Enumclaw has proven talent across spring rosters

The Enumclaw boys and girls track and field team is ready for another season of competition.

Last year, Hornets Aleea Gwerder took the baton from Josie Neu in the last leg of the 1,600 relay. Enumclaw took the gold at the state event. Both Hornets are now graduated. Photo by Dennis Box

TRACK AND FIELD

The Enumclaw boys and girls track and field team is ready for another season of competition.

The Hornets are featuring another strong team. Coach Jenelle Murrell said by email, “We have over 100 athletes participating in girls and boys track.”

The team has numerous returning athletes Murrell said including the 2016 state 3A champion 400-meter relay team of Taylor Tandecki, Nikole Schroeder, Taliah Olson, Sarah Meeker and Payton Roberson. The girls won the state title in a time of 49.17 seconds. This season the team reach for another title and look to break the state record of 47.18.

Abbie Carlson and Jessica Cerne will be making her mark throwing in field events. Alexa DeMarco will be competing in the pole vault event and Hunter Storm in distance races.

The boys side will also feature a strong team. Murrell said returning for the boys are Connery McLaughlin, Alec Ritter, Tim McCann, Bryson and Kale Engebretsen.

WATER POLO

It’s back in the water again for the Hornets girls water polo team, the 2016 East Division champs.

Averill said there are 13 on the team including, captains Emile Weyer, Grace Munnell, and Morgan Hall. Also returning from last years’ East Division championship team are seniors Caitlyn Schuler and Jordan Lawson, juniors Lindsay Harms, Grace Rich, and Bryonna Harris, and sophomores Tessa Valison and Kenzie Invie-Johnson. Joining the squad this year are junior Jessica Johnson and freshmen Hannah Baxter and Katie Norton.

In the Hornets’ first game of the new campaign, Enumclaw beat Mercer Island 6-1. Four Hornets scored in the win, with senior captain Emilie Weyer and sophomore Tessa Valison each scoring two; junior captain Grace Munnell and junior Lindsay Harms scored one each. Junior captain Morgan Hall grabbed six saves in the goal.

Coach Bob Averill said Enumclaw opened its season with two wins and a loss at the Curtis Jamboree Saturday.

Enumclaw opens regular season play this week, traveling to Auburn on Tuesday to face Auburn Riverside, and hosting Tahoma on Thursday at 7:30. Both are league games.

TENNIS

The Enumclaw girls tennis team is takes the court with four returning player.

Last year the Hornets sent two doubles teams to the 3A state tournament. Enumclaw lost four players to graduation.

Coach Rick Carel has year-after-year formed winning teams in Enumclaw by finding good athletes and teaching them the tricks of the trade.

Returning to the team this season for the Hornets are seniors Madison Bosik, junior Camryn Hayett, sophomore Emma McKeighen and senior Taylor Sipila.

Enumclaw host Auburn Riverside at 3:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, and travels to Auburn for a 3:30 match Friday against the Trojans.

SOCCER

The Hornet boys are ready to take the pitch for 2017 season

The team features a solid core of returning soccer players for the 2016 team.

The Hornets roster has six seniors, seven juniors and four sophomores, which provides a well balanced for this year and the future of the program.

Enumclaw opened the season Tuesday against White River and will travel to Auburn Riverside for a 7:30 p.m. match Friday.

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