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Hoops: Panthers vs. Wildcats Friday

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Friday, Eastmont (7-5, 12-5) away.
The first two games of the 3-game series went to the Wildcats and both were close…three points in overtime on the neutral Town Toyota Center court and five points in the WHS gym. EHS has won three in a row against the Panthers, their longest streak in the series since the turn of the century when they won six. From day one in 1974 Wenatchee leads in league games 7-3 and overall 45-27. On the east side of the river WHS is up 21-11.

Standings: Moses Lake 11-1, Davis 9-3, Sunnyside 7-5, Eastmont 7-5, Wenatchee 2-10, Eisenhower 0-12.

Score Czar ranking with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Moses Lake 16 (13), Eastmont 33 (30), Davis 39 (37), Wenatchee 42 (43), Eisenhower 61 (61)…3A – Sunnyside 21 (24).

Friday, Eastmont (11-1, 15-2) away.
A win for Eastmont Friday and they clinch a tie for the league title. A win for Wenatchee and they break a 6-game losing streak to their cross-river neighbors. The Wildcats are enjoying one of their best seasons ever and have won three straight. The Panthers have won their last two games straight. In the first meeting this season EHS won by nine and the second time by eight. After 105 games between the two, the Panthers lead in wins 61-44, are 13-3 in league contests and are 28-21 in East Wenatchee.

All marks are since current the league started in 1966-67 and include all 1,016 league and nonleague games.
Wenatchee 57, Sunnyside 28 Saturday.
28 points – third fewest allowed. 85-combined points – ties for 24th fewest.
29-point winning margin – ties for 15th largest.
Three of the 12 “fewest points allowed games” have occurred this season – Sunnyside 28 and Eisenhower 32 and 34.
* 48.76 points. Currently that is what is being scored against the Panthers per game. Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs was the top Billboard song the last time Wenatchee opponents were so scoring challenged. It was 52 seasons ago when the 1961-62 squad held the opposition to 47.96 ppg.

The win Saturday broke and 8-game loss-win streak. Going back to the Jackson loss December 29 the Panthers had gone loss-win-loss-win etc. for a month.

Standings: Eastmont 11-1, Davis 9-3, Wenatchee 8-4, Moses Lake 4-8, Sunnyside 4-8, Eisenhower 0-12.

Score Czar ranking with last week’s in parenthesis: 4A – Eastmont 4 (7), Wenatchee 19 (24), Davis 28 (37), Moses Lake 47 (52), Eisenhower 67 (67)…3A – Sunnyside 37 (42). The league gained some traction with everybody but Eisenhower improving their position over the previous week.

Magic Number
Nearly everyone associates the “magic number” with baseball, but it applies to all kinds of sports. A look at the races in Big Nine hoops. The magic number of one applies to both Moses Lake for the girls and Eastmont for the boys. If either wins one more game or the second place teams lose a more, the Chiefs and Wildcats nail down at least a tie for first.

Hope and a prayer. The Wenatchee boys mathematically (and that’s a real long stretch) could tie for first. Wenatchee wins the final three and finishes 11-4 while Eastmont losses their final three and finishes 11-4. In the meantime Davis loses to Wenatchee, beats Eastmont and beats Moses Lake to finish 11-4. Result, a 3-way tie. If Moses Lake beats Davis then Wenatchee and Eastmont finish in a 2-way tie. Wonder what the Las Vegas odds are on this happening?

Wenatchee will go up against seven other schools in the state championship tournament Friday and Saturday at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place (by Tacoma). The other participating teams are Battle Ground, Cascade (Everett), Curtis (University Place), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Evergreen (Vancouver), Pasco and Puyallup. Battle Ground is the defending state champ, and Emerald Ridge won it in ’09, ’10 and ’11. In the first state tourney in 2001 the Panthers finished second, and in 2004 they came home with the state title.

Final Standings: Sunnyside 5-0, Moses Lake 4-1, Eastmont 3-2, Wenatchee 2-3, Davis 1-4, Eisenhower 0-5.

Final Standings: Moses Lake 10-0, Wenatchee 8-2, Davis 6-4, Eisenhower 4-6, Sunnyside 1-9, Eastmont 1-9.

Everybody is a Winner
With Sunnyside winning the league title in wrestling, now all six schools in the CBBN have won at least one championship by the halfway mark in the first year of the slimmed down 6-team conference. Top spots this far: Wenatchee volleyball, girls swimming and bowling; Eisenhower boys cross country and girls cross country; Eastmont football, Davis girls soccer, Moses Lake boys swimming and Sunnyside wrestling.

Cody O’Connell Makes Seattle Times Red Chip List
Wenatchee’s big offensive lineman continues to receive plenty of notice around the state. The Seattle Times has designated him as one of the 19 best football prospects among all Evergreen State’s seniors. The Times annually puts out their Chip List of the state’s best football recruits. The players are divided in blue (the very best), red and white chips. Two seniors made the blue chip category, Max Browne of Skyline (Sammamish) a quarterback going to USC, and Myles Jack of Bellevue a linebacker going to UCLA.

O’Connell is one of three offensive linemen among 17 players on the red chip list. The 6-8, 340-pound Panther lists Washington State as his college choice. One other player from the CBBN also was on the red list, Kolney Cassell the quarterback from Eisenhower whose college choice is Southern Methodist.

Jacob Sealby in Seattle Times “Spotlight”
Each Tuesday the Times has been running a Cougars Corner and Wednesday a Huskies Hub, a half page with schedules, stats and a couple blurbs on athletes. In “In the Spotlight” yesterday Jacob Sealby was pictured. The 2010 Panther grad is a junior and on the WSU track team. He took second in the 400-meter dash at the Cougar Indoor Meet Saturday. When at Wenatchee he was the state champ in the 400 in both 2009 and 2010.