Local basketball teams saw limited action during the holiday break but all are now preparing for a race to the regular-season finish line.
Here’s a look at what each of the four area teams did over the holidays and where they now stand.
WHITE RIVER GIRLS
The most accomplished team on the local scene, the Hornet girls are sitting at a perfect 4-0 in South Puget Sound League 2A play, are 8-2 overall and carry a No. 6 RPI ranking.
One of those losses came Dec. 27 in Yakima, where White River was taking part in the Wilbur-Ellis SunDome Shootout. On the opening Friday, the Hornets fell 59-54 to the Zillah High Leopards, a Class 1A school from the Yakima Valley. On Day 2 of the Shootout, the Hornets jumped back on the winning track, registering a 56-36 victory over Royal, another Class 1A school and, like Zillah, a member of the South Central Athletic Association.
The White River girls are idle until Jan. 8 when they host Franklin Pierce High. The Cardinal girls are off to a good start, sitting 3-0 in league play and 7-2 overall. The teams play at 7 p.m. as the second half of a boys-girls doubleheader in Buckley.
WHITE RIVER BOYS
The Hornet boys also have built at impressive early-season resume, starting 4-0 in SPSL 2A play and 8-3 overall.
White River split a pair of games at the Wilbur-Ellis SunDome Shootout in Yakima. The squad opened with a Dec. 27 loss, falling 76-64 to Port Angeles, and bounced back the following night with a 75-64 victory over La Center.
The Hornets return to league play Jan. 8, hosting the Franklin Pierce Cardinals. The visitors have also started hot, going 3-0 in league play and 8-2 overall. The teams will take the court at 5:15 p.m. in the opener of a boys/girls doubleheader in the White River gymnasium.
The Hornets played once, earning a victory, during the two weeks of winter break. The 63-49 nonleague victory over Fort Vancouver allowed Enumclaw to improve to 4-5 for the season, which includes a 2-3 mark in North Puget Sound League 4A play.
The latest win came courtesy of a long road trip to Clark County where Fort Vancouver hosted a one-day holiday tourney.
The Enumclaw boys take on a pair of league foes next week. Things start Dec. 8 with a trip to Todd Beamer High; two nights later the Hornets return home to square off against the Auburn Mountainview Lions. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
The Hornet girls took on a nonleague opponent Dec. 27, falling 46-37 to the Fife Trojans. The road loss dropped Enumclaw to 2-7 for the season, which includes a 2-3 record in North Puget Sound League 4A play.
Another nonleague tilt is set for Friday when the Enumclaw girls host the Kent-Meridian Royals. It’s a rare afternoon contest, with tipoff set for 2 p.m. in Chuck Smith Gym.
NPSL play returns next week with a Jan. 8 home game against Todd Beamer and a Jan. 10 road trip to Auburn Mountainview.