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Unbeaten Rice leads All-City tennis team
Chris Rice proved to be the class of the South Puget Sound League during the tennis season.
The Decatur sophomore cruised through the regular season without being tested. Rice dropped only one set while posting a 12-0 record. The one set came to Emerald Ridge senior Greg Ferry, who had won over 30 straight singles matches before the Rice victory. The Decatur sophomore went on to easily down Ferry in straight sets in their second match of the season during the SPSL Tournament to earn the leagues No. 1 seed into springs West Central District Tournament.
Rice highlights the Mirrors 2003 All-City boys tennis team. But, overall, Thomas Jefferson dominated the nominations. The Raiders rolled through the SPSL South regular season with a perfect 13-0 record to win the league championship over second-place Curtis.
Leading Jefferson were Kenny Fritschy and Todd Schultz. The pair played singles for a bulk of the season before combining to form a doubles team during the postseason. Fritschy and Schultz will be playing at districts in the spring after finishing in sixth at the SPSL Tournament.
Other All-City members include Jeffersons No. 1-doubles team of Shane Odenwalder and Jewel Sharpe (8-2 on the year), Federal Ways Eric Ryan (11-1 at No. 2 singles) and Decaturs Travis Wagner (5-0 in singles and 6-1 with doubles partner Tim Blackner).