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Hornets 2-0 in League Play After Week 1

photo courtesy Tracy Arnold
The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team finished their first week of the regular season with a 2-0 record in league play, and a 4-2 overall record.

The Hornets opened their regular season, and league play, on Tuesday, with an 18-5 win over Auburn at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center, and notched their second league win on Thursday against Kentwood, 23-13, in front of a raucous Hornet crowd at the home pool.

Enumclaw went on the road over the weekend, for some non-league competition at the Auburn Water Polo Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Hornets opened the tournament with an 11-5 win over Lakes in their first game on Friday, then suffered a 21-1 loss against Sammamish later that evening. On Saturday the Hornets started slow against Shorewood, but rallied in the second half, and fought to a narrow 9-7 loss. In Saturday’s second game, Enumclaw battled to a slim 8-7 win over South Kitsap to finish 2-2 in the tournament.

The Hornets return to league play, at the Auburn Pool, on Tuesday, facing league rival Auburn Mountainview at 7:30, and host Kentridge on Thursday at 7:30.

Tuesday, September 12 – Enumclaw 18, Auburn
Scoring for Enumclaw:
Ben Hauswirth – 6
Kyle Morgan – 5
Brandon Stark – 4
Ethan Decker – 2
Jacob Hauswirth – 1

Scoring for Auburn:
Daulton Whitehall-Gilkes -5
Thursday, September 14 – Enumclaw 23, Kentwood 13
Scoring for Enumclaw:
Kyle Morgan – 9
Ben Hauswirth – 6
Adam Percival – 4
Ethan Decker – 2
Cody Williams – 2

Scoring for Kentwood:
Jan Grobbelaar – 6
Josh Maloy – 2
Alex Maloy – 2
Dallas George – 1
Mike Shinas -1
Lucas Montry – 1

Friday, September 15 –Enumclaw 11, Lakes 5
Scoring for Enumclaw:
Ben Hauswirth – 5
Kyle Morgan – 2
Ethan Decker – 2
Cody Williams – 1
Tim Arensdorf – 1

Friday, September 15 –Sammamish 21, Enumclaw 1
Scoring for Enumclaw:
Ben Hauswirth – 1

Saturday, September 16 –Shorewood 9, Enumclaw 7
Scoring for Enumclaw:
Kyle Morgan – 3
Ben Hauswirth – 2
Adam Percival – 1                 
Ethan Decker – 1

Saturday, September 16 – Enumclaw 8, South Kitsap 7
Scoring for Enumclaw:
Ben Hauswirth – 5
Kyle Morgan – 2
Ethan Decker - 1

Hornets Open With Two Wins at Jamboree

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team opened their 2017 season with two wins and a loss at last weekend's Emerald Ridge Jamboree. The Hornets beat Lakes 14-3 in their opening game, and lost to Gig Harbor 6-9 in the second, before finishing the day with a 14-1 win over Rogers.

This year’s Hornet squad boasts nine returning players, led by senior captains Kyle Morgan and Adam Percival. The remaining seven returning players are all juniors: Tim Arensdorf, Ethan Decker, Ben Hauswirth, Miles Kratzer, Christopher Morgan, Brandon Stark, and Cody Williams.

Joining the veteran Hornets are four first-year players, including sophomore Ethan Blanco, and freshmen Michael Arensdorf, Jacob Hauswirth, and Kellen Murray.

Head coach Bob Averill returns for his ninth season with the boys program, and is joined by assistant Annie Birklid (EHS ’12), coaching her fourth year with the Hornets. Averill has also coached the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team for 13 years.

Summer Water Polo at Enumclaw Pool

The Enumclaw Aquatic Center and Enumclaw High School will offer Open Pool water polo workouts from 8:00-9:30. The workouts are open to all middle and high school boys and girls who are interested in learning and practicing water polo skills. No experience necessary. Workouts are supervised by EHS coaches, and led by veteran high school players.
For more information, contact coach Bob Averill.

Hornets Celebrate with Awards Banquet

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team held their 2017 Post-Season Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 1 at the EHS Library.

The Hornets celebrated their seventh place finish at the State Tournament, and their 12th straight year advancing to State. The Hornets claimed the East Division Title for the third consecutive season with an 8-2 league record, and finished the season with a 21-10 overall record.

The Hornets celebrated several individual honors, as well. Six Hornets earned All-League honors. Morgan Hall, Grace Munnell, and Emilie Weyer were named to the first team All-League Team. Grace Rich and Lindsay Harms earned second team honors, and Jordan Lawson received Honorable Mention. Goalkeeper Morgan Hall also received Honorable Mention All-State recognition.

The team voted for several other awards that were recognized at the banquet. Grave Munnell was named Hornet Offensive MVP, and Morgan Hall earned Defensive MVP. Jessica Johnson received the Most Improved Player Award, Lindsay Harms was named Most Inspirational Player, and Jordan Lawson earned the 110% Award. Emilie Weyer earned the 2017 Coaches' Award.

The Hornets 2017 Post-Season Banquet Video is online on YouTube, with the link below.

Thanks for a great season, ladies!

Hornets Finish With A Win, Seventh Place

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team wrapped up their 2017 with a 7-5 win over Wilson in the Hornets' last game at the State Tournament on Saturday, May 27. The Hornets finished seventh in State for the second year in a row.

Enumclaw scored first in Saturday's game, and held a 4-1 lead at halftime, but Wilson outscored the Hornets in the third period, narrowing Enumclaw's lead to 4-3. Hornet senior Jordan Lawson scored with 1:12 in the quarter to give Enumclaw a 5-3 lead entering the final frame.

The already physical game heated up in the final quarter, as the Rams drew four exclusions on Hornet defenders. Wilson scored on Enumclaw's second exclusion to narrow Enumclaw's lead to one goal with 4:39 remaining. Both teams missed on their next two opportunities, and junior captain Grace Munnell added to the Hornet lead with two minutes left.

Wilson scored on their next possession, to put he Rams within one 20 seconds later, and Munnell put the game away on a Hornet power play with 33 seconds left.

Grace Munnell scored five goals in the win, and Grace Rich and Jordan Lawson scored one goal each. Goalkeeper Morgan Hall grabbed 10 saves.

The Hornets finished their season with an 8-2 league record, claiming the East Division title for the third straight year, and a regular season record of 18-6. Enumclaw went 2-2 at the Region I Tournament to earn the 4th seed from the region, and lost their first two games as the State Tournament before beating Wilson for seventh place. Hornet goalkeeper Morgan Hall earned Honorable Mention All-State honors.

The Gig Harbor Tides earned their fourth consecutive State title with a 7-5 win over Curtis in the Championship Game.

Final State Standings:

1. Gig Harbor
2. Curtis
3. Bellevue
4. Newport
5. Mercer Island
6. Puyallup
7. Enumclaw
8. Wilson

Washington State Tournament Lineup Set

Eight teams, including Enumclaw, have qualified for this weekend's Girls Water Polo Washington State Championship Tournament. Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newport, Enumclaw, Gig Harbor, Curtis, Puyallup, and Wilson will compete for the 2017 State title at Curtis High School on May 25-27.