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Washington All-State Tournament Teams

photo courtesy Mike Kelly
The Washington Girls High School Water Polo State Championships concluded on Saturday, May 23, with the Gig Harbor Tides claiming their second consecutive State Championship with a 10-3 win over Newport.

Final State Standings:
1. Gig Harbor
2. Newport
3. Curtis
4. Enumclaw
5. Mercer Island
6. Wilson
7. Bellevue
8. Auburn Riverside

In addition to the team awards, several athletes earned individual recognition.

2015 First All State Tournament Team
Alana Ponce - Gig Harbor
Emma Campbell - Gig Harbor
Sarah Anderson - Gig harbor
Katelyn Jenkins - Newport
Annalise Nahlin - Newport
Hannah Redden - Curtis
Hayley Sonneson - Enumclaw

2015 Second All State Tournament Team
Olivia Lott - Gig Harbor
Lindsey Moon - Gig Harbor
Izzy Stroobandt - Newport
Megan Murphy - Newport
Courtney McDougall - Curtis
Willow Lopez-Silvers- Curtis
Bailey Sexton - Enumclaw

2015 All State Tournament Honorable Mention
Sierra Coalson - Gig Harbor
Emma Campbell - Newport
Mac Higgins - Curtis
Anna Davenport - Enumclaw
Mallory Phillips - Mercer Island
Alicia Nordal - Mercer Island
Heather Robinson - Mercer Island
Karli Stevenson - Wilson
Rebekah Johnson - Wilson
Maggie Ugelstad - Bellevue
Paige Mosko - Auburn Riverside

2015 Most Valuable Player
Emma Campbell - Gig Harbor

2015 Most Valuable Defensive Player
Alana Ponce - Gig Harbor

2015 State Tournament Goalie
Katelyn Jenkins - Newport

2015 Coach of the Year
Farrah Kunkel - Newport

Hornets Finish Fourth in State

photo courtesy Dana Davenport
The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team wrapped up the 2015 water polo season with a fourth place finish at the Washington Girls High School Water Polo State Championship on Saturday, May 23, at Curtis High School, in University Place, WA.

The Lady Hornets advanced to post-season play by finishing in the top four of the East Division in regular season play. Enumclaw finished the regular season with a 9-1 division record, and a 16-7 overall record; the Hornets clinched the Division Title with a 15-8 win in the tie-breaker game with Auburn Riverside on Tuesday, May 12.

Enumclaw finished second at the Region I Tournament on May 16 at Rogers High School in Puyallup. The Hornets beat Peninsula 15-5 on Friday, May 15, and Wilson 11-8 on Saturday, May 16, before losing in the Regional Championship 18-5 to the Gig Harbor Tides, the defending State Champion and eventual 2015 State Champion.

At State, Enumclaw opened on Thursday, May 21 against Bellevue, and advanced from the opening round with a 7-5 win over the fierce Wolverines. In the semi-final, Newport beat the Hornets 16-1, advancing the Knights to the Championship Game, and dropping the Hornets into the consolation round.

On the final day of the State tournament, Enumclaw rallied from five points behind with less than four minutes left in the game, to beat Mercer Island in overtime, 12-11, and advance to the 3rd place/4th place game against Curtis later that day. In the Hornets’ final game, the exhausted Hornets were overcome by a powerful Curtis team, and lost 18-0.

In addition to the fourth place trophy, the Hornets returned home with some individual honors – senior captain Hayley Sonneson was named to the First Team All-Tournament Team, senior captain Bailey Sexton was named to the Second Team All-Tournament Team, and junior Anna Davenport earned All-Tournament Honorable Mention.

Gig Harbor Tides Win State Championship

Newport & Gig Harbor Ready for the State Championship Game
The Gig Harbor Tides Girls Water Polo Team claimed the 2015 Girls Water Polo Washington State Championship on Saturday, May 23, with a 10-3 win over Newport in the State Tournament Championship Game.

Eight teams earned appearances at the State Tournament, by placing in the top four at their respective Regional Tournaments a week earlier. Gig Harbor, Enumclaw, Auburn Riverside, and Wilson earned berths at State in the Region I Tournament; Newport, Curtis, Bellevue, and Mercer Island qualified for State from Region II.

Final State Standings:
1. Gig Harbor
2. Newport
3. Curtis
4. Enumclaw
5. Mercer Island
6. Wilson
7. Bellevue
8. Auburn Riverside

State Tournament Results:
Thursday, May 21
Curtis 19, Auburn Riverside 1
Gig Harbor 16, Mercer Island 3
Enumclaw 7, Bellevue 5
Newport 12, Wilson 3
Friday, May 22
Mercer Island 11, Auburn Riverside 4
Wilson 7, Bellevue 3
Gig Harbor 12, Curtis 5
Newport 16, Enumclaw 1
Saturday, May 23
Curtis 15, Wilson 3
Enumclaw 12, Mercer Island 11
Bellevue 8, Auburn Riverside 4
Mercer Island 7, Wilson 3
Curtis 18, Enumclaw 0
Gig Harbor 10, Newport 3


Championship Game – Newport vs. Gig Harbor

Friday's competition at the Washington Girls High School Water Polo State Championship has been completed, and Saturday's Championship Game is set. The Newport Knights will challenge the defending State Champion Gig Harbor Tides for the 2015 State Championship in the final game of the tournament, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, at Curtis High School.

The two teams earned their their berths in the championship game with wins in Friday's semi-finals – Newport in a 16-1 win over Enumclaw, and Gig Harbor with a 12-5 win over Curtis.

Saturday's games will begin at 10:00, as Curtis and Wilson vie for a spot in the 3rd place/4th place game. At 11:30 Enumclaw and Mercer Island will play for a spot opposite the earlier winner.  The losing teams from the day's first two games will play for 5th and 6th place at State at 3:00.

Auburn Riverside and Bellevue will square off for the State's 7th and 8th place finish at 1:00, and the 3rd/4th place game is scheduled for 5:00. The Championship Game, Newport vs. Gig Harbor will conclude the tournament, and will start at 7:00.

State Tournament Results:
Thursday, May 21
Curtis 19, Auburn Riverside 1
Gig Harbor 16, Mercer Island 3
Enumclaw 7, Bellevue 5
Newport 12, Wilson 3
Friday, May 22
Mercer Island 11, Auburn Riverside 4
Wilson 7, Bellevue 3
Gig Harbor 12, Curtis 5
Newport 16, Enumclaw 1


State Water Polo Tournament Continues Friday

Day one of the Washington Girls High School Water Polo State Championships is in the books, and round two will start up Friday afternoon, at Curtis High School, in University Place.

Thursday's action saw wins by defending State Champion Gig Harbor, Curtis, Newport, and Enumclaw. Four teams lost in the opening round – Auburn Riverside, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Wilson – and are still vying to finish as high as third place.

Thursday's Results:
Curtis 19, Auburn Riverside 1
Gig Harbor 16, Mercer Island 3
Enumclaw 7, Bellevue 5
Newport 12, Wilson 3

Winners of Friday's semi-final games will advance to the State Championship Game, at 7:00 Saturday, May 23. All eight teams will continue play on both Friday and Saturday.