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Ja’Tarya Hoskins went to the state meet in both cheer and track during her time at Coupeville High School. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hoskins teamed with (left to right) Maya Toomey-Stout, Mallory Kortuem, and Lindsey Roberts to smash the CHS record in the 4 x 100.

Brilliant and talented, Ja’Tarya Hoskins can clear any hurdle you throw at her.

The recent Coupeville High School grad, a standout for Wolf cheer and track teams, will head off the Island in the fall to continue her academic and athletic pursuits.

Hoskins plans to attend Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, and will balance studying pre-law with competing for the school’s track team.

The plan is to have her run the 60 meter hurdles during the indoor season, then move on to the 100 hurdles and possibly 400 hurdles when the outdoor season begins.

With a goal of attending law school after she finishes her undergraduate degree, Hoskins chose her new school after careful deliberation.

“I selected Saint Martin’s University because it’s a smaller school kinda like Coupeville,” she said.

“I haven’t visited the campus but looking at the photos it feels like home.”

Saint Martin’s is a private liberal arts school founded in 1895 by monks from the Benedictine Order.

Started as an all-boys boarding school, it first welcomed female students in 1965.

Hoskins joins a track and field team which vies in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the same league her fellow CHS Class of 2020 grad and relay teammate Mallory Kortuem will call home while running in the 400 at Western Washington University.

Saint Martin’s athletic programs compete at the NCAA D-II level.

During her time in Coupeville, Hoskins advanced to the highest level of competition in both of her sports.

As a junior, she was a key part of a CHS cheer squad which claimed 3rd place at the state meet.

That was especially notable, as the Wolves abandoned competition cheer after the 2011 season, working as just a sideline squad for six years before returning to the blue mats in 2018.

Buoyed by their immediate success, Hoskins and her teammates went on to qualify for nationals during her senior season.

In the track world, Ja’Tarya, part of a family of successful Wolf track stars which includes older siblings Will and Jai’Lysa, and younger sister Ja’Kenya, competed in almost every event on the list.

The COVID-19 pandemic denied her a senior track season, but as a junior she teamed with Kortuem, Maya Toomey-Stout, and Lindsey Roberts to place 5th at state in the 4 x 100 relay.

The quartet hit the tape in 50.54 seconds, and they currently sit on the big board in the CHS gym as school record-holders.

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Ja’Tarya Hoskins (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

With Washington state schools closed due to the spread of COVID-19, we’re offering all Whidbey Island students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins, who wrote the following poem, is a senior at Coupeville High School.


Dear COVID-19,

Before you came,
The sun shone a little bit brighter
The air was soft and sweet
The moon congratulated us on a new day
The night was always bright and filled with life

Graduation was drawing close
Seniors got anxious but excited
They had waited their entire life for this one moment
One last season to compete for; one last hurrah

During your vacation,
The sun was clouded with dark clouds
The air was harsh and hostile
The moon insults us with the sorrow of another day
The night grew darker and mysterious filled with anguish

One by one rescissions of senior year
School was forced closed
Spring sports came to a halt
Senior activities were discontinued

After your demolition,
The sun peeked through the clouds
The air was blowing away the fog
The moon broke through the sorrow
The night regained the motion of life

Class of 2020 gathered together
Friends hugged and cried at the mess
The mess that destroyed everything
But everything happened for a reason

Once again, dear COVID-19
But remember
There was a life before you
And there will be a life after you

The Class of 2020

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Coupeville High School throwers Raven Vick (left) and Megan Behan hoist their javelins. (Brian Vick photos)

Longtime Wolf track guru Randy King discusses strategy with his athletes.

Freshman Reiley Araceley works on his relay skills.

Wolves (l to r) Ryanne Knoblich, Lucy Sandahl, and Maya Toomey-Stout are ready to rock.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins waits for her moment in the spotlight.

Kai Wong contemplates the state of the universe.

Mikaela Labrador lets the shotput fly free.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins strikes a winning pose.

Spring sports, like much of life, is on hold right now as the world battles a pandemic.

But, before schools across Washington state shut down, Coupeville track and field athletes were busy prepping for a season which may never happen.

As they did so, Wolf dad Brian Vick snapped the pics seen above.

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Coupeville cheerleader Emily Fiedler took a pie to the face Saturday, as she and her teammates raised funds for their trip to nationals. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maya Toomey-Stout plunks Ja’Tarya Hoskins.

“I survived!”

Dawson Houston gives Fiedler a sweet treat.

Mica Shipley was the first to be pied.

Still standing, but a lot messier.

Shipley awaits her fate, being delivered by Natalie Hollrigel.

We have touchdown.

Tons of pie, but none to eat.

The Coupeville High School cheerleaders used the tasty treats for other purposes Saturday night, as they held a pie-in-the-face fundraiser.

The money goes to help the Wolves travel to nationals in Orlando.

After pulling in donations all day, the top three fundraisers — Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Mica Shipley, and Emily Fiedler — were smacked by their very-eager teammates and friends.

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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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