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Emerald Ridge Jamboree Schedule

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team opens their season this year on March 10th at the Emerald Ridge Jamboree, at Rogers High School, in Puyallup, WA.

Eightteams will join the Hornets at the season opening jamboree, including: Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Emerald Ridge, Lakes, Puyallup, Rogers, Roosevelt, and South Kitsap.

The Hornets will play three half-games of two 10-minute running quarters, against Emerald Ridge at 12:30, Lakes at 2:00, and Auburn Mountainview at 3:30.

Hornets Schedule is Set

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team has released their schedule for the 2018 season. The Hornets are poised to defend their 2017 East Division title and advance to their 13th straight year of post-season play.

Enumclaw plays in the State's East Division, with league games against Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Kentridge, and Tahoma. The Hornets have also lined up a schedule of tough, non-league games, traveling to Gig Harbor and Mercer Island, and hosting non-league games against Wilson, Lakes, Stadium, and South Kitsap. The Hornets will also travel to two tournaments late in the season - the annual Emerald Ridge Tournament at Rogers High School on April 27th & 28th, and at Auburn High School on at 4th & 5th.

The top four teams in each division advance to Regional Tournaments on May 18th and 19th. The top four finishers at each of the two Regional Tournaments advance to the State Tournament, held May 24-26 at Curtis High School, in University Place, WA.

Girls Water Polo Season Starts Feburary 26

Girls Water Polo Season starts in Washington State on Monday, February 26. High school teams throughout the State can begin practice on the 26th, and competition will start on Saturday, March 10th with a jamboree at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

The Hornets open league play on Tuesday, March 13 against Kentridge, at Lindbergh High School in Renton.

All teams hope to advance to the post-season. This years Regional Tournaments will be held at Puyallup's Rogers High School, and Curtis High School in University Place, on May 18th and 19th. The top four teams from each Regional Tournament will advance to the State Tournament, held May 24-26 at Curtis High School.

Follow this web site and our Twitter feed @EnumclawPolo for results and standings throughout the season. Best of Luck to all the teams!

Genai Kerr Brings Clinics to Auburn, Lakes

USA Water Polo Olympian Genai Kerr returns to South Puget Sound this March to offer two Nike 5meter Water Polo Spring Clinics this coming March at Auburn High School in Auburn, and Lakes High School in Lakewood.
Both clinics offer a great opportunity to learn from one of water polo's finest, improve your game, and meet other players from around the area.
The Lakewood clinic takes place on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. https://5meter.com/products/lakewood-washington-water-polo-camp The Auburn clinic is on Sunday, March 4, and will also run from 9:00 to 4:00. https://5meter.com/products/seattle-washington-water-polo-camp
5meter Water Polo Camps and Clinics provide the highest level of individualized coaching for aspiring water polo athletes. Whether you are learning the rules of water polo and how to eggbeater or preparing for college level competition, this is the water polo camp for you. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. Camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.

Feel free to contact the Enumclaw coaches if you have any questions, at enumclawpolo@gmail.com

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

The following editorial, one of the most popular editorials of all time, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus. Her father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, suggested she write to the New York Sun, assuring her, “If you see it in The Sun, it's so."


We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor! I am 8 years old.

Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

Papa says, ''If you see it in The Sun it's so.'' Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon.
115 West Ninety-Fifth Street.

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia,  whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.

There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal life with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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.