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PREP TENNIS: Sandpoint boys, girls cruise to district titles

by MAX OSWALD
Sports Reporter | May 13, 2024 4:45 PM

4A DISTRICT 1-2 TENNIS

MOSCOW — Sandpoint’s Pepper Rickert, Jacob Dawson, and dynamic duo Sydney Webb and Aubrey Knowles all won their respective championships, leading both Sandpoint’s boys and girls to 4A Inland Empire League district titles at Moscow on Saturday.

In girls singles, Rickert, who rolled through the tournament without losing a game, defeated fellow Bulldog Neva Reseska in straight sets to win the girls singles title. Reseska, a two-time district champion, rebounded after the championship match loss to take second after winning the backdraw.

Dawson, in boys singles, prevailed without losing a single set to earn his second consecutive district crown. Webb and Knowles, in girls doubles, put on a dominant performance en route to their title. Head coach Kent Anderson said they played with passion and were focused throughout the tournament.

In boys doubles, Ethan Ballard and Nathan Duke lost a tough third-set tiebreaker in the finals, but came back to beat Moscow in the second-place match to earn their first trip to state. Even more impressive, Ballard fought through a shoulder injury the whole tournament in order to get the job done.

Brennan Johnson and Ellie Tutin will also be making their first state appearance in mixed doubles after defeating teammates Noah Spinney and Berkeley Cox in the second-place match.

“Both mixed doubles teams played strong and determined,” Anderson said. “I’m proud of both of our mixed teams.”

The 4A state tournament is next Friday and Saturday at the Appleton Tennis Complex in Boise.

BOYS TEAM SCORES — 1, Sandpoint 66.5. 2, Lakeland 52.5. 3, Moscow 8.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES — 1, Sandpoint 75.5. 2, Moscow 31. 3, Lakeland 20.5. 

BOYS SINGLES — Championship bracket: District championship: Jacob Dawson, Spt, d. Matthew Norton, Spt, 6-3, 6-3. Consolation bracket: Second round: Wyatt Thornycroft, Mos, d. Noah Wagner, Mos, 6-2, 6-1. Ben Ryan, LL, d. Andrew Elder, Mos, 6-0, 6-3. Semifinal: Ryan, LL, d. Thornycroft, Mos, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. Second-place match: Norton, Spt, d. Ryan, LL, 6-3, 6-3. 

GIRLS SINGLES —  Championship bracket: District championship: Pepper Rickert, Spt, d. Neva Reseska, Spt, 6-0, 6-0. Consolation bracket: Second round: Charlotte Wiebach, LL, d. Kate Bishop, LL, by default. Cate Gloeckner, Mos, d. Bella Bailey, Spt, 6-4, 6-3. Semifinals: Gloecker, Mos, d. Wiebach, LL, 6-2, 7-5. Second-place match: Reseska, Spt, d. Gloeckner, Mos, 6-4, 6-1. 

BOYS DOUBLES — Championship bracket: District championship: Brock Raebel/Jayden Ruelle, LL, d. Ethan Ballard/Nathan Duke, Spt, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7. Consolation bracket: First round: Michael Pearson/Tucker Sitko, d. Eli Ting/Ty Kindlespire, Mos, 6-0, 6-1. Caden Martz/Fisher Dail, Spt, d. Tanner Fealy/Jerry Balembah, Mos, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5. Semifinals: Pearson/Sitko, LL, d. Martz/Dial, Spt, 6-2, 6-1. Second-place match: Ballard/Duke, Spt, d. Pearson/Sitko, 6-2, 6-2.

GIRLS DOUBLES —  Championship bracket: District championship: Sydney Webb/Aubrey Knowles, Spt, d. Abby Duke/Millie Richards, Spt, 6-1, 6-3. Consolation bracket: Mya Vorhies/Lily Evans, Spt, d. Lauren Peterson/Maddie Andres, LL, by default. Kennedy/Halvorson, Mos, d. Gabrielle Phillips/Aspen Lilliard, Mos, 6-0, 6-1. Semifinals: Vorhies/Evans, Spt, d. Kennedy/Halvorson, Mos, 6-3, 6-4. Second-place match: Duke/Richards, Spt, d. Vorhies/Evans, Spt, 6-2, 6-1.

MIXED DOUBLES — Championship bracket: District championship: Toby Tebbe/Shelby Wear, LL, d. Ely Tutin/Brennan Johnson, Spt, 7-5, 6-3. Consolation bracket: First round: Amanda Olson/Maverick Gerrior, LL, d. Ben Nuhn/Hayden Wilson, Mos, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 10-7. Noah Spinney/Berkeley Cox, Spt, d. Audrey Pollard/Nick Odberg, Mos, 6-3, 6-3. Semifinals: Spinney/Cox, Spt, d. Olson/Gerrior, LL, 6-4, 6-2. Second-place match: Tutin/Johnson, Spt, d. Spinney/Cox, Spt, 7-6 (9), 6-1.

3A DISTRICT 1-2 TENNIS

Three Wampus Cat duos headed to state tourney

COEUR d’ALENE — Eloise Shelton and Chase Sanroman (mixed doubles), Aurora Lane and Priscills Mayorga (girls doubles), and Piper Scarlett and Amie Matteson (girls doubles) are all headed to the state tournament after great showings at the 3A District 1-2 Championships held at Lake City and Coeur d’Alene High on Saturday.

“It’s quite an accomplishment for first-year players,” head coach Jeff Emmer said. “There were a lot of very close matches, and many were decided by a super-tiebreaker. They prevailed through it all. I'm so very proud of each of them.”

The 3A state tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Ridgevue High.

MIXED DOUBLES — ROUND 1: Eloise Shelton/Chase Sanroman, Clark Fork, d. Avery Goins/Abram Wilkinson, Grangeville, 4-6, 6-1,10-6. SEMIFINALS: Montgomery/Macmillan, CDA Charter, Shelton/Sanroman, 2-6, 5-7. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Shelton/Sanroman, d. Rebekah Bean/Rylee Turner, Clearwater Valley, 6-3, 6-1. THIRD PLACE: Shelton/Sanroman d. Sofia Dominguez/ Ben Nuxoll, Clearwater Valley, 6-1, 6-3.

GIRLS DOUBLES — ROUND 1: Lydia Lehosit/Claire Leahy, CDA Charter, d. Aurora Lane/Priscilla Mayorga, Clark Fork, 1-6, 0-6. CONS. QUARTERFINALS: Lane/Mayorga, d. Ellie Kouril/Callie Weisz, Grangeville, 4-6, 6-4, 13-11. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Lane/Mayorga, d. Josie Graves/ Ryley Ramsey, Clearwater Valley, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8. THIRD PLACE: Lane/Mayorga, d. Piper Scarlett/Amie Matteson, Clark Fork, 7-5, 7-5.

GIRLS DOUBLES — ROUND 1: Amalie Agren/Agnes Nordstedt, CDA Charter, d. Piper Scarlett/Amie Matteson, Clark Fork, 4-6, 4-6. CONS. QUARTERFINALS: Scarlett/Matteson, d. Allie Bransford/Willow Van Guten, Grangeville, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Scarlett/Matteson, d. Tabatha Smyth/Julia Smyth, Clearwater Valley, 6-1, 5-7, 10-8. THIRD PLACE: Lane/Mayorga, CF, d. Matteson/Scarlett, 5-7, 5-7.