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Girls golf team nears league championship

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Friday, Big East Invitational at Spokane.

The Wenatchee golfers are gone Friday for their annual trip to the Big East Invitational in the Lilac City.  This will be the 15th time in the past 16 years Panthers have participated in this tournament at the Wandermere Golf Course.  A year ago WHS placed 12th of 21 teams.


Monday, league competition at Wenatchee.

Two league events remain, the first of which the Panthers host Monday at Three Lakes.  Only five points are needed in the last two matches and Wenatchee wins their second straight championship.  Points are awarded 5-4-3-2-1 in each of the six tourneys.


Yesterday the Panthers won their 10th consecutive league tournament over the past two seasons.  Their team score of 357 at the Yakima Elks Golf Course was the best of those 10 outings.  In the four wins this spring their average margin over the second place team is 30.5 strokes.


Standings: Wenatchee 20, Moses Lake 14, Eastmont 13, Davis 8, Eisenhower 4



Tuesday, league match at East Wenatchee

The fourth of six CBBN matches is hosted today by Wenatchee at the Highlander Golf Course.


Standings: Moses Lake 18, Eastmont 14, Wenatchee 11, Eisenhower 11, Davis 6


SOFTBALL (2-1, 4-3)

Tuesday, Davis (0-3, 3-5) home and Friday a doubleheader away.

For the past 14½ seasons this series has been all Panthers all the time.  Beginning with the second of two games in 1999, Wenatchee has romped to 30 consecutive wins…and romped they have, outscoring the Yakima club 509 to 25.  In fact the Pirates haven’t crossed home plate in the last five games.  How about these win-loss numbers – series 75-8, at home 37-4, on road 38-4 and coach Brent Grothe 38-1.


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


BASEBALL (5-1, 8-3)

Tuesday, Eastmont (6-0, 9-2) home and Friday a doubleheader away.

A big week for Wenatchee…three games against a tough Eastmont team that is tied for first and just one game ahead of the Panthers in the standings.  After starting the season 1-2 the Wildcats have run off eight consecutive wins, and in the last seven of those have a cumulative score of 83-8.  Since the two teams first played in 1957 Wenatchee has the most wins 63 to 51.  On the west side of the river they are 36-25 and on the east side 27-26.  WHS has won five of the last six.


Standings: Moses Lake 6-0, Eastmont 6-0, Wenatchee 5-1, Davis 1-5, Eisenhower 0-6, Sunnyside 0-6.


BOYS TENNIS (4-0, 4-1)

Tuesday, Davis (3-0, 4-1) home.

The battle of undefeated teams takes place today.  The Panthers are 4-0 and the Pirates 3-0 in league play.  This is a turnaround so far for Davis.  For the past seven springs they have completed league competition with losing records.  The Purple and Gold has been nearly perfect vs. the Pirates the past 36 years, winning 36 of 38 matches.  Right now they’ve won 18 in a row with the last loss in 1996.


Friday and Saturday, Capital Invitational at Boise

For the third straight year the boys and girls will combine forces and compete as one team at the Capital Invitational in Boise.  The past two years the Panthers have done very well at this event.  In 2012 they finished 5th among 32 teams and last spring were third of 32.


All Good Things Must Come to an End

The incredible 61-match win streak by the boys’ tennis team finally came to an end Saturday at Richland.  The Bombers won 6-1.  This was the first loss for Wenatchee since April 7, 2009 when they lost 4-3 at Seattle Prep.  The long string covered 49 league and 12 nonleague matches.


The 61 wins are easily the most of any team in the history of Wenatchee High School since sports started with football in 1905.  The longest streaks in other sports: 26 football (1969-72), 26 girls tennis (2007-09), 21 boys basketball (1933-34), 20 volleyball (1985), 19 bowling (2013-14), 18 baseball (1970-71), 17 wrestling (1988-89), 16 softball (1992), 13 girls basketball (1974-75), 11 boys soccer (2001) and 7 girls soccer (1986).  There are eight other sports (boys golf, girls golf, boys cross country, girls cross country, boys swimming, girls swimming, boys track, girls track) for which I don’t have season-by-season records, but suffice it to say it is guaranteed none of them have come close to 61.


With the loss to Richland one other boys’ tennis record streak came to an end.  Between the Seattle Prep and Richland losses the Panthers had won 33 consecutive “away” matches.  The old mark was 24 from 1982 to ’85.


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


GIRLS TENNIS (4-0, 5-0)

Tuesday, Davis (3-0, 4-1) home.

Just like the boys, the same scenario presents itself today for the girls…4-0 Wenatchee vs. 3-0 Davis.  The past two seasons the Pirates have taken the league title and haven’t lost a match.  They have topped the Panthers three times in a row to break a 10-match WHS streak in the series.  Overall Wenatchee leads in wins 25-13 and 13-6 at home.  Coach Norm Armstrong has won 10 of 15 against the DHS.


Friday and Saturday, Capital Invitational at Boise.

See Boys Tennis.


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


BOYS SOCCER (2-2, 4-5)

Tuesday, Davis (2-2, 7-2-1) away.

One team enters today’s clash with a two-game win streak and the other with just the opposite.  The Pirates were cruising right along and undefeated at 7-0-1 until last week.  That ended when Moses Lake stopped them and then Sunnyside did it again.  In the meantime the Panthers began last week with a 2-5 record and upped that to 4-5 with wins over Eastmont and Eisenhower.  If Wenatchee can expand that string this afternoon they will snap a five-game Davis win streak in the series.  Through 53 games DHS leads WHS 33 to 20 in wins and 18 to 8 at their place.  Wenatchee coach Dennis Tronson is 11-18.


Friday, Sunnyside (4-0, 10-0) home.

The Grizzlies are on a rampage.  They have won all 10 of their games and have outscored the opposition 36 to 7.  With that record they are ranked number two in the state in the 3A ScoreCzar computer poll.  When Wenatchee faced them in Sunnyside two-and-a-half weeks ago the host team won 2-0.  Overall SHS leads the series 3-2, but both the Panthers victories came in the Apple Bowl.


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


In the ScoreCzar computer rankings Wenatchee is tied for 22nd this week.  They are the only team in the top 28 with a losing record (4-5).  Davis is tied for 12th and Moses Lake is 18th.



Wednesday, Eastmont and Moses Lake home.

This is the first of three league meets for Wenatchee, one each Wednesday for the next three weeks.  The Panthers will host Eastmont and Moses Lake tomorrow.  Last spring the WHS boys won their league championship and the girls placed second among the young ladies.


Saturday, Kiwanis Invite at Hermiston

Both teams will be in the Beaver State Saturday for the 29th annual Kiwanis Invitational in Hermiston.


Note.  There might be a report of some kind next week and there might not.