Brenda Sexton

After close race, McGann sworn into Enumclaw School Board

In the nick of time, no pun intended for the Christmas season, Enumclaw School District Superintendent Mike Nelson was able to swear Tina McGann into the Enumclaw School Board of Directors during its regular meeting Dec. 19. McGann was declared the winner in a tightly-contest race for the District Director No. 4 seat Dec. 16 after a manual recount gave her an 11-vote edge over Dan Peterson.

Keating’s hiring excites White River School District

The White River School Board OK’d a three-year superintendent contract with Janel Keating. “We’re excited,” Board President Denise Vogel said after the unanimous vote at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting. Vogel noted Keating, who has served as the district’s deputy superintendent for the past few years, would provide a seamless transition that will help the district continue its work. Keating takes over the reins from Superintendent Tom Lockyer who will retire July 1.

Senior inspires Enumclaw swim and track teams

Inspiration comes from different places. Painters can be inspired by a beautiful sunset. Writers can be inspired by a good story. Athletes can be inspired by a underdog versus Goliath victory. Last year, the Enumclaw High boys swim team and the Hornets’ track team found its inspiration in teammate Riley Scott.

SLIDESHOW: Carbonado School District produces sweet play

Carbonado School District student body performed "Willy Wonka Jr." for audiences Dec. 13.

EHS SWIM AND DIVE: VanHoof sets bar for EHS

Bennon VanHoof bested his own 100-yard breaststroke Enumclaw High School record Thursday with a winning time of 1 minute, 1.06 seconds.

EHS BOYS WRESTLING: Hornets score eight champions to win Rogers Holiday tournament title

Enumclaw High may have dropped to No. 2 in the state Class 3A wrestling rankings for the current week, but the Hornets didn't seem phased as they cruised to the 40th Rogers Holiday Tournament title Saturday in Puyallup. The Hornets put 11 in the finals and ran away with the championship trophy with 280 points. Curtis was the No. 2 team with 168, while Bethel finished third with 163.

EHS-WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Three champions push White River into third-place at Rogers tournament

Hornet lady wrestlers, both White River and Enumclaw, walked away with Top 10 finishes at Saturday's Rogers Girls Holiday Tournament in Puyallup. Backed by champions Mikaela Kilcup, Sam Mitchell and Erica Jackson, White River finished third, while Enumclaw came in seventh in the 12-team tournament. Kelso won the tournament with 183 points, followed by Mount Baker, 168, and White River, 146. Enumclaw finished with 77 points. White River's Kilcup earned her 170-pound title with a 1-minute, 4-second pin over Morgan Michels of Yelm.

McBarron named White River’s first Daffodil Princess

Megan McBarron will be the first White River High School student to represent the school and community as a Daffodil Princess.

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Green, Moulden top Lady Hornet Classic

Kristen Green and KC Moulden earned top honors at the inaugural Lady Hornets Classic wrestling tournament Dec. 10.

WR GIRLS WRESTLING: Lady Hornets pull off one-point criteria victory

First-year White River High girls wrestling coach Rich Valdez said he picked up a few more gray hairs Thursday night as the Hornets edged Rogers 37-36 in dual-match action.

Enumclaw High earns trip to state robotics championships

In early December, Enumclaw High School’s Team 4213, the Techno-Bots, qualified for the Washington state robotics championships.

White River takes step to protect student safety

The White River School District put student safety at the forefront during its Dec. 14 meeting when it approved an outline for safe student walking areas and hazard zones.

OUR CORNER: As always, people are willing to help

The other day I learned another friend had been laid off. The economy may be looking up, but it’s far from sunny. Christmas brings out the giving hearts in communities, but I am thankful we live among folks who give year round.

Focus is on increasing math skills at Sunrise Elementary

Sunrise Elementary School teacher Nicole Leahy had a math student who was struggling with the concept of “less than” and “greater than.” She shared her story with fellow teachers Nancy Tubbs and Elisabeth Carlson.

Longtime city librarian books on into retirement

When Enumclaw Public Library Director Bob Baer retires at the end of December, it’s the people he will miss.

Nature’s Inventory products booming, for a second time

By the time LouAnn Brandjes was finally diagnosed with Lupus, she’d had enough. The chronic inflammatory disease that affects various body parts, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, was taking a toll and she was ready to fight back.

EHS SWIM AND DIVE: Hornets win league opener

Enumclaw High’s boys swim team opened the South Puget Sound League 3A season with a 130-49 win over Bonney Lake Thursday, a meet highlighted by Bennon VanHoof’s state-qualifying win in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Arson alert brings award to Enumclaw woman

Because Rachel Kirk stepped forward an arsonist served time for his crime. Kirk was honored for her bravery during a Dec. 7 ceremony at the Enumclaw Fire Department headquarters.

SLIDESHOW: No. 1-ranked Enumclaw wrestles win from No. 2 Bonney Lake

In the battle between the two top Class 3A wrestling teams in the state, Enumclaw retained its status as No. 1 Wednesday night with a 39-36 victory over Bonney Lake. The defending 3A champion Hornets threw everything but the kitchen sink at the No. 2-ranked Panthers and the Panthers returned the favor in the South Puget Sound League 3A season opener.

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Three lady Hornets earn third in Yelm

With three Hornets sidelined, the Enumclaw High girls wrestling team proved it has some depth as three earned third-place finishes at the Yelm tournament Saturday. An added bonus, the Lady Hornets earned two wins by technical fall. Coach Jerry Scheidt said in its five-year history, the team has posted five technical falls. "That just shows how far we've come," Scheidt said. Danielle Cormier, 155 pounds, Logan Erskine, 170, and KC Lynn Moulden, 275, were the Hornets' third-place winners. Kasandra Renfrow finished fifth at 170 pounds.