Five in a row for
champs, 27 locals to state
Day weekend, proud mothers and fathers from the Wood River Valley were as
plentiful as state tennis qualifiers by the end the 2002 Fourth District
3A tennis tournament at Sun Valley.
what a really heated tennis rivalry (!!!) it is between Wood River High
and The Community School are graduating seniors Katie Dondero (left)
of Wood River and Langely McNeal of The Community School. Express photo
by Willy Cook
Community School of Sun Valley and Hailey’s Wood River High School
dominated last weekend’s six-school district meet. Of 36 local kids, 27
qualified for the State 3A tournament May 17-18 in Boise.
No team was
more dominant than coach Mark Scribner’s Community School Cutthroats.
blue-and-white dynasty qualified 15 of its 18 players for state and won an
amazing 34 of 46 district matches.
their singles mastery, the reigning state champion Cutthroats captured
their fifth consecutive district team title with 140 points—46 ahead of
distant runner-up Wood River (94). Wood River qualified 12 for state.
Much of the
difference between The Community School and Wood River—holders of 19
district titles since 1976—came in singles.
girls’ doubles winners Ashley Lakey (left) and Jessie Woodyard of Wood
River. Express photo by Willy Cook
Cutthroats hiked their district singles point total from 63 last year, to
83 this time.
Lauren Drew and Ryan Drew were superstars, as they’ve been for four
state champ Lauren Drew won her fourth district girls’ singles title,
losing only one game in three straight-set wins. Lauren never lost a set
in her four district tourneys, in fact, she dropped only 13 games over
good was brother Ryan Drew, who took his fourth straight district boys’
singles crown. The reigning State 3A singles king dropped only two games
in three straight-set wins. He, too, never lost a set in four district
imminent end to their high school careers doesn’t mean an end to the
Cutthroat dominance in singles, though.
Tyler Martin won four matches at district for third place. Unseeded
sophomore Amy Alexander, a state qualifier in girls’ doubles last year,
captured second in girls’ singles. Senior teammate Tami Parten was
Cutthroats also captured two of the three district doubles titles, leaving
only the girls’ doubles crown for Wood River to celebrate.
Josh Kantor and Langely McNeal, seeded first in mixed doubles, won the
best match of Saturday’s sunny and mild championship round. They rallied
and held off Honza Walter and Kiette Tucker of Wood River 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Nagashima, Wood River senior, is returning to state as the reigning
boys’ doubles champion. Express photo by David N. Seelig
doubles, junior Joel Evans and Luke Fostvedt of Sun Valley were too
powerful for Wood River’s Vince Nagashima and Tate Mills. After not
losing a game in their first two matches, the Cutthroat pair prevailed
6-3, 7-6 (4) in the final.
pleasant surprises for the Cutthroats came in doubles, namely, sending the
girls’ doubles teams of Abby Minford and Joan Baumgardner plus Pauli
Ochi-Erika Connelly to state, and also qualifying seniors Lee Gurney and
River coach Kirk Mason had plenty to be proud of, too.
Hemmings pulled off the biggest surprise, winning four boys’ singles
matches including a fine 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over #4-seeded Travis Moss
of Declo. Hemmings finished fourth and qualified for state.
Parks, a junior, made state with three girls’ singles wins. In girls’
doubles, Wood River held serve—top-seeded Ashley Lakey and Jessie
Woodyard winning the title, and #2-seeded Katie Dondero and Brisa Ayub
ending up second.
Wood River state qualifiers came in mixed doubles. Unseeded Danny Gariepy
and Allison Kelsey won two straight-set matches and took third place with
a come-from-behind 5-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over the #3-seeded Sugar-Salem team.
complete list of district tennis results, check the 2002
Fourth District Class B tennis tournament story.