March 6, 2013
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the trees are blooming.
Must be tennis season in the Snoqualmie Valley.
The sport best known in the Valley for rainouts and indoor practices is on a rare streak. Last autumn, the boys’ season occurred in the midst of a historic dry spell for the Puget Sound.
This year, the season is barely a week old and the team has already had five outdoor practices.
September 12, 2012
The Mount Si High School boys tennis team dropped its Sept. 10 match to Sammamish, six matches to one.
In singles, Mount Si’s Allen Reid defeated the Totems’ Winston Chen, 6-2, 6-0.
Josh Hamann lost to the Totems’ Ethan Romney, 1-6, 0-6; Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin lost to Neema Rostami, 4-6, 3-6; and Kevin McLaughlin lost to Sammamish’s Charles Wackerbath, 1-6, 0-6.
In doubles, the Mount Si duo of Rhett Haney and Van Magnan lost to Alvin Tran and Anthony Kao, 1-6, 4-6. The duo of Zach Gappa and Riley Dirks lost to the Totems’ Michael Chen and Mark Sa, 2-6, 2-6. Lastly, the Wildcats’ John Day and Ryan Fischer lost to Jason Habib and Jeffrey Sweet, 1-6, 1-6.
Four days earlier, the team had lost to Liberty, 6-1.
Logan Cochran and Drew Hadaller defeated the Patriots’ Brian Linnenkam and Keaton Winegar in the third doubles match, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, for the only Wildcat win.
The team plays Sept. 18 at Interlake and Sept. 19 against Bothell. All matches start by at least 3:45 p.m.
September 5, 2012
James Gibowski has heard the question before. He has answered it plenty of times to the point that he could probably do it in his sleep.
Yes, he coaches Mount Si High School tennis. Yes, it rains a lot in Snoqualmie. No, there are no indoor courts in the Snoqualmie Valley. Yes, that affects his team when competing in the KingCo Conference. No, KingCo has not gotten any easier.
A dozen freshmen, eight sophomores, five juniors and five seniors will suit up for the Wildcats’ boys tennis team this year, facing the same uphill battle the team has faced for years. The battle looks steep, with both the 3A and 2A state champs from 2011 — Mercer Island and Interlake — playing in 3A this year.
Josh Hamman, Matt Griffin and Kevin McLaughlin look to be the team’s top singles players, with newcomer Allan Reid a promising No.4.
“He’s never played tennis before, but he’s just a good athlete,” Gibowski said.
This year also marks the return of Logan Cochran, a promising freshman two years ago who lettered in tennis, switched to soccer, got hurt and has switched back.
Gibowski said he sees Cochran as one of the top doubles players on the team this season.
May 12, 2011
The road to doubles greatness in tennis is a single-lane highway for the Mount Si Wildcats.
The team’s top doubles players hope for a repeat of their great 2010 run at districts, and yet, they have competed a great deal in singles lately.
March 10, 2011
At a glance, you might think these girls don’t take this seriously.
Instead of choosing sides using the old-school, twirling-racket method, they rely on catching tigers by the toe.
But as it turns out, that’s exactly what girls’ tennis head coach Eric Hanson wants you to think. Just wait and see, he seems to be thinking, as he watches his players.
October 13, 2010
Interlake swept Mount Si in their Oct. 5 tennis match.
Mount Si’s Andrew Bottemiller won several matches against his opponent, David Golub, but Golub came out on top.
September 29, 2010
Mount Si boys tennis lost to Liberty and Sammamish Sept. 22. Liberty won 6-1. Sammamish won 7-0.
In singles matches, Mount Si’s Azhar Khandekar beat Liberty’s Garrett Timm 6-2 and 6-1, after losing the first set, 2-6.
Mount Si’s Alex Pease and Jake Rouches played well in their doubles match against Liberty’s Greg Murashige and Andrew Munoz, but lost 6-4 and 7-6.