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Home opener for girls basketball Saturday

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Tuesday, Newport away.

The Panthers are off to Bellevue tonight to face Newport.  This will be the third meeting with the Knights.  A year ago NHS topped WHS here 53-44.  The first time they faced each other was the opening game of the 1996-97 season when Wenatchee visited Newport and lost 59-50.  The Knights are members of the Kingco 4A League and this is their first game.


Friday, Monroe away.

Like the Newport game, the Panthers and Bearcats will also be playing for the third time, but not nearly as much time between their second and third games as between the first and second.  Just last December Monroe lost to Wenatchee 70-52 in the local gym.  Prior to that it was 92 years since their initial meeting, a 32-22 Purple and Gold victory in 1920 at Monroe.  The Bearcats are members of the Wesco North 4A League along with Arlington, Lake Stevens, Mount Vernon and Snohomish and this is their first competition of the season.

Points Scarce.  Since 1966-67 (current league was formed) Wenatchee has played 1,021 total games.  In only 21 of those have they scored fewer points than they did in their opening 51-38 loss to Lake City.



Thursday, Cashmere away.

The two schools are a mere 13.2 miles apart, but this is only the third time Wenatchee and Cashmere have met on the basketball court.  The first occurred in the opening game of the 1974-75 season when the Panthers won 43-18 in Cashmere.  The second game was just a year ago when the Bulldogs topped WHS here in town 57-54.  This is Wenatchee’s second game and 1A Cashmere’s first.


Saturday, Ballard here.

For their home opener the Panthers host the Beavers of Ballard.  Last fall Wenatchee played the north Seattle school for the first time and won 52-50 on the Beavers’ court.  Ballard is a member of the Kingco 4A League.  Ballard is the only team from Seattle the Panthers have ever played.  In 40 home openers WHS is 21-19.



Tuesday, Moses Lake (3-0) here.

League play begins this week as Wenatchee shoots for its fourth straight league title.  And the Panthers open with possibly the toughest opponent they will face all season, Moses Lake.  Both teams are 3-0 in nonleague play.  Since 2002-03 the Panthers and Chiefs have competed against each other 25 times with WHS hanging onto a 13-11-1 lead. 


Thursday, Davis (1-2) away.

One could say Wenatchee has handled Davis fairly well.  The Panthers lead the series 19-3 and have a 10-match winning streak over the Pirates.

Note.  Season-by-season records begin with the 2002-03.  Bowling became a WIAA sport the previous year, but I haven’t been able to find complete records for 2001-02.  If they are ever found I’ll adjust to include that season.


Wenatchee 11th Largest School

The WIAA released enrollment numbers a week and a half ago which will determine school classifications for 2014-16.  With 1,688 students in the 9th through 11th grades Wenatchee is the 11th largest high school in the Evergreen State.  This is the first time the WIAA has used freshmen through juniors for a school’s classification numbers.  For years they used grades 10 through 12. 

Whether it is simply a drop in enrollment, the change in the way of counting, both, and/or other factors, Wenatchee has a significant drop in numbers for 2014-16 compared to the current 2012-14 period.  When the enrollment numbers were established for 2012-14 WHS had 2,109 students.  The preliminary figure of 1,688 for the next two years is 20 per cent lower.  At 2,109 WHS was the second largest school in the state.

Here are recent student count numbers for Wenatchee.  For the 2008-10 period Wenatchee was the 10th largest school with 1,816 students.  For 2010-12 they were 5th at 1,842, and for the current 2012-14 years 2nd with 2,109 students.

The figures are preliminary and won’t become final until after the first of the year, giving schools the option to opt up to a higher classification.  Ideally there would be 66 schools each in 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A, and 63 in 2B and 1B.  With some schools choosing to play in a higher classification the numbers never come out equal.  For instance, during the current period there are 67 4A, 63 3A, 64 2A, 74 1A, 48 2B and 73 1B.

The other schools in the Big Nine, their rank and enrollment are: 6th Moses Lake 1,771, 12th Davis 1,685, 22nd Eisenhower 1,523, 38th Sunnyside 1,360 and 51st Eastmont 1,268.  Based on the new enrollments Sunnyside would move up to a 4A next fall.

The 10 largest schools are projected to be: 1st South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 2,099, 2nd Kamiak (Mukilteo) 1,810, 3rd Mariner (Everett) 1,796, 4th Puyallup 1,790, 5th Lake Stevens 1,780, 6th Moses Lake 1,771, 7th Union (Camas) 1,741, 8th Tahoma (Kent) 1,736, 9th Chiawana (Pasco) 1,723 and 10th Rogers (Puyallup) 1,720.