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Girls Winter Polo Has Started!

Girls Winter water polo workouts started on Wednesday, November 18 at the Enumclaw Pool. Workouts are on Wednesday nights from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. through the Winter.

Saturday morning workouts will NOT be available on dates when the Boys Swim & Dive Team is working out. We will NOT have Saturday workouts on the following Saturdays: November 21 & December 5

Workouts will be supervised by coaches, but will be a drop-in, "open gym" format, led by high school team captains and veteran water polo players. All workouts are open to high school and middle school aged athletes interested in learning and improving water polo skills and conditioning.

Each workout costs $3. For more information, contact bobaverill@earthlink.net.

Puget Sound Polo is conducting a Winter water polo program for girls on Thursday and Sunday nights, beginning November 29. For more information, check out pugetsoundpolo.com.

Awards Banquet Held Monday, Nov. 16

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team held their post-season awards banquet on Monday, November 16 at the EHS Commons. The team enjoyed a dinner provided by team parents with family and supporters prior to a brief awards ceremony.

Seniors Shane Jackson and Alex Stopsack received gifts from the team, presented by 2009 captains Travis Culp and Josh Musick. Also receiving recognition from the team were:

Travis Culp – Most Valuable Defensive Player
Garrett Hall – Most Valuable Offensive Player
Josh Musick – Most Inspirational Player
Logan Ross – 110% Award
Shay Larsen – Most Improved Player

Zach Petersen received the 2009 Coaches' Award, and Travis Culp, Josh Music, and Garrett Hall were selected as 2010 Captains.

Thanks to all who made the 2009 season a success; we look forward to the 2010 season/

Water Polo Tournament at UPS November 21 & 22

The University of Puget Sound will be hosting a co-ed water polo tournament this weekend, November 21 and 22, at Wallace Pool, on the UPS campus in Tacoma, WA.

Teams from UPS, Auburn, Puget Sound Polo, the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Washington University will be competing. Games will run from 10:00 a.m. though 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and will start at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, and conclude with the championship game, scheduled to start at 3:30 on Sunday.

10:00 UPS v PSP
11:00 UW vs. Auburn Masters
12:00 Western B vs. WSU
1:00 Western A vs. Western C
2:30 WSU vs. UPS
3:30 Western C vs. UW
4:30 PSP vs. Western B
5:30 Auburn Masters vs. Western A

11:00 Western A vs. UW
12:00 Western B vs. UPS
1:00 Western C vs. Auburn Masters
2:00 WSU vs. PSP

3:30 Championship

CWU Water Polo Tournament

We will be taking a team to compete at a water polo tournament hosted by the Central Washington University team at Ellensburg, WA on Saturday, November 14. Details are still pending, but we expect teams from CWU, Kentridge, and others to attend. Games will take place between noon and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Please contact Bob if you plan on participating at bobaverill@earthlink.net. Cost is $120 for the team; if each player pays $5, Bob will pay any balance needed.

We will leave the Enumclaw Pool parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 14, and expect to return by 10:00 p.m. If pass conditions are dangerous, we will cancel our participation.

This should be a fun opportunity to extend our season, and gain valuable experience against talented players, as well as an opportunity to get an inside look at collegiate club water polo. All participants will get playing time.

Water Polo Awards Banquet

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Awards Banquet will be held next Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the EHS Commons.

Baked potatoes and chili will be served, followed by an awards presentation. Cost is $2 per person, or $5 per family. Please bring a dessert to share. Please RSVP to bobaverill@earthlink.net before Friday, November 13 so we know how much food to prepare.

State Tournament Results – Day Three Wrap-Up: Wilson Wins State Championship

The Washington State Boys Water Polo Tournament concluded on Saturday with a new State Champion. The Wilson Rams beat the Curtis Vikings 10-7 in the championship game.

Earlier in the day, second-year team Lakes beat Auburn Riverside 16-10 in the first game of the day, and Rogers beat Auburn in the second, to advance Rogers and Lakes into the afternoon's game for third and fourth place.

in Saturday's 12:45 game, Emerald Ridge beat Auburn Mountainview 10-8, to earn the Jags a seventh place finish; Mountainview finished eighth. Auburn Riverside won the 2:15 game over Auburn to earn the Ravens a fifth place finish, and the Trojans sixth. Lakes came out ahead in the Lakes-Rogers game, to put Lakes in the top three in just their second year fielding a team.

Kyle Peart of Wilson earned the tournament's Offensive Most Valuable Player Award, and Skyler Loth of Curtis earned the Defensive MVP Award. Lakes coach Mike Wallen was voted Coach of the Year by the tournament's competition committee.

State Tournament Results – Day Two

The second day of the Washington State Boys Water Polo Tournament ended with defending State Champion Curtis High School and Wilson High School winning their semi-final games and advancing to Saturday's championship game

The day's action started with a rematch between Auburn Riverside and cross-town rival Auburn Mountainview. The two split their regular season series with one win each. In Saturday's rubber match, Riverside came out on top with a 11-5 win over the Lions.

In Friday's 4:45 contest the Auburn Trojans beat Emerald Ridge 10-3, and at 6:00 Curtis beat host team Rogers in the first semi-final game, 11-3.

Friday's second semi-final game between Lakes and Wilson was the closest game of the day, with the score tied four times during the first three quarters of play.

Lakes took the lead early and held a 2-1 advantage at the end of the first period, but the game was tied at five goals each at halftime. The game was tied late in the third period when Wilson took the lead for good, at 8-7, on a penalty shot with 1:16 left in the quarter.

Both teams made scoring runs during the final quarter, but Lakes was never able to close the lead. Wilson held off the Lancers for the 14-11 victory.

Saturday's first game is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. between Lakes and Auburn Riverside. Auburn will face Rogers in the second game, scheduled for 11:15. The winners of the first two games will face each other at 3:45 to determine the third and fourth place finishers.

At 12:45 Auburn Mountainview and Emerald Ridge will square off in a game to determine seventh and eighth place, and at 2:15 the losers of the day's first two games will play for fifth and sixth place. After the 3:45 game for third and fourth place, the Championship Game is scheduled to start at 5:30, pitting Wilson against defending State Champion Curtis High School.

State Tournament Results – Day One

The Washington State Boys Water Polo Tournament wrapped up the first day of play at Puyallup's Rogers High School on Thursday, with the higher seed winning in three of the day's four games.

The lone upset was in the first game of the tournament, when the Rogers Rams, as third seed from the West Division, beat the second seed from the East Division, Auburn Riverside, 12-9 in overtime. In Thursday's second game, defending State Champion Curtis beat Auburn Mountainview 21-3. Curtis and Rogers will face off at 6:00 Friday in semi-final action.

The East Division's third seed faced West Division second seed Lakes at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, and Lakes advanced to the semi-finals by beating Auburn 21-4. This is Lakes' second year fielding a team, and their first trip to the State Tournament.

In the final game of the opening day, East Division Champion Wilson beat Emerald Ridge 17-7. Thursday's four winning teams advance to the semi-final games tomorrow (Friday) night. Winners from the two semi-final games will square off in the championship game at 5:30 on Saturday.

Friday's action will start at 3:30, when Auburn Riverside faces Auburn Mountainview, and be followed by the day's second game, at 4:45, with Auburn playing Emerald Ridge. In semi-final action, Rogers will face Curtis at 6:00, and Lakes will play Wilson at 7:15.

Saturday's first game is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The final game, for the State Championship, is scheduled to be played at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

State Tournament Schedule Announced

The Washington State Boys' Water Polo Tournament schedule has been announced. Playing in this year's tournament will be Curtis, Lakes, Rogers, and Emerald Ridge from the West Division, and Wilson, Auburn Riverside, Auburn, and Auburn Mountainview from the East Division.

Play will begin on Thursday, November 5, at 3:30. All teams will play on each of the three days of the tournament, with four games played on Thursday and Friday, and six games played on Saturday, concluding with the Championship Game at 5:30 on Saturday, November 7.

The tournament will be held at Rogers High School Aquatic Center, 12801 18th Street East, Puyallup. Ticket prices will be $7 for adults, or $4 for students with ASB cards. A tournament pass, good for admission for all three days, is available for $18 for adults, or $9 for students with ASB cards.

Tournament at King County Aquatic Center

The Pacific Northwest United Water Polo Club will be hosting a tournament this weekend at the King County Aquatic Center, in Federal Way, WA. Playing in the tournament will be boys high school teams from Bellevue, Newport, Mercer Island, Bainbridge Island, Roosevelt, and Shorewood.

Play starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; Saturday's final game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, the first game will start at 9:00 a.m. and the final game will start at 3:00 p.m.

All teams competing in the KCAC tournament are USA Water Polo club teams, and all members must be current USA Water Polo members.

Enumclaw Beats Kentridge in Final Game

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team played their final game of the 2009 season on Wednesday, an informal scrimmage against the Kentridge Chargers at the Covington Pool, and came home with a 12-10 victory.

Scoring for Enumclaw were Garrett Hall with four goals, Travis Culp with three, Logan Ross and Bennon VanHoof with two goals each, and Shane Jackson with one.

The Hornets finished their 2009 campaign with a 8-10 record overall, 4-8 in league play.

The Hornets may have one more opportunity to play, in a tournament at Central Washington University in Ellensburg on November 14. Details are pending.