GIRLS BASKETBALL (3-3, 5-6)
Friday, Sunnyside (4-2, 8-2) home.
The Grizzlies have become a bear of an opponent. After Wenatchee won the first six games between the two schools, Sunnyside as roared back and taken the last four. In their meeting last month at SHS the Grizzlies won 71-58. The only two losses suffered by Sunnyside so far were both to Davis. The Panthers are 3-2 at home vs. the Yakima Valley outfit.
Saturday, Eastmont (0-6, 0-11) away.
The Eastmont girls have been struggling and have yet to win a game. In fact most of their games have been one-sided and their average losing margin is 22.9 points. The Panthers defeated them 58-44 last month on a neutral floor at the Town Toyota Center. WHS leads the series 46-28, and is 22-12 at Eastmont.
Standings: Davis 5-1, Sunnyside 4-2, Moses Lake 4-2, Wenatchee 3-3, Eisenhower 2-4, Eastmont 0-6
Wenatchee is 40th this week (same as last week) in the ScoreCzar computer rankings. There are 67 4A teams.
BOYS BASKETBALL (4-2, 7-4)
Friday, Sunnyside (1-5, 1-9) home.
Wenatchee has a five-game win streak over Sunnyside, including a 58-55 victory a month ago at SHS. In 10 games with the Grizzlies, the Panthers have won nine and are 5-0 at Sunnyside. The Grizzlies dropped their first six games, upended Moses Lake in a league contest and have since lost three more.
Saturday, Eastmont (5-1, 10-1) away.
The only defeat Eastmont has was inflicted by Wenatchee 59-50 at the Town Toyota Center December 20th. Following that game the Wildcats have won six straight. The two local squads have had their share of close games in the 108 times they’ve played…36 times (33.3%) the winning margin has been six points or less, and 55 times (50.9%) the difference has been in single digits. WHS leads the series 63-45 and is 29-22 in the EHS gym. The Wildcats are 10th this week In the Seattle Times poll and 20th in the ScoreCzar rankings.
Standings: Eastmont 5-1, Wenatchee 4-2, Davis 4-2, Moses Lake 3-3, Sunnyside 1-5, Eisenhower 1-5
Wenatchee is 48th this week (47th last week) in the ScoreCzar computer rankings. There are 67 4A teams.
BOWLING (7-0, 10-0)
Tuesday, Eisenhower (2-3, 4-5) home.
The Champs. For the fourth consecutive season Wenatchee has won the league bowling title. The clinched the top spot outright when they topped Eastmont last week. They have a two-match lead with only one match remaining. The Panthers are rolling right along with a school record 17-match win streak, and since the 2010-11 season have a 42-9 record. WHS completes league play today when they host Eisenhower. Overall the Panthers are 12-7-1 against the Cadets.
Standings: Wenatchee 7-0, Moses Lake 5-2, Eastmont 2-4, Eisenhower 2-4, Davis 0-6
BOYS SWIMMING (4-1, 4-3)
Thursday, Moses Lake (5-0, 5-0) away.
This one could very well determine the league champion, especially if Moses Lake wins. A chief victory would give them a two-meet lead over Wenatchee with each team having four meets remaining. Three of those for both teams are against Sunnyside, Davis and Eisenhower and the Chiefs and Panthers should be a heavy favorite in all three. If MLHS prevails Thursday they should win the championship. But, if the Purple and Gold wins the two schools would be tied for first. That leaves Eastmont on both schedules. If they each beat the Wildcats WHS and MLHS tie for first. If they split, the winner gets first. If they both loose there would very likely be a three-way tie for the title with the Wildcats. When the Panthers and Chiefs met in town earlier this season the latter won 105 to 80.
Saturday, Kentwood (4-1, 4-1) home.
The Panthers host Kentwood from Covington in a non-league meet Saturday. The Conquerors are 4-1 and in second place in the nine-team South Puget Sound 4A North League.
Standings: Moses Lake 5-0, Wenatchee 4-1, Eastmont 3-2, Davis 2-3, Eisenhower 1-4, Sunnyside 0-5
WRESTLING (1-1, 6-8)
Thursday, Moses Lake (2-0, ?-?) away.
Maybe I should do this paragraph in invisible ink. I’m still seeking more info to try and complete some WHS wrestling history, but suffice it to say, what I’ve found so far in this matchup is anything but a rivalry (if rivalry means an ongoing series of close completion and trading wins). Since 1956-57 I have the results of 66 matches (and my fingers are resisting my effort to even type this) the local wrestlers have three wins…in ’60 ‘64 and ‘87. The Chiefs currently have upended Wenatchee 24 straight times.
Saturday, Premier Tournament, Marysville.
This will be the fifth January in a row the Wenatchee has participated in the Marysville Premier tourney. Beginning in 2010 WHS has finished third, sixth, fifth and tied for 10th last year. Seventeen teams are scheduled to participate as the Tomahawks host their 19th annual event.
Standings: Moses Lake 2-0, Wenatchee 1-1, Sunnyside 1-1, Eisenhower 1-1, Eastmont 1-1, Davis 0-2
A Look at the Next Couple Years
The 2014-16 classification enrollment numbers for high school sports are close to being etched in stone…that will occur the 27th when the WIAA Executive Board meets.
* Wenatchee is the 10th largest school in the state with 1,688 students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. For the 2008-10 years Wenatchee was the 10th largest school with 1,817 students, for 2010-12 they were 5th at 1,842 and for 2012-14 they were 2nd at 2,109.
* The largest school is South Kitsap with 2,099. The smallest Bickleton with 26.
* The Columbia Basin Big 8 (eight years), 9,10, 11, 14, 15, 6 will now have 7…and still be called the Big 9. Next year will be the 48th year of the league and only in the first 26 years did it have an accurate name. Go Figure!
* As mentioned last week, and now finalized, West Valley of Yakima will join the Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference next fall. West Valley is on the small end of 3A schools enrollment-wise, but has chosen to opt up to 4A. With Sunnyside’s enrollment moving them to the largest classification, all seven schools will be 4A in the fall.
* The student numbers for league members and their rank in size among all schools: Moses Lake 9th (1,713), Wenatchee 10th (1,688), Davis 11th (1,685), Eisenhower 19th (1,525), Sunnyside 35th (1,360), Eastmont 48th (1,268) and West Valley 108th (1,015).
* Number of schools in each classification: 4A - 65, 3A - 65, 2A - 64, 1A - 64, 2B - 59 and 1B - 63. Total – 380.
* Forty-eight schools have chosen to opt up to compete in higher classifications:
4A. (1,252.4+ students) - Nine 3A’s and two 2A’s (Bellarmine Prep 759.6 and Gonzaga Prep 640) move up.
3A. (990.9 to 1252.3) - Seventeen 2A’s and two 1A’s (Lakeside of Seattle 405 and Rainier Beach 371).
2A. (472 to 990.8) - One 1A.
1A. (225 to 471.9) - Twelve 2B’s.
2B. (92 to 224.9) - Five 1B’s.