Coach Anna Rose has the luxury of bringing back a handful of players who know how to win.
Her 2022 squad “has a lot of experience and almost all of the players were part of the state championship team from last season,” Rose reported.
Last season’s state Class 2A tournament was dominated by a White River crew that more than doubled the point total of the second-place team. Graduation took a toll, however, and the Hornets said goodbye to SPSL 2A Player of the Year Brooke Gelinas and all-league first team selection Brooke Mahler.
On the coach’s list of players to watch are sophomore Lexie Mahler and juniors Abby Rose, Alle Klemkow and Sophie Ross. Both Mahler and Klemkow were first team all-league honorees a season ago and Rose was a second team selection.
Rounding out the Hornet roster are sophomore Abigail Ringel and freshmen Abby Akins and Olivah Gray.
The Hornet girls opened the season yesterday (Tuesday) by taking on Orting High at High Cedars Golf Club. Thursday, the team will host the Franklin Pierce Cardinals at Enumclaw Golf Course.
The White River boys’ golf team, coming off an impressive third-place finish at last year’s Class 2A state tournament, is looking to reload.
“We lost seven players that played varsity and junior varsity last year,” coach Terry Vallala reported.
The new-look squad starts with junior Kaden Ausen, a first team all-league performer a year ago. He not only advanced to the Class 2A state tournament, but placed seventh in a tourney that began with 80 hopefuls.
Also back are a pair of juniors, Mason Arnold and Jayson Walker, who played for both the varsity and junior varsity squads in 2021. Added to the mix are fellow juniors Kary Evans and Austin Lalonde, who are looking to move up from the JV ranks.
“We have quite a few freshmen and sophomores who made the team this year,” Vallala added. “We are excited to see growth from these young athletes.”
The Hornet boys opened their 2022 campaign yesterday (Tuesday) with an away match against the Orting Cardinals at High Cedars Golf Club.
A healthy handful of proven players return to the White River High soccer program that put together an impressive 2021. A year ago, the team went 10-2-1 in South Puget Sound League 2A play and was 11-4-1 overall.
That run included league play, a three-game district tournament and a one-game appearance in the Class 2A state championships.
That success led to several Hornets – all returning this season – earning all-league honors: Laura Corr, first team forward; Ella Lidstrom, first team midfield; Victoria Curtice, first team defender; and Claire Carter, second team forward. Additionally, a trio of Hornets – Ava Bright, Morgan Greene and Elise Nicolls – received postseason all-league honorable mention.
Also returning for a senior season are Kate Robbins, Olivia Ashcraft and Alyka Fuller.
“We are fortunate to have this group of seniors who have a strong presence on and off the field,” second-year coach Mackenzie Breeden said.
Joining the team and already fitting in, Breeden said, are freshmen Charlee Sproed in goal, defender Londan Fuller, and offensive players Adalyn Sykes and Jordyn Daigle.
Offensively, the coach is looking for Corr, Bright and Carter to be the top goal-scorers.
A major hole that needs to be filled came with the graduation of Abbey Goetz, the league’s 2021 Goalkeeper of the Year.
“Our goal for this upcoming season is to continue to build relationships on and off the field, working together to get our new players confident in themselves and their teammates,” Breeden said. “We will focus on keeping possession, communicating positively with each other, and scoring incredible goals.”
The Hornets opened the season with a Sept. 6 game at Orting and continue tonight (Wednesday) with a home contest against Franklin Pierce.