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Rice, Raiders dominate All-City tennis team

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Chris Rice still isn’t playing at 100 percent. The Decatur High School junior is still recovering from a freak injury that happened last spring just a week after he captured the Class 4A state singles championship. Rice was reaching up into the cupboard to grab a dinner plate, when it broke and sliced a tendon in his left hand.

The injury kept Rice from playing a lot of tennis during the valuable summer tournament season. He had planned to participate in a couple national tournaments. But the injury didn’t keep Rice from winning the Mirror’s All-City Tennis Player of the Year for the second time this fall.

“He’s not quite there,” said Decatur coach Steve Escame. “He will be in the spring.”

A thought that is pretty scary to players around the state. Even at less than 100 percent, Rice breezed through the South Puget Sound League unbeaten, racking up a perfect 17-0 record. He didn’t lose a set until the league championship match last week with Auburn Riverside’s Kyle Schraeder, which he dropped in a tiebreaker. But the set loss was sandwiched by 6-0 and 6-1 sets.

Joining Rice on the All-City Tennis Team are five members of the SPSL South champion Thomas Jefferson Raiders. Singles player Kenny Fritschy, along with the doubles’ teams of Jewel Sharpe and John Poore and Zach Bunting and Colin Okazaki were solid all season. Sharpe and Poore will be playing in May at the West Central/Southwest District Tournament and Bunting couldn’t have put together

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