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Bruce Report, March 14, 2012

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SOFTBALL (1-0)
Friday, Mount Si, home.
Mount Si will be in town for a single game Friday afternoon. This will be the Wildcats fourth visit to the Apple Capital. In 1983 Wenatchee swept a doubleheader and the Snoqualmie school returned for single games in 2009 and ’10 with the visitors winning both.

Saturday, Bothell and Kamiakin at Eastmont.
The gals get an opportunity to pick up a couple of nonleague games and only have to go a pop fly away to do it. Saturday at Sterling Middle School the Panthers play Bothell in the morning and Kamiakin in the afternoon. This will be the first meeting ever for WHS with the Cougars from the KingCo Conference. Wenatchee has played four other KingCo members going 4-3 (Bellevue 1-0, Juanita 1-0, Mount Si 2-2, Woodinville 0-1).

Unlike Bothell, the second opponent Saturday is no stranger. The Panthers have faced Kamiakin 58 times with the Braves holding a 32-26 advantage in wins, and the Kennewick school has won 10 of the last 12. The last game was a 4-3 WHS win at district in 2010. Brent Grothe in his 17 years as WHS coach has guided the gals to a 14-12 record against the Braves.

Up and at ‘em. Yesterday’s March 13th 16-6 victory on over Cascade of Leavenworth is the earliest opening date in Wenatchee softball history. The previous mark was in 2009 when the Panthers split a doubleheader with Colville on the 14th.

BASEBALL
Friday, Selah away.
A new opening day. Bad weather canceled Monday’s scheduled contest with University so the Panthers will travel to Selah to begin the 2012 season. This will be the second meeting with the 2A school. Two years ago a road trip to the town just outside Yakima was successful and the team returned home with a 14-6 triumph.

Saturday, Juanita, here.
The home opener will now be against the Rebels of Juanita. It’s been a while since Wenatchee has faced the school from north Kirkland, like 39 seasons. The Larry Schreck coached Panthers took a doubleheader at Rec Park 1-0, 7-1 in March 1974. Overall WHS is 22-12 vs. KingCo teams. In addition to Juanita the locals have played Mount Si 8-0, Lake Washington 2-0, Issaquah 1-0, Sammamish 6-4, Bothell 1-1, Redmond 2-3, Newport 0-4.

BOYS SOCCER (1-0)
Wednesday, Eastmont home.
Today it’s the annual match with the Wildcats from across the river. Wenatchee and Eastmont began competing in soccer in 1987 and have played once or twice a year since except for ’88 and ’89. After 31 matches the team on the east side of the Columbia leads the series 19-12. But since the turn of the century the tide has begun to turn. Beginning in 2000 Wenatchee has won eight of 15. Since Dennis Tronson came on as coach in 1999 he has split 16 matches with the EHS.

Saturday, Davis (0-0-1) away.
And its right into league play Saturday when WHS visits Davis. This will be the 50th match between the Panthers and Pirates. The latter holds the series lead at 28-21, but the Purple and Gold beginning in 2001 have the upper hand. Over the last 19 meetings Wenatchee has won 12. Tronson is 12-13 vs. the Pirates.

BOYS AND GIRLS TENNIS
No matches this week.

Playin on the Green
One of the questions that stirs often in the minds of fans is how does my team do on St. Patrick’s Day? And it’s frustrating because the answer is rarely if ever recorded. Well, in this case you’ve come to the right source Saturday is the day.

The young men on the soccer pitch haven’t fared well, winning their first match in 1987 and dropping four straight since. On the other hand the Panther baseball team is exactly the opposite, winning four consecutive March 17 contests before the luck of the shamrock wore off in 2007 with a loss to Kennewick. And for the softball gals this will be an opportunity to find a pot of gold and establish a winning tradition as this is their first ever St. Patrick’s Day outing.

Hoping to Tee Off This Spring
If I can get in several more hours of research I’m going to try and have some info available for girls and boys golf sometime this spring. It won’t be complete from the beginning of the two programs, but I’m working on 1994 to the present. If I can accomplish that I’ll attempt to work on seasons prior to that and maybe a year from now will have more.

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