SLIDESHOW: EHS WATER POLO: State’s best knock EHS out early

Bennon VanHoof led the Hornets' offensive attack during play against Roosevelt at the state water polo tournament.

Enumclaw High drew the toughest bracket in the opening round of Thursday’s state water polo tournament at Rogers High in Puyallup and it proved deadly for the Top 10-ranked Hornets.

Defending state champion Curtis devoured the Hornets 19-2 in the first game. The Hornets’ goals were delivered by junior Mason Culp and freshman Quinn Warner.

The Hornets took a short breather and jumped back in the water to face Roosevelt.

EHS watched an early lead evaporate into a five-point halftime deficit. EHS pulled within four after three quarters, but the Roughriders went wild,  coasting to a 17-8 final.

Junior Bennon VanHoof scored six in the loss. Junior Will Cooper and the Hornets’ only senior Gabe Sales each added a goal.

Bellevue was crowned state champion Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.