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Big Week for Wenatchee/Eastmont Competition

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BOYS TENNIS
Tuesday, Eastmont home.
A lopsided series. The Panthers lead this one 45-3 and have a 17-match win streak. But that’s not the record. The first 23 times they competed since 1977 the school on the west side won every time. Coach Ron Zielinski is 24-3 in Eastmont matches.

Saturday, Pasco and Kamiakin away.
Speaking of one-sided series, here are two more. Over three decades have gone by since Pasco topped Wenatchee. Since 1980 the local netters have run off 31 consecutive wins. The two schools played once each year from 1977 to 2010, with no match last spring. And in the afternoon the Purple and Gold take a 10-match victory sting to Kennewick. The last Brave win was in 1999. Against Kamiakin the Panthers have 25 wins and eight losses. Against Pasco Zielinski is 23-0 and Kamiakin 16-6.

Note: All tennis records for boys and girls you will be reading about in these reports only go back to 1977. At the moment I have some info prior to that, but very little.

GIRLS TENNIS
Tuesday, Eastmont home.
Like the boys, the beat goes on…same song second verse. Wenatchee is 46-2 vs. Eastmont and has won 31 in a row. The last Wildcat win was 1987. Coach Norm Armstrong is 12-0.

Saturday, Pasco and Kamiakin away.
In the morning Wenatchee takes on Pasco and then changes cities and moves to Kennewick in the afternoon to tangle with Kamiakin. Through 1993 the Panthers trailed the Bulldogs 10-7 in wins, but since the local squad has reeled off 17 consecutive victories to take control of the series 24-10. And Kamiakin and Wenatchee were tied at 14-14 through ’04, but no longer, as the Panthers have won five in a row. Armstrong is 11-0 against Pasco and 8-2 against Kamiakin.

BOYS SOCCER (0-1, 1-2)
Tuesday, Moses Lake home.
Today the Panthers host Moses Lake in the second league match of the season. The last six matches between these two teams have been split 3-3, but overall Wenatchee leads 23-13 and is 13-5 on their home turf. Through the first 13 years of the series the Chiefs led 9-7. Dennis Tronson came on as WHS coach in 2000 and since the Panthers have gone 16-4.

Thursday, Toppenish, away.
A year ago Wenatchee defeated the 2A school 3-0. But that was not the first encounter with the Wildcats. In 1986 when WHS started soccer, Toppenish and Wenatchee were members of the Yakima Valley League (lasted one year). They played twice that season and the Panthers won both.

Saturday, Eisenhower, away.
This is another series that has improved since Tronson became coach. The Panthers trail the Cadets in wins 26-14, but prior to Tronson were down 19-3. Since his arrival WHS is 11-7. The two teams split their matches a year ago, each winning on their opponent’s field.

SOFTBALL (1-3)
Tuesday and Friday, Eastmont away and then home.
Wildcat week…two games and both with Eastmont. WHS takes a 4-game win streak over EHS into today’s game. A year ago the Panthers won a pair, 16-0 and 12-6. After a big start in this series for Wenatchee, things have evened out. The Panthers won the first 13 games played between the two schools, and then beginning in 1996 the last 26 games have been split right down the middle. WHS is now up 26-13. On the east side of the river the Purple and Gold is 10-7 and back on this side 16-6. Coach Brent Grothe has 15 wins in 28 games.

Many a game. When Grothe fills out his lineup card Friday it will be the 400th time in his career as Panther head coach. This is Brent’s 18th season with the program and he has a split shift as the skipper. He did five seasons from 1991 to ’95 and then came back in 2000. He has eight winning seasons and a record of 214-184.

BASEBALL (0-1)
Tuesday and Saturday, Eastmont home and then away.
This has been a competitive series through 109 games. Wenatchee won the first two, Eastmont the third and the Panthers have managed to maintain a lead for 55 seasons. But beginning in 1999 the Wildcats have won 16 of 22, including the last five straight and Wenatchee’s lead is now 59-50. At Rec Park WHS leads 33-25, and at Eastmont are up 26-25.

Friday, Cashmere here.
Horsehide history here. If you think the games played since 2010 with the Bulldogs (one in ’10 and one in ’11) are the first with the Orange and Black outfit from up the road a piece, you’re mistaken. Wenatchee and Cashmere go waaaay back. All the way back to when Honus Wagner (Pittsburgh) and Ty Cobb (Detroit) were leading their respective teams to the World Series. Records from yesteryear are spotty and hard to find, but so far the first recorded Wenatchee High game of the national pastime I’ve found was 114 seasons ago on April 3, 1909. Playing at home Wenatchee defeated Cashmere 3-1.

The two schools competed on the diamond fairly regularly through 1967, and then the 44 season gap until two years ago. How many Panther/Bulldog games were played I really don’t know. I have found 70 so far. Wenatchee won the first 10 through 1920. From 1921 through 1952 the Bulldogs took 15 to the Panthers 14. Beginning in 1953 WHS has won 31 straight and leads the series 55-15.

If anybody has info for WHS/CHS games prior to 1960 I would appreciate hearing from you. bruce91@charter.net.

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