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Baseball: best start in 41 years

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BOYS SOCCER (0-1, 3-3)
Tuesday, Eastmont (2-0, 5-1) home.
The Panthers go up against the early-season league leaders this week…first place Eastmont and second place Moses Lake. In both 2011 and ’12 the Wildcats defeated Wenatchee 3-0 and have a 2-game win streak going. The Douglas County outfit has topped WHS 20 times in 32 games, and leads on Apple Capital turf 14-8. Wenatchee coach, Dennis Tronson, is 8-9 vs. EHS.

Thursday, Moses Lake (1-0, 4-1) away.
After a season opening loss, the Chiefs have won four straight, including a 2-0 league win over Eisenhower. The game is on the ML field, but recently that has not been a problem for the Panthers as they have won six of the last seven as the visitor. Last spring Wenatchee won 2-1 at Moses Lake and MLHS won by a like score here in town. Overall WHS leads the series 24-14 and 11-8 in Moses Lake. Tronson has compiled a 17-5 mark since taking the program in 2000.

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

BASEBALL (3-0, 6-0)
Tuesday, Kennewick away.
The doubleheader in Kennewick will complete the nonleague portion of the Panthers schedule. The Lions haven’t treated the Panthers kindly recently. Since 2002 KHS has won 14 of 15, including the last six in a row. Overall Kennewick leads the series 49-30 and 32-10 on their field.

About this 6-0 start. The last time a Wenatchee High School team accomplished this feat, the designated hitter rule was used in the American League for the first time. That was 41 seasons ago in 1973 when Larry Schreck was in his first year as coach of the Panthers and his squad shot off to victories in their first 14 games. They went on to finish tied with Richland and Walla Walla for the pennant at 11-5 and completed the season 24-7.

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

GIRLS TENNIS (1-0, 2-0)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (0-1, 0-3) away.
The Panthers are 4-0 against the Grizzlies, having defeated them once a year from 2007 to 2010. On the Sunnyside courts WHS is 3-0. The SHS loss in league play was 7-0 to Eisenhower.

Standings: Wenatchee 1-0, Davis 1-0, Eisenhower 1-0, Eastmont 0-1, Sunnyside 0-1, Moses Lake 0-1.

BOYS TENNIS (1-0, 2-0)
Tuesday, Sunnyside (1-0, 2-1) away.
Sunnyside routed Eisenhower 7-0 a week ago in their opening league match. From ’07 through ’10 WHS defeated the Grizzlies four times and all by 7-zip scores…three times in Sunnyside.

Standings: Wenatchee 1-0, Sunnyside 1-0, Moses Lake 1-0, Eisenhower 0-1, Eastmont 0-1, Davis 0-1.

SOFTBALL (2-1, 2-5)
Seventeen days with no games (3/23 to 4/8). The longest break between contests in Purple and Gold softball history. The previous time-off record was 15 days in 1995.

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

More Mascot Stuff
Last week we learned that Wenatchee was one of 10 high schools in the state with Panthers as the mascot. The local nickname is tied for sixth among the most popular mascots in our state. We love our Eagles. Far and away the most popular mascot is our national bird. Twenty-four schools have chosen Eagles. Following Eagles are: Bulldogs 14, Vikings 13, Cougars 12, Tigers 12, Wildcats 11 and then Panthers, Knights, Lions and Warriors all at 10.

Here are the mascots in the local conference and the total schools with the same moniker: Wildcats 11, Panthers 10, Pirates 7, Grizzlies 5, Cadets 1 and Chiefs 1.

Of the 386 schools statewide, there are 82 that have a mascot that no one else has (like Chiefs and Cadets).

Possibly the most unusual mascot of all is one whose teams are known as the 613’s. That would be Northwest Yeshiva, the state’s only Jewish high school. NY is on Mercer Island and competes in the Sea-Tac 1B League. The 613’s comes from a reference to the Torah's total number of mitzvot or commandments.

Fifty-nine schools have gone the alliteration route…Chimacum Cowboys, Grandview Greyhounds, Lopez Lobos, etc. Two of those 59 made it work for three words, the Mark Morris Monarchs (Longview) and Cascade Christian Cougars (Puyallup). One school changed the normal spelling of a word to make alliteration work…the Kahlotus Koyotes.