Big Night Friday
Big doin’s Friday at the gym…a sweetheart of a deal. In addition to being the regular final home games of the season, it is Senior Night for both the girls and boys teams, AND it is Hall of Fame Night. AND it is Valentine’s. Two former Panther athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Mike Sugg and Jennifer Schooler. Sugg graduated in 1960 and participated in football, basketball and track. Schooler completed her schooling at WHS in 1998 and participated in basketball and volleyball.
GIRLS BASKETBALL (7-6, 9-9)
Friday, Eisenhower (3-10, 3-14) home
For the past eight seasons Wenatchee has known nothing but wins when facing Eisenhower – 16 of them. This is the Panthers’ longest winning streak over one school in girls’ hoops history. The Cadets three wins this season have come over winless Eastmont and the Cadets average 36.6 ppg to Wenatchee’s 52.3. This the 80th meeting between WHS and EHS with the former holding a 48-31 advantage in wins. The Panthers lead 27-13 at home.
Saturday, Davis (8-5, 9-9) away.
A little strange here. Davis is third in the standings and Wenatchee fourth, yet Wenatchee has won both the games between the two. The Pirates started CBBN play with four straight wins and it’s taken them nine games to win four more. The Panthers ended the Pirates initial four-game spurt with a 59-54 win in Yakima and then got them again 60-49 here in town. WHS has a winning record in the series of 51-26 and at EHS is 22-17.
In league play Wenatchee will finish either third, tied for third or fourth. To be third alone the girls need to win both their remaining games and Davis lose theirs…not real likely as the Pirates other game is with Eastmont at Davis. They tie If WHS wins two and DHS splits. If WHS and DHS both split or WHS loses two, the Panthers are fourth.
For district there is a slightly different look. Remember, Sunnyside is a 3A school and doesn’t factor in. Moses Lake is already first and Eisenhower fourth. Wenatchee or Davis will be two/three in one order or another and face each other again in the first round of district the 21st. Advantage to be number two…they get the home game. And based on their two wins over Davis, the Panthers hold the seeding tie-breaker if they tie in the league standings.
Friday Amira Chandler canned 21 points. This is the first time in 41 games a Panther has reached 20. Michaela George got 20 on 2/17/12.
Standings: Moses Lake 11 -2, Sunnyside 10-3, Davis 8-5, Wenatchee 7-6, Eisenhower 3-10, Eastmont 0-13
Wenatchee remained 37th this week in the ScoreCzar computer rankings (there are 67 4A teams).
BOYS BASKETBALL (9-4, 12-6)
Friday, Eisenhower (1-12, 1-17) home.
A win over the Cadets assures the Panthers of no worse than second-place in the final league standings. They either will have the runner-up spot to themselves or share it with Eastmont. Currently Wenatchee has won nine in a row from Eisenhower, and that ties with 1997-80 for their longest winning streak in the series. In the previous games this season Wenatchee won 56-50 at home and 72-36 in Yakima. In the series WHS is up 28-24 at home, but trails overall 73-42.
Saturday, Davis (10-3, 14-4) away.
The league season ends with number one vs. number two (at least that’s where they stand as the week begins). The Panthers visit Davis for the second time this season, the Pirates winning 72-69 the first time. When they played here DHS also won, that time 74-65. In league games Davis averages 67.4 ppg (best in the league)…Wenatchee is second at 62.5. Davis has won five straight and eight of their last nine. Wenatchee has won three straight and six of their last eight. The Pirates lead the series 88-49.
Because of the tight league race there a number of possibilities for the final standings and for district seeding. All teams have a pair of games left:
Davis 10-3: Eastmont home, Wenatchee home.
Wenatchee 9-4: Eisenhower home, Davis away.
Eastmont 8-5: Davis away, Sunnyside home.
Moses Lake 7-6: Sunnyside away, Eisenhower home.
In the standings the Panthers could finish first, second or third and the same in the seeding to district.
First place. Two possibilities remain for Wenatchee to be league champs.
* If WHS wins two and Davis losses two, the Panthers finish a game ahead of the Pirates (11-4 to 10-5).
* If WHS wins two and Davis splits they tie for the title (at 11-4), but Davis gets the top seed at district as they would be 2-1 vs. WHS.
Second place. There are a few possibilities for Wenatchee to be second either by themselves or tied with Eastmont and/or Moses Lake. In any tie situation the Panthers get the number two seed as they are 2-1 against both the Wildcats and Chiefs.
Third place. One scenario drops Wenatchee to third. WHS loses two (would be 9-6) and Eastmont wins two (10-5).
In the district tourney the number one seed hosts number four and two hosts three. If the Panthers beat Eisenhower at home Friday they will be a one or a two and have a home game the 20th for the first round of district.
Standings: Davis 10-3, Wenatchee 9-4, Eastmont 8-5, Moses Lake 7-6, Sunnyside 4-9, Eisenhower 1-12
Wenatchee moved up a notch to 36th this week in the ScoreCzar computer rankings.
One question on the tip of every Panther fan’s tongue whenever this happens is how well the teams do on Valentine’s Day. Well, one pretty good and the other not so well. The young men have a two-game winning streak and have won 15 of 25 February 14 contests. Their first was 1917 and most recent 2009. A victory against Friday’s foe, Eisenhower, will even their 2/14 record at 2-2 with the Cadets.
On the other hand, the young ladies haven’t found this day so sweet. Only five times in 14 games have their hearts been aflutter when the final horn sounded. In their first Valentine game in 1930 they went down to Entiat 18-16, and they have lost their most recent four. And in two meetings with Eisenhower the Cadets have gone home with the roses and candy.
Wenatchee’s bowling team placed second at state. WHS came home from the WIAA state championship tournament with the runner-up trophy. Individually five Panthers finished in the top 27 – Bethany Symonds 3rd. Brianna Saylor 18th, Jaylah Young 21st, Courtney Archer 24th and Lexi Dasilva 27th. The only team to top Wenatchee was Battle Ground, who won their third straight title.
In six trips to state this is the second highest the Purple and Gold have finished. They won the championship in 2004, placed fourth in ’05, fourth in ’06, sixth in ’11 and fourth a year ago.
Saturday, Regional Tournament at Pasco.
Seven Panthers kept their state tournament hopes alive by winning two district championships and five third places in the district tournament Saturday at Eisenhower Those wrestlers now advance to the regional tourney Saturday at Pasco High School, with the next step being the state wrestling championship tournament the 21st and 22nd at the Tacoma Dome.
The team placed second in a field of five at the district tournament Saturday at Eisenhower.
Five Wenatchee swimmers will participate in the state championship meet the 21st and 22nd in Federal Way. The Panthers competed at the district meet Saturday at the Central Washington University pool where they finished fourth among the five CBBN teams who took part. The 200 medley relay team of Tommy Higley, Austin Boese, Jared Vargas and Garrett Christensen are off to state. Vargas also qualified by winning the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.