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Makana Stone continues to reel in awards. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s still in the game.

Even though Coupeville’s Makana Stone graduated from Whitman College earlier this spring, her name keeps popping up every time an award is announced.

Earlier, the former Wolf was tabbed as the Northwest Conference women’s basketball MVP, won Whitman’s Mignon Borleske Award — the school’s highest athletic honor for a female athlete — and landed on the NWC All-Academic First Team.

Now, Stone has been nominated by Whitman for the big-time NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

She’s one of seven senior student/athletes across all sports honored by NWC officials.

The league’s senior female administrators will pare that list of seven down to one athlete, and announce their pick Tuesday, June 14.

Whether it’s Stone or a fellow athlete, the NWC selection enters the national competition, where the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee picks a top 30, with 10 athletes apiece from D1, D2, and D3.

The committee then selects a top three for each division, with one athlete eventually emerging as the ultimate winner.

Angela Mercurio, a triple jumper from the University of Nebraska, won the award in 2019, while Canisius College distance runner Mary Beth Riley claimed the inaugural honor back in 1991.

Two basketball players (Rebecca Lobo – University of Connecticut – 1995, and Nkolika Anosike – University of Tennessee – 2008) have previously won the award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year recognizes “graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.”

Stone finished her four-year run at Whitman having made the most starts of any female basketball player to ever attend the Walla Walla school.

She and her fellow Blues seniors went to the NCAA tourney three times in four seasons, won a league title, and captured more wins than any group in program history.

When Stone wasn’t flying down the court, slapping layups high off the glass or rejecting rival shots, she was a standout in the classroom and the community.

Coupeville’s progeny was part of the Whitman College mentor program, an ACE representative, and a member of the Whitman Elementary School Science Night Committee.

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Natasha Bamberger, Coupeville legend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Apparently Whidbey Island ends at the midway point.

The website SB Live Washington has been busy compiling lists of its picks for the best athletes to come out of each of the state’s counties, with Island County’s female stars honored Thursday.

And, despite being the smallest of the three high schools on Whidbey, Coupeville netted two of the five slots, with Natasha Bamberger and Makana Stone joining Oak Harbor grads Marti Malloy, Chalise Baysa, and Missy McIntyre.

South Whidbey High School, on the other hand, got shafted, with the most notable omission being Lindsey Newman.

You know, the fearsome Falcon who won three consecutive 2A state tennis titles from 2007-2009, scored a billion points on the basketball hardwood, and is now a professional pickleball player.

Oh, that Lindsey Newman.

But, while Falcon Nation will rightfully have its collective feelings hurt, Wolf Nation has plenty to celebrate.

Bamberger was a five-time state champ for CHS in the ’80s, winning four track titles and a cross country crown, before going on to be world-class ultramarathoner.

Stone, who just wrapped up a stellar college hoops career at Whitman College, dominated in soccer, basketball, and track and field during her time as a Wolf.

To see the full story, and vote in a poll to select the best of the five nominees, pop over to:

Here are the best female athletes to come out of Island County, Washington

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Makana Stone, forever a force of nature. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every bucket, every rebound, every moment of on-court brilliance built to this.

Two days after graduating from Whitman College, Coupeville’s Makana Stone received her school’s highest athletic honor Tuesday morning.

The former Wolf, who finished as the #5 scorer and #2 rebounder in Blues women’s basketball history, received the Mignon Borleske Award.

The honor recognizes a graduating senior student-athlete for “their career athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus and community as a whole.”

Stone shared the honor with Blues tennis player Andrea Gu, a three-time All-American.

Robert Colton, a Whitman men’s basketball star, received the R.V. Borleske Award, which is given to the school’s top male athlete.

The winners receive a plaque, while their names are added to a display in the athletic department’s Hall of Fame.

The awards are named for a couple who arrived on campus in 1915, then had a huge impact on the growth of the school.

Raymond Borleske, a former Whitman football and baseball player, became a long-time coach, while Mignon Borleske taught dance and women’s education classes at the school for nearly 40 years.

Stone, a 2016 CHS grad, became a starter for the Blues midway through her freshman season, and rarely left the court after that.

She finished with the most starts (92) in program history, and she and fellow seniors Mady Burdett, Lily Gustafson, Natalie Whitesel, and Katie Stahl compiled a 94-20 record during their time in Walla Walla.

That was the most wins for a graduating class in the long and prestigious history of Whitman women’s basketball.

Their success included three trips to the NCAA D-III national tourney, and Whitman was hours away from playing in the Sweet 16 at this year’s event when COVID-19 shut down collegiate athletics.

Stone finished her run in a Blues uniform with 1,337 points and 837 rebounds.

She was named the Northwest Conference MVP as a senior, was selected for the Beyond Sports Women’s Collegiate All-Star Game, and received All-Region and All-American honors.

When she wasn’t excelling on the hardwood, Stone┬áparticipated in the Whitman College mentor program, was an ACE representative, and served as a member of the Whitman Elementary School Science Night Committee.

Using her time well, Coupeville’s progeny was also a presenter at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, while obtaining multiple internships.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone had a very-successful four-year run as a college basketball player. (Photo property Whitman Athletic Department)

Whitman College kicked off its inaugural Senior Awards Series for athletics Wednesday, and the first honor had a Coupeville connection.

The Blues women’s basketball squad, led by former Wolf Makana Stone, was tabbed as the winner of the George Ball Award.

That honor is awarded to one team which best “represents the mission of Whitman College and the athletics department and that demonstrates one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, respect, and responsibility.”

Stone and Co. went 26-3 this season, won the Northwest Conference regular season crown with a 15-1 mark, and were preparing to play in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA D-III tourney when the COVID-19 pandemic closed down college sports.

Coupeville’s progeny ended her four-year run in Walla Walla by being named league MVP, followed by notching All-Region and All-American honors.

Whitman will continue to hand out awards in virtual ceremonies each day through May 26.

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Amanda Fabrizi is one of just 23 CHS girls to have scored 200 points in a basketball season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Megan Smith could fill the hoop up. (Photo courtesy Smith)

Sisters Lexie (left) and Brittany Black each own two of the 50 best individual scoring seasons in Wolf girls basketball history. (Photo courtesy Laura Black)

This isn’t rocket science.

The most-sustained run of team success the Coupeville High School girls basketball program has enjoyed came in the 2000’s.

While the Wolves launched in 1974, and put together some very-strong runs in the mid and late ’90s, all three of the state tourney banners they own were captured between 2002-2005.

So, it’s no surprise that when you compile the 50 best single-season scoring totals put up by a Wolf girls hoops player, 21 of those campaigns came between 2001-2009.

Other than that, it’s fairly well-balanced, with 15 slots occupied by players from the ’90s, and seven performances apiece coming from the ’80s and the 2010’s.

There are two CHS girls who sit atop the pile, with Brianne King and Zenovia Barron both landing in the top 50 four times.

Ann Pettit, Makana Stone, Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, and Megan Smith have three slots apiece, with Maureen Wetmore, Tina Lyness, Judy Marti, Lexie Black, Erica Lamb, Terry Perkins, and Brittany Black notching two appearances.

Overall, 29 players have combined to account for the top 50 individual seasons.

Now, there are a couple of small caveats, though the latter matters more than the former.

We have no scoring stats for that first modern-day team, the 1974-1975 squad.

Though, based on other early scoring totals, I’m 99.99992% sure no one from that season would make this list.

More troubling is the fact we’re missing 2-3 games each from three different seasons, so our totals for 2003-2004, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007 are not fully complete.

That affects four players.

Lexie Black, Vanessa Davis, and Brittany Black each have a season where they make the top 50, but could be higher on the chart with those missing games.

I’ve marked those campaigns with asterisks below.

The other person being possibly short-changed is Megan Smith, who I have with 161 points for her freshman season in 2006-2007 (minus two missing games), which is just 13 points off of cracking the top 50.

While she has the #10, #16, and #25 seasons, if we had complete numbers from 06-07, it’s very likely she joins King and Barron in the four-timers club.

With that being said, the 50 best CHS girls single-season scoring totals:


Brianne King – (446) – (2000-2001)
Brianne King – (442) – (2002-2003)
Makana Stone – (427) – (2015-2016)
Brianne King – (386) – (2001-2002)
Zenovia Barron – (378) – (1996-1997)
Zenovia Barron – (376) – (1997-1998)
Makana Stone – (367) – (2014-2015)
Ann Pettit – (363) – (1997-1998)
Amanda Allmer – (331) – (1994-1995)
Megan Smith – (327) – (2008-2009)
Ann Pettit – (317) – (1996-1997)
Terry Perkins – (314) – (1986-1987)
Judy Marti – (312) – (1983-1984)
Marlene Grasser – (307) – (1986-1987)
Tina Lyness – (299) – (1999-2000)
Megan Smith – (299) – (2009-2010)
Lexie Black – (295) – (2004-2005)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (280) – (2000-2001)
Brianne King – (275) – (1999-2000)
Tina Barker – (274) – (1986-1987)
Zenovia Barron – (274) – (1995-1996)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (266) – (2001-2002)
Kristan Hurlburt – (263) – (1981-1982)
Sarah Mouw – (259) – (2001-2002)
Megan Smith – (255) – (2007-2008)
Ann Pettit – (252) – (1995-1996)
Makana Stone – (248) – (2013-2014)
Erica Lamb – (247) – (2002-2003)
Zenovia Barron – (242) – (1994-1995)
Lexie Black – (236) – (2003-2004) – **
Tina Lyness – (221) – (1998-1999)
Jen Canfield – (220) – (1996-1997)
Ashley Manker – (218) – (2009-2010)
Amy Mouw – (216) – (2002-2003)
Maureen Wetmore – (212) – (1998-1999)
Linda Cheshier – (210) – (1991-1992)
Brittany Black – (209) – (2004-2005)
Judy Marti – (201) – (1982-1983)
Amanda Fabrizi – (200) – (2013-2014)
Vanessa Davis – (194) – (2003-2004) – **
Terry Perkins – (194) – (1984-1985)
Emily Vracin – (194) – (1991-1992)
Whitney Clark – (188) – (2004-2005)
Taniel Lamb – (188) – (2004-2005)
Misty Sellgren – (184) – (1992-1993)
Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby – (183) – (1999-2000)
Kailey Kellner – (180) – (2016-2017)
Brittany Black – (177) – (2005-2006) – **
Maureen Wetmore – (177) – (1997-1998)
Erica Lamb – (174) – (2001-2002)

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