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Volleyball one win from league title

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VOLLEYBALL (7-1, 15-3)
One win clinches a tie for the league title; two victories equal the outright championship. And they complete league play facing the two bottom teams. That’s the challenge facing the Panthers in the next three days. A league championship would be Wenatchee’s first since 1985, 28 seasons ago.

Tuesday, Davis (0-8) home.
Senior Night in the WHS gymnasium. This is the final home match of the regular season and the seniors on the squad will be recognized and honored. Then it’s on to business as the 7-1 first place Panthers take on the 0-8 last place Pirates. The former has done fairly well vs. the later. All-time Wenatchee leads the series 44-13, and more recently has won eight straight, 15 of 16 and 22 of 24.

Thursday, Sunnyside (2-6) away.
The final league contest is on the road against the fifth place Grizzlies. The Panthers have played Sunnyside four times and won all four, When they played earlier this month in the Apple Capital the local team dismantled the visitors giving up only 25 points in three games.

League Standings: Wenatchee 7-1, Moses Lake 6-2, Eisenhower 6-2, Eastmont 3-5, Sunnyside 2-6, Davis 0-8

FOOTBALL (4-3, 4-4)
Friday, Eastmont (5-1, 6-1) away.
Two weeks to go and any hope of winning, actually sharing, the league title means the Panthers have to win their remaining two games and Eastmont must lose their final pair. First up for WHS is Eastmont, and the outfit across the river is already guaranteed a share of the top spot. The 6-1 Wildcats have a 2-game lead over Wenatchee and Eisenhower, each 4-3. Only the top team advances to state.

Possibilities of Wenatchee getting a piece of the championship are:
1) 3-way tie. Wenatchee beats Eastmont and Sunnyside to finish 6-3. Eastmont loses to Wenatchee and Moses Lake to finish 6-3. Eisenhower beats Sunnyside and Davis to finish 6-3.
2) 2-way tie. Same as above except Eisenhower loses a game and Wenatchee and Eastmont each finish 6-3. This would necessitate a playoff November 6 to determine who goes to state.

In a Wenatchee “home” game September 14 the Wildcats upended the Panthers 34-14 in Moses Lake, a contest relocated due to smoke in the Wenatchee Valley. The win broke a WHS 5-game series win streak. All-time the Panthers lead the series 32-10 and 12-5 at Eastmont.

Defense means something. The last three games Wenatchee has given up an average of 13 points per game and won all three. In the previous 21 games the opponents averaged 27.8 points per game and the local eleven was 7-14.

The 53 points scored against Davis Friday (53-10) was the 34th time in WHS pigskin history they have tallied that many points in a game.

Did you know?
Steve Robbins, a 1974 Wenatchee grad, remains among the state leaders in three field goal lists.
1) As a senior in 1973 he nailed four field goals in a single game. That made him number two. Four years earlier Joe Danelo of Gonzaga Prep kicked five. Danelo is still number one and Robbins now shares the number two spot with 13 others.
2) That same season Robbins booted 14 3-pointers to rank number one for most field goals in season. Three others are now tied with him for number three all-time. In 2010 a Burlington kicker hit 15 and last season a young man from Mount Si, Cameron Vanwinkle, made 18.
3) With 21 field goals in his 3-years in high school, Robbins is sixth on the career list. At the time he was tops in the state. The leader now is Vanwinkle with 36 and still playing as a senior at Mount Si

League Standings: Eastmont 6-1, Sunnyside 2-1, Wenatchee 4-3, Eisenhower 4-3, Moses Lake 3-4, Davis 0-7. Note: ineligible for league title.

GIRLS SOCCER (3-5, 3-9)
Tuesday, Davis (8-0, 14-0) home.
The Panthers, winners of three of their last five games, take on league leading and number four ranked (by the Seattle Times) Davis today. The Pirates have already clinched a tie for the league title, and one more win and it is theirs alone. Last month Davis defeated Wenatchee 2-0 in Yakima and now has a 3-game win streak in the series. Overall, since they first played DHS in 1986, the Panthers have won 33 of 47 matches, and 20 of 25 at home.

Thursday, Sunnyside (1-6) home.
The top four teams advance to district and the Purple and Gold will take that number four slot. Even if they should tie with Sunnyside for fourth, or finish fifth behind the Grizzlies, they are in as Sunnyside is a 3A school and will not participate in the 4A district tournament. Wenatchee has played Sunnyside three times and won all three, including a 4-2 win earlier this month.

League Standings: Davis 8-0, Moses Lake 6-2, Eastmont 5-3, Wenatchee 3-5, Sunnyside 2-6, Eisenhower 0-8