Bellingham’s boys’ tennis team picked up right where it left off, winning 7-0 over South Whidbey on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at South Whidbey High School.
“A lot of the scores were similar,” Bellingham (1-0) coach Steve Chronister said in a phone interview. “I felt South Whidbey was pretty good but we performed well for the first match of the season.”
It was the fourth singles match between Bellingham’s Henry Ziels and South Whidbey’s Hank Papritz that caught the attention of Chronister. Ziels lost the first set 6-1, before winning the next two 7-5 and 6-1.
“He got off to a slow start but turned it around,” Chronister said. “We love that he came from behind.”
Bellingham faces Burlington-Edison on Friday, Sept. 12, on the road.
Bellingham 7, South Whidbey 0
Singles: Connor Thompson (Bellingham) def. Jonathan Peterson 6-2,6-2; Charlie Carmichael (Bellingham) def. Nathan Riley 6-1, 6-2; Austin Shenton (Bellingham) def. Elijah Mathew 6-2, 6-2; Henry Ziels (Bellingham) def. Hank Papritz 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles: Nate Pearsall/Logan Schilder (Bellingham) def. Charley Stelling/Campbell Albertson 6-3, 6-2; Chris Nakatani/Zach Nolan (Bellingham) def. Trent Fallon/Jacob Nelson 6-2, 6-2; Garrett Walker/Lucas Irwin (Bellingham) def. Jake Papritz/Loel Nichols 6-2, 6-3.