Bremerton tennis had a very successful state tournament with two of its doubles teams reaching the semifinals.
Knights’ boys doubles team Jackson Warner and Nicho Crowley-Koehler reached the semi-finals on the first day. In their first match, they battled through three sets and won 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. The duo eased up in the second round with a 6-1, 6-4 win. On the second day, the Knights duo lost in the semis and finished sixth.
On the girls side, Claire Warthen and Elena Andreu reached the semi-finals too. They captured a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the first round and 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. On the second day, the Knights tandem lost in the semis and finished sixth.
North Kitsap had a strong outing as well.
Teegan Devries had an impressive performance in the singles bracket. On the first day, she qualified for the semi-finals after sweeping in two sets in both matches and only dropping a couple of games total. Devries started the second day against District 3 champion Taraneh Khalighi and lost to her for the second time this season in two sets. She fell to Sequim’s Kendall Hastings and finished sixth in the state.
Viking Indigo Gallagher-Zapf won his first match in two sets but dropped his second match on the first day. On the second day, he battled through the consolation bracket, finishing seventh in the state. North Kitsap’s final singles player was alternate Dayshawn Harper.
The day before the tournament began, Harper was supposed to be in a coin toss battle with a kid from Clover Park for the final spot at state. However, he decided to face and beat the Clover Park player to deserve the final spot. He faced the No. 1 seed off the bat, Zach Chai, and showed he can belong, losing 7-5 and 6-2. Harper won his next two consolation matches in two sets. On the second day, he battled for a fifth-place finish.
Vikings’ Ethan Gillespie and Mason Chmielewski won their first match and dropped their second on the first day. On the second day, the duo bounced back and won the consolation semis. They finished fourth. Spencer Gillespie and Justin Gallant won their first set but dropped both matches on the first day.
Bainbridge, Central Kitsap and Olympic had one tennis player representing their schools. Spartan Brogan Rice played in one of the pigtail matches to start the 3A state tournament. Unfortunately, he was swept and ended his tournament early. Cougar Kai Junior went 0-2, being swept in both matches.
Olympic’s Bailey Walton struggled in her first match after leading early. However, Walton won her second match on the first day. On the second day, she lost her first match and did not place.