Bearcats Capture 2A Evergreen Conference Title


W.F. West girls tennis clinched the 2A Evergreen Conference title with a 4-2 league victory over Centralia on the road Wednesday.

W.F. West entered after just knocking off previously-unbeaten Black Hills the day before. With one league loss each, if both teams won in their regular-season finales Wednesday, they would share the league title. If one team lost, the other would be outright champs.

W.F. West took care of business against their rival Tigers and Black Hills was upset against Tumwater as the Wolves were without their No. 1 doubles team of twins Sienna and Athena Moore — who are among the top 2A doubles teams in the state.

The Wolves’ second-straight loss in consecutive days gave W.F. West the outright EvCo title.

Against Centralia on Wednesday., the Bearcats swept all three singles matches and notched a win in third doubles to complete the win.

In first singles, W.F. West’s Claire Kuykendall defeated Centralia’s Evie Rooklidge, 6-1, 6-1. In second singles, W.F. West’s Laura Yip defeated Centralia’s Norah Sas, 6-1, 6-2. In third singles, W.F. West’s Hannah Feaster defeated Centralia’s Olivia Wiley, 6-2 6-0.

On the doubles side, Centralia duo Liza Hopkins and Maddie Corwin defeated W.F. West’s Mari Ceesay and Kaylynne Dowling, 6-1, retired, in first doubles.

In second doubles, Centralia’s Maya O’Dell and Serina Stehr defeated W.F. West’s Lillian Schmitz and Cadence Edminster, 6-2, 6-1. In third doubles, W.F. West’s Katelyn Wood and Emma Hamilton defeated Centralia’s Olivia Norris and Sophia Wiley, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“Feaster played pretty well, and even though Lillian and Cadence lost, they really worked hard and hustled,” W.F. West coach Jack State said. “Centralia’s No. 2 (doubles) is probably the best No. 2 doubles in the league.”

W.F. West and Centralia both head to sub-districts on Monday. Seeding will be decided at a meeting on Friday.