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Panther Bowlers Win League Title

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The league season for basketball is over half over, eight games down seven to go.

Eisenhower, Friday (0-5, 0-13) home.
Wenatchee has won five straight from Eisenhower, the longest current win streak against any league opponent. This also ties with 1973-74 through ’75-76 WHS teams for the longest win streak over the Cadets. EHS has yet to win a game his season, losing 13 straight. Their closest game was their most recent, a 45-41 loss to Sunnyside Saturday. The Panthers topped them 50-34 in Yakima December 15. At home Wenatchee is 26-24 in 50 games with the Yakima outfit, but trails overall 73-38.

Davis, Saturday (5-3, 6-7) away.
The battle of number two’s. Wenatchee defeated Davis 53-44 January 4 here in town, and since, the Pirates have won three straight and begin the week tied with the Panthers for second place in the league. WHS has lost three in row in the DHS gym and trails overall in the Davis facility 46-15. The two schools first met at the state tournament in 1928 (a Yakima, as they were called then, 33-21 win.) Davis leads the series 85-47.

Standings: Eastmont 8-0, Wenatchee 5-3, Davis 5-3, Moses Lake 3-5, Sunnyside 3-5, Eisenhower 0-8

Score Czar rankings with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Eastmont 7 (8), Wenatchee 23 (18), Davis 40 (43), Moses Lake 49 (46), Eisenhower 67 (66)…3A – Sunnyside 44 (44).

Eastmont is number 10 in the Associated Press poll this week.

Eisenhower, Friday (0-8, 0-13) home.
If there is a time to break the school record home court losing streak of nine, this may be it. Eisenhower comes to town with a loss in all 13 games they’ve played this season. The Cadets are scoring 38 points per game while surrendering just over 63. One of Wenatchee’s two Wenatchee wins came in the middle of December when the won 51-47 in Yakima. The Purple and Gold have won 12 straight from Eisenhower, the longest win streak by either team in the 75-game series.

Davis, Saturday (5-3, 6-6) away.
Pirate points perplexing. Score ‘em and win or don’t score ‘em and lose…a dramatic difference. In their five league wins they are averaging 70.4 points per game and in their three losses, basically half that, 35.7. The latter would suite the Panthers just fine. When they played here January 4 Davis won 66-58 breaking a 7-game series win streak by WHS.

Close at 5.4. With the exception of one blowout, the average margins of defeat in the Panthers other 10 losses. That’s only about one and a third points per quarter.

Standings: Moses Lake 7-1, Sunnyside 6-2, Davis 5-3, Eastmont 5-3, Wenatchee 1-7, Eisenhower 0-8

Score Czar rankings with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Moses Lake 14 (15), Eastmont 34 (30), Davis 39 (39), Wenatchee 43 (44), Eisenhower 62 (63)…3A – Sunnyside 23 (24).

Nonleague opponents
A look at how both the boys and girls nonleague opponents are faring as of today.
BOYS: The five teams they faced in November and December have a combined 51-21 record. Jackson (Mill Creek) 15-0, Lakeside (Seattle) 10-3, Lake City (Coeur d’Alene) 10-4, Newport (Bellevue) 10-4, Monroe 6-10.

GIRLS: The five teams they played are 37-34. Ballard (Seattle) 8-6, Liberty (Issaquah) 8-6, Lake City (Coeur d’Alene) 10-8, Cashmere 8-7, South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 4-8.

Congratulations to the Wenatchee bowling team…the league champions. The Panthers went into their final league match yesterday with a tie for the title cinched. The concluding match was with Moses Lake, the team one game behind them in the standings, and that had given them their only loss. Win it, outright champs. Lose it, share the top spot with the Chiefs. They won, and did they win. They routed ML with a pinfall of 2,147 to 1,811. The 336 pinfall difference is their third largest of the season. Oh yes, the 2,147 score is their highest of the season.

Counting all matches the Panthers are 13-1. They also finished third of 31 teams at the Moses Lake Invite to kick off the season, and fourth among a dozen teams at the Tower Classic in Tacoma in mid-December. The district tournament is next and that will be at EastmontLanes.

Final Standings: Wenatchee 5-1, Moses Lake 3-3, Eisenhower 3-3, Davis 1-5.