Tennis championships roundup: It’s a different Yu, but Rasmus still wins a title

Staff reportJune 1, 2014 

Washington High School’s Josh Rasmus didn’t have Daniel Yu fighting alongside him in his fourth 2A state doubles championship in four years.

This time, he had Daniel’s younger brother Jonathan. Together they did what Rasmus and Daniel did twice in winning a state tennis title.

Rasmus and Jonathan Yu dominated Sehome’s Max Shmolotohka and Reece Gilbert, 6-1, 6-0, on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington.

“I’m just at a loss for words” said Rasmus, who finished his career 90-5 with three titles and a runner-up finish last year. “It’s just this great feeling of accomplishing what I wanted”

Rasmus and Daniel Yu won the state doubles titles in 2011 and 2012. They had a chance to three-peat last year but lost to Lindbergh’s Ian Kwiatowski and Sam Bayna in the title match.

Rasmus said he had worried at times this season that he wouldn’t get back to the title match. But when he and Jonathan Yu beat Bellingham’s Nick Nolan and Connor Thompson in straight sets in the semifinals, Rasmus said that’s when he knew they could win the title.

“They are both really great players” Rasmus said. “There really aren’t many ways they are different. But they’re both two really great players I’ve had the chance to win titles with”

Daniel Yu was 88-9 when he graduated last year and Jonathan Yu finishes his career 80-8 after placing fifth in the singles championships last year.

1A/2B/1B TENNIS

Twins Teddy and Phillip Grenley have made three trips to the 1A/2B/1B state tennis championships in three years.

The Charles Wright juniors have three state doubles titles.

They won their 10 a.m. semifinal match in straight sets before doing the same against Tonasket’s Trevor Terris and Brian Hendrick, winning 6-2, 6-1 in the championship to three-peat.

“It almost feels better than the first one” said Teddy. He and Phillip lost just one match this season. “To say the words ‘We did it again’ means so much more to me”

They helped Charles Wright earn its fifth consecutive state tennis title, though it shared the honor with St. George, who tied them with 19 points.

Charles Wright’s Griffin Welsh secured the co-title with his second-place effort in the singles bracket, narrowly winning 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals before losing 6-0, 6-2 in the championship to University Prep freshman Jack Katzman.

Teddy and Phillip struggled in their morning semifinal against Charlie Phelps and Connor Rice of Seattle Academy (a duo they beat 6-1, 6-2 in districts). Teddy said Phillip had struggled heading into the changeover with them trailing 4-1.

“I started to get on him a little bit” Teddy said. “We sat down on the 4-1 changeover and I said, ‘Phil, I don’t care about the state championship, I care about you. I want us to succeed, but if we lose, I want us to lose as best friends and as a team”

They outscored the Phelps and Rice 5-1 after that to clinch the first set, then won the second set 7-5 to advance to the title.

TENNIS HIGHLIGHTS

Capital’s Ty Gentry won the 2A singles title. The sophomore didn’t drop a set on his run to the title after placing second last year. ...

Sumner’s Zaylan Jacobsen placed fourth. Spanaway Lake’s Vinnie Nguyen placed fifth in the 4A singles championships. ...

Auburn Moutnainview’s Colton Weeldryer was seventh in 3A singles. ...

Gig Harbor’s Nick Jarvis and Drew Lawson placed sixth in 4A doubles.

1A/2B/1B TRACK

Eatonville’s Justin Kaelin began the postseason by throwing a state-leading mark in the shot put at the 1A Nisqually League championships — and finished it with his first state title.

Kaelin, a junior, became the Cruisers’ first shot put champion with a Class 1A-winning throw of 56 feet, 6½ inches in the finals Saturday at Eastern Washington University.

Kaelin held off Chelan’s Jose Padilla (53-9¾) and Cascade of Leavenworth’s Derek Crites (53-4¾) on a warm final day.

“He was a little tired, but still threw pretty well” Eatonville coach Geoff Olson said. “It was probably not his best ... but he did enough to win”

In the Class 2B boys meet, Tacoma Baptist’s Austin Lutterloh finally landed that elusive state hurdles title — and did so in personal record-setting fashion.

A day after setting a personal best, he reset it Saturday by winning the 300 hurdles in 38.44 seconds.

“He’s been on the edge of a PR for weeks, and he had ... two clean races here” Tacoma Baptist coach Jim Robinson said. “He was peaking at the right time of the year”

The Tacoma Baptist girls saw their three-year reign in the 4x100 relay end Saturday. The Crusaders lost to Colfax, 50.63-50.79, in the finals.

But they extended their streak in the 4x200 relay to a fourth consecutive year by easily winning in 1:48.06.

Charles Wright’s Alexander Moore, the defending 1A boys’ 400 champion, placed third in his defense Saturday in 50.46. Freeman’s Max Axtell won in 49.74.

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