BOYS BASKETBALL (1-1, 2-3)
Friday, Eastmont (2-0, 4-0) Town Toyota Center.
What’s with this playing games in the TTC? For the Panthers that has meant Tough Times Contending. For five years Wenatchee is zero for five against Eastmont at the big facility. Come to think of it, they are zero for seven because of a pair of losses to Decatur in 2010 and ’11. No matter where the games have been played the Panthers have had their problems with the Wildcats for the past five years as the latter was won seven of eight. Overall though the older of the two schools holds a 62-45 lead in wins and is up 14-3 in league games.
Sugg tops 1,000. When Dillon Sugg dropped in a free throw for his 10th point Saturday at Sunnyside he reached 1,000 points for his career. He finished the game with 1,007 and is the sixth young man for WHS to top a grand. The others are Austin Bryan 1,484 (2006-09), Josh Cooprider 1,286 (1995-98), Carl Schreck 1,269 (1991-94), Larry Richardson 1,072 (1949-51) and Cass Gebbers 1,042 (1981-83). Richardson and Gebbers did it in three seasons, the other four in four.
Standings: Eastmont 2-0, Davis 2-0, Wenatchee 1-1, Moses Lake 1-1, Eisenhower 0-2, Sunnyside 0-2
GIRLS BASKETBALL (0-2, 0-5)
Friday, Eastmont (0-2, 0-4) Town Toyota Center.
Somebody is going to come off the court a winner for the first time this season. Both local squads have yet to prevail in a game, Wenatchee has tired five times and Eastmont four. Who wins first will be settled on a neutral floor as the two meet for the sixth time in their annual game at the Town Toyota Center. In the first five meetings the Panthers have won three. For the overall series WHS leads in wins 45 to 28, but the Wildcats have won the last four straight encounters.
Standings: Moses Lake 2-0, Davis 2-0, Sunnyside 1-1, Eisenhower 1-1, Wenatchee 0-2, Eastmont 0-2
WRESTLING (1-0, 3-3)
Friday, Best of the West Tournament at Pasco.
Wenatchee competes in the 14th annual Best in the West Tournament Saturday at Pasco. This is a 32-team event with each team getting four matches. This will be the Panthers fourth consecutive year of participation.
Saturday, Mat Classic at the Sundome in Yakima.
This event has been a stopping point many times for the Panthers through the years. So far the earliest I’ve found them participating is 1993-94, and they been there by far the majority of the years since.
Standings: Wenatchee 1-0, Sunnyside 1-0, Moses Lake 1-0, Eastmont 0-1, Davis 0-1, Eisenhower 0-1
BOWLING (3-0, 6-0)
Tuesday, Eisenhower (1-2, 3-3) away.
The first-place Panthers venture to Yakima today for a match with third-place Eisenhower. Wenatchee has been quite successful recently against the Cadets, winning four straight and seven of eight. WHS leads the series 11-7-1.
Thursday, Moses Lake (3-1, 6-1) away.
The Panthers and Chiefs, the top two teams in the league, go at it again. When they met on December 3 on the home lanes WHS was triumphant. Wenatchee has a two-match win streak over Moses Lake.
Standings: Wenatchee 3-0, Moses Lake 3-1, Eisenhower 1-2, Eastmont 1-2, Davis 0-3
BOYS SWIMMING (0-1, 0-3)
Thursday, Eastmont (3-0) away.
The Thursday event with their neighbors to the east is the Panthers final meet until January. Wenatchee is seeking their first league win following a season opening loss to Moses Lake last week. In the meantime the Wildcats are undefeated taking Sunnyside, Davis and Eisenhower in the Eastmont pool Thursday. A year ago WHS won both meets with EHS.
Standings: Eastmont 3-0, Moses Lake 1-0, Davis 2-1, Eisenhower 1-2, Wenatchee 0-1, Sunnyside 0-3
What a difference 98 years makes
Occasionally winter weather conditions cause high school athletic events to get postponed or canceled. Not so much 98 seasons ago. Check out this note in the Wenatchee World regarding a Wenatchee boy’s game January 21, 1916.
On the next Friday the basket ball team played Waterville. The trip was made in a bobsled through four feet of snow. In places the boys had to tramp it down before the sled could be hauled through.
Yikes! How long did that trip take?
And yes, basketball was spelled as two words in the World in those days. By the way, Wenatchee High made it back home from this winter adventure with a 37-20 victory. The hearty group was led by first-year coach Archie Marble. All, or part, of the bobsled riders were Don Gillies, Fred Gruenberg, Dan Hayden, Bryan McKittrick, Gilbert Pyle, Fred Renner, Paul Wapato and Owen Wheeler.
1916 WHS hoops motto may have gone something like this – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these players from the swift completion of their appointed schedule.”