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Panthers well represented at district, state

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SOFTBALL (9-6, 8-11)
Four teams, three games, one day, one team to state. Its district tournament time in Moses Lake and Wenatchee faces Eastmont for the third game in a row and the fourth this spring. In the opening game at 10 a.m. first-place Moses Lake takes on fourth-place Eisenhower. Thirty minutes from the conclusion of that game the second –place Wildcats play the fourth-place Panthers. The two winners meet later in the afternoon for the district title and a berth in the state tournament. The state tourney is at the Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.

In their three games in the past month Eastmont came out triumphant in games one and three while Wenatchee took the middle contest. This will be the first time WHS and EHS have ever played in district competition, or any post-league events for that matter (league playoffs, regional, state, etc.).

For the Purple and Gold it will be their 62nd district game since their first season in 1979. Over that time they’ve posted a 35-26 record. This will be their fourth consecutive year in the tournament and they are 5-5 since 2010.

ScoreCzar computer poll. Wenatchee moved up two spots to 45th (of 67 4A teams). The other district squads are Moses Lake 14, Eastmont 35 and Eisenhower 48.

Final League Standings: Moses Lake 14-1, Eastmont 12-3, Wenatchee 9-6, Eisenhower 7-8, Davis 2-13, Sunnyside 1-14

By winning the district tournament a team of five players all advance to the state tournament…a first for Wenatchee. They have sent individuals several times, but a team has never qualified. The young ladies will play in Vancouver next Tuesday and Wednesday at Club Green Meadows. Making the trip and their district scores are Carly Bozett 91, Kadi Freund 98, Emily Bofto 101, Ali Brandt 102, and Gabe Jones 102.

The scoring system used at district shows final results: Wenatchee 134.5, Moses Lake 88, Eastmont 86, Davis 64 and Eisenhower 59.

Final League Standings: Wenatchee 36, Eastmont 27, Moses Lake 27, Eisenhower 15, Davis 9

The Panther golfers took second place in the district tournament Monday that was contested over 36 holes at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima and the Yakima Elks Golf and Country Club in Selah. Two Wenatchee players earned state berths. Wyatt Fraley carded an 86 at Apple Tree and a 75 at the Elks to finish with a 161 and third place. Brady Kuntz came up with an 81 at each course for a 162 and fourth place. As near as I can tell this is the first time since 1998 that WHS has had more than one golfer qualify for state. The pair will play at the Camas Meadows Golf Club Tuesday and Wednesday in Camas.

The scoring system used at district shows final results: Moses Lake 254, Wenatchee 223, Eastmont 175, Eisenhower 132 and Davis 49.

Final League Standings: Moses Lake 29.5, Wenatchee 24.5, Eastmont 19, Sunnyside 14, Eisenhower 13, Davis 5

BOYS TENNIS (10-0, 11-0)
After romping through league play, Wenatchee, as expected, also took the district championship and is sending three players to state. This was the Panthers fourth consecutive district title and their eighth in the past 10 seasons.

Lucas Tilly took first place in the district singles tourney, while Nathaniel Noyd and Sohail Qazi did the same in doubles. Their victories earned them berths at the state championship tournament May 24 and 25 at Richland High School and the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland. This will be Tilly’s second adventure at state. A year ago he teamed with Nick Mandelis and they placed fourth in doubles in the state event.

And more Panthers placed. They swept the top three spots in singles when Cameron Mandelis beat teammate Scott Willis to settle second and third. In doubles Robbie Osgood and partner Chris Thies earned third place.

Final League Standings: Wenatchee 10-0, Moses Lake 7-3, Eastmont 7-3, Davis 4-6, Sunnyside 2-8, Eisenhower 0-10

GIRLS TENNIS (6-4, 7-4)
Wenatchee won the district championship with competition Saturday and Monday at Kissell Park in Yakima. This was a great team finish for the Panthers who finished third in the league standings. This year only one singles player and one doubles team qualified for state. An Eisenhower player won the singles title and will be going to state for the second time, while a pair of sisters from Davis took the doubles and are making their third trip to the finals.

For the Panthers Analise Nelson was unseeded in singles and placed third, while Kate Thies, was also unseeded, and placed fourth. In doubles Annie Stefanides and Olivia Morgan were seeded fourth and that’s where they finished.

Final League Standings: Davis 10-0, Eisenhower 7-3, Wenatchee 6-4, Moses Lake 4-6. Eastmont 3-7, Sunnyside 0-10

All League Tennis
Congratulations to several Wenatchee players and a coach who earned all-league honors for their efforts this spring.

The undefeated, league champion boys cleaned up. Lucas Tilly is named Player of the Year. Three of six first team members are Sohail Qazi, Scott Willis and Nathaniel Noyd. On the second team are Cameron Mandelis and Robbie Osgood. First-year coach Jared Vidano is Coach of the Year.

For the young ladies three Panthers were honored. Kim Willis was named to the all-league first team, while Annie Sefanides and Analise Nelson are second team members.

BASEBALL (13-2, 19-3)
The Panthers are going to state. By capturing the district championship Saturday they earned a spot in the title tourney for the sixth time in school history, and the first in 18 years. The state tourney is a 16-team single elimination event and begins Saturday at four locations. When the day is over four schools will advance to the semi-finals the following weekend in Pasco. Wenatchee travels to Richland High School and faces Cascade (Everett) at 10 a.m. with Richland and Kentridge to follow at 1. The two winners meet at 4 to determine whose season continues next week.

Unbeknownst to the average Panther fan, Wenatchee and Cascade have a history. Those a little more long in the tooth will recall the days of Wenatchee High’s participation in the Western Conference. For four years from 1962 to ’65 WHS played the Bruins in a doubleheader each spring. Now, 48 seasons since their last game, the pair meet again…in the rubber match (now you know the series record). Cascade tied for second in the 6-team WesCo 4A South Conference with a 10-5 record, and overall for the season is 19-7. The Bruins in 10 previous state appearances have a 9-12 record, placed second once and fourth twice.

Two times the Panthers have played in the state championship game and both times finished in the runner-up spot. They are 7-5 in state games. The coach in the first four tournaments was Larry Schreck, and in 1995 Ed Knaggs. Wenatchee’s state history:
1973, 1-1
1975, 0-1
1976, 3-1, 2nd place, lost title game to Newport (Bellevue) 2-1 at Sick’s Seattle Stadium
1980, 0-1
1995, 3-1, 2nd place, lost title game to Kelso 8-4 in Spokane

Wenatchee’s 19 wins this season are the most since the 1995 squad finished with 21 (21-5).

Final League Standings: Wenatchee 13-2, Moses Lake 11-4, Eastmont 11-4, Davis 7-8, Eisenhower 3-12, Sunnyside 0-15

Final Washington Baseball Poll. Wenatchee finished number 10. They were tied for 10th the week before.

ScoreCzar computer poll. Wenatchee is ninth of 67 4A teams. Last week they were eighth. The other squads in the first round of state at Richland Saturday are Richland 4th, Kentridge 17th and Cascade 28th.

Wenatchee High School is the Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference all sports champion. Based on the final league standings in 20 sports the Panthers accumulated 91 points. WHS won seven titles and finished the top half of the league standings 16 times.

Points are allocated: first place earns 6 points, second place 5, third 4, etc. through six places. In girls golf it is 5 down to 1 (Sunnyside no team) and bowling 4 to 1 (Eastmont and Sunnyside no teams).

The totals for the 2012-13 school year: Wenatchee 91, Moses Lake 82, Eastmont 73.5, Eisenhower 61, Davis 58.5 and Sunnyside 37.