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Panther boys track has outstanding five-year state record

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State Stuff

With a second, three thirds (again this year) and a fourth the last five seasons, Wenatchee has been one of the dominant programs in the state.  In fact In terms of highest finishes they are tied with Mead as the state’s best over the five years, each with 15 (low place being a good thing) – Wenatchee a 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd and 4th (that adds up to 15) and Mead a 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 4th and 6th (15).  In terms of points scored at the last five state meets the local tracksters are third.  Federal Way 268, Mead has 234, and Wenatchee 214 (35 in 2010 followed by 37, 51, 51 and 40).


The Purple and Gold’s 40 points came on two firsts a third, two fourths and a fifth – Isaiah Brandt-Sims first in the 100 and 200, Christian Brandt-Sims third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles, Cole Christman fifth in the 1600 and the quartet of Chris Rodriquez, Ryan Wheeler, T.J. Harris and Reid Lovercamp fourth In the 4X100 relay.


Isaiah Brandt-Sims completed his career in spectacular fashion by winning the 100 and 200 for the fourth year in succession, the first time a 4A sprinter has ever accomplished that feat.  His times each year in order in the 100 were 10.74, 10.83, 10.71 and 10.76, and in the 200 were 21.29, 21.74, 21.48 and 21.38.  His 10.71 as a junior is the fourth fastest 100 in state meet history since they changed from yards to meters in 1980.  His 21.48 last year is the third fastest non wind-aided 200 since 1980.


With his eight wins in the past four years at state Brandt-Sims passed Wes Foster for the most first places won by a WHS athlete.  Foster had seven top finishes with wins at 50 yards, 100 yards and 220 yards in both 1924 and 1925, plus the 880-yard relay team in ’25.


And still more notes from state:

Wenatchee has 41 first place medals in state meet history…39 individual, 2 relay teams.

Twenty-six Panther athletes won one or more gold medals.

Multiple gold medal winners:  Isaiah Brandt-Sims 8, Wes Foster 7, Rufus Kiser 3, Jacob Sealby 3, Jack Mooberry 2, Chester McNeil 2, Larry Richardson 2 and Bill Pratt 2.

WHS has had at least one person place (earn points) in 53 of the 89 state meets.



Tournament Tidbits

* The third place in the state tournament is the third time Wenatchee has won a state trophy.  There was a second in 1976 under coach Larry Schreck and a second in 1995 with Ed Knaggs.

* Their record in state play is now 10-7.

* In the state tourney WHS defeated Lewis and Clark 3-0 and Woodinville 5-3.  They had never faced either school before.

* On the other hand, their 13-3 victory over Moses Lake was the 111th contest with the Chiefs.  That ties with Davis for the most games against one team since 1967.

* South Kitsap has not been kind to the local nine.  In addition to the Wolves 10-0 win Friday, the Port Orchard school won three previous contests in 1979 and ’80 at Rec Park.  SK has won the four games by a combined score of 22-1.


Season Stuff

* The 19 wins ties with last year for the most in 19 years.  The 1995 club won 21

* Only seven times in Panther horsehide history as a team won at least 19 games.

* In their first 13 games they were 8-5 and in the last 14 games 11-3.

* Jeff Zehnder’s record as coach after three years is 53-19 (73.6%).

* 27 games are the most in 34 seasons.  The team played 28 in 1980.



Wenatchee did it again…scored points in the state tournament.  Lucas Tilly and Cameron Mandelis placed seventh in doubles earning five team points to place WHS ninth among 23 schools in Richland for the championship event.  This is the seventh straight season and 17th of the last 18 the Panthers have earned points in the WIAA tourney.


SOFTBALL (14-12)

Tournament Tidbits

* The Panthers’ record through 10 state tournament appearances is now 16-19.

* The 6-3 victory over Emerald Ridge is the first time WHS has faced the Puyallup school.

* The 4-0 loss to Snohomish was the fourth time the two Panther squads have played…twice in ’84 here and ’95 and ‘14 at state.  The Purple and Gold Panthers won the two at home and the Red and White variety won both times at state.


Season Stuff

* The 14 victories is the third highest win total in 15 years.

* Emerald Ridge is the 66th school WHS has faced in the 36 years of the program…33 from Western Washington and 33 Eastern Washington and Idaho.



This is the first time in 23 years the Panthers did not score any points at the state championship track meet.



The CBBN was a center of top soccer this spring, at least according to the ScoreCzar computer poll.  In the final poll Davis was 12th, Moses Lake tied for 16th, Wenatchee 19th and Eastmont 26th.  Even last place Eisenhower was only 42nd.  There are 67 4A schools.  And Sunnyside was third in the 3A classification.