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Coupeville’s Makana Stone won an Athlete of the Week award at Whitman for her play during a Texas trip. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Her game travels well.

After tearing up a pair of teams during a Texas trip, Whitman College women’s basketball standout Makana Stone has been tabbed as the Northwest Conference Female Athlete of the Week.

The Coupeville grad threw down a pair of double-doubles as the Blues wrapped up a season-opening seven-game road stand.

After going off for 13 points and 12 rebounds in a win against Concordia University, Stone posted a 22 and 10 in a big-time brawl with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the #7 team in NCAA D-III.

Whitman, 6-1 on the season, returns to play this Friday, Dec. 13, when it hosts the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the opener of the Kim Evanger Raney Classic.

On the season, Stone, a senior, has 117 points, 50 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 steals, and eight blocked shots, while shooting 47-79 (59.4%) from the floor and 21-26 (80.8%) from the free throw line.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone collected 22 points and 10 rebounds Saturday in a college basketball brawl between highly-ranked teams. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sometimes your A-game isn’t enough.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone played a sensational game in the big-time spotlight Saturday, but she and her Whitman College women’s basketball team still suffered their first loss.

Reaching the end of a season-opening seven-game road trip, the Blues fell 78-58 in Belton, Texas to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the #7 team in NCAA D-III.

Whitman, which came into the game ranked #12 in the most-recent national poll, falls to 6-1 on the season.

The Blues head back to Walla Walla, where they will play their next six games, starting with the home opener Dec. 13 against the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Playing in the second game of a back-to-back affair in Texas, Stone threw down 22 points and snared 10 rebounds, both game highs.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Blues lost their shooting touch all at the same time.

While Stone rattled home nine of 14 shots from the field, including netting both of her three-point attempts, the rest of the Whitman roster combined to net 33% on 14-42 shooting.

The Blues still stayed relatively close, at least for awhile, trailing just 19-14 after one quarter of play and 35-28 at the half.

Whitman was unable to mount a sustained comeback, however, and Mary Hardin steadily padded out the lead, using 22-15 and 21-15 runs across the final two quarters to set the final margin.

Stone added two assists and two blocks while playing 33 minutes.

On the season, the former Wolf has tallied 117 points, 50 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 steals, and eight blocks, while shooting 47-79 (59.4%) from the floor and 21-26 (80.7%) at the free throw line.

Saturday’s game was Stone’s 90th as a collegiate player, and with 1,045 points, she moves ever closer to 7th place (1,056) on the Whitman women’s career scoring list.

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Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk, a two-time state champ, ran in his first college meet Saturday in South Dakota. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a whole new world for Danny Conlisk.

The Coupeville High School grad, a two-time state champion during his days as a Wolf, made his college track and field debut Saturday.

Running in the Yellow Jacket Holiday Classic at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota, Conlisk claimed a 1st in the 4 x 4 and a 2nd in the 400.

A freshman at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, he was running on an inside track for the first time.

His school has an outdoor facility, but the Hardrockers begin with the indoor season, before moving to the traditional outdoor season in the spring.

Conlisk’s first collegiate race was the 400, and he blitzed to a time of 52.40 seconds.

“Not a bad start,” said mom Dawnelle. “He said the corners were tight. Six turns vs. his normal four.”

Conlisk closed out the meet running the second leg on a relay unit which hit the tape in 3:29.31.

The next meet for the Hardrockers arrives Jan. 18, when they travel to Nebraska for the Chadron Invite.

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Former Wolf Nick Streubel, here with his sister and niece, continues to collect college football awards. (Photo courtesy Amanda Jones)

Don’t go, we have more awards.

Coupeville’s Nick Streubel has already graduated from Central Washington University and played the final football game of his stellar collegiate career, but the honors continue to flow in.

The former Wolf was recently tabbed as an All-Conference player for the third time, while also being named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Now the red-shirt senior has been named for the second time to the All-Super Region 4 team.

Streubel, who anchored Central’s line at center as the Wildcats won a third-straight league crown, was a First Team selection, while teammate Tyren Sams, a defensive back, made the Second Team.

With the All-Region honor tucked away, The Big Hurt is eligible now for All-American status.

After playing football, basketball, and track and field during his Coupeville High School days, Streubel spent six seasons on the CWU gridiron squad.

He red-shirted his freshman season, then later missed a year with a medical red-shirt after breaking his hand into about a zillion pieces.

Through it all, Streubel was a standout when on the field, and ended his career as a captain and the face of Wildcat football, adorning much of the team’s branding this season.

Central rolled up 504.7 yards of total offense per game this season, best in their league, and ninth-best among all NCAA D-II teams.

Streubel and Co. also surrendered just 13 sacks all season.

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Makana Stone had 13 points and 12 rebounds Friday in Texas as Whitman remained undefeated. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ten days off, and still just as red hot and rollin’.

Returning from sabbatical, the Whitman College women’s basketball team rolled into Texas Friday and immediately laid down a beatin’, thrashing host Concordia University 82-55 behind a double-double from Coupeville’s Makana Stone.

The former Wolf tossed in 13 points, snared a game-high 12 rebounds, dealt out four assists, and still had time to pick up a blocked shot and a steal.

With their second non-conference win over the Tornados, who they also beat in the season opener at the Whit Classic in Spokane, the Blues improve to 6-0 on the season.

Whitman, ranked #12 in NCAA D-III, leaves Austin behind, and travels to Belton Saturday.

It faces the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-1), then returns to Walla Walla, where it will finally play a home game.

After a seven-game road trip to open the season, the Blues host the Kim Evanger Raney Classic Dec. 13-15, playing two home games against the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Buena Vista University.

Then comes a nearly three-week break before the 16-game Northwest Conference schedule tips off Jan. 3.

Friday night, the game was a little closer than expected, at least at first, with Whitman clinging to a 15-14 lead at the first break.

Then, Stone took over and the Blues rapidly started to pull away.

Scoring eight of her points in the second quarter, Coupeville’s shining star helped Whitman stretch its lead to 34-24 at the half, then 59-37 after three quarters of play.

The Blues got contributions up and down the roster, with Kaylie McCracken popping for 14 points to pace the squad.

On the season, Stone has 95 points, 40 rebounds, nine assists, 11 steals, and six blocks. She’s shooting 38-65 (58.4%) from the floor and 19-24 (79.1%) from the free throw line.

Friday’s game included two career milestones for the former Wolf, as she collected her 650th rebound (she has 652 now) and cracked the 2,000 minute mark (she’s sitting at 2,020).

Saturday’s game against Mary Hardin-Baylor will be the 90th of Stone’s career, and with 1,023 points, she is closing in on 7th place (1,056) on the school’s career scoring chart.

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