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   Coupeville grad Makana Stone was tabbed Monday as the Northwest Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Another day, another honor.

Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone has been busy adding to her trophy room (if she has one) this past week.

After playing two superb games over the weekend for Whitman College, the former Wolf hoops star was tabbed as the MVP of the Whitworth Holiday Classic.

Monday, she picked up another honor, with the Northwest Conference hailing her as its women’s basketball Athlete of the Week.

Stone scored 29 points and hauled down seven rebounds this weekend, as Whitman pounded on Carroll (Mont.) College and Colorado College.

For the season, the sophomore sensation is averaging 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds a night. She leads the Blues in points, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.

Whitman, which is ranked #7 in the most-recent NCAA D-III poll, is 8-1.

The Blues carry an eight-game winning streak to San Antonio, where they will play in the Trinity University Classic Dec. 20-21.

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Chelsea Prescott lines up a free throw. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Cameron Toomey-Stout knows the ref wishes he had Camtastic’s impeccable hair.

Ema Smith offers to rough up a girl, if need be.

James Vidoni triggers the in-bounds play.

   Stopping on the fly, Mikayla Elfrank is seconds away from draining another bucket.

Defensive dynamo Kylie Chernikoff adds some new floor burns to her collection.

David Prescott touches the heavens as he yanks down a rebound.

   Hunter “The Hammer” Downes drops his patented “Full Moon Falling” wrestling move on a rival player’s noggin.

John Fisken had to sip his Diet Coke on the fly Friday night.

With four basketball games going in Coupeville, and more to come up in Oak Harbor later in the evening, the intrepid photographer was a busy guy, clicking away, then moving on and clicking some more.

The pics above, which capture the Wolves as they battled visiting Sequim, are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot (purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:





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   Dane Lucero and Coupeville are shooting for success. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The first shots have been fired.

Week two of the basketball season featured the first showdown between Olympic League foes, with Port Townsend and Chimacum getting together for a doubleheader.

The RedHawks and Cowboys split the twin-bill, leaving, for the moment, two different schools atop the very-early league standings.

For Coupeville, it’s all been about non-conference play so far, but that’s about to change.

The Wolves get a taste, but just a taste, of league action Tuesday when they face off with Port Townsend.

Then they don’t return to conference play until Jan. 6.

For the CHS girls, the match-up with the RedHawks gives them an opportunity to kick off a bid for a fourth-straight league title.

The Wolf boys, meanwhile, would like to fire an early warning shot at Port Townsend, which is the defending champs on that side of the ball.

Varsity scoring stats and league standings through Dec. 10:


Mikayla Elfrank 68
Kalia Littlejohn 38
Lindsey Roberts 36
Kyla Briscoe 15
Sarah Wright 15
Ema Smith 13
Scout Smith 13


Hunter Smith 69
Ethan Spark 40
Joey Lippo 10
Hunter Downes 7
Dane Lucero 4
Jered Brown 3
Cameron Toomey-Stout 3
Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim 1


Olympic League girls basketball:

School League Overall
Chimacum 1-0 2-1
Klahowya 0-0 1-3
Port Townsend 0-1 0-4

Olympic League boys basketball:

School League Overall
Port Townsend 1-0 2-2
Klahowya 0-0 0-4
Chimacum 0-1 0-4

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   Makana Stone tossed in a game-high 14 points Saturday, sparking Whitman to its eighth-straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Winner, winner, chicken dinner for Wolf grads everywhere.

Both of Coupeville’s college basketball-playing whiz kids came away with victories Saturday, while playing in different states.

Makana Stone and Whitman College rolled to a tourney win in Spokane, their eighth-straight triumph.

Meanwhile, out in Pennsylvania, Kailey Kellner and D’Youville College snapped a losing skid and go into a nearly month-long break flush with a conference win.


Whitman, ranked #7 in the most-recent NCAA D-III women’s basketball poll, bounced Colorado College 75-42 to sweep through the Holiday Classic presented by Red Lion River Inn.

The Blues improved to 8-1, and will take a week-and-a-half off before playing in the Trinity University Classic in San Antonio Dec. 20-21.

Saturday, Whitman leaned on All-American Casey Poe and their sophomore sensation, Stone, who made for a very-effective one-two punch.

The duo dropped 14 points apiece, while Stone added four rebounds, four assists and a steal.

After a quick start (Whitman rolled out to an 18-9 bulge after one quarter), the Blues put it on cruise control for the rest of the afternoon.

The second half was a thing of beauty, as Whitman rolled up a 43-18 advantage after the break.

Through nine games, Stone, who was voted tourney MVP for her work this weekend, leads the Blues in scoring, tallying 129 points.

She also has 52 rebounds, 19 assists, six steals and a blocked shot.

A key to her success this season has been her sizzlin’ shooting touch. Stone is hitting 65% from the field, on 55 of 84 shots, and 73% from the free throw line (19-26).


The freshman Spartan snagged two rebounds, as D’Youville held off a furious fourth quarter rally in a 53-50 win at Pittsburgh-Greensburg.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak and lifts the Spartans to 3-6 overall, 2-1 in league play.

Up by three at the half, D’Youville crushed it in the third, rolling up a 22-9 advantage.

Then, the Spartans almost gave it all back, allowing their hosts to go on a 19-6 run in the fourth which fell just short of a miracle comeback.

D’Youville is now off until Jan. 4.

Through the first nine games of her college career, Kellner has made four starts and is averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds a night.

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   Makana Stone, seen here in action last weekend, scored a game-high 15 Friday as Whitman won its seventh straight. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything is clicking.

Sparked by Coupeville grad Makana Stone, who threw down a game-high 15 points Friday, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad rolled to its seventh straight win.

The Blues held off a late challenge from Carroll College of Montana to win 59-55 in a game played in Spokane.

It was the opener of the 2017 Holiday Classic presented by Red Lion River Inn, and the victory lifts Whitman to 7-1.

Stone and Co. will go for a clean sweep at the tourney Saturday when they play Colorado College.

Friday night, the Blues faced a Fighting Saints squad which entered the night at 5-2. Just as expected, it was a close one.

But Whitman had the biggest weapon in Stone, the sophomore sensation who leads her team in scoring this season.

She was a threat all night, dropping the game’s first bucket and scoring in all four quarters.

A pair of layups in the first got things going, then Stone added five in the second, two in the third and four in the final quarter.

She also snagged three rebounds and dealt out four assists, while Maegan Martin matched her with 15 points.

Through eight games, Stone has 115 points, 48 rebounds, 15 assists, five steals and a blocked shot.

She’s shooting a team-best 65% from the floor, hitting 48 of 74 shots, and 76% on 19-25 from the free throw line.

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