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Marenna Rebischke-Smith leads off a series of Wolf cheer portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Karyme Castro

Emily Fiedler

Lucy Crouch

Coral Caveness

Mica Shipley

Kim Castro

Ready to get loud.

Let’s take a moment to honor maybe the hardest-working team in Wolf Nation.

The Coupeville High School cheer team puts in the work like few others, and does it without a complaint.

The pics seen above, snapped before the fall sports season began, capture a number of the individual Wolves, as well as a team shot in which the squad members let their personalities show through.

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Learn it, live it, love it. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Izzy Wells slaps a two-run single back up the middle.

Darren Crownover broadcasts to the USA, while Kelly Crownover debates having some words with the ump if he doesn’t pull his head out of his rear.

Sarah Wright does her best to frame the pitch.

Rally caps sprout up in the Wolf dugout.

Ron Wright enjoys his afternoon on the prairie.

Coral Caveness squares up, moments before dropping a bunt single.

Every day, every moment, is an opportunity to excel.

That’s a key part of the commitment poster Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan has posted on the team’s dugout.

Monday afternoon his team responded, storming back from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, before toppling Cedar Park Christian in extra innings.

Local paparazzi John Fisken also lived up to the poster, clicking away across both the varsity and JV games, and delivering unto us an assortment of glossy pics.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


And, as always, a percentage of any purchases goes to fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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Coupeville High School cheer coach BreAnna Boon, captured on film during a rare quiet moment. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After a seven-year break, the Wolf cheer squad has returned to competition in style. (Photo courtesy Boon)

Week by week, competition by competition, practice by practice, there is one goal.

Improvement, as individuals and as a team.

While Coupeville High School cheer coach BreAnna Boon would love to add some championship plaques to the school’s Wall of Fame, her focus remains crystal clear.

“From the very start, I have told my cheerleaders that their only competition is their score sheets from the previous week,” Boon said. “I don’t care what the other teams put out on the mat, I care that the CHS cheer squad leaves their best performance out there.”

And her cheerleaders are listening, and responding.

After not fielding a competitive cheer squad since 2011, the Wolves are back, and are coming for all the trophies.

Saturday, competing in the Small Game Day division at an event in Auburn, Coupeville claimed 3rd place, but actually bettered its score from its first competition, where it placed 2nd.

And, not only did the Wolves raise their score, but they did so by a staggering amount – 12 points.

“That’s almost unheard of in the cheer world,” Boon said. “Week to week usually teams vary their score three to five points.

The Wolves, who are pulling double duty during winter, working as a sideline team for basketball while also training and competing, face down all comers at their events.

Any school, from 4A down to 1B, can send a squad onto the mat in their class during the regular season, as long as they have 12 or less cheerleaders competing.

If CHS makes it to state, which requires earning 65 points at a regular-season event, it will face off only with fellow 1A schools at the championships.

Through the first two events, the competition roster has included Jaden Marrs, Bella Velasco, Kim Castro, Melia Welling, Marenna Rebischke-Smith, Coral Caveness, Ashleigh Battaglia, Mica Shipley, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, and Emily Fiedler.

Senior Julie Bucio will sub in for Welling next Saturday, Dec. 15, when the Wolves compete at the “Battle at the Border” in Vancouver.

While Boon appreciates the hard work her athletes give her, they return the feeling.

“We haven’t had a coach that has put as much effort into us as Bre has since Sylvia (Arnold)!,” Caveness said. “We appreciate her so much and we are gonna accomplish great things and are excited to make our goals!”

As the Wolves continue to collect awards, the focus never changes.

“When I first talked about going to competition with the team, we were never out to compete against anyone else; we were only out to hit that 65-point goal, because that will qualify us for state,” Boon said.

“You wouldn’t wouldn’t believe the hard work these girls put in at practice,” she added. “The routine basically changes every week based on the critiques from the judges.

“There are ton of teams that have won 1st place, but not qualified for state. It’s great to bring home a 2nd and 3rd placement, but the girls are really striving for that 65, and we are gonna keep working towards that!”

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   Coupeville freshman Coral Caveness has provided strong defensive play at second base this weekend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If Lynden Christian was expecting an easy Saturday, that’s not what it got.

Facing a Coupeville High School softball team playing its third game in as many days, with all three games in different towns, the undefeated Lyncs barely escaped with their perfect record intact.

Storming back from six runs down, powered by the last three hitters in their lineup, the Wolves came as close as any team to toppling LC this season before falling 7-5.

The non-conference road loss drops Coupeville to 9-4, while Lynden Christian rises to 13-0.

While it wasn’t a win, the day was full of positives for CHS coach Kevin McGranahan, an old pro who knows a narrow loss to a top-notch team often means far more than just mashing another also-ran.

“Nothing to be ashamed of, ladies. That’s the fight I want to see!,” he told his players afterwards.

Lynden Christian is undefeated because they are highly-proficient and fundamentally sound.

Taking advantage of a few “early errors and ticky-tack mistakes,” the Lyncs built a 7-1 lead before the very-determined Wolves mounted a sustained comeback which forced LC to bring back its top pitcher and bear down big time at the end to escape.

Coupeville’s bats took a few innings to warm up, with the first six Wolves going down in order.

Hope Lodell finally broke though, leading off the third with a beautiful bunt that she dropped to the left of the plate with a precise flick of the wrist.

She had barely scampered across the bag at first when freshman Mollie Bailey followed with a sharply-slapped single past the pitcher’s backside, putting CHS into business for the first time.

And while Lynden escaped the inning fairly unscathed, with the Lync catcher gunning down Lodell by half a step at third on a steal attempt to blunt the rally, the Wolves were finally clicking.

Down 5-0 headed to the top of the fourth (LC got three in the first and two in the third, with both mini-runs aided by Wolf errors), Coupeville finally got on the board.

Katrina McGranahan grooved a pitch, lashing a lead-off triple off the wall in right, then Chelsea Prescott brought her home with a long sac fly.

While Lynden scraped out two more runs in the fourth, when an epic fly ball snuck barely under the glove of a sprawling Lodell in center, the Wolves were on the prowl.

Back-to-back-to-back singles from Lodell, Bailey and Emma Mathusek, Coupeville’s 7-8-9 hitters, kicked off the fifth, before Smith brought home a second run with a grounder to second.

With the lead cut to 7-3, Coupeville launched an unexpected rally in the sixth, getting things started with two outs and no one on board.

Veronica Crownover spanked a single over the shortstop’s head to spark another run of Wolf hits.

Lodell followed with her third base-knock of the day, a booming double to left-center, then Mackenzie Davis rifled an RBI single to right on the very next pitch.

Back-to-back walks to Mathusek and Smith loaded the bags, then forced home yet another run and Lyncs fans were openly sweating on a reasonably cool day.

But Lynden is undefeated for a reason, and it stared down into the abyss without blinking.

A big strikeout brought the sixth to an end, and, with their closer firing cannon balls from short range in the seventh, the Wolves went down 1-2-3, though the final two outs were both on hard-hit balls.

Lynden Christian’s defense was impeccable, however, with not a single bobbled ball, and that made life extra-tough for a Coupeville squad looking for a final miracle.

The Wolves finished with eight hits, and seven of those came from their 7-8-9 hitters.

Lodell (1B, 1B, 2B) led the way, while Crownover, Bailey, Davis and Mathusek added singles.

Katrina McGranahan tripled, Smith led the squad with two RBI and fab frosh Coral Caveness had a couple of big defensive plays at second.

While he was pleased with the comeback, Kevin McGranahan was also all smiles over the fact the bottom third of his hitting order proved so potent.

He knows Coupeville’s big mashers will be on fire virtually every game, but getting contributions top to bottom is key to the Wolves being explosive come playoff time.

“The bottom of our lineup is clicking well and did the most damage today,” he said. “Emma is really doing well in the nine-hole and learning that role is very important.”

JV falls:

Facing a Lynden squad heavy in seniors and varsity players pulling double duty, the Wolf young guns jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold on.

The 14-3 loss was Coupeville’s first JV defeat, leaving them at 3-1.

Davis provided half the Wolf offense, smacking a pair of singles, while Caveness and Bailey also collected base-knocks.

Caveness put CHS on the board in the first, beating out an infield chopper, stealing second, zooming to third on a ground-out, then coming around to score on a passed ball.

Coupeville’s other two runs came home in the fourth, with Thora Iverson scoring on a Chelsea Prescott ground-out and Bailey unleashing an ultra-rare slide to get under a tag after streaking for home on a wild pitch.

Iverson also had a sensational running catch on a wildly-drifting pop-up, pulling the ball into the tip of her glove at the last second, and fans were treated to a dance-off between Bailey and Wright.

Lynden Christian plays music between innings and Coupeville’s catchers, who share an irrepressible nature that would have made Footloose-era Kevin Bacon proud, have never turned down a chance to bop to the beat … ever.

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   Freshman Coral Caveness knocked in three runs Tuesday, propelling Coupeville’s JV softball sluggers past 2A Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“I couldn’t be more proud of them!”

After watching his JV players come up with inspired play after inspired play Tuesday, Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan was a happy man.

Thrilled that the Wolves rallied to topple visiting 2A Sequim 8-6, but also pleased with the fact that, one through nine, the CHS players all brought their A-game in front of their home fans.

“It was a team win,” McGranahan said. “Took everybody to get it.”

The win lifts the young Wolves to a pristine 2-0 on the season, with their wins coming against Concrete’s varsity and a Sequim JV squad which had big bats and a tough pitcher.

The visiting hurler, staked to an early 2-0 lead after her team scratched out a single run in both the first and second inning, was sharp for five hitters.

Then, with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the second, she made a small mistake which quickly turned into a semi-fatal one.

A pitch got away and smacked solidly into Marenna Rebischke-Smith, landing with the kind of sound one usually associates with a melon, having been dropped off the Empire State building, connecting with the pavement below.

It wasn’t a nick or a ding, but a full-on shot to the chops, and the Wolf bench gasped, then exploded in cheers for Rebischke-Smith taking a nasty shot and not going down.

Her sacrifice seemed to ignite something in the Wolves, as they promptly proceeded to tear the game open, sending eight more hitters to the plate in what turned into an 11-batter, six-run rally.

After Rebischke-Smith scampered to second on a passed ball, she skipped home when Melia Welling tore the hide off the ball on an RBI single to right.

Jenna Dickson also got herself plunked (though not quite as loudly), then Mollie Bailey eked out a walk to juice the bags, setting up freshman Coral Caveness for the first reel of her highlight film.

Lashing a two-run single to straight-away center, she pushed the Wolves ahead 3-2, and the floodgates really opened.

Thora Iverson and Chloe Wheeler plated runners with back-to-back wicked shots off of the gloves of Sequim defenders, Chelsea Prescott walked and another run came around on a wild pitch.

While Sequim finally escaped the inning on a nice defensive snag on a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Nicole Laxton, the damage was done, on the scoreboard and on the psyche of the visitors.

They proved to be a tough band of sluggers, though, scraping together two runs in the fifth and another two in the sixth to knot things back up at 6-6.

Coupeville had runners on in the third (a Rebischke-Smith walk) and fourth (a Wheeler single), but couldn’t re-light their runs-scoring magic.

Until the game was tied, that is, then the Wolves immediately, emphatically answered with a vengeance.

Bailey, who joined the game in the second inning after returning from a musical engagement, led off the bottom of the sixth with a frozen rope of a single.

Perhaps humming a tune to herself, she bolted around to score when Caveness belted the ball off the top of the center-fielder’s glove for a game-busting double.

Sequim almost escaped without any further damage, but Prescott kept things alive by earning a free bag for being nailed in the foot by a pitch.

That set up Laxton, who after ruffling the hair of several of her pint-sized family members (“I love you, too” she told her devoted fan club), went out and was a little less friendly towards the Sequim pitcher.

She smoked a shot over the bag at third, sending Caveness hurtling home with what would prove to be the game’s final run.

While offense earned the big cheers, Coupeville was solid on every front Tuesday afternoon.

Prescott whiffed seven Sequim hitters, while also making a couple of sweet defensive plays on balls hit back near the mound.

Not to be outdone, Welling made a lightning-quick snag on a fast grounder that exploded at her feet over at third, while Iverson had the best play of the game, and it wasn’t even close.

Coupeville’s second-baseman showed off her glove skills and her quick thinking as the Wolves were trying to escape the fifth inning.

A Sequim batter crunched a ball back up the middle, which Prescott partially deflected.

Spinning off her glove, the orb next came in contact with Caveness, who also got a small portion of her glove on the ball, which caused it to skid in the other direction.

With a runner coming in hot, Iverson went to the ground, knocked the careening ball down, landed on it, then had the presence of mind to do The Worm and launch herself to the bag, beating the runner by half a step.

The web gem of a play brought a loud yelp of approval from McGranahan, a roar from the crowd and a small smile from the low-key Iverson.

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