MENS BASKETBALL (3-5, 9-12)
Wednesday, Columbia Basin (7-1, 14-6) away.
Since they lost their initial league game, Columbia Basin has run off seven straight wins and is tied with Treasure Valley for the top spot in the East. In the Knights’ first meeting of the season with the Hawks at the local gym, CBC prevailed 77-67. The last eight meetings between the two have been split at four apiece. And that is good for Wenatchee Valley as CBC has dominated the series 92-42.
Saturday, Walla Walla (3-5, 10-12) home.
The Knights and Warriors begin the week tied for sixth in the East, each with 3-5 records. Both teams are in a struggle to beat each other out and to catch Big Bend and Yakima Valley to secure the fourth and last playoff berth. When the Knights visited the southeast corner of the state last month the home squad won 96-78. Since 2005-06 Walla Walla has taken 14 of 16 from WVC, and has a three-game win streak going in the series.
After starting league play 0-4 the Knights rebounded and are 3-1 in the most recent four games.
Where’d the 39 points go? What a difference. Last week WVC beat Spokane 68-65 here. That was the second time the local contingent has faced the Lilac City bunch this season and it split the series at 1-1. In both games the Knights scored 68 points. The difference was that in Spokane the Sasquatch tallied 104. Nice job defense.
Standings: Treasure Valley 7-1, Columbia Basin 7-1, Big Bend 4-4, Spokane 4-4, Yakima Valley 4-4, Wenatchee Valley 3-5, Walla Walla 3-5, Blue Mountain 0-8,
WOMENS BASKETBALL (3-5. 11-12)
Wednesday, Columbia Basin (8-0, 18-3) away.
The Hawks are flying high. They are number one and undefeated in the East, plus they are number one in the NWAACC coaches poll released yesterday. And they have won 11 in a row. Two of those victories came at the expense of our local squad. CBC topped the Knights 58-46 in December at a tournament at Pierce, and they won 64-53 last month here in town (the 11 point differential is far less than the Hawks 18-point average winning margin in league play). Wenatchee Valley is up in the series 52 wins to 35 and is 25-16 in the Hawk next.
Saturday, Walla Walla (6-2, 12-7) home.
It doesn’t get much easier. First-place Columbia Basin and then second-place Walla Walla. And the Warriors have been a spear in the side of the Knights the last eight-plus seasons. The black and gold clad outfit has won 15 of 16 contests. Last month at Walla Walla the Warriors won 68-53, but, thanks to some dominating results up until nine years ago, WVC leads the series 48-40, and they are 28-13 at home.
Like the men, the gals began league play 0-4 and have won three of the last four.
The gals are averaging 62.0 ppg…he most in six seasons.
Standings: Columbia Basin 8-0, Walla Walla 6-2, Blue Mountain 5-3, Big Bend 4-4, Wenatchee Valley 3-5, Yakima Valley 3-5, Spokane 3-5, Treasure Valley 0-8.
More on the Coaches of Wenatchee Valley College
It was mentioned last week that so far I’ve found 74 coaches in the history of WVC athletics. There are 60 men and 14 women. One coached four sports, three coached three and 12 did two.
I continue to welcome help in finding the names of missing coaches…golf, 1947, ’56, ’57, tennis 1947 and track 1950. The college definitely had teams for these sports and years. WVC appears in the final point totals for these state junior college championship events.