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South Whidbey's Riley Newman advance to state
South Whidbey’s Riley Newman continued his trek to return to the state tennis championship.
Newman finished first in the district playoffs by defeating Avery West (Sehome), 6-2, 6-3 in the final match. Before that Newman defeated Van Morgen in the semifinal 6-0, 6-3 and won his opening match 6-0, 6-0.
Morgen finished fourth after his loss to Burlington-Edison 6-4, 7-5.
South Whidbey’s doubles teams all lost in the first round. First doubles Harrison Price and Zach Comfort lost 7-5, 6-1 to Bellingham. The Falcons’ second doubles Kyle Simchuk and Aren Mattens lost to Squalicum 6-3, 6-1. Third doubles Taylor Simmons and Hayden Nichols lost to Sehome 2, 6-2, 6-1.
South Whidbey finished the district tournament in second place behind Sehome High School. Bellingham finished third.
Newman will compete in the 2A state tennis tournament in May.