Almost-perfect Gentry leads Capital to title

The OlympianJune 1, 2014 

Capital High School sophomore Ty Gentry didn’t lose a game at the Class 2A state tennis championships until the title match.

It didn’t seem to bother him much.

Gentry beat Sammamish’s Ethan Romney, 6-3, 6-2, to win the state title on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington. Capital also won its first team title since 1992.

“Going into the last match, I was really just trying to have fun,” Gentry said.

“I knew I put in the work, I knew if I used the skills I’ve been taught all my life I would do just fine.”

Gentry had won each of his three matches before the final, 6-0, 6-0. He led Romney 3-0 before dropping his first point. Gentry did not lose a match this season.

“He’s so fun to watch,” said Capital coach Tom Alongi. “I’ve never coached anybody like him. He’s a competitor, he’s fast, powerful, he’s finesse. He’s really an all-around player.”

Gentry reached the state singles final as a freshman in 2013 but lost to Sehome’s Avery West in straight sets after having not lost a set heading into the match.

“Ty had a little more incentive coming into this one,” Alongi said.

“But Ty is focused no matter what. He is used to the pressure.”

Capital’s Travis Miller and Doug Doenges placed fourth in doubles after losing to eventual champions Jonathan Yu and Josh Rasmus of Washington in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Olympia’s Rachel Kelson and Catty Zhang placed sixth in 4A girls doubles after beating Inglemoor’s Janae Chinn and Michaela Jendralova, 6-1, 6-1.

North Thurston’s Ainsley Winterrowd and Sidney Smith took eighth in 3A girls doubles.


Tumwater 5, Anacortes 1: Elijah Hill threw a complete-game seven-hitter, and a pair of first-inning singles by Riley Owen and Luke Hare jump-started the offense as the Thunderbirds claimed the 2A third-place trophy at Yakima County Stadium.

The T-Birds boosted their lead to 5-1 with a three-run sixth inning, started by Gerrett Terrell’s RBI single. Terrell was 2-for-3, and Owen and Anthony Correia both were 2-for-4.

“It was huge to end on that win,” Tumwater coach Jamie Weeks said.

The T-Birds’ third-place trophy, combined with last year’s runner-up finish, marks the program’s first back-to-back state trophies in baseball.

It was the final game for seven seniors, many of whom Weeks said have played together since age 8.

“There were a lot of tears, but they were good tears. Lots of memories and great memories.”

Rochester 6, Kiona-Benton 3: Senior Dylan Fosnacht, who earned national fame two weeks ago for his 194-pitch outing in a district playoff game against La Center, pitched a complete-game eight-hitter to help the Warriors win the 1A third place trophy at Yakima County Stadium.

Fosnacht struck out five and retired 12 in a row at one point.

Lucas Eastman went 3-for-4 for Rochester. He had a triple in the first and an RBI single as part of a five-run fifth inning.

Colton 2, Oakville 1: Jake Straughan’s bases-clearing double in the fifth inning gave the Wildcats the lead for good over the Acorns, who took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the 1B title game at Centralia’s Ed Wheeler Field. The runner-up finish is the best for Oakville (14-5) in program history.


Elma 6, Mount Baker 1: The Eagles, who finished fourth in the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division with a 6-6 record, won their first state title in fastpitch with a victory in the 1A title game at Columbia Playfields in Richland.

The win came after a 6-5 victory over Connell in Saturday morning’s semifinal after two shutout victories – 8-0 and 14-0 – over Zillah and Seattle Christian on Friday.


Northwest Christian senior Karen Bulger successfully defended her 2B girls shot put state title, winning the event with a throw of 41 feet, 111/4 inches at Eastern Washington’s Roos Field in Cheney.

Bulger, who repeated as the state champion in the javelin on Friday, capped her career as a four-time state champ for the Navigators.

Other notable finishers for the Navigators included Heidi Sowers’ runner-up finish in the 300 hurdles (46.91) and Luke Schilter’s third-place finish in the boys 1,600 (4:24.86).

In 1A, Elma’s Ray Stark won two events – the 100-meter dash and 300 hurdles – and set a 1A state meet record with a time of 10.86 in the 100. The old mark was by Bellevue Christian’s Matt Isbell (10.88) in 1999.

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