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Girls swimming league champs, football getting close

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VOLLEYBALL (7-2, 15-8-1)

Tuesday, Davis (3-6, 5-8) away.

Wenatchee (7-2) will finish second no matter what happens today when they complete the regular season at Davis.  They trail Eisenhower (9-0) by two and lead Moses Lake (5-4) by two.  A victory today would be the 11th in a row over the Pirates and tie their longest winning streak in the series.  From 1989 to 95 the Purple and Gold also win 11 straight.  In Yakima, Wenatchee is 24-9 and overall is 46-13.

When Wenatchee High rolled over Sunnyside Thursday it was LeAnne Branam’s 50th league win as coach.  In her seventh year, Branam has a 50-32 record in league play (61.0%).

Two of the Panther opponents this season are ranked in the Washington State Coaches Association poll.  Central Valley is fourth in the 4A’s and Ellensburg sixth in the 2A’s.  WHS lost to CV 3-1 at home and Ellensburg 2-1 in the Sundome.

Standings: Eisenhower 9-0, Wenatchee 7-2, Moses Lake 5-4, Davis 3-6, Eastmont 2-7, Sunnyside 1-8


GIRLS SOCCER (7-2, 9-4-1)

Tuesday, Davis (4-4, 7-7) home.

The Panthers have second place locked up and finish the league portion of the schedule today in the Apple Bowl with third place Davis.  Wenatchee blanked the Pirates back on the first day of the month in Yakima 2-0.  At home WHS leads DHS 20-6, and is up 34-16 overall.  Theoretically the Panthers could still tie for first, but highly unlikely.  It would take a Wenatchee victory and Moses Lake (8-0) would have to drop their final pair at Eisenhower and Davis.

The team has won six of seven.  The last time that happened was 14 seasons ago in 2000.

The Panthers defeated Sunnyside 7-2 Thursday.  The last time WHS tallied at least that many goals was 81 games ago in 2008 when they whacked Sunnyside 15-1 in the first meeting between the two schools.

In the ScoreCzar computer poll this week Wenatchee dropped three places to 45th.

Standings: Moses Lake 8-0, Wenatchee 7-2, Davis 4-4, Eastmont 3-5, Eisenhower 2-6, Sunnyside 1-8


FOOTBALL (6-1, 6-2)

Friday, Eastmont (1-6, 2-6) home.

With a win this week Wenatchee, at a minimum, will tie for the league title.  They could win it outright if they win and second-place Moses Lake loses at fourth-place Davis.  When they met Eastmont the first time this season the Panthers prevailed 44-10 across the river.  That was their second straight win over the Wildcats, seventh of the last eight and 13th of the last 15.  On their home turf WHS is 20-5 vs. EHS and has won seven of the last eight.  Overall they lead the series 34-10.

Wenatchee has won six straight league games and 11 of their last 12.

Devereaux reaches “C”.  Friday’s game will be the 100th for Scott Devereaux as Wenatchee coach.  This is his 10th season and he has compiled a record of 61-38 (68.7%).  He has never had a losing season.

If Wenatchee scores four points Friday, and if you’ve never missed any of the 528 home games since 1905, you will witness your 11,000th Panther point on the local gridiron.

In the ScoreCzar computer poll this week Wenatchee remained 21st.

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

Three Former Coaches in Hall of Fame

A trio of former Wenatchee coaches is in the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. 

Roy Sandberg, inducted to the HOF in 1978, coached at Wenatchee in 1923 and ’24. He next went to Sedro-Woolley High School and then Ellensburg Normal (CWU).  In 1930 it was back to WSC as an assistant, and then he became the head coach at the University of Puget Sound for a few years in the early ‘30s.

Tom Byrne, inducted in 1988, coached the Panthers for 12 seasons from 1953 to ’64.  He began his coaching career at Brewster in 1947 and was there five years.  He then moved on to Cle Elum for a year before landing in the Apple Capital.

Lee Bofto, inducted in 1986, headed the Wenatchee program for 20 seasons from 1965 to ’84.  He started his coaching career at a junior high in Yakima where he spent eight years before coming to Wenatchee.



Thursday, District Meet at Franklin Park in Yakima.

Same old, same old.  If nothing else the Wenatchee boys are consistent.  For the fifth week in succession they remain among three teams listed as “others” just outside the cross country coaches’ top 10.  Big Nine champion Eisenhower boys stayed second, while their girl champs slipped one place to fifth.

Final Boys Standings: Eisenhower 10-0, Wenatchee 8-2, Eastmont 6-4, Davis 4-6, Moses Lake 2-8, Sunnyside 0-10

Final Girls Standings: Eisenhower 10-0, Wenatchee 7-3, Eastmont 7-3, Moses Lake 4-6, Davis 1-9, Sunnyside 1-9


GIRLS SWIMMING (10-0, 14-0)

Friday and Saturday, District Meet at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

With a sweep of Davis, Sunnyside and Eisenhower last week the gals finished as undefeated league champions (10-0).  And the Panthers put a powerful paw on their league opposition, winning by an average score of 139-42.

They also whipped both Richland and Hanford in nonleague competition Saturday to end the dual meet season with an unblemished 14-0 record.

Final Standings: Wenatchee 10-0, Moses Lake 8-2, Eastmont 6-4, Eisenhower 3-7, Sunnyside 3-7, Davis 0-10