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Volleyball tied for first

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VOLLEYBALL (3-1, 5-1)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-3) home.
The Panthers are 5-1 for the first time in seven years, and are 3-1 in conference play and tied with Eisenhower and Moses Lake for the top spot in the league. They host Sunnyside today, a team they have played three times and won all three, two in 2008 and one in 2009. Today has been designated Neon Shirt Day for volleyball. Students and fans are encouraged to wear their brightest. And word has it that the team may very well be wearing jersey’s from the past…meaning from their coaches’ years as a Panther player.

Thursday, Eastmont (1-2) home.
The Panthers welcome their Douglas County friends Thursday for the 36th meeting of the two schools. It is a series slightly dominated by WHS, like 31-4 and 17-1 at home. Wenatchee swept Eastmont in three last month for their fourth straight win over the Wildcats. The school colors will reign on this day as Purple and Gold Craze lets attendees know the appropriate fashion hues.

The win over Central Valley Saturday was LeAnne McGahuey’s 75th as Wenatchee coach. She currently is 76-67-1.

By the way, always keep in mind that all volleyball numbers, stats, records, etc. only go back to 1980. The program started in 1976 but unfortunately I can only find bits and pieces for the first four seasons. There is also info missing since 1980, but we’ve got enough to “make do.”

League Standings: Wenatchee 3-1, Eisenhower 3-1, Moses Lake 3-1, Davis 1-2, Eastmont 1-2, Sunnyside 0-3

GIRLS SOCCER (0-3, 0-7)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-3) away.
The goal may be achieved today…actually two goals. Wenatchee travels to Sunnyside and has to like their chances of earning their first win of the season, and in doing so score their first goal. Both the Panthers and Grizzlies are winless in their first three league matches. In fact WHS has both a winless and scoreless streak covering their last eight matches going back to their last competition of 2011. The eight straight scoreless matches is a new school record. The old mark was six set in the 2003-04 seasons. Wenatchee has only had two matches with Sunnyside and has won them both.

Thursday, Eastmont (3-0) away. With a 4-0 victory last month, Eastmont took the lead in this series 15-14-1 and has defeated the Panthers the last two matches. The Wildcats are tied with Davis atop the CBBN standings. In matches on the east side of the river WHS is 6-5 since the first match between the two schools in 1989.

League Standings: Davis 3-0, Eastmont 3-0, Moses Lake 3-1, Eisenhower 0-2, Wenatchee 0-3, Sunnyside 0-3

FOOTBALL (1-3, 1-4)
Friday, Eisenhower (3-1, 4-1) away.
Something that has happened only on very rare occasions becomes commonplace Friday…Wenatchee plays the same opponent twice in one season. With the new league alignment with only six teams, the 4A schools (Wenatchee, Davis, Eastmont, Eisenhower and Moses Lake) all play each other two times per season. Each school has one game with 3A Sunnyside. A quick glance through the record book only shows this happening four times in the previous 104 years of the pigskin sport at WHS. The most recent was 1998 when the Panthers opened the season with a conference game with Pasco and concluded the fall with a loss to the Bulldogs in the state playoffs. Before that ancient history kicks in. In 1920 there was a home-and-home with Waterville. And back 105 years ago the entire 1907 season consisted of home-and-homes with Waterville and Snohomish.

Wenatchee opened the season with a 2-point loss to Eisenhower, the fifth straight victory for the Cadets over the Panthers. This series is trending in reverse for WHS. Through 1983 Wenatchee led 15-3-1. Since then the Yakima school has been on top 19-8 to crawl within one win of tying the series…Wenatchee leads 23-22-1.

League Standings: Moses Lake 3-1, Eastmont 3-1, Eisenhower 3-1, Wenatchee 1-3, Sunnyside 0-0, Davis 0-4

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