Bearcats, Tigers Battle for District Berths After Day Two of Sub-Districts

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Two Bearcats are facing each other in the singles championship match and two Bearcat doubles teams are also set to battle in the title match Wednesday after day two of sub-districts Tuesday at Black Hills and Tumwater High Schools on Tuesday.

Brothers Joseph Chung, a junior, and Justin Chung, a freshman, are set to battle for the singles title. Joseph defeated teammate Gabe Cuestas (6-1, 6-1) in the semifinal round, while Justin defeated Shelton’s Brendan Wagner (6-1, 6-4) in the other semifinal round to set up the sibling showdown.

Cuestas moved on to the consolation semifinals, where he handily defeated Aberdeen’s Ashdon Swope. Cuestas will now face Wagner in the consolation final. If the winner of that match has not yet played the loser of the championship match, those two will play for second and third place.

Only the top two finishers in both singles and doubles will move on to districts, which will be held Friday at R.A. Long High School in Longview, weather permitting. If it rains, it will be moved to indoor courts at Mint Valley.

On the doubles side, W.F. West’s Christian Iverson and Cade Cameron are set to take on teammates Jacob Blomdahl and Aaron Boggess for the championship. Iverson and Cameron defeated Shelton’s Jayden Lovingfoss and Drew Johnson (6-0, 6-0) in one semifinal round, while Blomdahl and Boggess defeated Tumwaters Sawyer Lougheed and Drew Johnson (4-6, 6-0, 6-1) in the other semifinal match.

“(Iverson and Cameron) play a pretty heavy game of tennis,” W.F. West coach Jack State said. “Their shot-making is what separates them. That’ll be a good match.”

Centralia’s doubles team of Landon Kaut and Brandon Yeung are also still alive for a district berth. The dup defeated Lovingfoss and Wagner in the consolation semifinal to set up a consolation final match against Black Hills’ Lauri Calvert and Ryan Cokl. If Kaut and Yeung win that match, they will take on the loser of Iverson/Cameron and Blomdahl/Boggess for second and third.

The Bearcats could potentially sweep both the singles and doubles berths into districts.

“In my 47 years coaching, I don’t think, in fact I’d bet money on it, but I don’t think there has ever been a situation where all four finalists were from one school,” State said.