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Panthers dominate Wildcats in volleyball opener

WENATCHEE — Despite a number of departures from last year’s Big Nine championship team, the Wenatchee volleyball squad picked up where it left off with a dominant win over cross-river rival Eastmont on Wednesday.

Prep baseball: Eastmont powers past Ike in twinbill

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont baseball team had one bad inning Friday afternoon in the Wildcats’ doubleheader against Eisenhower. If how the Wildcats rebounded from that inning is any indication of how they respond to a hiccup, opponents might want to rethink racking up a high number of runs in one inning.

Prep golfers open season at Pasco

PASCO — The Wenatchee and Eastmont boys golf teams were greeted with favorable weather conditions in their season-opener Monday at the Pasco Invite. Wildcats coach Pat Welch, who said it was the nicest opening-day conditions he could remember, was pleased with the way his team’s performance at the 15-team tournament.
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Eastmont’s dream ends

WENATCHEE — The Eastmont Wildcats, and anybody following them, ran the gamut of emotions Saturday night. After opening the game with a vastly different-looking starting lineup, the Wildcats climbed back from an initial 10-point hole, pushing the Newport Knights as far as they could go.
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Wildcats get early look at regional foe

When it comes to advantages, the Eastmont Wildcats have them in spades heading into their state regional game. And they’ll need them all against a big and athletic Newport Knights team.

Newport advances to play Eastmont in state regional

BELLEVUE — Newport defeated Mt. Vernon 66-55 on Tuesday night to earn a spot against Eastmont in a state regional round game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wenatchee High School. Tuesday’s game detemined the fifth and final seed from the KingCo/WesCo 4A bi-district to the state regional.
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5 locals win state wrestling titles

TACOMA — A misstep drove Asa Schwartz all season long and repentance propelled him onto the first-place podium Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Schwartz (220 pounds) clinched his first state title as a junior and helped Chelan to a fifth place team finish in a 6-4 overtime win by scoring a takedown.
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Wildcats are the Big Nine’s survivor

EAST WENATCHEE — In what could be considered the biggest game in the history of the Bridge of Sportsmanship basketball rivalry, the Eastmont Wildcats and Wenatchee Panthers played a wild and woolly classic in front of a deafening crowd. The Eastmont players will look back on the night fondly. The Panthers might not, though they took the Wildcats to their limit.

State wrestling: EHS’s Wickham, Hardgrove take 3rd

TACOMA — Hugh Chang lifted his stepson and protégé, Fabian Wickham, off the dirty concrete floor of the Tacoma Dome and carried the brawler for a brief period after the last match. Three third-place finishes in three years is nothing to sneeze at, and Fabian Wickham (106) was collected but appreciative of everything that’s come to him during his long tenure as the best lightweight grappler Eastmont had to offer.

Wildcats down Chiefs, move on to district title game

Eastmont's stellar senior class led the Wildcats to their first league title since 1994 and the top seed to the Big Nine district playoffs. On Friday night, those same veterans made sure the team lived up to its top billing.

Seasons end for Panthers, Wildcats

The road was not kind to the Wenatchee Panthers and Eastmont Wildcats on Thursday night. Both girls basketball teams came up short in loser-out Big Nine district play against higher-seeded teams — the Panthers fell 59-28 to the league champion Moses Lake Chiefs, while third-seeded Eastmont lost 46-33 to a second-seeded Davis team it had beaten just six days prior.

Wenatchee, Eastmont each advance 5 to Mat Classic

SPOKANE — The Wenatchee Valley will be all over the Tacoma Dome next weekend. Ten local wrestlers advanced past Saturday’s regional tournament at Central Valley High School and will be in the 4A bracket of next weekend’s Mat Classic state tournament in Tacoma.

League champs, with emphasis

EAST WENATCHEE — The objectives were clear for Eastmont on Friday night — avenge a bitter Jan. 18 overtime loss to Davis and clinch the program’s first league title since 1994, all in one fell swoop. That’s exactly what the tenth-ranked Wildcats did, in the most emphatic way possible.

Locals sign letters of intent

A new tradition was started Wednesday at Wenatchee and Eastmont, as the two schools honored student-athletes that have committed to play sports at colleges on National Letter of Intent signing day with a ceremony in the evening. Each school had four athletes sign with four-year schools.

Panthers’ payback

EAST WENATCHEE — If the Wenatchee Panthers were finally going to knock off the Big Nine-leading Eastmont Wildcats this season, it makes sense that it would happen in a nail-biting thriller. And it makes even more sense that Dillon Sugg would be right in the middle of it. That’s exactly how it went down Friday night, as Sugg hit a short baseline jumper with four seconds left to lift Wenatchee to an emotional 47-46 win on Eastmont’s home court.
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Lean, mean, winning machine

Fabian Wickham isn’t the typical 106-pound wrestler. He’s long and lean, with a wingspan that always poses problems for his routinely shorter opponents.
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By the numbers: Wenatchee vs. Eastmont

The revamped Big Nine league threw a curveball into the prep basketball schedules this season, resulting in teams dueling with each league member three times. That’s added a lot more sizzle to the Wenatchee and Eastmont Bridge of Sportsmanship rivalry, which will be renewed Friday with their final of three regular season doubleheaders at Eastmont. So far the meetings have been all Wildcats — the EHS girls and boys are both 2-0 against the Panthers. But the records only tell a small portion of the story.