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Big games Friday with Eastmont

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GIRLS BASKETBALL (0-2, 1-4)
Friday, Eastmont (1-1, 3-1) at the Town Toyota Center.
Seventy times Wenatchee has played Eastmont and the Panthers have won 45 to the Wildcats 25. A year ago with a 49-32 victory EHS broke a 12-game series win streak by Wenatchee. For the first time in seven seasons the games between the Panthers and Wildcats will be league encounters. Only eight times previously did the games count in conference standings (1976 and 2003 to ’06). The Purple and Gold won seven of those eight.

Saturday, Eisenhower (0-2, 0-4) away.
The diamond anniversary of Wenatchee/Eisenhower games will occur in Yakima Saturday. The two schools have played each other at least once a year since the 1975-76 season. The local squad shot off to a 20-7 lead in wins through 1989, but he Cadets came back and at the end of 2006 only trailed 32-31. That changed. Wenatchee now leads 43-31 by winning the last 11 games in a row.

The combined 138 points in Saturday’s 73-65 overtime loss to Sunnyside ties for the 11th most ever scored in a WHS game. The last time at least that many were scored was in 2002-03 when 156 were tallied in a 86-70 loss to Richland.

The 1-4 record is the slowest start in 11 years…the 2001-02 team was 0-5.

BOYS BASKETBALL (2-0, 4-1)
Friday, Eastmont (2-0, 4-0) at the Town Toyota Center.
The two early league leaders square off on a neutral floor Friday. Wenatchee and Eastmont have both started the league season off with two wins. This will be the fifth straight year the Panthers and Wildcats have met at the TTC, and for WHS the big building has been a bugaboo…EHS has won the previous four. The cross-river rivals have met 103 times but this is only the 15th time it has been a league game (the first six games from 1957 to ’59 and eight games from 2003 to ’06). Wenatchee leads the series 61-42.

Saturday, Eisenhower (0-2, 0-4) away.
The Panthers go into this one with a 4-game win streak over the Cadets. They’ve swept the Yakima squad each of the past two seasons. Despite the recent wins, EHS holds a substantial lead in the series at 73-37, and has won four of five on their own court, 44 to 11.

O’Connell makes all-state football teams
Wenatchee’s Cody O’Connell has been selected to both the Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times all-state football teams. Even though he missed the majority of the season with a knee injury, the big senior was one of four offensive linemen on the Tribune’s team and one of five for the Times. O’Connell at 6-8 and 345 pounds was named Big Nine Lineman of the Year and is headed to Washington State University in the fall.

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