Monday, September 20, 2021
Sept. 20, 2021

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Prep highlights: Skyview’s Kabacy defends district title

Junior repeats as 4A tennis singles champion


Skyview junior Andrew Kabacy defended his 4A Greater St. Helens League singles tennis title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Battle Ground junior Gunnar Harlan on Saturday at Club Green Meadows.

Kabacy and Harlan both advance to the bi-district tournament next week at Kent. The top eight from there will advance to state in May.

Kabacy was a state qualifier last year, but was tested all season. In their only meeting in the regular season, Harlan and Kabacy had their match rained out in a third set.

“He was just locked in from very beginning and all tournament,” Skyview coach Jay Gowan said of Kabacy. “He’s more happy for the team than himself.”

Skyview won the team title for the first time.

Battle Ground’s Darrian Manalo will be the district’s third seed to bi-district.

Union’s Alex Calpagiu and Andrew Chanthavong won the doubles title, 6-1, 6-1 over Skyview’s Chris Sheppert and Joey Gaylor.

Union’s Kyle Mosier and Quinn Lamey won the third-place match 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 for their spot at bi-district.

3A DISTRICT — Aleks Mertvyy of Hudson’s Bay won the singles title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over teammate Bryant Nguyen on Saturday at Vancouver Tennis Center.

Mertvyy advances to bi-district next week at Tacoma for a shot at the state tournament in May.

Mountain View’s Algird Zalpys and Matt Wheatley won the doubles title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over teammates Josh Kim and Sam So.

The third-place spots in singles and doubles to bi-district will be played off on Monday.

2A DISTRICT — Eric Grimes of R.A. Long won the singles title over Washougal’s Soeren Serve 6-2, 6-3. Both players will be going to state in May.

Stars of the day

• Kaylin Sperley, Prairie girls soccer, scored a goal and assisted on two as the Falcons beat Hudson’s Bay 5-0 to clinch the 3A GSHL title for the second year in a row.

• Trinity Paulsen, Hockinson girls soccer, scored four goals as the Hawks beat Woodland 5-0 to stay one game behind first-place Ridgefield in the 2A GSHL standings.

• Maddie Kemp, Camas girls soccer, scored three goals including one on a double assist from Ellie Echeverio and Alyssa Tomasini (ball never touched the ground) in a 6-0 win over Battle Ground.

• MacKenzie Ellertson and Hannah Moats, King’s Way Christian girls soccer. Ellertson scored three goals and Moats had eight saves in goal in the Knights’ 3-0 win over Lakeside.

• Hanna Eha, Skyview girls swimming, won the 200 individual medley (2:16.92) and the 100 breaststroke (1;12.13) at the Southwest Washington Invitational in Longview.

• Kara Noftsker, Columbia River girls swimming, won the 50 freestyle (25.39) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.75) at the Southwest Washington Invitational in Longview.