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Makana Stone flies into action Sunday in England. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

There’s little doubt why they’re #1.

Despite a strong all-around game from Coupeville’s Makana Stone Sunday, the undefeated London Lions made short work of the visiting Leicester Riders in Women’s British Basketball League action.

With the 97-53 victory, the Lions maintain a flawless 11-0 mark, while Stone and Co. sit in fourth place in the 13-team league with a 7-4 mark.

Coupeville’s progeny recorded seven points, ripped down five rebounds, doled out two assists, and made off with a steal in the loss.

Unfortunately, London is deep and talented, and busted open a momentarily close game by rampaging through the second and third quarters.

Leicester trailed just 22-16 at the first break, but the deficit steadily built from there.

Down 45-26 at the half, the Riders slipped behind 73-37 heading into the final frame.

Robyn Ainge paced Leicester with a team-high 15 points, but London countered with 21 from Cassie Breen and 20 from Jo Leedham-Warner.

Stone, who is in her first season of professional basketball, has racked up 109 points, 75 rebounds, 19 assists, and 10 steals in her WBBL debut.

Leicester returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 29, when it faces off with the Caledonia Pride, who boast a much-more reasonable 2-9 record.

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Caleb Meyer rolls to the hoop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

CHS girls basketball coaches survey the action.

It was an undefeated week.

Not a perfect week, as the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team had to postpone two of its four games.

But when the Wolves did take the floor, whether it was the boys or girls, both varsity squads KO’d every contender.

The CHS boys picked up four wins to stretch their unbeaten streak to 11 games, while the Wolf girls rebounded to drill Concrete and South Whidbey after waving off Darrington and Friday Harbor.

The week ahead is a little slower, with the boys set to travel to Mount Vernon Christian Thursday, Jan. 27, then trek to Granite Falls two days later.

The girls have just one game, and it’s a recent addition to the schedule — a journey up Island to play Oak Harbor next Saturday.

Where things stand through games of Jan. 22:


Northwest League boys basketball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 8-0 11-0
MV Christian 5-1 9-3
La Conner 2-2 4-8
Orcas Island 2-2 4-4
Friday Harbor 2-4 4-6
Darrington 1-4 3-6
Concrete 0-7 1-11


Northwest League girls basketball:

School League Overall
La Conner 7-0 13-1
MV Christian 6-1 11-2
Coupeville 4-3 6-4
Orcas Island 2-2 3-5
Friday Harbor 2-4 3-7
Darrington 1-4 3-6
Concrete 0-8 2-11

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Katie Marti would like a word with the manager. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The squeak of shoes mixed with the click of the camera.

Three of Coupeville High School’s four basketball teams played Wednesday, with wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken in attendance to record events.

The pics above and below are courtesy him, but there’s a lot more to see.

To view everything Fisken shot, and possibly purchase some glossies for gram and gramps, pop over to:







The Marauding Murdy boys, Xavier (left) and Alex, team up to play lock-down defense.

Brooklyn Thayer lines up a shot.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim finds an opening in the defense.

Jada Heaton prepares to pull the trigger.

Desi Ramirez-Vasquez has the inside track on a loose ball.

Hurlee Bronec powers his way to the paint.

Wolf seniors (l to r) Logan Martin, Caleb Meyer, Xavier Murdy, Grady Rickner, and Miles Davidson enjoy a moment together.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone, tearing it up as a pro hoops player.

They like her. They really like her.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone was honored Tuesday, named as one of the five-best players in the Women’s British Basketball League this past week.

The former Wolf ace and her current Leicester Riders teammate, Oceana Hamilton, led the WBBL All-Star 5, praised for their play in a 92-85 Sunday win over Cardiff Met.

Stone poured in 20 points, snagged eight rebounds, and dealt out four assists in the game, while hitting key buckets down the stretch as the Riders pulled away for the victory.

While Coupeville’s progeny was hailed many times during her college hoops career at Walla Walla’s Whitman College and England’s Loughborough University, this is her first major honor as a pro player.

To read about Stone and the other honorees, pop over to:

All-Star 5 – Week 13

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Ja’Kenya Hoskins fights for a rebound. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf bench watches Coupeville’s seventh-straight win unfold.

One big win, one slight slip in the rankings.

The Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team only got on the floor once last week, but it resulted in a 65-48 thunking of Mount Vernon Christian in a first-place showdown.

As big as that victory was for the Wolves, it wasn’t enough for them to hold on to their #3 ranking among 2B schools when Evans Rankings released its latest numbers Monday.

Chief Leschi (8-0) remained at #1, but the rest of the top five shuffled.

Kalama (9-1) bounced from #5 to #2, Okanogan (12-1) bumped from #4 to #3, Coupeville (7-0) slipped from #3 to #4, and Ilwaco (10-0) plunged from #2 to #5.

What does it all mean?

Ultimately, not everything, as the Evans Rankings numbers don’t impact postseason seeding like the RPI numbers tallied by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association will.

But, the rankings, the work of noted numbers cruncher Matthew Evans, are fun to follow.

Coupeville’s boys have gone from #6 to #4 to #3, then back to #4 this season.

The other two 2B schools in the Northwest 2B/1B League, La Conner and Friday Harbor, hold down #35 and #43, respectively.

Among 1B schools, MVC’s boys are #15, with Orcas Island (#24), Darrington (#29), and Concrete (#50) trailing behind.

Meanwhile, the Wolf girls, who fell to MVC, sit at #25, down one slot from a week ago.

La Conner, which suffered its first loss in 12 games when a three-ball rimmed out at the buzzer in a showdown with 4A Eastlake, is #5, while Friday Harbor’s girls are #48.

The MVC girls (9-2), who were savaged 66-13 by La Conner earlier this season, are #1 among 1B schools, with Darrington (#35), Orcas Island (#38), and Concrete (#44) rounding out NWL teams.


Girls rankings:



Boys rankings:


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