Four Tigers survive first round of tennis district

OMAK – Tonasket had four tennis players survive the opening round of 1A/2B district tournament play at Omak on Saturday, May 12, and coach Dave Buchheim said that most of them are in good position to advance past the second weekend to the state finals.

“As a team we actually did a little better than I thought we would,” Buchheim said. “We had a couple tough losses that could have gone either way but overall we played pretty well.”

Megan Beyers and Cayla Monroe had a first round bye, then won both their doubles matches to take a high seed into next weekend’s action. The top three finishers in the the girls tournament advance to state.

Michelle Timmerman won two of her three singles matches.

For the boys, Anthony Verhasselt had a first round bye, then won his two matches on Saturday. The top four boys will qualify for state.

There were others that competed, and most won at least one match on the day before seeing their seasons end. Trevor Terris and Brian Hendricks were eliminated in a three-set match.

“That was a very good match, and a tough loss,” Buchheim said.

Also in doubles, Caleb Knowlton and Lucas DeTillian won one match and lost their second match. In singles, Russell Perry went 1-1.

For the girls, Marchand Renald and Michaela Newton won a doubles match and lost one; Claire Thornton won a singles match and lost one; and Abby Gschiel lost her only match of the day.

District tournament continues Saturday, May 19, in Omak, with singles tournament taking place on the high school courts, and doubles at the North Cascades Athletic Club.

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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