Alman on CHS golf and tennis

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Spring sports concluded last week for Cheney High School after the 2A state golf and tennis championships. I’ve already written about baseball so this post will focus on the golf and tennis teams I covered this year.

Both boys’ and girls’ golf teams had some success. Cheyenne Marchand and Tyler Koohns both made it to state again – I will have the official recap up this week – while younger players like Kelsey Smith and Thomas Baycroft – who were state alternates – Ian Hill, Katrina Lbuseic and Logan Klauss made strides in their game.

Marchand will be graduating and playing golf at Whitworth University but there will be plenty of players who can step up from the girls’ team. The boys only lose Scott Nadeau and all of the starters this year will return next season.

Both tennis teams had amazing season. The boys won their second regular season championship and sent two doubles teams to state. The girls finished second in the Great Northern League and won the District 7 team title with Bridget Calvert going to state.

The boys team won 13 of their 14 matches and shared the league title with Pullman. Although the doubles teams – which were comprised of the four singles players Ryan Axtell and Mason Van Stone, and Brandon Foster and Shogo Starr – didn’t make it far in state, they played well and had stellar regular seasons.

But it wasn’t just the seniors who shined. Sophmores like Hayden Bennett and Aaron Fillmore had success – including a third-place finish at the Inland Empire Classic tennis tournament – and gained some varsity experience, which will be good for them heading into next season.

That said, I think next season will be a rebuilding one for the boys team, but the year after they’ll look great. Of course I could be wrong and they could win a third-straight league title.

As for the girls, they were a big surprise this year. Although they’ve improved since Jason Overland took the reins of the team in 2013, I didn’t expect them to finish as strong as they did, nor did I think they would win the District title. There’s a lot of talent on that team, but the GNL is a meat-grinder especially when it comes to individualized sports like wrestling and tennis.

Calvert had the best season of her career and it was good to see her compete at state, especially after she missed the opportunity to do in 2015 after she lost to teammate Katelynn Smedley at districts.

This year has been great for both teams. Spring sports is always fun to cover and I can’t wait until next year.

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