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Bruce Bennett, May 1, 2012

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BASEBALL (10-2, 14-4)
Champions! For only the second time in 46 years of CBBN league history Wenatchee has won the pennant. They share it with Richland as both clubs finished with 10-2 records. The only other first place was Larry Schreck’s 1973 team that finished 11-5 and tied with Richland and Walla Walla for the top spot.

Now it’s on to district play and that begins today and concludes Saturday with three teams advancing to sub-regionals. . The district schedule. Today at Richland
Game 1: Moses Lake vs. Davis, loser out, 1 p.m.
Game 3: Winner 1 vs. Richland, 4 p.m.
Today at Wenatchee
Game 2: Chiawana vs. Walla Walla, loser out, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Winner 2 vs. Wenatchee, 4 p.m.

Saturday at Wenatchee
Game 5: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, championship, winner No. 1 seed to sub-regional, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, loser out, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Winner 6 vs. Loser 5, winner No. 2 seed, loser No. 3 seed to sub-regional, 4 p.m.

The league winning percentage of 88.3 (10-2) is the best for WHS in the CBBN play. It tops the 81.3 posted by the 13-3 team in 1995.

This week the Panthers are again number 10 in the Washington Baseball Poll. In the Seattle Times rankings Mason Kelley has WHS ninth, up one from a week ago. Richland is fifth in both polls.

The final game of the league season Friday was the 700th conference game for Wenatchee since the league was formed as the Big Eight 46 years ago. The team’s record is 328-372.

The win in the first game of the doubleheader with Richland last Tuesday ran the Panthers’ win streak to 12 straight, the third longest for the school since the league started in 1967. They lost the nightcap.

Final Standings: Wenatchee 10-2, Richland 10-2, Davis 8-4, Walla Walla 7-5, Chiawana 4-8, Moses Lake 3-9, Eisenhower 0-12

Panther tennis fifth in big tournament With 32 teams from four states participating in the 32nd Capital Classic Invitational Tournament in Boise, the combined Panther boys and girls tennis teams placed fifth. The event was Friday and Saturday in the state capitol city of our neighbor to the east. Wenatchee was the highest placing out-of-state school (teams were invited from Washington, Oregon and Utah). Nick Mandelis and Lucas Tilly were undefeated in the tourney and captured the boys doubles championship.

BOYS TENNIS (5-0, 9-0)
Thursday, Davis away.
Wenatchee has clinched a tie for the league championship and can win it outright with a victory at Davis in their final league match. They possibly will already have won it before they get to Yakima. Today Richland (4-1) is at Davis (2-2) and a Pirate win gives WHS the title. This is the Panthers fourth championship in a row and the ninth in the past 13 years.

The Pirates have been a little bit on the weak side when facing Wenatchee through the years. Beginning in 1977 the series started with 16 consecutive Panther wins. That was followed by a split in four matches and since 1997 the local squad has run off 15 more straight wins. Total - WHS 33, DHS 2. As coach Ron Zielinski is 22-2.

This last match with Davis will the Panthers 300th in league play since 1977 (the first year for which I have complete records). Pretty durn good record. Over 36 years WHS is 238-61 in league matches…79.6 percent wins.

Wenatchee Hi has won 40 consecutive league matches and is only two shy of the school record 42 set between 2003 and ’07. If it wasn’t for a 4-3 loss to Richland five years ago today the Panthers would have won 87 straight.

Standings: Wenatchee 5-0, Richland 4-1, Walla Walla 3-2, Moses Lake 3-2, Davis 2-2, Chiawana 0-5, Eisenhower 0-5

GIRLS TENNIS (4-1, 7-2)
Thursday, Davis (4-0) away.
Intrigue here. The season ends this week with first place Davis facing second place Richland today and second place Wenatchee Thursday. The possibilities: Davis wins both and wins championship. Davis beats Richland and loses to Wenatchee means Davis and Wenatchee tie for title. Davis loses to Richland and beats Wenatchee means Davis and Richland tie for title. Davis loses both and Richland and Wenatchee tie for title. The last 10 times the Panthers and Pirates have been on opposite sides of the net, the former has won every time and now leads the series 25-10. Since coming on as coach in 2000, Norm Armstrong is 10-2 vs. the Yakima school.

By the way, the West Valley nonleague win over the Panthers the 10th of last month on the local courts broke a WHS school record 27-match home winning streak. Prior to this streak the previous mark was 11 from 1995-97.

Standings: Davis 4-0, Wenatchee 4-1, Richland 4-1, Moses Lake 3-2, Walla Walla 2-3, Chiawana 0-5, Eisenhower 0-5

SOFTBALL (4-4, 9-7)
Tuesday, Eisenhower (3-7) away.
Today the Panthers and Cadets are playing a twin bill that was originally scheduled for March 30 but was postponed due to inclement weather. Wenatchee heads to Yakima with a 14-game win string in the 34-year-old series. And the 14 games haven’t been close – average score 13.8 to 2.0. Overall the teams have played 84 games and WHS has won exactly two-thirds of them and leads 56-28. Coach Brent Grothe’s record against the Cadets is even better at 75 percent wins, 27-9.

Friday, Walla Walla home.
The league season ends Friday when the Panthers host number three ranked Walla Walla (by Sandy Ringer of the Seattle Times). The Blue Devils are 14-1 for the season. And the local team has had a devil of a time beating WWHS as of late. Beginning in 2002 the Blue Devils have defeated Wenatchee 18 straight times and lead the series 39-25 (at one time WHS was up 22-14). Grothe vs. Walla Walla is down 24-13.

The nightcap of the Richland doubleheader Friday was the 800th game in Panther history. The program began on March 24, 1979, with home league games against Davis. The Purple and Gold won that first encounter 14-2…and the second 14-0. In fact they won their initial nine contests. The coach 34 seasons ago was Lee Bofto. The record after all those games is 463 wins and 337 losses.

Last week Walla Walla was ranked number one in the Evergreen State. They split a twin bill with Richland and now the Blue Devils are number three and the Bombers moved up from five to four.

BOYS SOCCER (2-10, 3-13)
Not the greatest season from a win-loss point of view for the Panthers. They finished last for only the third time in their 27 seasons (the others were 1990 and ’91). The 2-10 league record and 3-13 season mark are the worst since the 1994 squad went 1-7, 1-12.

For the second straight week no CBBN teams made the Seattle Times’ top 10. Last week Moses Lake was 12th, now they are 13th.

Standings: Davis 7-4, Chiawana 7-4, Eisenhower 7-4, Moses Lake 6-5, Walla Walla 5-6, Richland 5-6, Wenatchee 2-10

Remember Remembering the B?
The ultimate book on the history of all the Class B boys and girls basketball state tournaments was mentioned here a couple of months ago. The 464-page, 4.6-pound publication written by Jim Stinson of Spokane came out in mid-February and has been quite the hit. The book contains the names of all 12,986 players that have participated in the 68 boys and 33 girls tournaments. A good number of copies have been sold in our area. Jim Haglund of Haglund’s Trophies on Chelan Avenue has them in stock and has sold more than all but two stores in the state. Remembering the B sells for $39.95. A totally unique, one-of-a-kind book.