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Bruce Report, May 8, 2012

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BOYS TENNIS (6-0, 10-0)
Champions! For the fourth year in a row, the ninth time in the past 13 seasons and for the 10th time since 1977 Wenatchee is the king of boys’ tennis in the CBBN. They went into yesterday’s match with Davis with a co-championship cinched, but after blanking the Pirates 7-0 (same score four years in a row) they saved the league the expense of an extra trophy. This is the fourth spring in succession that the Panthers have completed their league schedule with nary a loss. And is the third straight year they have been undefeated in overall season matches.

How about this. Check out the overall season winning percentages of the last three coaches – Bruce Campbell (1977-82) 82.1%, Jack Brantner (1983-87) 82-2% and Ron Zielinski (1988-2012) 82.6%. How many high school programs in the state in any sport have won 82.4% of their contests over a 36-year span? Wow!

The match yesterday was the Panthers’ 300th league match since 1977. They have won 79.7 percent of them…239 wins and 61 losses.

The boys only lost eight individual matches all season in their 10 dual competitions. Six times they won by 7-0 scores. The closest match was 4-3 over Richland. The total for the spring is 62 wins, 8 losses.

Final standings: Wenatchee 6-0, Richland 5-1, Walla Walla 4-2, Moses Lake 3-3, Davis 2-4, Chiawana 1-5, Eisenhower 0-6

GIRLS TENNIS (4-2, 7-3)
The young ladies lost 6-1 at Davis yesterday and finished in a second-place tie with Richland, each with 4-2 records. This is the third consecutive year the girls have placed second. For the last eight years they have always been either first or second (four times each).

Like the boys, the competition at Davis Monday was the girls 300th CBBN match over the past 36 seasons (remember, records only complete since 1977). The Purple and Gold have gone 201-98-1, for a winning percentage of 67.2.

Final standings: Davis 6-0, Wenatchee 4-2, Richland 4-2, Moses Lake 3-3, Walla Walla 3-3, Eisenhower 1-5, Chiawana 0-6

The valley will be alive with the sound of gut to ball Saturday and Monday as courts on both sides of the river will be used for the district tournaments. The boys singles will be at the WHS and the Wenatchee Racquet and Athletic Club, and the doubles at the WRAC. Eastmont High School will host the girls singles and Eastmont Jr. High girls doubles.

SOFTBALL (10-10)
District tournament time and Thursday Wenatchee (number 4 seed) hosts Eisenhower (number 5 seed) in a first-round loser-out game at Walla Walla Point Park. At the same time Chiawana (6 seed) will be at Moses Lake (3 seed). The two winners join co-champs Walla Walla and Richland in Pasco Saturday to determine who moves on to the regional tourney the following Saturday in Spokane.

The Panthers have had little trouble with the Cadets since 2005 until last Tuesday when in the second game of a doubleheader the Yakima outfit topped WHS 4-2, breaking a 15-game Wenatchee win streak in the series. The local team won the first game 20-4. Overall Wenatchee leads the series in wins 57-29. The Purple and Gold is seeking a momentum change as they have dropped five of their last six games.

The softball program started in 1979 and the school as played in 57 district games, posting a winning record of 34-23. Against the Cadets in district play Wenatchee is 4-2 and has won the last three.

Final Standings: Walla Walla 11-1, Richland 11-1, Moses Lake 8-4, Wenatchee 5-7, Eisenhower 4-8, Chiawana 3-9, Davis 0-12

This week Walla Walla is ranked second in the state and Richland third by Sandy Ringer of the Seattle Times.

It’s on to the regional tournament which begins today as Wenatchee faces Mead in Richland in a loser-game. The Panthers won their first district game Tuesday and then lost the next two Saturday and go to the regionals as the number three seed. They now face Mead the co-champ, with Gonzaga Prep, of the Greater Spokane League and ranked sixth in the state by the Seattle Times. The local Panthers haven’t played the Mead Panthers since 1995. Between 1968 and ’95 the two played eight times with the “good guys” winning six of them.

This is Wenatchee’s first trip to the regional tourney in 17 seasons. The 1995 squad went 2-0 at the regional event and went on to state.

Regional schedule.
May 8 at Gonzaga Prep
Game 1: Ferris (15-6) vs. Davis (17-7), loser out, 1 p.m.
Game 3: Winner 1 vs. Gonzaga Prep (18-5), semifinal, 4 p.m.
At Richland
Game 2: Wenatchee (15-6) vs. Mead (17-4), loser out, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Winner 2 vs. Richland (17-5), semifinal, 4 p.m.

May 12 at Richland
Game 5: Loser 3 vs. Loser 4, winner No. 3 to state, loser out, noon.
Game 6: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, championship, both to state, 3 p.m.

Wenatchee’s 15 wins are the most any Panther team has had for 17 years. The 1995 club that went to state was victorious 21 times.

With four losses in their last six games the Panthers’ two weeks in the top 10 in the Seattle Times poll is over. Richland remains fifth.