Coupeville grad Makana Stone earned her third Northwest Conference Athlete of the Week honor this season after a phenomenal road trip. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

At this rate, they should just name the award after her.

Coupeville grad, and current Whitman College junior Makana Stone was named Monday as the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

It’s the third time this season the former Wolf ace has been tabbed for the award, having already been picked Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.

This time around, Stone is being honored for a road trip in which she threw down three consecutive double-doubles while the Blues took over sole possession of first place in their conference.

Whitman bounced Whitworth, Linfield, and George Fox, which was ranked #12 in NCAA D-III ball, running its record to 6-0 in league play, 12-3 overall.

Stone went for 21 points and 17 rebounds at Whitworth, before following that performance up with 12 and 10 against Linfield and 17 and 11 in a first-place showdown with George Fox.

On the season, she is averaging 16.3 points and 9.1 boards a night.

This time around, Stone shared Athlete of the Week honors with Joey Hewitt of Whitman (men’s basketball), and the Whitworth duo of Cameron Lyon (women’s swimming) and Ryan Grady (men’s swimming).

Audrianna Shaw knocked down an especially impressive bucket Tuesday, but the Coupeville JV couldn’t hold off Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No excuses, ever.

Despite playing basically four players down Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball team fought visiting Granite Falls from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

But, with two of its top players limited to a single quarter of action, and two more in street clothes, the Wolves suffered a third-quarter let-down and fell 33-20.

The loss, which largely hinged on an 11-2 run by Granite coming out of halftime, drops Coupeville to 3-2 in North Sound Conference play, 6-6 overall.

The Wolves were without the injured Abby Mulholland and Kylie Chernikoff, while starters Izzy Wells and Ja’Kenya Hoskins only made brief cameos so they could remain eligible for extended duty in the varsity game.

That forced CHS coach Amy King to shuffle her roster, and she did, patching together a variety of lineups, while giving Morgan Stevens her first career start.

The high-energy freshman brought a nice intensity to the defensive side of the ball, as did her fellow hustlers like Lily Leedy and Alana Mihill.

Much of Coupeville’s offense came courtesy Anya Leavell, who knocked down eight points with a variety of sweet moves.

She went coast to coast for one bucket, had a pair of baskets on plays where she rolled hard to the hoop, lofting the ball up and over her defender’s fingertips, then capped things with a pull-up jumper.

The game’s best bucket came from Audrianna Shaw, who threw down a wicked mini-hook shot on the move, slicing off a chunk of the backboard before finding pay-dirt.

With the game tied 6-6 after one quarter, Coupeville said farewell to Hoskins. Then, trailing just 18-16 at the half, it was time to bid adieu to Wells.

That gave Granite a chance to bang the ball inside to its big players — one Tiger was six-foot in her socks and camped out all game right beneath the rim — and use a power game to pull away.

The game took a nasty turn in the final moments when Wolf guard Kiara Contreras was launched skyward during a battle for a rebound, before landing hard, smacking her head on the floor.

To their credit, the Tigers, to a player, came over after the game to check on the scrappy CHS ball-hawk, with the Granite player who inadvertently yanked Contreras off her feet offering profuse apologies.

Leavell’s eight points paced the Wolf scoring attack, with Shaw (4), Mollie Bailey (2), Contreras (2), Wells (2), and Hoskins (2) also scoring.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh played strongly on defense, rising up to reject a Tiger shot while the game was still a one-score affair.

Coupeville boys basketball coaches Brad Sherman (middle) and Chris Smith (right) couldn’t save their teams Tuesday from poor shooting performances. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some nights you can’t buy a bucket.

Tuesday was one of those unfortunate evenings for the Coupeville High School boys basketball squads, which took a pair of beatings in Bothell.

How it played out:



Cedar Park Christian came out hot and never really cooled off, rolling to a 70-27 win over the Wolves.

The road loss drops CHS to 1-4 in North Sound Conference action, 2-10 overall.

Coupeville, which has played five of its last six games away from home, finally returns to Whidbey this Friday when it kicks off a three-game home stand.

The Wolves sit in fifth-place in its six-team league, and control their own destiny as they chase the conference’s final playoff berth.

A game-and-a-half up on Granite Falls (0-6), CHS beat the Tigers the first time around and close the regular season Feb. 1 at Granite.

Tuesday night, the Wolves ran into a CPC squad which was coming off a huge upset win over South Whidbey, and the Eagles weren’t ready to let their hot streak cool off.

Jumping out to a 20-6 lead after one, Cedar Park stretched the margin to 36-15 at the half, then sealed the deal with a devastating 16-0 surge in the third quarter.

The Eagles rained down nine three-balls in the game, while also hitting more than their share of regular field goals along the way.

Mason Grove sparked the resistance, hitting for a team-high eight points for Coupeville, while Hawthorne Wolfe ruffled the net for five and Sean Toomey-Stout banked in four.

Jacobi Pilgrim (3), Daniel Olson (3), Gavin Knoblich (2), and Jean Lund-Olsen (2) rounded out the scoring, with Olson netting his first varsity points on a fourth quarter three-ball.



For one quarter, Coupeville’s young guns were blazing. Then, they ran out of bullets.

Up 15-13 at the first break, the Wolves scraped together just nine points, and one lonely field goal, over the next 24 minutes, eventually falling 61-24.

The loss drops CHS to 2-3 in league play, 6-6 overall.

Things started off nicely, with Logan Martin swishing a pair of three-balls, Xavier Murdy banging home four points, and the Wolves controlling things in the opening frame.

After that, not so nice.

Sage Downes lofted in a three-ball in the third quarter, but that was the one and only field goal CHS would hit over the final three quarters.

Even with Coupeville’s inability to coax much through the rim, the game wasn’t a true blowout until a 22-1 CPC tsunami in the fourth made the final score more far-fetched than probably needed to be.

Murdy and Martin each finished with six points, while Olson, Grady Rickner and Downes tossed in four apiece to round out the Wolf attack.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins, seen last year as an 8th grader, scored her first high school varsity points Tuesday, and they couldn’t have come at a bigger time. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everyone contributes.

From the senior captains to the freshmen swing players, the Coupeville High School girls varsity basketball squad gets something from all of its players, and it’s paying off.

Tuesday night was a prime example, as the Wolves, playing without two starters for the second straight game, pulled together, showed incredible grit and determination in the fourth quarter, and escaped with another win.

This time, it was a 40-33 victory over visiting Granite Falls, thanks to superb plays from young guns Chelsea Prescott and Ja’Kenya Hoskins and surprisingly good free-throw shooting in the game’s final moments.

The win lifts CHS to 4-2 in North Sound Conference play, 6-7 overall, and solidifies its hold on third-place in the six-team league.

The Wolves trail King’s (6-0) and Cedar Park Christian (5-1), while sitting well ahead of Granite (2-4), Sultan (1-5), and South Whidbey (0-6), who they play Friday at home.

A win in that game, against a team it beat by 35 points the first time around, and Coupeville clinches a playoff spot.

Tuesday night, the Wolves were back on their home court for the first time in nearly a month, but minus two major weapons, senior Lindsey Roberts and junior Hannah Davidson.

Roberts, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, suffered a nasty finger injury early in Coupeville’s last game, while Davidson is recovering from a hurt ankle.

Unable to call on either veteran, CHS coach David King went to his bench and gave junior defensive whiz kid Tia Wurzrainer her first career start, then employed freshman Ja’Kenya Hoskins for her longest varsity stint.

Both players responded in style.

Tia and Ja’Kenya did a really good job and brought a lot of energy,” King said. “We talked about having each player step up and play a little bigger and add a little more to their game.

“It’s not to be put on just one or two players,” he added. “Tonight the players did a little more and shared in picking up what Hannah and Lindsey bring us.”

Coupeville’s support crew stood tallest in the crucible of the fourth quarter, rising to the moment after the Wolves frittered away a 10-point lead.

Granite opened the final frame with an 11-4 surge, using two free throws with a little over four minutes to play to knot things at 31-31.

Having seen a 25-15 advantage vanish into the wind, the Wolves could have broken. Could have fallen apart, and said, well, we tried, and taken the moral victory.

Except they weren’t having it.

Prescott, working hard down in the paint, with three Tigers hanging on her, pummeling her from head to toe, promptly broke her foot off in Granite’s collective posterior.

Finding the smallest crack in the defense, the super sophomore slipped through a tangle of arms, draining a gorgeous spinning shot and effectively winning the game on the spot.

The visitors didn’t go down that easily, of course, netting a free throw to cut the lead back to one, but that was just the cue for Hoskins to hit the shot of the year.

The fab frosh had spent the night being a whirlwind, crashing the boards, poking balls free, forcing bad shots and then getting out on the run.

She had capped the first quarter with a breakaway layup, scoring her first-ever varsity points, but for her second act, Hoskins decided to get downright dramatic.

With CHS clinging to a one-point lead, and likely the fifth shooting option of the five players on the floor, the lil’ sister of former Wolf hoops star Jai’Lysa Hoskins announced her own arrival with a shot which probably caused King’s stomach to lurch a bit.

Everyone in the gym expected the freshman to kick the ball back out, but instead “Ja’Kenya the Tiger Killer” spun and banked a turnaround jumper off the glass.

The ball arced up, King looked like he needed some Pepto-Bismo, and then the ball kissed the backboard and softly plopped through the net, sending the fans into delirium and drawing a smile from her now-relieved coach.

Riding an emotional high, the Wolves closed the game’s final minute like stone-cold killers.

A CHS team which had hit just two of 11 free throws to that point swished five of their final six freebies to ice the win.

Prescott had dead-aim on two charity shots, while Scout Smith tossed in the game’s final three points, each shot caressing the net as the ball slid through the twine.

The strong finish capped a game which took a few wild swings.

Coupeville came out strongly, with Prescott drilling a jumper from the side to open scoring, followed by back-to-back buckets from left-handed assassin Avalon Renninger.

Toss in a three-ball by Ema Smith, the first of her three treys on the night, and Hoskins layup, and CHS exited the first quarter up 11-4.

And then the offense stalled-out for a bit.

Other than a second three-ball from Ema Smith, the Wolves couldn’t buy a bucket for the first seven minutes of the second quarter, and actually fell behind 15-14 at one point.

That narrow deficit would be the one and only time Coupeville was on the wrong side of the score, however, as CHS ended the half with a couple free throws and a lunging lay-in from Prescott off a sizzlin’ in-bounds pass.

The Wolves put the hammer down in the third, opening with a 7-0 run to stretch the lead out to 10, before settling for a 27-20 advantage headed into the fourth.

Ema Smith hit on her final trey, sending the ball through the net with a single second left on the shot clock, while Wurzrainer and Nicole Laxton added big buckets.

Laxton slapped home her basket after getting the ball off of a note-perfect drive ‘n dish from Scout Smith, while Wurzrainer’s jumper bounced around the rim 2,437 times before splashing home.

That set up the fourth quarter, where things veered from scary to serene.

Even as the lead slipped away, the Wolves continued to hit big shots, though, with Scout Smith lofting a rainbow jumper off the sweet spot of the glass, while Prescott yanked a rebound free and powered back up for a key put-back.

With Roberts and her 11 points a night scoring average on the bench in street clothes, Coupeville spread out its offense.

Ema Smith paced the Wolves with 11, while Prescott banged home 10 and Scout Smith rustled the nets for six.

Renninger (4), Hoskins (4), Laxton (3), and Wurzrainer (2) also scored, while Mollie Bailey, Izzy Wells, and Anya Leavell all chipped in with scrappy, ball-hawking defense during their stints on the floor.

Proving guards can clean the boards, Scout Smith hauled in a team-high nine rebounds to go with four assists, while Hoskins snatched seven caroms and Ema Smith collected six.

The middle school hoops schedule has been ripped up, leaving 8th grade players like Carolyn Lhamon with less games than expected. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never write anything down in ink.

Exactly a week before Coupeville Middle School girls basketball players begin practice for a new season, their entire schedule has been blown up.

League athletic directors had to make the change after discovering several schools wouldn’t be able to field teams at all levels.

King’s Junior High, which CMS was originally scheduled to play twice, will not have an 8th grade team. Northshore Christian also won’t have an 8th grade squad, or a JV team for that matter.

After some fiddling, Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith and his compatriots have pieced together a new schedule which will work, though be unbalanced.

The Wolves plan to field a 7th grade varsity, an 8th grade varsity and one combined team for JV play.

Under the new schedule, the only CMS team to still have a complete 10-game schedule is the 7th grade varsity.

The JV will sit out against Northshore, while the 8th grade varsity is left with just eight games.

It could have gone as low as seven, but AD’s shaved off Coupeville’s second game against King’s and replaced it with a second game against Lakewood.

The new, we’re pretty sure this is real, schedule:


Tues-Feb. 5 — South Whidbey
Thur-Feb. 7 — @Lakewood
Tues-Feb. 12 — @Granite Falls
Thur-Feb. 14 — King’s (**No 8th grade varsity**)
Wed-Feb. 20 — @Sultan
Thur-Feb. 21 — @Northshore Christian (**7th varsity only**)
Tues-Feb. 26 — Granite Falls
Thur-Mar. 5 — @South Whidbey
Tues-Mar. 12 — Lakewood
Thur-Mar. 14 — Sultan


All home games tip at 3:15 PM.

Mondays and Tuesdays, the 7th grade varsity plays first, followed by a two-quarter JV game, then the 8th grade varsity.

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8th grade varsity plays first, then JV, then 7th grade varsity.