STATE BOYS AND GIRLS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class 4A tournament at Columbia Basin Racquet Club (Richland), Richland High School and Hanford High School
Friday: Girls singles and boys doubles start at 8:30 a.m. Boys singles and girls doubles start at 10 a.m.
Saturday: All matches begin at 8:30 a.m., with doubles finals set for 1 p.m. and singles finals at 2:30 p.m.
Class 3A tournament at Tri-City Court Club and Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.
Friday: Boys singles and girls doubles start at 8:30 a.m. Girls singles and boys doubles start at 10 a.m.
Saturday: All matches begin at 8:30 a.m., with doubles finals set for noon and singles finals at 1:30 p.m.
Class 2A tournament at Nordstrom Tennis Center (UW)
Friday: All matches begin at 8 a.m.
Saturday: All matches begin at 8 a.m.
Class 1A/2B/1B tournament at Yakima Tennis Club
Friday: Girls singles and girls doubles begin at 8:30 a.m. Boys doubles at 9:30 a.m. Boys singles at 11 a.m.
Saturday: Girls singles and girls doubles begin at 8:30 a.m. Boys doubles at 9:30 a.m. and boys singles at 10 a.m.
Defending boys team champions: 4A — Newport of Bellevue (3-time). 3A — Mercer Island (3). 2A — Capital. 1A/2B/1B — St. George’s.
Defending boys individual champions: 2A singles — Ty Gentry, Tumwater. 1A/2B/1B — Jack Katzman, University Prep. 1A/2B/1B doubles — Teddy Grenley/Philip Grenley, Charles Wright.
Defending girls team champions: 4A — Garfield. 3A — Mercer Island (6). 2A — Sehome. 1A/2B/1B — Forest Ridge.
Defending girls individual champions: 4A singles — Sammi Hampton, Skyview. 4A doubles — Jen Lewis/Hannah Gianan, Camas. 3A singles — Catherine Allen, Holy Names Academy. 3A doubles — Gabby Venditti/Lydia Venditti, Mercer Island.
The skinny: Charles Wright’s Teddy and Philip Grenley have been to the state championships three years, and for three years they have left as state champions. The twins could be the first in state history to win four consecutive state doubles titles, which would be three more than their father, Rob, won before heading off to Duke. St. George’s doubles team of Colin Cremers and Daniel Gimbel might have the best shot at stopping them, with Cremers being part of last year’s third-place doubles team, though that was with Nathan Furbeyre. … There’s a similar streak going on in the 3A girls doubles. Sisters Gabby and Lydia Venditti are going for their third consecutive doubles title, but they’re also trying to help the Islanders win their seventh consecutive girls state title. They’ve got two singles and two doubles players in the state brackets. Skyview’s Sammi Hampton is shooting for her fourth straight state singles title. No one else in the girls singles bracket placed in state last year. … Lincoln’s doubles tandem of Miriam Cabrera and Lilly Le won the 3A West Central District doubles title last week and the Abes won the team title. “I’m pretty sure that’s never happened for Lincoln tennis,” Abes coach Minh Nguyen said. ... Ty Gentry lost in the 2A state title match as a freshman two years ago and won it last year. But that was with Capital. As the Cougars moved up to 3A, Gentry stayed in 2A with his transfer to Tumwater. ... With Newport of Bellevue having no more than its doubles team of Payton Namba and Travis Kayahara, it’s unlikely the Knights win their fourth consecutive boys team title. Bellarmine Prep’s Joe Lyon placed 32nd in the state boys golf tournament in Spokane and he’s scheduled to head from there to Richland for the state doubles tournament. He’s competing alongside Elliot Gardner. Another multi-spring sport athlete, Christian Lewis, was a 3A SPSL first-team forward on the Peninsula boys soccer team and now joins Hayden Skidmore in the 3A doubles tournament.
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