Tenino’s Letts Wins District 4 Title

REPEAT CHAMPS: Beavers Defend District Team Title

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Tenino finished off its girls tennis season in style on Tuesday in Chehalis, taking home a team trophy and the singles championship at the 1A District 4 girls tennis tournament at W.F. West High School.

Megan Letts ran her undefeated streak this season to 12 matches and qualified for state, and the Beavers picked up the team title for the second year in a row. 

“It’s a lot of hard work we’ve put into it. We went in with just high hopes for the day, with how our season went,” Tenino coach Sam Shea said. “We were battling it out. We focused on not getting too comfy, but we were fighting for every win. I was just very proud to see them go out there and end the season in such a way.”

Letts was the top seed in the singles bracket. She beat Castle Rock’s Paige Ogden, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round, then topped White Salmon’s Claire Hayes 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinals.

She finished off her day with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Castle Rock’s Taylor Madden in the finals.

“We’ve been really proud of Megan. She’s a very consistent player and a total all-around athlete,” Shea said. “One thing I love is she’ll kind of start out the first set, and the always does better the second set. She never really settles.”

Letts will move on to the girls 1A state tournament in Yakima on May 27-28.

The Beavers’ top doubles team — Riley Jones and Ashley Schow — made the finals on Tuesday, defeating teams from Montesano and Castle Rock to reach the championship round. In what turned out to be their season finale, however, they came up short in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Eatonville. 

The single-elimination district tournament sent just one entry from each bracket on to state. 

Bailey McKitrick also competed for Tenino on the singles side but lost a tight 7-6, 6-2 match to White Salmon’s Julie Perez in her opener. Destiny Sampley and Lauren McCaslin, in doubles action, went 1-1 for the Beavers, falling to a Castle Rock team in the semifinals.