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Winter Water Polo Starts This Month

Winter water polo programs start throughout the area this month.

United Water Polo’s winter program starts on Monday, November 14. United has a four day a week program (Monday through Thursday), and a two day a week program (Monday & Wednesday). All practices take place at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Contact mikewensman@gmail.com for more information.


Puget Sound Polo has a winter program starting on Sunday, November 27 at Curtis High School. Puget Sound Polo offers a boys program on Sundays, and a girls program on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. PSPs practices take place at Lakes High School and Curtis High School. Contact pugetsoundpolo@gmail.com for more information.


Enumclaw Water Polo will offer Winter ‘Open Pool’ Workouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., starting on Tuesday, December 6 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. Water Polo workouts are intended for middle school and high school girls who are interested in participating in high school water polo. Workouts are supervised by EHS coaches, led by veteran high school players, and cost $350. For more information contact coach Bob Averill at bobaverill@earthlink.net.

What Is The Toughest Sport In The World?

The Bleacher Report has rated water polo the toughest sport in the world:

"Often overlooked in discussions, this Olympic sport is officially the toughest sport in the world.

Similar to the land-based handball that was not too far from the list itself, water polo is played, well, in water.

With a lot of kicking and grabbing going on under the surface, and all sorts of sly blows in the water, polo is highly ranked in physicality. Like ice hockey did for the fact it was on ice, polo receives a boost to skill level, as the game itself is supplemented by the need to not drown during it.

Often overlooked are the speed and strength needed by players as they move through the water, and more importantly the fact that players are not permitted to touch the floor.

Try going to your local pool and treading water for more than 30 minutes, then imagine playing an intense contact sport in that time, and you will realize why water polo scored so well for endurance.

Often seen as a minority sport, it is hugely popular in eastern Europe, and truly is the toughest sport in the world."

Bellevue Beats Newport in Championship Game


Bellevue beat Newport 15-8 in Saturday's championship game at the King County Aquatic Center to claim the 2011 Washington State Boys Water Polo Championship. Newport beat Emerald Ridge and Puyallup on Thursday, Rogers on Friday, and Auburn Mountainview earlier on Saturday on their trip to the championship game. Bellevue had beaten Wilson and Auburn Riverside on Thursday, Roosevelt on Friday, and Curtis on Saturday before winning the championship game

Curtis beat Auburn Mountainview in Saturday's 6:30 game to claim third place at State.

Final placement from Saturday's games:

1. Bellevue
2. Newport
3. Curtis
4. Auburn Mountainview
5. Roosevelt
6. Rogers
7. Wilson
8. Puyallup

Hornets Lose Two at State, Finish Season


The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team ended their 2011 season with two losses at the State tournament on Thursday, at Rogers High School in Puyallup. The Hornets finished their season with a 14-13 overall record.

Enumclaw opened play on Thursday against the defending State champion Curtis Vikings in a 4:10 contest. Curtis showed why they're the defending champions, beating the Hornets 19-2. In their second game, at 6:30, the Hornets faced Roosevelt. Roosevelt got off to a great start against the Hornets, holding a 6-1 lead after one quarter.

The Enumclaw squad fought back to a 4-9 deficit at halftime, and pulled within four after three periods, but couldn't keep up with the Roughriders through the final quarter.

Mason Culp and Quinn Warner each scored a goal in the Hornets first game. In the second game, Bennon VanHoof scored six and Will Cooper and Gabe Sales each scored one.

Other teams that lost two games in the opening round at State to finish their season were Auburn Riverside, Peninsula, and Emerald Ridge. You can find up-to-date scores from State tournament play here.

The Hornets will conclude their 2011 season on Tuesday, November 15 with an Awards Banquet at the EHS Library, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

State Seeding Announced


The seeding for this week's State Water Polo Tournament was announced at Tuesday night's coaches' meeting; Enumclaw was seeded 10th in the tournament. The 12 teams in the tournament were seeded as follows:

1. Newport
2. Bellevue
3. Curtis
4. Rogers
5. Auburn Mountainview
6. Roosevelt
7. Auburn-Riverside
8. Puyallup
9. Peninsula
10. Enumclaw
11. Wilson
12. Emerald Ridge

Enumclaw will play in Group C on Thursday, at Rogers High School in Puyallup. The Hornets will face Curtis at 4:10, and Roosevelt at 6:30. The top two teams in each group will advance to the second round of tournament play on Friday, at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Roosevelt Advances to State Over Bainbridge Island

With a 13-6 win over Bainbridge Island on Halloween at the King County Aquatic Center, the Roosevelt Roughriders advance to Thursday's State tournament as the third seed from the North Division. The loss ends the season for Bainbridge; they will not advance to the State tournament.

The lineup at State will include Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Enumclaw, Wilson, Curtis, Rogers, Puyallup, Peninsula, Emerald Ridge, Newport, Bellevue, and Roosevelt. Seeding will be announced at Tuesday night's coaches' meeting. Check out this web site for an updated tournament schedule after Tuesday night's practice.

State Tournament Bracket


The 2011 Boys State Water Polo Championships bracket has been released.

The tournament will begin at 3:00 on Thursday, November 3, with games being played at Lakes High School, in Lakewood, WA, and Rogers High School, in Puyallup, WA. Games will continue for the top eight qualifying teams on Friday and Saturday, at the King County Aquatic Center (KCAC), in Federal Way, WA.

Seeding will be determined by a tournament committee, based on league standings and non-league results.

11 Teams have qualified for the tournament, including Enumclaw, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Wilson, Curtis, Rogers, Puyallup, Peninsula, Emerald Ridge. Newport, and Bellevue. Roosevelt and Bainbridge Island will play for the North Division's third seed on Monday, October 31, at 8:15 at KCAC

Each of the top 12 teams will play two games on Thursday, with the top eight teams advancing to the final rounds at KCAC.

Hornets Beat Riverside, Finish 6-4 in League Play

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team beat league rival Auburn Riverside 14-13 on Thursday in a tough game between two state tournament bound teams.

The visiting Ravens got off to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first four minutes, to take a 2-0 lead. Hornet Mason Culp put Enumclaw on the scoreboard when he scored on Enumclaw's third power play, with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Raven Luke Andrews scored a minute later, and Enumclaw's Will Cooper scored with 47 seconds left in the quarter, for a 3-2 Riverside advantage going into the second quarter.

Auburn Riverside, led by Thomas Henline's three goals, scored six in the second quarter, and held the Hornets to four goals, holding a 9-6 lead at halftime. The Hornet defense adjusted to Riverside's play at center, and turned up their offense to outscore the Ravens 5-1 in the third period, and take an 11-10 lead into the final period.

Both teams played tough through the final period, with the score tied twice in the final four minutes of the game, but Mason Culp put the Hornets ahead for good with a goal with 2:49 left in the game.

The Hornets had scoring from five players in the win – Bennon VanHoof scored four, Gabe Sales and Mason Culp each scored three, and Thomas Petersen and Will Cooper scored two each. Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had 13 saves in the game.

Enumclaw finished their regular season with a 6-4 league record; 14-11 overall.

Both teams will advance to the State tournament next week, with group play beginning on Thursday, November 3. Details will be posted on this web site as they become available.

Emerald Ridge Game Canceled

Enumclaw's water polo game against Emerald Ridge, originally scheduled for October 28, has been canceled due to lack of pool availability. The Hornets last regular season game will be against Auburn Riverside on Thursday, October 27, at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Post-season play for the Hornets will begin on Thursday, November 3rd, and will take place at Curtis High School, Lakes High School, or Rogers High School. The site and game times will be determined by the Hornets' seeding.

Enumclaw Beats Stadium

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team beat the Stadium Tigers 24-13 in a home game on Thursday, October 20.

The Hornets scored seven goals in the opening quarter, led by Thomas Petersen's three goals, and scores by Will Cooper, Mason Culp, Bennon VanHoof, and Gabe Sales. Enumclaw scored ten in the second period, led by VanHoof's four goals. Cooper, Carson Lanphere, and Brandon Butler scored two each in the second quarter.

Enumclaw's scoring slowed in the second half, with only two goals in the third period – one each by Butler and VanHoof. Four Hornets scored one goal apiece in the final quarter – Petersen, Cooper, Riley Sexton, and Bryce VanHoof.

Nine Hornets scored in the victory. Bennon VanHoof led all scorers with six goals. Thomas Petersen and Will Cooper scored four each, Brandon Butler scored three. Carson Lanphere and Gabe Sales each added two, and Riley Sexton, Bryce VanHoof, and Mason Culp each scored a goal.

The Hornets host a strong Auburn Riverside team next Thursday, October 27 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

DVDs Available of Oregon Games from NW Game Films

NW Game Films has made DVDs of the Tualatin Hills Invitational water polo games available online here. All of the 35 games played at the tournament are available, including the seven games Enumclaw played. They can also be previewed online.

Nine Hornets Score in Enumclaw Win

Nine Hornets scored on Thursday as the Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team beat Kentridge 16-15 in the third game between the two teams this season. This was the Hornets' tenth game in a week, as they just returned from the Tualatin Hills "Best of the Northwest" Invitational Tournament Sunday afternoon.

The Hornets ripped off to a fast start, scoring three goals in the first two minutes – one each by Bennon VanHoof, Thomas Petersen, and Mason Culp – to take a 3-0 lead. Two more goals by Petersen, and one by Will Cooper, pushed the Hornet lead to 6-1 at the end of the first period.

Bennon VanHoof added two more in the second quarter, and Bryce VanHoof and Carson Lanphere each score one, to give Enumclaw a 10-4 lead at halftime. The Hornets had shot attempts from nearly every field player in the second half, and scores by Bryce VanHoof, Seth Rickard, Quinn Warner, Gabe Sales, and Cooper, as the Hornets held on for the 16-15 win.

This was the third meeting between the two teams, and is not a league game.

The Hornets are now 4-4 in league play, 12-11 overall. Enumclaw hosts Stadium in an 8:30 game on Thursday.

Hornets Finish 4-3 in Tualatin Hills Invitational

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team traveled to Beaverton, OR this weekend to take part in the Tualatin Hills "Best of the Northwest" Invitational Tournament, and returned with four wins and three losses against some strong Oregon teams.

The Hornets opened the tournament on Friday with a 12-4 loss to Lakeridge and a 15-0 loss to Southridge, but redeemed themselves with four wins on Saturday – against Tualatin 13-6 at 10:15 a.m., over South Eugene 7-6 at 2 p.m., against Reynolds 11-8 at 5:45. and a second win over Tualatin at 8 p.m., 7-1

On Sunday the Hornets finished competition with a hard fought 8-7 overtime loss to Beaverton. Junior Bennon VanHoof scored 27 goals in the three-day tournament, and Thomas Petersen added nine. Will Cooper scored six, Brandon Butler scored three, Riley Sexton and Mason Culp each added two, and Bryce VanHoof and Carson Lanphere scored a goal each.

The Hornets host Kentridge on Monday at 7:30, and continue league play on Thursday, hosting Stadium in an 8:30 contest.

Hornets Lose in Overtime

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team lost a hard-fought game to Auburn Mountainview in overtime on Thursday afternoon.

The Lions got off to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, on goals by Brady Gardner and Stephen Creed. The Lions stretched their lead to 4-0 in the second period until Mason Culp put the Hornets on the scoreboard with a goal with six seconds left in the first half.

Enumclaw outscored the visitors in the next two quarters to close the gap, and Thomas Petersen scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:31 left in the game.

In the first overtime, Mountainview's Hunter Arnold scored on a power play in the second minute of the overtime period, and Enumclaw's Bennon VanHoof responded with another tying goal 14 seconds later. Lion Brady Gardner scored with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, for a 9-8 Mountainview lead.

VanHoof tied the game at 9-9 in the first minute of the second overtime, and former Auburn goalkeeper Kendall Ray scored the winning goal with 29 seconds left in the second overtime.

NFHS rules dictate that a tie game should continue into two three-minute overtime periods. If the game is still tied after two three-minute overtime periods, the game would continue to sudden-victory three-minute overtime periods.

October 20 Game Time Changes

The Stadium at Enumclaw game scheduled for next Thursday, October 20 has been changed to start at 8:30 p.m., instead of the previously scheduled 4:30 p.m.

Stadium Forfeits September 27 Game

The Stadium Tigers have chosen to forfeit their game against Enumclaw originally scheduled for September 27. Stadium started their season late, and and could not find time in their shortened season to re-schedule the game. The game is entered as a victory for the Hornets, improving their league record to 4-3, 7-7 overall.

Stadium will travel to Enumclaw to face the Hornets on Thursday, October 20. Game time is scheduled for 4:30.

Enumclaw Beats Kentridge 17-11

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water polo Team beat Kentridge on Thursday at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Enumclaw scored first on a goal by Bennon VanHoof 11 seconds into the game, but Kentridge tied the game two minutes later, and took a 2-1 lead with 1:26 left in the opening quarter. VanHoof tied the game with one minute left. The Hornets ran away in the second quarter, maintaining their stingy defense, and scoring eight goals on offense, to take a 10-4 advantage into halftime.

The two teams played even through the second half, with the Hornets maintaining their six point lead, for a 17-11 win.

VanHoof led all scorers, with ten points in the game. Gabe Sales and Will Cooper each added two goals, and Thomas Petersen, Carson Lanphere, and Brandon Butler each score a goal.

On defense, the Hornets tallied 38 steals in the game, led by VanHoof with 10, and freshman goalkeeper Austin Kaehn with seven. Kaehn also gathered 15 saves in goal.

The Hornets play host to league-leading Auburn Mountainview on Thursday at 3:30. Enumclaw lost to the Lions 9-2 earlier in the season.

Hornet JV Look Good in Auburn Tournament

The EHS JV Water Polo Team took part in Auburn's JV tournament on Saturday, and played well against three of the state's best water polo programs, losing to Curtis, tying Bellevue, and beating perennial powerhouse Mercer Island.

In the Hornet squad's first game of the day, Enumclaw lost to Curtis 8-5. The Hornets kept it close for the first half, trailing the Vikings 3-2 at halftime. But Curtis' physical play frustrated the Hornets, and the Vikings were able to take advantage of Enumclaw's mistakes and extend their lead through the third and fourth quarters, for the final 8-5 decision.

Brandon Butler scored two for the Hornets in the opening loss, and Riley Sexton, Bryce VanHoof, and Seth Rickard each scored a goal.

In Enumclaw's second game, the Hornets faced Bellevue, another physical team. Bellevue dominated the Hornets early, holding a 2-1 lead after one period, and a 4-2 lead with one minute left in the first half. Hornet Patrick Peet scored in the last minute of the first half, and River Cory scored early in the third period, to tie the game at 4-4. The teams traded scores in the remainder of the third quarter, for a 6-5 Bellevue lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Riley Sexton tied it for Enumclaw on a power play in the opening minute. Goals by Brandon Butler and Patrick Peet gave Enumclaw an 8-6 advantage with three minutes left in the game, but Bellevue was able to scratch back, scoring with 2:40 left and on a last-second shot, to tie the game 8-8.

In the Hornets' final game of the day, Enumclaw bounced back to beat Mercer Island after falling behind 2-0 early in the second quarter. The Hornets fought back to hold a 3-2 lead at halftime, and a 6-4 advantage after three periods. Enumclaw held Mercer Island scoreless in the final quarter, and added two goals from Brandon Butler and one from Bryce VanHoof, to finish with a 9-4 win. Butler scored five of the Hornet goals in the win, and Riley Sexton, Bryce VanHoof, Seth Rickard, and Shay Larsen each scored one.

Tualatin Hills Tournament Schedule Posted


The Tualatin Hills Boys Invitational Water Polo Tournament has posted the preliminary schedule for the October 14-16 tournament.

Two teams from Washington, and eight from Oregon will make up the ten-team tournament. Mercer Island will play their opening games in the "A" group, against Newberg, Beaverton, Reynolds, and Westview. Enumclaw will play in the "B" group, facing Southridge, South Eugene, Lakeridge, and Tualatin.

The Hornets' first game will be at 5:15 on Friday, against Lakeridge. The Hornets second game will be on Friday against Southridge, at 8:15. Enumclaw will finish group play on Saturday, with a 10:15 game against Tualatin, and a 1:15 contest against South Eugene. Remaining games will be determined by the results of group play.

Enumclaw Beats Wilson 12-10

The Enumclaw Boys Water Polo Team beat Wilson 12-10 in a Thursday night game in Tacoma.

The Hornets got off to a fast start when Will Copper scored in the first minute of play. Gabe Sales scored twice in the first quarter, and Bennon VanHoof and Thomas Petersen added one each, giving the visiting Hornets a 5-2 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.

Wilson fought back in the second period, scoring five to tie Enumclaw 7-7 at halftime. The Hornets took back the lead in the first minute of the third period on Gabe Sales' third goal of the game, and held a thin 10-9 lead after three quarters.

Both teams went scoreless through the first five minutes of the final quarter, but Thomas Petersen broke the scoring drought when he scored with 94 seconds left in the game. Wilson scored on a power play to narrow the Hornet lead to 11-10 with 34 seconds left in the game, but Will Cooper sealed the deal for Enumclaw, scoring with 19 seconds left in the game.

The Hornets are now 2-3 in league play, 5-7 overall.

The Enumclaw JV travel to Auburn for a JV tournament on Saturday. The Hornets face Curtis at 11:40, Bellevue at 1:40, and Mercer Island at 3:00.

The Hornet varsity continue league play next week, hosting Kentridge at 7:30 on Tuesday and Auburn Mountainview at 3:30 on Thursday.

Tualatin Hills Invitational Water Polo Tournament


The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team will travel to Beaverton, Oregon on October 14 to take part in the first annual Tualatin Hills Invitational Water Polo Tournament.

The event, sponsored by Westview High School, is being promoted as the Best of the Northwest. Mercer Island, who finished at the top of the Washington State poll, and Enumclaw, who finished third at the South Puget Sound Washington State tournament, are the only teams from Washington. All other teams taking part are from Oregon.

The Hornets hope to play 7-8 games over the three day tournament, beginning Friday afternoon, October 14.

The competition will take place at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center, 15707 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR, beginning on Friday, October 14, and concluding on Sunday, October 16.

Auburn Riverside Beats Enumclaw

On Tuesday the Auburn Riverside Ravens welcomed Enumclaw back to league play, beating the Hornets 25-14.

The Hornets stayed close through the first half, limiting the Ravens to three goals and a 3-2 lead after one quarter of play, and trailing just 8-10 after the first half. But Enumclaw couldn't shut down the powerful Raven offense all night, and Riverside scored seven goals in the third quarter, and eight in the fourth, while Enumclaw only scored six in the second half.

The Hornets were led by Mason Culp's six goals; Bennon VanHoof added four. Also scoring for Enumclaw were Gabe Sales with two goals, and Thomas Petersen and Will Cooper with one each.

The Hornets travel to Tacoma on Thursday to face Wilson for a 6:00 rematch with the Rams. Wilson beat Enumclaw 20-16 on September 13.

Hornets Return to Play Next Week

After a break from competition this week due to league scheduling problems, the EHS Boys Water Polo Team will return to competition next week, facing East Division leader Auburn Riverside on Tuesday, and traveling to Tacoma on Thursday for a rematch against division rival Wilson.

The Hornets have not faced Auburn Riverside yet this year, and lost to Wilson in an offensive shootout, 20-16, earlier in the season.

On Saturday, the JV Hornets will travel to Auburn for a JV tournament, where they'll face JV squads from Curtis, Bellevue, and Mercer Island.

The Hornets are currently 1-2 in league play, and 4-6 overall, and are in fourth place in the East Division.

Newport Ranked Number One

The 2011 Washington State High School Water Polo rankings are out, with Newport ranked number one this week.

Enumclaw finished number seven in the 2010 rankings behind Mercer Island, Curtis, Rogers, Newport, Roosevelt, and Bellevue.

In this week's rankings, Auburn Mountainview is ranked 10th. The Washington State High School Water Polo rankings web site has a poll to determine which team deserves to be ranked in the top 10. Please log on and vote for Enumclaw at http://washh2opolorankings.blogspot.com/.

Stadium, Auburn Games Canceled

Tuesday's water polo game against Stadium, and Thursday's against Auburn have been canceled.

The Stadium game is canceled because they have not met their minimum practice requirement. We hope to re-schedule our game with them. Auburn is not fielding a team this year, so both of our games against Auburn have been canceled.

Auburn JV Tournament Schedule Posted

Auburn Riverside coach Mike Van Eaton has posted the schedule for October 8th's JV water polo tournament at Auburn High School. The EHS water polo team will play three games – one each against Curtis, Bellevue, and Mercer Island.

7:00 Emerald Ridge vs Kentridge

7:40 Auburn Mountainview vs Rogers

8:20 Rogers vs Emerald Ridge

9:00 Puyallup vs Kentridge

9:40 Emerald Ridge vs Auburn Mountainview

10:20 Kentridge vs Rogers

11:00 Auburn Mountainview vs Puyallup

11:40 Curtis vs Enumclaw

12:20 Puyallup vs Bellevue

1:00 Curtis vs Mercer Island

1:40 Bellevue vs Enumclaw

2:20 Auburn Riverside vs Curtis

3:00 Enumclaw vs Mercer Island

3:40 Auburn Riverside vs Bellevue

4:20 Mercer Island vs Auburn Riverside

Enumclaw Finishes Auburn Tournament with Two Wins on Saturday

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team finished the Auburn tournament with two wins on Saturday, beating Emerald Ridge 11-4 in the first game of the day, and beating Peninsula 17-9 in the Hornets' final game of the tournament.

In Saturday's opening game, the Hornets took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, with three goals by Bennon VanHoof, and one by Mason Culp. VanHoof kept scoring in the second quarter, adding three goals, while Emerald Ridge slipped one goal past Hornet freshman goalkeeper Austin Kaehn. Both teams scored twice in the third period, with Will Cooper and Shay Larsen scoring for the Hornets. Larsen and Carson Lanphere scored for Enumclaw in the final period.

In Enumclaw's final game on Saturday, Peninsula stayed even with the Hornets in the first quarter, managing a 4-4 tie. Enumclaw outscored the Seahawks 5-2 in the second quarter, but Peninsula played the Hornets even in the third, with both teams scoring three. The Hornets scored five in the final period, and held Peninsula scoreless, for the 17-9 win.

Bennon VanHoof led the Hornets in scoring against Peninsula, with eight goals. Gabe Sales scored three for Enumclaw, and Thomas Petersen, Riley Sexton, Will Cooper, Mason Culp, Carson Lanphere, and Shay Larsen each scored one.

Hornets Play Early Games Saturday

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team lost both games on Friday at Auburn's Water Polo Tournament, to Rogers and Bainbridge Island. The Hornets will play two more games on Saturday, at 8:00 and 10:15.

Saturday's 8:00 a.m. game will be against Emerald Ridge; the Hornets second game will be against the loser of the bracket containing Auburn Riverside, Peninsula, and Lakes.

On the Hornets first game on Friday, against Rogers, the two teams played even in the first period, ending the quarter with a 3-3 tie. But the Rams scored six goals in the second quarter, to pull ahead of the Hornets, with a 9-5 lead at halftime. Rogers outscored the Hornets 4-2 in the third quarter, but Enumclaw closed the gap in the final quarter, scoring two while holding the Rams scoreless.

Bennon VanHoof led Enumclaw's scoring, with five goals. Thomas Petersen scored two, and Mason Culp and Shay Larsen each added one.

In Enumclaw's second game of the day, the Hornets lost to Bainbridge Island 13-5. The Hornets stayed close in the first half, trailing 3-2 after one quarter, and 5-3 at halftime. The Spartans outscored the Hornets 3-2 in the third period, but ran away with the game in the final period, scoring five goals and holding the Hornets scoreless.

Bennon VanHoof led the Hornets in scoring, with three goals. Gabe Sales and Mason Culp each added one.

Auburn Water Polo Tournament This Weekend


The Enumclaw Water Polo Team will travel to Auburn this weekend to take part in the Annual Auburn Water Polo Tournament.

Nine teams will compete in the tournament, including Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Bainbridge Island, Emerald Ridge, Enumclaw, Lakes, Peninsula, Puyallup, and Rogers. The tournament will start at 3:30 on Friday, and conclude with the championship game at 4:15 on Saturday.

The Hornets are scheduled to play Rogers at 5:30 on Friday, and Bainbridge Island at 6:50 on Friday. Saturday's games will be determined by Friday's results.

Hornets Beat Kentridge 13-10

The Enumclaw Boys Water Polo Team traveled to Covington on Thursday to face the Kentridge Chargers, and earned their first league win of the season with a 13-10 victory.


Kentridge scored in the first minute, on a goal by Mitch Halbert, but Enumclaw’s Bennon VanHoof tied the game 30 seconds later, and freshman Quinn Warner scored on the Hornets’ next possession to give the visitors the lead. Will Cooper scored on the next Enumclaw possession, and the Hornets held a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.


VanHoof took over the game in the second quarter, scoring three, and the Hornets held a 6-5 advantage at halftime. Kentridge tied the game on the first play of the third period, but VanHoof, Cooper, and Brandon Butler each added a goal, to hold the Enumclaw advantage, with a 9-7 lead after three quarters.


VanHoof added another three in the final period, and Gabe Sales added one, and the Hornets held on for the 13-10 win.


The Hornets now hold a 2-2 season record, and a 1-1 league record, and continue league play on Tuesday against Auburn Mountainview.

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team is selling the South Puget Sound Area Edition Entertainment Books to raise funds for the team's tournament in Oregon and pool expenses. The books sell for $25, and offer over $17,000 in savings.

If you're interested in purchasing an Entertainment Book, please contact any team member, or coach Bob Averill at bobaverill@earthlink.net.

Hornets Lose League Opener 20-16

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team lost the first league game of the season on Tuesday night, when the Hornets hosted the Wilson Rams in a night game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

The Hornets scored first, but the two teams exchanged goals through the opening quarter, finishing the first seven minutes with a 5-5 tie. The visiting Rams outscored the Hornets in the second period, taking a 9-6 advantage into the halftime break.

Both teams played even if the third quarter, with both squads scoring five, and the Rams took a 14-11 lead into the final quarter. In the fourth period, the Rams kept scoring, outscoring the Hornets 6-5, for the final 20-16 outcome.

The Hornet scoring was led by Bennon VanHoof's nine goals, but Enumclaw got help from five other scorers, including Carson Lanphere and Mason Culp with two goals each, and Thomas Petersen, Riley Sexton, and Bryce VanHoof with one goal apiece.

The Hornets continue league play on Thursday, against the Kentridge Chargers, at the Covington Aquatic Center, in a 9:00 p.m. game.

2011 Hornets

Hornet Parent Meeting on Monday

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team parent meeting has been changed to Monday, September 12, in the picnic area behind the Enumclaw pool, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting date was changed because of the delay in re-opening the Enumclaw Pool after maintenance.

Enumclaw Wins Three, Loses One in Jamboree

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team won three games, and lost one, at Saturday's water polo jamboree, held at Tacoma's Wilson High School.

The Hornets opened with a 10-2 win over Rogers in their first contest, and beat Peninsula 10-8 in their second. Enumclaw lost 8-5 to defending State champion Curtis in the Hornets' third game, but finished with a 12-6 win over Lakes in their final game.

The Hornets open 2011 league play on Tuesday, when they host the Wilson Rams in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Rogers Beats Enumclaw in Non-League Game

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team tied their record at 1-1 with a Friday afternoon loss to Rogers, 17-11.

Rogers dominated the game early, taking an 8-0 lead in the opening period, but the Hornets fought back in the second half, outscoring the Rams 4-1 in the third quarter, and playing even through the final quarter for the 17-11 final score.

Enumclaw's scoring was led by Bennon VanHoof, with six goals. Thomas Petersen scored three, and Mason Culp added two for the Hornets.

The Hornet squad travels to Tacoma on Saturday for the annual jamboree at Wilson High School. The Hornets play their first game at 1:15.

Hornets Open Season With 14-11 Win Over Puyallup

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team opened the 2011 season with a 14-11 win over the Puyallup Vikings on Thursday, September 8.

Both teams went scoreless in the first three minutes of the game; the visiting Hornets got on the scoreboard first, when junior Thomas Petersen scored with 3:51 left in the opening quarter. The two teams traded scores through the rest of the first period, holding a 3-3 tie going into the second quarter. The Hornets outscored the Vikings 3-0 in the second period, to hold a 6-3 advantage at halftime.

The two teams played even through the third period, giving Enumclaw an 8-5 lead after three quarters. During the final quarter, both teams showed some fatigue on defense, as both offenses were able to find the open man. Both teams scored six goals in the final period, led by Enumclaw's Bennon VanHoof, with four goals in the fourth quarter.

VanHoof was Enumclaw's leading scorer for the game, with nine goals. Also scoring for the Hornets were Thomas Petersen, with three goals, Mason Culp and Gabe Sales with one each.

The Hornet JV squad also came home with a win, beating the Puyallup JV 12-2. The Hornets were led by Riley Sexton's four goals. Other Hornets scoring in the JV game were Seth Rickard with three goals, Bryce VanHoof with two, and Quinn Warner, River Cory, and Patrick Peet with one goal each.

The Hornets travel to Puyallup again on Friday, facing the Rogers Rams at Rogers High School, on Puyallup's South Hill.

Parent Meeting Moved to Tuesday, September 6

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team parent meeting has been changed to Tuesday, September 6, in the picnic area behind the Enumclaw pool, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting date was changed because the team will still be practicing at the Sumner pool this week; Tuesday is our first opportunity to hold the meeting after we begin practicing at the Enumclaw Pool.

Garage Sale/Car Wash

The Enumclaw High School Water Polo program will be holding their annual garage sale/car wash on Sunday, August 28, at Sunrise Elementary School, 899 Osceola at 244th Avenue SE, Enumclaw, WA, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will contribute to the team's practice and travel expenses. Please support Hornet Water Polo.

Water Polo Season Starts Monday

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team will start their 2011 season on Monday, August 22. During the first week of practice, the Hornets will train at the Sumner High School pool, at 1707 Main Street, Sumner, WA, due to the temporary closure of the Enumclaw Pool. Practice will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. while at the Sumner pool, and from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. upon returning to the Enumclaw Pool. A detailed practice schedule will be posted during the first week of practice.

The Hornets will play league games against Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Kentridge, Stadium, and Wilson, and expect to schedule several non-league games, as well. Enumclaw's first game is currently scheduled for Thursday, September 8, at Puyallup High School. The Hornets' first league game is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, against Wilson, at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

CWPA Releases 2011 Men's Collegiate Club Northwest Division Schedule

The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) has released the 2011 Men's National Collegiate Club Northwest Division schedule.

The eight-team division of Oregon State University, Portland State University, Seattle University, University of Oregon, University of Washington and Western Washington University will play a pair of regular season tournaments to set the field for the division championship tournament on October 29-30 at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis, Ore. with a berth to the National Collegiate Club Championship at stake.

Regular season play will commence on October 1-2 as the six teams will converge on the Amazon Aquatic Center in Eugene, Ore. for a 12-game tournament. Following two weeks off, the squads will trek to the Osborn Aquatic Center for a another 12-game tournament to conclude regular season play and bring on the postseason.

In the history of the division, Oregon and Washington have been the predominant powers combining to capture 12 of the 13 previously contested championships. However, history could be changed this year as seven-time champion Washington (2009, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998) and Oregon (2010, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004) may face a challenge from 2003 champion Oregon State, which narrowly fell to Oregon 13-11 in last year's title tilt at Osborn.

Amazon Aquatic Center, Eugene, OR


Saturday, October 1, 2011



9:20 University of Oregon vs. Seattle University

10:30 Western Washington University vs. Oregon State University

11:40 University of Washington vs. Portland State University

1:00 Western Washington University vs. Seattle University

2:10 Oregon State University vs. University of Washington

3:30 Seattle University vs. Portland State University

4:40 University of Oregon vs. Western Washington University







Sunday, October 2, 2011



9:20 Oregon State University vs. Portland State University

10:30 University of Oregon vs. University of Washington

11:50 Oregon State University vs. Seattle University

1:00 University of Washington vs. Western Washington University

2:10 University of Oregon vs. Portland State University







Osborn Aquatic Center, Corvallis, OR



Saturday, October 15, 2011



11:00 Oregon State University vs. Seattle University

12:10 University of Washington vs. University of Oregon

1:20 Western Washington University vs. Portland State University

2:40 Seattle University vs. University of Washington

3:50 Western Washington University vs. University of Oregon

5:10 Seattle University vs. Portland State University

6:20 Oregon State University vs. University of Washington







Sunday, October 16, 2011



9:00 University of Oregon vs. Portland State University

10:10 Seattle University vs. Western Washington University

11:30 Oregon State University vs. University of Oregon

12:40 Portland State University vs. University of Washington

2:00 Oregon State University vs. Western Washington University







Northwest Division Championship



Osborn Aquatic Center, Corvallis, OR





Bracket A
Bracket B


1st Seed
2nd Seed


4th Seed
3rd Seed


5th Seed
6th Seed







Saturday, October 29, 2011

Game No.
11:50 1st Seed vs. 5th Seed 1
1:00 2nd Seed vs. 6th Seed 2
2:20 4th Seed vs. 5th Seed 3
3:30 3rd Seed vs. 6th Seed 4
4:40 1st Seed vs. 4th Seed 5
6:00 2nd Seed vs. 3rd Seed 6






Sunday, October 30, 2011

Game No.

9:00 1st in Bracket A vs. 2nd in Bracket B 7
10:10 1st in Bracket B vs. 2nd in Bracket A 8
11:20 3rd in Bracket A vs. 3rd in Bracket B Fifth Place
12:40 Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 Third Place
1:50 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 First Place






Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host team always wears dark caps and is listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.

Summer Polo on Tuesday & Thursday Nights

The Enumclaw High School Water Polo programs will start summer workouts on June 7 at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. Summer workouts are intended for students who are planning to play for EHS during the 2011-2012 school year, and will be open to both boys and girls. High school boys planning on playing this fall are strongly encouraged to attend. Middle school players are also welcome. Summer workouts will cost $3 per workout.

Workouts will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 8:00 to 9:30.

EHS Water Polo Meeting on Thursday, June 9


The Enumclaw High School boys and girls water polo teams will be holding a brief informational meeting in the EHS Commons on Thursday, June 9, at 3:00. Any boy interested in playing in the Fall of 2011, or girl interested in playing in Spring, 2012, should attend. We'll quickly discuss summer polo programs, fundraising, and next year's schedule.

Girls Season Wraps Up With Banquet

The Enumclaw Girls Water Polo Team concluded their 2011 season with their post-season banquet on Wednesday, June 1.

Six Hornets received team awards, as voted by teammates, to recognize outstanding contribution to the team. Senior Alexis Firlotte was awarded the team's 110% Award; senior Alina VanRuff was named Most Inspirational Player, and freshman Megan Lesmeister earned the Most Improved Player Award. Lesmeister also was named Most Valuable Defensive Player. Senior Erin Stucker went home with the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award. The Coaches' Award was awarded to seniors Ali Ballard and Kelsey Sonneson.

Six Enumclaw athletes also earned All League honors, as awarded by league coaches. Ali Ballard and Erin Stucker were named to the First Team All League team; Kelsey Sonneson and Annie Birklid earned Second Team All League honors, and Hannah Kinniburgh and Megan Lesmeister were awarded All League Honorable Mention.

Thanks to all the girls, their families, and supporters, for an outstanding season. Looking forward to the 2012 season.

All League Teams Announced

The South Sound Girls Water Polo League has announced the All League Teams for 2011. Six members of the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team received All League honors for their performances during the 2011 season. 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 – Erin Stucker (Enumclaw), Ali Ballard (Enumclaw), Amanda Nuttal (Auburn Mountainview), Amy Scott (Auburn Mountainview), Kate Wallen (Auburn Riverside), Kayla Clarke (Auburn Riverside), Candace Johnson (Auburn).

Second Team – Kelsey Sonneson (Enumclaw), Annie Birklid (Enumclaw), Savannah Mitchell (Auburn Mountainview), Payton Gray (Auburn Riverside), Katie Powlak (Auburn Riverside), Keiko Mizoguchi (Auburn), Mackenzie Knott (Auburn).

Honorable Mention – Hannah Kinniburgh (Enumclaw), Megan Lesmeister (Enumclaw), Brianna Kieswether (Auburn Mountainview), Lauren Perala (Auburn Riverside), Malia Mason (Auburn Riverside), Marissa Rydzewski (Auburn Riverside), Molly Bradbury (Auburn), Liz Patrick (Auburn).

Coach of the Year – Bob Averill (Enumclaw)


All League West Division:

First Team – Lauren Christianson (Curtis), Sarah Berger (Curtis), Molly Berger (Curtis), Sophia Spurlock (Curtis), Lauren Gelinas (Emerald Ridge), Madison Jaramillo (Emerald Ridge), Emma Englund (Puyallup).

Second Team – Hannah Holly (Curtis), Lorianne McMullan (Emerald Ridge), Kaitlyn Tarr (Emerald Ridge), Krystal Henry (Lakes), Monica Gallucci (Puyallup), Jordan Brain (Puyallup), Bethany Zering (Rogers).

Honorable Mention – Olivia Stark (Curtis), Janet Marmol (Curtis), Alli Wiley (Emerald Ridge), Jackie Hedge (Emerald Ridge), Jordin Barbre (Emerald Ridge), Angelica Garza (Lakes), Brynn Fletcher (Puyallup), Becca Harris (Puyallup), Hannah Clark (Puyallup), Haley Knecht (Puyallup), Haley Cooper (Rogers), Crystal Vollmer (Rogers), Katherine Valentine (Rogers).

Coach of the Year – Mike Wallen (Curtis) & Todd Fletcher (Puyallup)


All League Bridge Division:

First Team – Julia Ponce (Gig Harbor), Laura Donaldson (Gig Harbor), Kiera McMenimen (Gig Harbor), Rachel Linden (Wilson), Victoria Turnbull (Wilson), Kayla Price (Mt. Tahoma), Nicole Doyle (Mt. Tahoma), Lizzie Menefee (Stadium).

Second Team – Hannah Anderson (Gig Harbor), Melanie Coyne (Gig Harbor), Sarah Stinger (Wilson), Anna Larson (Wilson), Megan Marquardt (Mt. Tahoma), Natalee Morton (Stadium).

Honorable Mention – Morgan Cabe (Gig Harbor), Niki Richards (Gig Harbor), Kenna Uddenberg (Gig Harbor), Nicole Hermoso (Gig Harbor), Sarah Campbell (Gig Harbor), Stephanie Lewis (Mt. Tahoma), Bethany Muranaka (Mt. Tahoma), Abby Wojtanowikz (Stadium), Katie Gale (Stadium), Ricky Lauren (Foss), Sheri Frings (Lincoln), Polly Woodbury (Lincoln), Rosa Jones (Lincoln).

Coach of the Year – Mike Kelly (Gig Harbor)

Enumclaw Finishes Seventh at State


The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team concluded their 2011 season on Saturday, May 21, with a seventh place finish at the Washington State Water Polo Tournament, by beating Puyallup 8-5 in the consolation round.

The Hornets had lost two games in the earlier rounds at State, losing 9-8 to Wilson on Wednesday, and 3-2 to Auburn Riverside on Friday.

In Saturday's game against Puyallup, the Hornets started their five seniors – Ali Ballard, Alexis Firlotte, Kelsey Sonneson, Erin Stucker, and Alina VanRuff – along with junior center Annie Birklid and freshman goalkeeper Megan Lesmeister, and earned a 4-1 advantage by the end of the opening period.

The Hornet offense slowed a little in the next two quarters, with the Vikings outscoring the Hornets in each period, 2-1, for a 6-5 Enumclaw lead going into the final quarter. The Lady Hornets shut down Puyallup in the final period, and added two goals for good measure, for the final 8-5 score.

Scoring for Enumclaw in the win were four of Enumclaw's five seniors – Ali Ballard and Kelsey Sonneson with two goals, and Erin Stucker and Alexis Firlotte with one – and junior Annie Birklid with two goals.

Hornets Lose Heartbreaker in State Opener


The EHS Girls Water Polo Team opened State tournament play with a heartbreaking loss to the Wilson Rams on Wednesday. Wilson beat the Hornets 9-8 on a last second shot by Victoria Turnbull.

The Hornets dug themselves a hole early, falling behind 3-0 in the first five minutes. Ali Ballard started the Enumclaw scoring on a power play with 26 seconds left in the opening period.

But Enumclaw fought back, outscoring the Rams in the second and third quarters, to pull within one goal at the end of three periods. The two defenses played tough early in the final quarter, but Annie Birklid tied the game at 7-7 with 2:19 left in the game.

Kelsey Sonneson put the Hornets ahead with 57 seconds left, but Wilson tied the game 8-8 on their next possession. Enumclaw missed on their next scoring opportunity, and Wilson's Turbull scored with 21 seconds remaining, for the 9-8 win.

Kelsey Sonneson led the Hornet scoring, with four goals. Erin Stucker added two, and Ali Ballard and Annie Birklid scored one goal each.

The Hornets continue tournament play on Friday, facing Auburn Riverside at 4:45

Stadium & Auburn Riverside Advance to State

Stadium and Auburn Riverside won the final two games of Saturday's Wild Card Tournament at Lakes High School, to claim the final two spots in the Washington State Water Polo Championships, starting next Wednesday, May 18, at Rogers High School, in Puyallup, WA.

Six teams entered the Wild Card Tournament, including Auburn, Auburn Riverside, Emerald Ridge, Mt. Tahoma, Rogers, and Stadium.

Auburn Riverside advanced by beating Rogers 12-4 in the final round of play, and Stadium advanced with an 11-6 win over Mount Tahoma in the final round.

Hornets Rally to Beat Puyallup 14-11

The Enumclaw Girls Water Polo Team rallied to score six goals in the fourth quarter, and beat the Puyallup Vikings 14-11 in the two teams’ last game of the regular season.


Enumclaw scored the first two goals of the game, but Puyallup tied the game at 2-2 with one minute left in the opening quarter. Senior Ali Ballard put the Hornets ahead 3-2 with 39 seconds left in the period.


The Vikings scored three in the second quarter, to take a 5-4 advantage into halftime.


Puyallup scored five in the third period, to increase their lead to 10-8 going into the final quarter.


The Vikings scored in the first minute of the final period, increasing their lead to 11-8. Both teams were scoreless on their next possessions, until Enumclaw went on a scoring spree, scoring three goals in 43 seconds, to tie the game at 11-11 with 4:01 left in the game.


The Hornet defense continued to shut down Puyallup’s offense, holding them scoreless for the last 6:11 of the game, and the Hornets scored another three goals in the final 1:47 to put the game out of reach.


Five Hornets scored in the win, led by Ali Ballard’s five goals, and Erin Stucker’s four. Annie Birklid and Hannah Kinniburgh scored two each, and Katie Larrea scored one.


The Hornets finished their regular season with a 14-6 record, and an 8-2 league record. Enumclaw opens State tournament play on Wednesday, May 18 against the Wilson Rams, at Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA.

State Tournament Bracket

Enumclaw Improves to 13-6

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team traveled to Lakewood on Tuesday, and beat the Lakes Lancers 10-4, to improve their regular season record to 13-6.

Ali Ballard led the Hornet scoring, with four goals. Erin Stucker scored three goals, Katie Larrea scored two, and Alina VanRuff scored one.

The Hornets finish their regular season on Thursday with a home game against the Puyallup Vikings. Enumclaw begins State tournament play on Wednesday, May 18 against Wilson.

League Standings Take Shape


The South Sound Girls Water Polo League has announced the league standings heading into the 2011 State Championships. Auburn Mountainview, Enumclaw, Curtis, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, and Wilson have all qualified for the State tournament, held May 18-21 at Rogers High School, in Puyallup, WA.

Auburn Riverside, Auburn, Emerald Ridge, Rogers, Mount Tahoma, and Stadium will compete in a Wild Card tournament on Saturday, May 14, at Lakes High School. The top two teams will advance to the State tournament.

Hornets Lose a Close One to Gig Harbor

Enumclaw's Girls Water Polo Team hosted the defending State champion Gig Harbor Tides on Saturday, and lost a defensive battle to the visitors, 7-5.

Defense was the theme of the game, as both teams were held scoreless for the game's first 4:36, when Gig Harbor's Lora Donaldson scored. Hornet Erin Stucker tied the game on a penalty shot nearly two and a half minutes into the second period. The Tides scored on their next possession, and added another goal on a power play, to take a 3-1 advantage into halftime.

Gig Harbor added two in the third quarter, but Annie Birklid scored for Enumclaw, for a 5-2 Gig Harbor lead going into the final period.

The Tides scored a minute into the period, but the Hornets scratched their way back, scoring three consecutive goals in two and a half minutes, to get within one, 6-5, with 90 seconds left in the game. Enumclaw missed on their next opportunities, and Julia Ponce put the game away for Gig Harbor with her third goal of the game with 30 seconds left.

The Enumclaw squad finishes their regular season next week, with a Tuesday game at Lakes High School, and a home game against Puyallup on Thursday. The Hornets will begin State tournament play the following Wednesday, May 18, at Rogers High School, in Puyallup, WA.

Lady Hornets Beat Rogers, Improve to 12-5

The EHS Girls Water Polo Team beat Rogers 14-4 in a Friday afternoon contest at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center, improving the Hornets' season record to 12-5. The Hornets have an 8-2 league record, and hold second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League. Enumclaw's squad will compete in their sixth consecutive State tournament, beginning May 18 at Rogers High School, in Puyallup, WA.

Eight Hornets scored in Friday's win, with Annie Birklid and Bella Davenport scoring three goals each. Hannah Kinniburgh and Erin Stucker added two goals each, and Ali Ballard, Alina VanRuff, and Katie Larrea scored one goal each.

The Hornets host the defending State champion Gig Harbor Tides on Saturday at 3:30.

Hornets Finish League 8-2

The Enumclaw Hornets finished their 2011 East Division water polo league games on Thursday with a 23-6 win over the Bonney Lake/Sumner squad. The Hornets finished their league games with an 8-2 league record, and second place in the East Division, behind Auburn Mountainview.

The Hornets still have four non-league contests remaining before continuing to the State Water Polo Tournament held May 18-21 at Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA.

All of the Lady Hornets who suited up in Thursday's game scored. Erin Stucker, Kelsey Sonneson, Annie Birklid, and Allie Larrea led the Hornets' scoring with three goals each. Ali Ballard, Hannah Kinniburgh, Alexis Firlotte, and Katie Larrea added two each, and Logann Erskine, Alina VanRuff, and Megan Lesmeister scored one goal apiece.

Enumclaw hosts Rogers High School on Friday, in a 4:30 contest at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. On Saturday the State champion Gig Harbor Tides come to town for a 3:30 game against the Hornets.

Enumclaw Beats Peninsula

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team traveled to Gig Harbor on Tuesday, and returned with a 16-2 victory over the Peninsula Seahawks.

Enumclaw's Ali Ballard put the Hornets on the scoreboard first, knocking in her first goal 29 seconds into the game. The Hornets scored on nearly every possession in the first quarter, closing out the period with a 7-0 advantage over the Seahawks. Enumclaw's scoring machine slowed in the second quarter, adding only two goals, one each by Allie Larrea and Alina VanRuff.

In the third period the Hornet front court offense went to work, with center Annie Birklid scoring three, and drivers Bella Davenport, and Allie and Katie Larrea scoring one each. In the final period, senior Alexis Firlotte added the lone Hornet goal, and the Seahawks managed two goals on long-range shots.

The Hornets' scoring was led by Ali Ballard and Annie Birklid, with three goals each. Erin Stucker, Alina VanRuff, and Allie Larrea scored two each, and Hannah Kinniburgh, Alexis Firlotte, Katie Larrea, and Bella Davenport added a goal apiece.

The Hornets travel to Sumner on Thursday to take on the winless Bonney Lake/Sumner team, and host Rogers on Friday at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Hornets Clinch 2nd, Qualify For State

With a dramatic, come from behind 10-8 victory over Auburn Riverside on Thursday, the Enumclaw Girls Water Polo Team earned a spot in their sixth consecutive State tournament. The win clinched second place for the Hornets in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League and an automatic berth at the State tournament.

Auburn Riverside's Ravens got off to a fast start, and quickly had a 2-0 lead over the Hornets after two fast break goals in the opening three minutes of the game. Hornet Ali Ballard cut the lead to one, scoring with 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Ballard scored two more, and Kelsey Sonneson scored one, to tie the game 4-4 going into the half.

The Ravens defense held Enumclaw scoreless in the third quarter, and scored three, to hold a 7-4 advantage entering the final period. Enumclaw earned an exclusion early in the final period, but failed to score on the power play; Ballard stole the ball after the Ravens recovered it, and scored 52 seconds into the quarter. She scored again on a fast break less than a minute later to bring the Hornets within one goal, and Erin Stucker tied the game on a fast break 33 seconds later.

The Hornets weren't through, as Stucker and Sonneson each added a goal in the next 49 seconds, to give Enumclaw a 9-7 lead with 3:33 left in the game. The Ravens narrowed the lead with a goal with 1:53 left, but Sonneson shut the door on the visiting team with another goal from seven meters, for the final 10-8 Hornet win.

The Hornets travel to Gig Harbor on Tuesday to face Peninsula in a league game, and play their final league contest on Thursday at Sumner against the combined Bonney Lake/Sumner team. Enumclaw then hosts Rogers on Friday, and Gig Harbor on Saturday.

Enumclaw Beats Auburn, Improves League Record to 5-2

The Enumclaw Girls Water Polo Team beat Auburn 15-7 on Thursday, April 26, improving their season record to 8-5, and their league record to 5-2. The Hornets currently are in second place in the East Division of the South Sound Girls Water Polo League.

Auburn got on the scoreboard first in Tuesday's game, but the Hornets scored four straight goals, for a 4-1 Enumclaw advantage in the opening quarter. The Trojans scored five in the second period, while limiting Enumclaw to a single goal, and Auburn held a 6-5 lead at halftime.

Five Hornets scored in the third period, and the Hornets held a commanding 12-7 lead going into the final quarter. Enumclaw held the Trojans scoreless in the fourth quarter, and added another three goals, for the final 15-7 score.

Six Hornets scored in the win, led by Erin Stucker, with five goals. Kelsey Sonneson and Annie Birklid each scored three goals, Allie Larrea scored two, and Ali Ballard and Katie Larrea each scored one. The Hornet defense held Auburn scoreless for the final twelve minutes of the game.

The Hornets host Auburn Riverside on Thursday at 4:30.

Hornets Beat Stadium

Enumclaw's Girls Water Polo Team beat last year's fourth place finisher at State, the Stadium Tigers, 14-6, in game held at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center on Thursday, April 21.

The game started as a defensive struggle, with the Hornet defense holding Stadium scoreless for the first period, while the Tigers limited Enumclaw to two goals – one each by Erin Stucker and Ali Ballard. The Enumclaw offense broke loose in the second quarter, with Stucker and Ballard scoring two goals each, and Kelsey Sonneson scoring one, while Stadium managed to slip one past Hornet goalkeeper Megan Lesmeister. Enumclaw led 7-1 at halftime.

The Hornets increased their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the visiting Tigers 4-3, to take an 11-4 advantage into the final period, and finished the game with goals by Sonneson, Ballard, and newcomer Bella Davenport in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Senior Ali Ballard led all scorers with five goals, Erin Stucker scored four, Sonneson added three, and Alina VanRuff and Bella Davenport each scored a goal for the Hornets.

The Hornets are currently in second place in the East Division, with a 4-2 league record, and hold a 7-5 overall record. The Hornets host the Auburn Trojans in a league game at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center on Tuesday, April 26. Game time is 4:30.

Enumclaw Wins in Puyallup, 15-10

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team traveled to Puyallup for a Friday night game against the Puyallup Vikings, and came home with a 15-10 win.

The home team Vikings took an early 2-0 lead, with goals by Hannah Clark and Monica Gallucci in the first three minutes of the opening period, but the Hornets tied the game on goals by Hannah Kinniburgh and Erin Stucker later in the period, and went on to take a 4-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Puyallup stayed close through the second quarter, with Enumclaw holding a 7-5 lead at halftime, but the Hornets went on a 5-1 scoring spree in the third period, led by three fast break goals by Erin Stucker, and two by Ali Ballard. The Vikings mustered four more goals in the final quarter, but weren't able to stop Enumclaw's offense, as the Hornets scored three in the fourth quarter, for the final 15-10 score.

Enumclaw's scoring was led by senior Erin Stucker. with seven goals, and Ali Ballard with three. Annie Birklid scored two, and Hannah Kinniburgh, Kelsey Sonneson, and Alexis Firlotte each scored one.

The Hornets are in second place in the East Division, with a 4-2 league record, and are 6-4 overall. Enumclaw's girls travel to Tacoma next Tuesday to face the Wilson Rams, and host Stadium on Thursday. Both games are non-league contests.