John Leggett

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.

EHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Spokane trip not kind to Hornets

Enumclaw High’s 1-2 boys basketball squad trekked to Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School over the weekend to participate in the 10-team Spokane Showcase preseason tournament.

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.

Skate contest is Saturday

The Buckley Youth Activity Center will host a skate competition at the adjacent Buckley Skate Park beginning at noon Saturday.

WRHS VOLLEYBALL: Hornets kick off league with wins

The same White River High volleyball squad that lost five nonleague cliffhangers to start the season is now 2-0 in South Puget Sound League 3A play, sharing the top spot with Bonney Lake and Auburn Mountainview.

WRHS VOLLEYBALL: Hornets near perfect season mark

With one game remaining in its regular season, the White River volleyball squad went looking Monday for an undefeated 12-0 record in league action. The only other time a perfect record has been achieved was when the Hornets were a 3A contingent in 2004, a year in which White River went 14-0 in the regular season. Last week it appeared as though White River might have been peaking at precisely the right juncture in its season. The Hornets traveled to Eatonville's gym Oct. 17 and blanked the Cruisers in straight sets 25-6, 25-9, 25-16. Coach Stryder Argo explained that this was the first time all season that he felt that his bunch played consistently throughout the entire match and he actually had a chance to experiment with some different looks and strategies, as well as get a good look at how strong his bench depth is.

WRHS FASTPITCH: Delay works for Hornets

White River fastpitch coach Joe Sprouse convinced the schedule makers to shuffle a tandem of South Puget Sound League 3A contests from last week to this week.

OUR CORNER: Team effort gave the city a fine field

Most of my 55 years have been spent as an absolute pessimist. I was always going on the theory that if I didn’t hold out any hope for things going swimmingly, I would not suffer major disappointment. My attitude has done an about-face and now I allow myself to aspire for positive things to happen. I actually look for celebration-worthy things to happen and sometimes they do.

Curtain opens at Interwest; owner is happy with warm Buckley welcome

The new Interwest Construction and Development facility along state Route 410 in Buckley already carries a regal-sounding monicker – Kessell’s Kingdom.

WRHS BASEBALL: Rainy weather cools red-hot Hornts’ drive

The red-hot 4-1 White River baseball squad had been slated to begin South Puget Sound League 2A play Thursday by hosting Clover Park.

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.

Enumclaw baseball ekes out win

It took 10 innings and five different pitchers, but Enumclaw High’s baseball crew prevailed at around 11 p.m. Saturday, winning 8-7 over the Seamount League’s highly-touted Mount Rainier, regarded by many as the No. 1 Class 3A squad in the state.

EHS FASTPITCH: Morrow hits clutch single for win

After suffering its second loss of the season, a 10-4 setback to Yelm at the Boise Creek Sixplex March 21, Enumclaw High’s fastpitch squad rallied to capture a hard-fought 5-3 road win in its South Puget Sound League 3A opener at Lakes March 23.

EHS FOOTBALL: Narrow win puts EHS on fast track

The 61st rivalry rendezvous between White River and Enumclaw Friday evening at Pete’s Pool Field wasn’t exactly filled with offensive fireworks.

EHS FASTPITCH: Pierotti slams two homers

In nonleague action, the inexperienced Enumclaw High fastpitch crew won two of three encounters.

Hornets hang on to SPSL second place

The Enumclaw High baseball squad kept its firm hold on second place in the South Puget Sound League 3A last week, winning two of three games to elevate its league mark to 8-2.

WRHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Hornets whooping after wins

A White River boys basketball contingent that took its lumps in the nonleague portion of the 2010-11 campaign appears to be hitting its stride when it counts, in South Puget Sound League 2A action.

Buckley associate planner part of budget ax

The Buckley City Council hosted its first formal budget discussion to address what will be done about a deficit of approximately $278,000 heading into discussions surrounding its 2010 financial plan.

WHITE RIVER VOLLEYBALL: Perfect league mark on the line

The White River High volleyball squad overcame stormy seas of self doubt, misfortune and malfunction to build a 5-0 record in SPSL 2A play and remain on top of the stack.

EHS VOLLEYBALL: Hornets ride momentum into district

Enumclaw High entered the subdistrict volleyball festival at Auburn Mountainview as the No. 3 seed from the SPSL 3A with a 7-3 mark. After making a statement at subdistricts by prevailing in three of its four matches, EHS gleaned the third seed into Friday’s West Central District show, also being staged at Auburn Mountainview. Using the momentum from its final regular season match, a 3-0 win at Bonney Lake, EHS hit the ground running at subdistricts. The Hornets’ first victim was Highline. EHS won in straight sets 25-13, 25-14, 25-9. Next up was Auburn Mountainview, which Enumclaw. EHS managed at least one set, falling 25-16, 25-7, 14-25, 25-8. After being sent to the loser’s bracket, Enumclaw encountered the same Bonney Lake contingent it throttled four days earlier. The ensuing confrontation went the cliff-hanging distance with EHS taking the match by winning 15-9 in the finale. Enumclaw faced Kennedy Catholic of the Seamount League in its fourth and final match of the afternoon. The Hornets didn’t waste any time dispatching the Lancers 25-18, 25-13 and 25-14. HayleeMae Dennis had 26 kills during Saturday’s four matches, as well as 32 digs and six service aces. Olivia Bannerot recorded 43 digs, Danielle Saltarelli booked 11 stuff blocks, Molly Colyer notched 20 kills and setters Hannah Morris and Katie Holland combined for 80 assists. “We were exhausted after playing 12 sets earlier in the day, but were also super-confident coming into that match with the Lancers,” coach Jackie Carel said. Enumclaw mixes it up with Wilson in its 3:30 p.m.