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Basketball, wrestling and boys swimming begin league competition

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Friday, Moses Lake (1-1) home.

Let the league games begin.  The first of 15 conference encounters start Friday when the Chiefs come to town.  Since WHS and MLHS first played in 1974-75 the former leads in victories 48 to 30.  Although the picture hasn’t been too rosy for Wenatchee recently.  Moses Lake has a four-game win streak by taking three league games and a district game last season, and in the last 19 meetings the Panthers have won but six.  Overall at home the Purple and Gold is 28-11.  In two nonleague games ML ripped Kennewick 78-29 and lost to Walla Walla 66-60.


Saturday, Sunnyside (1-0) away.

When Wenatchee started playing Sunnyside in 2006-07 the Panthers took the first game and the next five.  Unfortunately that changed a year ago for the local squad when the Grizzlies swept all three league games.  Sunnyside began the season with a nonleague 58-30 win at East Valley (Yakima).


Kansky at 300.  With 23 points through the first three games, Katie Kansky, a senior, has 300 career points and is the 50th Panther to score at least that many..



Friday, Moses Lake (2-0) home.

Hey, the fellas have a home game.  Wenatchee opened with three consecutive road games for the first time in 44 seasons and only the fourth time in 104 years (1915-16, 1954-55 and 1970-71).  And the Friday game with Moses Lake is also their first league outing.  The Panthers and Chiefs have played 134 times with former holding an 80 to 54 advantage in wins.  Last season it was a little strange as Wenatchee won both games at Moses Lake, and the Chiefs took the one in the local gym.  In their home facility the Panthers are 49-18 since the series started in 1936-37.


In home openers the fellas are 66-36.  (The home total is one less than the number of seasons played because so far I’ve only found one game for 1918-19 and that was at Cashmere.)


Saturday, Sunnyside (0-1) away.

Wenatchee has fared well against the school from the Yakima Valley.  In nine contests they have won eight, the first four and the last four.  At home the Panthers are 4-1.  The Grizzlies lost their first game at East Valley (Yakima) 72-64.


Sugg Nearing a Grand.  Twenty-six more points and Dillon Sugg will have 1,000 for his three-plus year career at WHS.


BOWLING (2-0, 5-0)

Tuesday, Eastmont (0-1, 2-3) home.

Today is the first ever match between the Panthers and Wildcats.  Eastmont started a bowling team for the first time this fall.


Saturday, Tower Classic in Tacoma.

The Panthers will compete at Tower Lanes in Tacoma Saturday.  The Tower Classic is hosted by Wilson High School.  A year ago Wenatchee placed fourth of 12 teams in this event.



The Panther wrestlers are a traveling bunch.  They packed their bags for their first event and will leave them packed and ready to go for a month.  From December 4 to January 4 the team visits Moses Lake, Kennewick, Yakima, Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Pasco, Yakima, Spokane and East Wenatchee.  Whew!  They finally get a home match with Eastmont January 9. Then they hit the road again to Moses Lake, Marysville and Yakima before finishing at home with Sunnyside.  They are strangers at home…14 events and a mere two on the local mat.

And are they busy for three days this week…matches Thursday, Friday and four Saturday.


Thursday, Davis away.

For the third season in a row both Wenatchee’s first dual match and first league competition is against Davis.  In the last half-dozen events between the two schools the Panthers have defeated the Pirates each time.


Friday, Gig Harbor away.

On their way to the Olympic Duals Saturday they will stop at Gig Harbor and take on the Tide Friday night.  This will be the first match with the Pierce County school.


Saturday, Olympic Duals in Bremerton.

This is the ninth year Wenatchee has participated in the Olympic Duals at the Kitsap Pavilion in Bremerton.  Each year the Panthers get four matches and one year five.  In the past eight tournaments they have defeated 22 of 33 opponents.



Thursday, Moses Lake home.

The meet this week with the Chiefs is the first league competition of the season.  A year ago WHS finished second in the Big Nine with an 8-2 record and their only losses were to Moses Lake.


Saturday, Hanford and Richland at Central Washington University.

Wenatchee travels to Ellensburg to take on a couple of Mid-Columbia Conference foes, 4A Richland and 3A Hanford in the CWU pool.



Wa Wa’s in Wenatchee, WA, Port Townsend, WA and Centralia, WA

Did you know?  Wenatchee isn’t the only high school in the Evergreen State where the name of the yearbook/annual is Wa Wa.  There are at least a couple of others that use Wa Wa in their names.  The local yearbook made its debut in 1905.  But Port Townsend’s Wa Wa was before that – 1902.  In 1909 Centralia followed with Skookum Wa Wa.