Now they count. League play begins this week with a different format than recent years.
1)This season each team will play three games against each of their league opponents. With a 6-team league that means 15 league games. Since the league started in 1966-67 they had always played each other twice.
2)All games are doubleheaders, meaning the girls and boys play back-to-back at the same site. Recently when the girls from Team A went to Team B, the boys from Team B went to Team A, and vice versa.
3)All games are on Fridays and Saturdays. No more Tuesday games where students might have to leave school early to travel and then return home at the bewitching hour and be up and ready for class the next morning.
BOYS BASKETBALL (2-1)
Friday, Moses Lake away.
History. The first time Wenatchee played Moses Lake was in the district tournament in March 1937. If you find old records though it will say Neppel, not Moses Lake. That’s what the community and high school were called at the time. In 1938 the area incorporated as Moses Lake and the school took on the new name. WHS leads the series 78-53 and has won 11 of the last 15. In the Chiefs’ gym the home team leads 34-26. The two split last season, each winning at home.
Saturday, Sunnyside (0-2) home.
Games with Sunnyside only go back to 2006-07. Between then and 2009-10 the Panthers played the Grizzlies six times and emerged victorious in five of them. They didn’t play the past two seasons. At home WHS has won two of three.
70 points! The fellas beat Monroe Friday 70-52 in the local gym. This is an offensive explosion. It is for a team that has only reached 70 one other time in nearly three and a half seasons or 102 games (a 74-71 loss at Coeur d’Alene in January ’10). The last time the home nets were burned for that many points was five year ago in a 77-37 shellacking of Kennewick.
GIRLS BASKETBALL (1-2)
Friday, Moses Lake away.
A year ago the Panthers and Chiefs faced each other three times and the former won them all (two league, one district). With the series 3-game win streak WHS heads for Moses Lake to tip-off their CBBN season. Overall Wenatchee has 48 wins to Moses Lake’s 26, and in ML Wenatchee leads 19-15.
Saturday, Sunnyside (1-1) home.
Wenatchee has played Sunnyside a half dozen times and has yet to lose. And, except for the first game (three points), the scores haven’t been close with Wenatchee winning by an average of nearly 27 points. In the local gym WHS is three of three.