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CHS hoops stars got to watch professional players in action Friday. (Photos courtesy Scott Fox)

The Wolves meet Seattle Storm standout Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

Past connections pay off.

New Coupeville High School girls basketball coach Scott Fox was a firefighter and fire captain in California before retiring to Whidbey.

During that time he worked 20 years with the father of Seattle Storm standout Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, seeing her rise from a junior high star to the national high school player of the year, then a three-time national champion at the University of Connecticut.

Friday night Fox got a chance to take seven CHS seniors to watch her play in person, as the Storm bounced the LA Sparks 84-62 at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

The Wolves – Tia Wurzrainer, Jered Brown, Hannah Davidson, Gavin Knoblich, Avalon Renninger, Jacobi Pilgrim, and Scout Smith – also got to meet Mosqueda-Lewis.

The 25-year-old small forward has enjoyed a stellar career at every level.

Mosqueda-Lewis was the ESPN National Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, while adding the State Farm/WBCA High School Player of the Year, Naismith High School Player of the Year, and Gatorade National Player of the Year her senior season.

She captured gold medals four times while playing for different Team USA squads, was a three-time national champion at UConn, and won a 2018 WNBA title with the Storm.

Mosqueda-Lewis also holds the NCAA D-I women’s career record for made three-point shots, rattling home 398 three-balls, while shooting a crisp 44.7% from behind the arc.

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Cassidy Rydell

Cassidy Rydell

Cassidy Rydell has never stopped dancing, she’s just picked up a new style.

The Coupeville High School senior, a 13-year veteran of the world of ballet, has brought her dance moves into the world of cheerleading this year.

As a first-time member of the Wolf cheer squad, which is coached by former Seattle Sonics dancer Cheridan Eck, she’s been able to keep her love of dance going, even if she’s no longer wearing toe shoes.

“I wanted to keep doing something similar and cheer happened to be exactly what I was looking for,” Rydell said. “Being a former dancer, I love it when we have routines that involve any type of dancing; whenever we learn something new it creates a new challenge.”

And while CHS officials still want to call cheer an activity and not a sport, Rydell knows first-hand the sweat, blood and tears that go into being ready to perform.

“Try being able to do the splits and kick sky high,” she said. “Can the football players do it? No.

“It’s the same when people say that dancing isn’t a sport,” Rydell added. “They obviously haven’t seen the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”

As she plans her future, she has goals of competing in track for the Wolves this spring and majoring in Communications in college.

Rydell is a member of the National Honor Society and picks English as her favorite class.

While she’s skilled in the classroom, her talents stretch out far beyond taking tests.

“I play piano and I love it!,” Rydell said. “I also enjoy singing, writing and, of course, dancing.”

Music is a huge part of her life, whether it’s her own performances or listening to her favorite bands, which include “my two all-time favorite bands at the moment, Owl City and OneRepublic.”

Through everything, she counts a close family member as her biggest fan and confidant, knowing that she’ll always be there to support her in whatever endeavors she picks up.

“My mom has had a HUGE impact on my life, she is the main reason I am who I am today,” Rydell said. “She is my best friend and I can tell her everything!”

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Cheridan Eck

Cheridan Eck

Cheer for Cheridan, cause she’d cheer for you.

Today marks the birthday of one of the peppiest people on the face of the Earth, CHS cheer coach Cheridan Eck.

A former Seattle Sonics dancer who has brought her love of dance to the high school athletic scene, she is one of the brightest, most personable people you’ll ever meet.

Whether working with her high school girls or teaching cheer to future generations of Wolves when the elementary school kids get their taste of pom poms and routines each season, she is the Energizer Rabbit come to life.

And, even when you think she’s standing still for a moment, she’s not.

During performances she silently mimics every move and cheer, pulling them off (of course) flawlessly.

After 20 years of the original Energizer Rabbit, legendary CHS cheer coach Sylvia Arnold, anyone following in her footsteps would have a tough job.

From all signs, it appears Cheridan is pulling it off the same way she does everything — with grace, good cheer, boundless energy and a willingness to outwork and out-hustle at all times.

Coupeville is lucky to have her, our very own bright shining star lighting up the universe around her every step of the way.

Happy birthday, Cheridan.

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