Centralia’s Hopkins and Corwin Finish Third in State Tennis Tournament


Centralia’s top girls tennis duo finished third in the 2A state state tournament over the weekend, highlighting local performances at the state tennis championships. Two Twin Cities boys pairs also brought back state hardware.

Maddie Corwin and Elizabeth Hopkins beat Fife’s Torrance Thomas and Kaylee Mithun in the third-place match, 6-3, 6-4 to bring back a trophy.

The Tiger pair lost in Saturday morning’s semifinals at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle to Black Hills’ Athena and Sienna Moore, 6-2, 6-4, to drop into the consolation bracket.

The Tiger duo beat Lynden’s Kalanie and Adia Newcomb, 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round of the 2A girls doubles bracket, then beat Olympic’s Kaiya Moore and Claire Caldwell in two sets in the state quarterfinals on Friday to make the semifinals.

W.F. West’s Joseph Chung and Aaron Boggess qualified for the 2A boys doubles semifinals after going 2-0 on Friday. The Bearcat duo beat North Kitsap’s Garrett Rhoads and Ryan Williams, 6-2, 6-2, in their opener, then topped Bellingham’s Clive Ewersen and Isaac Knickrehm 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. 

Chung and Boggess were scheduled to face Selah’s Quentin Garretson and Malachi Young in the semifinals on Saturday but opted not to participate. Both W.F. West athletes are practicing Seventh-day Adventists, and Saturday is recognized as the Sabbath. In a message to The Chronicle over the weekend, the pair said they chose not to play on Saturday as the competition would distract from their growth with God.

Their two forfeits on Saturday left them with a sixth-place finish.

Garretson and Young finished second to North Kitsap’s Josh Smith and Drake Jones, falling in three sets in the 2A doubles championship.

Also in the 2A boys doubles bracket, Centralia’s Landon Kaut and Brandon Yeung lost to Garretson and Young in the first round, but beat Pullman’s Kolby Uhlenkott and Garrison Holland, 6-2, 6-1 to stay alive in the consolation bracket. 

Kaut and Yeung faced Enumclaw’s Carter Eldridge and Tristan Vieren Saturday morning for a spot in the fifth-place match, and topped the Enumclaw duo in three sets — 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 — to move on. In the trophy round, however, they came up short against Ridgefield’s Mikey Nester and Ryan Gruber in three sets to finish eighth.

W.F. West’s Javyn Han and Justin Chung were both bumped out of the 2A boys singles bracket on Friday. Chung beat Anacortes’ Matthew Rutz in the first round, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1, but lost to Sammamish’s Josh Chou in the quarterfinals before falling to Vijay Lin, from Pullman, 6-1, 6-1. 

Han lost to Selah’s Kellam Adams, 6-1, 6-1, and Pullman’s Seth Luna, 7-5, 6-1.

1A Girls

Tenino’s Megan Letts lost her first set of the season in the opening round Friday morning, but bounced back to beat Connell’s Ellen Wickham 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in the 1A state girls singles tournament in Yakima. 

Letts, however, lost in the quarterfinals — 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 — to Deer Park’s Carmen Kiewert, then lost 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation quarterfinals to Annie Wright’s Yayoi Junior. Letts, a senior, went undefeated in the regular season and won the 1A District 4 singles tournament.