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BOYS BASKETBALL (3-1, 5-4)
Davis (2-2, 3-6) home.
The two schools Wenatchee has played more than anyone in their history are the two opponents this weekend, Davis and Moses Lake. The Panthers have faced the Pirates 131 times and the Chiefs 132. Games with Davis started in 1927-28 (it was called Yakima then). DHS has won 2-games from WHS each past three seasons and has a 6-game win streak in the series. Overall the Pirates lead the Panthers 85 to 46, and are up 32-31 on the local court. Davis is the defending state champ.

Moses Lake (1-3, 2-6) home.
In 1937 Wenatchee and Moses Lake (called Neppel then) met for the first time. Saturday the two schools 70 miles apart will clash for the 133rd time. Early in December the Panthers won 57-55 in Moses Lake for their 12th win over the Chiefs in the past 16 outings. All together WHS has 79 wins to 53 for MLHS, and in Wenatchee gymnasium the local five has a commanding 49-17 advantage. Moses Lake began the year with six straight losses, but did win their most recent two games.

They lost, but… Friday the Panthers lost to Lakeside of Seattle 48-47. The Lions (8-1) have won eight straight and Wenatchee’s narrow loss is the closest anyone has come to the Lions in any of their defeats. Saturday WHS lost to Jackson (9-0) 64-51. The 13-point margin is the second closet anyone has come to the Timberwolves.

This past Friday Nathan Allison and Dillon Sugg became the 54th and 55th Panthers to play in at least 50 games in their careers. After Saturday they each now have 51.

Standings: Eastmont 4-0, Wenatchee 3-1, Davis 2-2, Sunnyside 2-2, Moses Lake 1-3, Eisenhower 0-4

GIRLS BASKETBALL (1-3, 2-7)
Davis (3-1, 4-4) home.
The first third, or round one, of the league schedule concludes with Davis. The Pirates at 3-1 and tied with Eastmont and Moses Lake for the league lead. The Panthers have won seven straight from Davis and 10 of the past 12. WHS leads the series overall 49-23 and is 28-8 in the Panther gym, including the last five in a row.

Moses Lake (3-1, 6-3) home.
The Chiefs but a hurt on the Panthers last month in Moses Lake winning 64-35. A year ago Wenatchee swept three games from ML, two league and one district. In 75 meetings WHS hold a 48 to 27 lead in wins and is 28-10 at home. The last two games Moses Lake played in December they beat Battle Ground 61-30 and Pasco 71-16.

The Panther girls have won only two of nine games, but consider this. They have no seniors and only four juniors…one of which was a starter last year, one got into six games and the other two are seeing varsity action for the first time. There are four sophomores, one returning starter, one who got into six games a year ago and two making their varsity debut. And there are two freshmen. Despite all the youth and inexperience the girls have only been blowout in once. The average losing margin in the other six games is 4.8 points, and three of those were in overtime.

Standings: Davis 3-1, Eastmont 3-1, Moses Lake 3-1, Sunnyside 2-2, Wenatchee 1-3, Eisenhower 0-4

New Computer Rankings
Bruce is all excited…sports and numbers. You may have noticed, I love the combo. I have now found more. Yippee! The Wenatchee boys are ranked 19th among all 67 4A schools and the girls are 46th. How so? The info comes from ScoreCzar, a new system where rankings are totally figured out by computer.

The ScoreCzar computes rankings for all six classifications from 4A to 1B. The guy started with football a couple of years ago and now also does basketball. Evidently the outcomes have been amazingly accurate the past couple of years for football when compared to final playoff results. For instance the teams from 4A to 1B that won state titles in the fall he had ranked 1, 1, 2, 4, 5, 1. For our neighbors the computer did even better – Idaho 1, 2, 1, 1, 1 and Oregon 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1.

Here is look at what the czar says about the formula used. "The computer rankings take the outcome of each game and endeavor to capsulize the data created by the final score by placing a numerical rating on how each team did compared to the caliber of their opponent. The computer takes Points Allowed divided by Points For, multiplied by strength of schedule to determine each team rating." There is no explanation as to how “strength of schedule” is determined.

The rankings tend to get more accurate as the season progresses and more scores are turned in.

And winning isn’t everything as evidenced by the Wenatchee boys last week. As mentioned above they lost two games over the weekend, but to two highly ranked ScoreCzar teams (Jackson number two in 4A, Lakeside number five in 3A). The result – last week they were 29th and this week after those two games 19th.

The CBBN schools are: Boys – Eastmont 16, Wenatchee 19, Davis 42, Moses Lake 50 and Eisenhower 66. Sunnyside is 36 in 3A. Girls – Moses Lake 20, Eastmont 28, Davis 35, Wenatchee 46 and Eisenhower 63. Sunnyside is 24 in 3A. By the way, Wenatchee finished 14th in the pigskin rankings this fall. The rest of the league: Eastmont 8, Eisenhower 27, Moses Lake 31 and Davis 55. Sunnyside was 37 in 3A.

The play is under further review. Dumb wording.
This phrase is heard over and over on televised football games as the on-field officials defer to the replay official to make a final judgment on a tricky or close call. The phrase if goofy…wrong. The proper wording is “the play is under review.” How can it be under further review when the replay guy hasn’t’ even looked at yet?

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