SPORTS: Area boys tennis players advance to district championships

Peninsula Daily News

POULSBO — Port Angeles, Sequim and Chimacum/Port Townsend boys tennis teams all have players advancing to the Class 2A West Central District championships next spring.

The area teams each had players who finished in the top four at 2A sub-district competition Thursday and Friday at North Kitsap High School.

The top area finishers were the top doubles team from Chimacum/Port Townsend, Egan Cornachione and Benny Ryweck, who won the sub-district doubles championship.

Cornachione may have a tough decision to make come springtime, however, since he’s also a starting infielder on the Cowboys’ state championship baseball team.

Sequim’s Byron Boots was runner-up in singles play while Hayden McCartney of Port Angeles captured third in singles.

Cornachione and Ryweck beat Klahowya’s top doubles team 6-2, 6-3 in the championship match.

Sequim’s doubles team of Andrew Gunstone and Evan Hill claimed fourth place for a berth to the district tournament.

Gunstone and Hill came through the consolation bracket, beating Chris Gracey and Nick Tedford of North Kitsap 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals to make the consolation finals, where they lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Steven Breitmeyer and Alex Olsen of North Kitsap.

Breitmeyer and Olsen took third place with the win.

In singles competition, meanwhile, top-seeded Zac Fohn of North Kitsap beat Boots 6-0, 6-3 for the sub-district title.

Boots was seeded second in the tourney.

McCartney had to come up through the consolation bracket, beating Cody Combs of Kingston 6-0, 6-0 in the consolation semifinals.

In the third-place final, McCartney, the third seed, beat Cory Stewart of Klahowya 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).

“Hayden has done a great job all season and his level of play in this tournament was as good as it’s been all season,” Port Angeles coach Brian said.

Gundersen said he knew the Roughriders, who sent eight players to sub-district, would have a tough time advancing to district play in May.

“The Olympic League has a lot of talent, depth and experience this year, and we knew it was going to be difficult to advance,” Gundersen said.

“I’m extremely proud of how this team played all season.”

Host North Kitsap dominated the sub-district competition, capturing three of the top six doubles places and two of the top six singles spots.

Last modified: October 15. 2011 11:07PM
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