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Grady Rickner is here to teach you slick dribbling skills. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

End of the lessons, but not the work, or the fun.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week six today, and it’s the final set of videos.

Current CHS hoops stars Xavier Murdy and Grady Rickner and the ready-to-graduate-this-Saturday Scout Smith are on hand to guide you through the drills.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.

Then keep at it, through the summer and beyond, as you prep for basketball glory to come.


Skill 17:


Skills 18-19:


Skills 20-21:

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Hawthorne Wolfe soars in for another bucket. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The court calls you.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for week five, with four drills intended to make your crossover the snappiest in town.

Hoops phenom and international man of mystery Hawthorne Wolfe is your guide this time out.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.


Skills 13-14:


Skills 15-16:

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Xavier Murdy pounds the ball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Grab your basketball and get to work.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball dribbling challenge returns for another week, with three drills intended to make your crossover the snappiest in town.

Current CHS hoops supernova Xavier Murdy, fast-rising middle school stars Landon Roberts and Cole White, and legendary former Wolf Lindsey Roberts are all on hand to be your guides.

Follow along with the action, work on your skills, and post your own response videos on social media.


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Makana Stone, forever a force of nature. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every bucket, every rebound, every moment of on-court brilliance built to this.

Two days after graduating from Whitman College, Coupeville’s Makana Stone received her school’s highest athletic honor Tuesday morning.

The former Wolf, who finished as the #5 scorer and #2 rebounder in Blues women’s basketball history, received the Mignon Borleske Award.

The honor recognizes a graduating senior student-athlete for “their career athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus and community as a whole.”

Stone shared the honor with Blues tennis player Andrea Gu, a three-time All-American.

Robert Colton, a Whitman men’s basketball star, received the R.V. Borleske Award, which is given to the school’s top male athlete.

The winners receive a plaque, while their names are added to a display in the athletic department’s Hall of Fame.

The awards are named for a couple who arrived on campus in 1915, then had a huge impact on the growth of the school.

Raymond Borleske, a former Whitman football and baseball player, became a long-time coach, while Mignon Borleske taught dance and women’s education classes at the school for nearly 40 years.

Stone, a 2016 CHS grad, became a starter for the Blues midway through her freshman season, and rarely left the court after that.

She finished with the most starts (92) in program history, and she and fellow seniors Mady Burdett, Lily Gustafson, Natalie Whitesel, and Katie Stahl compiled a 94-20 record during their time in Walla Walla.

That was the most wins for a graduating class in the long and prestigious history of Whitman women’s basketball.

Their success included three trips to the NCAA D-III national tourney, and Whitman was hours away from playing in the Sweet 16 at this year’s event when COVID-19 shut down collegiate athletics.

Stone finished her run in a Blues uniform with 1,337 points and 837 rebounds.

She was named the Northwest Conference MVP as a senior, was selected for the Beyond Sports Women’s Collegiate All-Star Game, and received All-Region and All-American honors.

When she wasn’t excelling on the hardwood, Stone¬†participated in the Whitman College mentor program, was an ACE representative, and served as a member of the Whitman Elementary School Science Night Committee.

Using her time well, Coupeville’s progeny was also a presenter at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, while obtaining multiple internships.

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Maddie Georges was third in scoring for the Wolf varsity basketball squad during her freshman season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A broken ankle kicks off Mad Dog’s summer. (Suzan Georges photos)

On the mend.

One of Coupeville’s most-promising young athletes will kick off summer vacation in a boot.

Maddie Georges, who was third on the Wolf varsity squad in scoring during her freshman basketball season, broke her left ankle Saturday.

Mad Dog was a top JV volleyball player right out of the gate, and is the heir apparent to the soon-to-be-graduated Scout Smith at setter for the CHS varsity volleyball program.

Georges then made a huge breakthrough on the hardwood, jumping from being a vital part of an undefeated middle school hoops team in 8th grade to becoming a starter for the Wolf varsity midway through her freshman campaign.

Coupeville’s deadliest three-ball threat, she joined Smith in running the offense, while racking up 86 points.

That left her trailing just Smith (148) and junior Chelsea Prescott (110) on the season scoring chart.

When spring came, Georges also made the CHS varsity softball roster, only to see her season end before it began thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down Washington state schools.

Now, three months ahead of a new high school volleyball season — if prep sports return on time — Mad Dog is on the mend.

The good news is the injury seems fairly uncomplicated.

“A clean break,” said mom Suzan Georges. “So much for softball and on to healing for volleyball and basketball. Girl’s got some serious PT in her future.

“Huge thanks to all the ER doctors, nurses, and X-ray tech,” she added. “We were in and out in less then an hour and a half.”

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