While many of the Plateau’s prep athletes have wrapped up their spring seasons, others have survived postseason play and have a final few days of action coming their way.
Here’s a look at what transpired last week along with a look at what’s to come for those still in the hunt.
Only two teams are left standing in the battle for state superiority and the Enumclaw Hornets find themselves on that lofty stage.
The EHS boys advanced to the 1A/2A title game Saturday evening by whipping the visiting squad from Burlington-Edison 22-5. The contest was staged at the Enumclaw Expo Center.
The semifinal showdown lacked any real drama as Enumclaw showed its superiority from the opening minutes. The Hornets led 9-1 at the end of the first quarter and 18-1 at halftime.
The offensive explosion was headed by Wyatt Neu’s five goals, along with four by Cole Carnino and three by Gunnar Trachte.
On the other side of the state bracket, Orting defeated Bellingham 9-7 to reach the finals.
The title game is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
Carlon Park in Selah, the recent home to the Class 2A state fastpitch championships, awaits the Enumclaw High Hornets.
The EHS squad survived a district tourney, winning two of three games, to earn a trip to Yakima County. The 2A tournament opens Friday morning and wraps up Saturday with semifinals, the title game and consolation rounds.
Enumclaw opens state play as the No. 13 seed, taking on No. 4 Selah at 11 a.m. Friday. The winner will play again at 3 p.m. Friday against Olympic or Othello; the loser will play at 1:30 in a loser-out contest.
The EHS crew qualified for state May 19 at the District 2/3 tourney at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.
Enumclaw dropped its district opener 6-2 to Olympic High, meaning the Hornets would need back-to-back victories to keep their season alive. And that’s just what the squad did, first defeating Kingston 10-4; then, in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest, prevailing 8-2 over Sequim.
There are seven Enumclaw golfers in the field this week as the state’s top high school competitors take part in the Class 2A championships.
Both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments are being staged just east of Spokane, near the Idaho state line. The 2A boys are tackling the Liberty Lake course while the girls are at nearby MeadowWood.
Both tournaments began with 18 holes of play yesterday (Tuesday) and those who survived the cut will play another 18 today. The two-day totals will determine the final outcome.
For the EHS boys, the trek to Spokane is headed by a pair of underclassmen, sophomore Dylan McMahan and freshman Travis Leonard. Both had qualified for the state tournament during last fall’s regular season.
Joining them is junior Tanner Nichols. He had to go through another hoop to earn his state berth, surviving last week’s one-day state qualifier. Sixteen players (eight from the South Puget Sound League and eight from the Olympic) squared off on the Cedars at Dungeness course. The top six earned a state berth.
Also reaching the qualifier at Dungeness but falling short of earning a state berth were Enumclaw’s Jake Bort and Alex Long.
On the girls’ side, Enumclaw junior Emily Alicea was an automatic state qualifier based on her play during last fall’s SPSL 2A end-of-season tournament.
She is joined at MeadowWood by three teammates. During the qualifying tourney at Dungeness, senior Reagan Chevalier took top honors with a round of 85; junior Danika Korpe tied for third at 92 and junior Kate Hartman was fifth with a round of 93.
WHITE RIVER GOLF
The Class 2A state golf championships have four White River Hornets making an appearance in Eastern Washington.
The title tournament is being split between a pair of Liberty Lake golf courses, venues that are east of Spokane and just a bit west of the Idaho state line. The 2A boys are playing at Liberty Lake Golf Course while the girls are at the nearby MeadowWood course.
A full field of competitors teed off yesterday (Tuesday) and those who made the cut were back for a second 18 holes today. Final placings are based on 36-hold totals.
For the White River girls, sophomore Lexie Mahler had qualified for state during the fall season’s end-of-year tournament. Two others, juniors Abby Rose and Sophie Ross, earned their state berths during the May 16 state qualifier, which involved 18 holes of play at the Cedars at Dungeness course near Sequim.
The White River boys sent a lone golfer to the state tourney, junior Kaden Ausen, who earned his berth during the fall season’s league tournament. Jayson Walker, a Hornet junior, had advanced to last week’s state qualifier but did not earn a bid to the 2A championship.
The Enumclaw High Hornets made it to the Class 2A’s Elite Eight before being bounced from the state baseball tournament.
EHS entered the opening round of the 2A tourney as the No. 4 seed, paired against No. 13 Burlington-Edison. Playing the morning of May 20 on the campus of Auburn High, the Hornets advanced with a 4-0 shutout.
That victory pushed Enumclaw into the state quarterfinals and a game against No. 5 Lynden. This time around it was the Hornets’ turn to be on the short end of a shutout, falling 3-0 in a game that brought an end to the EHS season.
WHITE RIVER BASEBALL
The White River squad split a pair of games in the Class 2A baseball tournament, an outcome that brought an end to the Hornets’ season.
The opening day of the tourney had the Hornets traveling to the campus of W.F. West High School. In their first contest, White River and Hudson’s Bay staged an epic battle that went a full 11 innings. Tied 3-3, the Hornets allowed their foes from the Vancouver area to score two runs in the top of the final frame, only to respond with three runs of their own to secure the dramatic victory.
That launched the Hornets into the quarterfinal round and a contest against W.F. West. The Chehalis school escaped with an 8-5 victory, putting the Hornets’ season to an end.
WHITE RIVER FASTPITCH
First, the good news: the White River fastpitch crew was among the 16 entries qualifying for the May 19-20 District 2/3 tournament.
And the bad news? The squad’s stay was a short one, of the two-and-out variety.
The Hornets opened district play at noon Friday, May 19, with the unenviable task of facing the No. 1-seeded team from North Kitsap. The Vikings lived up to their top billing, crushing the Hornets 15-0 in an abbreviated contest.
That pushed White River into a loser-out game against the Sequim Wolves. The score was a bit more respectable, but the club from the Olympic Peninsula walked off the diamond on the winning end of an 18-7 score.
White River finished the spring season with an overall record of 11-9. That included a mark of 10-6 in South Puget Sound League 2A play, good for fourth place in the final league standings.
ENUMCLAW TRACK AND FIELD
The Class 2A state track and field championships will include 11 Enumclaw High athletes when they begin a three-day run Thursday in Tacoma.
The 2A state showdown will take place at Mount Tahoma High School.
Enumclaw High tracksters earned their state berths May 19 during district competition at Renton Memorial Stadium. From the district level, the top six finishers in each event earned a state spot.
EHS boys making a state trip will be McCoy Brooks, who placed second at districts in the 3,200 meters and fourth at 1,600 meters; Evan Cheney, fourth at 3,200 meters; Tyler Merz, fourth in the shot put; and Dean Paulson, sixth in the pole vault.
EHS girls headed to the state meet include Natalie DeMarco, the district champion in the javelin; Saiya Flaherty, third in the high jump; Lillian Haas, fourth at 800 meters and sixth in the 1,600 meters; the fourth-place 4×400 relay team (Melanie Martinez, DeMarco, Ashli Gowin, Taiya Stafford); and Natalie Young, fifth in the discus.
WHITE RIVER TRACK AND FIELD
The Class 2A state track and field championships, set for May 25-27 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, will include nine White River athletes.
State-bound competitors earned their 2A berths during a May 19 district meet at Renton Memorial Stadium. In Renton, the top six finishers in each event earned a state spot.
From the White River boys’ side, heading to state are Lyle Dolojan, who was second at district in the 100 meters and fifth at 200 meters; Michael Marlow, sixth in the 1,600-meter run; and the sixth-place 4×100 relay team (Kouri Lewis, Dolojan, Brendon Holliday, Jacob Becher).
Among the WRHS girls headed to state are Emma Tomlinson, a three-time district placer who was second in the 1,600 meters, the 3,200 meters and the high jump; Trista Turgeon, second in the 100-meter hurdles; Nativity Leddy, sixth at 800 meters; and Soleil Bianchi, sixth at 3,200 meters.
ENUMCLAW GIRLS’ TENNIS
A pair of Enumclaw High doubles teams will be featured this weekend as the state’s top Class 2A tennis players converge upon the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.
Sixteen teams will begin play the morning of May 26 and, by the end of the day, four will be eliminated. Day 2 will be highlighted by semifinal and final rounds.
Hornets participating in the state 2A tourney are the doubles pairs of Macy Furtwangler/Ashley Dickerson and Josie Schampera/Bella Firnkoess. They earned their state berths during last weekend’s district tourney at the Kitsap Tennis Club in Bremerton.
WHITE RIVER BOYS’ SOCCER
The Hornets experienced one of the state’s longer road trips, heading to the rolling fields of the Palouse Country for the opening round of the Class 2A boys’ soccer tournament.
The excursion to Pullman ended in disappointment, with White River winding up on the short end of a 4-0 shutout.
The May 17, loser-out contest was played on the campus of Pullman High School.
The season-ending loss capped a spring campaign that saw White River post a 10-3-3 record in South Puget Sound League 2A play and claim second-place honors. A victory in the District 2/3 tourney sent the Hornets into the Class 2A state tournament.