Bearcats Knock Off Previously-Unbeaten Black Hills


W.F. West girls tennis swept all three singles matches and got a clutch contribution from two freshmen to win No. 3 doubles to hand Black Hills its first loss of the season in a 4-2 Bearcat victory on the road Tuesday in 2A Evergreen Conference action.

The win moves the two squads into a tie for first place, with each team having one league match remaining in the regular season.

W.F. West’s Claire Kuykendall defeated Black Hills Char Nieman, 6-0, 6-0, in first singles. W.F. West’s Laura Yip defeated Black Hills Elli Sarno, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, in second singles. W.F. West’s Hannah Feaster defeated Black Hills Monica Teoi, 6-1, 6-0, in third singles.

On the doubles side, Black Hills twins Athena Moore and Sienna Moore defeated W.F. West’s Mari Ceesay and Kaylynne Dowling, 6-2, 6-3, in first doubles.

“Mari and Kaylynne played really well and battled throughout the whole thing,” W.F. West coach Jack State said. 

In No. 2 doubles, Black Hills’ Stella Moore and Chloe Witchcraft defeated W.F. West’s Lillian Schmidtz and Cadence Edminster, 6-0, 6-0.

“Pretty pleased with Lillian and Cadence,” State said. “They played hard and battled.”

In No. 3 doubles, W.F. West’s freshman duo of Katelyn Wood and Emma Hamilton came up big, beating Black Hills Kayley Carey and Haley Carey and Raven Medywynter, 6-3, 6-2.

“The whole team has improved quite a bit all year,” State said.

W.F. West finishes out the regular season at Centralia on Wednesday. Black Hills heads to Tumwater on Wednesday. If both the Bearcats and Wolves win or lose, they tie for the EvCo title.