When Sehome’s Max Shmotolokha faced off against his teammate Brady Anderson in the second-third place game at the 2A boys’ tennis district tournament, he likely wasn’t thinking about the Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player award.
But when Shmotolokha won that match 6-4, 7-5, he likely cemented his spot as the NWC MVP, which was confirmed when the first and second All-NWC teams were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Shmotolokha’s 21-2 record on the season top all other NWC players, with Bellingham’s Chris Nakatani and Zach Nolan boasting 21-3 records.
Anderson’s third-place finish at districts with his loss to Shmotolokha didn’t push him too far down the list of top 2A NWC players, as he still picked up first-team honors. Anderson compiled an 18-2 record for the season.
Joining Anderson on the first team was Bellingham’s Connor Thompson, Nate Pearsall, Logan Schilder and Charlie Carmichael, Squalicum’s Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley, Lynden’s Dakota Davis and Ben Mulder, Sehome’s Reece Gilbert and Ferndale’s Maxwell Jeffery.
Thompson finished 17-5 on the year, falling to Shmotolokha in the consolation bracket of the district tournament. Carmichael also was knocked out by Shmotolokha in the final round of the consolation bracket, leaving Carmichael with a fourth-place district finish and a 16-3 record on the season.
Pearsall and Schilder lost their final two matches of the season — the first in the 2A district championship, the second in the second-third place game to Segren and Smiley. It was the duo’s first two losses of the season as a team. Pearsall finished 19-2, Schilder finished 19-3.
Segren and Smiley with the defeat over Pearsall and Schilder earned a second-place finish in the district tournament. Segren and Smiley only paired up for the district tournament, competing in singles for most of the year.
The duo finished 8-1 in doubles play on the season, Segren finished 10-0 in singles and Smiley finished 7-3 in singles.
Davis and Mulder were eliminated in the consolation bracket by Segren and Smiley. The duo ended the year 12-4.
Jeffery lost the first two rounds of the Class 3A district tournament, after being the only Golden Eagle to advance out of the 3A Wesco North tournament. He finished 11-10 on the year, compiling an 11-8 record in singles play.
Gilbert got the nod on the first team over his district doubles partner Darren Ma. Gilbert was 5-2 with his teammate in doubles but 12-2 on the year in singles.
Ma did get a second-team selection along with Bellingham’s Nakatani, Nolan and Austin Shenton, Lynden’s Dylan Meenk, Squalicum’s Neal Crawford and Ferndale’s Tate Freeman.