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Three doubles teams reach SCAC district tennis tourney


Jaryd Cline

TEAMWORK: Goldendale's No. 1 doubles duo of Ignacio Cano, left, and Edgar Vega react after winning a point against Granger on April 18.

Three Goldendale tennis doubles teams played well enough on Saturday and Tuesday to earn spots in this weekend's South Central Athletic Conference District Tournament, although final results of how the three teams fared during the second day of the sub-district tournament in Selah weren't available at press time.

Both No. 1 boys and girls doubles teams of Edgar Vega and Ignacio Cano, and Kelli Bighorn and Talia Johnson won two straight matches during the sub-district opener on Saturday to advance to the winner's bracket semifinals of the double-elimination tournament, but matches were still being played when the papers were sent to the presses.

The two No.1 doubles teams, as well as girls No. 2 doubles of Halie Allen and Kylee Beam, however, already clinched spots in this weekend's SCAC District Tournament regardless of how they performed on Tuesday.

Check this afternoon for Tuesday's final results.


The sub-district tournament kicked off on Saturday morning in Selah with Vega and Cano breezing past a pair of teams with ease. The senior combo made quick work of Highland’s Anejandro Flores and Edwardo Toledo 6-1, 6-0 before knocking off Zillah’s Leonel and Anthony Wesselius in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) to advance to the winner’s bracket semifinals.

Both Goldendale singles players, junior John Hannah and sophomore Alden Bothamley, fell in their opening single-elimination match. Hannah fell 4-6, 5-7 to Zillah’s Cody Vance while Bothamley dropped a 3-6, 1-6 match to Zillah senior Ryan Anderson.

The girls No. 3 doubles duo of Tayler Wells and Jenna Bradwell were eliminated from the tournament after dropping their first match to Highland’s Angelica Quintero and Citlali Yanez.

Jaryd Cline

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Talia Johnson serves while Kelli Bighorn waits for a return against La Salle on March 23 in Goldendale.

The sub-district tournament’s No. 2 seed, Johnson and Bighorn, opened play with a 6-4, 6-2 win over a Granger duo. No. 2 doubles of Allen and Beam also won their opening match, completing an epic comeback after dropping the first 0-6. They came back strong, winning the next two sets 6-3, 7-6 to advance, where they faced their teammates, Johnson and Bighorn. Johnson and Bighorn won 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals in the winner’s bracket.

Both Timberwolves girls singles groups were knocked off in the opening, single-elimination round. Isabell Nadler dropped a tough, three-set match to Zillah’s Megan Schafer while Alyssa Simmons fell in straight sets to La Salle’s Nancy Urbina.

The district tournament kicks off on Friday at Connell, with the first matches starting at 1 p.m. and continues Saturday starting at 10 a.m.


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