Area track and field teams spent two days last week at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner, with top performers advancing to this week’s state meets and all others seeing their prep seasons come to a close.
Sumner hosted district competition Friday and Saturday for both the 3A and 2A classifications.
The best local finish was turned in by the Enumclaw High girls and Bonney Lake boys, each placing second in the 3A team standings. Also in the girls 3A, Sumner placed fourth and Bonney Lake was 15th. On the boys side of the 3A ledger, Sumner was fifth and Enumclaw seventh.
In the 2A competition, White River’s girls placed 12th and the boys were 19th.
Both the 3A and 2A competition will take place Thursday through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. The following athletes earned a berth in this week’s state meet.
Enumclaw boys: Brandon Barnett, tie second, high jump; Eric Hamel, third, 1,600 meters, fourth, 3,200 meters; Connery McLaughlin, third, javelin; Jeremy Watts, fourth, pole vault.
Enumclaw girls: 4×200 relay, first (Taylor Tandecki, Taliah Olson, Nikole Schroeder, Josie Neu); 4×400 relay (Tandecki, Olson, Aleea Gwerder, Neu); Rachel Lewis, second, triple jump; Hunter Storm, third, 3,200 meters, sixth, 1,600 meters; 4×100 relay, third (Tandecki, Schroeder, Olson, Neu); Neu, third, high jump; Samantha Engebretsen, fourth, 1,600 meters, fifth, 3,200 meters; Susan Starr, fifth, javelin; Caitlin Swenson, tie fifth, long jump; Tandecki, sixth, 200 meters; Gwerder, fourth, 400 meters.
White River boys: Lucas Selby, fourth, 400 meters.
White River girls: 4×100 relay; 4×400 relay, fourth; Brianne Wiens, sixth, pole vault.
ENUMCLAW WATER POLO
By winning three of four games during last week’s regional tournament, the Enumclaw High girls are one of just eight water polo teams still in the running for state honors.
The Elite Eight will come together Thursday through Saturday for a double-elimination state tourney at Curtis High School in University Place.
Enumclaw opens tournament play at 6:30 Thursday evening, taking on Newport High. With a victory, EHS would next play at 8 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday tussle between Mercer Island and Curtis. A Thursday loss would send Enumclaw to a 5 p.m. game on Friday against the Mercer Island/Curtis loser.
Teams opening with two victories meet at 7 p.m. Saturday for the state title.
The two-day regional tournament opened May 20 and saw EHS beat Rogers 5-1 before falling to Puyallup 7-2. The following day, Enumclaw knocked off Auburn 14-6 and slipped past Lakes 5-4.
Last year’s Enumclaw High team placed fourth at the state tournament.
Three area baseball teams had landed in the state Class 3A Sweet 16, but only the Sumner Spartans prevailed, winning two games to find themselves in the coveted Final Four.
In the loser-out opening round, Enumclaw High fell to Lake Washington by a 9-2 score and Bonney Lake went eight innings before being eliminated 4-3 by Kennewick. For the Panthers, Braydon Tressler drove home all three runs. Enumclaw’s Jordan Misensol and Drew Seabrands had two hits each, while Austin Hood smacked a home run.
Constant rain on Saturday, and more in the forecast for the following days, prompted officials to scrap the final rounds of both the Class 3A and Class 2A district tournaments.
As a result, both Enumclaw and White River are state bound.
In both classifications, teams winning twice on Friday – advancing to the semifinals – were sent directly to state. They were seeded according to a previously-crafted formula, making Enumclaw a No. 1 district seed into the 3A state tournament and White River a No. 3 seed into the 2A tourney.
Eight teams were left in the running for the 3A’s final berth to state, including the Bonney Lake Panthers. The eight hopefuls were to square off Monday at the Sprinker complex in Spanaway.
Enumclaw punched its ticket to state Friday by first defeating league rival Sumner 8-3 and then whipping Kelso 4-1.
The story against the Spartans was Madelyn Carlson. She went the distance to get the win, scattering eight hits over seven innings, and came up big at the plate as well. She had three hits, knocked in a pair of runs and scored once. Teammate Rechelle Dunn also had three hits.
For Sumner, Abi Proffitt went 3-for-4, including a double, scored once and drove in a run.
Enumclaw’s victory over Kelso was highlighted by the stellar pitching of Quinn Breidenbach. She fanned nine and allowed just five hits in seven innings of work.
At the plate, Breidenbach had three hits. Dunn added two more, including a homer, and Brittany Camp also had two hits and a home run.
Next, Enumclaw will appear in the Friday-Saturday 3A tournament at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. For the Hornets, this marks the fifth year in a row for a state appearance and eight state trip in the past nine seasons.
Following their loss to Enumclaw, the Sumner Spartans fell 6-2 to Capital High, bringing the season to a close.
Bonney Lake won its opener 6-1 over North Thurston, thanks largely to the complete-game pitching of Brooke Nelson, then lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Columbia River.
White River earned its state trip first with an 8-5 triumph over Olympic High, followed by a 13-8 victory over Sammamish.
White River will head to Selah’s Carlon Park for the Friday-Saturday 2A state tournament. That’s the same park where the Hornets advanced to the championship game a year ago, finally falling and bringing a second-place trophy home to Buckley.
This is the sixth year in a row White River has advanced to the state tournament.
STATE 3A GOLF
Top Class 3A golfers headed for Spokane and the state tournament that kicked off yesterday, Tuesday, and wraps up today.
The boys competed at The Creek at Qualchan while the girls played the Indian Canyon course.
The 3A tournaments included golfers from Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.
During last fall’s Medalist Tournament, EHS had advanced Carson Erwin, Jared Beals and Dylan Miller to the boys state tournament.
At the same time, EHS teammates Josh Erickson, Kidder McKee, Matt Hodgman and Andrew Litman earned trips to the Spring Qualifier. With an 83, Erickson secured a berth in the state tourney; with an 84, Hodgman was the first alternate.
Guaranteeing themselves a trip to state during the fall’s Medalist Tournament were Enumclaw High’s Lexi Dechon and Bonney Lake’s Hayden Zumholf.
Earning trips to the Spring Qualifier were Enumclaw’s Rylie McCann and Taylor Anglin and Sumner’s Abby Burns and Clair Selmer.
Selmer was the only one to advance to state, shooting a 94 to place fifth in the qualifying tournament
STATE 2A GOLF
White River was well represented at the Class 2A state tournament, which teed off yesterday, Tuesday, and concludes today.
Both the boys and girls played in Richland, the boys at the Horn Rapids course and the girls at Columbia Point.
White River’s girls were dominant during the regular season and sent five golfers to this week’s state tourney. Playing in Richland were Sydnee Scott, Georgia Lavinder, Sofia Lavinder, Maci Goethals and Jordanne Fray. All had qualified last fall during the Medalist Tournament at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Taylee Goethals had earned a trip to the Spring Qualifier and played May 17 at the Gold Mountain complex in Bremerton. She shot 110, missing a trip to state.
Participating in the state tourney for the WR boys were Cooper Franklin and Joe Flanigan, who earned their Richland trips during last fall’s Medalist Tournament at Lake Spanaway.
Two other Hornet boys, Josh Murdock and Sawyer Mills played May 17 in the Spring Qualifier, staged at Gold Mountain. They shot rounds of 102 and 104, respectively, missing the state cut.
WHITE RIVER LACROSSE
White River’s lacrosse crew advanced to the second round of the Division II state playoffs, but saw its season come to a close Saturday afternoon.
After beating Vashon 17-6 in the May 13 tournament opener, White River was paired against Union High in the quarterfinal round. Playing in Camas, White River fell 14-10 in the single-elimination tourney.
Already trailing 5-2 at the half, White River struggled as Union attempted to blow the game open by scoring seven third-period goals and building a 12-5 lead. White River rallied with five goals in the fourth quarter but couldn’t overcome the earlier deficit.
In the season-ending setback, the Hornets were paced by Gavin Hardersen and the Funkhouser brothers, Matt and Luke, all with three goals. Gavin Taylor added White River’s other goal.
White River finished the season 6-5 in league play and 11-7 overall, including the playoff split.