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Coupeville High School cheerleaders Ashleigh Battaglia (left) and Mica Shipley recently competed for spots on the All-State team. (Photos courtesy BreAnna Boon)

They’re carrying Coupeville High School cheer back into the spotlight.

Hot on the heels of finishing 3rd at state, while returning to competition for the first time since 2011, the Wolves sent their leaders to the Washington State Cheerleading Coaches Association All-State Competition.

Shipley stands tall.

CHS juniors Ashleigh Battaglia and Mica Shipley brought their patented sense of excitement and skill to Kamiak High School Mar. 23, vying for spots on the All-State team.

The duo, who were nominated by Coupeville coach BreAnna Boon, competed in different events, with both finishing in the top half of the standings.

A brief photo op before competition.

Shipley competed in tumbling, where she was one of 50 cheerleaders in action, while Battaglia chose non-tumbling, which drew 108 competitors.

Both Wolf cheerleaders had to learn routines off of a video, then perform in front of collegiate and NFL cheerleaders.

Performing solo, Battaglia completed three jumps, a cheer, and two dances.

Battaglia reaches for the sky.

Shipley did three jumps into a back handspring, a tumbling pass, a dance, and a cheer.

While neither Wolf made the top 15, which was the cut-off for the All-State team, the experience was a positive one for the team captains as CHS cheer continues to build for the future.

“The girls had fun, so that’s all that matters,” Boon said.

The duo hang out with CHS cheer coach BreAnna Boon.

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Senior Julie Bucio helped lead Coupeville High School back to the world of competition cheer, where the Wolves placed 3rd Saturday at the state championships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They caught the cheer world by surprise.

Operating a competition cheer squad for the first time since 2011, Coupeville High School stormed the state championships Saturday, taking home 3rd place in the 1A Game Day Small division.

In its first year of operation, the North Sound Conference did extremely well, sweeping the top three slots in the event.

Sultan won the state title with 77.75 points, while Cedar Park Christian (69.00) and Coupeville (60.50) were hot on the Turks heels.

That the Wolves were even on the blue mats at Battle Ground was a bit unexpected.

While CHS cheer won a state title in 2006, then claimed 2nd in 2007 and 4th in 2011, the Wolves reverted to being just a sideline squad after longtime coach Sylvia Arnold retired.

Things took a change for the positive in 2018, when BreAnna Boon, who won state and national cheer titles during her days as a student in Oak Harbor, accepted Coupeville’s coaching position.

Operating on a short time table, and with few cheerleaders who had any previous experience in the competitive world, Boon expected the 2018-2019 winter season to be a nice learning process.

Instead, her 10-woman squad hit the mats strongly at its first meet, raised its score rapidly and steadily, then qualified for state at the last meet of the regular season.

With just one senior, Julie Bucio, on the competition squad, Boon and her team should continue to rise in the cheer world as they go forward.

The Wolf team, which will add a new plaque to the Wall of Fame in the school gym:

Ashleigh Battaglia
Julie Bucio
Kim Castro
Coral Caveness
Emily Fiedler
Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Mica Shipley
Bella Velasco
Melia Welling

 

PS — Coupeville’s neighbor, Oak Harbor, finished 4th in the 3A/4A Non-Tumbling Small division.

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Senior Julie Bucio is part of the rebirth of Coupeville High School’s competition cheer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves celebrate their 2nd place finish Saturday at “Battle at the Border” in Vancouver. (Erika Hoffmire photos)

Enjoying the moment are: back row (left to right): Mica Shipley, Ashleigh Battaglia, coach BreAnna Boon, Bella Velasco, and Coral Caveness. Front: Kim Castro, Emily Fiedler, Ja’Tarya Hoskins, Bucio, and Marenna Rebischke-Smith.

Leaps and bounds.

The Coupeville High School cheer squad, which recently returned to competition after a seven-year absence, has caught the attention of the judges.

The Wolves have been to three meets now, winning awards each time, but it’s been their improvement on the score cards which has been the biggest bonus.

Saturday, CHS headed back to the bus with a 2nd place trophy for their work in the Small Game Day division at the “Battle at the Border” in Vancouver.

That gives the Wolves two 2nds and a 3rd during their brief rebirth.

Even bigger, they scored a 60, which is just five points shy of earning them a trip to state, and is a whopping 19 points up from what they posted at their first competition.

“That’s when they really started screaming and jumping up and down!,” said CHS coach BreAnna Boon. “Knowing that they got that close (to state) was more exciting for them than the trophy!

“This weekend I watched them bloom into a completely different squad,” she added. “They finally saw what I have always seen in them!”

It’s a feeling shared by her cheerleaders.

“I could not be prouder of my team,” said captain Ja’Tarya Hoskins. “This year is our year, to show all the kids at our school that we aren’t just dumb cheerleaders who cheer for just football and basketball.”

While they’re still very involved as a sideline squad, the core of the Wolf cheer team has doubled up in recent weeks, putting in tremendous effort to get ready for their competitions.

“Every week we have to change our routine, based on the judges critiques,” Boon said. “This week we only had two days to completely change everything. They learned a whole new dance, put a new song to their routine, and learned a new cheer.

“As a coach my job is to look at those score sheets and critiques, and apply that to our routine so we can meet the ultimate goal of competing at state,” she added. “I wish I could put into words how hard these cheerleaders have been working.

“There is nothing that can describe their level of intensity when they get to practice.”

Nine Wolves took the mats Saturday, with a tenth, Melia Welling, there in spirit if not in body.

“We have bonded and became family and it showed on that blue mat!,” said captain Mica Shipley. “I’ve never been more proud of those beautiful ladies.”

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Marenna Rebischke-Smith is part of a 13-woman CHS winter cheer squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Winter cheer is coming.

High School basketball season starts Monday, when Coupeville players hit the floor for their first practices.

While Wolf ballers will just be getting started, their cheer counterparts are already working towards a new season, leaving the gridiron sidelines behind for the warmth of the gym.

First-year CHS coach BreAnna Boon has a 13-woman roster with which to work, with 11 of those Wolves returning from football season.

“We are a small but mighty squad!,” Boon said. “Great things are coming … be prepared to be amazed!”

The CHS winter cheer squad:

Ashleigh Battaglia
Julie Bucio
Kim Castro
Coral Caveness
Emily Fiedler
Kaley Grigsby
Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Lola Jimenez
Jaden Marrs
Marenna Rebischke-Smith
Mica Shipley
Bella Velasco
Melia Welling

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Wolf cheerleaders, seen here at the preseason jamboree, were ready to rock from day one. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

BreAnna Boon’s first season is in the books.

The Coupeville High School cheer coach capped her first time running things on the Wolf sidelines with a season-ending banquet Tuesday night.

Boon honored seniors Julie Bucio and Moira Reed with four-year awards, while handing out letters to 15 girls who stayed loud ‘n proud while cheering on football this fall.

Now, the coach and her athletes head indoors for the start of basketball season.

 

Letter winners:

Ashleigh Battaglia
Julie Bucio
Kim Castro

Coral Caveness
Emily Fiedler

Kaley Grigsby
Ja’Kenya Hoskins

Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Isabel Hucke
Marenna Rebischke-Smith

Moira Reed
Mica Shipley
Emma Somes
Bella Velasco

Melia Welling

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