’re way overdue on inducting the dazzling duo into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

So, let’s rectify that oversight and crack open the door on our digital hall of wonders, sending them into hallowed company as a team.

After this, when you wander up to the top of the blog and peek under the Legends tab, you’ll find Franklin and Bailey exactly where they’ve always deserved to be.

Both did it all, and did it extremely well, during their time in the red and black.

Franklin was an accomplished cheerleader and a class leader, while Bailey bopped her way through volleyball and basketball, while also being at the forefront of everything the Class of 2016 student leaders accomplished.

But, it was when they came together, picking up tennis rackets and laying waste to anyone foolhardy enough to wander into their path, where they sparkled like never before.

“Killer Kenny” attacks.

“Girl’s crazy … but I kind of dig it.”

CHS tennis coach Ken Stange referred to the fun-loving, hard-hitting duo as Salt ‘n Pepa, and they were his go-to whenever he needed a crucial win.

It might have been easy for their play to be overlooked, as their hard-court careers virtually mirrored those of Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, who were a #1 doubles team for four straight seasons, culminating in a long run at the state tourney their senior season.

Playing in the #2 slot never dinged their shine, however, as they methodically raked their way through other teams, while helping their teammates raise their own games.

When he looked back at the first 15 years of his career as leader of the Wolf tennis programs, Stange tabbed Franklin and Bailey as one of the best doubles duos he had coached.

He appreciated their ability to blister foes from big and small schools alike, and how they went about accomplishing the feat.

Over the course of their prep careers, the duo went an eye-popping 28-4 when teamed up together.

That’s a brain-melting .875 winning percentage, a number few, if any, Wolf athletes have come remotely close to hitting.

Always game for a photo op…

But deadly efficient on the court. (Ken Stange photo)

Franklin and Bailey were leaders on and off the court, a combined second voice for their coach, and they capped their prep careers by being “excellent team captains.”

Stange has seen (and coached) hundreds of young women and men during his decade-and-a-half-plus at CHS, but Salt ‘n Pepa remain among his favorites, for their skill, their fight, and their attitudes.

“They were about winning and fun, in that order,” he said. “They lived out loud and I loved it!”

 

To see (and possibly purchase) Franklin’s artwork, pop over to:

https://jzmn-originals.myshopify.com/

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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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