Saturday, Lewis and Clark in state tournament at Yakima.
The Panthers are in the state championship tournament for the seventh time, and the second year in a row. They play at County Stadium in Yakima against Lewis and Clark Saturday. If they are victorious they take the field again that afternoon and play the winner of the Moses Lake/Union (Camas) game. That winner plays the following weekend in the semifinals at Pasco.
Twice in state tournament history Wenatchee has reached the championship game and both times finished as runner-up. In 1976 they lost 2-1 to Newport (Bellevue) and in 1995 8-4 to Kelso. They have a 7-6 record in state games. Last May Cascade (Everett) won 2-0 in the first round. This will be Lewis and Clark’s sixth state appearance, and the Tigers have yet to win a game, losing in their initial contest each time.
A first. Through the years WHS has faced Lewis and Clark a number of times in other sports, but never in baseball.
SOFTBALL (9-6, 11-9)
Saturday, Eisenhower (8-7, 10-9) district tournament Moses Lake.
To make the state tournament the Panthers need a couple of wins Saturday in the district event. Third seeded Wenatchee opens with fourth seed Eisenhower. The loser is out and the winner advances to face Eastmont later in the day for a winner to state/loser out game. A month ago WHS took two of three from Eisenhower in their league games, winning 4-3, 5-3 and losing 14-2.
Wenatchee has had their share of district games and they have won the majority…this will be their 64th and they have a 36-27 record. They have qualified for district in 75 percent of their seasons…27 of 36. The Purple and Gold have played the Cadets a half-dozen times at this level and are 4-2 with a three-game win streak.
Lots or runs, nothing to show for it. WHS lost their final league game Friday to Eastmont 12-11. Only three times in the program’s history has Wenatchee scored more runs and lost, twice 14-12 and once 13-12.
Last week the big clash between 0-12 Davis and 0-12 Sunnyside was mentioned. Didn’t turn out to even be close. The Grizzlies stomped the Pirates three times by a combined score of 43-10.
Final Standings: Moses Lake 14-1, Eastmont 11-4, Wenatchee 9-6, Eisenhower 8-7, Sunnyside 3-12, Davis 0-1
BOYS SOCCER (9-8)
Wednesday, Skyview (14-1-3) in state tournament in Vancouver.
The Panthers are off to state for the first time in nine seasons. With a second place finish Saturday in the District 6 tournament, Wenatchee will make their first trip to state since 2005. The Panthers will meet up with Skyview of Vancouver at the Kiggins Bowl. This stadium is the home field for three high schools, Skyview, Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay. The Storm was undefeated and number one in the state in the “Full 40” rankings until they lost to Kentwood 1-0 Saturday in the West Central/Southwest Class 4A bi-district championship. Skyview is a member of the 6-team Greater St. Helens 4A League. SHS won the state title in 2012 and had three previous state berths.
This is Wenatchee’s fourth state tourney, and the first one against a non-Spokane area team. In 2001 they defeated University and lost to Ferris. In 2004 they lost to Lewis and Clark and in ’05 to Central Valley.
Interesting how polls vary. Wenatchee fell back one spot to 16th this week in the ScoreCzar computer poll. Davis is 13th and Moses Lake 17th. On the other hand in the “Full 80” poll by Matt Massey a soccer blogger, the only 4A CBBN team listed is Davis at 32nd. The “Full 80” is totally in sync with ScoreCzar on 3A Sunnyside, both have the Grizzlies at number four. ScoreCzar has Skyview as 11th.
BOYS TENNIS (10-0, 10-1)
Five Panthers qualified for state at the district tournament which ended yesterday in Yakima, and Wenatchee ran off with the district title. Sohail Qazi took first in singles, Lucas Tilly and Cameron Mandelis first in doubles, and Josiah Suarez and Tobi Butler second in doubles. Tilly has earned a state berth for the fourth year in a row and Qazi for three. The five play May 30-31 in the state tournament in Richland.
Final Standings: Wenatchee 10-0, Davis 7-3, Eastmont 5-3, Moses Lake 4-5, Sunnyside 2-7, Eisenhower 0-10
GIRLS TENNIS (9-1, 10-1)
Wenatchee won the league title with a win over Eisenhower last week. It is their first championship in five years. The young ladies did not have anyone qualify for state this season.
Final Standings: Wenatchee 9-1, Davis 8-2, Eastmont 5-4, Eisenhower 4-6, Moses Lake 3-7, Sunnyside 0-9
BOYS and GIRLS TRACK
Thursday and Saturday district meets at East Wenatchee and Yakima.
The district meets this week qualify athletes for the state championships. Thursday the teams compete at Eastmont High School Stadium and Saturday at Zaepfel. The state meets are May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma in Tacoma.
Tuesday, District Tournament in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.
Today the Panthers compete in the district tournament right in their own backyard…so to speak. This morning teams open with 18 holes at Three Lakes and after lunch cross over the river to Highlander for another 18. Golfers qualifying for the state tournament will play May 28 and 29 at the Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas.
WENATCHEE ALL-SPORTS CHAMPION
The Panthers are Big Nine All-Sports champions for the 2013-14 school year. They also won it last year. Based on the final league standings in 20 sports WHS accumulated 93.5 points (91 a year ago). They won six league titles – bowling, football, girls golf, girls swimming, boys tennis and girls tennis, and finished in the top half of the league standings 16 times (the other four were fourth places).
First place earns 6 points, second place 5, third 4, etc. through six places. In bowling and girls golf it is 5 down to 1 (Sunnyside had no teams). The order of the schools top to bottom was the same as last year.
Moses Lake had 8 championships, Wenatchee 6, Eisenhower 3, Sunnyside 2, Eastmont 1 and Davis 1.