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Boys golf the whole show this week. Big tournament.

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BOYS GOLF

Spring has spring, the grass has ris All the action this week is where the golf course is.

The entire focus of Panther sports this week in on boys golf and today’s Jack Barnes Invitational. All other sports have the week off for spring break.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Jack Barnes Invite and more.

This is the 47th tournament. It’s got to be one of the oldest ones around.

It started in 1966 as the Wenatchee Invitational. After 25 years was renamed the Jack Barnes Memorial in 1991 in memory of Jack Barnes who coached the program for 20 years. More recently it is called the Jack Barnes Invitational.

Every tournament has been played at Three Lakes Golf Club except 2010 when it moved to the Highlander Golf Club.

The event has been contested every year except 2008 when rain forced cancelation.

The fewest teams were nine in the initial year, 1966. The most was 32 in both 1999 and 2001.

The first 26 were all played on Fridays (through ’91) and he last 21 on Mondays.

The latest date ever played was April 11 (’69 and ’86). The earliest date was March 29 (’06).

92 schools have participated in the first 46 tourneys. The 20 schools with 20-plus appearances: Wenatchee 46, Eastmont 42, Moses Lake 40, Richland 39, Eisenhower 38, Wenatchee #2 37, Kamiakin 34, Pasco 32, Gonzaga Prep 30, Mead 29, Othello 27, West Valley (Yakima) 27, Cascade (Leavenworth) 26, Kennewick 25, Omak 24, Eastmont #2 23, North Central 23, Ellensburg 22, Quincy 21 and University 21.

The lowest team score ever recorded was 279 by Ferris in 2004. The average winning score is 293.

Three out-of-state schools have competed…all from Idaho: Coeur d’Alene and Moscow eight times each and Lake City (Coeur d’Alene) once.

There have been 35 schools from Western Washington. Those with the most appearances: Jackson 10 times, Mariner 8, Meadowdale 7, Ferndale 6, Juanita 6, Lake Washington 6, Monroe 6, Snohomish 6, Bellingham 5, Lynnwood 5 and Sehome 5.

No out-of-state or Western Washington team has ever won the thing. All 46 champions are from Eastern Washington.

16 schools have taken the tournament title: Wenatchee 6 times, Eastmont 6, Mead 6, Richland 5, Ferris 4, Kamiakin 4, Eisenhower 3, Pasco 2, Southridge 2, West Valley (Yakima) 2, Clarkston 1, Gonzaga Prep 1, Kennewick 1, Mt. Spokane 1, Pomeroy 1 and Shadle Park 1.

Wenatchee’s championships came in 1969, 1970, 1981, 1984, 1994 and 1996.

Wenatchee has been among the top 10 finishers 39 times. The Panthers #2 team has been in the top 10 nine times. The leader percentage-wise in top 10 finishes among schools with at least 10 appearances is Mead. Those Panthers have been here 29 times and in all but one placed 1 through 10.

BASEBALL (3-0, 7-1)
Standings: Wenatchee 3-0, Moses Lake 3-0, Eastmont 3-0, Sunnyside 0-3, Davis 0-3, Eisenhower 0-3.

GIRLS TENNIS (2-0, 3-0)
Standings: Wenatchee 2-0, Davis 2-0, Eisenhower 1-1, Moses Lake 1-1. Eastmont 0-2, Sunnyside 0-2

BOYS TENNIS (2-0, 3-0)
Standings: Wenatchee 2-0, Sunnyside 1-1, Moses Lake 1-1, Eastmont 1-1, Davis 1-1, Eisenhower 0-2

SOFTBALL (2-1, 2-5)
Standings: Eastmont 3-0, Moses Lake 3-0, Eisenhower 2-1, Wenatchee 1-2, Sunnyside 0-3, Davis 0-3

BOYS SOCCER (0-3, 3-5)
Standings: Eastmont 3-0, Moses Lake 2-1, Sunnyside 2-1, Eisenhower 1-2, Davis 1-2, Wenatchee 0-3

Did you know?
Kip Fagg a 1982 Wenatchee grad is the director of amateur scouting for the Texas Rangers, and as such heads up a 24-person amateur staff. The former Panther has been in the Ranger organization for 22 years. After college at Washington State Fagg was a coach at Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA in 1989. In 1990 and ’91 he coached at Long Beach St. He began his career with Texas in ’92 as an area scout and worked his way up to his current position which he got in 2009. At WHS Fagg was quite a basketball player. His 3-year career scoring average of 14.28 places him eighth on the school career list.

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