Making a Racket: Boys tennis season wrapup

It’s six months until boys tennis resumes in the Tri-City and Seattle regions of Washington, so as a sendoff to the 2014 fall season, here’s a final recap of who has qualified for the 2015 state tournament from the Greater St. Helens Leagues.

2A GSHL

Thanh Vo, left, Dat Vo, Hudson's Bay doubles team qualified for 2A state tournament. (Jeff Klein photos)

Thanh Vo, left, Dat Vo, Hudson’s Bay doubles team qualified for 2A state tournament. (Jeff Klein photos)

Hudson’s Bay team of Dat and Thanh Vo won the 2A sub-district and district doubles title to earn their spot at the 2A state tournament, which will be contested at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, May 29-30 at the University of Washington.

The cousins were unbeaten as a doubles team this season.

3A GSHL

Owen Carlson, left, and Nathan Crary going to 3A state in doubles for Columbia River (Jeff Klein photos)

Owen Carlson, left, and Nathan Crary going to 3A state in doubles for Columbia River (Jeff Klein photos)

Columbia River’s doubles team of Nathan Crary and Owen Carlson were the only local survivors among River and Prairie players at the 3A bi-district tournament in Tacoma to advance to 3A state, to be played May 29-30 at Tri-City Court Club and Kamiakin High School in Kennewick.

Crary and Carlson placed¬†fourth¬†at 3A bi-district, which sent the top five singles players and top five doubles teams to state. Prairie’s Zack Thompkins, the 3A district singles champ, placed eighth at the bi-district tournament.

4A GSHL

Mountain View cleaned up at the 4A district tournament at Vancouver Tennis Center. After an undefeated league season, the Thunder won the district team title and will be sending five players to 4A state, May 29-30 in Richland at Columbia Basin Racquet Club, Richland High and Hanford High.

Mountain View state-bound doubles teams. (Left) Nick Shiraishi and Tyler Sparling, and (right) Mark Bajtay and Justin Yee.

Mountain View state-bound doubles teams. (Left) Nick Shiraishi and Tyler Sparling, and (right) Mark Bajtay and Justin Yee.

Mountain View junior Colton Reed, 4A district singles champion.

Mountain View junior Colton Reed, 4A district singles champion.

Skyview freshman Andrew Kabacy serving during the 4A district singles final on Oct. 25, 2014. (Jeff Klein photo)

Skyview freshman Andrew Kabacy serving during the 4A district singles final on Oct. 25, 2014. (Jeff Klein photo)

Mountain View junior Colton Reed returns to state, this time in singles. He’ll be joined by teammates Tyler Sparling and Nick Shiraishi, the 4A district doubles champs, and Justin Yee and Mark Bajtay, who placed second in doubles at district. Shiraishi is also returning to state, having played doubles with Reed at the 2014 state tournament.

Skyview freshman Andrew Kabacy won the second-place match at 4A district to book a spot to 4A state. His only loss this season was to Reed in the 4A district championship match.

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We’ve posted the 4A GSHL all-league and 3A GSHL all-league teams on the blog. As of this posting, we had not received the 2A all-league team. As soon as it arrives, we’ll have it up.

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Received lots of “thanks” at the 4A district tournament from those who have enjoyed reading a little more from the local high school tennis scene through these blogs posts. Glad you all enjoyed it, and thanks to the coaches for letting me stick my camera lens through the fence to get photos for this project of mine. All things being equal, the plan is to be back at it in the spring for the girls tennis season as well. So thanks for reading, see ya’ll in the spring.

(And of course, if any players participate in off-season tournaments and want to report their results, don’t hesitate to email results to sports@columbian.com and/or jeff.klein@columbian.com. We’ll post them as well.)

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