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Hoops...must win win Thursday and Friday to extend season

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District play awaits both Panther basketball teams this week.  On Thursday Wenatchee (second seed) hosts Eastmont (third seed) and Davis (first) hosts Moses Lake (fourth).  Friday in the girls tourney Moses Lake (first) hosts Eisenhower (fourth) and Wenatchee (second) visits Davis (third).  The winners play each other Saturday at the higher seed to determine who advances to the regional level as number one and two from District 6.  The top two teams from each of four regionals get the big prize, a state tournament berth at the Tacoma Dome March 6 to 8.

 The Eastmont and Moses Lake boys tied for third in the league, but the Wildcats won two of three from the Chiefs so EHS is the third seed to district.  For the girls Moses Lake and Sunnyside tied for first, but the Grizzlies are a 3A school so they don’t factor in the 4A district.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL (10-5, 13-7)

Familiar foes.  Wenatchee/Eastmont.  Not only are they neighbors, but counting the coming event, over one-fifth of the Panthers last 38 games have been with the Wildcats (21 percent).  Three league and one district encounter last season and ditto this time.  This season WHS won on neutral ground at the Town Toyota Center 59-50, EHS at their place 60-51 and WHS at their gym 60-48. 

 

District

The Thursday contest will be the 50th district game for Wenatchee since the league was formed in 1966-67.  District has not been a strong suit for the Panthers as they’ve managed but 16 wins against 33 losses.  Only once before have they played Eastmont, and that was just a year ago.  The Wildcats won 54-46.

 

When it comes to prolific point producers, Dillon Sugg is right up there.  In fact his 1,251 career points put him in fourth place all-time among all Panther players.  Austin Bryan has 1,484, Josh Cooprider 1,286 and Carl Schreck 1,269.

 

Final Standings: Davis 12-3, Wenatchee 10-5, Eastmont 9-6, Moses Lake 9-6, Sunnyside 4-11, Eisenhower 1-14

 

Wenatchee jumped up seven places to a tie for 29th this week in the ScoreCzar computer rankings. 

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL (8-7, 10-10)

It’s Davis…again.  For the fourth time in six weeks and the second time in seven days its Panthers and Pirates.  For one team the season will end and the other is guaranteed two more games.  Wenatchee won the first two games 59-54 there and 60-49 here.  Davis won big time there Saturday 85-61.

 

District

This will be Wenatchee’s 61st district game…the first was 1973.  They have two-dozen wins and three-dozen losses.  Only once before has Wenatchee faced Davis and that was a while ago.  In 1982 DHS won 50-42 in Yakima.

 

The nets were scorched Saturday in the WHS/DHS game at Yakima.  The hosts won 85-61.  Only nine times has Wenatchee ever given up more points, and the most recent of those was over eight years ago in December 2005.  The combined point total of 161 was the fourth highest scoring game WHS has ever been involved with.  The last time that total was surpassed was January of ’03, over 11 years ago.

 

Final Standings: Moses Lake 12-3, Sunnyside 12-3, Davis 10-5, Wenatchee 8-7, Eisenhower 3-12, Eastmont 0-15

 

Wenatchee is tied for 39th this week in the ScoreCzar computer rankings.  Last week they were 37th.

 

A Point of Clarity on Tie-Breakers

Fairly often there is confusion regarding final league standings and tie-breakers.  The process of settling ties is not about league standings.  Tie-breakers are only used for district seeding.  For instance Eastmont and Moses Lake had identical records in boys’ basketball.  The Wildcats did not get third by themselves and the Chiefs fourth.  They both finished in the number three spot.  The only reason a tie-breaker comes into play is to determine a pecking order for district.  In this case EHS defeated MLHS two of three times and gets the third seed.  On the girls side Sunnyside and Moses Lake finished with the same records.  The Grizzlies beat the Chiefs two of three.  That does not knock MLHS to number two.  The pair share the championship. The same process applies to all sports in the league.

 

Panthers and the AP

Finishing the final top 10 the of the Associated Press basketball polls has been a rare happening for the Purple and Gold.

The poll for the young men started 63 seasons ago in 1952 and only twice has Wenatchee found their name in the season-end rankings.  The first occurred in 1986 when the Jim Meredith coached team tied for 10th.  That squad finished the regular season 14-6 (when the poll came out), then went on to the regional where their season ended with a 17-8 record.  The second time was 1998 with Eli Juarez was coach and WHS finished ninth in the poll with a 16-4 regular season mark.  The squad advanced to state and finished with a 20-8 record.

The AP started ranking the girls 28 seasons ago in 1987, and no Wenatchee team has yet to receive top 10 status.

 

BOYS SWIMMING

The state championships are Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.  Four Panther swimmers will represent Wenatchee in three events.  Tommy Higley, Austin Boese, Jared Vargas and Garrett Christensen team up in the 200 medley relay, and Vargas will also compete in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

In the last 28 seasons Wenatchee has scored points 25 times at the state championship meet, including the last 14 in a row.  Their highest finish was 10th in 2008.

 

All-Sports Standings

Moses Lake finished first in the all-sports standings for the winter season.  The Chiefs won league championships in boys swimming and wrestling and was co-champ in girls’ basketball.  Points are awarded 6 for first, 5 for second etc., except for bowling which is 5 for first, 4 second, etc.

 

 

Basketball, B

Basketball, G

Bowling

Swimming, B

Wrestling

TOTAL

Moses Lake

3.5

5.5

4

6

6

25

Wenatchee

5

3

5

5

3

21

Davis

6

4

1

3

1

15

Eastmont

3.5

1

2.5

4

3

14

Sunnyside

2

5.5

-

1

5

13.5

Eisenhower

1

2

2.5

2

3

10.5

Wenatchee was the leader at the end of the fall season and continues overall in the top spot.  Through two seasons – Wenatchee 52.5, Moses Lake 49.5, Eisenhower 37.5, Eastmont 34, Davis 29.5 and Sunnyside 22.

 

 

 

 

 

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