Hoops are here. Local fans get kind of a rare treat Friday. Both the women and men open at home on the same day for only the second time in 11 years and the fifth time in four decades. The gals take on Peninsula at 5 o’clock while the guys follow at 7 against Shoreline.
Up and at ‘em. The games Friday are historical. Never in the history of either program have they played games as early as November 15. Twice the women started on the 16th and twice the men on the 17th, but never before in the first half of the eleventh month.
The 2013-14 season is the 40th year of basketball at WVC. There have been 1,067 games (418 at home), 684 wins (305 at home), eight coaches, 301 players, four league championships, 11 regional titles, 26 winning seasons and 70,197 points scored.
Back for her sixth season as coach of the Knights is Rachel Goetz…the first two of which she co-coached with Mike Walker. Goetz played for Wenatchee Valley in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Friday, Peninsula here.
The Peninsula Pirates from Port Angeles will be making their first ever trip to the Apple Capital for Friday’s season opener. The Knights and Pirates have only played three times. The first was in December 2000 in the Clallam County city, again in Port Angeles in last fall’s season opener, and a second time last year in a tournament at Pierce. WVC won the first game, lost the second and won the third.
Wenatchee Valley has done well in home openers, in fact quite well. They have won 35 times and only lost four. In season openers they are nearly as good with 30 wins and nine losses.
Sunday, Northwest Indian College here.
This is the second appearance of this Bellingham school in Wenatchee. In December 2010 the Knights scored three points for every one tallied by the Eagles and cruised 72-24.
Two monster basketball happenings 68 years ago – the National Basketball Association began play, and of much greater local interest, so did the Washington State Junior College Athletic Conference with the Wenatchee Valley College Knights as one of nine charter members. The season was 1946-47. Now nearly seven decades later the young men at the college on 5th, like their predecessors of old, are still dribbling, passing and shooting as they prepare for a new season.
Friday, Shoreline here.
And that campaign is off and running tomorrow as Wenatchee Valley hosts Shoreline at W.B. Smith Gymnasium. The Knights and Dolphins have nip and tuck series. Thanks to a three-game win streak WVC leads 13-11. This two game margin is the biggest Wenatchee has ever had. That also is the largest lead the Dolphins ever had, once at 2-0 and once at 3-1. At home the Knights lead 6-4. The two played a year ago at Shoreline and it was nothing but offense. WVC won 113-108. The 221 combined-point total is the second highest in Knight history. The 113 points ties for the 11th most ever scored by the Black and Silver.
Saturday, WVC Alums here.
This will be the ninth time a Wenatchee Valley squad has taken on an alumni team. The most recent was four years ago when the varsity won 72-60. Overall the younger guys have won six and lost two.