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Enumclaw water polo team takes seventh at state tournament
Bouncing back to take a Saturday afternoon victory over Puyallup, the Enumclaw High boys garnered a seventh-place team trophy at the state water polo championships.
The state tournament’s final games were played at Curtis High.
Having lost a pair of games Friday, the Hornets slid into Saturday’s battle for seventh and eighth place against the Vikings, a team the Hornets had defeated twice earlier in the season. The outcome was much the same as before, with Enumclaw on the winning end of a 10-6 score.
It was a quartet of seniors who led the way in the tourney finale, with leading scorer Bennon VanHoof slamming home four goals. Thomas Petersen contributed three goals, Mason Culp had two and Carson Lanphere added one.
Saturday night, Bellevue High showed last year’s state championship was no fluke, adding a 2012 title to its impressive resume.
Friday’s state tournament action hadn’t gone nearly as well for Enumclaw High, which lost to Auburn Mountainview 8-5 not long after getting swamped by Newport 16-2. Newport went on to claim third-place honors and Mountainview wound up sixth.
Tournament play began Nov. 7 and saw Enumclaw High open with a 12-11 victory over Lakes, followed by a 20-4 loss to the tough Bellevue bunch.
Against Lakes, Petersen led the Hornet scoring with 5 goals, VanHoof added four and Will Cooper, Culp and Brandon Butler chipped in with one each. Against Bellevue, VanHoof had two goals and Shay Larsen and Mitchell Petellin added one apiece.
This marked the third consecutive appearance in the state tournament for Enumclaw High, which took home a third-place trophy in 2010. After going 11-3 in league play this season, the team finished 19-11-1.