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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

The following editorial, one of the most popular editorials of all time, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had begun to doubt there was a Santa Claus. Her father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, suggested she write to the New York Sun, assuring her, “If you see it in The Sun, it's so."


We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor! I am 8 years old.

Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

Papa says, ''If you see it in The Sun it's so.'' Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon.
115 West Ninety-Fifth Street.

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia,  whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.

There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal life with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

UCLA Wins National Championship, Again

The UCLA Bruins won their second straight NCAA Men's Water Polo National Championship at the Spieker Aquatic Center on Sunday, December 6, with a 10-7 win over the USC Trojans.

The Bruins finished the season undefeated, with a 30-0 record, on their way to the title. UCLA beat the Trojans in last year's title game 9-8 for the 2014 National Championship.

This year's win marks UCLA's 10th National Championship in Men's Water Polo, and 113th NCAA Championship in all sports.

Click on the link below to watch a replay of this year's title game.


Earlier on Sunday, the California Bears beat USCD 20-9 to claim third place at the NCAA Championships.

USC & UCLA Face Off For NCAA Championship

The undefeated UCLA Bruins will defend their NCAA water polo title on Sunday against the USC Trojans on Sunday. The title game will start at 6:12, and take place at UCLA's Spieker Aquatic Center.

The Bruins advanced to the Championship Game with a convincing 17-4 win over UCSD in the tournament's first semi-final game on Saturday. USC upset the number two seed California Bears 9-6 in Saturday's second semi-final game, to earn their chance to face the Bruins in the NCAA finals for the second straight year.

UCLA beat USC 9-8 in last year's title game at UCSD's Canyonview Aquatic Center. USC had won the title the six previous years. This will mark the fifth time in the past seven years that the cross-town rivals have faced off for the NCAA title.

UCSD and Cal will battle for third place on Sunday, at 4:00, at the Spieker Pool.

Rain City Offers Clinic During Winter Break

Rain City Water Polo will host a Winter Water Polo Clinic on December 28, 29 & 30, on Mercer Island. The three-day event will feature a college recruiting seminar and panel, and a two-day skills clinic led by Rain City coaches and current and former collegiate athletes.

Open to boys & girls grades 8-12
December 28-30, 2015, 7:30-9:30pm
Monday, 12/28: Seminar & Panel @ Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive, Mercer Island

Tuesday, 12/29 & Wednesday, 12/30: Skills clinic, 7:30-9:30pm @ Mercer Island Country Club (indoor facility)

$20 for all 3 days

Panelists and clinic leaders will include: Marco Stanchi (Stanford), Tim Hummel (Loyola Marymount), Liz Kreek (Arizona State), Topher Lacrampe (Occidental), Coach David Carson (George Washington University)

Registration will be available soon on the Rain City web site:


Winter Water Polo Starts December 1

The Enumclaw Pool and Enumclaw High School will offer Open Pool Water Polo workouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 8:00-9:30, starting on Tuesday, December 1. Workouts are intended for young athletes interested in learning about water polo and learning and practicing water polo skills. This is an excellent opportunity to try water polo during the off-season, and prepare for the upcoming high school season.

Workouts are supervised by EHS coaches and led by veteran high school players

Workouts are open to middle school boys, and middle and high school girls from any school. For more information, contact EHS coach Bob Averill at enumclawpolo@gmail.com.

Curtis Vikings Win State Championship Title

The Curtis High School Boys Water Polo Team finished their undefeated 2015 campaign with a win over Bellevue in the State Championship game on Saturday to claim the Washington State Boys Water Polo State Championship.

The dramatic win, 9-7 in overtime, claimed the title from the four-time defending State champion Bellevue Wolverines.

The two teams played to a 1-1 tie after one period, and Curtis held a slim 2-1 halftime advantage. The Vikings stretched their lead to two goals after three periods, but Bellevue fought back to tie the game 6-6 at the end of regulation play.

High school rules mandate two three-minute overtime periods in the event of a tie, even if one team holds a lead after the first overtime. Curtis held a 7-6 lead after one overtime, and sealed the deal with a 9-7 lead at the end of the second overtime, to clinch the win.

The Vikings went undefeated throughout their 2015 season, with an average margin of victory of 13 goals in their regular season games. Curtis had convincing wins over their division opponents to claim first place in the South Division. and won the Region II Championship to qualify for State.

This was the third time in the past four years that Curtis and Bellevue have faced off in the championship game. The Wolverines have won the championship four the previous four years; the Vikings held the previous title, in 2010.

All-Tournament Teams

MVP Sam Abbott - Curtis
MVP Defense AJ Rossman - Bellevue
MVP Goalie Andrew Gronlund - Curtis
Coach of the Year Dennis Piccolotto - Curtis

First Team
Andrew Gronlund - Curtis
Sam Abbott - Curtis
Ryan St. John - Curtis
Cameron Hayes - Bellevue
Zack Rossman - Bellevue
Conner Vacca - Mercer Island
Beau Pasquier - Puyallup

Second Team
Troy Friedman - Curtis
Garrett Friedman - Curtis
AJ Rossman - Bellevue
Mario Abdel Shahed - Bellevue
Ford Witman - Mercer Island
Hunter Peshkin - Mercer Island
Christian Braddock - Puyallup

Honorable Mention

David Ling - Curtis
Mina Abdel Shahed - Bellevue
Erik Raisys - Mercer Island
Austin Stump - Puyallup
Dawson Allen - Gig Harbor
Jake Underwood - Gig Harbor
Taylor Power - Roosevelt
Wilson Ives - Roosevelt
Jake Davies - Kentridge
Jonathan Borte - Kentridge
Alex Toney - Auburn Mountainview 

Washington State Tournament Results

Washington State Tournament Results

Thursday, November 12
Puyallup 14, Roosevelt 7
Bellevue 22, Auburn Mountainview 6
Mercer Island 18, Kentridge 4
Curtis 19, Gig Harbor 0

Friday, November 13
Roosevelt 13, Auburn Mountainview 11
Gig Harbor 19, Kentridge 7
Bellevue 16, Puyallup 6
Curtis 11, Mercer Island 5

Saturday, November 14
Puyallup 9, Gig Harbor 2
Mercer Island 17, Roosevelt 7
Kentridge 12, Auburn Mountainview 11 OT
Gig Harbor 14, Roosevelt 8
Mercer Island 14, Puyallup 13
Curtis 9, Bellevue 7

1st Curtis
2nd Bellevue
3rd Mercer Island
4th Puyallup
5th Gig Harbor
6th Roosevelt
7th Kentridge
8th Auburn Mountainview

Check out this site after the tournament for more detailed coverage.

Bellevue and Curtis Play for State Championship

For the third time in the past four years, Bellevue and Curtis will square off in the Washington State Boys High School Water Polo Championship Game, on Saturday, November 14.

Four-time defending State Champion Bellevue beat Puyallup 16-6 in the first semi-final game on Friday to qualify for the title game. Undefeated Curtis earned their opportunity with an 11-5 win over Mercer Island in Friday's second semi-final. The championship game will take place at Curtis High School at 7:00 Saturday to conclude the State Tournament.

Earlier on Friday, Roosevelt beat Auburn Mountainview 13-11, and Gig Harbor beat Kentridge 18-11. Auburn Mountainview and Kentridge will play a consolation game at 1:00 Saturday.

Roosevelt will face Mercer Island, and Gig Harbor will play Puyallup, with the winners of those two game advancing to the 3rd place/4th place game at 5:00. The losing teams of those two games will play for 5th/6th place at 3:00.

Congratulations to all eight teams for successful seasons!

Local Clubs Offer Clinics with Hungarian Water Polo Coach Andres Merezs

Two area water polo clubs are offering water polo clinics this weekend, featuring former Hungarian Water Polo Coach Andres Merezs.

On Saturday, November 14, the Northwest Water Polo Club (NWPC) will be hosting a clinic at Woodridge Pool in Bellevue, WA from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clinic is open to athletes of all ages, and costs $50.

Athletes will get a chance to learn Hungarian style drills and work on individual skills with one of the top coaches in the world.

Clinic time and location are subject to change. For more information, or to register, check out the NWPC web site:



On Sunday, November 15, Auburn Riverside High School will host two separate clinics at the Auburn Pool, one from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the other from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each clinic is open to athletes of all ages, and costs $35.

To register for the Auburn Riverside clinic, click here.

Puyallup, Bellevue, Mercer Island, and Curtis Advance to Washington State Semi-Finals

After one day of State tournament play, four teams – Puyallup, Bellevue, Mercer Island, and Curtis – will advance to Friday's semi-final games, and the possibility of advancing to the Washington State Championship Game on Saturday night

With wins on Thursday, Puyallup and Bellevue advanced to Friday's first semi-final game, at 6:30. Mercer Island and Curtis will face off in Friday's second semi-final game, at 8:00. The winners from the two semi-final games will compete in the Washington State Championship Game at 7:00 Saturday night.

The four teams that lost in Thursday's opening round – Roosevelt, Auburn Mountainview, Kentridge, and Gig Harbor – can still finish as high as third place in State. Roosevelt and Auburn Mountainview will play at 3:30 on Friday; Kentridge will face Gig Harbor at 5:00.

Follow this site and our Twitter feed @EnumclawPolo for results throughout the tournament.

Washington State Tournament Starts Thursday

The Washington boys high school State Water Polo Tournament takes place this weekend, starting on Thursday, November 12, at Curtis High School, in University Place, WA. Eight teams will compete for the State title, after advancing through last weekend's Regional Tournaments.

Four teams advanced to the tournament from Region I, including three teams from the North Division. Defending State Champion Bellevue return to defend their title, after winning the Region I championship with three wins at Regionals. Also advancing out of Region I are Mercer Island, Roosevelt, and Gig Harbor.

Curtis claimed the Region II title – with convincing wins over Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, and Puyallup – to advance to State. Puyallup, Kentridge, and Auburn Mountainview also move on to the State tournament from Region II.

All eight teams competing will play at least one game each on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, hoping to compete in the State Championship game at 7:00 on Saturday, November 14.

Congratulations to all teams, and best of luck at the tournament.

Tournament results will be posted on this site. Game results will be posted on our Twitter feed @EnumclawPolo.

Washington State Regional Tournament Results

Washington State boys water polo season concluded their opening round of post-season play on Saturday, November 7, after two days of Regional Tournament competition.

Eight teams qualified for each of the two tournaments, and the top four finishers from each tournament will advance to next weekends' State Tournament, held Thursday through Saturday, November 12-14, at Curtis High School,

Posted below are the results from the Regional Tournaments. The teams that will advance to the State Tournament are: Region I – Bellevue, Mercer Island, Roosevelt, and Gig Harbor; Region II – Curtis, Puyallup, Kentridge, Auburn Mountainview.

The State bracket will be posted on this site shortly.

Regionals – Day One Results, Day Two Schedule

Day one of Washington State's two regional tournaments is over, with two teams from the North Division and two from the South advancing to tomorrow's regional title games, and an automatic berth at next weekend's State tournament.

In the Region I Tournament, at Rogers High School, four teams from the North Division  – Bellevue, Newport, Mercer Island, and Roosevelt – won their first round games. Bellevue and Mercer Island won their second round games and will square off in Saturday's Region I Championship at 4:30; both teams will advance to State.

In the Region II Tournament, at Curtis High School, Puyallup, Kentridge, Auburn Mountainview, and Curtis each won their opening round game. Two teams from the South Division, Puyallup and Curtis won their games in the second round, advancing them to the Region II Championship Game, and earning them entry into the State Tournament.

Two additional teams from each region will qualify for State by advancing to the Regional Semi-Final games on Saturday. Follow this site and our Twitter feed @EnumclawPolo for information throughout the post-season,

CORRECTION – In an earlier post, we had listed Shorewood as finishing fourth in the North Division. Shorewood and Newport tied for fourth place in their division. As a result, the two teams played a tie-breaker playoff game on Tuesday. Newport won the tie-breaker to advance to the Regional Tournament as the North Division's fourth seed.

We apologize for any confusion we may have caused.

Hornets Finish Season with Win Over Stadium

Hornet Senior Evan O'Neill
The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team concluded their 2015 season with an exciting 8-7 win over the visiting Stadium Tigers.

The game was close throughout, with the score tied five times.

Enumclaw senior Evan O'Neill, playing in his last high school game, scored the game's first goal, on the Hornets' first possession. The two teams traded goals before finishing the first quarter with a 2-2 tie.

Both teams scored once through the second period until the Tigers' Michael Marr scored with three seconds left, to give Stadium a 4-3 halftime edge.

The teams played evenly through the third, and Stadium held a one point lead going into the final period.

The defensive pressure continued in the final quarter, and both teams were held scoreless until Nathan March tied the game with a quick power play goal with 2:44 left in the game. Enumclaw's Adam Percival put the Hornets ahead with a goal with 1:42 left, but Stadium's Zach Bennett tied the game 7-7 on the Tigers next possession.

Kyle Morgan put Enumclaw ahead with 55 seconds left, and the Hornets stopped Stadium on their next possession, and controlled the ball until the buzzer, to secure the 8-7 win.

Nathan March led the Hornets' scoring with three goals; O'Neill and Morgan scored two each, and Percival scored one. Junior goalkeeper Brett Butler grabbed 13 saves, and added to the offense with two assists and three shot attempts. O'Neill earned nine steals, and O'Neill and March were able to draw three exclusion fouls each on Stadium players.

The young Hornet squad did not earn a post-season berth, but they only graduate one senior, and have gained extensive experience to bring to the 2016 season.

Post-Season Play Starts Friday

Post-season play in Washington State boys water polo starts on Friday, November 6, with Regional Tournaments in Puyallup and University Place.

The top four teams from the North and West Divisions will compete in the Region I Tournament, at Puyallup's Rogers High School.

In University Place, Curtis High School will host the Region II Tournament, where the top four teams from the South and East will compete. The top four teams from each Regional Tournament will advance to the State Tournament, held November 12-14 at Curtis High School.

Both Regional Tournament will take place on Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7.

Follow this site and our Twitter feed @EnumclawPolo for updated results throughout the post-season. Best of Luck to all the teams!

Five regular season games remain this week, before the post-season action starts. Listed below are the remaining games, as posted on the officials' schedule. Remember, all games are subject to change, so check with your team.

Tuesday, November 3
5:00 Auburn Mountainview 0 at Curtis 19
7:30 Stadium 7 at Enumclaw 8
8:40 Sammamish at Kentridge (Lindbergh HS)
9:00 Newport at Shorewood (Shoreline)

Wednesday, November 4
7:15 Stadium at Rogers

NWPC Hosts Clinic With Hungarian Coach

The Northwest Water Polo Club (NWPC) will be hosting a water polo clinic featuring former Hungarian National Team Coach, Andres Meresz on Saturday, November 14, at Woodridge Pool in Bellevue, WA.

Athletes will get a chance to learn Hungarian style drills and work on individual skills with one of the top coaches in the world.

The clinic will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and is open to athletes of all ages and skill levels; cost is $50.

Clinic time and location are subject to change. For more information, check out the NWPC web site:


Post-Season Tournaments Taking Shape

Boys water polo season in Washington State enters the final week of league play, with 15 league games scheduled for the week. At week's end, the teams competing in the Regional Tournaments should be determined.

The top four teams from each division qualify for the Regional Tournaments on November 6 and 7, with the opportunity to advance to the State Tournament, held November 12-14 at Curtis High School, in University Place.

The North and West Divisions will compete in the Region I Tournament at Puyallup's Rogers High School. Curtis High School will host the Region II Tournament with teams from the South and East Divisions. The top fours teams from each Regional Tournament will advance to the State Tournament.

Below are this week's scheduled games, as posted on the officials' web site. Game times and locations are subject to change, so please confirm with the teams you plan on watching. Good Luck to all the competitors.

Monday, October 26
3:45 Newport 3 at Bellevue 11 (Woodridge)
4:00 Enumclaw 9 at South Kitsap 14
6:45 Peninsula 8 at Auburn 17
9:00 Roosevelt at Shorewood (Shoreline)

Tuesday, October 27
6:20 Mark Morris 0 at Curtis 19
7:30 Kentridge at Auburn Riverside (Auburn)
7:30 Auburn Mountainview 14 at Enumclaw 5
7:30 Puyallup 17 at Emerald Ridge 4 (Puyallup)

Wednesday, October 28
5:10 South Kitsap 12 at Bainbridge Island 19
5:30 Auburn 3 at Puyallup 11
5:45 Sammamish at Newport (Newport Hills)
6:30 Wilson at Stadium
7:45 Shorewood at Mercer Island
9:30 Auburn Mountainview 14 at Kentwood 11 (Covington)

Thursday, October 29
5:10 Curtis 18 at Bainbridge Island 3
6:45 Stadium 9 at Auburn Riverside 10 (Auburn)
7:30 Puyallup 17 at Enumclaw 10
7:30 Gig Harbor 17 at Peninsula 2
8:45 Kentwood at Kentridge (Lindbergh)

Friday, October 30
7:30 Auburn at Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)

Saturday, October 31
3:30 Auburn 11 at Kentwood 10 (Covington)

Curtis Vikings Win Invitational Tournament

The Curtis Vikings won last weekend's Puget Sound Polo Invitational Tournament with wins over some of Washington and Oregon's best teams.

The tournament hosted five of the best teams from Washington State – Curtis, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Roosevelt, and Newport – and three teams from Oregon: Lincoln, Lakeridge, and Mountainview.

The Vikings notched four convincing wins to advance to the tournament Championship Game against defending Washington State Champion Bellevue. Curtis beat the Wolverines 9-4 in the final game to clinch the championship.

Tournament Results:
1. Curtis
2. Bellevue
3. Mercer Island
4. Roosevelt
5. Lincoln OR
6. Newport
7. Lakeridge OR
8. Mountainview OR

Two Weeks Left in Regular Season

Two weeks remain in Washington State boys water polo regular season play, with post-season play opening on November 6 at the Regional Tournaments, held at Rogers High School in Puyallup, and Curtis High School in University Place.

Current Division Standings will be posted on this site as soon as recent game results are posted.

The top four teams from each division will advance to a Regional Tournament. The KingCo and Narrows Divisions will compete in the Region I Tournament at Rogers High School. The Region II Tournament will take place at Curtis High School, where the North and South Divisions will compete for a chance to advance to the State Tournament.

The State Tournament will take place at Curtis on November 12, 13, and 14. The top four teams from each Regional Tournament advance to the State Tournament for the opportunity to compete for the State Championship.

The week's  high school games are listed below, as scheduled on the official's web site. As always, dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please confirm your team's schedule with team representatives. Best of Luck to all teams!

Monday, October 19

7:15 Auburn Mountainview 15 at Rogers 7

7:30 Bainbridge Island 10 at Gig Harbor 8

Tuesday, October 20

4:00 Stadium at South Kitsap
6:30 Peninsula 5 at Wilson 21
7:30 Kentwood 14 at Enumclaw 10
7:45 Sammamish at Mercer Island
9:30 Newport 10 at Roosevelt 12 (Helene Madison)

Wednesday, October 21 
6:30 Shorewood at Stadium
7:00 Puyallup 22 at Mark Morris 9
7:15 Emerald Ridge 10 at Rogers 6

Thursday, October 22

4:00 Emerald Ridge at South Kitsap
5:30 Auburn Riverside 11 at Auburn Mountainview 13 (Auburn)
5:45 Mercer Island at Newport (Newport Hills)
6:20 Wilson 2 at Curtis 19
7:30 Gig Harbor 15 at Enumclaw 7
7:30 Bellevue at Sammamish (Samena)
8:45 Auburn at Kentridge (Lindbergh)

Friday, October 23
5:10 Newport 7 at Bainbridge 8

Saturday, October 24

9:45 Stadium 1 at Curtis 19
12:30 Puyallup 8 at Gig Harbor 12
2:30 Kentridge 8 at Bainbridge 11

Three Weeks of League Play Remain

With three weeks remaining in league play, the Washington State boys water polo post-season is starting to take shape. The leaders in all four divisions remain unbeaten in league play – Roosevelt is 5-0 in the KingCo Division, and Bainbridge Island is 7-0 in the Narrows. Kentridge leads the North Division at 5-0, and Curtis is the front-runner in the South, with a 6-0 league record.

league contests this week should help clarify post-season standings.

The weekend brings several tournaments. At Curtis High School, Puget Sound Polo hosts an Invitational Tournament, with five of Washington State's best teams, and three Oregon teams competing. Kentridge will host their third annual tournament at Lindbergh High School on Saturday; four teams will compete, including Kentridge, Kentwood, Auburn, and Bainbridge Island

The Collegiate Water Polo Association hosts a tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Puyallup's Rogers High School. For more information, check out these links:



The week's  high school games are listed below, as scheduled on the official's web site. As always, dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please confirm your team's schedule with team representatives. Best of Luck to all teams!

Monday, October 12

4:00 Wilson at South Kitsap
5:30 Bainbridge Island 9 at Puyallup 10

8:30 Bellevue 7 at Roosevelt 10 (Helene Madison)
8:30 Shorewood at Sammamish (Phantom Lake)

Tuesday, October 1
5:30 Gig Harbor 10 at Auburn Mountainview 6 (Auburn)
7:15 Curtis 19 at Rogers 2
7:30 Auburn 5 at Auburn Riverside 15 (Auburn)
7:30 Mark Morris at Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)
8:45 Enumclaw 6 at Kentridge 17 (Lindbergh)

Wednesday, October 14
3:45 Mercer Island 6 at Bellevue 12 (Woodridge)

5:10 Peninsula 4 at Bainbridge Island 17
7:15 Auburn Riverside at Rogers
7:30 Stadium 6 at Gig Harbor 15
8:30 Roosevelt at Sammamish (Phantom Lake)
9:00 Newport at Shorewood (Shoreline)

Thursday, October 15

5:30 South Kitsap 7 at Auburn Riverside 15 (Auburn)
6:20 Roosevelt 8 at Curtis 19
7:30 Puyallup at Auburn Mountainview (Auburn)
7:30 Auburn at Peninsula
7:30 Kentwood at Emerald Ridge (Puyallup)

Friday, October 16
5:15 Newport 7 at Puyallup 15 (Rogers)

7:15 Enumclaw 11 at Emerald Ridge 13 (Rogers)

Saturday, October 17
XXPuget Sound Polo Tournament at Curtis High School

XXKentridge Tournament at Linbergh High School

2:30 South Kitsap 5 at Enumclaw 0

Hornets Split the Week – 2 Wins, 2 Losses

photo courtesy Tracy Arnold
The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo finished a tough week – with four straight days of play – with two wins and two losses.

The Hornets lost their first and last games of the week, on Tuesday against Auburn Riverside, and Friday against Gig Harbor, but won their two home games.

On Wednesday Enumclaw beat Emerald Ridge 15-4 in a non-league game, and on Thursday the Hornets fought back from a three point deficit in the final quarter to beat the Auburn Trojans 9-8.

Enumclaw got a fast start against Emerald Ridge, leading 3-1 after one quarter, and 10-2 at halftime. The Hornets held the Jags scoreless in the third period, and both teams scored two goals in the fourth quarter. Six Hornets scored – Nathan March scored six goals, Kyle Morgan scored three. Jayson Bates and Adam Percival scored two each, and Ben Hauswirth and Evan O'Neill added one apiece. Brett Butler grabbed 12 saves in goal.

On Thursday the Auburn Trojans scored four goals before Nathan March put the Hornets on the board with 2:44 left in the first half. Auburn held a 4-2 advantage at halftime. Each team scored three in the third quarter, and Auburn held a 7-5 lead entering the final period.

Auburn's John McHugh scored two minutes into the quarter, and the Trojans led 8-5. Hornet Kyle Morgan scored on a fast break a minute later, and March scored again with 2:16 left to narrow the lead to one goal. Enumclaw's defense tightened, and Morgan scored again with 36 seconds left, to tie the game. The Hornet defense forced a Trojan turnover on Auburn's next possession, and March knocked in the final goal with six seconds left to seal the Enumclaw win.

March led the Hornet scorers with four goals. Evan O'Neill scored three, and March scored two. Junior goalkeeper Brett Butler grabbed 12 saves in the win.

For Auburn Ben Schwab and John Villandry scored three each, and John McHugh scored two.

The Hornets travel to Lindbergh High School next Tuesday for a 9:30 game against Kentridge. On Friday Enumclaw plays Emerald Ridge at 7:15 at Rogers High School, and on Saturday the Hornets host South Kitsap at 2:30.

October Competition Heats Up

The final month of boys water polo competition starts up, with 23 games scheduled this week as the teams prepare for post-season play. Auburn Riverside will host a JV Tournament on Saturday, with 10 JV teams taking part.

This week's scheduled games are listed below. As always, dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please confirm your team's schedule with team representatives. Best of Luck to all teams!

Monday, October 5
5:30 Curtis 19 at Puyallup 10
7:30 South Kitsap 8 at Gig Harbor 19

Tuesday, October 6
5:10 Wilson 9 at Bainbridge Island 14
5:30 Enumclaw 7 at Auburn Riverside 12 (Auburn)
7:00 Rogers at Mark Morris
7:30 Auburn Mountainview 19 at Auburn 5
7:30 Stadium 18 at Peninsula 15
7:30 Newport at Sammamish (Samena)
8:45 Kentwood at Kentridge (Lindbergh)
9:00 Mercer Island 18 at Shorewood 7 (Shoreline)

Wednesday, October 7
7:15 Puyallup 13 at Rogers 9
8:30 Emerald Ridge 4 at Enumclaw 15

Thursday, October 8
4:00 Peninsula 13 at South Kitsap 24
5:45 Shorewood at Bellevue 20 (Woodridge)
6:20 Emerald Ridge 0 at Curtis 19
6:30 Bainbridge Island 13 at Stadium 8
6:30 Gig Harbor 15 at Wilson 8
7:00 Kentridge 11 at Auburn Mountainview 6 (Auburn)
8:30 Auburn 8 at Enumclaw 9
8:45 Mercer Island 13 at Roosevelt 14 (Helene Madison)

Friday, October 9
5:45 Auburn Mountainview at Newport (Newport Hills)
7:30 Enumclaw 4 at Gig Harbor 8

Saturday, October 10
XXAuburn Riverside JV Tournament
XXAuburn HS Pool, 516 4th Street NE, Auburn WA
XX7:00 Auburn Riverside vs. Rogers
XX7:30 Curtis vs. Newport
XX8:00 Auburn Riverside vs, Curtis
XX8:30 Newport vs. Rogers
XX9:00 Newport vs. Auburn Riverside
XX9:30 Rogers vs. Curtis
XX10:00 Mercer Island vs. Auburn Riverside
XX10:30 Auburn vs. Newport
XX11:00 Curtis vs. Mercer Island
XX11:30 Rogers vs. Auburn
XX12:00 Mercer Island vs. Gig Harbor
XX12:30 Auburn Mountainview vs. Auburn
XX1:00 Puyallup vs. Mercer Island
XX1:30 Auburn vs. Bellevue
XX2:00 Gig Harbor vs. Auburn Mountainview
XX2:30 Gig Harbor vs. Bellevue
XX3:00 Auburn Mountainview vs. Puyallup
XX3:30 Bellevue vs. Puyallup    
XX4:00 Bellevue vs. Auburn Mountainview
XX4:30 Puyallup vs. Gig Harbor 
5:45 Auburn Riverside 11 at Kentwood 7 (Covington)

Hornets Face Four Opponents This Week

The EHS Boys Water Polo Team faces some stiff competition this week, playing four consecutive days, starting on Tuesday.

On Tuesday the Hornets return to Auburn for their ninth game of the season at the Auburn Pool; they'll face league rival Auburn Riverside at 5:30.

Emerald Ridge visits Enumclaw on Wednesday for a late game, at 8:30, and the Auburn Trojans come to the Hornets' pool for a 7:30 Thursday game.

The Hornets finish their week with a Friday night game at Gig Harbor, facing the Tides at 7:30.

Puyallup Wins Emerald Ridge Tournament

The Puyallup Vikings won last week's Emerald Ridge Tournament at Rogers High School with convincing wins over Emerald Ridge, Auburn, Stadium, Wilson and Gig Harbor. The Vikings beat their five opponents by an average of over eight goals per game.

The second-place Gig Harbor Tides scored equally impressive wins over their opponents before dropping the championship game to the Vikings 10-5.

Final Results:
1. Puyallup
2. Gig Harbor
3. Wilson
4. Stadium
5. Rogers
6. Emerald Ridge
7. Kentridge
8. Auburn

Week Three Competition Starts Monday

After two weeks of regular season play, six boys water polo teams remain undefeated in league play. Roosevelt and Shorewood are both undefeated in the KingCo Division. Curtis leads the South Division, with a 3-0 league record, and Kentridge leads the North at 2-0. In the Narrows Division, Bainbridge Island and Gig Harbor lead with no losses.

The third week of boys water polo season starts on Monday, and wraps up on Friday and Saturday, October 2 & 3 with the Emerald Ridge Tournament at Puyallup's Rogers High School.

Listed below are the week's scheduled games, as posted on the league's scheduling site. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please check with your team to confirm game information.

Good Luck to all the teams!

Monday, September 28
5:30 Mark Morris 10 at Puyallup 24
7:30 Curtis 10 at Mercer Island 7 (MI Country Club)
7:30 Rogers at Emerald Ridge (Puyallup HS)

Tuesday, September 29
5:10 Gig Harbor 8 at Bainbridge Island 11
5:45 Sammamish 3 at Bellevue 14 (Woodridge)
6:30 South Kitsap 12 at Stadium 13
7:00 Auburn Mountainview at Auburn Riverside (Auburn)
7:30 Wilson 22 at Peninsula 7
7:45 Newport at Mercer Island (MI Country Club)
8:30 Kentridge at Auburn
9:30 Enumclaw 17 at Kentwood 14 (Covington)

Wednesday, September 30
7:00 Curtis 19 at Mark Morris 2
7:30 Peninsula 4 at Gig Harbor 20
7:30 Emerald Ridge 4 at Puyallup 15

Thursday, October 1
4:00 Bainbridge Island 15 at South Kitsap 8
5:30 Enumclaw 7 at Auburn Mountainview 15(Auburn)
5:45 Bellevue 14 at Newport 4 (Newport Hills)
6:30 Stadium at Wilson
7:00 Kentwood 14 at Auburn 10
8:30 Shorewood at Roosevelt (Helene Madison)
8:45 Auburn Riverside 7 at Kentridge 16 (Auburn)

Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3

Collegiate Mens Tournament Coming to Puyallup

Collegiate water polo will be coming to Puyallup, WA this fall, when the Collegiate Water Polo Association holds a Northwest Division Men's Water Polo Tournament at Rogers High School on October 17th and 18th.

The Northwest Division teams of Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University will compete in two regular season tournaments and conclude with an eight-game Northwest Division Championship on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 & 25, at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis, OR.

In the history of the division, Oregon (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004) and Washington (2009, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998) have been the predominant powers combining to capture 15 of the 17 previously contested championships.  Reigning champion Oregon State (2014, 2003) is the only other team in division history to capture the title.

Saturday, October 3
Amazon Aquatic Center, 2600 Hilyard St., Eugene, OR
11:30 Oregon vs. Washington State
12:45 Oregon State vs. Western Washington
2:00 Washington State vs. Washington
3:15 Oregon vs Oregon State
5:00 Western Washington vs. Washington
6:15 Oregon State vs. Washington State

Sunday, October 4
Amazon Aquatic Center, 2600 Hilyard St., Eugene, OR
9:00 Oregon vs. Western Washington
10:15 Oregon State vs. Washington
11:30 Western Washington vs. Washington State
12:45 Oregon vs. Washington

Saturday, October 17
Rogers High School, 12801 86th Ave. E, Puyallup, WA
3:30 Washington vs. Oregon State
4:40 Western Washington vs. Oregon
5:50 Washington State vs. Oregon State
7:00 Washington vs. Oregon
8:10 Western Washington vs. Washington State

Sunday, October 18
Rogers High School, 12801 86th Ave. E, Puyallup, WA
9:00 Washington State vs. Oregon
10:10 Western Washington vs. Oregon State
11:20 Washington vs. Washington State
12:30 Oregon State vs. Oregon
1:40 Washington vs. Western Washington

Northwest Division Championship

Saturday, October 24
Osborne Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Drive, Corvallis, OR
10:30 4th Seed vs. 5th Seed
12:30 1st Seed vs. 4th Seed
1:45 2nd Seed vs. 3rd Seed
3:00 1st Seed vs. 5th Seed
6:00 Winner Game 3 vs. 2nd in Bracket A

Sunday, October 25
Osborne Aquatic Center, 1940 NW Highland Drive, Corvallis, OR
1:45 Loser Game 3 vs. 3rd in Bracket A
3:00 1st in Bracket A vs. Winner Game 5
4:15 Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5

More information can be found on the CWPA web site

Hornets Claim First Win of the Season

Enumclaw High School's Boys Water Polo Team claimed their first win of the 2015 season on Tuesday, September 29, outlasting Kentwood for a 17-14 victory.

The two teams started out close, with the score tied five times in the first half. With the score tied 8-8 at halftime, the Hornets outscored Kentwood 2-1 in the third period, and stretched out the lead in the final quarter. The Hornets outscored Kentwood 7-2 in the first 5:07 of the fourth quarter before Kentwood's Andrew Portin and Rhoni Lyons combined for three goals in the final 1:06 to narrow the margin.

Five Hornets scored in the win. Nathan March scored six goals, Kyle Morgan scored five, and Evan O'Neill scored four. Jayson Bates and Adam Percival each scored one. Goalkeeper Brett Butler tallied 11 saves and an assist.

For Kentwood, Rhoni Lyons scored five, Andrew Portin scored four, Patrick Knox added three, and Colin Bryant scored two.

The Hornets travel to Auburn on Thursday for another league contest, against Auburn Mountainview at 5:30.