The Class 3A tournament featured a pair of doubles teams from Enumclaw High.
The duo of Mariah Bone and Kylie Rademacher dropped their first match in the Tri-Cities, but responded with three straight victories to nab fifth-place honors.
The opening loss came at the hands of a Seattle Prep tandem and was followed by wins over pairs from Capital High and Auburn Mountainview. In Saturday’s fifth/eighth showdown, the EHS senior pair easily defeated Kori Gonzales and Lucie Doran from North Thurston, winning 6-1, 6-1.
The Enumclaw duo of Barbie Becker and Olivia Adams opened with a loss to a Holy Names team, then went three sets before losing to a Lincoln High team. The two defeats meant elimination.
White River’s Kelsey Williams and Ysaline Winkel won a match at the Class 2A state tournament, but suffered a pair of losses and were eliminated.
The 2A tourney was staged May 27-28 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.
The Hornet pair opened with one of the toughest, longest matches of the tournament, losing in three sets to a team from Ridgefield High. After the Williams/Winkel pair grabbed the opening set 6-3, the Spudders took the match with 7-5 and 10-7 victories.
Enumclaw High garnered seventh-place honors during the state girls water polo tournament, contested May 26-28 at Curtis High in University Place.
The Hornets opened tourney play Thursday with a 9-2 loss to Newport. Friday saw EHS fall 5-4, in overtime, to Mercer Island. That brought a Saturday contest against Lakes High for seventh and eighth place, a tussle the Hornets took by an 8-4 margin over the Lancers.
The White River Hornets again were part of the Class 2A Sweet 16 that gathered at Carlon Park in Selah.
Unlike a season ago, when White River won three games and battled for the state title, the Hornets had a shorter experience this time around. White River opened tourney play Friday with a 9-3 loss to R.A. Long and followed that with a 13-6 defeat at the hands of Selah High later in the day.
The two losses meant the end of the season for the Hornets.
By Sarah Brenden, Assistant Editor
After a nearly perfect season, the Enumclaw Hornets fastpitch team fell 10-0 to Meadowdale Saturday in the 3A state title game.
This was Enumclaw’s second loss this season. The Hornets lost game two of the year to the, then, defending 4A state champions Tahoma.
Enumclaw bounced back and finished the season undefeated – until Saturday.
The Hornets got off to a slow start in the championship game after Meadowdale went up 6-0 in the bottom of the first.
Despite striking out nine, senior pitcher Quinn Breidenbach gave up 10 hits and as many runs through six innings.
The game was called with two outs left in the bottom of the sixth after Meadowdale scored its 10th run on an RBI double.
Enumclaw struggled at the plate in the final, only recording three hits.
A double from both sophomores Emma Gunter and Hailey Roberts and a single from senior Rechelle Dunn were the only hits for Enumclaw.
The state tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey began Friday with a 2-1 win over West Seattle.
Breidenbach homered twice, scoring both runs including a game winning walk off to advance the Hornets to the quarterfinals.
Game two Friday was against Mount Spokane where Enumclaw won 8-3.
The Hornets put up 11 hits that game.
Breidenbach struck out 11 and only gave up four hits.
She had another home run, her third at the time for the tourney, and also hit a double.
Junior Madelyn Carlson and Roberts both went 2-4 with a double. And junior Brittany Camp was 3-4 during the win Friday.
The semi finals began Saturday morning where Enumclaw secured its return to the state title game after beating Everett 2-1.
Once again Breidenbach pitched that game, striking out eight and allowing one run on three hits.
She recorded another homer that game and was 1-3.
Dunn was also 1-3 with an RBI and Gunter went 2-3 during the semi finals win.
After finishing conference play with a perfect 14-0 record, the Hornets end the 2015-2016 season with a 21-2 record.
2A TRACK AND FIELD
The lone state representative from the White River boys side was Lucas Selby, who ran the 400 meters. He competed in the preliminaries, but failed to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
The White River girls were represented by the 4×400 relay (Chloe Anastasi, Annabelle Hall, Chloe Mitchell and Kiana Harris), the 4×100 relay (Anastasi, Mitchell, Kelsey Bunker and Hannah McGinnis). Neither group advanced to the finals.
Additionally, Brianne Wiens had earned a trip in the pole vault, where she placed 14th.
3A TRACK AND FIELD
The following athletes advanced to the finals during the May 26-28 Class 3A state track and field meet. Competition took place at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School.
Enumclaw High girls: 4×100 relay, first, (Taylor Tandecki, Josie Neu, Nikole Schroeder and Taliah Olson); 4×200 relay, second (same as 4×100); 4×400 relay, first, (Aleea Gwerder, Josie Neu, Tandecki, Olson); Emmie Neu, high jump, ninth; Hunter Storm, 3,200 meters, 12th, 1,600 meters, 14th; Samantha Engebretsen, 1,600 meters, 12th, 3,200 meters, 16th; Rachel Lewis, triple jump, 16th; Caitlin Swenson, long jump, 17th.
Enumclaw High boys: Connery McLaughlin, javelin, fifth; Jeremy Watts, pole vault, seventh; Brandon Barnett, high jump, 12th; Eric Hamel, 1,600 meters, 14th, 3,200 meters, 15th.
In the 3A girls team standings, Sumner was fifth, Enumclaw seventh; and Bonney Lake 14th.
On the boys side of the 3A ledger, Bonney Lake placed second, Sumner was 17th and Enumclaw placed 30th.