MENS BASKETBALL (5-6, 9-14)Wednesday, Blue Mountain (2-9, 4-17) away.*.Two squads going in opposite directions. Wenatchee Valley has run off three consecutive victories while Blue Mountain has been on the short end of seven straight.* The string of losses for the Timberwolves began with a 69-59 Knight win here a month ago.* WVC has won seven of the last nine and leads the series 45-28. A Knight win tonight will even the record in Pendleton at 17-17.
Saturday, Treasure Valley (5-6, 12-10) home.* Five wins, five wins, tied for fifth. That is setup, prior to tonight’s games, as Wenatchee Valley College (5-7) hosts Treasure Valley Community College (5-7) Saturday on the local campus.* The Knights and Chukars got involved in a point explosion last month in Ontario with the home team prevailing 113-89.* TVCC leads the series 24-16, 13-7 here in town and has won three in a row and five of the last six.
Standings: Spokane 9-2, North Idaho 8-2, Big Bend 8-3, Walla Walla 8-3, Wenatchee Valley 5-6, Treasure Valley 5-6, Yakima Valley 2-9, Blue Mountain 2-9, Columbia Basin 2-9
WOMENS BASKETBALL (3-8, 8-14)Wednesday, Blue Mountain (1-10, 3-15) away.* Tonight the Knights are at last-place Blue Mountain, a good opportunity to turn things around after three straight losses.* When WVC hosted the Timberwolves last month they whacked the visitors 62-30.* Wenatchee Valley has won three straight and four the last five in the series, and leads overall 56-20 and 24-13 in Pendleton.
Saturday, Treasure Valley (6-5, 14-8) home.* On a roll. The Black and Sliver has taken four in a row from the Chukars and 10 of the last 11.* The most recent victory was 69-59 In Ontario three-and-a-half weeks ago.* WVC leads the series 23-8 and is 11-4 at home including the last five.
Standings: Spokane 10-1, Walla Walla 9-2, Columbia Basin 8-3, Treasure Valley 6-5, Yakima Valley 5-6, North Idaho, 4-6, Wenatchee Valley 3-8, Big Bend 3-8, Blue Mountain 1-10
Returning Basketball PlayersThe women have quite a bit better record than the men in players returning for a second season of the peach basket sport. The young ladies run 17.0 percent higher. In 42 years through last season 296 freshmen and suited up for the women and 181 came back the next year (61.1%). In 70 seasons 626 freshmen have gotten in at least one game and 276 made it back as sophomores (44.1%).