Mead’s Ethan Vaughn and Richland’s Troy Zuroske are set for their rematch in the boys singles finals at the Region 4A tennis tournament at Kissel Park in Yakima today.
Vaughn beat Josh Talbot of Richland 7-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and topped Josh Thornton of Kamiakin 6-3, 6-1 for the rematch. Zuroske beat Vaughn earlier this year.
Two other Mead players, sisters Britta and Katijene Stime, who are teamed in doubles for the second straight year, also have reached the finals, as has Anna Lambert of Gonzaga Prep in girls singles.
The Stimes won 6-0, 6-2 in their quarterfinal match and got past a Kamiakin duo 6-3, 6-4 to make the finals.
Lambert topped Kate Kunkel-Patterson of Davis 6-3, 6-2 in the quarters and blanked Rebekah Waterhouse of Eastmont 6-0, 6-0 in the semis.
Lewis and Clark’s Zach Williams reached the semifinals in three sets over Connor Lange of Moses Lake, but he was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Zuroske. Central Valley’s Leslie Ho also reached the semifinals before losing to Lambert’s foe, Katie Willis of Wenatchee, in three sets. And Ryan Gerbing and Bryan Lee of Mead were semifinalists in boys doubles.
The tournament advances three per event to state.
•Region 3A: The meat of the tournament, which advances two to state, is being played today in Sunnyside, but Greater Spokane League teams advanced their share during the first round.
North Central’s Cody Evans won 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 over Shadle Park’s David Lee to reach the boys singles semifinals. Shadle’s Patrick Howe, who had a bye, also plays today. In girls singles, East Valley’s Desi Rainey survived with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victory over teammate Hailey Riley and joins Mt. Spokane’s Valerie Nauditt, who had the bye, in the semifinals.
Three of four girls doubles teams are from the GSL, EV’s Allie Clary and Alyssa Dorr won in three sets to move opposite Kellee and Kati Bates from Mt. Spokane. Jade Charbonneau and Rachel Duckett from EV beat NC’s Andrea Kahle and Jessica Bowers to reach the semifinals. In boys doubles, Jonathan Casebier and Austin Campbell won in straight sets to reach the semis along with Justin McClain and Steven Harms from Mt. Spokane.
Region 4A: Greater Spokane League teams found themselves in the loser’s bracket after the first day in Yakima, facing a long route back in order to qualify for state.
League and district champion Central Valley lost to the Moses Lake (17-8) 5-3 and Lewis and Clark lost to Eastmont 10-0.
The Bears fell to 20-3. CV plays Richland (11-15), a 12-4 loser to Kennewick (18-6), and the Tigers (8-16) face Kamiakin (13-10), which was edged 3-2 by Walla Walla (22-2).
Only one GSL team can qualify for the State 4A tournament and either would have to win games at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 today to accomplish it.
Kennewick plays Moses Lake and Walla Walla faces Eastmont in the semifinals to determine two teams to state.
Eastmont’s Wildcats (21-4) scored seven times in the seventh inning, including a two-run double by Caylan Haehl, to turn a close game into an easy win over LC. They scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, which proved plenty for Karissa Andrus, who pitched a two-hitter. Seven errors didn’t help the Tigers. Tashi Eldore and Emily Ness had the Tigers’ hits.
Details on CV’s game were not available.
•District 9 1B: Touchet qualified for state with an 8-5 victory over Colton in the finals of the tournament. In loser-out competition, LaCrosse-Washtucna eliminated Tri-Cities Prep and faced Colton for the second spot.
Track and field
District 9 2B: Waitsburg-Prescott girls piled up 216 points for a runaway victory during the meet in Walla Walla. Pomeroy was a distant second with 84.
St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna finished fifth with 55 points.
Stacy and Kristin Potter were individual winners in the 200 and 1,600 meters, respectively, and Maya Garcia captured the 800 for the district champions. The trio also made up three quarters of two relay victories, joined by freshman Ronie Hulce, who had won the 300 hurdles earlier.
Dayton’s Kellisa Owens won two events, giving her three for the week. She added the 100 hurdles and triple jump to her long jump victory the day before.
Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia’s Jessie Wilson won the 400 and Desiree Chappell captured the shot put, matching her javelin win the previous day. She finished third in the discus.
Asotin tipped Waitsburg-Prescott 109 to 101 in the boys meet. St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna finished third with 79 points.
Cody Siegel won the 800 meters and Warren Miller won the high jump and long jump for SJE/LW.
Pomeroy’s Tye Knebel won both dashes and was on the winning 1,600 relay.
The top two finishers in each event qualified for state. The meet, part of three classifications – 1A, 2B and 1B – will be contested at Eastern Washington’s Woodward Stadium Thursday through next Saturday.
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