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S'side netters on to Regional play

YAKIMA - In semifinal and finals play on Monday, Sunnyside High School's Danny Plesha won his fourth District singles title in four years.

Plesha knocked off Hanford's Curtis Lan by a score of 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals, then won the title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jake Knox, also of Hanford.

"That was about as good as anyone's done against Danny," Coach Troy Whittle said of the championship match.

Also at Districts, the Grizzly doubles team of Tyler Thompson and Jake Wavrin advanced to Regionals, to be played this weekend in Spokane, with the Mid-Valley League's third seed.

The Sunnyside duo put up a battle against the District's top-seeded team of Selah's Cody Alliston and Chad Womack, before losing 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Thompson and Wavrin actually led the second set 3-2 before the service game and forehand got the better of them. Of course, that also had something to do with Alliston, voted the MVL's second best player after Plesha, and Womack.

The Grizzlies' doubles team rebounded, earning the District's third seed with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hanford's Kevin McCallister and Wandrille Hubert.

"They have a realistic shot at making it to State," Whittle said of Thompson and Wavrin. "We've had a tradition of taking doubles teams to State and it would be nice to see that tradition continue with them."

Sunnyside's only girl advancing to Regionals is Jerika Martinez, who split her two matches yesterday to claim the MVL's third seed.

Martinez lost her first match to West Valley's Brook Foster by a score of 6-0. 6-0. She then rallied in the third/fourth seed match by holding on for a 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 win over Prosser's Diana Smith.

Whittle said the Sunnyside girls had a team placing of "fourth or fifth" at Districts. "That's pretty good considering they were last place in the league at the end of the regular season," he said.

The boys, he added, likely placed third, just one point behind West Valley.

Sunnyside now advances to Regionals this Friday and Saturday at East Valley High School in Spokane. The top three at Regionals in boys and girls singles and doubles play then advance to the State tourney set for the following weekend.

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