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STATE TENNIS: Stewart caps perfect season with 4A singles championship
The season was a perfect one for Federal Way High School's Mitch Stewart.
The sophomore capped his 2012 high school tennis year by capturing the Class 4A state championship at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in the Tri-Cities last weekend.
The four wins during the state tournament completed Stewart's season with a perfect 25-0 record. He secured the singles championship with a fairly easy 6-2, 6-3 victory over Skyview's Kent Andreasen in the final. Stewart also beat Andreasen in the West Central/Southwest District championship match in straight sets.
Saturday's win in the Tri-Cities gives Stewart the state title that eluded him last year as a freshman. Stewart lost his only high school match of his two-year career to Jackson's Michael Chamerski in the 4A championship. In total, Stewart is 50-1 at Federal Way.
Chamerski, who is a senior this season, did not turn out for Jackson’s tennis team this year to concentrate more on playing national tournaments. Chamerski has already signed to play in the fall at the University of Washington.
The 2012 state tournament was pretty much a walk in the park for Stewart. He lost a grand total of six games during his four matches, including a pair of 6-0, 6-0 sweeps.
Stewart beat Eastlake's Vicente Veras 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals and also swept Richland's Travis Zuroske in the quarterfinals. Cascade's Patrick Chung was able to get one game from Stewart during the first round, 6-1, 6-0.
After winning the 2012 state title, Stewart's attention will now turn toward the summer circuit on the tennis court. Following the school year, he will travel to Delray Beach, Fla. to play in the Clay Court Nationals and then head straight to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the Boys Junior National Tennis Championships.
Stewart also hopes to play at the US Open Junior Championships at the Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in New York City in August. He is currently the top-ranked under-16-year-old player in the Pacific Northwest and 12th-ranked in the United States.
But Stewart wasn't the only Federal Way High School player to stand on the podium at the state tennis championships. The girls doubles team of Mina Park and Lauren Lang snagged a fourth-place trophy after finishing 3-1 at state.
The Eagle duo beat Lewis and Clark's Hayley Strandness and Rachel Smith in a rugged three-setter in their opener Friday, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Park and Lang then lost their only match of the weekend to Kamiak's Alyssa Gilbert and Jenna Gilbert in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 7-6.
The team then won both of their consolation bracket matches, including a three-setter over Davis' Erica DeMond and Megumi DeMond, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, to earn the fourth-place trophy.
Jefferson's Kainoa Rosa was also able to stand on the podium in the Tri-Cities. Rosa, a senior, finished up in seventh place in the 4A singles competition.
Rosa, who also placed in doubles' action at the two previous state championships, lost to Gonzaga Prep's Alex Marcinkowski in the fourth/seventh match Saturday, 6-1, 6-3.
Rosa beat Gergo Muller in his opener Friday, 6-4, 6-3, before losing to Eastlake's Vincente Veras in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2. Rosa then beat Richland's Travis Zuroske in a loser-out match, 6-2, 6-3, to guarantee a top-eight finish.
The Beamer pair of Jenny Hoefel and Kiele Bowman lost both of their matches in the Tri-Cities.
Hoefel and Bowman lost a heart-breaker in their opener Friday to Kamiak's Annie Yang and Zoe Jovanovich, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. The duo was then swept in straight sets in their next match, 6-4, 6-0.