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Chelsea Prescott and former Coupeville High School classmates competed in college sports in 2021. (Photo courtesy Josie Prescott)

Busy year on the Island, busy year off.

While Coupeville High School athletes competed at one level, several of their predecessors continued their athletic careers on bigger stages.

How Wolf alumni did in 2021:

 

Ja’Tarya Hoskins (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ja’Tarya Hoskins:

The middle of the three Hoskins sisters ran in four track meets as a freshman at Saint Martin’s University.

Also a standout cheerleader during her time at CHS, she saw action in the 200 and 400 during the outdoor season.

 

Mallory Kortuem (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mallory Kortuem:

The speedy one competed at nine meets for the Western Washington University track and field team, vying in the 200, 400, and 4 x 400.

Kortuem, a two-sport star during her Coupeville days, capped her freshman season with a strong showing at the GNAC Outdoor Championships.

 

Joey Lippo – center. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

Joey Lippo:

Skyy Lippo’s twin brother stayed busy, playing two sports at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

On the baseball diamond, he recorded a team-high 57 at-bats for the Owls, hitting .263 with 15 hits, seven RBI, eight runs, four walks, and two stolen bases.

Lippo then mixed things up, joining the Presque Isle golf team for its season.

 

Chelsea Prescott (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chelsea Prescott:

Coming off of an impressive run at CHS which was capped by her selection as the school’s Female Athlete of the Year, Prescott was an immediate hit at the next level.

Playing volleyball for Medaille College in Buffalo, she started all 21 of her team’s matches, and played in all 70 sets.

Prescott finished her frosh campaign with 116 kills, 165 digs, 24 aces, 12 assists, three solo blocks, 11 block assists, and 148.5 points.

That left her #2 among all Mavericks players for kills, digs, and points, #3 for block assists, and #4 for aces.

 

Mica Shipley (Photo courtesy BreAnna Boon)

Mica Shipley:

One of two CHS grads involved with NCAA D-1 athletic programs, she was front and center for the Eastern Washington University cheer squad.

The Eagles finished 10-3, while Shipley flew through the air, achieving a childhood dream of reaching the top rung in her favorite sport.

 

Ben Smith (Deb Smith photo)

Ben Smith:

Coming off a strong senior season in Coupeville, the durable running back redshirted at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri.

Now, he’s entered the transfer portal, and is likely headed to Eureka College in Illinois, though there is a chance he may make a detour and end back up in the Northwest at the University of Puget Sound.

 

Makana Stone (Photo property Loughborough University)

Makana Stone:

It was a busy year for the two-time CHS Athlete of the Year winner, as she signed her first pro contract with the Leicester Riders in August.

Before earning that first paycheck, Stone, as a non-European Union player, needed to qualify for a work permit before being eligible to play in the Women’s British Basketball League.

So, she suited up for Loughborough University, where she finished second among all players in voting for the Women’s National Basketball League Team of the Year.

Stone averaged a double-double, pouring in 270 points and snatching 231 rebounds across 17 games.

She added 33 assists, 58 steals, and eight blocked shots, had the third-best efficiency rating in the league, and delivered one of the year’s best performances.

Matched up against Gonzaga-signee Esther Little, the former Wolf ace went off for 20 points and 21 rebounds, handing previously-unbeaten Ipswich a 77-76 loss when she banked in a buzzer-beater.

 

Sean Toomey-Stout (Photo by Chelle Herbruger)

Sean Toomey-Stout:

“The Torpedo” beat the odds, making the University of Washington football roster as a walk-on.

The former CHS Male Athlete of the Year redshirted, but was in uniform every game for the D-1 Huskies.

 

Sarah Wright (Photo property Sewanee University softball)

Sarah Wright:

The exuberant softball slugger hit .407 during her sophomore season at Sewanee: The University of the South, collecting 11 hits, including two doubles, while driving in five runs.

Thanks to the pandemic, the former CHS valedictorian and her teammates have been limited to 26 games across the past two seasons, but that hasn’t stopped Wright.

Through 26 college games, she sits with a .309 batting average, 68 at-bats, 21 hits, including two home runs and two doubles, and 12 RBI.

Wright has walked nine times, come around to score six times, and anchored the Tigers with her quick glove and explosive throwing arm behind the plate.

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Coupeville’s Mica Shipley cheered in front of 21,000 fans Thursday in Nevada. (Photos courtesy BreAnna Boon)

Mica Shipley went to Paradise.

The Coupeville High School grad officially kicked off her second season as an NCAA D-1 cheerleader Thursday, as Eastern Washington University topped host University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Playing in front of 21,000 fans at the still fairly-new Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, the Eagles held off UNLV 35-33 in double overtime, denying a game-tying two-point conversion on the final play.

The game was held in a $1.9 billion arena, known informally as “The Death Star,” which also houses home games for the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.

Shipley’s high school cheer coach, BreAnna Boon, was thrilled to see her high-flying star holding down the big-time spotlight, a payoff for all her hard work.

Mica friggin killed it!,” Boon said. “Her coach said that she had the most infectious spirit on the team.

“I am so proud of her! She’s living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to.

“She has dreamed of being a college cheerleader for so long, so to be able to see her living her dreams out, it’s just completely heart warming!”

Shipley fires up Eastern Washington University supporters.

The Eagles cheer squad, livin’ large on the turf at Allegiant Stadium.

Shipley touches the heavens.

“Farewell until next time!”

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Maddy Neitzel, a high-flying Wolf cheer hero. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

This blog turns nine years old August 15, and to mark the occasion, I’m picking what I view as the best nine Wolf athletes from each active CHS sport.

To be eligible, you had to play for the Wolves between Aug. 2012-Aug. 2021, AKA the “Coupeville Sports” years.

So here we go. Each day between Aug. 2-15, a different sport and (probably) a different argument.

 

Cheer is a sport.

So, now that we’ve ended that discussion, who are the best nine athletes to wear the uniform during my blogging years?

That’s a really tough one, as how do you grade a sport where, most times at least, no one is scoring points?

I guess, in the end, you (with you being me) flip a coin and pick those young women who stood out for being truly loud ‘n proud, the ones whose work on the sidelines lingers the longest in the memory.

You could make a case for a lot of Wolves who aren’t on this list, but in this brief moment, here’s nine who I think could bring as much spirit as need be, regardless if Coupeville was ahead or behind.

Mica Shipley, forever chasin’ that cheer life, from little girl to college superstar.

Nicole Becker — My former co-worker at Christopher’s, a bright, personable ball o’ fire who devotes countless hours to working with Special Olympics athletes in honor of her sister.

Kiara Burdge — The first freshman cheerleader ever awarded the Wolf award, and a team leader from day one.

Kylie Burdge — Big sis could light up a stadium like few others, a brilliant young woman who soared in the classroom and on the field.

Emilee Crichton — My next-door neighbor for many years, as bright and personable as anyone you’re likely to meet.

Sylvia Hurlburt — She was born to be a star, and never let her fervent fan club down. Always front and center. Always.

Breeanna Messner — A four-sport sensation, she played volleyball and cheered during the same season, and was awesome at both.

McKenzie Meyer — So much energy and excitement crackling through every atom in her body, plus she’s a true-blue Videoville alum, which gets her extra props.

Maddy Neitzel — She touched the heavens as a flier, and brought grace and style to her sideline work, a perennially-positive cheerleader if there ever was.

Mica Shipley — A high flyer who led CHS cheer back to competition (and a 3rd place finish at state). Now she’s an NCAA D-1 cheerleader, possibly a first for Wolf alums.

Look up spirit in the dictionary and you’ll see a photo of McKenzie Meyer.

 

Next up: We head to the pitch to honor the best male booters.

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Coupeville grad Mica Shipley made her debut as an NCAA D-I college cheerleader Saturday afternoon. (Photos courtesy Shipley)

Shipley (front row, far left) with her EWU squad.

She was born for this.

Mica Shipley has been a cheerleader most of her life, winning awards and soaring high into the air.

Now, the 2020 Coupeville High School grad has reached a new level of achievement, performing for an NCAA D-I school.

After being denied a chance to perform by the pandemic, the cheer squad at Eastern Washington University finally got to go live Saturday at the regular season home finale in Cheney.

Shipley and her teammates worked the sidelines as the Eagles beat the University of Idaho 38-31.

The victory avenged an earlier loss to the Vandals, and lifts EWU to 5-1 on the season.

While she didn’t get to fly Saturday, Shipley was just thrilled with the chance to achieve at least a part of her college cheer dream.

“No stunting, but I’m glad to be out there!,” she said.

During her days at CHS, Shipley was a cheer captain for the Wolves, helping lead the program’s return to competition after nearly a decade away from the blue mats.

During her junior season, Coupeville qualified for state in its first attempt in eight years, then claimed third-place at the big dance.

The next season, Shipley and fellow captain Ashleigh Battaglia led the Wolves to nationals.

The cheer supernova, who first made headlines when she earned her way onto all-star teams at age six, also modeled for Glitter Starz.

That Illinois-based company is a national leader in custom all-star uniforms, warm-ups, and other cheer essentials.

Shipley, who is one of two Wolf athletes at D-I schools (with classmate Sean Toomey-Stout competing for a spot with the University of Washington football team) is studying nursing, with plans to become an OBGYN.

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Coupeville grad Mica Shipley will be an NCAA D-1 cheerleader at Eastern Washington University this fall. (Photos courtesy Tammy Akard and BreAnna Boon)

She’s in the game for life.

Mica Shipley broke into cheerleading at a young age, and her love of the sport has never faded.

On all-star teams by age six, it was all uphill from there.

Already a star at a young age.

The 2020 Coupeville High School grad rose through the ranks, capping her time in Cow Town as a team captain for a resurgent Wolf cheer program.

With Shipley flying high, CHS returned to competitive cheer during her junior season, and immediately made an impact, claiming 3rd at the state tourney.

She and her Wolf teammates followed that up by making it to nationals during her senior campaign.

Shipley also was chosen to model for Glitter Starz, an Illinois-based company which is a national leader in custom all-star uniforms, warm-ups, and other cheer essentials.

But, as much as she accomplished during her high school days, that won’t be the end of her cheer career.

Shipley, who will be attending Eastern Washington University to study nursing, with plans to become an OBGYN, has been picked for the school’s cheer squad.

EWU, whose alumni include NFL wide receiver Cooper Kupp, legendary comic book artist Todd McFarlane, and Olympic gold medal shooter Launi Meili, competes as an NCAA D-1 school.

When selecting her new school, Shipley was looking for a comfortable fit, and she found it in Cheney.

“I chose EWU because it gave me that hometown feel without it being super small like Coupeville,” she said. “And it’s also not too far away from home.”

To earn her spot on the Eagles cheer roster, Shipley had to go through several levels of tryouts, all adjusted to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I had to do an online tryout video. They sent me a dance, fight song, and some cheers,” Shipley said.

“I also had to send in videos of me stunting and tumbling.”

After making the first cut, it was time for interviews with the coaches.

“They asked me how I would describe myself and how my relationships were with my past teammates and coaches,” Shipley said. “We mostly all just got to know each other.”

The official announcement came Thursday, and CHS cheer coach BreAnna Boon immortalized the moment by sneaking down to Shipley’s job and decorating her car.

Shipley’s car gets some love.

“Eastern Washington is incredibly lucky to have her be a part of the team,” Boon said.

“They don’t know it yet, but she is the perfect addition and I’m planning to catch her live at a game!”

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