White River remains in state; Spartans, Panthers out

All four of the area’s high school soccer teams advanced to district play and three played their way into state tournaments, though Bonney Lake and Sumner were ousted this week, leaving White River the only local team remaining in the mix.

All four of the area’s high school soccer teams advanced to district play and three played their way into state tournaments, though Bonney Lake and Sumner were ousted this week, leaving White River the only local team remaining in the mix.

State play began this week and concludes Nov. 18 with championship games in all the larger classifications.

Here’s where the local girls teams stand.


The Hornets carried a district championship banner into the state Class 2A soccer tournament, which opened Tuesday night.

The 17-0 White River squad opened tourney play with a home game, hosting Selah High in a 6 p.m. contest. The winner advances to play either Cedarcrest or R.A. Long later this week in the Class 2A Elite Eight.

The Hornets remained perfect on the season and captured the District 3 title Saturday evening with a 5-0 whitewashing of North Kitsap. The victory came on the field at Franklin Pierce High School.

That win followed a 4-1 victory over Port Angeles on Oct. 31 that pushed the Hornets into the Class 2A state tournament.

The win over the Roughriders featured two goals by Annabelle Hall and single tallies by Chloe Narolski and Madison Ryneski.


The powerful Panthers made their state tourney debut Tuesday night on the road.

Having qualified for the Class 3A state soccer tournament, Bonney Lake was sent to Edmonds Stadium Tuesday for a 7 p.m. battle with Edmonds-Woodway. The winner will take on either Bethel or Mercer Island later t his week.

Details from Tuesday’s contest were not available for this edition of the paper.

Bonney Lake had advanced to the state tourney with a 3-2 victory over Central Kitsap the afternoon of Nov. 4. The state-clinching contest was played at Harry Land Stadium in Lakewood.

The Panthers enter state play with a 14-2 record.

The Panthers played Edmonds-Woodway Nov. 7, losing 3-2, ending their season.


A 3-0 victory over Curtis High propelled the Spartans into the Class 4A soccer tournament that opens later this week.

One of just 16 teams still alive statewide, Sumner will play an opponent that had not been announced as of Monday morning.

The Spartans secured their state berth with a 3-0 victory over Curtis High on Saturday. The win was highlighted by goals from Sam Larberg, JC Phillips and Marie LeGallo.

Sumner’s second game in the West Central/Southwest District tournament resulted in a 3-1 loss to Bellarmine Prep and had forced the winner-to-state, loser-out game against Curtis.

Bellarmine hit the scoreboard first, connecting for a goal at 13 minutes, but Sumner’s Larberg answered with a tally of her own in the 26th minute. But that was it for SHS scoring. The Lions took a 2-1 lead before intermission and sealed the victory with a goal at the 45-minute mark.

Both teams are members of the South Puget Sound League 4A and had split a pair of games during the regular season.

The Spartans’ postseason excursion had opened in dramatic fashion, with Sumner and Tahoma playing well beyond the normal 80 minutes in a loser-out contest.

Meeting Oct. 31 at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium, the Spartans and Bears were deadlocked 1-1 at the end of regulation and remained tied after playing overtime. Sumner finally pulled out the win in a shootout. Trailing 1-0, the Spartans tied the game at the 70-minute mark with Madison Gustafson scored off an assist by Larberg.

The Spartans played against Central Valley in Spokane on Nov. 8, losing 2-1 in a shootout, ending the season for the team.


After winning the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division title and receiving a first-round bye into district competition, the Hornets were ousted 1-0 by the Rogers Rams.

Rogers had defeated Kentlake Oct. 31 and squared off against Enumclaw Nov. 2 on the Curtis High pitch in University Place. It was a nil-nil affair nearly all the way, with Rogers’ Brennah Llanos posting the game’s only goal in the 75th minute.

The West Central/Southwest District game was a winner-to-state affair.

Enumclaw finished the season 11-4-2 overall, winning the Olympic Division with an 11-2-1 mark.

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