Boys tennis: Hughes, Wiker net state berth

All the hard work for doubles duo Thomas Hughes and Blake Wiker have paid off.

Now they’re getting some time off.

The Sequim doubles partners netted a fifth place finish at the West Central District tournament, held Oct. 27-28 at the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center in Bremerton.

They’ll now move on to the state 2A tournament, set for May 25-26 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle — the same time and location as the girls’ 2A state tournament when those teams complete seasons in the spring.

Hughes and Wiker went 4-1 to earn one of six doubles berths to state. The pair went 13-5 through the regular season and league tourney play.

In 2016, Sequim sent doubles teammates Justin Porter and Stephen Prorok to the state tournament, where they went 1-2.

Doubles team

advances at league

Hughes and Wiker earned a No. 4 seed while teammates Damon Little and Tim Porter (as a doubles team) and Raymond Lam each earned a district alternate berth by taking fifth at the Olympic League tournament Oct. 18-19 in Bremerton.

Hughes and Wiker opened the tourney with a straight-set win over Zach Meek and Ryland Schmidt of North Kitsap in the opener (6-0, 6-1), then topped Dylan Heino and Logan Lambert of Olympic.

In the semifinals, Hughes and Wiker fell to the North Kitsap duo of Nate Blanchard and Justus Jagodinkse, who would go on to place second.

In the consolation bracket, Hughes and Wiker topped their teammates, Little and Porter, 6-4, 6-2, for a spot in the consolation finals. The Sequim pair fell 6-4, 6-3, to Kingston’s Dawson Clark and Ethan Sax for fourth place.

Little and Porter knocked out Port Angeles’ Bo Bradow and Hunter Dougherty 6-4, 6-3 in the tourney opener before falling to Kingston’s Clark and Sax in the quarterfinals. The Sequim pair rebounded with a win over Bremerton’s Evan Frankowski and Nolan Myers before falling to their fellow Wolves. Little and Porter earned a district tourney alternate berth via a coin toss, and are 10-7 on the season in doubles play.

In singles play, Lam (9-8 as a singles player) edged Port Angeles’ Jaden Seibel 6-4, 0-6, 12-10 in the first round before falling to PA’s Kenny Soule in the second. Lam rebounded in the consolation bracket with wins against Ethan Griffin of Kingston and teammate Liam Payne. Hayden Woods of Port Angeles knocked Lam into the fifth/sixth consolation match, which Lam won by a coin toss to earn him a district alternate berth.

Payne earned a first-round berth over Olympic’s Zachary Wyant (2-6, 6-4, 10-8) before a second-round loss to Ian Schmid of Kingston. Payne topped North Mason’s Gus Sandquist in the consolation bracket before being knocked out of the tourney by Lam.

Payne finished 5-5 on the season in singles play.

More in Sports


Spring sports preview — SHS boys golf 2017 finish: 9-0 (Olympic League… Continue reading

Spring sports preview: Revamped lineup looks to take Sequim fastpitch back to state

Spring sports preview: Fastpitch Head coach: Tim Lusk (second year) 2017 finish:… Continue reading

Community scoreboard — March 21, 2018

Golf The Cedars at Dungeness • Men’s Club, Two-Man Best Ball, March… Continue reading

Spring sports preview: Club players make up high-skilled Sequim prep squad

Spring sports preview: Boys soccer Head coach: Dave Brasher (23nd year) 2017… Continue reading

Track & Field: Strong start for Sequim tracksters at PA Invite

If their first meet is any indication, Sequim’s boys are going to… Continue reading

Baseball: Wolves get wild win in extras versus Coupeville

An extra-inning, come-from-behind win helped Sequim get past a tough loss to… Continue reading

Lacrosse season opens for Port Angeles-Sequim

Lacrosse season on the North Olympic Peninsula is going strong for the… Continue reading

Sequim’s select squad takes second in state basketball

Thanks to a last second shot, strong defense and big efforts all… Continue reading

Sports briefs — March 14, 2018

Women’s basketball league forming in PA The Port Angeles Parks & Recreation… Continue reading

Most Read