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Three Home Basketball Games

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Friday, Ballard away.
In 39 years the Panthers have played 62 different schools, but never one from the state’s largest city. That will end Friday when the gals venture to Ballard to take on the Beavers. Ballard High School opened its doors in 1901 and is the oldest high school in Seattle. BHS is a member of the KingCo 4A Conference. The Beavers open their season tonight when they host 1A Kings. Outside of the Emerald City WHS has played 22 games with 18 different Western Washington schools, winning 10 and losing 12. They are 3-8 on the westside.

FYI. Ballard Stuff.
Bucky is the name of the Ballard mascot and on their booster club website is listed as – Years on Squad: 111, Grade: 108th year senior.

Wenatchee’s athletic history with Ballard goes back over a century. The Shingle Weavers, as they were known then, sent their football squad to Wenatchee in both 1908 and 1911 (both WHS wins).

Decades ago when in high school I heard a Ballard yell at a basketball game and it’s stuck with me all these years. The student body would stand en masse and holler, in a Scandinavian accent of course:
Lutefisk, lutefisk
Lefse, Lefse
We’ve from Ballard
Ya sure, ya bet cha.

I came within a month of being a Beaver. I would have started there in the ninth grade, but the summer before school began my folks moved the family to Kirkland in the Lake Washington district. I became a Kangaroo.

Saturday, Cashmere home.
Even the most loyal, long-time Wenatchee fan can’t remember the first game with the school just 13.2 miles up the road. And that’s because nobody around now was alive then. The very first game in the history of Wenatchee girls basketball was played against Cashmere March 10, 1911…over 101 years ago. WHS won at home 11-7. In fact during the first phase of girls hoops from 1911 to 1932 the two schools played 23 times with Wenatchee winning 19, Cashmere one and there was a tie.

And now another revival. The second phase of WHS basketball started in 1973-74. In the second year of the program the Betty Carrick coached team defeated Cashmere 43-18 and the schools have not met since…over 38 years. The 1A Bulldogs tip-off their season Friday in Yakima against the La Salle Lightning.

Friday, Monroe home.
Is Monroe paying off an old debt? Making good on the second half of a home-and-home series? If so, it’s just a tad unusual. The last time the Panthers and Bearcats met it was so long ago they weren’t Panthers or Bearcats. It was so long ago neither school had chosen a mascot. Over 92 years ago on March 5, 1920 Wenatchee High ventured over Stevens Pass to Snohomish County and defeated Monroe 32-22. MHS competes in the WesCo 4A Conference and this will be their season opener.

Saturday, Newport home.
Another make up home-and-home? Wenatchee and Newport have only played once before and that was at NHS. The Panthers opened the 1996-97 season in Bellevue and lost to the Knights 59-50. Newport is a member of the KingCo 4A Conference. The Knights will open their season Friday night against Sammamish.

Nothing to do with sports.
Some of you have been aware of our (Rexine and I) “See the Evergreen State” project. We decided three years ago it would be fun to spend some time taking short trips to travel around, see and enjoy our beautiful state. To reach nearly every nook and cranny we figured we’d try to visit every city and town…all 281 of them. And then to prove we’d been to each municipality we’d take a picture of their city or town hall. During the past year several of you have inquired as to how we’re doing. This is an update.

We did it. From October 1, 2009 (Tieton) to September 22, 2012 (Deer Park), from Aberdeen to Zillah and from Seattle (616,500) to Krupp (50) we visited every incorporated city and town…and we have those city/town hall pictures. Did you know 46 of our towns have less than 500 folks?

Purpose accomplished…we saw all kinds of terrain, landscapes, coulees, forests, oceans, mountains, rain forests, crops etc. and met some great people. A super experience…so much so we plan on doing it again.

Fun…you should do it sometime. If you do you will be among only a very small handful of Washingtonians to have set foot in each our municipalities.