Let the games begin! And the Panthers are prowling early as the initial contests for a couple of sports are some of the earliest on record…see below.
Friday begins the 105th year of Panther football. They started in 1905, but had no program in 1916, ’17 and ’18. Scott Devereaux begins his ninth season as head coach. His years of service place him fourth in terms of years coached at WHS. The top three are Lee Bofto 20 years (1965-84), Tom Byrne 12 (1953-64) and Paul Benjamin 10 (1926-35).
Tomorrow, the 31st, ties for the second earliest Wenatchee has ever started a season. In 1943 the Panthers under Doc Conway hosted Chelan on August 27 and won 12-0. Twice they’ve played on the 31st; topping Omak 6-0 in 1945 and Arlington 20-6 in 2007.
Season Openers. The Purple & Gold are 65-38-1 and has won six straight and seven of the last eight (after losing 14 in a row). The longest string of consecutive season opening victories is 16 from 1967 to 1982. Wenatchee and Eisenhower have faced each other six previous times to kick off a season. The Panthers won the first two and the Cadets the next four…the last meeting was a 10-7 Ike win in 1994.
Home Openers. Wenatchee is 69-33-2 and has won five in a row and six of the last seven. Their record for consecutive opening wins in Wenatchee is eight from 1921 to 1928 and again from 1967 to1974. Like the season openers, this is also the seventh time Eisenhower had been the opponent and the schools have split the first six. The last time the Cadets were in town to initiate the season was 2000 and the home squad won 33-13.
Eisenhower home Friday. This will be the 46th contest since WHS first played EHS in 1964. They did not play in 1965, but then played every fall for 42 years in a row through 2007, missed a couple years and resumed games in 2010.
The Panthers lead the series 23-21-1, and are 11-11 at home. The Cadets have a four-game win streak and stopped WHS 34-22 last September in Yakima on their way to a 5-1 second place finish in the league.
On the ‘Most games played against” list the Cadets are tied for seventh with 45.
Longest Wenatchee win streak – 9 (1968-1976).
Longest Wenatchee losing streak – 10 (1987-1996).
Most points scored by Wenatchee and biggest winning margin – 47 (47-0 in 1978).
Most points scored by Eisenhower and biggest winning margin – 47 and 41 respectively (47-6 in the first meeting in 1964).
Most points one game combined – 63 (EHS 35, WHS 28 in 2002).
Wenatchee has shutout Eisenhower 7 times.
Eisenhower has shutout Wenatchee 5 times.
Wenatchee has scored 858 points (19.1 per game) and Eisenhower 733 (16.3).
This week begins the 27th year of Panther soccer and the program is headed by second-year coach Katie Fox. Fox is the fourth coach in the team’s history. She follows John Spencer, Kirsten Hurt/Brown and Nigel Hunter. Last fall WHS finished 5-7 and fourth in the Big Nine, and 5-11-1 overall.
Like football, the match Saturday, September 1, is the also the second earliest the soccer season has ever started. In 2007 the gals opened August 31 with a 5-0 victory over Cashmere.
Enumclaw home Saturday. The Panthers open in a nonleague match with Enumclaw. This will be the first time Wenatchee has ever faced the Hornets. Enumclaw plays in the 3A South Puget Sound League where last fall they were 6-4 and tied for third in the six-team league. For the season overall the Hornets were 8-9-1.
In season openers WHS is 12-13-1, but they’ve done better in home openers where they are 15-10-1.
The 37th season of volleyball at Wenatchee High School begins Saturday with a jamboree in the Panther gym.
LeAnne McGahuey is back for her sixth season as coach. In 2010 and ’11 she led the team to 9-3 conference records and second and third place finishes respectively. The Panthers have also qualified for state each of the last two years, completing 2010 at 21-12 and last fall at 21-13.