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Coupeville’s junior cheer squad takes the floor. (Corinn Parker photo)

The future claimed the present.

Halftime of the Coupeville High School varsity boys’ basketball game was dominated by the town’s junior cheerleaders, who showed up 30 girls strong Friday night.

After working with coaches Sylvia Arnold, Cavan Simonson, and Tiffany Hembree, the young squad delivered a “power cheer” performance honed by several weeks of practice.

High school cheerleader Lynn Cosner and Girls Scouts cookie super saleswoman Halle Black hang out. (Photo courtesy Spirit of Cheer Booster Club)

Some of the young athletes will continue with the sport, someday replacing the girls and boys who currently wear CHS cheer uniforms.

Others will move on to other pursuits.

But, for one night, they were here, and they were loud ‘n proud.

Avery Parker is fired up. (Corinn Parker photo)


The roster:

Jasmine Allen
Serenity Balder
Scarlet Barnes
Halle Black
Mavis Chevalier
Stella Day
Caitlin Del Russo
Maja Rain Govorcin
Callie Hagen
Leah Hernandez-Gomez
Ella Holm
Autumn Abigail Hunt
Sabrina Judnich
Claire Lachnit
Daisy Leedy-Bonifas
Sophia Magdolen
Kennedy O’Neil
Avery Parker
Crissy Pings-Dockery
Jordin Powell
Annaliese Powers
Emily Rains
Faith Rivers
Reina Rivers
Alyvia Schoene
Milly Somes
Diana Teran Herrera
Scarlette Verhulst
Lou Ella Zito

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Current Wolf cheerleaders like Alysia Burdge (far right) work with Coupeville’s next gen stars. (Photos courtesy Spirit of Cheer Booster Club)

Friday night, the spotlight is theirs.

A pack of young Wolf cheerleaders get a chance to perform in front of Coupeville High School basketball fans, culminating weeks of hard work.

CHS is hosting Friday Harbor, with girls’ varsity and boys JV games at 4:00, and boys’ varsity and girls JV at 5:30ish.

The youth cheer performance will arrive during halftime of the varsity boys’ game.

The young cheerleaders will sport snazzy new bows, thanks to Wolf Mom Phoenix Da Costa-Ford.

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The spotlight can be theirs again.

Youth cheerleaders get a second chance to perform in front of Coupeville fans, but this time in a warm gym instead of on a muddy football field.

Athletes in grades 3-6 are eligible, with registration set for Jan. 5-12.

Cost is $30, which gets you a t-shirt, or $50, which also gets you poms.

There will be two practices (Jan. 19 and 26) in the Coupeville High School commons, running from 3:30 to 4:45 PM.

CHS varsity cheerleaders will escort elementary school students during the walk between schools those days.

The junior cheerleaders will join the current Wolf spirit team on the floor for a performance Jan. 27, a night when Coupeville hosts Friday Harbor on Coaches vs. Cancer Night.


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Coupeville’s junior cheerleaders, ready to rock the stadium. (Corinn Parker photo)

One cheerleader for every family in town.

Or at least pretty close.

With the guidance of former Coupeville High School cheer coach Sylvia Arnold and her protege, Cavan Simonson, the current Wolves welcomed 84 junior cheerleaders to Mickey Clark Field Thursday for a halftime performance.

The youngsters, who range in age from Pre-K to fifth grade, put in practices over the past couple of weeks, then flooded the field and made the turf shake.

(Megan Rickner photo)

(Phoenix Ford photo)

(Sandi Murdy photo)

(Lindsey Helm photo)

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Sylvia Arnold hugs husband Garrett after being gifted her grandfather’s 1949 Chevy truck, lovingly restored by local volunteers. (Photos courtesy Garrett Arnold and Jerry Helm)

Not quite road ready at this point…

Sylvia hugs Collin McGinness, who helped spearhead the project.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone in Coupeville who doesn’t like Sylvia Arnold.

She puts the friend in friendly, and has positively affected more people in our community than you can count.

Sylvia led the CHS cheer program for two decades-plus, and remains the only Wolf coach to win a team state title in any sport.

But her time on the sidelines, in the huddles, and bringing the pep 24/7/365, is most remembered for how inclusive she was.

There were years where Sylvia’s cheer squad had far more athletes than the football team did, and she welcomed girls (and boys) from all avenues of life.

There are a lot of cheerleader stereotypes, and she happily, merrily broke them all.

If you showed up and worked, you were one of her kids, and not just for that season, but for life.

Sylvia’s positivity, her love of others, and her genuine care for all she meets has colored every part of her life, from cheer to her work with her church, Living Hope on Whidbey.

Wanting to give something back, to show her a blessing for all she has done, a group of Whidbey residents, led by Collin McGinness and Darrell Jacobsen, started a seven-year project which paid off this week.

Putting together a team of workers, the duo shepherded the restoration of a 1949 Chevy truck which originally belonged to Sylvia’s Grandpa Engle.

In the words of those involved, it became “more than a renovation, it became a labor of love.

“A story that exemplifies the good in people, giving selflessly, to say “Thank you!” to someone who has given much of herself to bless others.”

“The open road is a’callin’.”

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