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Bruce Report, April 17, 2012

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BOYS TENNIS (1-0, 5-0)
Tuesday, Eisenhower home.
Quite the turnaround here for Wenatchee. Through 1998 the Cadets had won 22 of 23 matches. Presto, chango. Beginning in 1999 WHS has won 12 of 13 including the last nine in a row…seven by 7-0 scores and two by 6-1. After losing 11 straight times Ron Zielinski has evened his record with EHS at 12-12 with those dozen recent wins.

Thursday, Chiawana away.
The road between Wenatchee and Pasco has been well traveled by the former. Since Chiawana opened its doors three years ago this will be the third match with the Riverhawks and all on the road for the Panthers. But WHS has done well, winning both previous matches 7-0.

Saturday, Walla Walla home.
WHS and handled WWHS very well over the past 15 years…15 matches, a like number of wins. Six of the last eight wins have been of the 7-0 variety. The last Blue Devil victory was 1996. Since 1977 the Panthers lead the series 26-9, and since coming on as coach in 1988 Zielinski is 18-6.

Did you know? Wenatchee has won 41 consecutive matches. Last loss April 2009 at Seattle Prep.
Wenatchee has won 36 consecutive league matches. Last loss April 2008 at Richland.
Wenatchee has won 26 consecutive home matches. Last loss May 2007 to Richland.
Wenatchee has won 24 consecutive away matches. Last loss April 2009 at Seattle Prep.

GIRLS TENNIS (1-0, 4-1)
Tuesday, Eisenhower home.
Like the boys, the gals have three league matches in five days. First up is the only team among 14 CBBN League members (including 4A and 3A) with whom the Panthers have a losing record. In the early years (1977-93) the Cadets built a 16-1 advantage in wins. Wenatchee has not overcome that, but over the past 18 seasons has come back to split even in the last 18 contests and now trails 25-10. In fact WHS had won four in succession until EHS edged them 4-3 a year ago. Coach Norm Armstrong has a 5-7 mark against the Cadets.

Thursday, Chiawana away.
It’s off to the country seat of Franklin County Thursday to face the Riverhawks. When the Panthers first played Chiawana a couple of years ago they won 7-0, and they also won last spring but in a slightly closer match, 4-3.

Saturday, Walla Walla home.
Wenatchee hosts Walla Walla this weekend and the home team has not lost a match on their own courts to the Blue Devils since 1994, winning eight straight. This has been a flip-flop series. From 1977 to 1987 Walla Walla won 10 matches and there was one tie. Since 1988 Wenatchee High has been the victor in 17 of 24. The overall record is now knotted at 17-17-1. After eight straight wins by WHS, the Blue Devils won last year 5-2.

Panthers tie for second
The combined boys and girls teams tied for second place last weekend at the 32nd Tri-City Invitational. Based on points earned over play on Friday and Saturday Hanford took the title with 179 and Wenatchee and Borah (Boise) shared second with 175 points each. Sixteen teams participated.

BASEBALL (4-0, 8-2)
Wenatchee is 4-0 in league play. It has been 18 seasons since the last time that happened. The 1995 outfit in Ed Knagg’s fifth year as coach lost their fifth conference game, but went on to the state tournament and finished 21-5. And the 8-2 overall record is worthy of note as it is only the third time in 29 seasons it has been accomplished. The 2007 team did it, and prior to that one has to go all the way back to the Ted Taylor team of 1984 to find eight wins in the first 10 games.

Note. The Panthers have won seven in a row. Hasn’t happened in a while…in fact quite a while. The last time? It goes all the way back to that 1995 team and they did it twice.

Tuesday, Chiawana away.
Its second place Wenatchee at fifth place Chiawana today. The local nine has only faced the Pasco school twice, in a twin bill last spring, and the Riverhawks won both.

Friday, Davis away.
Wenatchee and Davis each begin the week 4-0 and tied for second place. Since the league started in 1968 these two central Washington schools have faced each other exactly 100 times…the one to the south has an edge in wins 53-47. The Panthers were only down 49-47 in victories but the Pirates have won the last four. Davis leads 31-18 on their field.

Richland is ranked fifth in the state and Walla Walla 10th according to Mason Kelley of the Seattle Times.

Standings: Richland 6-0, Wenatchee 4-0, Davis 4-0, Walla Walla 3-1, Chiawana 1-5, Eisenhower 0-6, Moses Lake 0-6

BOYS SOCCER (2-6, 3-9)
Tuesday, Eisenhower home.
Today Wenatchee faces the Cadets for the second time this season. Last month Eisenhower won 3-1 at their place. Over the past seven years Wenatchee and Eisenhower have split a dozen matches. Overall EHS leads the series 27-14 and they are up in Wenatchee 12-9. In coach Dennis Tronson’s 14 seasons he is 11-8 vs. EHS.

Saturday, Walla Walla away.
The Panthers will venture to the southeast corner of the state and attempt to break a 5-game losing skid to the Blue Devils. This is the longest WHS losing streak in the 25-year history of the series. And it followed Wenatchee’s longest winning streak. From 2003 to ’08 the local squad ran off 10 consecutive wins. The Panthers lead overall in wins 24-12 and are 11-6 in Walla Walla. Tronson’s record is 13-7.

The victory over Moses Lake Wednesday was the 200th in the history of boys’ soccer in the Apple Capital. The Panthers lost their first ever match but earned their first victory when they whitewashed Naches Valley 3-0 on the road March 28, 1986. The school’s overall record is 200-223-3.

Moses Lake is ranked 10th in the state according to Matt Massey of the Seattle Times.

Standings: Moses Lake 5-2, Davis 6-3, Chiawana 5-4, Eisenhower 4-4, Walla Walla 3-4, Richland 3-5, Wenatchee 2-6

SOFTBALL (0-2, 5-5)
Tuesday, Chiawana home.
The Panthers have just three games with the Riverhawks…and all Purple and Gold wins…and all last spring, two league and one district. Chiawana has already played six league games, half their conference schedule (nobody else has more than four).

Friday, Davis home.
The Panthers have plundered the Pirates for years but particularly the past 12-1/2. Since winning the second contest of a doubleheader in 1999 Wenatchee has run off 25 straight victories…by far the longest win string against any opponent (next is Eisenhower at 14). And these wins haven’t been in the nail-biter category. The closest was an 11-1 win in 2002. Get this – the average score is 18-1. You read it correctly…451 runs for WHS, 25 for DHS. One time in 34 games a Brent Grothe coached team lost, and that was 2-1 in 1994.

Walla Walla is ranked first in the state and Richland fifth according to Sandy Ringer of the Seattle Times.

Standings: Walla Walla 4-0, Richland 4-0, Moses Lake 2-0, Chiawana 2-4, Wenatchee 0-2, Davis 0-2, Eisenhower 0-4