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Panther sports program 3rd best among 4A schools statewide last year

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SUPER!  Panther Sports 3rd in State for 2013-14
For the past 26 years the Tacoma News Tribune has ranked the high schools by how they place in WIAA state tournaments.  Each classification is ranked separately.  For last school year Wenatchee finished 3rd of 63 4A schools with 206 points.  In 2011-12 the Panthers were 23rd with 90 points, and in 2012-13 were 30th, also with 90 points.  Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma was first with 258.5 points and Camas was second with 256. 

The comment in the TNT regarding WHS was, “a couple of third place finishes (baseball and boy’s track) helped push the Panthers into the top three.”

The other 4A schools in the Big Nine were Moses Lake 10th (158 points), Eisenhower tied at 35th (60), Eastmont tied at 43rd (48) and Davis tied at 54th (10).

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), boys 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.

Note: This report is out a few days early as I have limited time next week.

Friday begins the 107th year of Panther football.  They started in 1905, but had no program in 1916, ’17 and ’18.  WHS has a nine-game schedule that begins with three nonleague contests and then moves on to six CBBN games.

Scott Devereaux begins his 11th season as head coach.  His record is 64-39 and he never has had a losing season.  His years of service are third in terms of years coached at WHS.  The two ahead of him are Lee Bofto 20 years (1965-84) and Tom Byrne 12 (1953-64).

Wenatchee is coming off a great 2013 season.  They won the Big Nine title with an 8-1 record, played two games in the state playoffs and finished with a 9-3 mark.  Two of their losses were to state champion Chiawana.

Season Openers.  Wenatchee is 65-40-1, and has dropped the last two.  The longest string of consecutive season opening victories is 16 from 1967 to 1982.

Sept. 5, Mead away.
This will be the fourth time WHS first played Mead, and the local Panthers have yet to top the Spokane Panthers.  Mead won 28-8 in ’05 in the Lilac City, 21-7 in ’07 here and 22-14 in ’08 here.

Last Fall Mead finished sixth in the 10-team Greater Spokane 4A/3A League (4-5), and 5-5 overall.

The Purple and Gold is 21-26-2 against the Greater Spokane League – Shadle Park 1-0, Central Valley 10-3, North Central 3-4, Lewis and Clark 6-10-2, Rogers 1-2, Ferris 0-2, Gonzaga Prep 0-2 and Mead 0-3.  WHS has never played Mt. Spokane or University.

This fall begins the 29th season of soccer at WHS.  Back for his second year as coach is John Springer.  A year ago the Panthers were 11-6-1, their first winning season in five years, and finished second in the league with an 8-2 record.  This year they have a 16-game schedule, 12 league and four nonleague…with all the nonleague at home.

Sept. 6, Eastlake home.
WHS played the Wolves for the first time last year and fell 2-0 at home.
Eastlake finished fifth (6-4) in the 11-team KingCo 4A Conference a year ago, and 8-7-1 overall.
Against KingCo 4A schools Wenatchee is 0-3 (Eastlake 2013 and Redmond in 1998 and ’99.)
Season openers.  WHS is 14-13-1 in their initial games of the season and has a “one-game” win streak…2-1 over
    Enumclaw last September.
Home openers.  The Panthers are 15-11-2 in home openers and haven’t won in three years…two losses and a 0-0 tie
    with Everett last year.

Panther Pigskin and Hoops Games on the Radio
Beginning with the football game at Mead the 5th, all Wenatchee football and girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be on the radio for 2014-15.  The games will be covered by Icicle Broadcasting.  Football will be on Z Country, 94.7 FM, and basketball on KOHO 101.1 FM.  The voices on the broadcasts will be familiar to Purple and Gold fans as Grant Olson and Steve Sandman return for another year behind the mic, but now doing more games than ever.