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Coupeville’s Makana Stone, here with mom Eileen, is now the #7 scorer in Whitman College women’s basketball history. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

First they honored her, then she impressed them some more.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone was hailed Friday for becoming just the ninth player in Whitman College women’s basketball history to top 1,000 career points, then went out and tossed 12 more onto the stat sheet.

Paced by their senior star, who added 11 rebounds to post another double-double, the Blues blitzed the University of Maine at Fort Kent 84-49, kicking off the 2019 Kim Evanger Raney Classic, and their home schedule.

With the non-conference win, Whitman improves to 7-1 headed into a Saturday match-up with Buena Vista University, which sits at 1-8 on the season.

After that game, Stone and the Blues will be off for nearly three weeks, not playing again until Jan. 3, when they begin Northwest Conference play against the University of Puget Sound.

Whitman began the season with a seven-game road trip, so Friday night was the first chance for its fans to fill the Sherwood Athletic Center.

Those in attendance got to see Stone, who cracked 1,000 points in a win over Whittier College, continue to move up the career scoring chart.

Friday night she passed Mary Kincaid, who scored 1,056 between 1982-1986.

Now #7 all-time with 1,057, the former Wolf ace is hot on the heels of #6 Casey Poe (1,145), who she played alongside during her first two seasons at Whitman.

Katie Rubenser, a star from 1990-1994, is #1 with 1,693 points, and was in attendance Friday for Stone’s ceremony.

Bouncing back from its only loss of the year, which came last week to highly-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor, Whitman took control early Friday and never let go of the lead.

Up 25-12 after one quarter of play, the Blues surged to a 52-25 lead at the half, then took their feet off the gas pedal a bit and coasted home for the win.

Stone played a tidy 21 minutes, adding two blocked shots and an assist to her 12 points and 11 boards.

Four different Whitman players scored in double figures, led by Kaelan Shamseldin, who tallied a team-high 14 points.

On the season, Stone has 129 points, 61 rebounds, 12 assists, 11 steals, and 10 blocks.

She’s shooting 52-89 (58.4%) from the floor and 23-28 (82.1%) at the free throw line.

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Sophomore Hawthorne Wolfe singed the nets for 33 points in a win Saturday, a game after netting 34. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawk was hot, but he had plenty of help.

Sophomore Hawthorne Wolfe knocked down 33 points Saturday, while numerous teammates, most prominently senior Koa Davison, came up huge as the Coupeville High School varsity boys basketball team led from start to finish while capturing its first win of the season.

The Wolves, who came within a point of having four players reach double-figure scoring, ran away from visiting Orcas Island to capture a 77-58 win in Coupeville’s home opener.

The non-conference victory, coming just days after CHS almost toppled 3A Oak Harbor in overtime, lifts the Wolves to 1-2.

Both of their losses have been super-close, but Saturday’s win was one in which the Wolves dominated for long stretches.

After torching Oak Harbor for 34, then equaling Larry Bird’s jersey number Saturday, Wolfe is the first Coupeville player in at least a decade-plus to record back-to-back 30+ point games at the varsity level.

While he came out sizzling against the Wildcats, going on a 12-0 run by himself on his way to scoring 15 in the first quarter, Wolfe came with a different flow against Orcas.

He had “just” 14 at the half Saturday, then went bonkers in the third quarter, throwing down 16 of Coupeville’s first 18 points in the frame.

But as dangerous as he was, slashing hard to the hoop, baffling the Vikings with tricky foot work, then popping outside for the occasional three-ball, Wolfe, as we mentioned, had plenty of help.

Davison, who has taken a huge step forward between his junior and senior season, scraped the boards clean all night, while also throwing down a career-high 15 points which included his own miracle shot.

It came as time ran down at the end of the third quarter, with Coupeville whipping the ball from player to player, looking for an opening before the clock hit all zeroes.

The ball came to rest, for a split second at least, in the hands of Davison, and he thrilled the weekend crowd by elevating and knocking down a three-ball which banked off the glass and hit pay-dirt a half of a second before the buzzer sounded.

The Wolves spent much of the night pulling off similarly-electrifying plays, as they controlled the action from the very first offensive set.

That ended with Mason Grove splashing home one of his three treys on the night, a ball which arced high in the air, then barely rippled the net as it hustled through on its way back to the floor.

Davison and Wolfe followed the three-ball with buckets on which they carved up the Orcas defense while crashing aggressively to the hoop, and, up 7-0, CHS was in sync and on fire.

Five different Coupeville players scored in the opening quarter, allowing the Wolves to head to the bench with a 15-6 lead and a nod of approval from head coach Brad Sherman.

While the visitors found their shooting touch in the second quarter, the home team matched them bucket for bucket (almost literally), with the two squads battling through an intense 21-21 frame.

Again the Wolves spread the offensive love out, but Sean Toomey-Stout, playing in front of siblings Cameron and Maya, was the king of the highlight reel.

Twisting in mid-air, tearing down rebounds, then muscling his way back up though the defense, the ever-springy one known as “The Torpedo” had a ferocity no Viking could match.

Down 36-27 at the half, Orcas got as close as 45-40 midway through the third, thanks to back-to-back three-balls, but Wolfe and Co. were having none of it.

The sweet-shootin’ sophomore could not miss in the third, and every bucket came on a different move guaranteed to give his fan club the vapors.

Wolfe started his 16-point run in the third with a three-ball, then got creative, mixing little runners with quick slashes to the hoop, taking the blows and never cracking as he used both hands to slap home bucket after bucket.

The Orcas defense couldn’t stop him, and the few moments in which they slowed him down, he smartly gave the ball up and let someone else be The Man, whether it was Ulrik Wells pounding away inside, or Grove firing rainbows from outside.

Up 16 at the end of three quarters, the Wolves traded three-balls to start the fourth, with Wolfe notching his final points on a play set up by a Tucker Hall rebound.

After that, it was the “Koa Being Big Time” Hour, as Davison went off for eight of his 15 with four impressive plays in the paint.

One was set up by an entry pass from Wolfe, the other on a kick-out from Toomey-Stout, but on all four the lanky senior had to finish while being pounded on by the Vikings.

Each time, Davison came up big, showcasing a ton of heart under duress.

Koa played big tonight, but he’s played like that consistently over all three games,” Sherman said. “He’s working hard on the boards for us, and I’m very happy to see it.”

The Wolf head man praised his entire team, especially for the way they bounced back after being nipped in overtime by Oak Harbor.

“I’m extra proud of the way we came out tonight, and immediately took control,” Sherman said. “I liked the way we got to the basket, and the fact we came out so strongly in the third, which is something we had a bit of a problem with in the past.”

With his 33 point explosion, Wolfe continues to fly upwards on the CHS boys career scoring chart.

He passed another 13 former players Saturday, including quality guys such as Joel Walstad, Jordan Ford, and Tim Quenzer, and now sits at #119 all-time just three games into his sophomore campaign.

Coupeville is playing its 103rd season of boys basketball, and yet the precocious Wolfe, with 231 points and counting, is just 47 points from cracking the top 100.

Davison finished with 15 Saturday, while Toomey-Stout banked in 12, Grove knocked down nine, Jered Brown rattled the rim for six, and Wells capped things with a bucket.

Gavin Knoblich, Hall, Jacobi Pilgrim, and Jean Lund-Olsen also saw floor time for the Wolves, who have a busy week coming up, with games against Friday Harbor, Concrete, and The Bush School.

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Hannah Davidson was a force on the boards Saturday as Coupeville won its home opener. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Scout Smith, who leads the Wolves in scoring, passed eight players on the CHS girls career scoring chart and now sits at #65.

It was beautiful, then kind of scary, then beautifully scary.

But it all worked out in the end.

Leading from start to finish Saturday, but veering madly from a 15-point lead right before halftime to just a two-point margin with a minute to play, the Coupeville High School varsity girls basketball team lived dangerously.

But the Wolves made the plays they needed to down the stretch, especially on the defensive end of the floor, and survived to beat visiting Orcas Island 34-31.

The non-conference win, coming in Coupeville’s home opener, lifts the squad to 2-1, while possibly adding some grey hair to the head of coach Scott Fox.

When his players were locked-in Saturday, they were highly-efficient, deadly on the run and on the finish, and on their way to a blowout win.

But when they weren’t on, such as when they netted just four of 23 free throw attempts, they gave the visiting Vikings hope, and hope can be dangerous.

Up 24-9 shortly before the halftime break, Coupeville still led by 11 late in the third, only to watch in horror as Orcas found its groove.

A 10-1 run stretching from late in the third to late in the fourth, started and finished by three-balls splashing down from the skies above, cut the Wolf lead to just 31-29.

For the first time all night, or at least since way back when the game was briefly 2-1 in favor of the Wolves, Orcas was a single shot away from ruining everyone’s evening.

But Coupeville had an answer, hitting first with a little offense — a free throw from Chelsea Prescott and a sweet lil’ jumper from Hannah Davidson, off of a drive ‘n dish by Prescott.

That stretched the lead back out to 34-29, and while Orcas got one more basket, using a put-back of a miss to slice things to 34-31 with 1:02 on the clock, the Wolves didn’t break.

The home team didn’t score in that final 62 seconds, missing two free throws with 4.1 seconds to play, when even one made shot would have been nirvana.

But the Wolves also didn’t allow Orcas to get a decent shot off, much less score.

Freshman Nezi Keiper came up especially huge in the game’s final seconds, ripping down a key rebound on one side of the floor, then forcing a turnover on the other end.

Coupeville is a young team, with three fab frosh — Keiper, Carolyn Lhamon, and Maddie Georges — getting quality floor time, while four sophomores are also on the team.

Youth is learning under fire, and coming up strongly.

While Keiper and Lhamon were ferocious on the boards, teaming with senior Hannah Davidson to clean the glass, Georges delivered three gorgeous long-range jumpers, each shot a knife through the collective heart of the Vikings.

Two of those baskets came in the first, when the freshman point guard teamed up with her senior mentor, Scout Smith, to score 10 points as CHS jumped out to a 14-4 advantage.

Smith opened the scoring by jumping a pass, spearing an incoming ball, then taking off the other way for a slick breakaway bucket.

After that she added baskets on a give and go play, worked to perfection with Davidson, and a careening layup in which she went airborne, then flipped the ball to her other hand at the last second to avoid a would-be blocker coming in hot.

Toss in Davidson thunking home a bucket on a strong power move in the paint and Prescott rolling sharply to her left, then flicking a layup up and over her defender’s outstretched arm, and the Wolves looked super-sharp in the opening frame.

That continued well into the second quarter, a frame in which sophomore Izzy Wells carried the brunt of the scoring load, while Tia Wurzrainer was the one and only Wolf to go to the free throw line and hit both of her shots in the same trip.

Orcas carved its 24-9 deficit down to 24-12 right before the half, then scored the first five points of the third quarter, but Coupeville didn’t crack.

Smith went coast to coast for a bucket to break the run, before Avalon Renninger drained a shot which hit the rim, rolled around, and around, and around some more, before finally running out of steam and flopping through the net.

That all set up the frantic fourth, a time when the Wolves might have bent (a bit), but never broke.

Headed into another busy week, when it will face Friday Harbor, Concrete, and Bush, with the first and last of that trio on the road, that’s a true positive.

Smith finished with a game-high 11 points, a night which allowed her to pass eight more players on the Wolf girls basketball career scoring list.

It was a group which included well-known names like Yashmeen Knox, Marie Hesselgrave, Sherry Bonacci, and Aimee Messner, and Smith, with 171 points and counting, now sits at #65 on the chart.

Prescott, who is hot on the trail of her older teammate (she’s only 15 points off of Smith), finished with five Saturday, while Georges (6), Davidson (4), Wells (4), Renninger (2), and Wurzrainer (2) also scored.

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Big man TJ Rickner provides Coupeville’s JV hoops squad with a strong defensive presence in the paint. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Unleash the beasts.

Raining down death ‘n destruction from all angles, the Coupeville High School JV boys basketball team torched the nets for 28 points in the third quarter Saturday, blowing open their hardwood rumble with visiting Orcas Island.

That explosion, in which seven different Wolves tallied points, turned a modest eight-point halftime lead into a 32-point bulge.

By the time the final buzzer mercifully sounded, Coupeville was on top 60-23, claiming a win in its home opener, and improving to 2-1 on the season.

Chris Smith’s squad came out focused early, turning a 12-9 lead at the first break into a 20-12 edge by halftime.

But it was the third quarter, a 28-4 reign of beautiful terror, which really sealed the deal.

Sage Downes had the hottest hand of any Wolf shooter, rattling the rim for nine of his game-high 16 points in the frame.

He had plenty of help, however, as Grady Rickner tossed in six in the quarter, while Alex Murdy banked home four.

For the game, the Wolves put three guys into double digits, as Downes (16), Daniel Olson (10), and Rickner (10) split the primary scoring load.

Murdy (8), Logan Martin (5), Cody Roberts (4), Andrew Aparicio (4), Chris Cernick (2), and Alex Jimenez (1) scored as well, while TJ Rickner, Miles Davidson, and Chris Ruck also saw floor time.

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Ella Colwell tossed in eight points Saturday as the Coupeville JV rolled to a win in its home opener. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Natalie Castano hit a pair of three-balls for her first points in a Wolf uniform.

Who says you need to score in all four quarters to crush your rivals?

Despite going scoreless in the final frame Saturday, the Coupeville High School girls JV basketball squad strolled to victory in its home opener.

Bouncing visiting Orcas Island 30-15, the Wolves rise to 2-1 on the season.

Coupeville came out strongly, claiming a 10-2 lead at the first break, thanks to big buckets in the paint from Ella Colwell, and never slowed down.

While the second quarter ended in an 11-11 tie, a 9-0 run in the third sealed the win for the Wolves.

Up 30-13 headed into the fourth, thanks to Colwell and the hot shooting of three-ball wizard Natalie Castano, CHS was on cruise control, and, on this night, that turned out to be just fine.

Colwell paced the Wolves, going for a game-high eight points, all in the first half, while Castano netted treys in both the second and third quarters.

It was the first points this season for the newcomer to the Coupeville hoops program.

Alita Blouin and Ryanne Knoblich each banked in six points to aid the cause, while Gwen Gustafson and Abby Mulholland knocked down a bucket apiece to round out the offensive attack.

Samantha Streitler, Jessenia Camarena, Heidi Meyers, Claire Mayne, and Morgan Stevens rounded out the active roster, all seeing time for coach Megan Smith’s squad.

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