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Final third of league basketball game begin this week. Close races for both girls and boys.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL (6-4, 8-7)

Friday, Moses Lake (8-2, 12-3) home.

League play begins its third and final round this week.  Everyone has 10 games and has faced each other twice.  Friday the Panthers, in fourth place, take on Moses Lake, who is two games ahead and first.  The Chiefs won the first two with Wenatchee this season, in fact have upended the locals six times in a row.  Counting a couple non-league games, MLHS has won their last eight straight.  Since the series started in 1974-75, the two schools have played 80 times with WHS holding a 48-32 lead in wins.  At home the Panthers are 28-12.

 

Saturday, Sunnyside (7-3, 11-3) away.

After tangling with the first place outfit Friday, the Panthers go on the road to take on second-place Sunnyside the next day.  Like with the Chiefs, Wenatchee has not experienced success recently against the Grizzlies, losing five consecutive times.  The Purple and Gold did win each of the first six games the schools played and are hanging on to a 6-5 series lead.

 

After beginning the season 0-4 the girls have won eight of their last 10 games.  Oh yes, the eight wins double the total of victories for the entire season a year ago…and there are at least six games remaining (five league and at least one district).

 

Standings: Moses Lake 8-2, Davis 7-3, Sunnyside 7-3, Wenatchee 6-4, Eisenhower 2-8, Eastmont 0-10

 

Wenatchee moved up to 35th this week in the ScoreCzar computer rankings.  They were 39th last week and 40th week the week before.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL (6-4, 9-6)

Friday, Moses Lake (7-3, 10-5) home.

This trading wins thing has got to end sometime, why not Friday?  For the past seven games it’s been tit for tat, back and forth..  One team wins then the other.  And a little strange, for the last five encounters the visitor has been the victor.  The local five was the most recent winner when they won at ML the 11th.  Over the years the Panthers have built an 81-55 lead in the series, and have fared well at home with a 49-19 record.

 

History lesson.  Seventy-eight seasons ago Wenatchee played a very important game, one that would decide who would go to the state tournament, with a team 68 miles southeast of here and it was not Moses Lake High School.  In the 1937 district championship contest at the local gym, the Panthers defeated Neppel 33-11.  Neppel?  Yep, that was the name of the community that incorporated as the city of Moses Lake the next year in 1938 (population 302), hence the change in the name of the high school.  By the way, the Panthers went on to place sixth at state.

 

Saturday, Sunnyside (3-7, 3-11) away.

Except for one glitch five years ago, the roar of the Grizzlies has been more of a meow.  Wenatchee has won 10 of 11 games, and by an average of 17.9 points.  WHS has won six in a row.  At home they are 5-1.

 

Standings: Davis 7-3, Moses Lake 7-3, Wenatchee 6-4, Eastmont 6-4, Sunnyside 3-7, Eisenhower 1-9

 

Wenatchee moved up to 37th this week in the ScoreCzar computer rankings.  Last week they were 40th and the week before that 48th.

 

WRESTLING (2-2, 7-9)

Thursday, Sunnyside (3-1, ?-?) home.

Unless they hit the road, local wrestling fans only had two opportunities to see the Panthers this season…and Thursday Is the second and final one.  Of 17 dual matches, nine were at tournaments (four Bremerton, five Pasco) and six of the remaining eight were of the “away” variety.  Sunnyside will be here Thursday and the Grizzlies are the top-ranked 3A team in the state according to the Washington Wrestling Report.  The Panthers and SHS have met three times with the former winning the first to matches (’08-09, ‘09-10)and Sunnyside prevailing last year.

 

Don’t think this losing score appears very often… Moses Lake 73, Davis 0 last Thursday on Senior Nigh at ML.

 

Standings: Moses Lake 4-0, Sunnyside 3-1, Wenatchee 2-2, Eisenhower 2-2, Eastmont 1-3, Davis 0-4

 

BOWLING (8-0, 11-0)

Tuesday, District Tournament, home.

As league champions Wenatchee hosts the District 6 tournament today.  The Panthers are joined by Moses Lake, Eastmont and Eisenhower at Eastmont Lanes.  The winning team plus the top two individuals (not on the winning team) advance to state February 7 and 8 at Narrows Bowl in University Place.

 

BOYS SWIMMING (5-2, 6-5)

Tuesday, Eisenhower (2-7), Davis (4-5), Sunnyside (0-9) home.

The Panthers complete the regular season schedule with a meet today in their own pool when they host the three Yakima Valley teams.  Earlier this month Wenatchee soundly defeated the trio at a meet in Yakima and is favorites to do it again.  Three wins will give WHS a final league record of 8-2 and second place behind Moses Lake…the same as last year.

 

Standings: Moses Lake 9-0, Wenatchee 5-2,Eastmont 6-3, Davis 4-5, Eisenhower 2-7, Sunnyside 0-9

 

Football News…Brandt-Sims and Stoll Among the Best

Both Isaiah Brandt-Sims and Jakob Stoll of Wenatchee were selected by the Seattle Times as two of the top 100 football prospects in the state for the Class of 2014.  Brandt-Sims is a 6-0, 185-pound running back, and Stoll a 6-2, 260-pouind defensive lineman.

Since 1998 the Times has compiled a blue, red and white chip list of the top 100 seniors.  Blue Chip players are considered capable of Division I stardom.  Red Chips are capable of being starters in a major conference such as the Pac-12 or starring in a lesser conference.  White Chips fill out the top 100 prospects in the state.

 This year only one player was on the blue list (Budda Baker of Bellevue).  Brandt-Sims was one of 16 in the red category, while Stoll was among 83 whites.  Counting Brandt-Sims and Stoll, the Panthers have had 10 players included over the past nine years: Conrad Walters, OT, 2005; Jeff Kintner, OL-DL, 2006; Briggs Helton, OL, 2009; Mike Marboe, OL and Jacob Sealby, RB, 2010; Alec Martin, OL, 2011; Connor Black, WR, 2012 and Cody O’Connell, OL, 2013.  Marboe and O’Connell made the red list, the rest the white.

Three other CBBN players were on the white list, all from Eisenhower…Ridge Harmon and Darius Pati, both wide receivers, and Jose Jimenez an offense lineman.

You might remember (probably wish you couldn’t) that an outfit named Chiawana showed up twice this past fall and “edged” the Panthers each time and went on the take the state championship.  Well, they had seven make the list – one red and six white.

 

 

 

 

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