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WHS tennis vs. EHS...all Panthers

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Tuesday, Eastmont away.
One sided. How else do you say it? Since 1977 (my tennis records only go back that far) Wenatchee has won 47 of 49 matches with their cross-river foes. In fact they have won 29 in a row, with the last Wildcat win being in 1987. Norm Armstrong became coach in 2000 and has 13 wins in 13 years. The match this afternoon begins league competition. This spring with six teams in the conference there will be 10 league matches, a home-and-home with each of the other five schools…same with the boys.

Saturday, Richland home.
Ever since 1977 Richland has been a league opponent. That is no longer the case. This spring they are the only nonleague dual match the Panthers will have. A year ago the Bombers broke a 7-match WHS win streak in the series, but overall Wenatchee holds the lead in wins at 21-14. Armstrong is 9-4 vs. RHS.

Tuesday, Eastmont away.
Ditto. That refers to the first line above regarding the girl’s series with Eastmont. The young men of WHS are 46-3 against EHS since ’77…and have an 18-match winning streak going for them. Like the gals, this is also the first league completion for the guys. Between the boys and girls the tennis schedule is easy to remember…it is exactly the same from beginning to end whether dual matches or tournaments.

Saturday, Richland home.
The Panthers go into this one with four consecutive wins over the Bombers…a victory in each of the last four years. In 35 matches since ’77 the Apple Capital fellas hold a 24-11 lead, and are 11-7 on their home courts.

Note on baseball and softball schedules. This season 15 league games will be played, three against each of the other teams. It works this way. All three games against each opponent will be played the same week. Let’s use this week as an example (and there are a couple exceptions as the season goes along). In baseball Eisenhower hosts Wenatchee Tuesday for single game, then Wenatchee hosts Eisenhower Friday in a doubleheader. Softball is just the opposite. Wenatchee will host Eisenhower in the Tuesday game and Eisenhower has the Friday twin bill.

Tuesday, Eisenhower (0-1) away and Friday home (2 games).
Opening game of league play is this afternoon in Yakima against Eisenhower and a doubleheader will follow Friday at Rec Park. If you like a nip and tuck series, this one is for you. Since 1967 the Panthers and Cadets have played 103 times. Overall the Purple and Gold lead 52-51 and in league games they are tied at 49 apiece. Currently the local nine has a 4-game win streak having swept two games in each of the last two springs. The Cadets have played one game and lost 1-0 to Chiawana.

Thursday, Selah (2-1) away.
Between the Eisenhower contests Wenatchee will work in a game with Selah. This is the third game with the Vikings and all on the Selah diamond. In ’10 Wenatchee won 14-6 and last March the 2A school won 13-5. So far Selah has defeated Sehome and split a pair with Ephrata.

Tuesday, Eisenhower (0-1) home and Friday away (2 games).
After 87 games Wenatchee leads Eisenhower 2 to 1. That is for every game the Cadets have won, the Panthers have won two. The series is 58-29. In recent times, like since 2005, Wenatchee High has really been dominant. WHS has been the victor 16 times in 17 games. Eisenhower has played one game and lost 5-4 to West Valley (Yakima). As coach, Brent Grothe has guided the gals to 29 wins in 39 games against EHS.

Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-3) away.
Today is the initial league game of the season, the first of 10 CBBN matches. It is also the first road game. The Panthers, with four contests in the Apple Bowl, have jumped off to a 3-1 start…their best in three years. The WHS history with Sunnyside is a short one – the Grizzlies won there 3-0 in 2009 and the Panthers won here 6-0 in 2010.

Thursday, Skyline (2-1) home.
In another nonleague match, Skyline will face the Panthers for the third season in a row. The Spartans won here 2-0 two years ago and won again 3-1 in Sammamish last spring.

Saturday, Moses Lake (2-1) away.
The series with the Chiefs goes back 38 games to 1987. Prior to 2000, when Dennis Tronson became the Panther coach, Moses Lake led in wins 9-7. Since the turn of the century WHS has gone 17-5 to take a 24-14 advantage overall and are up 19-12 in league games. The teams split a pair of matches in each of the last two seasons and all four were decided by one goal. The Chiefs may have become sort of an associate member of the GSL as all three of the outings have been against teams from the Lilac City…Mead a loss, Lewis and Clark and Gonzaga Prep wins.

Mascot Stuff
Wenatchee High School is one of 10 schools in the Evergreen State to have Panthers as their mascot. There are two other 4A schools – Mead (Spokane) and Snohomish. There are two 3A’s – Bonney Lake and Seattle Prep, one 2A – Washougal, one 1A – River View (Kennewick), one 2B – Asotin, and two 1B’s – Cusick and Valley Christian (Spokane). When we last discussed this topic two years ago, there were 11 Panthers prowling around the state. The White Pass (Randle) Panthers are no more. With a drop in enrollment the Lewis County community has combined their sports program with Morton, and 2B Morton-White Pass is now the Timberwolves.

It was 91 years ago last month (in 1922) that the WHS student body voted to make Panthers the mascot.