High School Sports

2A district tennis tournament postponed again, heads indoors

For the second consecutive day, the second day of the Class 2A Northwest District Boys’ Tennis Tournament has been postponed because of rain on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and with the forecast for continued soggy weather throughout most of the rest of the week, the tournament will head indoors beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Sehome athletic director Colin Cushman announced via email that the tournament will enact its contingency plan, which will see the balance of the tournament played on the indoor courts at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon and the Bellingham Tennis Club.

Action will resume at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at Skagit Valley College with singles quarterfinal matches between Shorecrest’s Nishaant Limaye and Burlington-Edison’s Colton Saben, Bellingham teammates Charlie Carmichael and Connor Thompson and Sehome’s Brady Anderson taking on Burlington-Edison’s Kristopher Nielsen. The fourth singles quarterfinal between Bellingham’s Austin Shenton and Sehome’s Max Shmotolokha will follow at approximately 10:30, along with doubles quarterfinals featuring Sehome’s Reece Gilbert and Darren Ma facing Lynden’s Dakota Davis and Ben Mulder and Shorecrest’s Daniel Wacker and Nick North taking on Bellingham’s Chris Nakatani and Zach Nolan.

The second day will wrap up at the Bellingham Tennis Club with doubles quarterfinals featuring Bellingham’s Nate Pearsall and Logan Schilder taking on Sehome’s Dane Faris and Henry Han and Squalicum’s Liam Brownlie and Carter Nickelson facing teammates Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley.

The first round of the consolation bracket and semifinals for both draws will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Skagit Valley College, beginning at 8 a.m. Play will continue at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Bellingham Tennis Club and will be highlighted by the singles championship match at 1:15 p.m. and the doubles championship match, scheduled for approximately 2:45 p.m.

Play will wrap up at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, with the second-place matches in both draws.

The district will have to wait until the spring, when the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association releases allocation numbers, to find out whether it will be sending its top two or top three finishers in each draw to the Class 2A State Championships, which are scheduled for May 29-30 at the University of Washington Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.