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A night after scoring 24 points, Coupeville grad Makana Stone (hand up) torched Montana Tech for 26. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She had quite a weekend.

A day after setting her collegiate high with a 24-point performance in the opener of the Whit Classic in Spokane, Coupeville grad Makana Stone upped the ante.

The Whitman College junior re-busted her career high-water mark Saturday, tossing in 26 points in a wild and woolly 89-87 overtime loss to women’s basketball powerhouse Montana Tech.

Stone and the Blues charged back from a 13-point deficit, then rode two three-balls in the final five seconds of regulation to somehow, against all odds, force extra play.

But there was no cherry on top of the sundae, as Montana Tech pulled out its own miracle finish in overtime, getting a runner in the paint that dropped through with 0:00.3 on the clock.

With Stone handcuffed to the bench after a blind ref fouled her out in OT, all the former Wolf could do was watch from a distance as Mollie Peoples sliced through the Blues defense.

The sophomore nursing student from Butte flicked the ball skywards at the last second, and it hung in the air for an eternity before caressing the glass and plopping home.

Peoples shot, the only field goal she made in six attempts, capped an extraordinary finish to a game where Whitman didn’t hold the lead until 37 of the 40 minutes of regulation had ticked away.

That lead, at 74-72 off a shot by Kaylie McCracken, was short-lived, however.

Montana Tech, which is 7-1 after the non-conference win (Whitman drops to 2-2) rallied right back, going on an 8-2 tear to go up by four with 40 seconds to play.

Even better for the Orediggers, they were headed to the free throw line, with a chance to all but seal the win.

Except neither charity shot would stay in the basket, keeping alive the slimmest of hopes for Whitman, which hurried down court only to get stuck in some serious defensive traffic.

With way too much time having slithered off the clock, the Blues sent up a prayer, and had it answered twice.

First, Mady Burdett splashed home a three-ball with five seconds to go to cut the lead back to 80-79.

Montana Tech, immediately fouled, reverted back to normal and slipped two free throws through the net, requiring Whitman to hit a buzzer-beater if it wanted to keep playing.

Which it promptly did, as Kaelan Shamseldin drilled the bottom out of the net from the right side, her trey sending the Orediggers reeling and the Blues jumping with joy.

After the emotional roller-coaster of the fourth quarter, it seemed like there was no way for overtime to match the same intensity. And yet it did.

Montana Tech went up by four, Stone slashed to the hoop for a bucket to cut the margin back down, then fouls took over.

The refs bounced three major Oredigger front-court players, as well as Stone, in the late going, but both teams struggled to hit their free throws, largely negating the many fouls.

Whitman, even with its top rebounder on the bench, hit the glass hard in the final seconds, turning a third-chance offensive rebound into yet another game-tier at 87-87.

That came with a little over a minute left in OT, setting up a tension-packed, and scoreless, final 60 seconds, until Peoples went and made herself a folk hero to Oredigger Nation.

That the game even went to an extra period was a bit of a surprise, as Montana Tech controlled the game early, running out to a 23-12 lead at the first break.

The Orediggers stretched the margin to 12 at the half, thanks to a miracle shot which benefited greatly from a lack of replay.

A three-ball which looked, on the live broadcast, like it had been launched well after the buzzer sounded, it flopped through and was counted by the refs, despite some howls from the Blues.

Stone kept Whitman in the game early, pouring in 15 of her 26 points in the first half.

She finished the game shooting 9-16 from the floor and a sizzlin’ 8-9 at the free throw line, while also grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.

Through four games, the former Wolf has 71 points, 35 rebounds, seven steals, six assists and six blocks.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone set a new personal collegiate record Friday, scoring 24 points in a tourney win in Spokane. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She might already be a lock for the All-Tournament team.


Coupeville grad Makana Stone went off Friday in the opener of the Whit Classic in Spokane, throwing down 24 points and snatching 10 boards to spark the Whitman College women’s basketball team to a 74-62 win over the University of Texas at Tyler.

The win lifts the Blues to 2-1 headed into a second, and final tourney rumble Saturday, when they play Montana Tech.

Playing in the 60th game of her career at Whitman, Stone broke her personal collegiate scoring record, edging out the 23 she tallied last year as a sophomore in a game versus Willamette.

Maybe it’s the Whitworth Fieldhouse in Spokane she loves, or the Whit Classic itself, since the Whidbey native has now scored 77 points across five games in three of these tourneys.

Stone dropped eight and seven points as a freshman, then was named to the All-Tournament team as a sophomore when she knocked down 20 and 18.

This time around, the junior post player jumped on her Texas counterparts quickly, raining down eight points in the first quarter, then slapping home another 10 in the second frame.

Sparked by Stone’s 18-point first half, and some deadly three-point shooting from her teammates, Whitman cruised into the halftime break up 45-23.

Texas rallied a bit after the break, shaving 10 points off its 22-point deficit, but the Blues were never seriously in trouble.

Stone added another six points in the third quarter, wrapping up a strong shooting performance.

She drilled 10 of 14 from the field, and swished all four of her free-throw attempts, while also tossing two steals, an assist and a blocked shot on the stat pile.

The former Wolf standout is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a night this season.

Stone’s stellar performance under the bright lights against Texas raised her career totals to 582 points and 412 boards in a just a hair over two seasons.

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Coupeville Booster Club president Wendi Hilborn and her cohorts doled out almost $10,000 Thursday to Wolf sports teams. (Ema Smith photo)

Let the good times roll.

Coming off of a hugely successful Crab Feed, the Coupeville Booster Club let the money rain down on Wolf sports programs this week.

Flush with cash from the year’s biggest fundraiser, the club approved six different requests from CHS and CMS sports programs.

“We had a very productive Booster Club meeting,” said board President Wendi Hilborn.

That was a sentiment echoed by everyone in the room.

“This makes us SO happy!!,” said board member Jess Lucero. “In the past, not all teams took advantage of their team improvement money.”

Requests approved Thursday, to the tune of almost $10,000:

A timing system for CMS/CHS cross country – $1,297.66.

Headsets for CMS/CHS football – $2,430.00.

CMS basketball shooting shirts – $694.00.

CHS boys basketball travel bags – $1,319.21.

LED display timing system for CMS/CHS track – $2,110.11

CHS baseball pitching machine – $1,736.00.

Funding Wolf sports programs is an ongoing business, but membership fees (join today!) and fundraisers help the Booster Club keep chugging along.

“The Crab Feed was a success and this always puts the board at ease, as it lets us know we meet our budgeted obligations,” Lucero said.

“We want to thank those who supported the Crab Feed by donating items, services, or volunteering man hours to make it happen,” she added. “We would have virtually nothing to give teams if it wasn’t for the Crab Feed.”


PS — Want to join the Booster Club, help fund them, and keep the money flowing to Wolf sports?

The club offers four tiers, and a membership is good from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 of the next year:

$125 — Business membership (includes a Wolf banner)

$75 — Family membership

$50 — Individual membership

$25 — Wolf Backer

The Individual, Family, and Business levels also include signage acknowledging you in the entrance way to the CHS gym.

Of course, you can also make special monetary gifts and donations, if you’re feeling especially flush with Wolf pride.

For more info, and to sign up today, pop over to:


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Thane Peterson was among a group of CHS students invited to perform at an honors choir/band event at Western Washington University. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Combining vocals and instrumentals, Coupeville High School students took the music world by storm earlier this week.

Nine Wolves traveled to Western Washington University Monday to take part in the WWU Honor Festival, a showcase for talented choir and band students.

Mica Shipley, Thane Peterson, Ashleigh Battaglia and Melissa Otto participated in choir, and the video below showcases some of their work.

They were joined by Jakobi Baumann, Harris Sinclair, Nikolai Lyngra, Kaley Grigsby and Jaschon Baumann, who played in the honors band.

The event drew students from Island, San Juan, Whatcom and Skagit counties.


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CHS cheer sensation Melia Welling is ready to rock ‘n roll. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kylie Chernikoff gets ready to thread the needle.

Gavin Knoblich can beat you with either hand.

The Wolves get their kicks in.

The Ruckinator has returned to the gym. Chris Ruck is back to break ankles and take names.

Mica Shipley explodes into action.

Freshman Anya Leavell fine-tunes her shot.

Winter sports are upon us.

Basketball and cheer have taken over the gyms at Coupeville High School, with the first game less than two weeks away.

Wanderin’ photographer John Fisken was out and about Thursday afternoon and captured the Wolves putting in work.

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