Falcon tennis falls short of state at tough district tourney

The Falcon boys tennis season may be over after all six players were eliminated from the bi-district tournament on Oct. 23-34 at the Amy Yee Tennis Center in Seattle.

Playing in one of the toughest leagues in the state makes it difficult to advance, head coach Karyle Kramer said.

“I guess you could say it’s rewarding to think of it like that, but it’s also extremely frustrating because our players, at the 1A level, for what the 1A level looks like, they’re good,” Kramer said.

Falcon freshman Kody Newman placed third in singles at the tournament after falling in the semifinals to Bear Creek’s Caleb Ji, 6-2, 6-3.

Newman bounced back in the consolation bracket by beating Seth McBride of Bear Creek, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. He defeated Seattle Academy’s Ezra Magaram, 6-4, 7-5 for third place.

Newman is a state-alternate.

Sophomore Ryan Wenzek lost in the opening round to Elliot Cook of Bush School, 6-1, 6-4.

Senior Jacob Nelson and sophomore Hank Paprtiz won their opening match over Bear Creek, 6-1, 6-2, but fell in the quarterfinals.

The pair bounced back with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Seattle Academy before being eliminated by Overlake.

The Falcons’ second doubles team of Larsen Christiansen and Michael Hastings won their opening match over Bush, 6-1, 6-4, but were eliminated in the consolation rounds.