After claiming the Northwest Conference boys tennis title with an unblemished record for the third straight year, Sehome got off to a strong start in the Class 2A bi-district tournament Friday and Saturday at Skagit Valley College.
Top-seeded Shane Lynette advanced to the double-elimination portion of the singles draw with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Archbishop Murphy’s Matt Welter. He will be joined in the quarterfinals by teammate Prithvi Randhawa, who beat Burlington-Edison’s Tyson Ross 6-1, 6-1 in the first round and Bellingham’s Miles Henkel 6-0, 6-3 in the second.
Bellingham’s Owen Morrison and Lynden’s Eli Gripp also reached the singles quarterfinals Friday. Morrison beat Anacortes’ Kayden Stevenson 6-0, 6-1 in the first round and Mountlake Terrace’s Vito Sparapano 6-4, 6-3 in the second round, while Gripp beat Sammamish’s Ryan Lank 1-6, 6-2, 10-5 in the first and Mountlake Terrace’s Jake Peters 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the second.
Bellingham had three doubles teams advance to the quarterfinals Saturday, as the tandems of Oliver Knickrehm and Henry Spilker, Casey Carter and Aaron Carter, and Koal Reyes-Schulze and Ben Grabau each won two matches. Sehome’s second-seeded duo, William Zhang and Michael Bornstein, also advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Burlington-Edison.
Both draws are scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Monday at either Skagit Valley College or Mount Vernon High School, as the bi-district will send the top three singles and doubles finishers on to the state tournament next spring.