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Bainbridge sends six to SeaKing play
BAINBRIDGE - Six Bainbridge High School varsity coed tennis players have qualified for the 3A SeaKing District 2 Tournament.
The tourney begins Tuesday, May 20 at Lower Woodland Park courts.
“The 3A SeaKing matches the 12 best players in the Metro and KingCo Leagues,” explained Spartan Head Coach Mike Anderson. “The top five qualify for the 3A State tournament held in Kennewick May 30 and 31.”
The six BHS students to qualify are Keet Curtis (17-1), Ben DeVries (14-2), Matt Alderson (13-3), Jordan Ferguson (13-8), Holt Ogden (15-3) and Eli Wagner (13-3).
It took some impressive play to advance.
“The boys doubles team of Curtis and DeVries won four straight matches, including the championship match win over Lakeside 6-3, 7-6 (5),” Anderson said. “Keet and Ben made it to the state semifinals last year and finished sixth overall.”
BHS senior and team co-captain Alderson has now officially become the school’s all-time boys wins leader.
“Alderson also played for the Metro Championship against Lakeside nemesis Daniel Park,” Anderson explained. “Park took control early and cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win.”
“Matt will be the No. 2 Metro to District, and will receive a first-round bye,” the coach added, and noted that Alderson’s victories in three matches cemented his claim as Bainbridge’s all-time boy’s wins leader with a career record of 71-13.
Anderson himself received the “Gary Case” Coach of the Year Award for the Mountain Division.
This season marked Anderson’s 17th year as BHS varsity head coach and, prior to the start of this season, he had so far accumulated an impressive dual match record of 172-48-1.