John Leggett

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Softballers drop to 2-2 record after home loss to Enumclaw | Bonney Lake Fastpitch

Panther coach Andrew Sage said the pair of league losses so early in the year may have put Bonney Lake in a tough spot, but he’s confident his girls can rally.

  • Apr 3rd, 2012 8:52pm

‘Roundball at the Rock’ charity basketball game a slam dunk

The inaugural Roundball at the Rock charity basketball event for the Rotary First Harvest, staged at Bonney Lake High School Saturday, is officially in the archives. With the help of about 100 people – including, fans, coaches, players, volunteers and financial supporters – the program went off without a hitch and was a success.

  • Mar 27th, 2012 3:27pm

Underclassmen vying to rise in Spartan ranks | Sumner High Track & Field Preview

This year the Sumner High team will be resting their hopes on a good many underclassmen vying and trying to make their mark in the always competitive South Puget Sound League 2A, with a few experienced joggers and jumpers sprinkled in as well.

  • Mar 20th, 2012 10:11pm

Sumner High track and field | Preview

Hope springs eternal is the track and field mantra at Sumner High this season, if spring ever shows up that is.

  • Mar 19th, 2012 4:08am

Bonney Lake Panther fastpitch team replacing talent | Fastpitch Preview

If pitching means anything then with senior right hander, Rendi Johnson, Bonney Lake’s fastpitch squad already has half the battle won.

  • Mar 13th, 2012 2:22am

White River High baseball team looking for another title

The 2012 version of the Hornet baseball team is aspiring to roam a bit deeper into the playoff scene this season.

  • Mar 13th, 2012 1:38am

Buckley council will debate Fright Factory before considering permit

Buckley City Council members heard from Jeff and Alice Money, who live near the haunted house on A Street. They logged an official complaint concerning the controversial byproducts of running such an attraction, such as vehicle and tour bus lights glaring into their bedroom, people walking through their yard, loud screaming and the need to chase off young men urinating on the side of their house.

  • Mar 8th, 2012 3:48am

Hornet boys win twice before falling in championship game | White River

Since the days of Roman gladiators, it has been an important factor in an athlete’s self-preservation to emerge victorious in the close ones.

  • Mar 7th, 2012 2:00am

Pro boxing career is next stop for Maldonado

Having recently won the regional Gold Gloves competition, Guillermo “Memo” Maldonado – a talented 165-pound amateur boxer who graduated from Enumclaw High School in 2004 – has decided to go professional next month.

  • Feb 28th, 2012 12:24am

OUR CORNER: Big crime in small town is big news

Buckley is a sleepy hamlet of approximately 5,000 citizens, of which I am one. It straddles state Route 410 and one rarely has to worry about police intervention unless you’re speeding past the cemetery in the wee hours of the morning or, even worse, driving while impaired.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012 10:19pm

Charity hoop contest still looking for responses from players

Just a quick note to those student athletes who were invited to play in the March 24 charity basketball game at Bonney Lake High School, commencing at 6 p.m.

  • Feb 18th, 2012 2:08am

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Radenmacher scores 19 in EHS victory

The Enumclaw High boys basketball team didn’t do itself any favors by dropping its final two regular season contests to Bonney Lake earning the No. 5 seed from the South Puget Sound League 3A with a league record of 3-7.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:25pm

WRHS BOYS BASKETBALL: White River clashes with Renton

Half of the games the White River boys basketball squad had lost this season were to South Puget Sound League 2A rival Sumner High. So, when the Hornets finally managed to defeat the Spartans 49-42 in a subdistrict seeding contest Saturday evening at Foster High, it pushed their overall record to 18-4. No White River boys basketball team has won that many games, before postseason play, since the cage crew that went to the state tournament in the mid-1990s.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 5:15pm

Buckley firefighters battling house fire on Third Street

The Buckley Fire Department has responded to a fire that appears to have gutted a Third Street home Wednesday.

  • Feb 8th, 2012 10:10pm

WRHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets fall to Sumner for No. 3 SPSL 2A finish

The White River boys basketball squad cruised down the South Puget Sound League 2A highway, beating Fife 59-55 Feb. 1 and downing Steilacoom 72-63 Thursday, then ran into a nasty barrier in Sumner High.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:32pm

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets earn No. 5 seed into tourney

The Enumclaw High boys finished the regular season with a 3-7 record and head into this weekend’s subdistrict tournament as the No. 5 seed from the South Puget Sound League 3A.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:31pm

CrossFit aiming to get clients in shape

Enthusiasts gravitating toward the new CrossFit Enumclaw Gym at 1713 Garrett St. in Enumclaw, are working toward a healthier lifestyle.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 10:07pm

Doors open to Diane’s Mail Room in Buckley

Diane’s Mail Room, which opened its doors last week in Buckley’s Jefferson Avenue Business Park, might be considered a small-businessman’s dream.

  • Mar 9th, 2012 3:57am

Friday Night Roundball Round-Up for Feb. 3

A frostbitten bunch of Buckley boys produced their lowest point yield of the season thus far, when they traveled to Sumner's house Friday night and fell prey to a Spartan trap losing 41-34. Meanwhile Enumclaw struggled against the Panther boys on senior recognition night at Bonney Lake's facility Friday, Feb. 3, losing 72-69 to force a significant instant replay tilt with the black and teal cagers, tonight at The Nest.

  • Feb 4th, 2012 10:48am

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Chynoweth, Rabb spearhead comeback

The Enumclaw High boys basketball squad split a pair of South Puget Sound League 3A games last week to move to 2-4 in league action.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 6:31pm

WRHS BOYS BASKETBALL:Kiel nears 1,000-point mark for White River

Still flying high after notching an 80-77 upset over defending Class 2A state champion Clover Park in mid-January, the White River boys basketball squad hasn’t suffered a setback since.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 6:29pm

Friday evening boys and girls hoop round up for Jan. 27

Although the Hornet girl cagers struggled to score points at Franklin Pierce's Cardinal Cage Friday night, White River was the only school in the realm of the Plateau and the valley below to manage victories in both girls and boys hoops Friday evening as Sumner's boys hosted Clover Park and faltered, while the Spartan ladies went on the road to the Warriors facility and flourished.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 6:19pm

FEATURE: Promising athletes dot local basketball rosters

Dealing with the demands of daily practice sessions and entertaining fans during evening games, high school athletes are a rare breed. Occasionally, truly inspirational athletes overcome obstacles to succeed both in school and in their chosen sport. Here are four of the best examples from White River, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.

  • Jan 26th, 2012 12:20am

Storm clean-up slated for Buckley residents

The City of Buckley and Waste Connections will team up this weekend to assist Buckley residents in safely disposing of tree and yard debris.

  • Jan 25th, 2012 11:50pm

Buckley council addresses member’s ongoing absence

The initial Buckley City Council meeting of the year had nothing on the main agenda, but there were a couple of pressing housekeeping issues to be acted upon.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 6:37pm

White River boys upset frontrunning Clover Park on Friday the 13th

It may have been Friday the thirteenth but the Hornet boys basketball squad had some pretty darn good luck as they hosted the number one ranked Class 2A basketball team in the state and beat the Warriors 80-77

  • Jan 17th, 2012 2:24pm

Heritage House to add Alzheimer’s facility

While most companies are having a tough go of it in the current downturned economy, Buckley’s Heritage House is going to be refurbishing the existing facility as well as expanding to accommodate a new category of residents. Peggy Jensen, a licensed practical nurse serving her fourth year as administrator of the 40-unit facility, explained that while a 37-unit addition will be built adjacent to the existing facility along state Route 410, the new space will involve an entirely different type of care. Jensen noted there is an ever-growing need to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and facilities to house such patients while furnishing professional, medical and compassionate care, are limited in western Washington.

  • Jan 14th, 2012 1:22am

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets open league by splitting games

Enumclaw High’s boys basketball squad played its first two SPSL 3A contests, hosting powerhouse Lakes Jan. 3 and Peninsula Friday.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 7:02pm

WR BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets on winning streak

After a couple of uncharacteristic performances during the holidays, things have returned to normal now that White River’s boys are back from the break and playing South Puget Sound League 2A roundball again.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 6:57pm

OUR CORNER: Here’s an assist to the area’s needy

I really like the month of January, named after the mythological two-faced God whose gaze went forward (to the future) and backward (to the past) and was responsible for beginnings and transitions.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 6:54pm

Buckley police reports Dec.

PUBLIC INDECENCY: A 29-year-old male was arrested for urinating in plain sight along at about 5:39 p.m,. Jan. 4 along state Route 410. The man was later released.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 6:59am

Local SPSL 2A boys to fight hoop battle for 2nd place in Buckley

The rapidly approaching boys basketball rendezvous between Sumner and White River this Tuesday evening commencing 5:15 p.m. at The Hive will feature a pair of skilled squads with identical 5-1 marks in league action.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 6:38am

Buckley cagers trim FP Redbirds’ tail feathers 53-52

White River's boys basketball squad bounced back in the second half of hardwood action at The Hive last night, Tuesday, Jan. 4 to edge out an always tough Franklin Pierce Cardinal crew and escalate its league accounting to 4-1. The win tied Sumner for second place in the SPSL 2A standings after the Spartans were meanwhile trounced by defending state champion Clover Park Tuesday evening, 70-53.

  • Jan 5th, 2012 7:42pm

EHS rally falls short vs. Lakes

In Enumclaw's SPSL 3A lid lifter against defending 3A state champion Lakes High last night at EHS's gym, a 45 point surge in the second half, didn't do the trick as the Hornets dropped to 0-1 in league action.

  • Jan 4th, 2012 4:59pm

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets beat tough Capital

The holiday break proved quite adventuresome for the young Enumclaw High boys basketball team, whose overall mark dropped to 3-8 in the process of gleaning some much-needed experience.

  • Jan 3rd, 2012 7:58pm

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Chynoweth, Rockwood combine for 30

A Enumclaw boys basketball squad appears to be improving and heading in the right direction as it gets more experience.

  • Dec 17th, 2011 1:12am

WR BOYS BASKETBALL: Pair of wins push WRHS to 5-1

En route to building an impressive 5-1 mark, the White River Hornets went on a fruitful road trip beating both winless league foe Washington 72-46 on Dec. 13 and 3A Bonney Lake Dec. 14 at the Panther Den, 60-50 in overtime.

  • Dec 17th, 2011 1:07am

Buckley City Council splits 4-2 on budget

The Buckley City Council split 4-2 Dec. 13 on a 2012 budget that looks to keep the city afloat for another 12 months, without the cutting of any major services.

  • Dec 17th, 2011 12:04am

White River’s boy cagers crush Steilacoom

With three more games to play against Washington, Bonney Lake and Eatonville, all on the road next week prior to the taxing gamut of holiday tournaments, there was no place like home for the White River boys basketball squad last night, as it evened up its SPSL 2A mark at 1-1 by throttling Steilacoom at The Hive 59-40.

  • Dec 12th, 2011 8:49pm

White River defeats Enumclaw in local boys basketball rivalry

In a non-league high school boys basketball rivalry between two Plateau squads, Enumclaw and White River played in Buckley last night, it was the Pierce County Hornets who prevailed, winning 67-58

  • Dec 3rd, 2011 8:37am

WRHS BOYS BASKETBALL: White River guarded about season

This year’s White River High boys basketball team will be leaving its fate in the hands of a threesome of guards in senior sharpshooters Billy Kiel and Jason Tyler along with junior distributor Alex Sayler.

  • Nov 28th, 2011 10:05pm

EHS BASKETBALL: EHS taking program to new heights

If all it took was having plenty of tall young men to be a successful basketball squad in the highly competitive South Puget Sound League 3A, Enumclaw would be set to jet straight to the state tournament.

  • Nov 28th, 2011 10:04pm

Small retailers crushed by initiative, big business

A new law just passed, one I am calling it financially suicidal for smaller towns and stupid because it will inevitably cause more unemployment and it make it just a little too easy to put alcohol in curious and irresponsible hands.

  • Nov 28th, 2011 9:20pm

WRHS VOLLEYBALL: White River digs in for a fourth-place state finish

The White River High volleyball squad improved on last year’s performance to place fourth in the Class 2A state tournament contested at Evergreen State College during the Veteran’s Day weekend. With memories of finishing eighth in the tournament in 2010, the predominantly senior White River crew started this year’s show by edging Archbishop Murphy High 15-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-15 and, in a nail-biting sudden death set, 15-9. “White River was a really solid team against us,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jeff Curtis said, noting the difference between White River and his team was that the Hornets were flexible enough to make the necessary adjustments.

  • Nov 14th, 2011 10:38pm

EHS VOLLEYBALL: Rocky start knocks Enumclaw out of state tourney early

The Enumclaw High volleyball squad, which overcame considerable odds to earn a berth into the weekend’s state Class 3A tournament at St. Martin’s University and Timberline High in Lacey, got off to a rocky start and never fully recovered. Against a highly favored Eastside Catholic squad Friday morning, Enumclaw was swept in three consecutive sets, making an early shuffle to the left side of the bracket. Once there, the Hornets couldn’t survive long enough to play any Saturday matches in the double elimination proceedings. Enumclaw showed poise under fire as in the initial set against formidable Eastside Catholic, the score was tied at 22-22. At that point, Hornet setter Hannah Morris attempted to dig a rocket sent over the net by Eastside Catholic’s Kameron McLain and in the process strained a wrist ligament. With that, Morris was out of commission for the remainder of the tournament.

  • Nov 14th, 2011 10:37pm

EHS VOLLEYBALL: Enumclaw steals spot into state tournament

A determined Enumclaw High volleyball squad would not be denied during the West Central District tournament at Auburn Mountainview, capturing must-win contests on the way to a No. 6 berth into the state Class 3A tournament at St. Martin’s University in Lacey. The Hornets’ test begins at 8 a.m. Friday against always-tough Eastside Catholic. Enumclaw, at 16-7 overall, raised a few eyebrows during Friday’s district play when it stunned a favored Wilson squad. The Hornets won the initial set 25-19, lost 22-25, then claimed sets three and four 25-16 and 25-12. Enumclaw was then brought down to earth by Prairie, which won 25-17, 26-24 and 25-22. “In a way we were motivated by being bumped over to the left side of the bracket, because that loss to Prairie pitted us in the next day’s games against teams that we had already played and beaten in Bonney Lake, Kennedy Catholic and Peninsula,” coach Jackie Carel said. “So we were encouraged by where that loss to Prairie left us, if that makes sense.” Sure enough, Enumclaw’s first opponent on the ensuing morning was Kennedy Catholic and the Hornets stung the 15-2 Lancers 25-13, 25-15 and 26-24. It was then on to a critical match with Peninsula and Enumclaw cruised to victories in the initial tandem of sets 25-17, 25-11. But Peninsula played with heart in the third set to win 25-18. Enumclaw then summoned its last bit of energy to win the deciding fourth set 25-22 and punch its ticket to state. The Hornets fell in the seeding match to Capital 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23. The Hornets welcomed the return of senior hitter Haylee Mae Dennis, who had 63 kills and 35 digs throughout the five weekend matches. Katie Holland and Hannah Morris combined to register 130 assists; Molly Collyer had 24 kills and 12 service aces; Danielle Saltarelli recorded 10 services aces and 15 stuff blocks; and defensive specialist Olivia Bannerot booked 45 digs.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 8:31pm

WRHS VOLLEYBALL: White River slides to state as top seed

The White River High volleyball team redeemed itself from an abysmal showing in subdistricts, surging back during the Class 2A West Central District tournament at Franklin Pierce, winning necessary matches to clinch a berth in the state tournament for the second year in a row. The dance begins for the Hornets at 9:45 a.m. Friday against Archbishop Murphy at Evergreen State College. White River, which went 12-0 in league play, began its march through the district competition Friday afternoon by eliminating Fife 25-18, 25-18, 14-25 and 25-14. “The girls played with a lot of energy and really hustled after each ball, so we were able to move on to the semifinals the next day after beating the Trojans,” coach Stryder Argo said. Saturday, Argo held his Hornets played some of the most consistent volleyball he had seen all season, as they began the day by edging a tough North Kitsap contingent in an exciting match that went the distance. The Hornets fell behind, losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-17. But with its back to the wall White River got its act intact, winning the next three, including a 15-10 triumph in the do-or-die sudden death set. Against the Rams, Dannie Stroud and Jailyn VanSickle teamed up for 30 kills and 40 digs and Haley Valalla was welcomed back with a dozen kills versus both Fife and North Kitsap. Cassidy Kunst notched 42 assists and 10 digs against the Rams. White River easily prevailed over Port Angeles in Saturday’s championship as the Hornets swept the Roughriders 25-22, 25-17 and 25-16 to advance as the No. 1 seed out of the West Central District.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 8:17pm

T-Bonz offers big, beefy burgers

Gary Zesiger is savvy enough to realize steak houses are folding all over the country, largely because the average Joe can no longer pick up the hefty tab for a steak dinner with all the trimmings.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 8:13pm

Buckley considers closing its jail; hearing is Tuesday

Buckley is inviting citizens concerned about the potential closure of the city jail, as part of a cost-cutting alternative for balancing the 2012 budget, to attend a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 5:03pm

WRHS VOLLEYBALL: White River rallies for No. 4 seed to districts

When a volleyball squad clinches the South Puget Sound League 2A crown with a 12-0 record, as White River did, that distinction is sometimes adorned with certain privileges, like playing poorly during Saturday’s 2A subdistrict event at Franklin Pierce and still advancing to the West Central District tournament. The district tourney also will be in the Franklin Pierce gymnasium. The Hornets lost subdistrict matches to Port Angeles and Interlake, yet had the No. 4 seed bestowed upon them going into this Friday’s engagement against Fife at the district tourney. The match begins at 7 p.m. “We simply made way to many errors and our passing was a bit off all day, which really threw the rest of our offense out of sync,” White River coach Stryder Argo said following the subdistrict debacle. Against Port Angeles, White River lost the first set 17-25, won the second 25-23, then dropped two more. During the course of the third and fourth sets against the Roughriders, WRHS committed a total of 25 errors in the 25-19 and 25-18 setbacks. “It is just hard to beat good teams when you are giving them half of their points,” Argo said. In the ensuing match with Interlake, the only club to hand White River a defeat this season (in a nonleague encounter in early October), it was more of the same. Jailyn VanSickle recorded a combined 26 kills in the pair of matches and Dannie Stroud contributed 18 kills in the effort.

  • Nov 1st, 2011 7:30pm