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Hornets Finish 3rd in Region 1, Advance to State

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team qualified for the 2018 State Championship Tournament with a third place finish at last weekend’s Region 1 Championship at Curtis High School, in University Place, WA.

The Hornets finished the tournament with a 3-1 record, beating Peninsula 6-4 on Friday before falling to four-time defending State Champion Gig Harbor in a late Friday night game, 21-6.

On Saturday Enumclaw clinched a State Tournament berth with their 9-4 win over Auburn at 12:30, and earned the Region 1 #3 seed at 5:00 with an 8-1 win over Bainbridge Island.

Enumclaw opens State Tournament play on Thursday with a 3:30 game against Bellevue. All State Tournament games will be held at Curtis High School, in University Place. The Championship Game will take place on Saturday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.

Short-Handed Hornets Rally to Force OT

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team lost a hard-fought game to Auburn Mountainview, 13-11 in overtime, on Thursday, April 5 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

The game was close throughout, tied 2-2 after one period, with a 6-5 Lion lead at halftime. The Hornets outscored the visitors in the third quarter to take a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

The small Hornet squad became even smaller, as three starters fouled out late in the game, leaving the Hornets one woman short and trailing 9-8 with 1:25 left in the game. Short-handed, the Hornets scored with 16 seconds left in regulation for a 9-9 tie, and the Lions reclaimed the lead with four seconds remaining. After a Hornet time-out, Enumclaw's Grace Rich tied the game again at 10-10 with one second left, to force the game into overtime.

Overtime proved to be too much for the Hornets, with Auburn Mountainview outscoring Enumclaw 3-1 in overtime, to claim the win.

Senior Grace Rich scored five for Enumclaw; Lindsay Harms scored three, Grace Munnell added two, and Jessica Lee scored one. The Hornets' Monster Goalkeeper Morgan Hall grabbed 21 saves.

For Auburn Mountainview, Amelia Portin scored eight, Autumn Hildebrand scored three, and Emily Dakan and Mairead Quigley each ascored one.

The win gives Auburn Mountainview the lead for the East Division title. Enumclaw is 3-2 in league play, 4-4 overall.

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.