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Logan Martin hangs out with mom Abbie. (Teresa Besaw photo)

Logan Martin is throwing with the big boys.

The Coupeville High School grad competed in his second college track and field meet Saturday, joining his Central Washington University teammates at the Doris Heritage Track Festival in Renton.

The Wildcat freshman earned 6th place in the discus, chucking the implement 127 feet, 10 inches, and 9th in the shot put, where he lobbed the metal ball 37-09.50.

CWU track returns to action next Saturday, Mar. 25, when the ‘Cats travel to Tacoma for the Peyton/Shotwell Invitational.

During his days in Coupeville, Martin finished 2nd at state in the discus, shot put, and hammer throw.

He also played tennis and soccer and was a key part of the first Wolf boys’ basketball team to win a district title in 52 years.

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Charlotte Langille (Submitted photo)

   Charlotte Langille, who moved to Coupeville from New Hampshire, gives the Wolf hoops squad an injection of height. (Submitted photo)

The East Coast’s loss is Coupeville’s gain.

Two Wolf teams could benefit greatly from the addition of a talented young woman who recently moved to Whidbey Island with her family.

Charlotte Langille arrived on The Rock in June, a transplant from Dover, New Hampshire.

A senior at CHS, she is returning to basketball after taking a year off, then plans to bring her state meet-tested throwing skills to the Wolf track and field squad in the spring.

Coupeville fans will get their first look at Langille when she takes the basketball court, joining the two-time defending 1A Olympic League champs.

A 5-foot-11 post player, she instantly provides the Wolves with something every hoops coach covets — height.

Langille started playing basketball in the seventh grade (“my parents pushed me to play because of my height and I figured why not, because I like staying active during the school year anyways”) and quickly came to love the game.

She had to take a detour during her sophomore season, however, when two concussions prematurely ended her year.

After sitting out her junior campaign (“I wasn’t confident in my skills since missing a season”), the move to a new town re-lit the basketball spark.

“This season I pushed myself to just go out and play and I am so glad that I did,” Langille said.

“The part about basketball I enjoy the most is definitely the team atmosphere and how all the girls kinda become your family,” she added. “Having each others back on and off the court.”

Langille has jumped right in, learning Coupeville’s system and meshing her skills with those of her new teammates.

She has high hopes for her return to the court.

“My strengths are my height and wanting to learning new things and be the best basketball player I can be,” Langille said. “My goal in the upcoming season is to become more confident in my playing skills.”

After basketball, she plans to pick the shot put back up. As a junior she finished sixth at the Vermont Indoor State Championships.

While basketball and track are pretty much the same anywhere, perhaps the biggest change for Langille has been adapting to moving far away from the hub of hockey.

“From growing up with a father and sister who both play, we were a hockey family,” she said. “Always watching the Boston Bruins and, even living 3,000 miles away, I still try to watch every game.”

Other than a noticeable lack of ice rinks, the area is growing on Langille (“I’m loving the West Coast”) and she plans on staying in the region for college.

As she goes forward through her final year of high school and on, the newest Wolf knows she can always rely on those closest to her to provide support and encouragement.

“The people who have had a big impact on making me become the person I am are definitely my parents,” she said. “They have always been a huge support in whatever I choose to do.”

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Keahi Sorrows

Keahi Sorrows

Keahi Sorrows has always had a deep appreciation for space and planetary exploration.

Now the Coupeville High School freshman is spending the spring launching his own missiles through the clear blue sky as a member of the Wolf track and field team.

Sorrows is throwing the shot put, discus and javelin, continuing what he did the last two years at the middle school level.

“My friends from football said I might be good at it, so I just gave it a shot,” he said. “I enjoy the competition.”

“Shot put is definitely my favorite,” Sorrows added. “Shot put was the first field event I was excited to do.

“I feel it shows how powerful a person can be if they really put their all into the event.”

He’s aiming at a district berth in his first go-round at the high school level, and wants to battle with a fellow freshman with whom he’s always had a friendly competition.

“My friends definitely have a big impact on how I perform,” Sorrows said. “Chris Battaglia has been a person I always wanted to beat.

“We’ve been helping each other get better at our events, to be the best we can be.”

Away from sports, he spends his time hanging out with friends, listening to music and learning more about space, which has intrigued him since his younger days.

When he does go out to compete, whether in track or football (he plans to play for CHS in the fall), the rising star draws on his inner strength to overcome the odds.

And while Sorrows is making huge strides every practice, he’s always anxious to perfect his skills.

“I think my strength is my mentality to always improve in any way I can,” he said. “I would always like to work on my form.”

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CHS freshman cheerleader Moira Reed. (Photo courtesy Reed)

CHS freshman cheerleader Moira Reed. (Photo courtesy Reed)

Moira Reed may still be relatively young, but she’s already a veteran in the world of cheer.

The Coupeville High School freshman, who was a big part of the fall Wolf squad, first started patrolling the sidelines back in elementary school.

After a brief break, she returned this year and rekindled her love affair with the sport.

“I started off in junior cheer (1st, 2nd and 4th grades) and now as a high schooler, and plan to continue for the next three years,” Reed said. “I started cheer again because I liked the idea of having a family away from home and that’s what I got.”

Her relationships with her teammates is a huge part of what keeps cheer fun for her, but she also looks forward to learning new moves, as well.

“I enjoy my cheer sisters and my cheer mom,” Reed said. “But, more than anything, the dances and stunts for sure.”

With all the practice and behind-the-scenes work the Wolves put in to perfect their routines, it would be nice if the school acknowledged cheer as a sport.

Currently they view it as an activity.

“I feel like cheer is a sport because we work just as hard as other sports,” Reed said. “We put our blood and tears into it just as much as they do.”

When she’s not involved in cheer, Reed can often be found “going for long walks on the beach or going to the movies.”

She hails Mulan and Alice in Wonderland as her favorite flicks, and also enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends and family and doodling.

Reed is a two-sport athlete, having been a thrower (shot put, discus) and long jumper the last two years at Coupeville Middle School. She plans to try out for the relay events as well this spring.

Whether she’s cheering, throwing or working hard in the classroom, Reed can draw on the support of her family and friends, which is reassuring.

“My mom, Crystal Reed, has had a big impact on me doing cheer with paying for camp and my uniform,” she said.

“I also would like to give a big thanks to Rebecca (Robinson) and Maddy (Aylesworth) for being wonderful people and always being so cheerful and being there for me.”

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