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Hornets clinch second place in Division, advance to State

By virtue of a 12-8 victory over Auburn Riverside on Thursday bight, the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team clinched second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League, and an automatic berth in the State Championship Tournament, to be held May 13-16 at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

The Hornets battled a physical Raven defense and aggressive offense, but maintained a lead throughout the game, after taking a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

Enumclaw pressured Riverside with a physical defense of their own, that resulted in 10 exclusions and five penalty shots on the Hornets. Seven of Riverside's eight points were a result of power plays or penalty shots.

Hornet scoring was led by Tianna Hogan, with five goals. Also scoring for Enumclaw was Lindsay Bowden, with four goals, and Kaitlyn Korsch, Angie Brazier, and Erin Stucker with one goal each. The Hornet defense also managed 25 steals, led by Bowden, with nine, and Hogan, with seven. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis anchored the defense with 20 saves, and added two assists to the offense.

Enumclaw hosts Stadium in a Saturday afternoon non-league game, at 12:30 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center, and faces State Champion Curtis High School Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, also at the Enumclaw pool.

Enumclaw squeeks past Rogers in overtime

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team beat the Rogers Rams in a 7-6 overtime victory Tuesday afternoon in Puyallup.

The Hornets started slowly, and hung on to a 1-1 tie at the end of the first quarter. Rogers held Enumclaw scoreless in the second period, and held a 2-1 lead at halftime. The Rams went on a scoring spree during the third period, while holding Enumclaw scoreless for another seven minutes, to stretch their lead to 4-1 entering the final frame.

After Rogers scored less than a minute into the final quarter, the Hornets called their second time out to collect themselves. They went on to score three goals – one each by Lindsay Bowden, Tianna Hogan, and Kaitlyn Korsch – within two and a half minutes, to trail the Rams 5-4 with 90 seconds left in the game.

After a couple of scoreless possessions by the Rams, Enumclaw's Bowden scored a last second goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.

The Rams scored less than a minute into the first three-minute overtime period, but Hogan scored a minute later to tie the game again, 6-6. Bowden scored 20 seconds into the second overtime period on a Hornet power play, to give Enumclaw the win.

Scoring for Enumclaw was Lindsay Bowden, with four goals, Tianna Hogan with two, and Kaitlyn Korsch with one. The Hornet defense had another excellent performance, with 27 steals – including seven each by Bowden and Erin Stucker. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis gathered 17 saves, along with an assist.

The Hornets now hold a 12-3 record for the season, 6-2 in league play and play their next game Thursday against Auburn Riverside, at the Auburn pool. Game time is 7:30.

Tides beat Enumclaw 17-4

The Gig Harbor Tides beat the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team 17-4 in a Saturday morning game held at the Tides' home pool in Gig Harbor.

Gig Harbor controlled the game from the beginning, taking a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period, and a 9-0 lead at the half before the Hornets scored their first goal. Erin Stucker scored late in the third period, and Lindsay Bowden scored two goals and Tianna Hogan scored one in the fourth quarter.

The short-handed Enumclaw team had trouble slowing Gig Harbor's fast break, or controlling the ball against the Tides' defense; the Hornets had an unprecedented 27 turnovers in the game. Enumclaw had some bright spots on defense, though, gathering 17 steals of their own, including eight by Bowden and four by Stucker, and two blocked shots each by Ali Ballard and Hogan. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis collected 15 saves for the game.

The Hornets are expected to be back at full strength for Tuesday's game against Rogers at the Rams' home pool in Puyallup. Enumclaw beat Rogers 11-7 earlier in the month.

The non-league loss puts Enumclaw's record at 11-3 for the season, 6-2 in league play.

EHS Cheerleaders Donation Event

If you aren't attending Saturday's water polo game in Gig Harbor:

Please come join the Enumclaw High School Cheerleaders tomorrow, April 25th, at Work, Sports & Outdoors. They will be there from 10am-2pm to raise money for one of our Enumclaw School District families.

In mid-April, this family's house burned to the ground in a tragic fire. The family lost everything including their family pets.

The EHS Cheerleaders will be seeking monetary donations plus household items for this family.

Two games re-scheduled

The Enumclaw High School girls water polo game originally scheduled for April 14 has been re-scheduled to May 6, at 5:30, at the Auburn pool. The April 14 game was canceled due to equipment failure at the Auburn pool.

The May 6 game will be followed by a game between Auburn Riverside and Auburn Mountainview, at 7:30. Both games will be the last league games of the season for all teams involved.

The Hornets will wrap up their regular season with a home game against Gig Harbor on Thursday, May 7 at 4:30. That game was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, but was re-scheduled to accommodate players participating in the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Walk For The Cure on Saturday.

For more information about the JDRF Walk For The Cure, click http://walk.jdrf.org/.

Hornets improve league record to 6-2

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team improved their league record to 6-2 with a 17-8 win over Bonney Lake on Friday, April 17 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. The Hornets overall record improved to 11-2.

19 Hornets saw action in the game; eight scored, while 13 had attempts. Scoring for Enumclaw were Erin Stucker with four goals, Lindsay Bowden and Brooke Flaquinti with three goals each, Kaitlyn Korsch and Tianna Hogan with two each, and Breanna Flaquinti, Annie Birklid, and Alina Van Ruff with one goal apiece.

Starting goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis grabbed eight saves and three assists in first-half play. Backup keeper Rose Johnson gathered seven saves in the second half.

For Bonney Lake, Alex Ellis scored three, Kirsty Moore scored two, and Jasmine Eliason, Courtney Fisher, and Ashley Alvarez each scored one.

The Hornets next game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at Gig Harbor High School, at 10:00 a.m.

Enumclaw beats Rogers 11-7

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team hosted a non-league game on Wednesday afternoon against the Rogers Rams, and came away with an 11-7 victory.

The Hornets scored on their first possession, on a goal from center Kaitlyn Korsch. Rogers tied the game 1-1 less than a minute later, but the Hornets scored again after a Rogers exclusion, to end the first period with a 2-1 lead.

The second quarter was all Enumclaw, with the Hornets scoring six goals during the period, while holding the Rams scoreless until the final 19 seconds of the half. At halftime, Enumclaw held an 8-2 advantage.

Rogers made a run during the third period, scoring five goals, but Enumclaw held the Rams scoreless for the fourth quarter, to hang on to the 11-7 win.

High scorer for Enumclaw was Breanna Flaquinti, with four goals. Lindsay Bowden knocked in three, while Erin Stucker scored two, and Kaitlyn Korsch and Brooke Flaquinti each scored a goal. Shaye Hogerhuis had another outstanding game in goal, with 16 saves, including two stops on penalty shots.

The Hornets are in second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League with a 5-2 league record; the Hornets overall record is now 10-2. Enumclaw hosts Bonney Lake for their final home league game of the season on Friday at 4:30.

Enumclaw and Sumner grads compete in Las Vegas tournament Easter weekend

Two Plateau area athletes took part in a collegiate water polo tournament last weekend, April 11 & 12, hosted by the University of Washington at the Las Vegas Municipal Pool.

Elise Averill, a 2005 graduate from Enumclaw High School, and Sarah Henneford, a 2005 graduate from Sumner High School, are finishing their fourth year of play with Western Washington University women’s water polo team. Averill and Henneford both played for their high school teams for four years and were high school team captains during their senior seasons.

Averill is the daughter of Bob Averill of Enumclaw, and Claudia Johns, of Kent, and will graduate in June with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, specializing in pre-physical therapy. Henneford is the daughter of Dennis and Kathy Henneford, of Sumner, and will graduate in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Science.

The WWU Vikings competed against collegiate teams from the University of Washington, Cal State Chico, University of Arizona, and club teams from Puget Sound Polo, and Las Vegas Masters. The Vikings finished in fifth place, with their lone win a 7-4 victory over the University of Washington.

The Vikings lost 9-5 to Puget Sound Polo. 19-10 to Cal State Chico, and 18-10 to the University of Arizona on Saturday. Sunday, WWU lost to the Las Vegas Masters team 18-8 before beating the Huskies 7-4.

Auburn Game Postponed

The game scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 at Auburn High School has been postponed, due to equipment failure at the Auburn pool. We are in the process of rescheduling the game for as early a date as possible.

We will post the new date as soon as we can.

Enumclaw roars past Puyallup for 18-5 win

Enumclaw's Girls Water Polo Team had their offense clicking on Friday afternoon, beating the Puyallup Vikings with an aggressive fast break offense, combined with an improved half-court game. The Hornets beat Puyallup 18-5 in an afternoon contest at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Puyallup looked strong in the opening period, taking a 3-1 lead four minutes into the first quarter, but the Hornets fought back, with Kaitlyn Korsch scoring twice from the center, and Lindsay Bowden scoring from the point, to give Enumclaw a 4-3 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Hornets took charge in the second period, scoring five goals, to take a 9-4 lead into the halftime break, and held the Vikings scoreless in the third quarter to seal the victory.

Scoring for the Hornets were Bowden, with six goals, Korsch and Kelsey Brazier with three each, Breanna Flaquinti with two goals, and Liz Schmidt, Brooke Flaquinti, Erin Stucker, and Tianna Hogan with one goal each. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis tallied 21 saves.

The Hornets travel to Auburn on Tuesday for a 7:00 pm league game against the Auburn Trojans. On Wednesday Enumclaw hosts the non-league rival Rogers Rams, in a 3:15 contest at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

The Hornets now have a 9-2 record, and a 5-2 league record, to hold second place in the Eastern Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League.

Hornets beat Sumner, improve record to 8-2

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team beat the Sumner Spartans 17-9 in a league game held Thursday afternoon at the Sumner pool. The Hornets used the opportunity to get in some extra work for their younger players, with all 19 players available seeing some action.

Scoring for the Hornets in Thursday's win were Lindsay Bowden and Brooke Flaquinti with three goals each, Kaitlyn Korsch, Kelsey Sonneson, Erin Stucker, Tianna Hogan, and Kelsey Brazier with two goals apiece, and Alina Van Ruff with one score. Starting goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis earned some rest while backup Rose Johnson played most of the second half in the goal.

Enumclaw gathered 21 steals for the game, led by Bowden, with eight.

The Hornets now prepare to host the non-league rival Puyallup Vikings on Friday, at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. Game time is 4:30.

Mountainview beats Enumclaw for the second time; Hornets record at 7-2

The Auburn Mountainview Lions beat the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team for the second time in a week, taking the top spot from the Hornets in the Eastern Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League.

The game was a defensive struggle, with neither team showing off their best offense. Enumclaw scored first, after over six minutes of scoreless play in the first quarter, on a goal by Tianna Hogan. Mountainview tied it up 1-1 with 1:48 left in the first half, on a goal by Laura Caudill.

After the break, Lindsay Bowden scored for the Hornets one minute 48 seconds into the third period, but Mountainview tied the game at two with 1:23 left in the period, on a goal by Raquel Robayo-Krause. The Lions took the lead for good 23 seconds later on a goal by Stephanie Bluhm.

Mountainview scored early in the final frame to take a 4-2 lead, and Enumclaw's Tianna Hogan trimmed the lead with a goal with 31 seconds left in the game, but the Lions were able to run out the clock for the 4-3 victory.

Auburn Mountainview now holds the top spot in the Eastern Division, and are undefeated in league play. The Hornets are in second place, with a 4-2 league record, 7-2 overall.

The Hornets next game is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, when they travel to Sumner for a 3:15 game against the Sumner Spartans. On Friday, April 10 Enumclaw plays host to the non-league rival Puyallup Vikings for a 4:30 game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Open Try-Outs for Puget Sound Polo's 2009 Junior Olympic Team

Puget Sound Polo will be holding open try-outs for the 2009 Junior Olympic Team. All athletes, whether returning or new to Puget Sound Polo, should attend the try-outs if they wish to travel in 2009.
Try Outs will be held from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, May 2nd at Curtis High School.
Further information will be given out at the try-out.
For more information, check out Puget Sound Polo's web site.