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Major consequences in Panther vs. Chief contests this week

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FOOTBALL (5-1, 5-2)

Friday, Moses Lake (5-1, 6-1) away.

Kind of a big deal Friday.  The co-leaders of the league clash with the winner having the inside track to the league championship.  It’s 5-1 Wenatchee at 5-1 Moses Lake.  When they played last month Wenatchee won big, 49-14.  Since then the Panthers have won five straight league games and the Chiefs four.  In a half dozen league games the two are about equal in average points per game, Moses Lake at 35.3 and Wenatchee at 32.8.  But there is quite difference on defense.  MLHS is giving up 26.0 ppg and WHS only 12.5.


The Panthers have a two-game win streak in the series, have won seven of the last eight, and 16 of 19.  Overall after 60 games Wenatchee has 50 wins and Moses Lake 10.  On the ML field Wenatchee is up 21-7 and has won seven of the last nine.  The Panthers and Chiefs first played in 1951, and except for four years (’65, ’97, ’98, ’02), played each other once a season every year through 2011.  Beginning last fall they have met twice each year.


In the ScoreCzar computer poll Wenatchee is 21st.  Moses Lake is 35th.


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


VOLLEYBALL (5-2, 13-8-1)

Tuesday, Moses Lake (4-3, 4-7) home.

A victory tonight over the Chiefs pretty much cinches second place for Wenatchee.  Assuming first place Eisenhower defeats fifth place Sunnyside today, the Panthers would be two games behind the Cadets and two in front of Moses Lake with only two matches remaining.  Last month WHS continued their dominance over MLHS with a 3-1 win in the Chief gym.  That was the 10th consecutive win over Moses Lake and the 22nd in the last 23 meetings.  The Panthers lead the series 49-3 and are 25-1 at home.


Standings: Eisenhower 7-0, Wenatchee 5-2, Moses Lake 4-3, Davis 3-4, Eastmont 1-6, Sunnyside 1-6


GIRLS SOCCER (6-1, 8-3-1)

Tuesday, Moses Lake (7-0, 8-4) away.

Who is going to finish on top of the league?  That may be settled this evening.  A Chief win and they are definitely in the driver’s seat, a Panther win and it’s a wild race to the finish.  It’s 7-0 Moses Lake hosting 6-1 Wenatchee.  After today only two games remain for each team. 

Moses Lake has been tough.  In league play they have scored 36 goals, next highest is WHS at 17.  The Chiefs are winning by an average of 4.3 goals per game.  But the closest anyone has been to them is Wenatchee.  The Panthers dropped a narrow 3-2 decision last month in the Apple Bowl.  WHS has only lost to Moses Lake nine times in 39 games, unfortunately for Wenatchee six of those have been the six most recent outings.  On the Chiefs’ field the Panthers are 13-5.


What a start!

The 6-1 record in league play is the best mark after seven games since the second year of the program 27 seasons ago in 1987.  It ties ’87 for the second best seven-game start.  Wenatchee began soccer with a 6-0-1 record in 1986.


The gals have won five straight games.  The last time this happened was 2008.


In the ScoreCzar computer poll Wenatchee is 42nd.  Moses Lake is 34th.


Standings: Moses Lake 7-0, Wenatchee 6-1, Eastmont 3-4, Davis 3-4, Eisenhower 1-6, Sunnyside 1-6



Tuesday, Eisenhower (3-6), Davis (0-9) and Sunnyside (3-6) home.

This is the final league meet of the season and Wenatchee hosts the three teams that make up the bottom half of the standings.  When the Panthers faced the same trio in 38.  One win cinches a tie for the league championship.  Two or three victories and they are sole champs..


Standings: Wenatchee 7-0, Moses Lake 7-2, Eastmont 6-3, Eisenhower 3-6, Sunnyside 3-6, Davis 0-9



Tuesday, League meets at Wenatchee.

Both the girls and boys will be participating in their second, and final, league competition of the season.  The meets will be at Walla Walla Point Park.


In the cross country coaches’ poll the Panther boys continue to be just out of the top 10 and among three teams listed as “others.”  That’s four weeks in a row.  In the meantime league foe Eisenhower is second in the boys rankings and fourth in the girls.


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


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