Three from White River earn berths in district tennis tourney

Jared Zaugg and doubles team Tenner Jewell and Charlie Pratt are all contenders in district this year, while Enumclaw’s season has ended.

White River’s Jared Zaugg, who placed 5th in last year’s state tournament, is once again on the path to state. File photo by Kevin Hanson

White River’s Jared Zaugg, who placed 5th in last year’s state tournament, is once again on the path to state. File photo by Kevin Hanson

With the regular season behind them, tennis players from both White River and Enumclaw high schools took to the courts last week in postseason tournament play.

Here’s a look at how both swarms of Hornets fared.

WHITE RIVER

The Hornets have three players still in contention, with Jared Zaugg in singles and the team of Tanner Jewell and Charlie Pratt in doubles.

The White River trio found success during the South Puget Sound League tourney, staged Oct. 22-24 at Clover Park High School, and will now trek to Bremerton for West Central District action. District competition is set for Nov. 1-2 at the Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Center.

Zaugg entered the league tournament as the No. 2 seed and opened play with a victory over Joshua Blesener of Lindbergh High. That was followed by wins over Phu Huynh of Foss and Jimmy Longino of Steilacoom. In the semifinals, Zaugg fell to Chris Shaviri of Fife, but he bounced back to whip Foster’s Abe Rios and claim the No. 3 seed into district play.

A year ago, Zaugg advanced to the Class 2A state tournament where he placed fifth.

Also competing on the singles side for White River was Levi Monson. He dropped his opening round and was eliminated.

The Pratt/Jewell tandem opened the league tourney with a victory over a Lindbergh pair and then beat a duo of Foss Falcons. Their two-match run ended with a quarterfinal loss to Fife but they rebounded with a victory over Franklin Pierce; a loss to a second Foss team set up a match against River Ridge with both guaranteed a district berth. White River lost and claimed the No. 8 seed into district doubles play.

Also competing in doubles, but falling in the opening (loser-out) round were Joe Neighbors/Riley McElroy and Gaines Dodson/Jon Gilbert.

ENUMCLAW

The season came to a close for the Enumclaw High boys when they participated in the North Puget Sound League’s Olympic Division tournament.

The one-day tourney, staged at Auburn High, determined who would advance to the NPSL crossover tournament and who would put their rackets away for the season.

The EHS effort was headed by the doubles team of Jackson Zuydhoek and Cole Bowen, who won their opening match. They defeated and Auburn duo in three sets and advanced to the second round. That resulted in defeat at the hands of a Decatur pair, thus ending the season.

Enumclaw’s second doubles entry consisted of Tyler Ediger and Carter Eldridge. They opened with a first-set victory over a Todd Beamer team but then dropped two and were ousted.

Representing Enumclaw in singles play were Keagan VanHoof, Devyn Anagli and Alex Roth. All lost opening-round matches and saw their seasons come to a close.

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