Brenda Sexton

SLIDESHOW: Enumclaw captures White River Classic wrestling crown

With three champions, a runner-up and enough depth to produce a bevy of medal winners, Enumclaw High carried away the big trophy at Saturday's White River Classic wrestling tournament. The Hornets topped some of the toughest 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A teams in the state with 212 points. Despite putting five wrestlers in the finals, South Puget Sound League 3A rival Bonney Lake didn't produce a winner and finished second with 169 points. Enumclaw and Bonney Lake square off Wednesday night on the Panthers' home mat in the SPSL 3A season opener. The Hornets will put its 37-match league win streak on the line in the 7 p.m. contest. Graham-Kapowsin was third with 167, defending 1A state champion Orting finished fourth with 161.5. Yelm was fifth with 153.5. Sunnyside from eastern Washington was sixth and host White River finished seventh among the 16 teams.

Hornet medley relay races to 3A state-qualifying time

Right out of the blocks in the season opener Thursday, the Enumclaw High boys 200-yard medley relay qualified for February’s 3A state meet.

Enumclaw clothing bank sends out plea for additional donations

The Enumclaw School District’s clothing bank is sending out the call for new socks and underwear.

White River School District celebrates success

Six years ago, the White River School District was staring at lackluster test scores, a dismal on-time graduation rate of 51 percent and a dropout rate at 13 percent.

80 to 100: Hard work is Slettedahl’s secret to a long life

Hard work, a love for people and a zest for life are the keys to living to centenarian status, said Milla Slettedahl.

Enumclaw School Board hears employer’s plea

Local business owner Ted DeVol made a plea to the Enumclaw School Board to provide high school students with training to fill a need in the manufacturing industry.

Local high schools share gratitude attitude

“What a cool thing to do,” was the response as Enumclaw High students Ryan Chynoweth, Tyler Salsbury, Sara Mongrain and Michelle McKinlay and White River students Jeff Lind, Hannah Miltimore, Janet Groves, Brittany Walker, Micah Athey, Andrea Entz and Tino Hice joined forces and chain links together Nov. 22 at the bridge on state Route 410 that joins the communities of Enumclaw and Buckley.

White River Superintendent Lockyer announces retirement

White River School District Superintendent Tom Lockyer announced his retirement Monday afternoon during the State of the District address at White River High School. Lockyer plans to close out his seventh year July 1 and turn over the reins of the district to current Deputy Superintendent Janel Keating. "The timing is right," Lockyer told the crowd gathered to celebrate the district's successes. Lockyer has spent more than 40 years in education, the past six and a half as White River's leader.

WHITE RIVER: district, union sign contract

The White River School Board approved a three-year contract with the district’s Public School Employees union during its Nov. 16 regular meeting.

EHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Coach excited about bigger Hornet numbers

Just a few days into practice and Enumclaw High’s girls wrestling team is looking good. The Hornets finished 21st at the 3A state tournament in February and have been anxious to get back on the mat since.

EHS SWIM AND DIVE: EHS returns big pool of veterans

With a multitude of returning state-participating swimmers and divers, the Enumclaw High team expects to better last season’s Top 20 state finish.

WRHS BOYS WRESTLING: Hornets expect to reload quickly

Coach Joe Klein doesn’t mince his words when he looks at the gaping hole graduation has left in the White River High wrestling room.

WRHS GIRLS WRESTLING: Valdez grabs reins of veteran ladies program

With virtually the whole team returning, first-year coach Rich Valdez walks into the White River High girls wrestling room with high expectations for the coming season.

WRESTLING: Nationwide weight classifications bump up

Just when wrestling fans started memorizing the 14 weight classifications, the National Federation of State High School Associations Wrestling Rules Committee switched them.

EHS WRESTLING: Work ethic key to staying on top

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” It’s the slogan Enumclaw High wrestlers picked for their team T-shirts this season.

White River School Board is honored for third year in a row

The White River School Board was not one of the two groups selected as the 2011 School Boards of the Year by the Washington State School Directors’ Association during its conference Nov. 19 in Bellevue; however, Mike Jansen, Jean Lacy, Susan McGuire, Cassie Pearson, Denise Vogel and Superintendent Tom Lockyer were one of the 16 board of directors nominated.

School districts wary as special sessions opens

Plateau school leaders are not optimistic about the outcome of the special session Legislators headed into Monday.

McKay savors cooking victory

There’s a 3-foot trophy with a ready-to-be-stuffed turkey on top headed to Dick’s Barbershop in Enumclaw. Kara Mathiason McKay won it, along with a $1,000 Whole Foods gift card and bragging rights for her rollover recipe using holiday food favorites, during a friendly competition on the Nov. 23 Rachel Ray television show.

LIFEWAVES: Memory screening helps seniors

Misplacing things more often? Forgot where you are or where you’re going? Trouble recalling words or names in conversation? It may be time for a simple memory screening.

EHS SWIM AND DIVE: Bonthuis dives to ninth place at state

Diver Erica Bonthuis closed out her senior year with the Enumclaw High team with a ninth-place finish at the state meet Saturday.