Swim and dive
The 2015 season started Dec. 3 for the Panthers when it faced the Enumclaw Hornets.
Bonney Lake fell 130-36.
“We are excited about the coming season,” coach Jay Paulson said. “This is a rebuilding year.”
He said this season the Panthers have a number of swimmers and divers who are new to the program.
He added, the “returners will have a great season.”
One of the team captains, Ryan Engledow is in his fourth season with the Panthers.
Paulson said Engledow made an appearance at state the last two seasons and “this year he’s training hard for a great end of season.”
Bonney Lake’s other co-captain is William Sidwell.
He is returning for his third season of swimming, Paulson said.
“He really had a breakthrough year in the 100 free last year,” Paulson said of Sidwell. “He also does backstroke and whatever else is needed.”
Another returning is Colton Bonnett who enters his second season of diving.
Paulson said he hopes Bonnett can help lead new divers Tristan Casner and Kameron Moergeli.
And other returners that will contribute points, Paulson said are Noah Austin-Church, Max Kalamar, Billy Knight, Billy Rohrbough, and Jared Lodholm.
New Panthers to the team this season, who show potential Paulson said are Jaden Livingston, Aiden Fairweather, Cole and Jeremy Johnsen, and Colton Kerns.
“These guys are working very hard and it will be exciting to watch them improve as the season goes on,” he said.
Up next for Bonney Lake are league rivals Sumner.
The Panthers travel to the Sumner High School pool for a 3:30 p.m. start time on Thursday, Dec. 10.
Second year coach Dan Pitsch said the Panthers return to start the season after finishing in ninth place in the state tournament last season.
He said seven qualified for state last year, six male wrestlers and one female.
He said all but one of the male wrestlers is returning this season.
And he added, this year the Panthers have two female wrestlers on the team.
Pitsch said a stand out wrestler for Bonney Lake is sophomore Brandon Kaylor.
Kaylor won state last season as a freshman, Pitsch said.
Another returner is senior Avery Meyer who finished second in state as a junior.
“Two of the best kids by far,” Pitsch said.
He added, about 90 percent of last season’s team is returning and the Panthers are looking for another top 10 finish.
The Panthers wrestled in the White River Classic on Saturday and up next for Bonney Lake is an away match against Peninsula.
The Panthers look to face the Seahawks during a 6 p.m. match today, Wednesday, Dec. 9.
The first home match of the season is Wednesday, Dec. 16 who Bonney Lake hosts the Auburn Mountainview Lions.
The Panthers 2015 season kicks off today, Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Bonney Lake travels to Mount Rainier High School where it will face the hosting Rams along with Kentwood, Port Angeles and league rival Sumner.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.