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Prep tennis: Graham Clark leads large contingent from Mt. Spokane into districts

UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Mt. Spokane sophomore Graham Clark has already made quite a name for himself on the Greater Spokane League tennis scene.

Now he takes his act on to districts.

Clark topped teammate Henry Johnson on Friday at Shadle Park HS for the boys singles title at the 3A league championships. That completed a 22-0 season and earned him the No. 1 seed to this weekend’s District 8 3A tournament at Kamiakin HS.

Johnson and Shadle Park’s Brenden Archer were the other boys singles to qualify to 3A districts.

Clark helped Mt. Spokane go 10-0 in league for the first time in school history, becoming the only 3A school in the league to accomplish the feat. The tennis prodigy is among the top 10 in the Pacific Northwest USTA rankings.

Clark’s father, Steve, has coached collegiately for more than 30 years, including top-five players and top-16 teams.

Last season, Clark earned first-team all-league honors and was the first Mt. Spokane freshman to win districts and regionals. If he can pull off the feat again this year, it will mark the first time in the program for Mt. Spokane to have a No. 1 singles player register back-to-back titles.

Mt. Spokane dominated the league championships, claiming 10 of the 12 spots to the regional championships.

Wildcats Sarra Puzankova and Toryn Carty are the top two seeds for girls singles, joined by Hannah Melson of North Central.

For boys doubles, David and Max Molgard took the top seed, followed by Topher Wright and Andrew Sonneland. Luke Orr and Sam Filer are the third seed.

Sammie Maher and Kennedi Rehn won the girls singles league title, with Claire Gularte and Kayden Youker in second and Makenna Green and Hailey Hegwer third.

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Tim Pullman of Ferris earned the boys singles top seed to districts at Pasco HS, followed by Marcello Scudiero of Gonzaga Prep, Austin Alteneder of University and Jeremy LaSalle of Ferris.

In boys doubles, Eric Liu and Kyle Kuka of Mead took top honors. Max Ellingsen and Roman Mojto of Lewis and Clark placed second, Jimmy Barone and Jess Weaver of Mead were third, and Robert Weaver and Jackson Scott of Central Valley were fourth.

Brooke Fager (LC) defeated Emma Owen (Ferris) 6-0, 6-0 in the girls championship match, sending both to districts.

Gretchen Drews (U-Hi) beat Taryn Harvey of CV 6-3, 6-2 in the third-place match.

In doubles, Carolyn Johnson and Madelyn Dibble (LC) defeated Sophie Koehler and Luca Mistereck (Mead) 7-5, 7-5 in the title match. Abigail Ward and Nicole Resanovic (LC) beat Allie Flynn and Cambry Robbins (Mead) 7-6, 7-5 for third place.

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