Enumclaw state baseball run off to rocky start; White River to face No. 1 team

Plus additional summaries of soccer, tennis, and track and field.

Mid-May is a crucial time in the world of prep sports, with some programs finishing their regular seasons and others well into tournament time. And, for the unfortunate, the 2022 spring campaign has already come to a close.

Here’s a look at where some of the Enumclaw and White River teams stand.


Saturday’s play may not have gone as hoped for the Hornets, who dropped a pair of District 2/3 contests, but Enumclaw High had already assured itself of a berth in the state’s Sweet 16.

The regional round of the state Class 2A tournament begins Saturday, May 21, when the Hornets travel to face the Lynden Lions of the Northwest Conference. It’s a loser-out game with the winner heading to the state semifinals. Game time is 10 a.m. at Davis High School in Yakima.

If Enumclaw triumphs on Saturday, the Hornets will play later in the day against the winner of an Ellensburg/Shelton pairing.

EHS was assured a regional berth with a lopsided 11-0 victory over Olympic High on May 10 in the opening round of the district tourney.


Needing two victories on Saturday to reach the state Sweet 16, White River was wildly successful.

The final day of the District 2/3 tournament opened with the Hornets thumping Highline High 10-0 in a loser-out tussle. Then, in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest, White River dispatched the Port Angeles Roughriders 7-1.

The Hornets had opened district play with a loss to Steilacoom in the opening round, but stayed alive with a 16-1 rout of Kingston.

Now, it’s on to the regional round of the 16-team state tourney. White River enters as the No. 16 seed and, as such, has the dubious honor of opening against No. 1 North Kitsap. The game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Foss High School in Tacoma.


Twenty-two Hornet athletes placed in the top six at last week’s SPSL 2A championship meet and earned a berth into this week’s district competition.

The district meet, set for North Mason High School, will take place May 20-21. The top six finishers in each event will advance to the Class 2A state meet, which takes place May 26-28 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Headed to the district meet from the EHS boys’ team are: McCoy Brooks in both the 1600 and 3200 meters; Trevor Storm, 1600 and 3200 meters; Amos Hall, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles; Jeremy Dumler, 110-meter hurdles; 4×100 relay (Dawson Harding, Dane Johnson, Clifford Cummings and Michael Poleski), 4×400 relay (Poleski, Johnson, Cummings and Brooks); Sean Phillips, discus; Louis Chevalier, high jump; Joseph Garton, pole vault; and Joseph Cleveland, long jump.

Advancing to districts from the EHS girls’ side are: Lindsay Essex, 400 meters; Ava Sawyer, 1600 and 3200 meters; Anna Bogh, 1600 and 3200 meters; Ellie DeGroot, 110- and 300-meter hurdles; 4×100 relay (Ashli Gowin, Sophia DeMarco, Natalie DeMarco, Rubie DiBella); 4×200 relay (Gowin, S. DeMarco, N. DeMarco, DiBella); 4×400 relay (Essex, S. DeMarco, N. DeMarco, DeGroot); Marissa Espinosa, shot put and discus; Gowin, shot put; N. DeMarco, javelin; Saiya Flaherty, high jump; and S. DeMarco, high jump.

There were nine schools represented at the SPSL 2A meet and Enumclaw’s girls took top honors while the boys finished fourth.


This week’s district track and field meet will include 19 members of the WRHS program. Each qualified by placing in the top six during last week’s SPSL 2A championships.

The district meet – which will advance the top six finishers in each event to the Class 2A state meet – will take place May 20-21 at North Mason High School.

The state championships are set for May 26-28 at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High.

Heading to district competition from the White River boys’ team are: Cole Riley, 400 and 800 meters; Evan Slish, 400 and 800 meters; Christian Chaussee, 800 meters; Michael Marlow, 3200 meters; Payne Plaster, 300-meter hurdles; 4×100 relay (Lyle Dolojon, Plaster, Jayden Clausnitzer, Tyce Donovan); 4×400 relay (Donovan, Marlow, Riley, Slish); Dainton Neff, javelin; Wyatt Skinner, long jump and triple jump; and Easton Westling, long jump and triple jump.

Heading to the district meet from the WRHS girls’ program are: Kelsey Sanders, 400 meters; Vivian Kingston, 800 and 1600 meters; Emma Tomlinson, 800 and 3200 meters; Nativity Leddy, 800 and 3200 meters; Paityn Kaydus, 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles; 4×400 relay (Tomlinson, Kingston, Kaydus, Sanders); Mackenzie Cabrera, discus; Ava Cash, pole vault; and Sarah Russell, long jump.

In team scoring, White River placed third among the nine schools in both the boys’ and girls’ competition.


Seven Hornets rolled through last week’s SPSL 2A league tournament and are now headed to district play.

That list is headed by Macy Furtwangler, who won all four of her SPSL tourney matches and advances as the No. 1 seed to district singles competition.

Also moving on are all three EHS doubles teams. The Ashley Dickerson/Josie Lorenz pair are headed as the No. 3 seed, the Sydney Scribner/Jasmine Dumontet duo are the No. 4 seed and the team of Moriah Rogel/Amelia Poulin are No. 5.

Enumclaw’s other entry in singles play, Caitlin Triplett, finished seventh and is the top alternate to districts.

The district tournament is planned for May 20-21 at the Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Center in Bremerton.


White River’s girls were limited to just the first day of competition at the South Puget Sound League 2A tournament.

The Hornets’ top singles player, Gabriella Pratt, dropped her opening match to Foss High’s Lucia Rashi but stayed alive with a second-round victory over teammate Kaydence Gilner. She was eliminated during Day 2 of the tourney.

Gilner was bounced on Day 1, having lost her opener to Enumclaw’s Macy Furtwangler.

The doubles pair of Ava Steffen and Lena Bishop split their two matches to remain in contention, but were eliminated on the second day of play. The pairing of Amy Grasley and Emma Swensrud were bounced in a pigtail match.


Having wrapped up the South Puget Sound League 2A championship, the Hornets now prepare for the District 2/3 tournament.

That 16-team challenge will take place May 20-21 on the fields of the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. At stake is a berth in the May 27-28 Class 2A state tournament in Selah.

At press time, information had not been posted regarding times and opponents for the district tourney. All 16 teams will begin play on Friday, May 20.


May showers brought plenty of rainouts for the Hornet girls and that, in turn, made for a hectic final week of the regular season.

The White River crew played six games in seven days – including a Saturday doubleheader against two different league foes – and was slated to culminate Monday with a trip to Orting.

The Hornets went 3-2 during last week’s games and are now head into the District 2/3 tournament.

The 16-team tourney is set for May 20-21 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. At stake is a berth in the May 27-28 Class 2A state tournament in Selah.


After a middling regular season that featured a 7-8-1 record against South Puget Sound League 2A foes, the Hornets were eliminated on the first day of District 2/3 tourney play.

Enumclaw was slotted as the No. 13 seed into the 16-team tournament and paired against No. 12 Renton High. Due to the low seeding, the May 10 contest was of the loser-out variety.

Finishing on the short end of a 2-0 score, the Enumclaw High crew was finished for the season.


The Hornets managed to win just one of three games in last week’s District 2/3 tournament and, as a result, saw their season come to a close.

The White River bunch had entered district play at the No. 8 seed, bringing about a contest with top-seeded Sammamish. Playing on their home turf the afternoon of May 10, the Redhawks emerged with a 2-0 win.

That pushed the Hornets into loser-out territory the following day and the Hornets responded with a 1-0 victory over the Lindbergh Eagles. The evening of May 14 brought a winner-to-state, loser-out game against Bremerton High; on the road, White River fell 4-0 and had its season come to an end.


Golfers from both Enumclaw High and White River will compete next week in the Class 2A state tournament.

The tourney will be a two-day affair (May 24-25) in Thurston County; the boys will play at Capitol City Golf Club and the girls will compete at Tumwater Valley Golf Club.

A handful of competitors from each school had an opportunity yesterday (Tuesday, May 17) to earn a spot at state. Playing in a qualifying tournament from White River were Alle Klemkow, Abby Rose and Sophie Ross in the girls’ tourney and Arthur Mijares and Alex Wakefield on the boys’ side.

From Enumclaw, playing in the girls’ state qualifier were Brookelyn Jewett, Emily Alicea and Raegan Chevalier; on the boys’ side, EHS was represented by Jack Craighead and Tanner Nichols.

Results from the qualifier came too late to be included here.

Ten golfers had already guaranteed themselves a spot at state, based on their performances during the fall season.

Assured of a state berth are:

White River boys: Zach Miller, Kaden Ausen, Lane Maras and A.J. Mills.

White River girls: Brooke Gelinas, Brooke Mahler and Lexi Mahler.

Enumclaw boys: Ben Laurnen and Jake Bort.

Enumclaw girls: Emma Nitsche.