Panthers Tennis to State

These are the Panther players that qualified for State. From left, Chloe Andrewjeski, freshman, Kara Nelson, Jr, Kaylynn Noyd Sr, John Thrapp Sr, Luke Andrewjeski Sr, Max Yount freshman. 

YAKIMA — The Wenatchee Panther boys and girls tennis teams continued their stellar season with victories at the District 6 Tennis Championships at West Valley High School on May 11. Temperatures roses into the mid-90s as four teams vied for four spots to 4A State, one boys singles, one girls singles, 1 boys doubles, and 1 girls doubles.

For the past few years, the district has sent two entries in each category to state. This allowed for a two-day tournament which included a consolation bracket. This year’s mini-tournament required each team to cut down from 10 to six players.

“It’s tough on the kids when we play our league matches as a team all season and then go through excruciating challenge matches making kids fight each other for a place on this six-man squad,” said Wenatchee Head Coach Cyndi Noyd.

All of the Wenatchee players performed well under pressure, Noyd said.

In boys’ singles, Wenatchee’s Luke Andrewjski cruised to the district crown without losing a set. He beat Burns from Eastmont, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he beat West Valley’s number one, Ditto, 6-0, 6-0. In the championship, he beat Bethel from Davis, 6-0, 6-0.

Adrewjski became the district champion on his 18th birthday, said Wenatchee Assistant Coach Don Talbot.

In boys’ doubles, the Panther duo of Spencer VanderSchalie and Evan Meuller, the number two Wenatchee team, upset the number one Eastmont team of Carter and West in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-1. The pair ended up losing to the number one Eisenhower team in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2. The Ike team went on to play in the finals against the number one Wenatchee team.

John Thrapp and Max Yount, the number one Panther team, beat the Eastmont number two team, Kirkpatrick and Sietz 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. They defeated the West Valley number two team in the semifinals 6-3, 6-4. In the finals, they beat the Ike team 6-2, 6-3.

“The Wenatchee Panther boys swept singles and doubles to take the district team title for last three years running. Luke Andrewjeski never lost a league match in his four years on the boys' varsity, 45-0 in league play. He went out with a big 6-0, 6-0 to finish out his year in grand style. I guess that is why the entire league of coaches nominated Luke as Player of the Year,” Talbot said.

In girls doubles, Wenatchee’s number two duo of Shelby Fromm and Heather Hayes beat Eastmont’s Hardie/Kuske 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. In the quarterfinals, they beat Naughton/Kapperman of Davis, 6-3, 6-0.

In the semifinals, they beat Pickett/Tweedy of West Valley 6-3, 6-2.

“Shelby and Heather began to click and were stronger against Davis. And they kept on going right on through West Valleys’s number one doubles in the semi-final. These two girls played strong but relaxed. They were making serves, powering returns, hitting smart lobs and drop shots as needed. Our girls hit like they were playing a game of chess, smart and tactical,” Noyd said.

Wenatchee’s number one team of Kaylynn Noyd and Kara Nelson had a first-round bye. In the quarterfinals, they outlasted Hilton/Torres of Davis in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. In the semifinals, they beat Moen/Kraft of West Valley 6-0, 6-1 to make it an all-Wenatchee final.

Noyd/Nelson beat Fromm/Hayes in the championship finals, 6-4, 6-2.

In girls singles, Wenatchee’s Chloe Andrewjski had a first-round bye. In the quarterfinals, she beat Eisenhower’s Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2. In the semifinals, she blanked Warnick of Moses Lake 6-0, 6-0. Adrewjski beat Shetty of West Valley 7-5, 6-2 to claim the girls’ singles championship.

“WHS put five of our six girls into the championship finals today. Our program is extremely proud, from top to bottom. We proudly accepted the District Championship points trophy as the centerpiece of our season. Next up, Chloe, Kaylynn, Kara have 11 days until the 4A State Tournament. We’ve got some work to do, as each is one of the 16 finalists for State. Go Panthers,” Noyd said.

Ian Dunn: 664-7157