Wednesday, Eastmont (0-1) home. This will be the 30th meeting of the Panthers and Wildcats and the series can’t get any closer, its 14-14-1. The series started out definitely tilted in favor of the school on the west side of the river, but has since leaned the other way. From 1989 through 2003 Wenatchee took the lead at 11-4-1. Beginning in 2004 Eastmont has won 10 of the last 13, but the three WHS wins did come in the most recent five matches. Last fall it was Eastmont winning 3-1. On their home field the Panthers are 8-9-1.
Saturday, Everett home. This will be the first match ever between Wenatchee and Everett. The Seagulls are members of the WesCo 3A Conference and last fall took their league title when they went undefeated with a 15-0-1 record. They qualified for the state tournament but were defeated in the quarterfinals.
EEEE-gads! I doubt there another team in the country in any sport that plays four consecutive different opponents all beginning with “E”…Enumclaw, Eastmont, Everett and Eisenhower.
Thursday, Eastmont away. The Panthers open league play with their cross-river rivals. Eastmont is now a 4A school and back as a league opponent. Ten times before their 34-match history two squads have competed in league matches, in 2002 through ‘05 and again in ’08 and ’09. This is a series that has evened out over the last six matches after a monster run by the Purple & Gold. Wenatchee has won the last three matches while Eastmont was victorious in the previous three. But from their first match in 1980 through 2007 the Panthers won 27 of 28. In their own gym WHS is 17-1.
Friday, Davis (0-1) home. Davis has been by far Wenatchee’s most frequent opponent. Starting in 1923, the schools have now played 78 times. Through the first 29 years (1923 thru 1956) the South Central Washington school was known as Yakima.
Wenatchee leads the series 44-30-4 and has won the past 11 in a row including a 29-22 victory last fall in Yakima. During those 11 games the Panthers have outscored the Pirates 452 to 138. The 11 straight ties the record for longest win streak in the series.
The Panthers are 24-14-2 at home and have been triumphant in the past five encounters…last loss was 2000.
Longest Wenatchee win streak - 11 (1970-80 and 2000-11).
Longest Wenatchee losing streak - 3 (1923-25, 1938-40, 1959-67 and 1987-89).
Most points scored by Wenatchee and biggest winning margin - 80 and 73 (80-7 in 2007).
Most points scored by Davis and biggest winning margin – 64 and 64 (64-0 in 1950).
Most points one game combined - 87 (Wenatchee 80, Davis 7 at Yakima in 2007).
Wenatchee has shutout Davis 14 times and Davis has shutout Wenatchee 13 times. Both totals include three 0-0 ties (1926, '27 and '37).
Wenatchee has scored 1,611 points (20.7 per game) and Davis 1,028 (13.2).
League Standings: Eisenhower 1-0, Eastmont 1-0; Sunnyside 0-0, Moses Lake 0-0, Wenatchee 0-1, Davis 0-1