With 51 points Wenatchee placed fourth at the 4A championship meet in Tacoma. The 51 points are the most ever for WHS since the WIAA began awarding points to eight places in 1989…prior to that they were awarded through six places. The Panthers placed third each of the past two seasons with 35 and 37 points respectively. The only school that has scored more than Wenatchee’s 123 points the last three years is Mead. Those Panthers have a state title and two second places out of their 181.5 points. The top eight finishers in each event earn 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point respectively.
Three first places went to the Panthers. Isaiah Brandt-Sims repeated as the fastest 4A sprinter in the state with victories in the 100 and 200 meters. The sophomore ran the 100 in 10.82 seconds (10.74 last spring) and the 200 in 21.74 (21.77 last year). Nick Boersma set a new state record in winning the 800 meters in 1:49.87. A year ago as a junior he finished third in 1:55.66.
It’s been a little while since WHS has had three first places in one year, but has happened before…in fact three times. In 1924 Wes Foster won the 50, 100 and 220-yard dashes. In 1925 Foster repeated in all three, plus Rufus Kiser won the mile and the 880-yard relay team was victorious. And the very next year Jack Mooberry won the 220, Kiser the 880 and mile, and Chester McNeil the high jump.
Jacob Smith, a senior, improved his place and time compared to last year when he placed second over the weekend in the 3200 meters in 9:01.96 (last spring third in 9:07.4). Smith also ran the 1600 meters and was third in a time of 4:10.40, less than a second behind the winner. In individual events Boersma placed eighth in the 400 meters in 51.93. Both relay teams placed. The 4x400 quartet of Boersma, Brandt-Sims, Jack Dunley (junior) and Spencer Wilson (senior) was fifth 3:23.77. And the 4x100 meter relay team of Phillip Moore (freshman), Blake Aguilar (sophomore), Spencer Smith (sophomore) and Brandt-Sims was seventh in 43.22.
State track tidbits:
Nick Boersma is the 24th Panther to win a state championship.
Wenatchee has 35 first place medals…33 individual, 2 relay teams.
Multiple gold medal winners: Wes Foster 7, Isaiah Brandt-Sims 4, Rufus Kiser 3, Jacob Sealby 3, Jack Mooberry 2, Chester McNeil 2, Larry Richardson 2 and Bill Pratt 2.
WHS has had at least one person place (earn points) in 51 of the 88 state meets (no meet in 1943).
Audrey Ketcham won the high jump for the third consecutive year, becoming the first Panther (girl or boy) to win an event three times at state. She went over the bar at 5-7. As a sophomore she won at 5-8 and last spring at 5-6.
With 17 points the team tied for 14th place. Ketcham’s leap was good for 10 points. Nicole Dorsey, a senior, picked up three points with a sixth place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 45.46. Another sixth place went to the 4x200 meter relay team of Ketcham, Grace Peven (senior), Dorsey and Christie Adams (junior) with a time of 1:45.39. The final point came in the 100 meter hurdles when Dorsey placed eighth in 16.31. In the same event last year Dorsey was sixth in 15:35.
State track tidbits:
Ketcham is the 13th Panther to earn a state championship.
Wenatchee has 12 first place medals…10 individual, 2 relays
Multiple gold medal winners: Anita Nygard 3, Audrey Ketcham 3 and Kristen Ballinger 2.
WHS has had at least one person place (earn points) in 35 of the 43 state meets since 1970 (the initial year the Purple and Gold had anyone place). In fact since 1992 Wenatchee has scored at least one point in every meet…that’s 21 in a row.
Nick Mandelis and Lucas Tilly earned fourth place in boys doubles at the state championship tournament in Richland. On Friday the Panther pair defeated a team from Kentlake 6-1, 6-2. That was followed by a narrow 7-5, 7-5 loss to a team from Newport (Bellevue) who went on to finish third. Before the day was over they came back with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over a duo from Union (Camas). On the Saturday the captured fourth with a 6-2, 6-4 over their rival twosome from Richland.
This is the 15th time in the past16 years Wenatchee has earned team points at the state title event. Only one other school has done the same, Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma. With seven points this year WHS tied for seventh. Newport was first with 19.
A story in Sunday’s Wenatchee World mentioned that Ron Zielinski may be retiring from coaching the boys tennis team. Ron has headed the program for 25 years and this got me thinking of coaches and years served at Wenatchee High School. My research is definitely not finished…seven sports complete, six with some work done and seven I haven’t touched yet. The following list is from the first two categories. These are individuals who have coached a sport for 10 or more seasons.
The sports I believe I have completed regarding coaches are football, volleyball, softball, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer and girls soccer. The partials are baseball, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys golf, girls golf and boys track. There most likely are more coaches with 10-plus years. Maybe, hopefully, possibly, perhaps someday I’ll be able to update the list.
Ron Zielinski, boys tennis 25
Ed Knaggs, baseball 21
Lee Bofto, football 20
Stan Opp, boys golf 19
Doug Merrill, girls golf 18
Brent Grothe, softball 18
Noble Moodhe, boys track 15 (at least)
Larry Schreck, baseball 14
Eli Juarez, boys basketball 14
Dennis Tronson, boys soccer 14
Kristen Hurt/Brown, girls soccer 13
Norm Armstrong, girls tennis 13
Tom Byrne, football 12
Tracey Carlson/Reese, volleyball 12
Ron Zielinski, girls tennis 12
Paul Benjamin, football 10
Paul Benjamin, boys basketball 10
Ron Stone, girls basketball 10