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It was a Hornet-Hornet battle for a rebound Friday night when the girls' teams from White River and Enumclaw met in Buckley. Coming away with the ball is White River freshman Vivian Kingston; also in the scramble are teammate Josie Jacobs and Enumclaw's Bella Firnkoess (21). Photo by Kevin Hanson

In battles of the baskets, Buckley reigns supreme

White River’s girls will enter the regular-season finale undefeated.

 

Former White River High standout Kendall Bird looks to put up a shot for the University of San Diego. Photo courtesy University of San Diego Athletics

Former WRHS baller Kendall Bird wrapping up final season with Toreros

Bird earned league MVP honors twice and was also twice selected for all-state while playing for White River.

 

White River School District student athlete Payne Plaster getting ready for the annual Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Photo by Sean Ceglinsky, Blue-Grey Football Operations

“It was awesome:” Plaster’s team takes the win at AT&T Stadium

The White River senior is already fielding tentative offers for his football future.

 

The Enumclaw High boys had little trouble picking up a league victory Dec. 15 when the Orting Cardinals visited Chuck Smith Gymnasium.

Sports roundup | Dec. 13 – 17

Results for basketball, swim, and dive.

The Enumclaw High boys had little trouble picking up a league victory Dec. 15 when the Orting Cardinals visited Chuck Smith Gymnasium.
White River coach Chris Gibson was recently honored for his 600th victory as a girls' basketball coach. The win came Friday, Dec. 3, and made Gibson - who is in his 25th season with the Hornets after eight years at Franklin Pierce High School - just the fourth Washington coach to reach 600 wins in the girls' ranks. Submitted photo

Chris Gibson honored with inaugural John Wooden Legacy Award

The White River basketball coach is fresh off his 600th victory leading the Hornet girls’ hoops program.

White River coach Chris Gibson was recently honored for his 600th victory as a girls' basketball coach. The win came Friday, Dec. 3, and made Gibson - who is in his 25th season with the Hornets after eight years at Franklin Pierce High School - just the fourth Washington coach to reach 600 wins in the girls' ranks. Submitted photo
Photo by Kevin Hanson 
Tyler Ramirez, a captain for this season’s Enumclaw High wrestling team, gets the better of an opponent during a match last season.

Sports previews: wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, and bowling at EHS, WRHS

We’re back to a (somewhat) regular winter season this year.

Photo by Kevin Hanson 
Tyler Ramirez, a captain for this season’s Enumclaw High wrestling team, gets the better of an opponent during a match last season.
Blotter bug

Suspect flees Buckley police; no sign of driver or missing owner

Austin Chase has been missing since January

Blotter bug
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One of the Plateau’s top returning players is Enumclaw High senior Rosie Penke who earned first team all-league honors a season ago. Here, she goes up for two points during a game last season.

Plateau basketball coaches see cause for optimism this season

A look at the girls and boys of Enumclaw and Whiter River’s basketball teams.

FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON 
One of the Plateau’s top returning players is Enumclaw High senior Rosie Penke who earned first team all-league honors a season ago. Here, she goes up for two points during a game last season.
PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON White River’s Brooke Mahler (left) and Brooke Gelinas celebrate at the conclusion of a signing ceremony at their school. Each will be playing collegiate golf next year.

Standout White River golfers sign to Eastern Washington, Dixie State universities

The two helped White River High to a regular-season league championship. Soon they’re off to college.

PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON White River’s Brooke Mahler (left) and Brooke Gelinas celebrate at the conclusion of a signing ceremony at their school. Each will be playing collegiate golf next year.
Senior running back Dawson Harding makes his way downfield for a touchdown run. Photo courtesy Steve Butler / www.srbutlerphotography.com

Enumclaw football season comes to an end; EHS, WRHS place in state volleyball

The White River crew came away with fifth place, while Enumclaw settled for eighth.

Senior running back Dawson Harding makes his way downfield for a touchdown run. Photo courtesy Steve Butler / www.srbutlerphotography.com
Enumclaw’s Dylan Watterson could be found running past opponents all season, leading to his selection as co-Most Valuable Player in the SPSL 2A.

Taking a look at the Plateau’s top atheletes

Coaches cast their votes for the top performers in the South Puget Sound League 2A.

Enumclaw’s Dylan Watterson could be found running past opponents all season, leading to his selection as co-Most Valuable Player in the SPSL 2A.
Enumclaw senior Rosie Penke registers a kill during the Hornets' district victory over Sammamish. Guarding the net is the Redhawks' Akshar Ameir. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Enumclaw soars in football playoff opener; both sets of Hornets off to state volleyball tourney

The past week was a busy one in the world of Plateau high school sports, with some teams participating in state tournaments, others qualifying for… Continue reading

Enumclaw senior Rosie Penke registers a kill during the Hornets' district victory over Sammamish. Guarding the net is the Redhawks' Akshar Ameir. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Enumclaw's Clive Pond (1) and his Hornet teammates celebrate after recovering a Patriot fumble Friday night. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Enumclaw football rallies to close victory, earning state tournament slot

A wrap-up of all local sports as their seasons come to a close.

Enumclaw's Clive Pond (1) and his Hornet teammates celebrate after recovering a Patriot fumble Friday night. Photo by Kevin Hanson
An Enumclaw Hornet is taken down by a trio of White River players. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

WRHS gets the ‘W’ in volleyball matchup; EHS claps back on the football field

Three “Battle of the Bridge” events — football, soccer, and volleyball — earned White River and Enumclaw a win each, plus a tie.

An Enumclaw Hornet is taken down by a trio of White River players. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON Joined by family and surrounded by members of this year’s White River High football team, Bob Walker was honored last week for his longtime dedication and contributions to the Hornet program. A special presentation took place during halftime of the Oct. 21 contest between White River and Franklin Pierce, the team’s final home game of the season. Walker is retiring from coaching after more than three decades as a Hornet assistant, having worked under seven head coaches at both historic Sheets Field and the current Arrow Lumber Stadium.

Sports Roundup | Oct. 19 -23

GIRLS SOCCER Fife 3, White River 0 October 22 at White River White River record: 10-2 league and overall. Enumclaw 8, Orting 0 October 21… Continue reading

PHOTO BY KEVIN HANSON Joined by family and surrounded by members of this year’s White River High football team, Bob Walker was honored last week for his longtime dedication and contributions to the Hornet program. A special presentation took place during halftime of the Oct. 21 contest between White River and Franklin Pierce, the team’s final home game of the season. Walker is retiring from coaching after more than three decades as a Hornet assistant, having worked under seven head coaches at both historic Sheets Field and the current Arrow Lumber Stadium.
The White River defense stuffed the visiting Cardinals much of the night. Doing the honors here are Landon Mollett (15) and Logan Lisherness (23).

White River clips Cardinals’ wings; Enumclaw clinches win against Orting

This Friday brings both Plateau teams together for the Battle of the Bridge.

The White River defense stuffed the visiting Cardinals much of the night. Doing the honors here are Landon Mollett (15) and Logan Lisherness (23).
Enumclaw and White River High School logos

Plateau golfers deliver top performances at league tournament

White River captured five of the top eight boys’ slots and three of the top five girls’ performances.

Enumclaw and White River High School logos
Football

White River makes it look easy; Enumclaw rallies in the second half

Both football teams posted wins with big margins last week.

Football
Junior forward Sofia Smits delivers a shot toward the Fife goal during Enumclaw’s home match against the Trojans on Oct. 14. Photo by Kevin Hanson

Sports Roundup | Oct. 11 – 15

BOYS TENNIS Enumclaw 5, Clover Park 0 October 15 at Clover Park No. 1 singles: Tristan Vieren (E) def. Ian Christian-Soledad (CP) 6-3, 6-0. No.… Continue reading

Junior forward Sofia Smits delivers a shot toward the Fife goal during Enumclaw’s home match against the Trojans on Oct. 14. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Running back Emmit Otero breaks through the crowd early on in the homecoming game against the Steilacoom Sentinels. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Enumclaw falls in homecoming game against visiting Steilacoom

This was the Hornet’s first loss in a league game.

Running back Emmit Otero breaks through the crowd early on in the homecoming game against the Steilacoom Sentinels. Photo by Ray Miller-Still