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Terris, Hendrick nab second place

Foes go to eight innings first day

The doubles tennis team of Trevor Terris and Brian Hendrick of Tonasket, both seniors, finished second at the state 1B/2B/1A tournament Friday and Saturday at West Valley High School.

Megan Patrick and Shelby Walker of Okanogan, both freshmen, finished third in girls’ doubles.

Three boys doubles teams, led by Terris/Hendrick, represented the region.

The Tigers opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Alex Wheeler and Kyle Canaday of Lind-Ritzville-Sprague.

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Hendrick then pulled out a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrew Vargas and Sean Singco of La Salle in the quarterfinals and a 6-4, 1-6, 6-0 victory in the semifinals against Collin Cremers and Nathan Furbeyre of Saint George’s.

Teddy Frenley and Phillips Grenley of Charles Wright won the state crown 6-2, 6-2 over Terris and Hendrick.

“They really have earned it with their commitment to

tennis,” Tonasket coach Mark Milner said. “I was so proud of what they accomplished.”

Milner paired Terris and Hendrick, who played most of the season as singles players, late and they defeated Omak’s Morgan O’Dell and Gabe Holz, who were undefeated.

“That was a big win for us that day,” Milner said. “I can say that if we had not won or played that competitive, I probably would have kept them in singles.”

The next big win came in district play, a three-setter against Quincy for the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds to state.

“We already know we were going to state, but the focus they had to pull off a third set win that day proved to be valuable for a great draw at state,” Milner said.

The victory put Tonasket on the opposite side of favored Charles Wright.

“What I am so proud of them is their selflessness,” Milner said. “They are both competitors and I know they wanted to play singles at the start of the season. Looking back, it was a great decision and I couldn’t be prouder.

“More importantly than a second-place finish is that they are remarkable young men that will be successful in whatever road is laid before them.”

Patrick/Walker opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Tenika Smith and Patti Hernandez of Chewelah followed by a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tess Radisch and Amelia Weeks of South Whidbey.

Cashmere’s Tasha Kowatsch and Sammi O’Bryan topped Patrick and Walker, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals.

Kowatsch/O’Bryan would win the state title for Forest Ridge.

Patrick and Walker won 6-4, 6-4 over Jesica Busey and Olivia Martin of La Salle for third- and sixth-places.

“They really played strong for the tournament,” Okanogan coach Jeff Cheeseman said. “They were aggressive at the net and hit the ball with a lot more pace then most of the girls there.”

Cascade from Leavenworth was fourth, La Salle (with a second team) was fifth, South Whidbey was seventh and Naches Valley was eighth.

“It was pretty awesome that three of the top four schools were public schools from the Caribou Trail League,” Cheeseman said.

Other boys’ doubles teams included Morgan O’Dell and Gabe Holz of Omak and Daniel Sonnichsen and Fletcher Rickabaugh of Liberty Bell.

Morgan O’Dell and Gabe Holtz of Omak went 1-2 at state.

They opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Andrew Woll and Seth Abrams of Lakeside.

Teddy Grenley and Phillip Grenley of Charles Wright, which would win the state doubles title, topped O’Dell/Holz 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Quincy’s Sonny Fergoso and Rollie Ronish eliminated O’Dell/Holz 6-4, 6-1 in the bracket for fourth- and seventh-place.

“State was a great experience,” said Holz, a sophomore.

The team went 0-2 at state last year.

“We played pretty well,” said Morgan O’Dell, a senior.

He plans to attend George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., where he will study engineering.

“They had a tough draw, after winning their first match of the day they had to play last year’s state champions from Charles Wright (this year’s champs, too),” coach Lance O’Dell said. “They played well but lost, which put them in the consolations against a very tough Quincy team. We played Quincy three times previous, winning twice. But Quincy won this one, which put us out.”

The coach expects another successful season next spring.

“Gabe Holz will be back,” he said. “I am not sure if he will play singles or doubles yet. We had a lot of ninth grade boys turn out this year and a couple of them could potentially be a good partner for him.

“All of the girls that played in districts are returning, led by our No. 1 doubles team of Danielle Berntsen and Alex O’Dell. Danielle and Alex finished fourth at districts, missing an opportunity to play at state by one spot as the girls only took the Top 3 places.”

Sonnichsen and Rickabaugh went 0-2 at state.

They fell 6-2, 6-1 to Cremers and Furbeyre of Saint George’s in the opening round and were eliminated 6-3, 6-1 by Ben Etzell and Aaron Curtin of Coupeville in the consolation round.

In boys’ singles, Carlos Perez of Liberty Bell went 0-2 at state, falling 2-0 to Mark Hay of St. George’s in the opening round and being eliminated 2-0 by Brendan Stewart of La Salle.

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