Up until the Class 4A Narrows League tennis tournament, Gig Harbor’s senior doubles team of Michaela Seferian-Jenkins and Haley Meisburger had only played one varsity match during the year. Noting the team’s depth, Gig Harbor coach Pollyann Butler held a playoff to determine which three teams to send to the league tournament. Meisburger and Seferian-Jenkins surprised by winning one of the team’s spots.
But that wasn’t the biggest surprise.
The duo did well in the league tournament and advanced to the West Central District III tournament. At districts, they took sixth place. Now, they’re headed to the 4A state doubles tournament in Richland.
“They’re like my Cinderella team,” Butler said. “My team is so deep. They did awesome. They made it to state. It was a surprise but they peaked at the right time. They proved they were supposed to go.”
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As a team, Gig Harbor won the district tournament, the best finish for a Butler-led team in her five-year tenure at the high school. Freshman Joyce Park won the singles tournament, continuing to impress and proving she has a legitimate chance to win a state title in her first year of high school.
“I don’t want to put any pressure on her,” Butler said. “She is so talented. She has a really good chance (to win a state title).”
Butler said the buzz has been surrounding Skyview’s Sammi Hamptom to win the state title, while Park hasn’t gotten a lot of attention.
“In my mind I just kind of smirk and think, ‘We’ll see,’” Butler said.
Gig Harbor’s No. 1 doubles team, Lauren Sutton and Syd Dailey, will also compete in the state tournament this weekend and will face off against Awbrey May and Abby Waterhouse, from Eastmont High.
PELOQUINS IMPRESS AT DISTRICTS
Gig Harbor’s Peloquin twins continued to do what they do best at the West Central District III championships — run long distances at a very fast pace. Tristan Peloquin took first in the 3,200-meter with a time of 9 minutes, 22.42 seconds, with junior Ryan Gregory coming in second place (9:32.49). Brenna Peloquin took first in the 1,600 (5:03.71) and second in the 3,200 (10:55.52).
Senior Charlie Dahlstrom took second in discus with a distance of 156-7, while junior Connor Jost took fourth (154). Freshman sprinter Mark Kimball took fifth in the 400 (50.37). Senior Alison Corsi took sixth in the 300 hurdles (46.75). Freshman Hadassah Ward took first in the shot put throw (42-4 1/2), while senior Lauren Dickson took fourth (38-8).
PENINSULA GIRLS SPRINTERS EXCELL
In the Class 3A district meet, senior Kayla Gleza took fourth in the 100-meter (12.65) and senior Megan Eberhardt took second in the 400 (58.18). Freshman Audrey Lauer took fifth in the 1,600 (5:15.14). Senior Josie Self took fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.72). Senior Michala Zilkey took second in discus (126-8).
On the boys side, junior Dominic Lauer took fourth in the 3,200 (9:39.38). Senior Donovan Rommel placed second in the 300 hurdles (40.32). Senior Marque Kriebel took second in the javelin throw (180-5), while senior Austin Kilcup took fourth (170-5). Senior Joshua Cook took fourth in the high jump (6-0).
TIDES SOFTBALL HEADED TO STATE
Gig Harbor fought through the WCD bracket to earn the fifth seed in the Class 4A state tournament. After beating Federal Way 7-1 on Friday, the Tides lost to Tahoma, 4-3.
The Tides won the next two games against Emerald Ridge, 13-9, and Curtis, 8-4, to earn a state spot. Gig Harbor will face Camas on Friday in Spokane.