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A family move will take Wolf three-sport star Mikey Robinett from Whidbey Island to Tennessee. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s loss is Nashville’s gain.

Three-sport star Mikey Robinett, one of the most promising young Wolf athletes, won’t be wearing a CHS uniform next school year.

Instead, he and his family will be in Tennessee after a family move in the next couple of weeks takes them to Music City.

Robinett, who just wrapped his sophomore year at CHS, plays football, basketball, and track and field.

On the gridiron he had a sizable impact on both sides of the ball.

While playing defense, Robinett delivered thunderous cracks, while on offense he showed great promise as a runner.

Basketball, where a large senior class is departing, is the one sport where he’s been a JV player.

Robinett crashed the boards with intensity last season and looked to be in the mix for making the jump to the top team.

The Wolf super sophomore earned his first trip to the track and field state championships this spring, where he was an alternate for the 4 x 100 relay squad.

During the season Robinett also competed in the 200, 3200, discus, and long jump.

He’s not the only active Wolf athlete in his family either, as younger brother Dylan is a cross country, basketball, and track athlete who just wrapped his 7th grade year.

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Basketball unites different age groups. (Michelle Murdy photo)

The hardwood calls.

The Coupeville Youth Basketball Association is offering a two-day skills camp later this month for children entering grades K-6.

The camp, which runs June 21-22 at the high school gym, will give young players a chance to “improve your dribbling, shooting, passing, teamwork, and defensive skills, along with some fun competitions!”

Cost is $20 and the event is open to Coupeville School District students.

Each day will run from 9-11:30 AM, and you need to register by June 12 to ensure getting a camp t-shirt.

Payment is due the first day of camp.

For questions, contact coupeville.youth.basketball@gmail.com.

 

To register, pop over to:

https://www.coupevilleyouthbasketball.com/skills-camp

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Makana Stone slashes to the hoop. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

It was like being on a rollercoaster.

The Leicester Riders stormed back from 18 down in the second half Sunday, only to see their playoff game against the Nottingham Wildcats swing back out of control in the late going.

Coupeville’sĀ Makana Stone rippled the nets for a game-tying bucket with seconds to play in the third quarter, but the Wildcats surged in the fourth to capture an 81-69 win in Women’s British Basketball League action.

The quarterfinal loss ends the season for Leicester, which went 18-13 in Stone’s rookie season.

Nottingham advances to play the Sevenoaks Suns in the WBBL semifinals, while the undefeated London Lions play the Caledonia Pride.

Leicester entered the postseason having finished fourth in the 13-team league but struggled early against the #5 Wildcats.

Trailing 27-13 after one quarter of play, the Riders saw the deficit stretch out to 44-28 at the half, before Nottingham topped out at with an 18-point lead early in the third.

Sparked by the play of its American assassin, Leicester chipped away at the lead, eventually getting all the way back when Stone dropped a long jumper with 31 ticks on the clock.

Unfortunately for the Riders, Nottingham rebounded quickly in the fourth quarter, stretching the lead back out to double-digits thanks to strong long-distance shooting.

Stone finished with six points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in her finale.

Hannah Robb and Oceana Hamilton paced the Riders with 19 points apiece, while Nottingham was led by Brooklyn Pannell, who banked in 21.

After stellar runs at Whitman College and Loughborough University, Stone made an auspicious debut as a pro hoops player.

She was a starter most of the season, finishing with 275 points, 193 rebounds, 41 assists, 25 steals, and five blocks.

 

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone had a double-double in her regular season finale. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

It was a wild finish to the regular season.

Fighting for a playoff berth Sunday, the Manchester Met Mystics pulled out a last-second 102-97 overtime win over the Leicester Riders.

It wasn’t enough however, as Manchester was eliminated from postseason contention anyway, while the Riders and Coupeville ace Makana Stone are still playoff-bound.

Even with the loss, Leicester claims fourth place in the 13-team Women’s British Basketball League with a 14-10 record.

The Riders, 18-12 overall, open the postseason Sunday, May 1 against the fifth-seeded Nottingham Wildcats (12-12).

A victory will propel Stone and Co. into a semifinal matchup against the winner of a game between the #1 London Lions (24-0) and #8 Durham Palatinates (11-13).

London is only the second team in WBBL history to finish the regular season undefeated.

Sunday’s finale was a donnybrook from start to finish, with both teams refusing to bend.

Manchester snatched a 25-20 lead after one quarter of play, stretched the advantage out to 45-39 at the half, then held on for a 64-58 lead heading into the fourth.

Leicester came up big at the end, however, forcing overtime with the teams knotted at 83-83.

One of the biggest shots of the final regular frame came courtesy Stone, who rippled the nets on a three-ball with less than two minutes to play.

In the extra five-minute period, Leicester staked itself to a 97-96 lead with 49 seconds to play after Oceana Hamilton drained a pair of free throws.

Manchester responded with a jumper to retake the lead, though, then netted four free throws in the final moments while the Riders clanked their final four field goal opportunities.

Stone had another strong performance, recording 14 points and 12 rebounds, while also connecting on three assists.

Anna Lappenkuper netted 29 to pace Leicester, while Manchester gunner Erika Williams smoked the nets for a game-high 39, including eight treys.

With at least one more game left in her rookie season of professional basketball, Stone has tallied 269 points, 187 rebounds, 40 assists, 24 steals, and three blocks.

 

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone takes a break from her professional basketball career to talk with British students. (Photo property Leicester Riders)

She set the nets on fire.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone knocked down a game-high 21 points Saturday, spurring the Leicester Riders to a key victory.

Romping past the Cardiff Met Archers 88-58, Leicester claimed its third victory in its last four games and clinched fourth place in the 13-team Women’s British Basketball League.

With two regular season games left on the schedule, the Riders are 14-8 in league action, 18-10 overall.

Saturday’s victory was a nice bounce-back for Leicester, which less than 24 hours earlier had racked up a season-low in points in a loss to the high-flying Sevenoaks Suns.

Picking Cardiff Met apart, Stone and Co. jumped out to a 24-18 lead after one quarter of play, and never relinquished the advantage.

Up 45-28 at the half, the Riders pushed the lead out to 63-42 heading into the fourth quarter, then tossed in another 25 points over the final 10 minutes just to put an exclamation point on things.

Stone, one of the few Leicester players to consistently score against Sevenoaks, snatched seven rebounds Saturday to go with her 21-point explosion.

Brooklyn Mcalear-Fanus added 15 points, while Oceana Hamilton and Alison Lewis each went for 14, as the Riders shared the ball all day.

As she nears the end of her first season of pro hoops, Stone has tallied 253 points, 170 rebounds, 36 assists, 24 steals, and three blocks.

Leicester caps the regular season with a rematch against Sevenoaks Apr. 22, before a bout with Manchester Met two days later.

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