For the first time since 2018, W.F. West finished the regular season with an unblemished 10-0 league record, thanks to a sweep of Centralia on Friday.
“I told people from the start that this was a special team,” W.F. West coach Jack State said. “It’s special because the kids worked so hard on their own to get better, and because of that they were highly successful.”
On Friday, Joseph Chung defeated Centralia’s Isaac Parkin (6-0, 6-0) in No. 1 singles. Gabe Cuestas defeated Connor O’Dell (6-0, 6-2) in No. 2 singles, and Andrew Boggess defeated Ryan Kane (6-0, 6-0) in No. 3 singles.
On the doubles side, Christian Iverson and Cade Cameron defeated Landon Kaut and Brandon Yeung (6-2, 6-1), while Nate Dahlin and Hans Meyer defeated David Parson and Justin Kuykendall (6-1, 3-6, 6-0) in No. 2 doubles. W.F. West’s Gannon Soukup and Mason Walters won No. 3 doubles in a Centralia forfeit.
State, who has been coaching tennis for 47 years and basketball for about as long, said he’s only had a handful of unbeaten teams in either sport during that entire span.
“I knew we were going to have a very good year,” State said. “This is the best team I’ve ever had from top to bottom.”
The Bearcats and Tigers will play in the sub-district tournament in Centralia sometime early this coming week.
“I thought our whole team again learned a lot from this match,” Centralia coach Deb Keahey said. “W.F. West is a solid team and we always look forward to playing them.”