GIRLS SOCCER (5-1, 7-3-1)
Tuesday, Eisenhower (1-5, 2-9) home.
.Wenatchee goes after their fifth straight win when they host Eisenhower in the Apple Bowl Tuesday. The Panthers have won five straight from the Cadets, and not only won, but have given up nary a goal. They won 3-0 last month in Yakima. With the wins WHS has pulled ahead and taken the series lead 21-19-1. At home Wenatchee has split 20 games evenly with Eisenhower.
The win over Sunnyside last week was the 200th victory in the 28-year history of Wenatchee soccer. The first game in 1986 was a 1-1 draw with Ellensburg, and the second game was the first win, a 2-1 triumph over West Valley in Yakima. The Panthers have played 436 games with a record of 201-227-8.
Standings: Moses Lake 6-0, Wenatchee 5-1, Eastmont 3-3, Davis 2-4, Eisenhower 1-5, Sunnyside 1-5
FOOTBALL (4-1, 4-2)
Friday, Davis (2-3, 2-4) home.
What difference a name change can make. Davis is Wenatchee’s longest running league foe…this is season 91. When the series started in 1923 Yakima won the first game and went on to post a 17-8-4 record in 34 years. Then in 1957 Dwight David Eisenhower High School opened and the Yakima School District changed the name of YHS to A.C. Davis and the Panthers have been smiling ever since. In 52 contests WHS has gone 39-13 and leads overall 47-30-4. The local eleven leads in the Apple Capital 25-14-2.
Currently Wenatchee has run off 14 wins in a row over Davis and by an average score of 43.4 to 13.5. Last month in the Palm Springs of Washington of the Panthers won 53-13, their second game in a row against the Pirates with 53 points (53-10 last season).
Standings: Wenatchee 4-1, Moses Lake 4-1, Eisenhower 3-2, Davis 2-3; Sunnyside 0-1, Eastmont 0-5
Wenatchee Big in AP Poll History
The Associated Press in the Evergreen State began ranking prep football teams in 1947. Between then and last fall there have been 66 state poll champions. Wenatchee High School stands out as they and South Kitsap have finished first more than anybody in the large school poll*. The Panthers and Wolves have each finished atop the poll six times. WHS did it in 1958, and then five straight years from 1970 to 1974. The five consecutive are also a record. No one else has ever won it more than two years in a row (Seattle Prep 1966-67, Mount Tahoma 1979-80, South Kitsap1982-83 and Richland 1989-90).
The Panthers have finished in the final top 10 15 times. That is seventh highest. Those ahead are Gonzaga Prep 32, South Kitsap 22, Puyallup 20, Snohomish 20, Walla Walla 20 and Richland 18. Besides the six firsts, WHS has three thirds, three sixths, a seventh and two eighths.
Wenatchee’s first appearance in the final poll was 1948 when they finished third. Their most recent listing was in 2009 when they were sixth.
The initial poll in 1947 included only five teams, in all the other years there have been 10. All together 124 schools have received a final top 10 honor at least once.
During the time since the Big Nine started in 1966 (Big Eight then), 10 league member have been poll champs and Wenatchee has half of those…Wenatchee 5, Pasco 2, Richland 2 and Kamiakin 1.
*These numbers only include the large school poll. It was A from ’47 to ’57, AA from ’58 to ’68, AAA from ’69 to ‘’97 and 4A from ’98 to now.
I took quite a while but I eventually found all 66 final polls. I could find no single source anyplace. There is one now.
VOLLEYBALL (5-1, 11-7-1)
Tuesday, Eisenhower (6-0, 7-1) away.
Up to this point this is the biggest match of the season for Wenatchee and Eisenhower. The Cadets are first at 6-0 and the Panthers second at 5-1. When the played in Yakima last month the home team won 3-2, but the visitors actually scored the most points 108-104. In league six matches EHS has won 18 sets to their opponents five while WHS is 17-4.
An Eisenhower win and they most likely will win the championship. They will have a two match lead with but three to play. A Wenatchee victory and it’s a wild race to the finish between the two. Since 2010 the Panthers have taken seven of nine from the Cadets.
Friday, Woodinville (0-5, 0-8) away.
A road trip. The Panthers first will compete at Woodinville on Friday. This will be the 10th time they have faced the Falcons. A year ago the east WHS defeated the west WHS 3-0 here at the Wenatchee Invite. Overall Wenatchee is 6-3 against the KingCo Conference club.
Saturday, Interlake (5-4, 6-4) away.
Saturday Wenatchee will move on a few miles to Bellevue and take on another KingCo foe, Interlake. This will be the first time the Panthers and Saints have ever played.
All together the Purple and Gold has fared quite well against KingCo teams. In 50 matches against a dozen schools Wenatchee is 33-14-3.
A milestone was reached in the fifth of the Panthers’ six matches in Saturday’s Wenatchee Invite. It may have slipped by even the most savvy fan, but the win over the Panther JV was LeAnne Branam’s 100th as coach of WHS. In 181 matches she is 101-75-5.
Standings: Eisenhower 6-0, Wenatchee 5-1, Moses Lake 3-3, Davis 2-4, Eastmont 1-5, Sunnyside 1-5
GIRLS SWIMMING (6-0, 8-0)
Thursday, Eastmont (6-2, 6-2) home.
Standings: Wenatchee 6-0, Eastmont 6-2, Moses Lake 4-2. Eisenhower 2-4, Sunnyside 1-5, Davis 0-6
Wenatchee Grad on Husky Hoop Team
Connor Smith, a member of the Panther basketball team for three years, is one of 15 players on the University of Washington’s roster. Smith, who graduated from Wenatchee in 2010, was the team’s leading scorer his senior year with is than average of 18.5 points per game. That is the seventh highest single season average in WHS history. He is walk-on at the UW and is a 6-9, 200 pound forward/center.
Like father, like son. Connor’s father, Alan Smith, was a star basketball player at Cashmere High School and he also went on to play for the Huskies. He earned three letters at the UW from 1974 through ’76.