White River High finished an impressive No. 7 in an abbreviated, statewide Scholastic Cup challenge.
The Scholastic Cup is operated by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, ranking schools through a formula that includes athletic achievement, classroom excellence and sportsmanship.
Typically, standings are compiled at the end of the school year. Points are awarded according to a school’s finish in each of the state championships and the ongoing academic state championships.
With spring sports scrapped, this year’s final rankings for all six statewide classifications (4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B) were based only on the fall and winter sports seasons.
White River’s No. 7 ranking was in the Class 2A category, where Sehome High took top honors for the sixth consecutive year. Among the 62 schools in the 2A classification, the only others placing higher than White River were No. 2 Sammamish, Pullman, Bellingham, Ellensburg and Selah.
The Hornets compiled most of their points during a stellar winter athletic season. On the White River campus in rural Buckley, the girls wrestling team captured the state 2A championship while the boys team placed third at Mat Classic. In basketball, both Hornet programs qualified for the state tournament, advanced to the round of 12 and played in the Yakima Valley SunDome.
The fall athletic season saw the Hornet volleyball team make another state appearance, placing fifth. The girls soccer team advanced to the Elite Eight in the state 2A tournament and the girls cross country team took 12th-place honors at the state meet.
The WIAA also keeps tabs on teams’ academic prowess, monitoring the grade-point averages of all the state’s programs. White River fared well in the final ranking: the girls basketball team was No. 3 academically, the girls cross country crew was No. 5, both the volleyball team and female wrestlers were No. 6, the winter cheer squad placed No. 7 and the boys basketball team was No. 8.
The majority of Enumclaw’s points came on the scholastic side of the WIAA formula.
The EHS winter cheer squad wound up No. 3, the boys cross country crew was No. 5 and the volleyball team placed No. 8.
Athletically, the girls soccer team earned points after qualifying for the state Class 4A tournament, the cheer crew contributed to the point total and EHS earned an additional 25 points in the sportsmanship category.
In the end, EHS ranked 39th among the 4A’s 66 schools.