Brenda Sexton

Life-changing experience teaching Enumclaw High’s Carlson about living

"This is the day my life will be overturned forever," Enumclaw High senior Tyler Carlson wrote in a class paper in October.It was spring when the Hornet football and baseball letter winner and his family learned the cramping and intense stomach pain he'd been dealing with for weeks was Crohn's disease.Carlson calls it a life-changing experience that has brought out the best in him.He doesn't take a day or person in his life for granted – he's living every day to its fullest."It's not only a physical disease," he said. "It's a high mental disease so I try to take the good things out of life.""The biggest thing that makes it flair up is stress," Carlson said. "I realized it, and every morning I thank God that I'm still here and kicking and try to remain positive through my life."Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal tract that most commonly affects the small intestine or colon.It is estimated as many as 1.4 million Americans have Inflammatory Bowel Disease – with that number evenly split between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's disease may occur in people of all ages, but it is primarily a disease of adolescents and young adults, affecting mainly those between 15 and 35. There isn't usually a definitive cause attached to it."I think he appreciates things more," said his mother Jill Carlson. "It's night and day how he's feeling now compared to last spring."It was spring and for Carlson that means baseball season.For about three months, he lost his appetite and started to lose weight. He was in and out of school, the doctor's office and the hospital with diarrhea, cramping and bleeding."I'd lay on the couch with a heating pad," he said. "It turns on when it wants to. I never see it coming."At first, Jill and Ted Carlson thought it was a lingering flu."He never got well," Jill said. "He was still trying to play baseball," she said.

New Enumclaw aid car ready to roll

The King County Fire District No. 28, Enumclaw Fire Department, is ready to roll out its latest aid car. The fleet addition is roomy inside and filled with features designed for patient and firefighter safety.

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

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 champions Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.

OUR CORNER: Election response similar to a teens

Finally, all the campaign fliers, door hangers, advertisements, yard signs and robo calls have paid off. This fall’s election campaign has helped me identify with my teenage children

SLIDESHOW: EHS SWIM: Bonthuis, Larrea and relay earn lane at state meet

The Enumclaw High girls’ 200-yard medley relay and individuals Katie Larrea and Erica Bonthuis will hit the water at the King County Aquatic Center Friday morning in the preliminary round of the 3A state swim and dive meet. The medley relay of Bailey Sexton, Bella Davenport, Larrea and Erin Wessel finished fourth at Saturday’s West Central District meet to earn a spot at state. The foursome shaved nearly 3 seconds off their preliminary time to hit the wall in 2:03.91. Larrea earned her lane at state with a third-place finish and a state-qualifying time of 1:12.39. Bonthuis finished seventh in diving Saturday, but earned a state berth during competition earlier in the season. There were several could-have-been chances. Davenport gashed her foot Thursday during practice. She pulled out of two events, but swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay and the 100 breaststroke with stitches. Sexton was edged out, finishing fifth in the 50 freestyle in 26.79. The Hornets came close to taking their 200 freestyle relay. In an exciting at-the-wire finish, EHS edged Hazen and Foss for third place, posting a time of 1:48.35, but was disqualified for a faulty start. Foss and Hazen, with identical times, took the No. 3 spot. The Hornets finished sixth in team points behind Hazen, Peninsula, Kennedy, Capital and Foss. It was a good show for EHS in the consolation finals. Junior Allie Larrea finished sixth behind Sexton in the 50 freestyle in 27.25. Wessel, a senior, was seventh in 27:15; all three dropping time from prelims. Wessel also placed eighth in the 100 freestyle. The junior foursome of Allie Larrea, Jamie Ritzdorf, Carly Hinman and Carlie Cairnes earned eighth in the 400 freestyle relay. Cairnes finished ninth in the 500 freestyle in 6:09.90, knocking time off her prelim clocking of 6:12.79. Cairnes placed 10th in the 200 freestyle. Katie Larrea was seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2:26.38. Freshman MacKenzie Bull finished 15th. Bull finished 11th in the 500 freestyle with a 6:19.58. Hinman was ninth in the 100 breaststroke and 17th in the 100 butterfly. Senior Lori Lamm finished 18th in the butterfly. Sexton finished 11th in the 100 backstroke. Senior Cassie Cook finished 14th in the 100 backstroke and Allie Larrea was 17th. Junior Nicole Wilson earned a 14th-place finish in diving. The Hornets will take Hinman, Lamm, Allie Larrea and Ritzdorf to state as alternates for the medley relay. Bonthuis and Wessel also earned district scholar athlete awards for their 3.94 and 3.80 grade-point averages respectively. Scholar athletes are seniors participating on the team with a accumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher.

Big crowd attends as Krain receives historic status

Before a packed house, the King County Landmarks Commission gave The Krain Corner restaurant historical status Thursday night.

Three new options for clothing, home decor in downtown Enumclaw

Those who fancy themselves as expert shoppers for both clothing and home decor have three fresh options in Enumclaw.

White River to alter the way it grades

White River Alternative Programs Principal Elaine Elliott remembers boosting her grade in high school Spanish by 2 percentage points by eating at a Mexican restaurant and bringing the receipt to class. In the White River School District that thinking is passé. When district leaders are done, a standards-based system will be in place.

School Board happy with stadium agreement

“The phones are already ringing, and there is great interest in its use,” Enumclaw School District business director Tim Madden told the Enumclaw School Board after they signed off on the 25-year lease agreement with the city for management of the stadium at Pete’s Pool. The city and school district have been negotiating the lease since May. The city council finally gave it the nod at its Oct. 10 meeting with the mayor signing off on it that same day. The school board OK’d the agreement at its Oct. 17 meeting and Superintendent Mike Nelson inked it the next day. At the board meeting, Nelson, Madden and board members praised the city and Your Enumclaw Area Stadium (YEAS) committee for the magnificent facility. “It is an incredible accomplishment during these tough economic times,” Nelson said.

SLIDESHOW: EHS WATER POLO: Top 12 to battle for state title

The Enumclaw High boys water polo team heads to the state tournament Thursday. An opening-round opponent was not known at publication time, but the Hornets’ 14-13, come-from-behind victory over Auburn Riverside in the season finale Thursday bodes well for the team. State tournament play begins at 3 p.m. Thursday with games at Lakes and Rogers high schools. Each of the top 12 teams will play two games Thursday with the top eight teams advancing to the final rounds Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Seeding will be determined by a tournament committee, based on league standings and nonleague results. Eleven teams – Enumclaw, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Wilson, Curtis, Rogers, Puyallup, Peninsula, Emerald Ridge, Newport and Bellevue – have qualified. Roosevelt and Bainbridge Island were scheduled to play for the North Division’s third seed. In the Hornets’ regular-season closer, the visiting and state-bound Ravens got off to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first 4 minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Hornet Mason Culp put Enumclaw on the scoreboard on the Hornets’ third power play with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Raven Luke Andrews scored a minute later. EHS’s Will Cooper scored with 47 seconds on the clock for a 3-2 Riverside advantage going into the second quarter. Auburn Riverside scored six in the second quarter and kept the Hornets to four goals for a 9-6 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Hornet defense adjusted to the Ravens’ play at center and cranked up the offense to outscore the Ravens 5-1 and take an 11-10 lead into the final period. Both teams played tough through the final period with the score tied twice in the final 4 minutes of the game. Culp put the Hornets ahead for good with a goal with 2:49 remaining. The Hornets had scoring from five players in the win – Bennon VanHoof scored four; Gabe Sales and Culp each scored three; and Thomas Petersen and Cooper scored two each. Freshman goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had 13 saves. Enumclaw finished its regular season with a 6-4 league record, 14-11 overall.

EHS SWIM AND DIVE: Hornets dive into districts

Enumclaw High girls closed out the regular swim season Oct. 18 with a 116-69 nonleague win over Emerald Ridge and kicked off the postseason Friday and Saturday with a second-place finish at the South Puget Sound League 3A meet at Auburn High. The league meet offered the Hornets one final chance to qualify for the West Central District meet Nov. 5 and 6 at Hazen High in Renton, where they will compete with swimmers from the Olympic, SPSL 3A, Seamount and Narrows leagues. That meet will serve as Enumclaw’s last opportunity to earn a lane at the state meet. Diver Erica Bonthuis has already earned her spot at the state diving competition. Bonthuis finished third at Saturday’s league meet. Teammate Nikki Wilson was sixth and will dive at districts.

Board recognizes Scouts for sprucing up schools

Boy Scouts Mason Vogel and Kyle Durrant were honored by the White River School Board at its Oct. 12 meeting for sprucing up two of the district’s school campuses.

White River district inks three-year contract

The White River School Board gave its nod to a three-year contract with teachers during its Oct. 12 meeting.

State grant lands Carbonado roof

Carbonado Historical School District Superintendent Scott Hubbard doesn’t know if all the letters informing districts they had received an Urgent Repair Grant came with a personal note from Washington state schools leader Randy Dorn, but he was tickled his did.

Album has a sense of home

Kathye Long’s latest CD is a homecoming. “I was going to name it ‘It’s Time to Go Home,’” Long said after the fifth track on the release, but instead settled on “Northwestern Girl.” “It’s about home, going toward one, longing for the one you never had.” The well-known local singer, songwriter, performer and musician is hosting a release party at 7 p.m. Friday at Enumclaw Music, 1515 Cole St., where she is best known as a guitar instructor. “Northwestern Girl” is Long’s fourth CD and is filled with the folk music her fans have come to expect. “It’s all original material,” Long said. Eleven of the 14 songs Long wrote in 2010, the other three were written since her last release, “Check Please” in 2006.

EHS GOLF: Salsbury edges McCluskey for title

Tyler Salsbury and Colton McCluskey finished 1-2 at the South Puget Sound League 3A Medalist Tournament at Gold Mountain Golf Complex Oct. 19, earning themselves tee times at the Class 3A state tournament in May. For Salsbury, it was the fourth-straight year he carried home medalist honors. The EHS senior, who plans to take his game to the University of Washington, earned the medalist trophy with a two-day stroke total of 138. He finished the first round of play Oct. 17 with a 6-under par 66 and Day 2 with an even-par 72. McCluskey, also a senior and a two-time state qualifier, followed with a two-day total of 155 on days of 77-78.

EHS BOYS TENNIS: Hornets complete season

Enumclaw High senior Dan Milat earned South Puget Sound League 3A all-league, first-team honors and junior teammate Anthony Chynoweth earned all-academic honors as the Hornets closed their 2011 tennis season. The Hornets finished the regular season with a 5-5 record which tied them for third with Auburn Mountainview in the SPSL 3A. Bonney Lake and Lakes shared the championship. The postseason tournament was not kind to EHS, as no Hornet advanced to the spring district tournament.

EHS GOLF: EHS golfers trying to earn May state tee times

Enumclaw High golfers were teeing off at the SPSL 3A Medalist Tournament Monday and Tuesday at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton.

WRHS TENNIS: Hornets open well in league tournament

Despite the cloudy weather, White River High’s boys tennis team headed into the league tournament with a sunny outlook.

EHS WATER POLO: Hornets go 4-3 in Oregon

The Enumclaw High boys water polo team wrapped up a busy week of play with a 4-3 record at the Tualatin Hills Best of the Northwest Invitational Tournament in Beaverton, Ore.