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Help Save Husky Water Polo!

As you may already know, the University of Washington Men's and Women's Swim Teams have been cut. While there is a push to self-fund the swim teams, one possible unintended consequence of the current decision would be to close the Hec Edmondson Pavilion pool.

This closure would ruin at least three more UW associated teams that use the pool. Men's and Women's Club Water Polo and Husky Masters Swimming use the facility year round and due to size restrictions, the IMA (rec) pool is not an alternative. So instead of cutting two teams, there will be at least five.

Please support Husky Water Polo to keep the Hed Ed Pool open by signing the below online petition. Signatures will be sent to the UW athletic department in the coming weeks.


Thank you for your support and please pass this on!

JO Qualifying Tournament this Weekend at Rogers

The Washington and Oregon Junior Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday at Rogers High School in Puyallup. Club Teams from Washington and Oregon will be competing to qualify for opportunities to compete at the 2009 National Junior Olympics, held in Palo Alto, California from July 25 through August 2.

Friday's competition will start at 4:30, when Puget Sound Polo squares off against Pacific NW United in the Boys 16U game. The second game on Friday will include the Girls 16U teams from the same two clubs.

On Saturday action starts at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 6:30, and will include Boys 18U teams and Girls 18U teams from Puget Sound Polo, Pacific NW United, Willamette Valley, and Chehalem.

All League Teams Announced

The South Sound Girls Water Polo League has announced the All League Teams for 2009. All League Teams were selected by a committee of coaches from each division prior to the state tournament. Congratulations to all.

All League East Division:

First Team – Tianna Hogan (Enumclaw), Shaye Hogerhuis (Enumclaw), Lindsay Bowden (Enumclaw), Stephanie Bluhm (Auburn Mountainview), Tess Rumbaugh (Auburn Mountainview), Lauren Sleezer (Auburn), Nicole Curtis (Auburn Riverside).

Second Team – Kaitlyn Korsh (Enumclaw), Amber Morris (Enumclaw), Jenny MacKenzie (Auburn Riverside), Corey Smith (Auburn Mountainview), Rebecca McIntyre (Auburn Riverside), Anne Partridge (Auburn), Candace Johnson (Auburn), Amanda Nuttal (Auburn Mountainview)

Honorable Mention – Erin Stucker (Enumclaw), Kelsey Brazier (Enumclaw), Amy Scott (Auburn Mountainview), Elise Ransom (Auburn Mountainview), Laura Caudill (Auburn Mountainview), Lauren Perala (Auburn Riverside), Katie Reifert (Auburn Riverside)

Coach of the Year – Dannette Schreib (Auburn Mountainview)

All League West Division:

First Team – Carley Christianson (Curtis), Lauren Christianson (Curtis), Megan Ernst (Curtis), Kim Latschaw (Curtis), Lauren Griffin (Puyallup), Callie Hyman (Emerald Ridge), Rachael Pogue (Rogers)

Second Team – Rachel Hayes (Curtis), Christen Seymour (Curtis), Kate Wagner (Curtis), Megan Davenport (Mark Morris), Brie Morrison (Lakes), Jordan Brain (Puyallup), Karen Clancy (Rogers)

Honorable Mention – Sarah Berger (Curtis), Jessica Edgecomb (Lakes), Emma Englund (Puyallup), Shanna Josephson (Puyallup), Katie Wells (Puyallup), Sarah King (Rogers), Alexis Pederson (Rogers), Megan Wusterbarth (Rogers), Kaitlin Tarr (Emerald Ridge)

Coach of the Year – Todd Fletcher (Puyallup)

All League Bridge Division:

First Team – Clarissa Riches (Wilson), Porche Evans (Wilson), Aundi Ragan (Gig Harbor), Lauren Biggs (Gig Harbor), Lauren Lott (Gig Harbor), Jen O’Laughlin (Stadium), Amanda Brunswick (Peninsula)

Second Team – Rachael Linden (Wilson), Leslie Hughes (Gig Harbor), Laura Winje (Stadium), Kimi Washer (Peninsula), Stephanie Rendina (Foss), Jackie Channon (Mt Tahoma), Brianna Sherwood (Wilson)

Honorable Mention – Anna Larson (Wilson), Victoria Turnbull (Wilson), Ashley Streich (Gig Harbor), Laura Farley (Gig Harbor), Heidi Luong (Gig Harbor), Audree Stubs (Foss), Sarah Horner (Foss), Ariella George (Peninsula), Kayla Price (Mt Tahoma)

Coach of the Year – Josh Newman (Wilson)

State Tournament Results

Curtis High School claimed their third consecutive State Championship with a 16-0 win over Gig Harbor in this year's championship game on Saturday. The 2009 final results are: first place – Curtis; second place – Gig Harbor; third place – Auburn Mountainview; fourth place – Wilson; fifth place – Rogers; sixth place – Peninsula; seventh place – Enumclaw; eighth place – Puyallup.

All State teams were named after Saturday's championship game. All State First Team – Clarissa Riches (Wilson), Stephanie Bluhm (Auburn Mountainview), Aundi Ragan (Gig Harbor), Leslie Hughes (Gig Harbor), Kim Latschaw (Curtis), Lauren Christianson (Curtis), and Megan Ernst (Curtis)

All State Second Team – Brianna Sherwood (Wilson), Tess Rumbaugh (Auburn Mountainview), Amanda Nutall (Auburn Mountainview), Lauren Lott (Gig Harbor), Lauren Biggs (Gig Harbor), Rachel Hays (Curtis), Carley Christianson (Curtis)

All State Honorable Mention – Lindsay Bowden (Enumclaw), Lauren Griffin (Puyallup), Amanda Brunswick (Peninsula), Sarah King (Rogers), Rachel Linden (Wilson), Corey Smith (Auburn Mountainview), Melanie Coyne (Gig Harbor), Kate Wagner (Curtis)

Kim Latschaw, of Curtis, received the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Tournament award; Megan Ernst, also of Curtis, received the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Tournament award.

All League Awards will be announced at the team banquet.

Hornets beat Puyallup in overtime, take home 7th place at State

Enumclaw's Girls Water Polo Team beat the Puyallup Vikings 10-9 in overtime in the third round of the State tournament. The win gave the Hornets claim to seventh place in the State.

The Vikings scored first, less than a minute into the game, on a penalty shot by Puyallup sophomore Jordan Brain. Puyallup added two more goals before Lindsay Bowden scored on an Enumclaw penalty shot, ending the first quarter with a 3-1 Hornet deficit.

Enumclaw added three more in the second period, on goals by Bowden, Tianna Hogan, and Amber Morris, narrowing the Viking lead, and going to the halftime break trailing 6-5. Both teams added a goal in the third period, but the Hornets scored two in the fourth quarter, and held Puyallup to a single goal, to end regulation time with a 7-7 tie.

The Hornets scored in their first possession of overtime, on a power play goal by Kelsey Brazier, but Puyallup tied the score a minute later, on a goal by Emma Englund. Hogan scored again for the Hornets, with 14 seconds left in the first overtime, to give Enumcaw a 9-8 advantage entering the second overtime period. Puyallup's Brain scored again midway through the second overtime to tie the score at 9-9, and push the game into sudden death.

Two minutes into the sudden death period, Enumclaw's Erin Stucker took off on a fast break; with a defender closing on her from behind, and the Viking goalkeeper charging her from the front, Stucker managed to maintain control of the ball and put it in the right corner for the game winning goal.

Scoring for Enumclaw in the final game of the season were senior Tianna Hogan, with three goals; seniors Amber Morris and Kelsey Brazier, with a goal each; junior Lindsay Bowden, with four scores; and sophomore Erin Stucker with one.

Enumclaw loses 2nd round at State

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team suffered a disappointing loss to the Rogers Rams on Friday afternoon, losing a hard-fought game 10-7.The loss put Enumclaw in the consolation game on Saturday, played at 12:45 against the loser of Friday's Puyallup-Peninsula game. The winner of Saturday's game will take home the State's seventh place awatf; the loser will finish eighth in State.

In Friday's action the Rams came out fast, with Rogers' Sarah King scoring three quick goals early in the first quarter. Enumclaw fought back, with goals by Erin Stucker, Lindsay Bowden, and Tianna Hogan to trail the Rams 5-3 at halftime.

The Hornets rallied in the third period to tie the game 6-6, after a goal by Tianna Hogan and two fast break goals by Erin Stucker. But Rogers was able to hold off the gritty Enumclaw team, scoring four goals in the final quarter, while holding the Hornet offense to a single goal by Bowden.

The Hornets now move to the consolation round, and face the loser of Friday's Puyallup-Peninsula game at 12:45 on Saturday.

Hornets lose to Gig Harbor in opening round at State Tournament

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team began State Tournament play on Wednesday with a 20-4 loss to Gig Harbor. The Gig Harbor Tides were one of only three teams that beat the Hornets during the regular season.

The Hornet offense never got on track against Gig Harbor's defense, committing 25 turnovers while creating only 19 scoring opportunities. Scoring for Enumclaw in the loss were Lindsay Bowden, Liz Schmidt, Breanna Flaquinti, and Kelsey Sonneson, each with one goal.

The Hornets next game is at 3:30, against the host team Rogers Rams. Enumclaw beat Rogers twice during the regular season. A win against Rogers would set the Hornets up for two games on Saturday, and the possibility of placing between third place and sixth place at State. A loss on Friday would put the Hornets in Saturday's consolation game, where they could finish no higher than seventh at State. The Hornets best finish was fifth place, in 2007 and 2008.

JV wins two, loses one in tournament

The Enumclaw JV water polo team won two games, and lost one on Saturday at a JV tournament held at Rogers High School in Puyallup. Also competing in the tournament were teams from Rogers, Curtis, Auburn, and Auburn Riverside.

Enumclaw's first game was against Auburn, and the Hornets pulled off a come from behind overtime 9-8 victory over the Trojans. Auburn held the lead through most of the game, until Brooke Flaquinti scored the tying goal on a power play with 20 seconds left in the game. Hornet Kelsey Sonneson scored in the overtime period to secure the Enumclaw win.

Sonneson was high scorer for the Hornets in the opening game, with three goals. Also scoring for Enumclaw was Ali Ballard and Brooke Flaquinti, with two goals each, and Rachel Deonigi and Annie Birklid, with one goal each.

The Hornets lost their second game of the day, a 10-8 defeat to the Rogers Rams. Hornets scoring in the second game were Sonneson, with four goals, Birklid with two, and Brooke Flaquinti and Deonigi with a goal each.

In Enumclaw's final game, the Hornets beat Auburn Riverside 12-4. Sonneson and Brooke Flaquinti scored four goals each, and Breanna Flaquinti, Alina VanRuff, Cassie Cook, and Birklid each added a goal

Hornets finish regular season with 15-5 record, advance to State

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team finished their 2009 regular season with an 11-3 loss to the visiting Gig Harbor Tides on Thursday. The Hornets finished the season with a 15-5 overall record, and an 8-2 record in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League. Enumclaw will begin State tournament play on Wednesday at 3:30 against Gig Harbor at Rogers High School in Puyallup.

Gig Harbor started fast in Thursday's game, scoring three goals in the first two and a half minutes, but the Hornet defense tightened, and Lindsay Bowden put Enumclaw on the board, scoring on a penalty shot with 3:21 left in the opening period; the Tides held a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Tides scored three more goals in the second quarter, one on a penalty shot, and another after rebounding a blocked penalty shot, to secure a 6-2 advantage at the half. Tianna Hogan scored one minute into the third period, but Gig Harbor scored three more during the period, for a 9-3 lead entering the final period. In the final quarter, Gig Harbor cored two more, and held the Hornets scoreless, for the 11-3 final score.

Hornets scoring were Lindsay Bowden, with two goals, and Tianna Hogan with one. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis saved 17 goals; four field players also registered blocked shots, including Kelsey Sonneson, Erin Stucker, Tianna Hogan, and Kelsey Brazier.

Enumclaw gets another shot at the Gig Harbor team when they open State tournament play; the Hornets face the Tides in the opening game of the tournament, at 3:30 on Wednesday, at Rogers High School.

State Tournament Bracket is set

The bracket for the Girls Water Polo League State Tournament is set, and the Enumclaw Hornets are scheduled to face the Gig Harbor Tides in the opening game of the tournament, at 3:30 on Wednesday, May 13, at the Rogers High School pool in Puyallup.

Other first round match ups will be determined by a third place playoff between Rogers, Auburn Riverside, and Peninsula held Saturday, May 9 at Curtis High School. Two of the three teams in the playoff will qualify for the State Tournament.

The other scheduled first round game will pit Puyallup against Auburn Mountainview at 4:45 on Wednesday.

Competition will continue with a second round of play on Friday, May 15, and will conclude on Saturday, May 16.

Hornets beat Auburn, improve league record to 8-2

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team traveled to Auburn for their final league game of the season, and returned home with a 15-8 victory and an 8-2 league record. The Hornets improved their overall record to 15-4.

The gritty Auburn team kept the game close for three quarters, but the Hornets scored seven, and held the Trojans to a single goal in the final period to secure the win.

Enumclaw's Tianna Hogan was first to score, with a goal 16 seconds into the game, But Auburn's Lauren Sleezer scored ten seconds later to tie the game. The two teams traded goals through the opening period until Hogan scored her third goal of the game with 20 seconds left in the quarter to take a 4-3 lead.

After a close second quarter, Sleezer tossed in her fourth goal of the game with 31 seconds in the second quarter to give Auburn a 7-6 advantage at halftime. The Hornets recovered the lead during the third quarter as Lindsay Bowden scored two goals, and Enumclaw held Auburn scoreless.

The Hornet offense went into high gear in the final quarter as Bowden scored four more and Erin Stucker scored three goals. Auburn's Sleezer scored one more with four seconds left in the game, for the final 15-8 score.

Enumclaw wil play their final regular season game on Thursday, when they host the Gig Harbor Tides in a 4:30 game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. The Hornets advance to the State championship tournament on Wednesday, May 13 at Rogers High School.

WWU offers water polo clinic

Plateau area grads Elise Averill, of Enumclaw, and Sarah Henneford, of Sumner, along with the rest of the Western Washington University women's water polo team, have been hosting a five-week water polo clinic at Western's Wade King Recreation Center. Their efforts were featured in a recent issue of the Bellingham Herald.

Check out this article for more information.

Four Hornets make Puget Sound Polo JO Teams

Four members of the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team were invited to join Puget Sound Polo's Junior Olympic Team this summer. Eight Hornets, along with dozens of athletes from around the area, took part in an open try out for the club, held on Saturday, May 2 at Curtis High School.

Enumclaw athletes Erin Stucker and Ali Ballard were invited to join Puget Sound Polo's 16 and under team, and Hornets Lindsay Bowden and Kaitlym Korsch were invited to PSP's 18 and under team. Stucker, Bowden, and Korsch all took part in Junior Olympics last summer; this is Ballard's first invitation to the club.

Puget Sound Polo teams will compete around the Northwest this summer, in preparation for the Junior Olympic tournament, held July 29 through August 2 in Palo Alto, California.

Hornets lose to State Champion Curtis

The two-time defending State Champion Curtis Vikings traveled to Enumclaw Tuesday afternoon, and left with a 19-4 victory over the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team.

The Hornet defense slowed the Viking offense for most of the first period, and trailed by a slim 3-1 margin at the end of one quarter. But the Vikings put on a show during the second quarter, scoring eight goals while holding the Enumclaw team scoreless. Enumclaw scored three in the second half, while Curtis knocked in eight more, for the final 19-4 victory.

Lindsay Bowden was high scorer for the Hornets, with three goals, while Kaitlyn Korsch scored another. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis had 19 saves and one assist.

The Hornets travel to Auburn on Wednesday for their final league game of the season, against the Auburn Trojans. Game time is 5:30.

On Thursday, Enumclaw hosts Gig Harbor in a 4:30 game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center, the last game of the regular season. The Hornet JV will take part in a season-ending JV tournament at Rogers High School on Saturday, May 9. The Enumclaw Varsity squad begins State tournament play on Wednesday, May 13 at Rogers High School.

Enumclaw beats Stadium 17-1

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team closed this week's play with a decisive 17-1 win over the Stadium Tigers on Saturday afternoon, in a non-league contest at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Enumclaw controlled Saturday's game from the opening possession, scoring 18 seconds into the game on a goal by senior Kaitlyn Korsch. High scorer for the Hornets was Lindsay Bowden, with five goals; also scoring were Korsch, with three goals; Rachel Deonigi and Ali Ballard, with two scores each; and Brooke Flaquinti, Kelsey Sonneson, Angie Brazier, Erin Stucker, and Kelsey Brazier with one goal each. Goalkeeper Shaye Hogerhuis had five assists on offense, and 16 saves.

The victory improved the Hornet's record to 14-3, with a 7-2 league record. The Hornets have clinched second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League, and a trip to the State tournament, scheduled for May 13, 15, and 16 at Rogers High School.

The Hornets host State Champion Curtis High School on Tuesday, at 4:30, at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center before closing their league schedule at Auburn on Wednesday evening at 5:30