Boys tennis: Doubles teams lead SHS to district championship

They are district champs, but have their collective eyes on a bigger prize.

Backed by a pair of top-three duos, Sequim’s boys tennis team claimed the West Central District title and will take those doubles teams to the class 2A state tournament in Seattle in May.

Thomas Hughes and Blake Wiker, the No. 1 seed from the Olympic League, knocked off Logan Chmielewski and Jared Reister of North Kitsap in the finals, 6-2 and 6-1, to claim the district doubles crown.

It was the second consecutive week that Hughes and Wiker topped the NK duo with a title on the line, coming one week after topping Chmielewski and Reister for the Olympic League championship.

Sequim teammates Damon Little and Liam Payne, who came into the tournament with a No. 4 seed, battled to a third place finish after going 3-1, their lone loss coming against their Sequim teammates.

After a first round bye, Hughes and Wiker opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jacob Lange and Wyatt Robertson of White River. Little and Payne topped a team from Fife in the first round and a Washington High squad in the quarterfinals.

In the semis, Hughes and Wiker topped Little and Payne in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-2, to get into the finals. Little and Payne rebounded to best Port Angeles’ Bo Bradow and Milo Whitman 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, for third.

Hughes and Wiker are now 14-0 as doubles partners this season, while Little and Payne are 17-5 as a team.

Raymond Lam, the No. 4 singles seed from Olympic League competed at districts but did not advance.

The state boys’ 2A tournament coincides with the culmination of the girls’ prep season in May.

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