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State next stop for volleyball

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VOLLEYBALL (9-1, 19-3)
Wenatchee is off to state for the third year in a row and the 13th overall in the 37-year history of the program. The Purple and Gold opens state championship play in Lacey Friday at 3:15 against Olympia. The Bears are the defending state champs and finished ranked eighth this fall in the final Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association poll. This will be the Panthers first meeting with the team from the state capitol. A win and they play against the winner between Union (Camas) and Skyline (Sammamish) at 8:15 Friday, a loss and they play the loser of that match at 8:15.

From 1977 to 1991 the Panthers were frequent visitors in the state tourney. Ten times during those 15 seasons WHS was a state contender, and when they went to Renton in 1983 the Panthers came home state champions. In that event WHS went 4-0 and clobbered Kent-Meridian 15-3, 15-3 for the title. After 39 tournaments that score remains the biggest rout in championship match 4A history.

Wenatchee’s record in state matches is 25-23, and besides the first place in 1983, they took fourth in 1978 and third in 1982. Their state years and records: 1977 (1-2), 1978 (4-2), 1981 (2-2), 1982 (4-1), 1983 (4-0), 1984 (2-2), 1985 (1-2), 1988 (4-2), 1990 (2-4), 1991 (1-2), 2010 (0-2) and 2011 (0-2).

Five times in the “old days” the big show was contested right here in Wenatchee. The Panthers hosted the state tournament in 1979, and 1986 through 1989.

Of the 15 other teams battling for the top trophy this week, WHS has some history with 10 of them. – Auburn Riverside 0-1, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 0-2, Camas 0-2, Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) 1-0, Gig Harbor 0-1, Mead (Spokane) 9-8, Newport (Bellevue) 1-0, Puyallup 1-2, Skyline (Sammamish) 0-1 and Richland 31-24. Wenatchee has never faced Jackson (Mill Creek), Lake Stevens, Monroe, Olympia and Union (Camas).

Tournament note. Since 1994 the first place state trophy has lived in Spokane 17 times in 28 years. Lilac City champs – Mead 7, Shadle Park 5, Lewis and Clark 3, North Central 1 and Ferris 1. As well as the Panthers 1983 title, only one other CBBN team has won first place hardware, Eisenhower in 1990.

FOOTBALL (6-3, 6-4)
This is the 10th consecutive non-losing season for WHS. Since 2003 there have been five years when the Panthers have won the majority of their games and five where the team has split 10 games.

In 105 years Wenatchee has 62 winning seasons, 33 losing seasons and 10 split evenly.

The 2012 squad averaged 31.5 points per game, the highest average in five years.

Eastmont will represent the CBBN in the 16-team state playoff with the first round Saturday. The Wildcats (7-2) get to play at home and will meet the Auburn Trojans (8-2).

Final League Standings: Eastmont 7-2, Wenatchee 6-3, Eisenhower 6-3, Moses Lake 4-5, Sunnyside 2-3, Davis 0-9.

GIRLS SOCCER (4-6, 4-11)
A 2-0 loss at Davis last week in the first round of district play ended the Panthers’ season. In the other semifinal Moses Lake ousted Eastmont 3-1. In the title match the Chiefs defeated league champ Davis 2-1 to advance to state. And state begins today with Moses Lake hosting the Camas Papermakers in the 16-team single-elimination tourney.

In the 27 years of the program WHS has had 13 winning seasons and 14 on the flip side. The first years are heavily weighted with positive win-loss records. Twelve times in the 15 seasons, from 1986 to 2000, they finished with more W’s than L’s, but since it’s only happened once the past dozen years.