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Change to First Week of Practice

The maintenance scheduled at the Enumclaw Pool for next week has been canceled. As a result the boys water polo team will NOT practice at Auburn during the first week. Instead we will practice at the Enumclaw Pool from 7:45-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the week of August 25-29. Saturday, August 30 practice will be from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Posted below is an updated calendar that represents these changes, as well as some other schedule changes through the season.

REMINDER: All players must have their paperwork submitted to the athletic office before participating in practice. The athletic office is open on Monday, August 25, and all next week from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

EHS Boys Water Polo Season Starts August 25

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team begins practice on Monday, August 25. Due to maintenance at the Enumclaw Pool, the first week of practice will be held at the Auburn Pool, from 9:15-11:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:45-9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 29.  Saturday's practice will be at the Enumclaw Pool from 6:30-8:00 a.m.

All athletes should sign up for water polo the week before practice starts, at Hornet Days, preferably on Athletic Registration Day, on Tuesday, August 19.  It's important for all players to be eligible on the first day of practice, as each player needs 10 practices to be eligible for the first competition – the Curtis Jamboree on Saturday, September 6. From the second week on, practices will be held at the Enumclaw Pool from 7:45-9:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.  On Friday the team will have video review and dry land practice after school, from 1:15-2:30 p.m., and be in the pool from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  We will have a limited number of Saturday practices.

Some game dates have not been verified yet, so we expect some changes while we sort them out in the first few days of the season.  We're looking forward to an exciting season of Enumclaw Water Polo.  Go Hornets!


Hornet Days Next Week

Freshmen Orientation (Students Only)
Wednesday, August 20th
8:30-1:00

Freshmen Orientation is designed to both welcome and support freshmen.  The following information will help your freshman know what to expect in advance of their first day of school.
1) Your student will receive their class schedule on this day and get a tour of the campus;
2) Your child is encouraged not to bring  backpacks, purses or other like items as the day is quite active;
3) Because the day is active, please make sure that your child wears comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. This is a student only function so we encourage you to let your child attend on her or his own.

Hornet Days
This year Hornet Days will be held on Thursday, August 21st and Friday, August 22nd.

Please help us spread the word—the Fall Sports Athletic Registration Day is Tuesday, August 19, 8:00AM to 10:30AM alpha A - L and then 12PM to 2:30PM alpha M - Z. 

All fall sports registration materials are available on the high school website:
http://www.enumclaw.wednet.edu/schoolsites/ehs/index.html

It is extremely important that all students report to our building on the assigned day and time (according to the first letter of their last name) to take care of registration details such as pictures, temporary I.D. card, parking, lockers, ASB/Annual, and payment of fees, etc.  Payment can be made by Cash or Check only.  One payment can be made for all fees combined, with the exception of Food Service and student pictures, separate payments are required for those items. 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  Students will not receive their class schedule until all outstanding fees/fines are paid in full. Overdue Library books and/or flash drives can be returned during Hornet Days along with payment for current and/or overdue fees and fines. Students will receive an ‘Incomplete’ grade until course fees are paid.

The following schedule has been established for Hornet Days:
Thursday, August 21st, 2014     
 8:00 – 10:30  A - F                     
12:00 -  2:30  G – L                   
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
8:00 – 10:30  M – R
12:00 – 2:30  S – Z
All Offices closed during lunch 11:00-12:00

NOTE:  Students unable to attend Hornet Days may pick up their class schedules on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 a.m. in the Counseling Office.

Coach Bob Is Rockin' His Sister's Kidney

Enumclaw High School Water Polo Coach Bob Averill received a kidney transplant on Friday, August 8, from his sister, Sue Averill, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA. Coach Bob was released from the hospital on Tuesday, and is at home recovering, with very little discomfort, and a VERY healthy kidney.  Bob expects to be on deck during the first week of fall practice, with help from assistant coaches.  Sister Sue, from San Diego, CA, is doing well, and recovering at brother Charlie's house on Bainbridge Island. Coach Bob suffers from End Stage Renal Disease, and had been on dialysis since July, 2010.  
 
There are currently 100,602 people waiting for kidney transplants in the U.S. Last year 14,029 kidney transplants took place in the U.S.; 3,381 patients died while waiting for a transplant.  On average, nearly 2,500 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month, and 420 people die each month waiting for a kidney transplant.  

Virginia Mason is ranked as one of the best hospitals in Washington state for the fifth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only hospital in Washington named One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for 2014.

Since their first kidney transplant in 1972, Virginia Mason has performed more than 2,000 kidney transplants and now perform an average of 90 to 100 transplants per year.

Averill has been co-head coach, with Ken DeMan, of the EHS Girls Water Polo Team since 2005, and has coached the boys program since 2009.
"Thanks to all for the support and encouragement during this experience. I've received tremendous support from friends, family, colleagues, and the water polo community. I'm looking forward to being a part of a fun fall season," said Averill

For more information, you can reach coach Bob Averill at bobaverill@earthlink.net.

Announcing New EHS Head Swimming Coaches

Head Swimming Coach Announcements

On behalf of the Enumclaw High School Athletic Department we are happy to announce that Laini Goodlett has been hired as our new Head Girl’s Swimming Coach for the 2014 season. Laini has a long history of success in swimming. Laini was a member of the Enumclaw High School swimming team from 1985-1988 and helped the Hornets win a State Championship in 1988. Laini still holds a number of individual and team records in swimming. Following graduation Laini competed at Arizona State University for a year before returning to Washington. Laini received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and has previously been an assistant swim coach in 2009 for the EHS program. Laini is excited to lead the Enumclaw High School girl's swimming program into a new era.

On behalf of the Enumclaw High School Athletic Department we are happy to announce that Jesse Nitz has been hired as our new Head Boys Swimming Coach for the 2014-15 season. Jesse has a long history of success in swimming. Jesse won multiple state titles as a high school swimmer. He continued his career at the University of Washington where he was a four year letter winner. Jesse’s hard work and talent as a swimmer qualified him for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. Jesse graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Aquatic and Fishery Science and currently works with the Muckleshoot Tribe as a Fisheries Biologist. Jesse has recently volunteered with the EHS. swim program and is excited to pass on his skills, knowledge, and passion for the sport to future generations of swimmers.

Coach Getting a Kidney Transplant

Enumclaw High School Water Polo Coach Bob Averill is scheduled to receive a kidney transplant on Friday, August 8, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA.  Averill suffers from End Stage Renal Disease, and has been on dialysis since July, 2010.  Averill’s sister, Sue, is donating one of her kidneys.


There are currently 100,602 people waiting for kidney transplants in the U.S. Last year 14,029 kidney transplants took place in the U.S.; 3,381 patients died while waiting for a transplant.  On average, nearly 2,500 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month, and 420 people die each month waiting for a kidney transplant.

Averill has been co-head coach, with Ken DeMan, of the EHS Girls Water Polo Team since 2005, and has coached the boys program since 2009.  He hopes to be on deck when the boys season starts on August 25.

EHS Alumni Water Polo Game

Enumclaw High School will host their first annual alumni water polo game on Friday, July 25 at the Enumclaw Pool.  Current and former players from the EHS boys and girls water polo teams are welcome.  Games will be arranged based on attendance; warm up will be at 8:00 p.m., game time 8:30.  For more information, contact Bob Averill @ bobaverill@earthlink.net.

Hornets Finish Eighth at State

   
photo courtesy Brenda Sexton
The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team, following a 14-9 loss to Auburn Mountainview on Saturday, finished eighth at the Washington State Girls Water Polo Championship on Saturday afternoon, at Curtis High School.

The Hornets began the tournament with a 13-9 win over Bellevue on Wednesday, advancing them to the final eight. Later on Wednesday, Enumclaw lost to Gig Harbor, 24-5, seeding the Hornets against Newport in Friday's second round.

On Friday the Hornets opened against Newport, and lost to the Knights 11-3.  The loss forced the battered Hornets, for the second time in three days, to play two games within three hours, facing Lakes at 8:50 Friday night.  Against Lakes Enumclaw started with a 3-0 lead, with two goals by Megan Lesmeister and one by Hanna Simurdak. But the Lancers rallied, scoring two late in the opening quarter, for a 4-2 Hornet lead after one quarter of play.

The two defenses tightened in the second period, and both teams were held scoreless.  In the third, the Lancers outscored Enumclaw 4-3 to reduce the Hornet advantage 7-6, and tied the game with 3:25 left in the game.  Lakes scored two in overtime, while holding the Hornets scoreless, for a 10-8 in over the exhausted Enumclaw team.

Friday's losses put Enumclaw in the 7th/8th place game on Saturday, against league rival Auburn Mountainview.  The Lions gave the Hornets their third loss of the weekend, 14-9.

The Hornets finish the season 14-10, claiming second place in the East Division, and eighth place at State.


Gig Harbor Tides Win State Tournament


With a 15-8 win over Curtis, last year's defending State Champion, the Gig Harbor High School Girls Water Polo Team reclaimed the Washington State Girls Water Polo Championship on Saturday night, for the fourth time in five years.

Final State Championship Results:

  1.  Gig Harbor
  2.  Curtis
  3.  Newport
  4.  Mercer Island
  5.  Lakes
  6.  Stadium
  7.  Auburn Mountainview
  8.  Enumclaw
  9.  Auburn Riverside
10.  Bellevue
11.  Wilson
12.  Puyallup

Friday's State Results; Saturday's Schedule


Hornets Advance to Final Eight at State



The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team advanced to the final eight of the State Championships with a 13-9 win over Bellevue on Wednesday, May 21, at Curtis High School.  The win, combined with a 24-5 loss to Gig Harbor later Wednesday night, put the Hornets in second place in Group B.  With that placement, Enumclaw will face the winner of Group C, Newport, in their next game, at 6:30 on Friday, May 23, also at Curtis High School.

In Wednesday's opening game against Bellevue, Hornet Bailey Sexton put Enumclaw up 2-0 early, with two goals in the first 76 seconds. Bellevue rallied several times, closing within one goal, 6-5, late in the second period, and staying within two for most of the game until Megan Lesmeister scored on a power play with 1:11 left to put Enumclaw up by three.  Hayley Sonneson scored on a last-second shot to give the Hornets the four point win.

Lesmeister scored six for Enumclaw, Sexton scored four, Hayley Sonneson scored two, and Grace Sales scored one, against Bellevue.

The Hornets' second game Wednesday put Enumclaw against perennial State Champion Gig Harbor.  Tides' All-American Julia Ponce scored 11 seconds into the game, but Enumclaw's Megan Lesmeister scored 13 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1.  The powerful Tides offense then scored 11 in a row before Hornet Bailey Sexton scored Enumclaw's second goal, early in the second quarter.  The tired Hornet squad, playing with just a one-game rest, couldn't keep up with the deeper Tides, and finished with just five goals, against Gig Harbor's 24.

Lesmeister and Sexton each scored two, and Anna Davenport scored one for the Hornets in the loss.