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The world of Plateau prep athletics begins to hit its peak this week, with postseason wrestling and swimming on the agenda, not to mention a pair of Battle of the Bridge basketball pairings.
Here’s a look at where things stand as the stakes get higher and the excitement level builds.
With the regular season set to conclude Friday, it has been another banner year for Plateau hoops.
Through games of last week, the four local teams – that’s boys’ and girls’ programs from both Enumclaw and White River high schools – have combined to post a winning record of 58-18. Even more impressive is how the Hornets (both schools) have done against the rest of the South Puget Sound League 2A. When facing league foes, the Plateau teams have won 47 of 54 contests.
Heading into this final week of league competition, the White River girls were a perfect 12-0 in league play; the Enumclaw squad was just a step behind at 12-1.
On the boys’ side, Enumclaw led the league with a 14-1 record. White River was fourth in the standings with a winning record of 9-5.
Those numbers will move around a bit as Enumclaw and White River wrap up the league season this week. The girls’ teams will meet on Thursday and the boys’ squads will square off Friday; both games will tip off at 7 p.m. in Chuck Smith Gym on the EHS campus.
The girls’ District 2/3 basketball tournament will kick off Feb. 14 and the boys will open district play on the 15th; both tournaments will conclude Feb. 18.
Select wrestlers from throughout the area – including nine from White River and six from Enumclaw – will head to North Mason High School in Belfair for Saturday’s regional competition.
The stakes are high in Belfair, as the top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the Feb. 17-18 state championships. Mat Classic will again be staged in the Tacoma Dome, bringing together grapplers from schools of all sizes, from all corners of the state, for both boys’ and girls’ competition.
The postseason trek began last Saturday, Feb. 4, with a subregional tournament at Orting High. From there, the top four in each class advanced to this weekend’s regionals.
White River boasted a pair of subregional champions in Riley Simmons, 220 pounds, and Hunter Oswold, 138. Both were undefeated on their way to a title.
Others advancing from the WR ranks were Chase Campbell, second place at 182 pounds, and Caleb Dale, second place at 145; Caleb Evanger, third place, 120; Christopher Bowen, fourth, 195; Joshua Hanson, fourth, 126; Trevor King, fourth, 145; and Ryan Miller, fourth, 170.
Among the six EHS wrestlers moving forward were a pair of subregional champions. Mason Elder took top honors at 152 pounds and Westin Triplett placed first at 160. Each received a first-round bye and then won three straight matches to earn the title.
Others securing a regional berth were Zeke Luchi, second place at 285 pounds; Caleb Grantham, third place at 132; Sean Hong, third place, 182; and Wyatt Gibson, fourth place, 160.
In the subregional team standings, White River placed second behind a dominant Orting squad while Enumclaw finished fourth in the nine-team field.