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Oak Harbor grad Sarah Reinstra is back in the cheer world, but this time working with Coupeville’s athletes. (Photo courtesy Reinstra)

Cheerleading is a family affair in Coupeville.

When Wolf cheer coach BreAnna Boon is in need of help, she can turn to her sister-in-law, Sarah Reinstra, who is back in the game, sporting different school colors maybe, but still loving the gig.

Working as a volunteer assistant coach for CHS, Reinstra, a 2001 grad of Oak Harbor High School who went on to coach at her alma mater, gets to pass on her passion for the sport.

“Getting involved again with the student athletes was huge,” she said. “Being a positive influence on a child’s life is so rewarding.

“I also liked that sideline cheer has no cuts, giving all a chance to experience cheerleading,” Reinstra added. “Who wouldn’t want to be involved with teaching someone something new and watching them flourish?!”

Growing up with sister Kimberly (Boon) Schmal and brother Tyson Boon (BreAnna’s husband and a current CHS football coach), Reinstra spent much of her childhood involved in athletics.

A talented basketball and softball player, she went to the state tournament with her North Whidbey Little League diamond squad.

Reinstra’s first involvement with the cheer world came by watching her siblings and future sister-in-law “do amazing things” under the guidance of Oak Harbor coaches Pam Headridge and Robin Gohn.

Once she had her own children, she moved into cheerleading as a coach, joining her daughter and sister in the Oak Harbor Football and Cheer League.

“To this day, my sister is one of the most dedicated and amazing coaches I know,” Reinstra said. “Kim and I’s youth cheer squads flourished over our four years of youth cheer, winning the Top Bananas award in 2013.”

From there, the former Wildcat bounced up a rung, returning to Oak Harbor High School for a run as Assistant Cheer Coach from 2014-2017.

“It was an amazing and proud experience to coach at my alma mater,” Reinstra said.

As much as she enjoyed the cheer life, family comes first, causing her to step aside for at least a short breather.

Reinstra and her husband of 17 years, Mike, her high school sweetheart from her OHHS days, have three kids, operate a “little hobby farm,” and both work saving lives.

He’s a firefighter/EMT, while she’s a 911 dispatcher for Island County and a firefighter recruit.

But while home and family come first, once you have the cheer bug it’s hard to let go.

“When you have so many different coaches in the family you’re bound to bounce ideas off one another, all the time,” Reinstra said.

“Every time we’d talk cheer I’d let BreAnna know I could help sometime and every time I’d go home and tell my husband how much I missed coaching.”

The Wolf head coach always told her sister-in-law “you should come to practice sometime,” and next thing you know, Reinstra was sucked back into the life Godfather-style.

It’s a decision she doesn’t regret for a second.

“It has been a tremendous sideline season and the competition season to come is bound to impress!,” Reinstra said. “I love spending my time and knowledge to these kids.”

And for her, that’s where coaching becomes far more than just a job.

“Everyone wants to win awards, but I want to see the athlete’s eyes shine,” Reinstra said. “Shine with pride for a skill accomplished and an effort given.

“When athletes shine they participate 100% for their squad and that is gonna get them to state and NATIONALS!!,” she added.

“I hope future cheerleaders see the joy and hard work of our squads accomplishments and want to be a part of this growing program at Coupeville High School.”

The Wolves have added two males cheerleaders, CHS football players Gavin St Onge and Dawson Houston, to their roster this year, and Reinstra and Boon are always on the lookout to bring in new athletes, female or male.

“Come watch a practice and see what it’s like to be part of a family who are fully dedicated to the success of each other,” Reinstra said. “We (the squad) want to teach you all we know because it’s our passion.

“Being a part of a cheer squad is more than tossing girls above our heads and memorizing chants; it’s about our school pride and fellow athlete’s success.”

The chance to change lives, to give each Wolf an opportunity to soar, is what brings Reinstra back to the field or the gym each day.

“I hope our presence makes their day better,” she said. “That they see us teaching all levels of our athletes because everyone matters and has a role to play.

“That, like in life, if they put effort into even the smallest things, it will set up the rest for success.”

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Coupeville High School senior Mica Shipley is a captain and flier for the award-winning Wolves cheer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The spotlight just got a lot bigger.

Coupeville High School senior Mica Shipley has been at the forefront of the Wolf cheer program since day one, a star who has soared to new heights with each new season.

An award winner since she first entered the cheer world as a six-year-old, Shipley has grown into a team captain and a super-talented flier, and she helped lead Coupeville back into competitive cheer last year.

After placing third at state in their return engagement, the Wolves are aiming to qualify for nationals this season, and struck gold Saturday, winning a regional competition.

Through it all, Shipley, an outgoing young woman who combines intelligence, hard work and laser focus in the pursuit of her dreams, has been one of the rocks CHS coach BreAnna Boon can always count on.

Now, though, the Wolf cheer-master might want to ask her captain for an autograph, in a bid to get in on the ground floor as the Mica Shipley Show goes nation-wide.

The Wolf senior is currently appearing in ads for Glitter Starz, an Illinois-based company which is a national leader in custom all-star uniforms, warm-ups and other cheer essentials.

Catch a rising star. (Photos property of Josh Lusk/Glitter Starz)

Shipley was plucked from the masses after getting her senior photos done by Josh Lusk, who specializes in cheer photography.

After he posted some of her photos, Glitter Starz selected Shipley as one of 50 girls they were interested in as models.

From there, she survived the cut from 50 to the final six.

Now, Shipley can be seen on all of the Glitter Starz social media pages, from Facebook to Instagram, and in the company’s magazines.

A prairie legend gets her moment in the national spotlight.

Coupeville always knew Mica was a star.

Yesterday, Whidbey Island.

Today, the USA.

Tomorrow, the world.

How do you spell Mica Shipley? S-U-P-E-R-S-T-A-R.

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CHS cheerleaders (l to r) Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Emily Fiedler, Dawson Houston, and Melia Welling celebrate their success. (BreAnna Boon photos)

Your regional champs.

Disney World is in sight.

The Coupeville High School cheerleaders kicked off a new season of competition Saturday by winning their class at the UCA Northwest Regional, which brings the dream of a trip to nationals that much closer.

The Wolves, who vied in small coed non-tumbling, are in their second season of competition after many years of being only a sideline squad.

Last year they surpassed their goals, not only making it to state, but claiming 3rd place in 1A while there.

This time around, CHS coach BreAnna Boon and her squad, which has added male cheerleaders Gavin St Onge and Dawson Houston, are aiming to qualify for nationals, which are held in Florida.

“We will find out later this week if we qualify to go to nationals! NATIONALS!!,” said an excited, and sleep-deprived Boon. “That’s not something that was even in our dreams when we started the competition team last year, but here we are!

“It’s crazy to think that’s even possible for such a small squad, but if they are gonna get that bid, this would be the team to do it!,” she added. “Nationals is at Disney world, in Orlando, Florida, which is a big reach for our little tiny town, but these kids can do it no question.”

While they’re aiming beyond state this season, the Wolves have already shown they could qualify for that meet, if they wanted.

Coupeville scored a 69.70 in their event Saturday, and the qualifying score for state in small coed non-tumbling is 59.

Saturday’s competition was a regional event, and doesn’t count officially towards qualifying for state, but a statement was made.

“If the kids keep improving, the state qualifying score is already there,” Boon said.

But, as stated before, Coupeville is aiming for the top rung this season, and, with that goal, came a quick start to the season.

“This competition was very early on in the game,” Boon said. “Usually teams don’t start competing until the end of November or December, so to go to a competition the very first Saturday of November was not an easy thing to do.”

Her squad put in strong work behind the scenes, which is already beginning to pay off.

“We have had to overcome so many obstacles I honestly didn’t know if we would make it to the competition,” Boon said. “Every single day this week we were thrown a curve ball.

“But this is, by far, one of the strongest teams I have ever coached – mentally and physically,” she added. “They know how to get their head in the game and get the work done.”

It’s already shown results, as the Wolves returned from regionals and promptly stormed the office of CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“My favorite part of the day was when the kids got the trophy they all yelled “THIS IS GOING IN WILLIE’S OFFICE!!,” Boon said with a big laugh.

“They were most excited to bring that hardware back to set it in his window sill,” she added. “Their goal is to line his office with trophies!”

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Ja’Tarya Hoskins (center) leads off a parade of CHS senior cheerleaders. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Melia Welling

Ashleigh Battaglia

Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Ella Bueler

Mica Shipley (with flowers)

Wolf coach BreAnna Boon joins the celebration.

They’re the true MVP’s.

The hardest-working cheer squad in the business was back at it Friday night, but with a twist.

Before the dances, the cheers, and flinging each other skyward, the Wolf cheerleaders honored their veterans on Senior Night.

A pack of six strong, talented young women, they have been at the forefront of the program’s rise and will leave a considerable legacy when they depart.

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A young girl gets a different view of the world at a recent clinic put on by CHS cheerleaders. (Photos courtesy BreAnna Boon)

The power of cheer compelled them to show up on a Sunday.

Coupeville High School cheerleaders and coaches welcomed 35 kids in grades K-8 to a cheer camp designed to prepare next generation stars to perform at this year’s Homecoming game.

The four-hour event was open to students from all across Whidbey Island.

“Before our clinic, we had done some promoting at the elementary school, as well as the Oak Harbor Youth Cheer practices,” said CHS coach BreAnna Boon.

“We are such a small island, I didn’t want anyone to feel that they were segregated or not allowed to come just because it was a “Coupeville cheer clinic,” she added.

“Sports are supposed to bring people together, and especially as cheerleaders, we want to show the whole Island that CHS cheerleaders are leaders in and out of uniform, and in and out of just our small little town.”

It might have been a Sunday, but the gym was hoppin’.

The young cheerleaders learned a dance, cheer, and stunts, which will be on display at halftime Oct. 18, when Coupeville hosts South Whidbey.

They also enjoyed pizza, which was delivered by the school’s mascot, Wilfred the Wolf, and received little megaphones.

Each young cheerleader walks away with a megaphone, t-shirt, and bow, while also getting to perform at Coupeville’s Homecoming game.

The clinic was a huge success for Boon and her cheerleaders, who are counting down the days until their work can be viewed by the public.

“I can’t wait to have everyone watch their performance Homecoming night!,” Boon said.

The satisfaction in the clinic was a sentiment shared by others, as well.

“My daughter Harper enjoyed it a lot!,” CHS cheer mom Roxanne Moon said. “As a parent I was very pleased with the cheer coach and cheerleaders keeping the youth girls productive and on task.

“They were very nice and professional!”

The present and future of cheerleading.

Willy Shaw-Parker, a coach with Rise Cheerleading, agreed.

“You could not only feel but hear and see the joy on every face as the Coupeville Wolves led our youth in dance and cheer!

“The high level of professionalism, patience and energy had my two daughters and niece engaged and excited every minute of the clinic. We look forward to the performance!”

While the day was for the younger generation, there was also a great benefit to the current Wolf cheerleaders, who had a chance to pass on their love of the sport.

“To see all the children light up when we taught them cheer, dances, and stunts was the absolute best part,” said CHS captain Ja’Tarya Hoskins.

“I am the champion … of the world!”

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