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Welcome to our web site for the Enumclaw High School Water Polo Teams. We invite you to follow our blog to stay up to date regarding team events, game results, and information for Enumclaw water polo fans. Follow the Enumclaw High School Water Polo Teams on Twitter @EnumclawPolo.

Tim Tubbs Added to EHS Hall of Fame

Former EHS coach and Athletic Director Tim Tubbs will be inducted into Enumclaw High School's Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, January 9, at Chuck Smith Gymnasium. Tubbs will be honored during halftime at Friday's boys basketball game; a celebration will take place after the game.

Tubbs began teaching at Enumclaw High School in 1972, and coached golf, track, and basketball before taking the helm as Athletic Director in 2000. He coached boys golf from 1973 to 2000, leading the team to a state championship in 1982. Tubbs earned league Coach of the Year honors in golf and track multiple times, and was once named regional Coach of the Year in golf.

Winter Polo Continues Through February at Enumclaw Pool

The Enumclaw Aquatic Center and Enumclaw High School will be offering Open Pool water polo workouts this Winter, twice a week, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm.

Water Polo workouts are open to all middle school and high school girls who are interested in learning and practicing water polo skills.  Girls from all schools are welcome. Workouts are supervised by EHS coaches, led by veteran high school players, and cost $300.

For more information contact coach Bob Averill at bobaverill@earthlink.net.

Girls High School Water Polo Season starts on Monday, March 2.  More information about Enumclaw Water Polo is available on the team’s web site, at http://enumclawpolo.blogspot.com or on Twitter @EnumclawPolo.

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."

Northwest Water Polo Club Hosts Winter Warrior Clinic During Winter Break

The Northwest Water Polo Club (NWPC) will host their Winter Warrior College Clinic on Dec. 27, 28, 29, and 30.  The Winter Warrior Clinic will feature current and former NCAA athletes from USC, LMU, Redlands, Whittier, and Occidental.  Participants will have the chance to learn basic and advanced water polo skills with position specific coaches attending for centers, center defenders, drivers and goalies.  Dec 27 and 28 NWPC will host a Q&A session where parents and athletes can ask questions about recruiting, academic/sports balance, preparation for college, etc. Winter Warrior is a great opportunity for young water polo players to learn new skills from players with NCAA and international experience. The clinic is open to all athletes, regardless of age, skill level and experience. More information can be found online here.

College Water Polo Skills Clinic and Scrimmage Games

Dec.  27th and 28th, 10:00am-1:00pm @ MI Beach Club             
(500  326 Avalon Dr Mercer Island, WA 98040)

Dec.  29th and 30th, 9:15-10:45am @ Medgar Evers             
(500 23rd Ave  Seattle, WA 98122)

Dec. 27th and 28th:  $45/per day
Dec. 29th and 30th:  $25/per day
All 4 days: $125 (includes Winter Warrior T-shirt)
*$25 discount for NWPC winter session participants

Register Here

About Northwest Water Polo Club
Northwest Water Polo Club offers water polo training and tournaments for athletes of all ages and skill levels. NWPC fields a high school boys team (9th grade and older), high school girls team (9th grade and up), 14u coed program (8th grade and younger), 12u/10u program (age 10-12 and Splashball program (age 5-9). Northwest Water Polo Club is open to athletes of all skill levels from Washington and the greater Seattle area.  NWPC will develop participants fundamental water polo skills while preparing players for high school, national, and collegiate level competition.

Northwest Water Polo Club's Mission
Develop a nationally competitive water polo club by developing athletes of all ages and skills in and out of the water, competing at national and local tournaments, and preparing athletes to compete at the collegiate level.

Our Vision
Create a positive environment for athletes and parents where teamwork and a strong work ethic are highly valued. Northwest Water Polo Club's coaches will motivate, develop, and mentor athletes to achieve excellence both individually and collectively in and out of the water. We hope to grow water polo within the Seattle community and develop a self-sustaining club team recognized for knowledgeable coaches and fundamentally sound, respectful, and competitive athletes.

Genai Kerr Brings Water Polo Clinic to Auburn Pool this Weekend

Genai Kerr
USA Water Polo Olympian Genai Kerr is offering a Nike 5meter Water Polo Clinic in Auburn, WA this Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14. Instruction takes place each day at the Auburn School District Swimming Pool.

Designed by the top coaches and athletes in the country, 5meter Nike Water Polo Camps provide in-water instruction to make an immediate impact on an athlete's game. Young athletes will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how Olympic Athletes train, meet their nutritional needs, and balance their lives.

Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other players having similar abilities and goals. The camp staff will do their best to accommodate players' needs, keeping in consideration their experience and desire to improve

Highlights Include
• Position Specific Training for Drivers, Shooters, Goalies, 2 Meter Offense & Defense
• High School Boys & Girls: Saturday & Sunday 9am-1pm
• Age Group & Developing Athletes: Saturday 3am-6pm

December 13-14, 2014, 9am-1pm
High School Boys and Girls $100

December 13th, 2014, 3pm-6pm
Age Group and Developing Athletes $50
Designed to focus on the FUNdamentals of water polo.

More information is available at the Camp's web site: http://www.ussportscamps.com/waterpolo/nike/nike-5-meter-seattle-water-polo-camp

Camp Director Genai Kerr
Genai Kerr is a USA Water Polo Olympian, coach, mentor, and true ambassador of the sport.  Genai was a member of the United States Men's National Water Polo Team for 12 years and played in the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2003 & 2007 Pan American Gold Medal games, and multiple World Championships.

Genai remains active in his community and has become a great role model for aspiring water polo players.  He has been a US Ambassador for the USADA (U.S. Antidoping Agency) since 2003 promoting clean sports for young athletes. He was a founding faculty member of the Sage Hill School where he was the Dean of Students, taught art and physical education, and started the aquatic programs.

2014 Post-Season Banquet and Video

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team concluded their 2014 season with their annual Post Season Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 20. The Hornets celebrated their fifth consecutive year advancing to post-season play, an 18-8 season record, and a third place finish in the East Division.

The four seniors on the team earned All-Division recognition.  Captain Bryce VanHoof was named to the East Division First Team; Captain Jack Pugh and Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn earned East Division Second Team honors. Quinn Warner received East Division Honorable Mention.

Six Players earned special recognition from their teammates. Freshman Adam Percival earned the Most Improved Player Award, and freshman Nathan March earned the 110% Award. Senior Quinn Warner was voted Most Inspirational Player, and Senior Jack Pugh was recognized by the coaches with the 2014 Coaches' Award.  Senior Captain Bryce VanHoof was named Most Valuable Offensive Player; Senior Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn earned Most Valuable Defensive Player.

You can view the Hornets' post-season video on YouTube, at http://youtu.be/XIPIitjMEUA

Thanks to the team, friends, and families for their support, and for a fun, memorable, and successful season!

Special Thanks to Tracy Case Arnold and Brenda Sexton for their great photographs.

2014 Awards Banquet on Thursday

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team will have their 2014 post-season Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 20 at the EHS Library from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

This year's banquet will be a dessert buffet – sophomores, juniors, and seniors please bring a dessert; freshmen bring drinks.

Congratulations to the team for another successful season, and a fifth consecutive trip to post-season play.  Thanks to all the parents, family, and friends for all the enthusiastic support this year.

2014 Hornets

Hornet Seniors Earn All-Division Honors

2014 Hornet Seniors Jack Pugh, Bryce VanHoof, Quinn Warner, and Austin Kaehn. photo by Annie Birklid

The four senior members of the Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team were named to All-Division Teams for the 2014 boys water polo season.

Senior Captain Bryce VanHoof was named to the East Division First Team. Captain Jack Pugh and Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn earned East Division Second Team honors, and Quinn Warner claimed East Division Honorable Mention recognition.  Congratulations to all four!

The Hornets finished the 2014 season with a 17-6 regular season record, 7-3 in league play, and claimed third place in the East Division. The team advanced to the Region I Championship at Puyallup's Rogers High School, where they went 1-2 in post-season play, for an 18-8 season.