MENS BASKETBALL (2-4)
Friday, Skagit Valley (2-1) here.
For a nonleague foe Wenatchee Valley and Skagit Valley have seen a lot of each other. The Knights have more nonleague games against the Cardinals than another NWAACC member, 46. In fact this will be the 25th consecutive year they’ve played each, and the 36th game in that span. In addition to the nonleague encounters, SVC and WVC were in the same league in the “old days” and played 42 league games against each other. Overall there have been 88 games with the Cardinals holding a 49 to 39 lead in wins, at home though the Knights are leading 25 to 22.
Saturday, Olympic (0-3) away.
Two old-time opponents this weekend. Following the Skagit Valley game the Knights will set sail for Bremerton and a game with Olympic. And both opponents go back to the initial year of WVC hoops in 1946-47. Wenatchee Valley has had some trouble with the Rangers as OCC has won 34 of 48 games between the two. In their most recent meeting, the Knights prevailed 83-76 last year in a tournament at Green River.
Olympic has a spot in Wenatchee Valley College basketball history. They provided the opposition in the first game the Knights ever played. The following is from the January 4, 1947 Wenatchee World.
College basketball made its debut here last night when the Olympic Junior College quintet from Bremerton defeated Wenatchee Valley Junior College Knights 58-38 in the opening round of the nine-team state Junior College league.
Minus the services of Howard Scott, the 6’2” center whose height was depended upon to dominate the backboards, the Knights still put up a spirited offense that provided a better game than the score indicates. Phil George, 6’4” former Panther star, took over the backboard duties and with the addition of Scott for the next game Coach Ivan Eustace said the Knights still may be a factor in the league race.
Grandstaff opened the scoring and with a few minutes gone in the game were leading 3-2. Then with Wager, Olson and Dunn connecting for the visitors, Bremerton swept into a 15-6 lead midway in the first half. The Knights kept pace then until a few minutes before the game’s end when Bremerton took a 46-29 lead and thereafter the Knights never threatened. Bremerton led 31-15 at the half.
Clarence Stumpf, former Panther star, was outstanding shooting for Wenatchee, and tied with Wager and Dunn of Bremerton for high point honors with 14.
WOMENS BASKETBALL (2-3)
Saturday, Edmonds (0-6) here.
Edmonds is one of Wenatchee Valley’s favorite opponents, at least from a win/loss prospective. In 21 games the Knights have come off the court victors 19 times. The first 11 games between the two were all in the “W” column for the school starting with W. WVC currently has a two-game win streak in the series and most recently beat the Tritons two years ago 81-51. In W.B. Smith Gym the Black and Silver is 7-1 against ECC.