The tennis teams finished up their regular season play last Tuesday with wins over Riverside making the boys and the girls league champs, which was a great way to celebrate Coach Smith’s birthday.
This is the third year in a row for the boy’s team as league champs and if you consider wins and losses, the best male team Chewelah has ever put on the courts.
Chewelah has definitely been the team to beat, but no league team has even come close. Seniors, Ben Johnstone, Brady Dainty, Collin Kirk-Patterson, Sam Cobb and Tommy Norman have played their last regular season match, but have lots of play-off matches ahead of them with the goal of playing at State in their sights. Next weekend they will play at Mead with the top 4 of 10 entries advancing to the next weekend tournament at West Valley where they will combine with the B schools of District 7 and 9 for the Regional tournament. From this tourney the top 4 entries will go to Yakima for State the next weekend.
Singles entries will be Johnstone-seeded #2 and Dainty. Doubles teams will be Kirk-Patterson and junior Mason Miller-seated #1 and Cobb and Norman. The sad thing is junior Luke Timm went undefeated the entire season at #3 singles but does not get to play in the tournament because each school is allowed only two entries. If people were seeded according to personal records, Luke would be placed right behind his two teammates, but he will have to wait until next year to play in the District tournament.
For the girl’s tournament, seniors Becka Kenney and Bethany Kofmehl will be seeded #1 and senior Ryann Richmond and sophomore Tenika Smith, who both played singles most of the season, will pair up for a doubles entry. They will have to play a pig tail match to get into the tourney because they have no record in doubles.
The single player entries will be junior Naomi Miller and sophomore Tia Justice who will also have to play pig tail matches. This line up is different than how the team played during the regular season, which allowed them to win a league title. Four entries for the girls will advance to Regionals, but only 3 from there to State.
-Submitted by JHS Tennis