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Hornets Clinch Berth at State with 11-4 Win Over Bonney Lake/Sumner

photo courtesy Brenda Sexton
With an 11-4 win over the Bonney Lake/Sumner Spanthers, the Enumclaw High School Girls Water Polo Team clinched second place in the East Division, and earned an automatic berth to the State tournament, held May 15-18.  This marks the eighth consecutive year that the Enumclaw girls have advanced to the State tournament.

The Hornets scored early, with sophomore Hayley Sonneson scoring on a penalty shot 18 second into the game. Senior Bella Davenport, and sophomore Bailey Sexton added a goal each, along with Sonneson scoring again in the first quarter, for a 4-0 Hornet advantage after the first seven minutes.

Sexton added another goal on the second quarter sprint, and Sonneson scored two more, for a 7-0 Enumclaw lead at halftime.  The Hornets held their opposition scoreless for another two and a half minutes when Nicole Miller scored the first goal for Bonney Lake/Sumner.  Madi Woodall and Bella Davenport each added a goal in the third, for a 9-1 lead going into the final quarter.

Miller added three more for the Spanthers in the final period, but Megan Lesmeister and Sonneson each scored for the Hornets, for the final 11-4 score.

Sonneson led all scorers with five goals, Davenport and Sexton scored two each, and Lesmeister and Woodall scored one apiece.  Lesmeister shared time in the goal with Lauren Pratt and Brandi Meneghini; Lesmeister had 12 saves in the first two periods, Meneghini had four in the third period, and Pratt had one in the fourth.

The win improved the Hornets league record to 6-3, 9-9 overall.

The Hornets travel to the Covington Pool on Friday to play Kentridge in the team's final league game of the season.  Enumclaw hosts Puyallup next Wednesday for their final regular season game.

The State tournament starts on Wednesday, May 15 at Rogers High School in Puyallup and Lakes High School in Lakewood.