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Basketball games begin Saturday in Idaho

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 Saturday, Lake City, ID there.

 For the sixth time in six seasons Wenatchee faces Lake City, and for the fifth time it’s the season opener.  The Panthers lost the first four encounters with the Timberwolves, but were victorious last fall 54-44 here in town.  This game is also the first game of the season for the team 201-road miles to the east. 

 Ron Stone is back for his fourth season as coach (30-34) as Wenatchee High begins their 104th season of basketball.  The first three games will all be on the road and of the nonleague variety, with the first home game a Big Nine outing December 13.  There are 10 games scheduled for the Apple Capital, nine at the high school and one at Town Toyota Center.  A number of new faces will be on the roster as last year’s squad had nine seniors.  A year ago the team was 11-4 and second in the league, and 14-8 overall.

In season openers the fellas are 59-44, but have only won three of the last dozen.



Saturday, Lake City, ID (2-0) there.

The 41st season of WHS girls hoops tips off Saturday in Coeur d’Alene as for the sixth straight year the Panthers take on Lake City.  In the five previous games the outfit from the Gem State has won them all.  A year ago the Timberwolves edged Wenatchee 51-47 here.  The young ladies in Idaho get a jump on the season compared to teams Washington.  Lake City has already played a couple of games.  LCHS is a 5A school in the Idaho system and they defeated 4A Sandpoint 61-56 and 4A Lakeland 81-8 (you are reading that correctly). 

The Panthers will begin the season with three nonleague games, play two more nonleaguers during the Christmas break, and the balance of the schedule is 15 Big Nine games.  Back for his fourth year as coach is Robin Kansky (31-36).  An experienced squad returns this season as there was nary a senior on the team a year ago (3-12, 4-17) and 10 of the losses were by six points or less.

In 40 season openers Wenatchee is 17-23, with wins hard to come by recently as they are 3-12 since 1998-99.



Plethora of points.  Saturday’s season-ending 56-34 loss to Chiawana added some new marks in the WHS pigskin record book relating to points.

* The 56 Riverhawks points are tied for the third most ever surrendered.  Everett won 65-0 in 1919, Yakima (now Davis) 64-0 in 1950 and Kamiakin 56-6 in 2000.

* The 56 are the second most ever scored before the unbelieving eyes of home fans.  The debacle with the Seagulls mentioned above was on the local gridiron.

* Wenatchee’s 34 are their most ever in a losing cause.  The old mark was 31 (Gonzaga Prep 45-31 in 1980).

* The 90 points combined are the most in 91 years, since 97 were scored in 1922. (Wenatchee 75, Okanogan 22).  The 90 are tied for sixth all time…the other six were all between 1914 and 1922.


More 2013 Wenatchee stuff.

* The total of 12 games tie with 1973 and 1979 for the most ever in one season.

* This was the 11th consecutive non-losing season (6 winning, 5 split even).

* The average of 33.08 points per game is the fourth most in “modern times.”  The record is 36.42 in 1973.  Interesting note here.  The all-time record was set in 1914 when the team only finished with a 3-2-1 record, and in four of those games was held to 13, 7, 3 and 0 points.  Yikes, what happened in the other two games?  Well, they rolled over Leavenworth 83-0 and Colfax 140-0 for a six-game total of 246 points and an average of 41.0.

In the ScoreCzar computer poll this week Wenatchee remained 14th.  One may wonder how accurate this poll is.  Well, not bad for football this fall.  Of the final four in the state playoffs in each of the six classifications (24 total), the ScoreCzar has 15 of those teams in its top four.  The classifications and the CZ ranking:

4A – Camas 1, Chiawana 2, Bellarmine Prep 3, Federal Way 17

3A – Bellevue 1, O’Dea 2, Eastside Catholic 5, Shadle Park 6

2A – Lynden 1, Ellensburg 2, Tumwater 3, Prosser 12

1A – Freeman 2, Mount Baker 3, Cascade Christian 4, Cashmere 8

2B – Morton-White Pass 1, Raymond 3, Lind-Ritzville-Sprague 5, Adna 18

1B – Neah Bay 1, Touchet 2, Lummi 6, Rosalia 9


Big Nine All-Conference Teams

A dozen athletes on the Panther boys and girls cross country teams were honored with all-conference selections.

Boys Cross Country

First Team – Cole Christman, junior.  Sam Martin, senior.  Austen Lane, junior.

Second Team – Justin Pringle, junior.

Honorable Mention – Tristan Cunderla, senior.  Moses Lurbur, freshman.


Girls Cross Country

First Team – Racquel Thody, junior.

Second Team – Sophie Marshall, sophomore.  Lindsey Wapato, junior.  Brittany McCrum, senior.

Honorable Mention – Ashley Murie, sophomore.  McCaleb Eifert, junior.


Girls Swimming

The league champion Panther swim squad is very well represented on the 2013 all conference teams

Swimmer of the Year – Rachel Wilt

Diver of the Year – Ali Brandt

Coach of the Year – James Elwyn

First Team – Hannah Bruggman, 50-yard free, 100-yard free.  Ali Brant, diving.  Kayli Elwyn, 200-yard free, 500-yard free.  Annie Stefanides, 200-yard IM.  Jessica Wierzbicki, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly.  Hannah Bruggman, Kathrine Robinson, Jessica Wierzbicki, Rachel Wilt, 200-medlay relay.  Audrey Parrish, Isabelle Dressel, Rachel Wilt, Tori Peterson, 200-yard free relay.  Isabelle Dressel, Audrey Parrish, Tori Peterson, Hannah Bruggman, 400-yard free relay.

Second Team – Tori Peterson, 200-yard free, 500-yard free.  Erin Higley, 200-yard IM.  Annie Stefanides, 200-yard butterfly.  Audrey Parrish, 100-yard free.  Katherine Robinson, 100-yard breaststroke.

Honorable Mention – Kayli Brown, 200-yard free, 100-yard backstroke.  Kathrine Robinson, 200-yard IM.  Audrey Parrish, 50-yard free.  Rebecca Bay, 500-yard free, 100-yard breaststroke.


Fall Awards Night

Tonight, November 26, is Fall Sports Award Night.  The affair begins at 6:30 in the gym where recognition will be given for all-league athletes, coaches of the year, academic honors, etc.  At approximately 7 o’clock the large gathering will break up into groups by sport and coaches will acknowledge their teams and athletes.  Sports involved are girls swimming, girls cross country, boys cross country, volleyball, girls soccer and football.  All Panther fans are welcome.


53 Years and Now Over

A little personal reminiscing.  The state’s longest unbeaten streak in football no long belongs to my Kangaroos.  From the second game of 1956 through the sixth game of 1961 Lake Washington went 51 games without a loss (48 wins, 3 ties).  Those were the days…a great time to be a student and football fan at the Kirkland school.  BUT, after holding the state record for 53 years, 1 month and 2 days, it’s over.  Bellevue won their 52nd consecutive game Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 3A state playoffs.