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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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After a standout career at Coupeville High School on the soccer pitch and track oval, Mallory Kortuem will run in college, as well. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a non-pandemic world, Mallory Kortuem would be running for a state title next weekend.

The Coupeville High School senior, who holds four school track and field records, finished 2nd in the 400 last spring and would have been the odds-on favorite to wear the 1A girls crown this year.

While schools being shut down by COVID-19 prevented her from making a triumphant return to Eastern Washington, it’s not the end of Kortuem’s track career, however.

She has signed a letter of intent to run for Western Washington University, an NCAA D-II school, and will receive a partial scholarship.

The Vikings compete out of the 11-school Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which also includes Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University.

Kortuem knows she’ll be running in the 400 for WWU, which has indoor and outdoor track seasons. After that, things are wide open.

“I am planning on trying the 200 as well, and I might be put on a 4 x 400 team,” she said.

“I have also been interested in trying the 800, which I would have tried this year, but I did not get the chance,” Kortuem added. “All I know for sure by the coaches is the 400.”

Mom Heather smooches the youngest of her three superstar children.

In between practices and meets, the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer will study kinesiology, and may go into graduate school after her time at Western.

During her time at CHS, Kortuem was a standout soccer player as well as track and field star.

She departs holding school records in the 400 (58.02) and pole vault (8-10), while also being part of record-setting 4 x 100 (50.54) and 4 x 200 (1:46.13) relay squads, with all of those marks set during her junior campaign.

Kortuem earned four state meet medals through her junior season, one of just seven girls in CHS history to reach that mark since the school opened in 1900.

A college track career begins with putting pen to paper on your letter of intent. (Photo courtesy Kortuem)

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Coupeville grad Sarah Wright is now a college softball sensation. (Photo property Sewanee softball)

Sarah Wright brought her manners with her to college.

The Coupeville High School grad was honored Monday, named to the Southern Athletic Association Winter/Spring All-Sportsmanship Team.

Now a freshman at Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, Wright is a key member of the Tiger softball team.

Before the season was stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, she had started all 16 of her team’s games at catcher.

Wright led the team in home runs and RBI, and was second in batting average, hits, and total bases.

Sewanee had athletes honored for basketball, swimming and diving, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, track and field, and tennis.

Back in her Coupeville days, Wright was the CHS Class of 2019 Valedictorian, starred for Wolf softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams, and once came dangerously close to eating a worm to entertain her teammates.

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Makana Stone, here with mom Eileen, continues to rake in college basketball honors. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s Makana Stone ends her college career as one of the best basketball players in the country.

The former Wolf, now a senior at Whitman College, was one of 25 players honored Tuesday when the D3hoops.com All-American teams were announced.

Already tabbed as the Northwest Conference Player of the Year and a First-Team All-West Region pick, Stone was one of five players to receive Honorable Mention status.

Erica DeCandido of Tufts University (Massachusetts) was selected as the NCAA D-III national player of the year.

Berea College (Kentucky) freshman Aaliyah Hampton was tabbed as Rookie of the Year, while Brian Morehouse, who led Hope College (Michigan) to an undefeated season, was named Coach of the Year.

The only West Coast player honored, Stone averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a night as Whitman went 26-3 this season.

She collected 409 points, 225 rebounds, 37 assists, 26 steals, and 26 blocks, while shooting 166-316 (52.5%) from the floor and 74-96 (77.1%) from the free-throw line.

The Blues won their first two games in the NCAA tourney, and were hours away from playing in the Sweet 16 when the season was prematurely ended by the coronavirus.

During her four years as a Blue, Stone played in 110 games, including making a program-record 92 starts.

She finished as the #5 scorer (1,337 points) and #2 rebounder (837 caroms) in Whitman women’s basketball history.

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Makana Stone received another major college basketball award Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Her basketball season ended prematurely, but she continues to be showered in awards.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone, already honored as the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, was named Tuesday to the D3hoops.com West Region First Team.

The Whitman College senior, who averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds, joins Emma Gerdes of Wartburg, Caitlin Navratil of Nebraska Wesleyan, Taite Anderson of Bethel, and Hanna Geistfeld of Bethany Lutheran.

Two other NWC players, Jamie Lange of Puget Sound and Kory Oleson of Linfield, earned Third Team honors.

Stone collected 409 points, 225 rebounds, 37 assists, 26 steals, and 26 blocks, while shooting 166-316 (52.5%) from the floor and 74-96 (77.1%) from the free-throw line this season.

During her four years as a Blue, the former Wolf star played in 110 games, including making a program-record 92 starts.

She finished as the #5 scorer (1,337 points) and #2 rebounder (837 caroms) in Whitman women’s basketball history.

Sparked by the play of Stone and teammates such as Mady Burdett, Whitman went 26-3, won its first regular-season title since 2014, and opened the NCAA tourney with back-to-back wins.

The Blues were in Maine preparing to play Oglethorpe University in the Sweet 16 when the remainder of the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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