BOYS BASKETBALL (2-4, 6-8)
Friday, Eisenhower (0-6, 1-13) away.
The Panthers opened the league portion of their season with a 55-32 thumping of the Cadets in mid-December. Along with a sweep last season, WHS has won three straight from EHS. Eisenhower leads the series 73-36, but things have evened out in recent years, as the past 16 games have been split right down the middle.
Saturday, Chiawana (3-3, 7-7) home.
The Purple & Gold is seeking their first win over Chiawana. The new Pasco school won the first three encounters, including a 74-41 win in December. The Riverhawks are 3-3 and one game ahead of the 2-4 Panthers in CBBN league play.
Standings. Davis 6-0, Richland 5-1, Chiawana 3-3, Walla Walla 3-3, Wenatchee 2-4 Moses Lake 2-4, Eisenhower 0-6.
Road Woes. Currently Wenatchee is mired in an “away” slump. They only have win away from their own gym in their last 13 road trips. In the lone win they edged Hanford by two points in early December.
GIRLS BASKETBALL (5-1, 9-5)
Friday, Eisenhower (0-6, 2-12) home.
Wenatchee has won 10 consecutive games against their neighbors from south central Washington…the longest win streak either team has had in the 37-year series. And the 10 games haven’t exactly been nail biters. The Panthers average winning margin is 23.6 ppg. .In the league opener December 16 at Yakima, WHS ran away 66-30. Overall Wenatchee leads in wins 42-31 and 24-13 at home.
Saturday, Chiawana (5-1, 9-3) away.
The first half of league competition ended with Wenatchee, Chiawana and Walla Walla all tied atop the standings with 5-1 records. Friday they round the halfway pole and head for home. Saturday two of the three clash when the local squad travels to Pasco to tangle with Chiawana. In their first meeting this season WHS managed a 49-45 triumph at home. That was Wenatchee’s first win over the Riverhawks in three tries.
Standings. Wenatchee 5-1 Walla Walla 5-1, Chiawana 5-1, Richland 3-3, Davis 2-4, Moses Lake 1-5, Eisenhower 0-6.
The 14 points Michaela George scored against Davis gives her 10 consecutive games scoring in double figures. This is the 13th time at WHS a player has had 10 or more straight games with 10 or more points. She is the ninth individual to do it as Dani Hallberg did it four times and Kathy Kuntz twice. The record is 25 by Hallberg.
By the way, the Lake Stevens team that defeated the Panthers here during Christmas break is still ranked No. 3 in the state. The Vikings are 14-0 and one of only three undefeated 4A teams. The others are Central Valley (Spokane) 12-0 and Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) 14-0.
Girls. With three wins last week Wenatchee got back in the top 25 in the Seattle Times 4A poll. They along with Chiawana and Walla Walla are among 15 teams in “Others to watch” following the top 10. The Tacoma News Tribune didn’t look at the three wins the same way. In their rankings the Panthers did not make the top 26. The Riverhawks and Blue Devils did.
Boys. Davis remains second in Associated Press, the Times and TNT polls. The Pirates are the only CBBN team getting any love from any of the three. When counting the top 10 plus others receiving mention, the AP is 18 deep, the Times 27 and the TNT 25. There are 66 4A schools in the Evergreen State.
This AP poll is something else. In the days of old with conventional phones and mail they normally came out on Wednesday’s. Now in the instant times of tech, twitter, tweet, tattle, tinker, text or whatever all these cutting- edge, super-speed forms of communications are, the polls come on – Wednesdays. Progress.
Speaking of polls. How have the local hoopsters faired in the final AP top 10 through the years? Polls started in 1952 for the fellas and 1987 for the gals, and Wenatchee wouldn’t fall in the world-beater category in either case. The boys finished tied for 10th in 1986 when they went 17-8 under coach Jim Meredith, and eighth in 1998 when an Eli Juarez led squad went to state and ended with a 20-8 mark. The young ladies have never completed a season in the AP top 10.
Hang in there.
How about this one. Friday the Puyallup boys trailed Emerald Ridge (by Puyallup) by 19 points with five minutes remaining in the game. Final score – Puyallup 62, Emerald Ridge 61.