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Panthers, Tides here in pigskin playoff Saturday

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FOOTBALL (8-2)

Saturday, Gig Harbor (8-2) home.

Wenatchee is in the state playoffs for the 6th time since 1973 when the state initiated the playoff system.  As champions of the Big Nine, the Panthers will host Gig Harbor, co-champs of the Narrows League, at 1 o’clock Saturday.  This is a winner advance, loser out format which culminates December 7 with the Gridiron Classic at the Tacoma Dome. 

 

This is the first meeting ever between Wenatchee and the Gig Harbor Tides.  Both squads are 8-2.  The Panthers average 33.0 ppg and give up 16.4, and the Tides averages are 37.4 and 21.6.  Gig Harbor’s two losses were to Bellarmine Prep (12th in the AP poll last week) and O’Dea (2nd in the 3A poll).  GHHS has been to state seven times, five as a 3A and two as a 4A and has a 5-7 record (0-2 as a 4A and 5-5 in 3A).

 

In the initial year of the state playoffs in 1973 Wenatchee won two and advanced to the championship game where they lost 26-24 to Kentridge.  Their other appearance were in 1974 (1-1), 1979 (2-1), 1980 (0-1) and 1998 (0-1).  Overall they are 5-5.

 

In the ScoreCzar computer poll this week Wenatchee moved up a spot to 14th.  Gig Harbor is 11th.

 

Final Standings: Wenatchee 8-1, Moses Lake 6-3, Eisenhower 6-3, Davis 4-5; Eastmont 1-8, Sunnyside 0-5

 

VOLLEYBALL (17-9-1)

It’s Panthers vs. Panthers in the first round of play Friday at the state championship volleyball tournament in Lacey.  For the fourth consecutive season Wenatchee will participate in the state event, and they begin play at St. Martin’s University against the Red and White Panthers of Snohomish.  SHS is the top team in the Wesco North and the District 1 champion.  The westside Panthers were 11-1 in league play and are 15-2 overall.  They are rated number four in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches’ Association rankings.  Wenatchee has played Snohomish one time.  In 2004 the two met in a tournament in Spokane and the Purple and Gold were 2-1 winners.

 

This will be Wenatchee’s 14th time participating in a state tourney.  Three times they have placed, including winning the state title in 1983.  In 1978 they were fourth and in 1982 third.  The Panthers have played 50 matches at state and have an even split of 25 wins and 25 losses.  They have a six-match losing streak as they have been ousted in two straight in each of the past three years.

 

League champ Eisenhower finished sixth in the final volleyball coaches’ association poll.

 

GIRLS SOCCER (11-5-1)

Wednesday, Camas (14-3-2) away.

This is the Panthers first ever trip to state, and it is a trip.  WHS will venture 287 miles (and that’s the shortest way) to Southwest Washington to face Camas in the 16-team state championship tournament.  The Panthers and Papermakers face off a 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.  Camas went 8-1-1 and won the six-team Greater St. Helens League.  For the season they are 14-3-2.

 

The Papermakers are tough.  They are ranked sixth in the state by the Seattle Times, and their three losses have been to the teams ranked first, second and tenth.  Camas has outscored their opponents 52 to 8, and has shutout their foes 15 times in their 19 games.  WHS and CHS have one common opponent, Enumclaw.  Both traveled to the south King County town and both won 2-1. 

 

And would you believe it, Wenatchee and Camas have a history.  The Panthers opened the 2008 season with a two-game road trip.  First they played Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and the next day it was on to Clark County and the Papermakers where their hosts won 7-0.

 

And, yes, it is Papermakers, one of the more unique mascots in the state.  In the late 1800’s a paper mill was established right at the west end of downtown and for years was the commercial base of the city.  For most of its time the mill was owned by Crown Zellerbach and now Georgia-Pacific.  Obviously it was from the mill that the high school got its mascot.

 

FYI.  It was noted elsewhere that Wenatchee’s district victory over Eastmont last week was their first ever district win and set a new school record with 11 victories.  Not so.  It was their third district win…they had wins in 2000 and 2006.  And it tied for the second most wins in Panther history.  The 1990 team also won 11, and the initial squad in 1986 won 12 (12-2-2).

 

Sharp Soccer Stars.  The Wenatchee girls are the state academic champions for soccer this fall.  Eighteen players had and average GPA of 3.817.  The Panthers finished ahead of 66 4A teams.  Congratulations!

 

In the ScoreCzar computer poll this week Wenatchee dropped two places to 43rd.  By the way, Camas is 5th.

 

GIRLS SWIMMING

The Wenatchee girls are off for their annual trip to the state swimming championship meet Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.  The strong Panther program has earned points at state 25 times in the past 29 years.  Last fall they placed 10th.  Their best finish is sixth in 1992.

 

CROSS COUNTRY

The tenth place finish for the Panther boys Saturday at the state meet in Pasco was the third time Wenatchee has placed in the top 10.  In 1959 they were second and two years ago fourth.  There are 16 schools in the team competition.  The Wenatchee girls also qualified as a team and placed 16th in their meet, also in Pasco at Sun Willows Golf Course.

 

Tides Rolls.  What a program the Gig Harbor boys have this year.  The Tide easily won the boys title when the top three finishers were all from their school.  Yikes!  One-hundred-forty-five competitors and one team is good enough to go one, two, three…along with ninth and 29th. 

 

 

Wenatchee in Early All-Sports Lead

At the end of league play in the six fall sports Wenatchee is in the lead in the all-sports competition.  Eisenhower has three titles – boys cross country, girls cross country and volleyball.  Wenatchee won football and girls swimming, while Moses Lake was tops in girls soccer.  Points are allocated 6 for first, 5 for second, 4 for third, etc.

                   

 B X Country

G X Country

Foot

G Soccer

G Swim

Volley

TOTAL

Wenatchee

5

4.5

6

5

6

5

31.5

Eisenhower

6

6

4.5

2

2.5

6

27.0

Moses Lake

2

3

4.5

6

5

4

24.5

Eastmont

4

4.5

2

4

4

1.5

20.0

Davis

3

1.5

3

3

1

3

14.5

Sunnyside

1

1.5

1

1

2.5

1.5

8.5

 

 

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