Timberline 'rebels' win 5A doubles crown

Boise's Mok captures third straight singles title, leads Braves to team win.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comMay 18, 2014 

On the state championship stage, nobody was having more fun than Timberline High girls doubles duo Kourtney Brown and Brooke Hadley.

Brown, a senior, and Hadley, a sophomore, beat Idaho Falls' Madi and Jordan Wright 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club to win the 5A title.

Brown and Hadley, in their first season together, interacted throughout the match - smiling through the worst of shots. Midway through the first set, Brown began ripping winners down the line and pointing at her coach, who had told her to stop going for that shot.

"We're always goofing off," Brown said.

"We're a bit of the rebels," Hadley said.

The two have become fast friends while rolling through the season. They didn't lose a match in a dual, and they won the District Three title.

Brown won a third-place medal at state as a freshman but missed the past two seasons while enduring seven surgeries to correct a foot injury that could have led to amputation. She returned for her senior season.

"What a good sendoff," she said. "I'm so excited. It's crazy."

Hadley finished fourth in girls doubles last year. The pairing with Brown elevated her to state champion.

"We just had a rhythm and some momentum and stayed really positive," Brown said.

"And luck," Hadley added. "And some willpower."

Other highlights from the 5A tournaments:

• The Boise girls won their second straight team title. The Braves lost several players off last year's team but still had enough depth to take the crown.

"It's a proud moment for us because we lost a few seniors," junior Bianca Mok said. "We didn't know how this year would go."

• Mok secured her third straight singles title. She didn't get to play in the final because Eagle's Skylar Schossberger sprained an ankle at the end of her semifinal.

"(Mok has) probably hit 20 balls to anybody else in this tournament's one because she works at it in such a prolific way," Boise coach Tommy Buford said.

• Eagle boys doubles team Andrew Tzeng, a junior, and Aurin Bagchi, a sophomore, completed an undefeated season with four straight-set wins in the tournament. They only lost one set this season.

"We set each other up really well," Tzeng said. "He has good serves, we have good shots, and we put away at the net pretty easy. And we're good friends, so we get along. We don't really fight, so it's fun."

Tzeng won his third straight state title. He won in mixed doubles the past two years.

"I wanted to play with Aurin because we thought we had good potential to win state this year," Tzeng said.

They were the Mustangs' only boys at the state tournament, but their win was good enough for a tie for third in the team race.

• The Idaho Falls tandem of Maddie Maloney and Jesse Haas won the best match of the championship round. They beat Meridian's Hannah Uhlenkott and David Galway 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

• The Hillcrest boys shook up the District Three-dominated event by winning the boys title. Orin Duffin provided the key victory, beating Borah's Kyle Whittaker 6-4, 6-4 for the singles title.

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