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SOFTBALL (2-1, 2-5)
Tuesday Davis (0-3, 2-6) away and Friday home.
In the Pirates the Panthers have found a party they can pound, pillage and plunder perennially. Wenatchee has not lost to Davis since before the turn of the century, and even before that losses were scarce. Eighty games have been played since 1979 and Wenatchee has won 72 of them. The last DHS victory was in 1999, and following that the Purple and Gold has reeled of 27 consecutive victories…the most ever against anybody. The average score in those 27 games is 17.5 to 0.9 (473-25). In 13 of those the Pirates paltry run total was zero. Except for that 4-3 loss in ’99, coach Brent Grothe is perfect vs. the Pirates…he has 35 wins.

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

BOYS SOCCER (0-3, 3-5)
Tuesday, Eisenhower (1-2, 5-2) away.
After an 11-day break the Panthers are back at it with a league confrontation in Yakima against Eisenhower. The Cadets at 1-2 are one game ahead of WHS in the standings. Eisenhower’s last three matches have been of the nonleague variety and they won them all…Wapato, Prosser and Ellensburg. Wenatchee has scored one goal in each of four straight matches and lost them all. Last spring EHS swept both games and leads the series 28-14. At one time Eisenhower was up 21-3, but Wenatchee is 11-7 since 2001. The Panthers are 5-15 at Eisenhower. Coach Dennis Tronson is 11-9 vs. the Cadets.

Friday, Decatur (3-3 with unreported game yesterday) home.
Decatur is in town Friday for the Panthers’ last nonleague game. This is the first meeting with the Federal Way squad. The Golden Gators are members of the South Puget Sound 3A League.

Wenatchee is ranked 43rd of the 67 4A schools in this week’s ScoreCzar poll. Moses Lake is 4th, Eastmont 11th, Davis 22nd and Eisenhower 24th. Sunnyside is 11th in the 3A’s.

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

BOYS TENNIS (2-0, 3-0)
Tuesday, Moses Lake (1-1, 2-2) away.
The last time Wenatchee lost to Moses Lake none of today’s Panthers was born yet. The Chiefs won in 1990 and following that the Purple and Gold has run off 22 consecutive wins. Since ’78 the local netters have won 34 of 36 matches, and are 20-1 in Moses Lake.

Thursday, Davis (1-1, 2-1) away.
The last four times Wenatchee has competed with Davis, the former has come away with 7-0 winning scores. The Panthers have now won 16 in a row in the series, which matches the record set by the teams of 1977-92. Overall WHS is 34 and 2, and 19-1 in Moses Lake.

Friday and Saturday, Tri-City Invite.
The boys and girls teams combine this weekend for the Tri-City Invite in Kennewick. This will be the third consecutive season Wenatchee has participated in the event. Two years ago they finished second and last April finished in a 2-way tie for second.

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

GIRLS TENNIS (2-0, 3-0)
Tuesday, Moses Lake (1-1, 1-3) away.
Don’t worry about your sight after reading the next sentence…your eyes are just fine. Wenatchee is 36-0 vs. Moses Lake. No foolin’. In the three dozen matches since 1978 the Panthers have the victors every time. On the Chief courts WHS is 21-0, and coach Norm Armstrong is 13-0.

Thursday, Davis (2-0, 3-0) away.
The early season league leaders clash in this one. Both the Panthers and Pirates are off to 2-0 starts. Last spring Davis dropped WHS 6-1 to break a 10-match Wenatchee win streak in the series. Overall the Panthers have 25 wins to DHS’s 11, and in Yakima Wenatchee leads 12-6. Armstrong’s record is 10-3.

Friday and Saturday, Tri-City Invite combining with the boys team.

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

BASEBALL (3-0, 7-1)
Tuesday, Davis (0-3, 3-5) home and Friday away.
The Panthers swept Eisenhower in their first league series while the Pirates were swept by Moses Lake. But Davis comes into the games this week with a 3-game win string thanks to a trio of nonleague wins over Cashmere and Pasco (2). In those games DHS scored 35 runs. Last spring Wenatchee won the two league games and Davis the district meeting. In 103 games since 1968 the Pirates are up by five at 54-49. Wenatchee leads here 29-23 and Davis at their place 31-20.

Wenatchee is ranked number seven in the state in this week’s Washington Baseball Poll. They moved up two spots without playing a game. Last week they were ninth. Number 10 is fellow league member Moses Lake. The Top 10: Kentwood (10-1), 2-Puyallup (10-1), 3-Union (8-2), 4-Gonzaga Prep (8-0), 5-Emerald Ridge (11-1), 6-Mead (8-0), 7-Wenatchee (7-1), 8-Ballard (9-3), 9-Skyline (8-4) and 10-Moses Lake (6-2).

Wenatchee started the season with seven straight wins before Kennewick beat them in their last game before spring break. That was the 11th time since 1967 they had a won at least seven in a row. The record is 18 between the 1970 and ’71 seasons.

Standings: Wenatchee 3-0, Moses Lake 3-0, Eastmont 3-0, Sunnyside 0-3, Davis 0-3, Eisenhower 0-3.

And Still More Mascot Stuff
Three weeks ago we talked about Panthers and the schools in the state who use that moniker. Two weeks ago the lesson was about mascot names statewide. Now we move to the national level.

While Panthers is tied for the seventh most used mascot among high schools in Washington, it moves further up on a couple national lists. According to one website of only high school mascots, Panthers is the third most common in the country at 809. Another site combines the nicknames of high school, college and professional sports teams in the United States and Canada and Panthers is fourth on that list at 1,093. There is no difference on who is in the top 10 on the website lists, just their pecking order. Washington is the same as the big lists on all but one name. While both websites have Indians in theirs, we have Vikings. Vikings is 14th on the high school ranking and 15th on the other.

Again the Washington most common mascots are: 1-Eagles 24, 2-Bulldogs 14, 3-Vikings 13, 4-Cougars 12, 4-Tigers 12, 6-Wildcats 11, 7-Knights 10, 7-Lions 10, 7-Panthers 10 and 7-Warriors 10.

Among high schools nationwide: 1-Eagles 1276, 2-Tigers 883, 3-Panthers 809, 4-Bulldogs 806, 5-Wildcats 669, 6-Warriors 654, 7-Lions 531, 8-Cougars 484, 9-Indians 432 and 10-Knights 410.

Counting high schools, colleges and pro teams in the U.S. and Canada: 1-Eagles 1545, 2-Tigers 1314, 3-Bulldogs 1114, 4-Panthers 1093, 5-Wildcats 943, 6-Warriors 895, 7-Indians 721, 8-Lions 717, 9-Cougars 637 and 10-Knights 593.