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Isaiah Price (21) and La Conner were knocked out of the state basketball playoffs this weekend. (Chloe Marzocca photo)

Four teams are still chasing the dream, but one has a better shot than the other three.

The Mount Vernon Christian boys and girls, La Conner girls, and Orcas Island boys are still alive as the 2022-2023 state basketball championships head towards their final games.

Two other Northwest 2B/1B League hoops teams — the Orcas girls and La Conner boys — also made it to state but were knocked out in regional round games Saturday.

Which was also the fate for the Auburn Adventist Academy boys, who nipped Coupeville in a winner-to-state, loser-out clash during the District 1/2 tourney.

Where things sit:


MVC girls:

The defending 1B state champs held off Inchelium 49-41 Saturday and are the lone NWL team to be in the double-elimination winners brackets headed to next week’s 12-team event at the Spokane Arena.

The fourth-seeded Hurricanes, now 22-4, play in the quarterfinals Mar. 2 against the winner of Moses Lake Christian and Odessa, then would likely have to topple #1 Neah Bay in the semifinals to have a shot at going back-to-back.

(STATUS: Alive ‘n Thrivin’)


La Conner girls:

The #6 Braves (19-5) lost their state opener, falling 52-44 Friday to #3 Napavine.

La Conner tips off Mar. 1 in Spokane against #11 Northwest Christian (Colbert) in a loser-out game, with #4 Warden, which smacked them a year ago, waiting in the quarterfinals.

(STATUS: Living on the edge)


Orcas Island girls:

The Vikings entered the 1B tourney as the #13 seed, and were promptly roughed up and eliminated by #12 Willapa Valley, falling 51-30 in a loser-out game. No trip to Spokane and a final record of 12-12.

(STATUS: On to spring sports)


MVC boys:

The Hurricanes are 21-6 and Spokane-bound after toppling Pomeroy 65-40 Saturday in the #10 vs. #15 matchup.

Up next is a clash with #7 Cusick Mar. 1, with the loser headed home and the winner advancing to play top-seeded Wellpinit in the quarterfinals.

(STATUS: Need an upset)


Orcas Island boys:

While the 2B state tourney began with 16 teams, the 1B event started with 20 squads because of a larger number of schools playing basketball in that classification.

The Vikings (21-9), seeded #16, had to win twice to make it to Spokane, and did, eliminating #17 Inchelium 63-42 Tuesday and #9 Neah Bay 73-65 Saturday.

Next up? Another loser-out game, this time against #8 Oakville Mar. 1, with #2 Sunnyside Christian awaiting the winner in the quarterfinals.

(STATUS: Playing with house money)


La Conner boys:

The surprise bi-district champs were the only boys team in the 2B state field to boast a losing record, and they were seeded #15 in a 16-team field.

It was one and done and no trip to Spokane for the Braves, who finished 11-13 after being bounced 68-41 by #10 Chief Leschi.

(STATUS: On to spring)


Auburn Adventist boys:

The Falcons were seeded #13, but were no match for #12 Tri-Cities Prep, which eliminated them 63-42, sending AAA home with a final record of 18-5.

(STATUS: On to spring)

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The CHS student section leads the charge during playoff action. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Basketball games are done, but the roar of the crowd still lingers in the gym.

The pics above and below, shot by John Fisken, come from recent Wolf playoff rumbles.

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Makana Stone has places to be, and buckets to score. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

Bow down before your hardwood queen.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone continues to torch the nets in Norway, throwing down a game-high 27 points Sunday to lead Baerum basketball to its third-straight win.

The former Wolf ace also snagged 10 rebounds, doled out three assists, made off with four steals, and rejected a shot as she and her associates drilled Midtbyen 71-53.

Baerum led from start to finish, running its record to 13-5 on the season and staying right on the heels of Asker (14-6) in the battle for second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen pro league.

Ulriken, which sits at 19-0, remains atop the standings.

Stone and her squad jumped out to a 24-15 lead after one quarter of play Sunday, before stretching their advantage to 47-24 by halftime.

Midtbyen slightly sliced its deficit down in the second half, but just barely, trimming five points from a 23-point Baerum lead.

Makana’s 27 points were her third-best performance in Norway, as she also scored 33 against Asker and 29 against Ulriken in previous games.

Andre Stone’s lil’ sis has compiled 340 points, 220 rebounds, 41 assists, 51 steals, and 11 blocks in her second season of pro hoops.

She played for Leicester in England last season before hitting the road and trekking to Norway.

Baerum returns to action Mar. 1 when it faces off with Ullern, which sits at 8-10 on the season.

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Wolf freshman Miley Gerber gets the gym rockin’. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cheerleaders lead the charge.

Full of school spirit, Wolf sideline warriors have been at the forefront of generating the wall of positive noise exploding out of Coupeville’s gyms at this week’s playoff games.

As the CHS boys prepare to play their biggest game of the season Saturday — 7:00 PM tip vs. Auburn Adventist Academy, winner to state, loser out — a photographic look at the cheer squad in action, courtesy John Fisken.

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Wolf stars Issabel Johnson (left) and Skylar Parker, ready to get rowdy. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The joint was jumpin’.

Friday night’s boys’ basketball playoff thriller between Coupeville and La Conner played out in front of a standing room only crowd at the CHS gym.

In between sips of Diet Coke, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken captured a wide range of Wolf athletes, fans, and school employees as they created a wall of noise.

Look closely, and you can hear the pictures.

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