Sports are officially back in Wenatchee. Last week Governor Jay Inslee announced that the North Central Washington region would move to Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington plan. The move paves the way for fall sports, including Panther football, to return to play. Under the Phase 2 guidelines, starting today Tuesday, February 16, school sports teams can hold normal practices and host competitions.
Wenatchee Panther football begins practice today, Tuesday, February 16. Due to recent inclement weather, District staff are working to remove snow from the Apple Bowl and the Wenatchee High School track. Until facilities are clear of snow, football practices will be held inside Wenatchee High School gymnasiums.
Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim, Cheer & Dance begin practice Monday, February 22nd.
- Football is scheduled to host a jamboree with Chelan and Omak on Saturday, February 27th in the Apple Bowl.
- Volleyball is scheduled to play Chelan and Eastmont at Eastmont on Saturday, February 27th.
- Cross Country is scheduled to travel to Royal on Saturday, February 27th for their first meet.
- Girls Soccer is scheduled to host Eastmont with the JV & Varsity and Manson with the C team.
- Girls Swim is scheduled to swim versus Eastmont & Moses Lake on Thursday, March 4th at the Eastmont Pool
- Cheer and Dance are still under restrictions in terms of stunting and contact cheering. They will be allowed to cheer/dance for football games.
Mitigation strategies of masking and social distancing will be required whenever possible. Athletes and coaches will continue to complete the district’s daily health screener prior to arriving at practice. Locker room access will be limited.
At this time, spectators are prohibited from attending athletic events and competitions. As the season gets underway, a regional decision will be made by districts about when and how spectators will be allowed entry into school athletic events.
Wenatchee Athletics is currently working on ways to provide streaming services for fans to safely watch competitions from their personal devices. More information on the availability of streaming services will be provided in the coming weeks.