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Hornets Prepare for League Play

The Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team finished their second week of practice with a trip to Edgeworks Climbing in Tacoma on Friday, and a pre-season jamboree at Lakes High School in Lakewood on Saturday.

Hornet coaches gave their young squad a break from their hard work in the water with a trip to the climbing gym in Tacoma, where the girls had the opportunity to try some new skills.

On Saturday, the team traveled to Lakewood for the annual Lakes jamboree.  The Hornets went 1-3, losing to Roosevelt 5-10, beating Bellevue 15-0, and losing to Curtis 2-13 and Mercer Island 2-5.

Veterans Bella Davenport and Bailey Sexton scored three and two goals, respectively, in the initial game.  Against Bellevue, Davenport scored three, and Sexton, two, while sophomore Hayley Sonneson added two.  Freshman Anna Davenport led all scorers with five goals, and three more freshmen – Lauren Pratt, Kate Braun, and Grace Sales – scored one goal each.

Against Curtis and Mercer Island, Sexton and Bella Davenport scored one apiece in each game.

This year’s Hornet squad has five returning players – senior Bella Davenport, 2012 All League Honorable Mention; junior Megan Lesmeister, 2012 All League First Team and All State Second Team; and sophomores Bailey Sexton, Hayley Sonneson, and Madi Woodall.  Joining the veterans are freshmen Kate Braun, Sierra Clough, Anna Davenport, Brandi Meneghini, Lauren Pratt, Grace Sales, and Megan Wolgamot.

Coaches Bob Averill and Ken DeMan enter their ninth year with the EHS girls, and are joined on the bench by former Hornet and CWU water polo player Tia Thomasson.

“We’re excited about this team’s potential.  They’re young and enthusiastic, and play well together.  It was great to see so many freshmen (four) scoring at the jamboree; they’re catching on fast, and will keep improving as the season progresses,” said coach Bob Averill.

The Hornets open league play at home against Auburn Mountainview on Tuesday, March 12, and travel to Auburn on Thursday, March 14 to face the Auburn Trojans.