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Special 65th reunion of 1948 Panther football team

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FOOTBALL (3-1, 3-1)

Friday, Chiawana (4-0, 4-0) Homecoming.

A big one!  Homecoming.  One of the biggest clashes in the state this weekend.  Two top 10 teams.  Yes, Wenatchee is 10th in this week’s AP poll and Chiawana is third.  The Riverhawks are first in the ScoreCzar computer rankings and fifth in both the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune.  Points galore have been produced.  The Riverhawks are undefeated in four games and averaging 44.5 points per game and the Panthers have won three of four (and three in row) and are averaging 41.8 ppg. 

 

Since Chiawana opened in the fall of 2010 the Panthers have faced the Pasco outfit three times and have been upended three times.  CHS has had a tad bit of success for a new school.  They’ve won 28 of 35 games in their three-and-a-half seasons.

 

Homecoming Stuff:

In 61 games WHS is 42-19.

First homecoming – 1951, Wenatchee 26, Moses Lake 0.

I can find no record of homecoming in 1952.  If anyone can provide info it would be much appreciated.

Most frequent foes – Richland 9, Davis, Kennewick and Walla Walla 8 each.

Longest winning streak – 13 from 1964-1976.

Longest losing streak – 6 from 1983-88.

Most WHS points – 56 in 2005 (WHS 56, Davis 12).

Fewest WHS points – 0 in 1994 (Richland 37, WHS 0) and 2011 (Richland 24, WHS 0).

Most points combined – 68 in 2005 (WHS 56, Davis 12) and 2012 (WHS 48, Moses Lake 20).

Largest winning margin – 47 in 1970 (WHS 47, Davis 0) and 1978 (WHS 47, Eisenhower 0).

Largest losing margin – 35 in 1985 (Richland 41, WHS 6).

The Panthers have shutout their opponents 18 times.

 

This is Cool

 Sixty-five years ago the Panthers completed an undefeated season by participating in an historic game.  Wenatchee was invited to play in the Turkey Day game on Thanksgiving at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.  That was November 25, 1948.  The historic part was because this game was the first ever live television broadcast in the state.  The station was KRSC, a couple years later it became KING.  Wenatchee took on West Seattle that wet and muddy day and the contest ended in a 6-6 deadlock.  Jack Barnes club finishing with a 7-0-2 record.

 

And the cool part.  Nine members of that 1948 team will be in the stands Friday.  Milt Bohart, captain of the team, a member of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame and an All-American guard for the University of Washington in 1953, is still carrying out captain duties.  He has organized a 65th reunion.  He says there were 27 players on the roster and 12 have passed away.  Of the remaining 15, nine plan on cheering on the 2013 Panthers Friday evening – Milt Bohart, Shoreline;

Dick Cunningham, Wenatchee; Dick Davenport, Edmonds; Gary Gloyn, Richland; Lawrence Holland, Wenatchee; DeWitt Keith, Ellensburg; Don Kellogg, Snohomish; Walt O’Leary, Lake Oswego, OR and Don Young, Vancouver.

 

For more good information on the broadcast and the Turkey Day game:

http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2010/11/25/p-i-archive-seattles-biggest-thanksgiving-football-games/
http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=1982

 

Reference is made in one of these articles to this event being a championship game.  Not the case.  From 1947 to 1972 the state champ was determined by a vote of the AP sports writers.  In 1948 the title went to Lincoln of Tacoma, while Wenatchee finished third and West Seattle eighth.

 

As a kid living in Seattle and following sports beginning in the late ‘40s I definitely recall these Turkey Day games being a huge deal.  For years the big, old radio by the window in the living room at my grandparent’s home where we went for dinner, was always tuned to “the game.”

 

 

 

The 1948 season.

 

1948

Jack Barnes; 7-0-2

9/17

   31

Richland

12

  Away

9/24

   27

Walla Walla

20

  Home

10/1

   40

Omak

0

  Home

10/8

    6

Bellingham

6

  Away

10/15

   26

West Valley (Spokane)

0

  Home

10/22

   53

Cashmere

6

  Home

10/29

   32

Yakima

6

  Away

11/11

   21

Central Valley

12

  Away

11/25

    6

West Seattle

6

  Away

 

   242

 

68

 

 

Consistent

In the Panthers’ last three home games they have scored 49, 48 and 49 (49 Davis 28, 48 Moses Lake 20 and 49 Moses Lake 14).  The 146 total points are the most scored in three consecutive home games since fans were dazzled by the 1921 and ‘22 squads who ran up 193.  They beat Ephrata 73-0, Anacortes 66-0 and Cashmere 54-6

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Plethora of Points

In the Purple and Gold’s last eight games they have scored over 40 points six times and are averaging 40.4 points.

 

ScoreCzar computer rankings:  Wenatchee tied for 9th of 67 4A teams.

 

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

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday, Sunfair Invite, Yakima.

Both cross country teams compete Saturday at Franklin Park in Yakima in the 40th annual Sunfair Invite.  According to the event’s site “The Sunfair Cross Country Invitational is the largest single-day high school participation event in the northwest.”  On the Big Nine league site it shows 18 boys teams and 17 girls teams participating.

 

The Panther boys, eighth in last week’s coaches’ poll, dropped out of the top 10 this week.  They are one of three listed as “others.”

 

Boys Standings: Eisenhower 5-0, Wenatchee 4-1, Davis 3-2, Eastmont 2-3, Sunnyside 1-4, Moses Lake 0-5

 

Girls Standings: Eisenhower 4-0, Wenatchee 3-1, Eastmont 2-2, Moses Lake 1-3, Davis 0-4

 

GIRLS SWIMMING (5-0)

Standings: Wenatchee 5-0, Moses Lake 4-1. Eastmont 3-2, Eisenhower 2-4, Sunnyside 1-4, Davis 0-5

 

GIRLS SOCCER (3-1, 5-3-1)

Standings: Moses Lake 4-0, Wenatchee 3-1, Eastmont 2-2, Eisenhower 1-3, Davis 1-3, Sunnyside 1-3

 

VOLLEYBALL (3-1, 4-6-1)

Standings: Eisenhower 4-0, Wenatchee 3-1, Moses Lake 2-2, Davis 2-2, Eastmont 1-3, Sunnyside 0-4

 

 

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