Cougars' Blackner rolls to WCC title

OLYMPIA - Capital's Andrew Blackner cruised to the Western Cascade Conference boys' tennis singles championship Saturday by winning all four of his matches in straight sets.

Blackner, the No. 1 seed, dominated as he lost only three games in four matches. He won his first two matches 6-0 and 6-0.

In the finals, Blackner defeated Lakes' Nick Athia 6-1, 6-0.

"We all knew who was going to win the singles," said Fred Reed, North Thurston coach. "Blackner has played strong all year. He was dominant."

North Thurston's David Schuster and Matt Huynh won the doubles title, beating Capital's Anthony Litchfield and Chris Gravesen in three sets in the championship match.

Schuster and Huynh defeated Litchfield and Gravesen 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

"My kids picked it up," Reed said. "They had to minimize their errors."

Yelm's Cody Leimback and Louis DeGeyer placed third, North Thurston's Tam Nguyen and Elliot Appel was fourth.

In singles, Capital's David Golden was third and North Thurston's Kim Nguyen was fourth.

The top five finishers advance to the district tournament that will be played in the spring in Tacoma.


2A district tournament

Hockinson's Gaston Delatorre, a two-time defending state champ, won the boys 2A district golf championship for the third straight year, shooting a 67-66 at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

River Ridge's Casey Adams placed second, shooting 67-72. He was tied with Delatorre after the first round and played even with Delatorre for 10 holes on the second day. But the Hockinson senior then shot six birdies on the back nine.

"Casey played really solid," River Ridge coach Gary Larson said. "He stayed right with him. Then he missed three short puts he should have made. He makes those he shoots a 69."

Hockinson won the team title as it was 3-under par after the first round.

Tumwater, which finished

6-1 during the regular season and was second in the Evergreen Conference, placed third. Mark Morris was second and RA Long was fourth.

Tumwater's Tommy Kjorlaug shot 73-76 to place 11th and Hoquiam's Nolan Sand was third with a 70-70. Centralia's Derek Garland was 20th and Tumwater's Jimmy Jensen placed 16th.

Evergreen placed eight in the top 20 and the St. Helen's League placed 12. The top 20 finishers advance to state in the spring.

Tumwater's Zach Monroe shot a birdie on the first hole of a playoff to place 21st, the first alternate spot.


Capital City tournament

After cruising through pool play, the Tumwater Thunderbirds advanced to the championship match of the 15-team Capital City Tournament, but fell to Class 4A Wilson in the finals 25-18, 25-17.

"Different people shined during different games," T-Birds coach Tana Croft said. "I felt like Amanda Warner was steady throughout the day. And (our setter) Emily Sampson did a great job all day."

Tumwater dropped its first game since early in the season, Game 1 in the semifinals against Puyallup. The T-Birds bounced back to the loss to win the next two games to play Wilson in the finals.

On the other side of the bracket, Black Hills won the consolation bracket, beating Timberline 26-24, 25-17.

"It was a bummer to end up (in the consolation bracket), but you have to try and turn it around to make it positive," Black Hills coach Kara Peterson said. "We picked up steam as the day went along."

Black Hills lost to Olympia

23-25, 23-25 in pool play and eventually beat Olympic and North Thurston to play the Blazers for the consolation title.

The Wolves' Christine Hilt had 35 kills and 23 digs on the day, and teammate Jessica Levine had 23 kills, 18 digs and six blocks.

Olympia, which hosted the tournament, placed fifth after losing the third-place match to Puyallup 25-22, 22-25, 15-5. Earlier in the tournament, Olympia lost to Wilson in the semis, 25-20,

23-25, 15-10. The Bears beat Wilson earlier this season in Narrows League play 3-0.

"We didn't play better against them," Bears coach Laurie Creighton said. "We had a fair number of unforced errors. We didn't really pick up the off-speed shots they were sending us."

The Bears were led by Liz Armstrong, who had 46 kills and was 33-for-35 from the service line.