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By Andrew Christiansen

Boys' open tennis season with a win over Burbank


Andrew Christiansen

CONSISTENT: Ethan Hoctor returns a ball off his forehand during his singles match against Columbia-Burbank's Landon Wilder. Hoctor played a controlled match, minimizing errors and outlasting Wilder for a 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 win.

A strong finish by Ethan Hoctor proved to be key for the Goldendale boys' tennis team in their season opener against Columbia-Burbank, Saturday. Hoctor took the court as Goldendale's number one singles player against Landon Wilder. Wilder cruised to a 6-2 win in the first set, but Hoctor posted a pair of 7-5 wins to take the match. Goldendale won two other matches on forfeits to give them a 3-2 win over the Coyotes. Jairus Christensen was awarded the win in singles and the team of Conner Holbrook and Jared Love were forfeit winners in doubles. Brandon Cline and Steven Sharp won their first set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (9-7), but lost the next two sets 6-2, 6-3. Ignacio Cano and Spencer Ricks lost 8-1 in the other doubles match.

Hannah Hoffman had a perfect start to her season with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Rebecca Bourgeois, but the Burbank girls won the team score 2-1 on the strength of doubles wins over Nicole Latimer and Rachel Sharp 6-0, 6-2, and Faith Simmons and Robyn Cook 6-0, 6-3.

The teams played a split double on Saturday with Burbank playing in Zillah after their match in Goldendale and the Connell Eagles visiting the Timberwolves on Saturday afternoon after their match with the Leopards. The Eagles had 5-0 wins in boys and girls matches.

Andrew Christiansen

SHUT OUT: Hannah Hoffman won her opening match of the year 6-0, 6-0 against Burbank's Rebecca Bourgeois.

Hoffman lost the only girls' singles match 6-1, 6-1. Latimer and Sharp lost by the same scores, 6-1, 6-1, and Simmons and Cook fell 6-0, 6-1. The other wins for Connell were by forfeit.

Hoctor had another close match, falling 7-6 (7-5) in his opening set and losing the second 6-1. Christensen lost 8-1 and the pairs of Cano and Ricks and Holbrook and Love lost 8-0 and 8-2, respectively. Cline and Sharp played a strong match. Brett Rauley and Logan Taylor of the Eagles won the first set 6-4, but Cline and Sharp tied the match with a 7-5 win. Rauley and Taylor outlast the Timberwolf duo in the final set 10-7.

The Timberwolves were at Highland on Tuesday and are home again on Saturday against Cle Elum-Roslyn with matches starting at 11 a.m.


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