Senior running back Dawson Harding makes his way downfield for a touchdown run. Photo courtesy Steve Butler /

Senior running back Dawson Harding makes his way downfield for a touchdown run. Photo courtesy Steve Butler /

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.

Correction: A previous version of this article reported Enumclaw High volleyball placed eighth place in state. This was incorrect; they tied for seventh place.

After advancing to the Elite Eight in the Class 2A football playoffs the Enumclaw Hornets ran into a formidable roadblock.

Having defeated the Hockinson Hawks in the Round of 16, EHS was matched against the top-ranked Thunderbirds from Tumwater High. Playing Friday night on the T-birds’ home field, Enumclaw was outmatched 56-21.

Tumwater showed why it climbed to the top of the 2A rankings by racing to a 28-0 lead before the contest was eight minutes old.

Enumclaw’s final game of the season included a touchdown Dylan Watterson off a screen pass from Malcolm Harper and short TD runs by Dawson Harding and Harper.

Enumclaw finished the season with a overall record of 9-3.


Two Plateau teams traveled to the Class 2A state volleyball tournament and two trophies returned.

Both White River and Enumclaw high schools had advanced to the 16-team state tourney, staged Nov. 19-20 at the Yakima SunDome.

After the dust settled and 26 matches were played, the White River girls were hoisting the fifth-place trophy and the Enumclaw crew had claimed eighth place. White River won three of four matches in Yakima while Enumclaw had two wins and a pair of losses.

White River opened the tourney with a long, hard-fought, 3-2 victory over Ellensburg (25-19, 26-24, 21-25 24-26, 23-21) to advance into the winners’ bracket. In Friday’s quarterfinals, White River was matched against SPSL 2A foe Steilacoom and dropped a 3-0 decision.

The Buckley crew stayed alive Saturday morning with another long battle, eventually defeating Lynden High 3-2 (26-24, 25-15, 21-25, 20-25, 15-10). That victory put White River into a finale for fifth and sixth place, paired against Anacortes. The Hornets prevailed in three, winning 25-23, 31-29, 25-20.

In Friday’s first round, Enumclaw started with a tough 3-2 loss to Lynden High (25-19, 20-25, 21-25, 25-13, 17-15), then stayed alive by blanking Sequim 3-0.

EHS began Saturday play with a 3-0 victory over the Highlanders from Spokane’s Shadle Park High, winning 25-16, 25-11, 25-22. In Saturday’s battle for seventh and eighth place, Enumclaw dropped a 3-1 decision to Mark Morris High (25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17).

The South Puget Sound League 2A was well represented in Yakima, with three teams placing in the top eight. Aside from White River and Enumclaw, Steilacoom was a force; the Sentinels won their first two, lost in the semifinals and bounced back with a victory over Burlington-Edison to take third-place honors. A fourth SPSL 2A team, the Washington Patriots, won a match before being eliminated.

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