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Hannah Davidson joins her friends in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Her destiny was always to be a Wolf.

A family move to California pulled Hannah Davidson away for a bit.

But then, like a Valkyrie arriving on the battle field, she returned to Whidbey and reunited with her childhood friends and teammates.

After accomplishing great things with her Coupeville pack — Scout Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, Emma Mathusek, Avalon Renninger, and many more — Hannah is killing it in college, but always connected to Cow Town through our memories.

And today, she rejoins her friends, inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, forever immortalized for her play and her heart.

When you bounce up to the top of the blog, you’ll find Hannah hanging out under the Legends tab, a worthy spot for a very-talented young woman.

She made her first big impact (on the local sports scene at least) as a key member of a Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad which battered foes while winning a league title and compiling a 13-3 record.

Younger versions of (left to right) Emma Mathusek, Scout Smith, Davidson, and Maya Toomey-Stout. (Charlotte Young photo)

Those young Wolves, featuring a 10-woman roster pulled together at the very last second, were a run-scoring machine, outgunning their rivals 185-85.

Hannah swung a big bat for that squad, while also playing nimble defense at first base, as showcased in the season finale.

Facing off with Anacortes, its arch-nemesis, Central Whidbey clung to a late lead when a throw to first, with runners on base, went wayward.

Not letting the play end there, Hannah alertly whirled, as the base coach behind her lurched backwards, lost control and did an awkward, but very entertaining, half-cartwheel.

Snagging the skittering ball as it ricocheted back up off the edge of the dirt, she spun and pegged a flawless throw to second base.

Staying low and blocking the bag in anticipation, Mathusek was exactly where she needed to be, slapping the tag on one very surprised incoming runner to end the inning.

That calmness under pressure and ability to pull off top-notch plays while fitting her skill-set into her team’s needs benefited Hannah greatly during her high school days.

She was an All-Conference player in two sports as a senior during the 2019-2020 school year, helping CHS volleyball and basketball teams achieve great success.

On the volleyball court, Hannah was a masher with an often surprisingly light touch around the net.

Hannah and Emma rejoice in a volleyball win. (Brian Vick photo)

She could come in hot and wail the ball off the back line, or off a rival girl’s shoulder, but she was also deadly with her tips.

Bouncing on her toes, ready to go in either direction, then finish with power or precision, Hannah was a boon to her teammates, and a danger to opposing defenses.

As a senior, she helped lead the Wolf spikers to one of the best seasons in program history.

Coupeville capped Cory Whitmore’s fourth season as coach by opening 7-0.

Losing only to state powerhouse King’s during the regular season, the Wolves finished 14-5, tying the program record for wins and narrowly missing a trip to state.

Jump forward to basketball season, and Hannah was a player who could give you something different each night, depending on the opponent and what would benefit the Wolves most.

First she sucks in the defense, then she beats it with a crisp pass. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She used her natural height and strength to pound the boards, pulling down rebounds on both ends of the floor, was a strong passer, and was never shy when it came to sacrificing herself on defense.

With the ball, Hannah was a complementary scorer, one who raised her season scoring totals in each of her three campaigns on the CHS varsity.

Playing alongside sharpshooters such as Chelsea Prescott and Ema Smith, bulldog creators like Scout Smith, and open floor weapons in Mikayla Elfrank and Lindsey Roberts, she still finished as the #88 scorer in program history.

Not bad, considering Wolf girls have played hoops since 1974.

While Hannah never played softball in high school, she did put in a season of track and field as a sophomore, tossing the discus and javelin.

She had six top-four finishes, including a 1st place performance in the javelin at a home meet, and successfully advanced to the postseason in both events.

Through it all, regardless of the sport, Hannah embraced her teammates, and seemed to deeply enjoy her time as an athlete competing with her tight-knit group of friends.

I’m sure she would have done well in Cali, if that had been her destiny, but it’s especially nice that she got the opportunity to return to Coupeville and be with her sisters from other misters.

Smart and strong, confident and caring, Hannah has been a visible inspiration to her brothers, two of whom are already following her trail as Wolf athletes.

As she pursues her college studies in Boise, the milestones will keep coming.

Athletically, academically, and in real life, Hannah is a bright, shining example of a young woman striving to be the best she can be, in every way.

Once a Wolf, always a Wolf.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone rang up 12 points and 14 rebounds Saturday in England as her team rolled to a big win. (Photo property Loughborough University)

Three games, three double-doubles.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone continued the torrid start to her overseas basketball career, dropping in 12 points and snatching 14 rebounds Saturday in a blowout win.

Paced by its American assassin, Loughborough University roared out to a 32-point halftime lead, then coasted in for a 72-53 win over Thames Valley.

With the victory, the Riders improve to 2-2 on the season, 2-1 with Stone in the lineup.

Loughborough came out on fire, and never let up against Thames Valley.

Stone picked off a pass on the game’s first offensive possession, one of her five steals in the game, and the Riders surged to a 17-6 lead by the first break.

A 30-9 run in the second quarter, fueled by eight points off the hot-shooting fingertips of Stone, stretched the halftime margin to 47-15 and cemented the win.

Loughborough had nice balance across the board, with Robyn Ainge leading the squad with 21 points, while Molly Jones added 14 off the bench to go with Stone’s double-double.

Coupeville’s progeny played a team-high 31 minutes, and added a pair of assists to top off her performance.

On the season, Stone has 47 points, 50 rebounds, seven assists, 10 steals, and a blocked shot while playing for the Riders.

She and her English mates return to play next Saturday, December 5, when they face off with BA London.

 

 

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone is impressing English basketball fans. (Photo property FocusHoops)

Two games, two awards.

Makana Stone’s hoops game is impressing the folks in England, as the former Wolf star continues to carve up the local competition.

The Coupeville High School grad, who is attending Loughborough University, has thrown down double-doubles in both of her games in a Riders uniform.

After an 18-point, 25-rebound debut, which earned her Player of the Week honors, Stone followed that up with a 17-point, 11-rebound performance in just 17 minutes of action against Worcester.

For that high-impact showing, FocusHoops named her Tuesday to its Women’s National Basketball League Team of the Week.

Stone joins Worcester’s Carolina Marques and Grace Brownell, as well as Sitota Gines Espinosa (Reading) and Isabel Bueriberi (Nottingham) on the squad.

In picking Stone, FocusHoops writer Darren Paul had the following to say:

“Her 17-11 double-double was highly impressive against the tough Worcester Wolves and on another day would have been enough to see her side victorious.

“The American continues to demonstrate the value of a star import and has brought an abundance of scoring and rebounding to the young Loughborough outfit, and we expect to see her leave her mark on the WNBL.”

Stone, who graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, where she finished as the #2 rebounder and #5 scorer in program history, is pursuing a Master’s in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough.

Through two games as a Rider, she’s collected 35 points, 36 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and a blocked shot.

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Makana Stone goes up for two of her 17 points Saturday in England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

Knifed in the back by the refs.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone and her new English basketball mates were on their way to a win Saturday, only to have the guys in the striped shirts change things up, and not in a good way.

With Stone pounding away for 17 points and 11 rebounds, Loughborough University led by nine with less than four minutes to play.

Then the refs got extra-picky (we’ll assume), fouling out both the former Wolf and one of her running mates, guard Robyn Ainge, and things went downhill from there.

Unable to hold a late lead, the Riders eventually went to overtime with Worcester, then were blanked 15-0 in the extra frame, falling 82-67 to the undefeated Wolves.

The loss drops Loughborough to 1-2 on the season.

The game was a tight one most of the way, with the two squads knotted at 17-17 at the first break.

From there, Worcester pulled ahead 33-28 at the half, only to see Loughborough throw down 27 points in the third quarter en route to retaking the advantage at 55-51.

The Riders stretched their lead all the way out to nine points when Stone tossed in her final layup at the 3:41 mark.

Still up 67-62 with just 30 ticks on the clock, Loughborough was stung at the very end by back-to-back buckets, with a late three-ball forcing overtime.

With 40% of their starting lineup shackled to the bench, the Riders endured a painful overtime period, creating a final score which, at first glance, looks like a blowout.

Worcester took advantage of Stone’s absence, outscoring Loughborough 26-2 after its American ace was sent to the sideline.

Playing in her second game overseas, the Coupeville and Whitman College grad kept her hot play going, with her second double-double.

Stone added two assists and two steals to her 17 and 11 performance, while teammate Katie Januszewska chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds of her own.

On the season, Stone has racked up 35 points, 36 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and a blocked shot.

Loughborough, which plays most of its games on Saturdays, returns to action November 28 with a clash against Thames Valley.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone went off in her basketball debut in England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

Hoops queen of two countries.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone, coming off a Hall of Fame-worthy basketball career at Whitman College, made her hardwood debut in England and immediately wowed the locals.

Playing for Loughborough University, the former Wolf threw down an 18-point, 25-rebound, three-assist, three-steal game, leading her squad to a victory.

That performance earned her Women’s National Basketball League Player of the Week honors.

Stone, who is in England to pursue a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, plays for the Loughborough Riders, who held off the Reading Rockets 64-61 Saturday afternoon.

The Riders built a 35-27 lead heading into halftime, then coasted home for the season-opening win.

Throwing down major heat in merry ol’ England is just the latest accomplishment for Stone.

During her time in Coupeville, she was a two-time Athlete of the Year at CHS while playing soccer, basketball, and track and field.

While earning a B.A. in Biology at Whitman, Stone also earned league MVP, All-Region and All-American honors for her play on the basketball court.

She and her fellow Blues from the Class of 2020 went to the NCAA tourney three times, won a league title, and captured more wins than any group in program history.

Oh, and Stone finished as the #5 scorer and #2 rebounder in school history.

While always getting her greatest joy from cheering on her teammates, handing out high-fives at a dizzying rate.

 

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