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Bennett Boyles (Photos courtesy Lucienne Rivera, Pat Kelley, and Konni Smith)

Never forgotten. Always loved.

Three years ago today Bennett Boyles battle with cancer ended.

He didn’t lose, as he fought with everything he had. But his body reached its breaking point.

Facing off with cancer is something no one should have to endure, much less a 12-year-old with his life stretching out in front of him.

Having lost family members to cancer, I know the mix of sadness, of anger, and of disbelief.

In his fight, in the way he faced an unyielding foe, Bennett touched many lives.

His fellow classmates, who are now sophomores at Coupeville High School, have never forgotten him.

They are carrying Bennett with them through every step of their school journey, from messages on the rock outside the school, to honoring him when they play basketball, a sport he loved.

When Hawthorne Wolfe launches a three-ball and the orb slips through the net without a ripple, Bennett is there with Hawk, his name written on the shoes which carry Wolfe up and down the court.

As we watch Xavier Murdy, and Grady Rickner, and Logan Martin, and Wolfe in action, it’s very easy to imagine Bennett out there, once again running the court with his friends.

That his classmates and coaches and friends and family and teachers and strangers alike embrace his memory, celebrate his life and accomplishments, keep alive everything good, binds our community together.

We will not forget Bennett.

There is anger, and there is sadness, and those are justifiable, and a lot of that will never fade.

But there is love and there is hope, and that is what Bennett means to Coupeville.

Every time a basketball net snaps, he’s here.

Every time we show kindness and grace to someone else, he’s here.

Every time we celebrate his soaring spirit — and it was there, firmly in place, long before his health problems — he’s here.

When the CHS Class of 2022 walks to the podium to receive their diplomas, when players like Hawk and X celebrate their Senior Nights on the basketball court, he will be there with them.

As a community we carry Bennett with us every day, and that will never change.

Never forgotten. Always loved.

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Wolf legend Ema Smith does this dance every time someone new joins the Coupeville Booster Club. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

As your child steps up, so can you.

With a new school year bearing down, the Coupeville Booster Club is kicking into gear, and the hunt is on for new club members.

In particular, club veterans are hoping to attract the parents of Wolf freshmen.

If you have a son or daughter in the CHS Class of 2022, now would be the perfect time to join the booster club and help it grow as your child begins their path through their high school days.

Depending on how much time or desire you have, you can do a little or a lot.

Want to eventually be the Club President? Now’s the time to plot your rise.

Want to just help out a bit behind the scenes, as the boosters support Wolf athletes and coaches throughout the school year? That works as well.

If you want to get a feel for what the Booster Club does, the first meeting of the new year goes down this coming Monday, Aug. 27.

It’s at 6 PM in the health room, which is the room right outside the CHS gym. Step inside the front doors of the gym, and bam, it’s on your left.

If you have any questions, or want to get the ball rolling right away, contact Wendi Hilborn at wendihilborn@gmail.com.

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