Unbeaten Rice leads All-City tennis team

Mirror staff

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 league’s No. 1 seed into spring’s West Central District Tournament.

Rice highlights the Mirror’s 2003 All-City boy’s 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 Jefferson’s No. 1-doubles team of Shane Odenwalder and Jewel Sharpe (8-2 on the year), Federal Way’s Eric Ryan (11-1 at No. 2 singles) and Decatur’s Travis Wagner (5-0 in singles and 6-1 with doubles partner Tim Blackner).

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