By Doug Petrowski
After playing almost exclusively singles matches all season, Mountlake Terrace Hawks Nicki Bouche and Tina Liu have been teamed up to play doubles in the postseason. The move has paid off as the pair won the doubles title at the 3A District 1 Championships that finished up on Wednesday.
Bouche and Liu were victorious over Shorewood’s Daniella Brengelmann and Francesca O’Malley in the championship match 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Bouche and Liu will now head to the WIAA 3A Boys & Girls Tennis Championships to be held at Kamiakin High School and Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick May 24-25. All girls doubles’ matches will be held at Kamiakin beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 24 except for the noon final on May 25, which will be at the Tri-City Court Club.
For Bouche, this will be her second trip to the state championships in as many years. She teamed up with Gillian Braden-Armstrong last year as a freshman to finish fourth in the state doubles competition. Liu is making her first the trip to state this season as she is just a freshman.
3A District 1 Girls Tennis Doubles Championships, Stanwood High School, May 14-15 (top three pairs to state)
Doubles Final: Nicki Bouche / Tina Liu (Mountlake Terrace) defeated Daniella Brengelmann / Francesca O’Malley (Shorewood) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Consolation Final: Christine Wolf / Rachel Rich (Stanwood) defeated Sierra Wright / Emme Davis (Glacier Peak) 7-5, 6-2
In other MTHS District sports competition, Hawk Chinne Okoronkwo qualified for the 3A state track and field championships on Wednesday in the long jump during the first day of the 3A District 1 Track Championships in Marysville. Okoronkwo’s leap of 17-10.75 placed her second behind district champion Wurrie Njadoe of Shorecrest, but good enough to earn her the state berth. Okoronkwo is expected to challenge for state berths in the triple jump and the pole vault during Day Two competition in the district meet slated for Friday.
After the first day of district competition, the MTHS boys track team sits in fourth place, the girls squad in fifth. The final day of district competition on Friday, May 17, at Quil Ceda Stadium at Marysville Pilchuck High School begins at 5:30 p.m.
3A District 1 Track and Field Championships, Day One, May 15
Boys Team Scores: Oak Harbor 40, Shorewood 33, Stanwood 31, Mountlake Terrace 20, Shorecrest 18, Marysville Getchell 17, Marysville Pilchuck 13, Ferndale 12, Meadowdale 8, Glacier Peak 3
Girls Team scores: Shorecrest 38, Glacier Peak 28, Shorewood 21, Stanwood 18, Mountlake Terrace 11, Ferndale 10, Marysville Pilchuck 9, Meadowdale 8, Oak Harbor 8, Marysville Getchell 4, Everett 1
In the 3A District 1 Girls Golf Championships, Hawk Sydella Yonker qualified for the state tournament with an 11th place finish. Yonker followed up a round of 97 on Tuesday with a 95 on Wednesday at Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville.
The WIAA 3A Girls Golf Championships will be played May 21-22 at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.
3A District 1 Girls Golf Championships, Cedarcrest Golf Course, Par 70, May 14-15
State qualifiers: 1. Annie Leete (Oak Harbor) 70-88=158; 2. Alisa Wilson (Glacier Peak) 84-94=178; 3. Jacquelyn Martin (Marysville Gretchel) 88-92=180; 3. Audrey Penner (Shorecrest) 88-92=180; 3. Dani Durand (Glacier Peak) 89-91=180= 3. Isabella Seda (Glacier Peak) 87-93=180; 7. Claire Mrozek (Shorecrest) 91-92=183; 8. Jane Tarabochia (Shorewood) 96-90=186; 8. Bree Roderos (Oak Harbor) 93-93=186; 10. Sam Powell (Stanwood) 98-93=191; 11. Sydella Yonker (Mountlake Terrace) 97-95=192; 12. Erika Stromerson (Glacier Peak) 100-94=194; 12. Stephanie Taylor (Shorecrest) 95-99=194; 14. Junelle Broulette (Shorewood) 95-101=196; 15. Ana Maria Beall (Meadowdale) 106-91=197; 16. Kendra Schleg (Glacier Peak) 101-102=203; 1st Alternate: McKenzie Enge (Stanwood) 104-99=203; 2nd Alternate: Olivia Hollingsead (Everett) 105-99=204