Friday begins the 106th year of Panther football. They started in 1905, but had no program in 1916, ’17 and ’18. Scott Devereaux begins his 10th season as head coach. His years of service tie him for third in terms of years coached at WHS. The top four are Lee Bofto 20 years (1965-84), Tom Byrne 12 (1953-64) and Paul Benjamin 10 (1926-35) and Scott Devereaux 10 (2004-13).
Season Openers. The Purple and Gold are 65-39-1, and has won six of seven and seven of the last nine. The longest string of consecutive season opening victories is 16 from 1967 to 1982. Wenatchee and Eisenhower have faced each other seven previous times to kick off a season. The Panthers won the first two and the Cadets the next five, including a 29-27 win a year ago.
Note. The next road victory will be the 200th win away from home in the history of the pigskin sport at Wenatchee.
Friday, Eisenhower away.
This will be the 47th contest since WHS first played EHS in 1964. They did not play in 1965, but then played every fall for 42 years in a row through 2007, missed a couple years and resumed games in 2010.
The Panthers lead the series 24-22-1, and are 13-10-1 in Yakima. As mentioned above, he Cadets won the first game last year, but WHS stormed back and took the second one 34-9, breaking a EHS 5-game win streak in the series.
On the ‘Most games played against” list the Cadets are tied for fifth with 47.
Longest Wenatchee win streak – 9 (1968-1976).
Longest Eisenhower win streak – 10 (1987-1996).
Most points scored by Wenatchee and biggest winning margin – 47 (47-0 in 1978).
Most points scored by Eisenhower and biggest winning margin – 47 and 41 respectively (47-6 in the first meeting in
Most points one game combined – 63 (EHS 35, WHS 28 in 2002).
Wenatchee has shutout Eisenhower 7 times.
Eisenhower has shutout Wenatchee 5 times.
Wenatchee has scored 919 points (19.6 per game) and Eisenhower 771 (16.4).
Today the Seattle Times came out with their prep football rankings and they have Wenatchee 10th. Their comment, “Versatile weapon Isaiah-Brandt Sims will lead powerful offense.”
The 28th season of soccer at WHS begins Saturday with a new coach at the helm. John Springer takes over and becomes the fifth coach since the program started in 1986.
Saturday, Enumclaw away.
The Panthers open with Enumclaw, the same foe they faced in their initial match last year. It would be sweet if the result was not the same…the Hornets won 6-0 on the local field. Enumclaw is member of the South Puget Sound 3A League. All-time WHS is 57-72-2 in nonleague games.
Check out five of the first six competitors for Wenatchee – Enumclaw, Eastmont, Everett, Eisenhower and Eastlake. Mt. Spokane sneaks in there after Ike.
LeAnn McGahuey returns for her seventh year as Panther coach as the program begins its 38th year as a WHS sport. Wenatchee begins the season with a jamboree in their own gym Saturday. League play begins next week when they face Eastmont.
Panther Sports 30th in State for 2012-13
For the past 25 years the Tacoma News Tribune has ranked the high schools by where they place in WIAA state tournaments. Each classification is ranked separately. Wenatchee finished 30th of 63 4A schools with 90 points. Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma was first with 287.3 points. The other 4A schools in the Big Nine were Moses Lake 33rd, Eisenhower 38th tie, Davis 48th and Eastmont 55th tie.
The scoring system used is:
Volleyball, football, basketball (boys and girls), track (boys and girls), baseball, softball, soccer (boys and girls): 1st/50 points, 2nd/40, 3rd/35, 4th/30, 5th-8th/20, 9th-16th/10.
Cross-country (boys and girls), wrestling, tennis (boys and girls), golf (boys and girls): 1st/40, 2nd/32, 3rd/28, 4th/24, 5th-8th/16, 9th-16th/8.
Swimming (boys and girls), gymnastics: 1st/20, 2nd/16, 3rd/14, 4th/12, 5th-8th/8, 9th-16th/4.
Bowling, girls wrestling: 1st/14, 2nd/10, 3rd/8, 4th/6, 5th-8th/4, 9th-16th/2.