BASEBALL (0-0, 2-2)
Tuesday, Sunnyside away.
The Panthers complete the nonleague part of their schedule with a pair of games at Sunnyside today. Wenatchee has played the Grizzlies two times each season for the past five years and has yet to lose a game. In fact the events haven’t even been close…the narrowest winning margin has been six runs, and WHS has outscored SHS 149-15.
Friday, Eisenhower home.
The Cadets come to town Friday for the opening of league competition. This is a series Eisenhower once led by 13 games, but the Panthers started a comeback 15 years ago. During that span Wenatchee has won 21 of 30 and 12 of the last 15 to now only trail 51-50. On their home field WHS is 26-24.
SOFTBALL (0-0, 3-3)
Tuesday, Sunnyside home.
Note: The following is a copy and paste with a couple slight modifications from the baseball one above. The Panthers complete the nonleague part of their schedule with a pair of games at home with Sunnyside today. Wenatchee has played the Grizzlies two times each season for the past five years and has yet to lose a game. In fact the events haven’t even been close…the narrowest winning margin has been seven runs, and WHS has outscored SHS 120-9.
Friday, Eisenhower, away.
It’s CBBN time. The next six doubleheader dates are league contests and the Panthers open conference play Friday in Yakima. The Purple and Gold head for Eisenhower with a 14-game win streak over the Cadets as they’ve swept seven twin bills in a row since 2005 (and outscored EHS 193-28). In games in “The Palm Springs of Washington” Wenatchee is 29-15. Coach Brent Grothe has won 75 percent of his games vs. EHS, 27 wins and nine losses.
GIRLS TENNIS (0-0, 3-0)
Tuesday, Davis away.
Today Wenatchee faces Davis in their first league match of the spring. A year ago the Panthers topped the Pirates 5-2, but ended the season in a 3-way tie for second with Davis and Eisenhower, all with 4-2 records. The Purple and Gold have taken the courts once a year for the past decade against Davis and each time Wenatchee has won. The Panthers lead the series 25-10. When Norm Armstrong stepped in as coach in 2000 his teams lost the first two matches and now he has the 10 straight wins.
Saturday, West Valley home.
In their final nonleague dual match Wenatchee hosts West Valley of Yakima Saturday. The Panthers are 5-1 against the Rams and have won the most recent three.
BOYS TENNIS (0-0, 3-0)
Tuesday, Davis away.
Beginning in 1977 Wenatchee defeated Davis 16 straight times and a victory today would match that mark. The Pirates last beat the Panthers in 1996. Eight of those recent 15 wins have been of the 7-0 variety, including the last three in a row. Coach Ron Zielinski has coached 22 wins in 24 matches vs. DHS.
Saturday, West Valley, home.
The Panthers step away from conference play for a nonleague match when they host 3A West Valley of Yakima. The two schools have faced each other seven times and the Panther netters are undefeated.
BOYS SOCCER (0-3, 1-5)
Tuesday, Chiawana (2-1 league) away.
The Panthers head for Pasco to take on Chiawana as the local squad seeks their first league win. The Riverhawks won their initial two matches and then dropped an overtime decision to Moses Lake. Chiawana is tied for second in the league. Wenatchee is 0-3 vs. CHS.
Saturday, Walla Walla (1-1 league) home.
The Blue Devils begin the week tied for fourth in the league. After losing their first match they knocked off Richland in their most recent outing. The Panthers have enjoyed success against Walla Walla over the years and lead the series 24-11, but the last three seasons haven’t been so good with WWHS winning four in a row. At home Wenatchee has won 13 of 18. Coach Dennis Tronson is 13-6 vs. the Blue Devils in his past 13 seasons as coach.
I’ll be tied up a few days early next week and as a consequence will not be able to put out a report. See ya the following week. Go Panthers!