VOLLEYBALL (9-1, 17-3)
Hail to the champs! With their win over Davis Tuesday Wenatchee clinched a tie for the league title, and then they followed with a victory over Sunnyside Thursday to take the top spot outright. This is the fifth conference championship in Panther history. They won it with an 8-0 record in 1976, the very first year of the program. Again with 8-0 records Wenatchee took back-to-back titles in 1981 and ’82. The coach for all three was Jeff Lucas. Their last first place finish was 28 years ago in 1985 with yet another 8-0 mark, this time under coach Tracey Carlson.
Now it’s district tournament time and as league champ the event is hosted by the Panthers on Saturday. It’s a very simple format – four teams, three matches, one team to state. In the main gym Wenatchee takes on fourth-place Eastmont while in the smaller gym second-place Moses Lake goes against third-place Eisenhower. Both matches are at noon. At 4 o’clock in the main gym the two winners play for a state tourney berth. State is in Lacey at St. Martin’s University and Timberline High School.
This season the Purple and Gold has faced Eastmont twice and swept them 3-0 both times. They also went 3-0 in both meetings with Moses Lake. Wenatchee’s only loss in league play came in a 3-1 loss to Eisenhower in Yakima early in September. Later at home the Panthers topped the Cadets 3-1.
Since 1980 WHS had participated in 76 district matches and split those 38-38. At district they are 1-0 vs. Eastmont, 3-0 vs. Moses Lake and 4-10 vs. Eisenhower.
The 17-3 regular season record is the best since the 1985 squad went 19-2, and is the third best in school history. The 1982 team was 20-1.
Final League Standings: Wenatchee 9-1, Moses Lake 8-2, Eisenhower 7-3, Eastmont 4-6, Sunnyside 2-8, Davis 0-10
FOOTBALL (5-3, 5-4)
Hope remains! With one week to go Wenatchee still has a shot at a shared league championship and the state playoffs. But they need a little help from their friends and they need to take care of business themselves. The help has to come from their “good buddies” in Moses Lake and the Panthers must win their contest at Sunnyside.
The basic situation is the same as last week, it’s now just a little closer to actually happening. Eastmont (6-2) has the league championship tied up (at least a portion of it) and has for over a week. The question now is can Wenatchee (5-3) and/or Eisenhower (5-3) share the title with the Wildcats. Friday Eastmont hosts Moses Lake (4-4), Eisenhower plays Davis (0-8) and of course Wenatchee is at Sunnyside (2-2). A Wildcat win and they have first place all to themselves and a state playoff berth. An Eastmont loss opens the door for Wenatchee and Eisenhower to share the championship with the Wildcats, and to force a 2-or-3-way playoff to determine the conference’s state entry. Note, if a mini-playoff occurs it has nothing to do with deciding a conference champion…they tie. It is strictly to decide who goes to the state playoffs.
Friday, Sunnyside (2-2, 3-6) away.
The Panthers and Grizzlies have played four times, once each year from 2006 to 2009, with the local eleven winning all four. Sunnyside’s two league wins came over Davis and Moses Lake and they lost to Eisenhower and Eastmont.
Point Drought. The 7-0 triumph over Eastmont is the lowest scoring Panther game since a 1989 win over Moses Lake by a like score…224 games ago. It is also the fewest total points scored in the 43-game series with the Wildcats. The previous low was nine in a 6-3 WHS win in 1965.
League Standings: Eastmont 6-2, Wenatchee 5-3, Eisenhower 5-3, Moses Lake 4-4, Sunnyside 2-2, Davis 0-8. Note: ineligible for league title.
GIRLS SOCCER (3-5, 3-9)
Quite the turnaround. After the first seven games the Panthers were 0-7 and had been outscored 21-0. But did things changed. In their last seven games they were 4-3 and out did their opposition in goals 15-12.
Today Wenatchee travels to Davis in the first round of the 4-team district tournament. The Pirates are the league champs and the number one seed, while the Panthers finished fourth. In the other game third-place Eastmont visits second-place Moses Lake. The losers are out and the winners advance to the title game Saturday, with the winner of that earning a berth in the state tournament. Davis beat Wenatchee in two close matches this fall, a 2-0 win in Yakima and a 2-1 win last week on the local field. Despite suffering their only of the season last week 3-0 at Moses Lake, the Pirates (9-1, 15-1) are still ranked number four in the state by the Seattle Times.
The Panthers have reached district competition 17 previous times have not fared well. They have won only twice. They have been eliminated in the first round 13 times. In 2000 and 2006 they got to the second level before their season ended.
This is the third straight season Wenatchee has finished fourth in CBBN play.
Final League Standings: Davis 9-1, Moses Lake 8-2, Eastmont 7-3, Wenatchee 4-6, Sunnyside 2-8, Eisenhower 0-10