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BOYS TENNIS (6-0, 7-0)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (1-4, 3-6) home.
The Panthers have a 2-game lead in the Big Nine Conference with four matches remaining. Today they host Sunnyside, a team they defeated 7-0 in their meeting in the Yakima Valley last month. In fact 7-0 in favor of WHS has become the norm for the series. The schools have met five times since 2007 and the Grizzlies have yet to score a team point.

The victory over Eastmont on Thursday was the Panther’s 400th since 1977. That is the first year I’ve been able to accumulate complete season records for both the boys and girls programs. The record for the young men during that 37-year stretch is not shabby. Against the 400 wins they only have 83 losses and two ties. That’s a winning percentage of 82.7.

Standings: Wenatchee 6-0, Eastmont 4-2, Moses Lake 4-2, Davis 2-4, Sunnyside 1-4, Eisenhower 0-5. Sunnyside vs. Eisenhower on 4/18 postponed due to rain.

GIRLS TENNIS (3-3, 4-3)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-5, 0-9) home. Today’s opponent has had a trying season so far as they are 0-5 and lost all of them 7-0. The Panthers are undefeated against Sunnyside in five matches overall, including one on the Grizzlies’ courts four weeks ago.

When Eisenhower edged Wenatchee 4-3 last week it was the third WHS loss in a row. A rare happening. The last time it occurred was 27 seasons ago in 1987. The Panthers put a quick stop to the minor skid with a win over Eastmont Thursday.

Standings: Davis 6-0, Eisenhower 4-1, Wenatchee 3-3, Moses Lake 3-3. Eastmont 1-5, Sunnyside 0-5. Sunnyside vs. Eisenhower on 4/18 postponed due to rain.

Boys and Girls
This week the two tennis teams combine to compete as one and travel southeast a few miles to Boise to participate in the Capital High School Invitational Tournament. Wenatchee played in this event for the first time last spring and finished fifth in a 32-team field.

Also, speaking of tournaments and combining the two squads, the weekend of the 12th and 13th the Panthers came home with championship hardware in the 16-team Tri-City Invitational in Kennewick, defeating teams from Spokane, Idaho, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.

SOFTBALL (5-2, 5-7)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-6, 0-10) home for one, Saturday away for doubleheader.
In the Panthers’ history with the Grizzlies, the latter has kind of been in hibernation. Twelve games, 12 Wenatchee wins. And none of them nail biters. WHS 144 runs, SHS 11 (that’s 12-1 per game). The Purple and Gold is 6-0 at home and the same in Sunnyside.

Tough sleddin’. So far Sunnyside and Davis have found the league quite a challenge. Both are 0-6. The Grizzlies have been outscored 80-2 and the Pirates 94-3. At the other hand, Moses Lake is 6-0 and winning 103-4.

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

BASEBALL (8-1, 12-2)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-9, 1-11) away for one and Friday home for doubleheader.
It hasn’t been a walk on the sunny side of the street for the Grizzlies so far this spring. Sunnyside has but a lone win in a dozen games, and that was over River View, a Class A school. Wenatchee has fared fairly well against SHS in their brief series history. The Panthers have won all 12 games played since 2007, and outscored Sunnyside 178 to 16 (11.1 to 1.3 avg).

Out of top 10. The Panthers were treated harshly this week by the voters in the Washington Baseball Poll. They began last week sixth, but after losing only one of three to a very competitive Eastmont squad, were dropped from the top 10. In the meantime Moses Lake swept winless Eisenhower and moved up one spot to eighth. Go figure!

ScoreCzar computer rankings. Wenatchee is 17th, trailing two fellow league members, Moses Lake at 5th and Eastmont 6th. Davis is 43rd and Eisenhower 53rd. Sunnyside is 55th in the 3A.

Standings: Moses Lake 9-0, Wenatchee 8-1, Eastmont 7-2, Davis 3-6, Sunnyside 0-9, Eisenhower 0-9.

BOYS SOCCER (1-5, 4-7)
Tuesday, Moses Lake (4-2, 7-3) home.
Fresh from their first league win, the Panthers host Moses Lake today in the Apple Bowl. Last month the Chiefs stopped the Panthers 4-1 in ML. This will be the 40th match in the series which started in 1987. WHS leads in wins 24-15 and is and is 13-6 at home. Coach Dennis Tronson is 17-6 vs. the Chiefs.

Saturday, Eastmont (5-1, 9-2) away.
The Panthers cross the river to take on the first place Wildcats Saturday. After five straight wins Eastmont lost 2-1 to Davis the 20th. One of those wins was a 3-1 victory over Wenatchee last month. Eastmont leads this series 21-12 overall, but Wenatchee is up 3-2 in league contests. On the “other side of the pond” EHS leads at home 6-4. Tronson has eight wins in 18 games.

Streak breaker. The 2-1 victory over Sunnyside broke –
a 6-game losing streak.
a string of six consecutive matches with WHS scoring one goal per match.
a 10-game league losing streak (second longest in team history…record 12 in 1990 and ’91).

ScoreCzar computer rankings. Half the Big Nine is rated in the top 14 – Eastmont 6, Davis 10 and Moses Lake 14. Eisenhower is 22 and Wenatchee 42. In 3A Sunnyside is 15.

Standings: Eastmont 5-1, Moses Lake 4-2, Davis 4-2, Sunnyside 2-4, Eisenhower 2-4, Wenatchee 1-5.

GIRLS GOLF
Standings: Wenatchee 24, Moses Lake 19, Eastmont 17, Eisenhower 10, Davis 6, Sunnyside 0.

BOYS GOLF
Standings: Moses Lake 18, Wenatchee 14.5, Eastmont 14.5, Sunnyside 9, Eisenhower 8, Davis 3.

The league standings in golf are determined by points earned in matches involving all six teams. Each week a different league member hosts a match (except Sunnyside boys…don’t know why). The scoring is simple, first place gets six points for the match, second five, third four, etc. The points are accumulated from match to match, then totaled and standings determined.

After four matches the Panther girls have 24 points. That happens when you win every time out. The gals have two league matches remaining. The boys also have two left, one is today at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.

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