Mid-Columbia Conference schools all travel to Spokane today to play tennis, so they can come back home and compete for a state title.
The Class 4A and 3A regional tournament — MCC athletes are competing against Greater Spokane League kids — is set for University High School in Spokane beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In Class 4A, the top two placers in both boys and girls singles and doubles play will earn state berths and play at Richland High and Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland starting May 30-31.
In 3A, the top three in each division will earn state berths. That state tournament will be played at Kamiakin High School and Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick.
Here’s a quick look at each classification:
The Richland pairing of Zach Fisher and Trent Prussing should battle for the boys doubles title after they handily defeated Walla Walla’s Nick Fuller and Malcolm Gabbard in last weekend’s title match.
Chiawana’s Paul Chapuis, a transfer student from France, is the MCC’s top boys singles entry.
On the girls side, Pasco will have some talent, including the district champion doubles team of Zara Guzman and Katelyn Bedoya.
They’ll be joined by singles champ Eden Snider of Pasco.
Hanford’s boys sends a 1-2 singles punch of Darko Stankovic and Cyrus Stephen to Spokane. Kennewick’s Chad McKenzie and Jared Bolt enter today’s tourney as the top MCC boys doubles team.
The Kennewick girls, who won the district team title on Monday, will be led by district singles champ Stephanie Buckingham and runnerup Zoi Garcia. Southridge has the top girls doubles team of Bailee Sanderson and Sofia Morrison.
The conference’s district tournament resumes at West Valley High School in Yakima at 10 a.m. today, with the top three in each division advancing to the 2A state tournament, set for next weekend at the University of Washington.
Kiona-Benton girls doubles team of Jaky Calzadillas and Mom Calzadillas won the sub-district title last Monday and should battle for one of three available state berths.
Ki-Be’s Melissa Alvarez is the East sub-district girls singles champ. Connell’s Patrick Hadley lost the boys singles title to Granger’s Cody Heitzman in the East sub-district.
Tanner Butler and Cesar Castaneda of Columbia-Burbank enters the tourney as East boys doubles champs.
The top four boys and top thee girls advance to the 1B/2B/1A state tournament.