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Basketball is here

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HOOP IT UP!

The 2012-13 court is in session…the hardwood basketball court that is. It all begins Saturday for the Purple and Gold. For the young men this is the 103rd year of hoops and for the young ladies year 40. Actually the girls had basketball for 18 seasons between 1911 and 1932, but for our purposes here we’re starting with the 1973-74 season. Ron Stone begins his third year coaching the boys and Robin Kansky his third managing the girls.

For the fifth straight season both Panther teams take on Lake City High School of Coeur d‘Alene, and for the fourth time in those five years it is the season opener. The Timberwolves are the 12th largest school in the Gem State with 1,498 students. By comparison, Wenatchee is the second largest in the Evergreen State with 2,109.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Saturday, Lake City, home.
Wenatchee will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak to the Timberwolves. For both teams this will be their initial game of the 2012-13 season. Last year in Coeur d’Alene the hosts topped the Panthers in a low scoring game 40-32. Against schools just over out eastern border WHS is only 2-9 (2-2 with Coeur d’Alene, 0-1 Moscow, 0-1, Sandpoint, 0-1 Lewiston and 0-4 with Lake City).

In season openers the fellas are 58-44 and home openers 65-36. (The home game total is one less than the number of seasons played because so far I’ve only found one game for 1918-19 and that was at Cashmere.)

GIRLS BASKTBALL
Saturday, Lake City (2-0), home.
In Idaho the season gets under away earlier than Washington and the Timberwolves have already played a couple of games and won them both. Lake City defeated Wenatchee in each of their first four contests. A year ago in their gym Lake City won 60-47. All together Wenatchee is 1-6 against Idaho teams (1-2 with Coeur d’Alene and 0-4 Lake City).

In season openers the gals are 17-22 and in home openers 21-18.

Panther Hall of Fame member passes away.
Leonard “Bud” Thrapp, a 1942 graduate of Wenatchee High School passed away November 1 in Bellevue. Mr. Thrapp was born in Wenatchee in 1924 and was 88 years old. The former Panther was inducted in the WHS Hall of Fame for his exploits in football, basketball, baseball and track.

From the write-up by Jeff Mertes for the Hall of Fame. “Bud was cut from the mold of prototype gridiron scatbacks. According to The Wenatchee Daily World, the 5'8" running back had the "hipper-dipper sidesteps and shiftiness that differentiates a speedy runner from a ball carrier." During his senior season in 1941, Bud packed the pigskin for 1,185 yards, despite missing a game due to injury, averaging 148 yards per contest. He also had a 94 yard run from scrimmage against Yakima High. “On the basketball court, Bud used outstanding quickness as a guard on two state tournament squads. He also roamed centerfield and contributed a strong bat to baseball teams that lost only twice during his sophomore and junior years. “When baseball was discontinued in 1942 due to the war, Bud switched to track and won the district 220 yard dash title to qualify for the state meet. “During college years, he starred as a running back at Eastern Washington State College and earned "honorable mention Little All-American" honors.”

Mr. Thrapp interrupted his education at Eastern to serve in the Army during World War II, but returned to Cheney following the war and earned his degree. He was principal and football coach at Manson for a time and then moved to Seattle where he was head of the PE Department at Roosevelt High School. While at Roosevelt he was an assistant football coach, head boys golf coach and girls softball coach. He retired from teaching in 1986.

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