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Wenatchee in do-or-die state game

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A note of clarification.  I said a couple of days ago that it took a win at the regional level to reach state.  Turns out the weekend games before the three-day tournaments are now included as state games.  Umm!

There are no state programs at the regionals, only for next week and they only include the final eight teams.  Half the young people (close to 1,152 at max 12 per roster) at “state” this week will not have programs with their names and pictures.

If all-tournament teams are selected they only include players from the final eight teams.

When state stats are recorded and compiled they only include the play of the final eight teams.

At the 21 regional sites this weekend, there will be no state T-shirts, sweat shirts, buttons/pins with pictures of the players, team pictures taken, etc.  That’s only done for the final eight teams.

For 87 years each state team was guaranteed two games.  No more.

Ask players, coaches and fans of all the teams still playing, what their plans are for this weekend.  The answer from all of them, “Hey, we’re going to regionals.”  No one is going to say state.

On well, the list could on and on, but the system is different now, not necessarily better, but different.

Times have changed and the 96 teams that lose in 12 regionals this weekend will technically have been to state.  But that’s it.  There is a fun, unique experience in the atmosphere that surrounds the opportunity to be where 32 teams are playing in a huge building, on two courts over three days.  That is a tad different than some one-day venture to a high school or community college gym.  But four years ago a new format was adopted and now regionals are the first round of state competition.

 

On to State

So this becomes Wenatchee’s 15th state appearance in 91 years (the big event began in 1923).

Wenatchee’s previous state tournament visits.

 

Year

W/L

Place

Site

Coach

1925

1-2

-

UW Pavilion*

Roy Sandberg

1928

2-2

7th

UW Pavilion

Paul Benjamin

1929

0-2

-

UW Pavilion

Paul Benjamin

1930

0-2

-

UW Pavilion

Paul Benjamin

1934

2-2

6th

UW Pavilion

Paul Benjamin

1937

2-2

6th

UW Pavilion

Paul Benjamin

1938

1-2

-

UW Pavilion

Paul Benjamin

1941

2-2

7th

UW Pavilion

Rex Scott

1942

1-2

-

UW Pavilion

Doc Conway

1945

0-2

-

UW Pavilion

Doc Conway

1955

1-2

-

Hec Edmundson Pavilion

Harry Zier

1959

0-2

-

Hec Edmundson Pavilion

Jerry Carlton

1994

0-2

-

Seattle Center Coliseum

Eli Juarez

1998

1-2

-

Kingdome

Eli Juarez

 

13-28

     
     

*Named Hec Edmundson Pavilion in 1948

The Panthers have played – Aberdeen [2 times], Anacortes, Auburn, Ballard, Bothell, Bremerton [2], Buckley (now White River), Castle Rock, Clarkston, Cle Elum [3] Davenport, Dayton, Decatur, Everett, Franklin, Garfield, Hoquiam [2], Juanita, Kelso, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln (Seattle), Lincoln (Tacoma), Mount Vernon, North Kitsap, Port Angeles, Richland [2], Sehome, St. John, Toppenish, Walla Walla, West Valley (Spokane), Whatcom (now Bellingham), Wilbur and Yakima (now Davis).

 

Side Note on Wenatchee and State

I was fortunate to get an original program from the 1928 tournament.  Hec Edmundson Pavilion was brand new when WHS played there.  It opened December 27, 1927 and just over three months later it was the site of the high school tournament.  The Panthers on that team were Russell Ainsworth, Don Black, Virgil Black, Earl Hickox, Ed Koch, Jack Patrick, Mahlon Simon, Floyd Segel and Burdett Sterling.  The coach was Paul Benjamin.  Virgil Black was selected all-state second team.

Highly doubt you’re aware of where the teams were housed for the ’28 event.  They stayed in fraternities, and which teams in what frat was printed right in the program.  Wenatchee High stayed at Phi Delta Theta and Phi Kappa Psi.  By the way, the programs were two-bits.  And according to a full-page ad, if you wanted to spiff up your wardrobe you could purchase a hand-tailored suit from Harry Ryan’s on University Way for $34.50.

 

Go get ’em Panthers!  Make it a sweep of Viking foes (got the Lake Stevens version 53-43 in December).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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