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Joey Lippo (left), Skyy Lippo, and James Besaw have a reunion. (Teresa Besaw photo)

Always be ready.

Coupeville grad Joey Lippo had a busy weekend on the baseball diamond, showcasing his fleet feet, while also getting an unexpected chunk of work on the mound.

Friday, the former Wolf dashed home from third on a short pop-up in the ninth inning, tying the game and giving his Lynnwood Llamas hardball squad new life.

Once in extra innings, Lippo and Co. pulled out an 11-10 win over the Salem Salamanders in Cascade Collegiate League action.

While the victory, Lynnwood’s 13th of the summer, clinches a winning record for the Llamas, Saturday’s follow-up didn’t go quite as nicely.

Primed to play a doubleheader with the Salamanders, Lynnwood found itself in a bit of a bind when none of the team’s pitchers showed.

As in … absolutely none.

But after flipping some players around, including bringing Lippo in from center field to pitch, the Llamas put up a spirited fight while falling 6-2 and 3-2.

The losses drop Lynwood to 13-4 on the season, but the team remains atop the league standings.

Lippo threw five innings, scattering four hits while whiffing four Salamanders and giving up just a lone walk.

At the plate, he picked up a pair of hits, knocked in a run, and scored one during the weekend series.

The wood bat-using Cascade Collegiate League, which draws players from NCAA and NAIA schools, is a six-team conference with a 24-game schedule which runs between June and August.

Lippo will be a sophomore at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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Joey Lippo (right), here with longtime friend and fellow college baseball player James Besaw, is playing in a summer league. (Teresa Besaw photo)

They beat the heat, and won the weekend.

Playing on scorching fields in Hoquiam, Coupeville grad Joey Lippo and the Lynnwood Llamas baseball squad stretched their winning streak to nine games with a weekend sweep of the Portland Prairie Dogs.

Boasting a pristine 9-0 mark, the Llamas sit atop the six-team Cascade Collegiate League, which gives college players a chance to heft wood bats and play through the summer months.

Lynnwood throttled Portland 14-1 Saturday, then came back around to sweep a Sunday doubleheader by the tune of 9-7 and 4-1.

Lippo painted with all the colors, playing center field, catching, and also coming on to pitch during the series.

The former Wolf, who just wrapped his first season playing baseball at the Univerity of Maine at Presque Isle, scattered three hits in two innings of relief work on the mound.

He whiffed a pair of Prairie Dogs, then picked a runner off of second base to end the game in 109-degree weather.

At the plate, Lippo collected four hits, two RBI, a walk, and a sac fly during the series.

On the season he’s whacking the ball at a .421 clip.

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Sarah Wright

They like her style.

Coupeville High School grad Sarah Wright was honored last Friday by the Southern Athletic Association, tabbed to its All-Sportsmanship Team.

The SAA honored 21 sports in all.

Wright, now a sophomore at Sewanee: The University of the South, reps her school’s softball squad.

In its criteria, the SAA states it “places a special emphasis on good sportsmanship, great character, and fair play among all competitors.”

In between being nice to folks, Wright also had a strong campaign on the diamond.

The former Wolf finished her second season in Tennessee — a pandemic-shortened 10-game run — with a .407 batting average, collecting 11 hits, including two doubles, and driving in five runs.

Last spring, Wright’s season ended abruptly after 16 games, when Covid shut down college sports.

Despite not yet having played a full season of college ball, the former CHS valedictorian has piled up positive numbers when given the chance.

Through 26 career games at Sewanee, Wright sits with a .309 batting average, 68 at-bats, 21 hits, including two home runs and two doubles, and 12 RBI.

She has walked nine times, come around to score six times, and anchored the Tigers with her quick glove and explosive throwing arm behind the plate.

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Whether playing in Coupeville or Britain, Makana Stone is among the best on the hardwood.

The American assassin scores one more time.

Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone capped a whirlwind first season of overseas basketball by being named Friday to the Women’s National Basketball League Team of the Year in England.

Repping Loughborough University, the former Wolf finished second in WNBL coaches voting.

Harriet Welham, who led Ipswich to the league title, claimed Player of the Year honors for a second-straight season.

Stone, Esther Little of Ipswich, Isi Ozzy-Momodu of CoLA Southwark, and Sitota Gines Espinosa of Reading round out the All-League squad.

Three of the five honorees are from England, with Stone springing from Cow Town, USA, and Gines Espinosa a Spaniard.

Welham, who topped all WNBL scorers at 25.9 points per game, received five first-place votes from coaches, and 40 total points, with Stone edging out Little 24-23 in voting.

After graduating from Coupeville, Josh and Eileen Stone’s daughter had an impressive four-year run at Whitman College in Walla Walla, then headed off to the land of tea and crumpets, basketball in hand.

She had an immediate impact at Loughborough, helping the Riders go 13-6 and finish third in a 10-team league.

Loughborough, which advanced to the semifinals of the postseason tourney, was 13-4 when Stone suited up, and 0-2 without her.

Andre Stone’s lil’ sis hit the shot of the year — banking in a buzzer beater to KO Ipswich in the team’s first meeting — and routinely threw down double-doubles all season.

She finished with 270 points, 231 rebounds, 33 assists, 58 steals, and eight blocked shots.


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English basketball coaches were impressed by Makana Stone’s defensive skills. (Photo property Loughborough University)

They respect her game.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone was second in coach voting Tuesday, as England’s Women’s National Basketball League handed out Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Sitota Gines Espinosa of Reading, who led the league in steals, copped the award, finishing with 23 points and five first-place votes.

Stone, who suits up for Loughborough University, pulled in two first-place votes and 14 points.

Esther Little of Ipswich — who has signed to play with Gonzaga — Erica Meyer of Team Solent Kestrels, and Stone’s teammate, Robyn Ainge, round out the top five.

WNBL awards, which started Monday by honoring Loughborough and Thames Valley for best streaming of games, continue through Friday.

The next two days feature the Young (U19) Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and British Team of the Year.

Stone comes back into play Friday, when she is nominated for Player of the Year and Team of the Year.

After graduating from Whitman College, the former Wolf went overseas, playing in a league where schools are allowed one American player.

Playing in 17 of Loughborough’s 19 games, Stone finished with 270 points, 231 rebounds, 33 assists, 58 steals, and eight blocked shots.

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