EHS, WRHS place highly in prestigious athletics, academics competition

Enumclaw placed 6th; White River, 11th.

A year-long, statewide competition that weighs athletic success, academic prowess and sportsmanship was kind to both Enumclaw and White River high schools.

Sponsored by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the Scholastic Cup is deemed the most prestigious award a state school can receive. When point totals were tallied for all 67 schools in the Class 2A ranks, Enumclaw High landed in sixth place and White River just missed cracking the Top 10, finishing 11th.

This year’s 2A title went to Pullman High. Rounding out the top five were Sehome, Sammamish, Bellingham and Squalicum. Between No. 6 Enumclaw and No. 11 White River were Ellensburg, Tumwater, Columbia River and Selah.

The WIAA explains the Scholastic Cup formula like this: “Points are awarded by a school’s finish in each of the WIAA/Gesa state championships and academic state championships. Sportsmanship is also a factor, with substantial points deducted for ejections from contests.”

In athletic competition, Enumclaw earned big points from its success in football, baseball, volleyball and girls’ swim and dive. On the scholastic front, the boys’ wrestling team topped the EHS program when it came to points earned.

At White River, athletic points came primarily from the girls’ sports of golf, wrestling and volleyball, along with boys’ golf and baseball. Academically, White River received top points from boys’ swim and dive and girls’ golf. The Hornet golfers were the spring season’s Academic State Champions with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.991.