The champion team from White River consisted of, from left: Chloe Narolski, Taylee Goethals, Kara Marecle, Taylor Schmidtke, Sam Fiedler, Sofia Lavinder, Georgia Lavinder and Dee Dee Forsman. Here, the group takes a break from basketball and plays tourist at a Hawaiian volcano. Submitted photo

White River girls capture tournament title in Hawaii

A group of White River High basketball players have logged plenty of miles and enjoyed abundant success this summer, capturing tournament titles in Hawaii and California.

A group of White River High basketball players have logged plenty of miles and enjoyed abundant success this summer, capturing tournament titles in Hawaii and California.

Most recently, an eight-member swarm of Hornets won five straight games to grab top honors at the World Youth Basketball Tournament in Kona, Hawaii. The tourney was staged July 26-30.

Under the direction of coach Chris Gibson, the White River squad opened with a 77-68 victory over the Stingrays and followed up with a 56-20 with against the Blue Tsunami. Playing twice on July 29, White River first registered a lopsided 80-26 triumph over Keaau then took a close 44-36 win over the Wahine Ryders. The July 30 title contest had White River paired against the Straycats, a finale that saw the Plateau girls roll to a 78-45 victory.

All five opponents were from Hawaii, either high school or select squads.

“The kids did a great job, had a great tournament,” Gibson said, adding that the trip allowed time for “a nice cultural experience.”

Making up the winning White River team were Chloe Narolski, Kara Marecle, Sam Fiedler, Dee Dee Forsman, Taylor Schmidtke, Georgia Lavinder, Sofia Lavinder and Taylee Goethals.

Four weeks earlier, White River won seven consecutive games to claim the 2A championship at the San Diego Classic. Gibson has taken a team to the Southern California tourney for two decades and often fared well, but this year provided the first title.

Out-of-state trips require the blessing of the White River School Board, but no public money is involved. The trips are made possible through fundraisers and with the help of the booster club, Gibson said.

More in Sports

White River boys, girls second at Fife Open

Hornet girls Taylor Schmidtke, Hannah Swettenam and Camryn Berryhill placed first in all their events.

EHS equestrians still finding success

Enumclaw is cementing its best “large school” equestrian team title in the state.

WIAA honors Bonney Lake’s Nelson, Sumner’s Labarge

Labarge’s soccer skills and Nelson’s control of the pitchers mound got them recognition.

Nelson strikes out 24 as Panthers roll to 5-0

The Panther’s star player nearly blanked Stadium High.

Indian Relay Racing set to return in early June

In Indian Relay — the nation’s oldest sport with a history that goes back 500 years — teams race twice around the Emerald Downs one-mile track and exchange horses every half-mile.

Familiar names among expected stars at Emerald Downs

Among those returning are Mach One Rules and Gold Rush Dancer.

Enumclaw’s Ulrich, Cassell sign with college programs

Ulrich is heading to Bosie State while Cassell will go to Skagit Valley College.

Panther dance, drill team wins state; appears at national event

This is the third year the Pantherette’s have been state champions in the “show” competition.

Two new coaches join White River programs

Lacrosse team aims to improve last year’s 4th place standing

Sumner returns two-time state champion on tennis court

Soccer and track also hoping to build on last year’s success.

Busy time on diamond for Spartan baseball, fastpitch

The fastpitch team’s first game is against Enumclaw on March 13.

Solid group of returnees for White River diamond sports

The baseball team placed second in the 2A League last year, but fell quickly in the West Central District tournament.