Washington teams repeat Regional tennis championships

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Both Washington High tennis teams repeated as the Class AAA, Region II champions when they posted lengthy wins at that tournament held last weekend on the courts at both Jefferson and Washington high schools.

The Washington girls were crowned Regional titleists for the fourth straight year and the Patriot boys were winning their third consecutive Regional championship.

Will Wheatley will be joining five other Washington teammates at the state tournament.

Washington’s girls won all but one of their matches. And Washington’s boys did the same when they dropped only one match.

In netting their 27 team points — to runner-up Martinsburg’s 13 points — the Washington girls were able to qualify all four of its singles players and all three of its doubles teams for this week’s state tournament in Charleston.

In netting its own 27 points, the Washington boys outdistanced runner-up Martinsburg, which completed the rain-delayed event with 16 points.

The Jefferson boys team was seventh in the field of 11 schools with seven points, and the Lady Cougars finished in a tie for seventh with Bridgeport with five points.

In the seven championship matches staged in the girls division, Washington players won titles at No. 2 singles, where Jill Spuria defeated Buckhannon’s Erika Ridgeway, 8-4; at No. 3 singles where Melissa Sirbaugh stopped Martinsburg’s Molly Beck, 8-2; and at No. 4 where Mackenzie Littleton triumphed over Hedgesville’s Alexi Cincinnati, 8-1.

The three finals in the doubles matches in the girls bracket showed Washington’s Angela Pittinger/Sirbaugh stopping Lewis County’s Law/Phillips, 8-0, at No. 1; the Patriots’ Spuria/Littleton beating Hampshire’s Rachel Robinson/Brittany Keesling, 8-1, at No. 2; and Washington’s Amber Barr/Molly Banfield post another win at No. 3 when the Patriot pair defeated Martinsburg’s Sadie Tucker/Sarah Fizer, 8-2.

Despite losing to Lewis County’s Sarah Lewis in the finals at No. 1 singles, Pittinger still qualified for the state tournament.

The six Washington Regional championships in the boys division came from Patrik Haglund at No. 2 singles where he defeated Musselman’s Jordan Butler, 8-0 in the finals; Austin Thomas at No. 3 when he edged Musselman’s Kerry Coles, 8-6; and Alden Roth when he made short work of Martinsburg’s Owen Hamilton in winning 8-0 in the finals at No. 4 singles.

All the doubles finals were won by Washington’s pairs. At No. 1, it was Will Wheatley/Haglund beating Martinsburg’s Grant Davis/Hamilton, 8-2; then at No. 2, Thomas/Roth bested Musselman’s Butler/Jordan, 8-1; and at No. 3 when Cullen Irving/Cory Coomler rolled past Martinsburg’s Ryan Springer/Myshake Adbi, 8-1.

Wheatley was beaten, 8-1, in the finals at No. 1 singles by Martinsburg’s Davis but qualified nonetheless for the state tournament.

Jefferson’s Devin Forman was a state qualifier at No. 2 singles. None of Jefferson’s girls was able to qualify for the state tournament.

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