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Hornets Improve to 4-0 in League Play

With a 15-5 win over Kentwood on Tuesday, the Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team improved their league record to 4-0, 9-3 overall.

Kentwood got on the board first, on a goal by Edward Quintos two minutes into the game. Two minutes later, Hornet freshman Kyle Morgan tied the game on a fast break goal. A minute later, senior captain Bryce VanHoof put the Hornets ahead 2-1. VanHoof scored again 30 seconds later, and Kentwood scored on their next possession for a 3-2 Hornet lead after the first quarter of play.

Four Hornets scored in the second period, as Enumclaw outscored Kentwood 4-1 in the quarter, for a 7-3 Enumclaw advantage at halftime. Led by VanHoof's four goals in the third period, the Hornets outscored Kentwood 7-2, for a 14-5 lead going into the final quarter. In the final quarter the Hornets held Kentwood scoreless while adding one more VanHoof goal.

Six Hornets scored in the win, led by VanHoof, with eight goals. Senior Jack Pugh and freshman Nathan March scored two each, and Quinn Warner, Kyle Morgan, and Ethan Horan added one goal apiece. Senior goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had 16 saves. The Hornet defense had 25 steals, again led by VanHoof, with eight. Pugh and Brett Butler each had four steals, and Horan and Kaehn had three each.

Enumclaw hosts Auburn Mountainview on Thursday at 7:30; the Lions are also undefeated in league play.

Winter Open Pool Schedule Posted

The Enumclaw Aquatic Center and Enumclaw High School will be offering Open Pool water polo workouts this Winter, twice a week, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm.

Water Polo workouts are open to all middle school and high school girls who are interested in learning and practicing water polo skills.  Workouts are supervised by EHS coaches, led by veteran high school players, and cost $3.

For more information contact coach Bob Averill at bobaverill@earthlink.net.

Girls High School Water Polo Season starts on Monday, March 2, at 2:45.

Emerald Ridge Tournament Results

Listed below are the results from the Emerald Ridge Water Polo Tournament, held September 26 & 27 at Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA. Congratulations to the Tournament Champion Puyallup Vikings!

Friday, September 26

Stadium 17, Emerald Ridge 3
Shorewood 9, Enumclaw 7
Shorewood 15, Emerald Ridge 2
Auburn Mountainview 14, Rogers 6
Puyallup 12, Kemtridge 6
Enumclaw 12, Stadium 9
Puyallup 15, Rogers 9
Auburn Mountainview 13, Kentridge 7

Saturday, September 27

Enumclaw 15, Emerald Ridge 1
Shorewood 9, Stadium 6
Puyallup 10, Auburn Mountainview 6
Kentridge 14, Rogers 8
Shorewood 19, Rogers 14
Enumclaw 10, Kentridge 7
Shorewood 12, Stadium 5
Puyallup 11, Emerald Ridge 3
Shorewood 10, Enumclaw 7 semi-final
Puyallup 10, Auburn Mountainview 5 semi-final
Puyallup 14, Shorewood 7 Championship Game

Enumclaw Wins Two, Loses One on Saturday

On the second day of play at the Emerald Ridge Tournament in Puyallup, WA, the EHS Boys Water Polo Team earned two wins and one loss, to finish the tournament with a 3-2 record.

On Saturday's first game, the Hornets beat the host Emerald Ridge 15-1. The Hornets scored three goals in the first quarter before the Jaguars added their lone goal with 53 seconds left in the period. Enumclaw's stingy defense held the Jags scoreless for the rest of the game, while the Hornet offense scored three in the second period, five in the third, and three in the fourth quarter. Senior captain Bryce VanHoof led the Hornet scoring with eight goals; senior captain Jack Pugh and freshman Kyle Morgan scored two each, and senior Quinn Warner, sophomore Jayson Bates, and freshman Nathan March each added a goal.

In the Hornets' second game, the Hornets faced Kentridge for their second game in a week. The Hornets earned a 10-7 victory. For the second time this week, Kentridge started with a lead over the Hornets, scoring two before Enumclaw got a goal on the scoreboard. Kentridge held a 3-2 lead after one period of play. The Hornets outscored Kentridge 5-2 in the second quarter, to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. In the third quarter Enumclaw maintained their lead with an 8-6 advantage going into the final period. The Hornet outscored Kentridge 2-1 in the final period for the 10-7 final score. VanHoof scored nine of the Hornets 10 goals; Morgan added one.

In Enumclaw's final game, the Hornets trailed throughout, while narrowing Shorewood's lead to two, at 8-6, with 2:36 remaining in the game.  But the exhausted Enumclaw team couldn't get any closer, with Shorewood scoring on two consecutive fast breaks before Bryce VanHoof landed a last-second shot.  VanHoof scored five against Shorewood, and Pugh and March scored one apiece.

The Hornets are now 3-0 in league play, 8-3 overall, and return to league play this week, hosting Kentwood on Tuesday at 7:30 and Auburn Mountainview on Thursday at 7:30.

Hornets Finish 1-1 Friday at Tournament

photo courtesy Brenda Sexton

The Enumclaw Boys Water Polo Team finished Friday's play at the Emerald Ridge Tournament with one win and one loss, losing 9-7 to Shorewood, but beating Stadium 12-9 in the Hornets' second game of the day.  The Hornets open Saturday's play against Emerald Ridge at 10:00.

Against Shorewood the Hornets played close, tied 2-2 after one quarter of play, and leading 5-4 at halftime. The teams were tied 7-7 after three quarters of play, but Shorewood scored the only two goals in the final quarter to beat the Hornets 9-7.

Bryce VanHoof scored five in the loss, and Jack Pugh and Quinn Warner each scored one.  Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had 14 saves.

In their second game of the day, Enumclaw led 3-1 after one period, and 5-2 at halftime. At the end of three quarters the Hornets led 9-5, and extended their lead to 10-5 in the first minute of the fourth quarter. The two teams traded goals during the final period, for a 12-7 Enumclaw lead with two minutes left. Stadium scored the final two goals, including their final goal on a power play with three seconds left for the 12-9 final score.

Against Stadium, Jack Pugh led the Hornets' scoring, with five goals. Bryce VanHoof scored four, and Brett Butler, and freshmen Nathan March and Kyle Morgan scored one each. Austin Kaehn had four steals and four saves in the goal.

The Hornets begin the second day of play on Saturday against the host Emerald Ridge Jaguars at 10:00. Enumclaw's second game will be at 2:50 or 3:40, depending on the early round results. If the Hornets win their fourth game, they'll play a fifth game at 5:20 or 6:10.

Enumclaw returns to league play next week, hosting Kentwood on Tuesday at 7:30 and Auburn Riverside on Thursday.

Hornets Hold On To Beat Kentridge

photo courtesy Brenda Sexton

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team traveled to Renton on Tuesday, and returned with a 11-10 win over Kentridge. The Chargers got off to a fast start, gaining a 4-1 advantage over Enumclaw after the first quarter. But Enumclaw scored three in the second period, while holding Kentridge scoreless, for a 4-4 tie at halftime.

The Hornets kept up the pressure in the third quarter, scoring six, while limiting Kentridge to one goal, for a 10-5 Hornet lead heading into the final quarter. Kentridge rallied in the final period, scoring five, but Enumclaw scored one to hold off the home team, and earn the 11-10 victory.

The Hornets were led by Bryce VanHoof's six goals. Jack Pugh scored four, and Quinn Warner added one. VanHoof also gathered seven steals. Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn captured 18 saves in the win.

The Hornets are now 3-0 in league play and 5-1 overall. The team travels to Puyallup this weekend to play in the Emerald Ridge Tournament at Rogers High School.  Enumclaw opens tournament play on Friday, facing Shorewood at 4:20, and Stadium at 7:20. On Saturday the Hornets face Emerald Ridge at 10:00 and play a second, and possibly a third, game in the afternoon.

Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPY Awards Speech

On March 3, 1993, shortly before his death, Jim Valvano spoke at the first ESPY Awards, presented by ESPN. While accepting the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award, he announced the creation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. He announced that the foundation's motto would be "Don't Give Up . . . Don't Ever Give Up." His speech included this statement:
To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.
Valvano's memorable ESPY acceptance speech became legendary. He closed by saying:
"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all."
He received a standing ovation from the ESPY crowd.

Hornets Win Four In A Row

The Enumclaw Boys Water Polo Team finished the week with four wins in a row, to improve their season record to 4-1, and their league record to 2-0.

After beating Auburn Riverside on Tuesday, and Auburn on Thursday, the Hornets traveled to the Auburn Water Polo Tournament on Saturday, where the boys from Enumclaw beat Peninsula 12-1 in a 1:40 contest, and beat the Auburn Riverside Ravens 12-7 at 4:20.

Against Peninsula, Bryce VanHoof led the Hornet scoring with six goals. Jack Pugh scored four, and Jayson Bates and Quinn Warner each scored one. Senior goalkeeper Austin Kaehn registered 11 saves. Six Hornets grabbed a total of 15 steals.

Five Hornets scored in the 4:20 game against Auburn Riverside, again led by VanHoof's six goals. Bates and Pugh each scored two goals, and freshmen Kyle Morgan and Nathan March each added a goal. Kaehn had six saves; he and VanHoof tallied five steals each. Additionally, Pugh had three steals, Ethan Horan and Warner gathered two each.

The Hornets travel to Renton's Lindbergh High School on Tuesday to face Kentridge in an 8:15 game. Next weekend the Hornets play in the Emerald Ridge Tournament at Puyallup's Rogers High School.

Enumclaw Beats Auburn, Improves to 2-0 in League Play

Enumclaw High School's Boys Water Polo Team beat the visiting Auburn Trojans 23-2 on Thursday to improve their league record to 2-0 in the Hornets first home game of the season.

Hornet scoring was led by senior captain Bryce VanHoof, who scored 11 goals in 13 attempts. Seniors Jack Pugh and Quinn Warner each scored four goals, and freshman Kyle Morgan scored three. Brett Butler added one. Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn registered 11 saves, two steals, and two assists in the win.

The Hornet defense attacked the ball at every opportunity; eight Hornets gathered a total of 19 steals, and senior point Jack Pugh distributed the ball well on offense, earning 12 assists.  Eight of the Hornets' 10 field players had shot attempts.

The Hornets compete in the Auburn School District Tournament on Saturday afternoon and face Kentridge at Lindbergh High School on Tuesday night.

2014 Hornets

The 2014 Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team: Bryce VanHoof, Jack Pugh, Austin Kaehn, Quinn Warner, Vahid Hosoda, Kyle Morgan, Adam Percival, Ethan Horan, Evan O'Neill, Nathan March, Jayson Bates, and Brett Butler.

Hornets Open League Play With Win Over Auburn Riverside

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team opened league play on Tuesday, September 16 with a 15-8 win over Auburn Riverside.

The Hornets started the scoring early, when senior Bryce VanHoof scored 15 seconds into the game, but the Ravens tied it up 15 seconds later on a goal by Raven center Erik Snyder.  Ethan Horan scored two, and Jack Pugh scored one in the opening quarter. but the Hornets trailed Auburn Riverside 5-4 after the first quarter. 

Enumclaw's VanHoof took over the second quarter, scoring three, while the Hornet defense double and triple-teamed Snyder, to hold the Ravens scoreless in the second quarter, for a 7-5 Hornet advantage at halftime. In the third period Enumclaw kept up the defensive pressure, again holding Auburn Riverside scoreless, and the Hornet counter-attack came to life, with VanHoof scoring three more, and senior Quinn Warner scoring two goals in a 27 second span.

The two teams played evenly in the final period, with the Ravens scoring three, and the Hornets three – two more by Warner, and one from VanHoof – for the 15-8 final score.

Final scoring for Enumclaw had VanHoof with eight goals, Warner with four, Horan scored two, and Pugh added one.  The Hornets registered 28 steals in the game, led by VanHoof and freshman Nathan March with seven each, and Pugh with six. Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had 10 saves in three quarters of play.

The Hornets host the Auburn Trojans on Thursday at 7:30.

Enumclaw Loses Season Opener to Puyallup

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team lost their opening game of the regular season to a strong Puyallup Viking team, 14-8, on Thursday, September 11.

The Hornets scored first, on a Jack Pugh goal, 86 seconds into the game, but Puyallup tied it up a minute later on a penalty shot.  The Vikings held a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Puyallup scored three quick counter-attack goals in the first two minutes of the second period, but the Hornets scratched their way back, for a 7-4 Viking lead at halftime.

Enumclaw played the home team evenly in the third period, to go into the final quarter with a 9-7 deficit, but the Viking's deeper bench finished off the visiting Hornets in the final period, holding Enumclaw scoreless until senior Bryce VanHoof scored in the last second on a power play, for the final 14-8 score.

The Hornets open league play on Tuesday, September 16 against Auburn Riverside at the Auburn Pool at 7:00.

Hornets Lose to Newport, Curtis, Beat Lakes at Jamboree

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team opened play for the 2014 season at the Curtis Jamboree on Saturday, September 6, losing to two of the state's top five teams, Newport and Curtis, but beating Lakes 7-4.

The Hornets began play against Newport in an 11:00 a.m. contest, and lost to the Knights 8-2.  Senior captains Bryce VanHoof and Jack Pugh each scored in the loss.  In Enumclaw's second game, at 12:30, the Hornets lost to the host Curtis Vikings 10-1. VanHoof scored Enumclaw's only goal of the game.

At 1:30 the Hornets faced off against the Lakes Lancers, and earned their first win of the season, 7-4.  Senior Quinn Warner scored the Hornets first two goals of the game, VanHoof scored two, Pugh added one, and freshman Kyle Morgan scored his first goal in a high school water polo game. Senior goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had nine saves in the win.

The Hornets travel to Puyallup High School on Thursday for their first official game of the season, at 7:30.

Schedule Update

The boys water polo team has updated the 2014 schedule.  The Hornets' weekday home games will be held at 7:30 p.m.; the Saturday home games will be held at 12:30.  Game times for the games at the Auburn Pool have been posted.

Friday practices will be after school, from 1:15-2:30 in the gym, and 3:00-4:30 in the pool.  Friday, September 12 will not have a practice in the pool, dry land only, but there will be practice in the pool Saturday, September 13 in the pool, from 6:30-8:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 25, practice will be after school, from 2:30-4:30 in the pool.