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Hornets Beat Auburn in Four Overtimes

The Enumclaw Hornets beat the Auburn Trojans 9-8, in the fourth overtime period of their contest on Thursday, September 30.

Auburn started strong, scoring three goals in the first quarter, while holding the Enumclaw squad scoreless. The Hornets got on the board in the second quarter, on goals by Travis Culp and Garrett Hall, but the Trojans kept marching, scoring three in the period, for a 6-2 Auburn advantage at halftime.

Enumclaw went on a scoring spree in the third period, with goals by Hall, Bennon VanHoof, and Thomas Petersen, and tied the game at 6-6 early in the fourth quarter on a Hall goal. Auburn responded with a goal with four minutes left in regulation, but VanHoof tied it up at 7-7 with 54 seconds left.

Both teams were scoreless in the first three-minute overtime, and the two teams traded goals in the second overtime, forcing the game into sudden death overtime. Again, the two teams were shut out in the first sudden death period; Hall scored on a lob over the Trojan goalkeeper 92 seconds into the fourth overtime period for the win.

Scoring for Enumclaw were Hall, with four goals, VanHoof with two, and Travis Culp and Thomas Petersen with one goal apiece. On defense, the Hornets tallied 15 steals, and goalkeeper Josh Musick gathered 37 saves. The game had 38 minutes and 32 seconds of playing time, and lasted nearly 90 minutes.

The win improves the Hornets league record to 4-1, and their season record to 5-2. The Hornets' JV squad plays in Auburn again on Saturday, in Auburn Riverside's JV tournament. The Enumclaw varsity will host Auburn Riverside in a league game on Tuesday, October 5, at 4:30.

JV Tournament Saturday at Auburn

The EHS Junior Varsity Boys Water Polo Team will compete in a JV tournament on Saturday, October 2, at the Auburn High School Pool. Competing in the tourament will be JV teams from Auburn Riverside, Curtis, Emerald Ridge, Enumclaw, Kentridge, Peninsula, and Rogers.

Games will consist of four six minute quarters, using a running clock.

9:00 AM Enumclaw vs Emerald Ridge
9:40 AM Kentridge vs Curtis
10:20 AM Enumclaw vs Rogers
11:00 AM Auburn Riverside vs Emerald Ridge
11:40 AM Kentridge vs Peninsula
12:20 PM Enumclaw vs Curtis
1:00 PM Kentridge vs Emerald Ridge
1:40 PM Auburn Riverside vs Rogers
2:20 PM Enumclaw vs Peninsula
3:00 PM Auburn Riverside vs Curtis
3:40 PM Kentridge vs Rogers
4:20 PM Auburn Riverside vs Peninsula

Enumclaw Beats Stadium 11-6

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team beat Stadium 11-6 on Tuesday, September 28, in a home game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

The Hornets scored early, after a Stadium exclusion foul, 96 seconds into the opening quarter, on a goal from five meters by sophomore Bennon VanHoof. Senior Garrett Hall increased the lead to 2-0 later in the period, but Stadium scored with 18 second left in the quarter, after a VanHoof exclusion foul, to narrow the lead to 2-1.

The Hornets controlled the second quarter, adding four goals and holding the Tigers scoreless.

Enumclaw increased the lead in the third period, on goals by VanHoof and Braden Dedrick, while limiting Stadium to a single goal. In the final period, Stadium fought back, scoring four goals, while Enumclaw scored three.

Scoring for the Hornets in the win were Garrett Hall, with four goals, VanHoof with three, and Braden Dedrick, Gabe Sales, Logan Ross, and goalkeeper Josh Musick with one goal each. Musick also gathered 26 saves.

The Hornets travel to the Auburn Pool on Thursday for a league game against the Auburn Trojans. Game time is scheduled for 6:30.

New Water Polo Blog Online

An anonymous group of water polo fans has launched a new blog to follow and rank high school water polo in Washington State.


Their goal is "to generate more interest and discussion about a great
sport that appears to be waning a bit at the high school level. . . (and) to
be fair and informed while keeping the discussion positive. Hopefully,
the blog will receive some insightful comments that will help the ranking
become more accurate as season progresses."

"Comments on the blog are welcomed but need to be positive and clean."

We encourage Enumclaw water polo fans to follow the new blog, and contribute positive comments. We support all methods of promoting water polo in the area.

Collegiate Polo Starts Oct. 2 in Eugene, OR

The 2010 men's season of the Northwest Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association begins play on October 2 and 3, when the University of Oregon hosts the first tournament of the season, at Amazon Aquatic Center, in Eugene, Oregon. Competing in the Northwest Division this uear will be men's teams from Central Washington University, Oregon State University, Seattle University, University of Oregon, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.

The season will continue when Central Washington University hosts the second tournament, on October 16 and 17, in Ellensburg, Washington. The Northwest Division Championships will be held on October 30 and 31 at Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington.

For more information, click here.

Hornets Finish 2nd at Auburn Tournament

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team finished second at the Auburn Water Polo Tournament, held September 24 and 25 at Auburn High School. The Hornets won their first four games, to advance to the championship game, but lost the title game to Auburn, 6-5.

Enumclaw won both of their Friday games, beating Auburn Mountainview 8-5 and Emerald Ridge 14-4.

Saturday's action had the Hornets squaring off with Auburn Riverside in an 8:45 game. The Hornet defense took control, and held Riverside scoreless for three and one-half periods, until the Ravens scored their lone goal with 3:18 left in the game. On offense, Travis Culp scored two, and Garrett Hall, Bennon VanHoof, and Gabe Sales each scored a goal for the Hornets.

In their second game on Saturday, Enumclaw faced Rogers, who had beaten the Hornets earlier in the season. Enumclaw got their revenge, beating the Rams 7-5 in the rematch. Scoring for Enumclaw were VanHoof, with four goals, and Travis Culp with three.

The Hornets then faced Auburn in Saturday's Championship Game at 4:15. Both teams were undefeated in the tournament.

The Hornets scored first, on a goal by Hall 45 seconds into the game, but Auburn tied it up 49 seconds later. Hall scored again later in the period, after an Auburn exclusion foul, but Auburn tied it again with 45 seconds left in the opening quarter.

Enumclaw took the lead in the second period, with goals by Thomas Petersen, VanHoof, and Hall, and held the Trojans to a single goal, to take a 5-3 advantage into halftime. Auburn rallied in the third quarter, scoring two goals, to tie the game at five, and shut out the Hornets for the rest of the game, to take the 6-5 win.

Hornets scoring in the Championship Game were Garrett Hall with three goals, and Thomas Petersen and Bennon VanHoof with one goal each.

The tournament had teams from nine schools, including Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Enumclaw, Emerald Ridge, Kentridge, Lakes, Peninsula, and Rogers.

Auburn High School won the Championship, with Enumclaw claiming second. Finishing third was Rogers. Auburn Mountainview finished fourth, and Lakes finished in fifth place.

The Hornets return to league play on Tuesday, with a home game against Stadium High School, and return to Auburn for a league game against the Trojans on Thursday. The Hornet JV finish the week with a JV tournament at Auburn High School.

Enumclaw 2-0 After Day One of Tournament

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team won both of their games on Friday, September 24, the first day of the Auburn School District Water Polo Tournament.

The Hornets beat Auburn Mountainview in their first game of the day, 8-5, and followed with a win over Emerald Ridge later in the afternoon, 14-4.

Against Auburn Mountainview, senior Garrett Hall was the Hornets' top scorer, with five goals. Also scoring for Enumclaw were Gabe Sales, Bennon VanHoof, and Logan Ross, with one goal each. Goalkeeper Josh Musick tallied 14 saves and two assists in the win.

In Enumclaw's second game, against Emerald Ridge, VanHoof was the high schorer, with six goals. Hall added five, Travis Culp scored two, and Will Cooper scored one goal. Musick had seven saves and two assists.

The Hornets continue tournament play on Saturday, facing Auburn Riverside at 8:45, and Rogers at 1:15.

Auburn Pool Hosts Water Polo Tournament on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 24, 25

Enumclaw Win Improves League Record to 2-1

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team beat a strong Auburn Mountainview squad on Tuesday, September 21, at the Auburn pool, to improve the Hornets league record to 2-1.

The Hornets got off to a fast 2-0 lead against the Lions, on goals by sophomore Bennon VanHoof, and senior Garrett Hall in the first two minutes of the game. But Mountainview came back to tie the game after a Hall exclusion foul, and a penalty shot by Hunter Arnold. The Lions took a 3-2 lead on a goal with three second left in the opening period.

Mountainview then went on to score on their first possession of the second quarter, for a 4-2 advantage. The Hornet offense took charge for the rest of the period, scoring five unanswered goals, before Mountainview added one more with 14 seconds left in the half. Enumclaw held a 7-5 lead at halftime.

The teams played even through the third period, each adding three goals, for a Hornet 10-8 advantage at the end of the third quarter. In the final period the Hornets held Moutaiview scoreless, and added two goals from VanHoof, and one from Hall, for the 13-8 final score.

High scorer for Enumclaw was VanHoof, with seven goals. Also scoring for the Hornets were Hall, with three goals, Thomas Petersen with two, and Travis Culp with one.

The Hornets face Mountainview again on Friday, in a non-league game at the Auburn School District Water Polo Tournament. Game time against the Lions is 3:45, the Hornets then face Emerald Ridge at 6:00 Friday.

The win improvs the Hornets' league record to 2-1, and the season record to 3-2.

Hornets Improve to 2-2

Enumclaw's Boys Water Polo Team improved their record to 2-2 after a 15-9 win over Lakes High School on Saturday, September 18, at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

The Hornet win came after Enumclaw exploded for a ten point second half, led by senior captain Garret Hall, with four second half goals, and sophomore Bennon VanHoof with five. The two teams had played even in the first half, with the score knotted at five at the intermission. But the Hornets took command early in the third quarter, scoring four goals in the period, and limiting the Lancers to just two scores.

The Hornets went on to add five more goals in the final period, and held Lakes to two, for the final 15-9 score.

Hornet Garret Hall led all scorers with eight goals in the game. Also scoring for Enumclaw were Bennon VanHoof, with five goals, and Travis Culp with two. Scoring for Lakes were Matt Archer, with five goals, Zach Essein with three, and Chris Edgecomb with one.

The win improves the Hornet record to 2-2 for the season. Enumclaw travels to Auburn on Tuesday for a league game against Auburn Mountainview.

Enumclaw Beats Kentridge 9-4, Improves League Record to 1-1

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team beat Kentridge 9-4 in a home game on Thursday, September 16. The win improves the Hornets league record to 1-1.

The Hornets scored on their first possession, on a goal by senior captain Garrett Hall, and took a 2-0 lead on sophomore Bennon VanHoof's goal midway through the opening period. Kentridge tied the game at 2-2 after scoring twice within a minute of the Hornet's second goal. Hall added another goal for Enumclaw with 42 seconds left in the quarter, for a 3-2 advantage.

The Hornets defense tightened in the second and third periods, holding Kentridge scoreless until four minutes into the fourth quarter. Enumclaw took a 7-2 lead into the final period, with three goals by VanHoof, and one by Hall, in the second and third quarters.

Hall and VanHoof each scored goals in the final period, and Kentridge managed two more goals in the final three minutes, for the 9-4 final score.

For the Hornets, VanHoof scored five, and Hall added four goals. Senior goalkeeper Josh Musick had 12 saves in the win.

The Hornets will host Lakes in a non-league game on Saturday, September 18, at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. Game time is 12:30. The Hornets next league game is at the Auburn pool on Tuesday, September 21, against Auburn Mountainview High School, at 7:30.

Hornets Lose Heartbreaker to Wilson

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team lost a close game to league rival Wilson on Tuesday, September 14, 9-8.

The Hornets started slowly, scoring only three goals in the first half, and allowing Wilson to score five. But the Hornets tightened their defense in the second half, and had goals from four separate players, to tie the game at 8-8 with 36 seconds remaining in the game on a goal by senior Garrett Hall.

Wilson had an attempt with seven seconds left that was stopped by Hornet goalkeeper Josh Musick. With time running out, Musick shot on the Wilson goal, but came up just inches short. Wilson fired one more into the Enumclaw goal as time ran out, for the 9-8 win.

EHS 2010 Schedule

Enumclaw Boys Lose Season Opener to Rogers 14-5

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team lost their first game of the 2010 season, 14-5, to the Rogers Rams on Thursday, September 9.

Rogers took a 2-0 lead in the first few minutes of the opening quarter, but Enumclaw came back with two goals by senior Garrett Hall to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the first period. Rogers scored three goals in the second quarter, while Hornet Bennon VanHoof scored one, keeping the Hornets within two at halftime.

Rogers went on a scoring spree in the third quarter, with four goals by Jason Jones, and one by Jacob Parkin, while the Hornet offense could only muster a lone goal by VanHoof.

In the final period, the Hornets held Rogers scoreless for the first three minutes, but the Rams threw in four more goals in the final four minutes, while Hall scored one more for the Hornets with 76 seconds left in the game.

The Hornets travel to Stadium High School on Saturday for a jamboree, and face Wilson at Foss High School on Tuesday for their first league game of the season.