W.F. West’s Joseph Chung captured the singles championship while duo Christian Iverson and Cade Cameron won the doubles title as the Bearcats captured the sub-district championship at Black Hills High School Wednesday.
Chung defeated his younger brother, Justin Chung (6-3, 6-3) in the tite game. Both brothers will advance to the district tournament. On the doubles side, Iverson and Cameron defeated teammates Jacob Blomdahl and Aaron Boggess (6-3, 0-6, 6-3) in the championship round. Both teams also advance to the district tournament, giving the Bearcats all four district spots from the 2A Evergreen Conference.
“The Chung brothers played some pretty awesome tennis,” W.F. West coach Jack State said. “Haven’t seen so many tennis balls hit so hard in a long time. They were hammering the ball.”
In a typical year, the top four singles players and top four doubles teams advance to districts. With the shortened seven-week season, only the top-two in singles and doubles move on to districts.
Centralia’s doubles team of Landon Kaut and Brandon Yeung were edged out of a district berth in the second- and third-place matchup with Blomdahl and Boggess, falling (7-5, 2-6, 4-6).
“They had a really good shot at this,” Centralia coach Deb Keahey said. “They kept getting better and were peaking at this tournament. Our guys showed a lot of class during the match. It was a hard-fought match and they never gave up. Really good experience for our guys.
The district tournament is set for Friday at R.A. Long High School in Longview, weather permitting. If it rains, it will be moved to indoor courts at Mint Valley Racquet & Fitness Club in Longview.