Several local tennis players advanced to the state tournaments at the 3A and 4A district tournaments held last week. Stadium senior Aaron Park took the fourth seed to state while freshman teammate Callan Peterson claimed the fifth seed in the 4A singles tournament at the Capitol City Club in Tumwater on Oct. 26-27. Park was impressive in winning in straight sets over Kentridge’s James Dugan and Todd Beamer’s Jimmie Stone before falling to defending state champ Mitch Stewart of Federal Way. After falling to Stewart in his second match, Peterson rattled off three straight wins in the consolation bracket, including a 6-1, 6-1 win in the consolation finals over Kentlake’s Derek Welch to claim fifth. Bellarmine Prep’s Chase Hassing and Henry Wurst won their first three matches before being topped in the doubles final to get the second seed to state.
At the 3A meet at Sprinker Recreation Center on Oct. 25-26, Wilson’s Peter Koessler claimed the third seed to state by topping Lakes’ Jordan Richardson 6-4, 6-0. Mount Tahoma’s Danny Tran won three matches, including a 6-2, 7-5 win over Kennedy’s Brandon Lowry to become a second alternate to state. Wilson’s Seth Thomas and Cooper Eddy won 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 over Auburn Mountainview’s Austyn Cunningham and Alec VanEtten in their doubles opener, but lost their next two matches to be eliminated.
The state tennis tournaments will be held on May 24-25, 2013.
By Jeremy Helling