Spartans head to state tennis tourney, Panthers and Hornets eliminated

The fall tennis season ended Oct. 30-31 with the West Central District tournaments for both Class 3A and 2A players, which advanced top players to the spring state championships.

The Sumner Spartans finished seventh among the 10 teams at the WCD 3A tournament, which was contested at the Sprinker Recreation Center.

In singles play, Zaylan Jacobsen, a junior, placed fifth to advance to state play. The doubles pair of senior Elijah Evers and sophomore Kyle Van Hout also placed fifth to earn their berth into the state tourney.

The Class 3A state tournament is planned for May 27-28 at a pair of sites in Kennewick.

Also participating in the West Central District tourney, but not qualifying for state play, were singles entries Gabe Smith of Sumner and Jeremy Kurtz of Bonney Lake, along with the Sumner doubles tandem of Marcus Peterson and Richard Mark and the Enumclaw High doubles team of Michael Blair and Connor Young.

The Class 2A district tournament was contested at the Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Club.

The field included two White River High singles players, along with a pair of doubles teams.

In singles, Logan Geehan who won the league tournament opened play with a 7-5, 6-2 loss to North Kitsap’s Tyler Meek. He was then ousted by Cameron Dubos of Bremerton, falling 6-1, 6-3.

Kaden Phillips started with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Matthew Richards of Sequim, but bounced back with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Derek Petitt of Franklin Pierce. His tourney experienced ended with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to North Kitsap’s Meek.

In 2A doubles, Hayden Grimm and Cedric Pearson opened with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over a Lindbergh High pair. The Hornet seniors then dropped a match 6-1, 6-0 to a North Kitsap team and were later eliminated 6-3, 6-1 by a Liberty High duo.

The White River team of Frank Inglin and Luke Funkhouser dropped their first two matches. They opened with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Liberty and closed tourney play with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat at the hands of a Kingston High pair.