Boise boys, Eagle girls top the field at 5A District Three championships

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 12, 2013 

Other than an occasional fist pump on a hard-fought point, Capital junior John Wingate kept his poker face throughout a nearly 2-hour showdown against Borah's Kyle Whittaker in the 5A District Three boys singles tennis championship match Saturday afternoon at Julia Davis Park.

It was Wingate's composure - and a powerful serve - that helped him overcome a tiebreaker in the second set to defeat Whittaker 6-3, 7-6 (2).

Wingate was up 4-2 in the second set before fifth-seeded Whittaker - who upset top-seed Gavin Hatter from Timberline to reach the title match - fought his way back for a 6-all tie.

"It feels really good. In the second set I was getting really tired, so I was just trying to not collapse and stick with the same game plan I had in the first set that seemed to work," Wingate said.

In the midst of heated competition in the second frame, Wingate walked the length of the court to help Whittaker up after the Borah sophomore slid to the ground going for a corner ball.

After the match, the two met at center court for a gentlemanly pat on the back.

"He came up with some good shots and some good serves in the tiebreaker," Whittaker said. "It was a good match."

In the team competition, the Boise boys won with 46.5 points and Eagle was second with 35.5, while Eagle claimed the championship for the girls with 60.5 points to second-place Boise's 52.5.

Here is a look at Saturday's other championship matches:

GIRLS SINGLES

Top-seeded and defending district and state champion Bianca Mok remained unbeaten with a 6-0, 6-4 win against Eagle freshman Skylar Schossberger. Mok, a sophomore, fell behind 4-3 in the second set before rallying for the victory.

"I had to try and change up my game and rally with her more in the second set," Mok said. "It got pretty close, and that was pretty fun."

GIRLS DOUBLES

In an all-Eagle match, seniors Carly Souhrada and Danielle Christensen bested teammates Stephanie Greer and Ellie Jacobs 6-2, 6-2 to win their first district championship.

Souhrada and Christensen played with different parters last season and finished third and second, respectively, in district competition. They entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed with just one loss.

"We both have pretty headstrong games, and we don't get mad easily," Souhrada said. "We really like each other, so we get along really well, and it's fun to play together."

BOYS DOUBLES

Boise senior Jace Parker produced the same results with a different partner. After winning a district title last season, Parker paired with junior John Lyons in 2013 to defeat Timberline seniors Coleman Johnson and Cam Bergquist 6-2, 6-1.

Parker and Patrick Ryan finished second at state last season, but Parker and Lyons have not lost a match this season.

"We really communicate well, talking before and after points, getting what we are both going to do before each shot," Lyons said. "We work it out and stay positive."

MIXED DOUBLES

Sophomore Andrew Tzeng stayed on track to defend his state mixed doubles title by repeating as the district champ, this time with partner Riley Hunt.

Tzeng and Hunt - who are unbeaten this season - swept Meridian juniors Terry Mitchell and Hannah Uhlenkott 6-0, 6-4.

"In the first set we just went out and owned it," Hunt said. "But in the second set they just started playing really hard. It wasn't that we were playing any worse, they just really started coming back on us, but we pulled it out."

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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