Weiser High tennis players heading to state competition

Seven Weiser High School tennis players advanced to the 3A Idaho State Tennis Championships during the district tournament held in Weiser last week.
 Saturday’s competition was delayed by two hours due to a rainstorm that swept through Weiser.
 More rain came down during the girls’ singles championship match between Weiser seniors Kristy Bake and Emma Tolman, who were forced to wait for approximately 30 minutes before resuming play.
 The undefeated teammates battled hard, with Bake taking the district crown 7-5, 6-4, handing Tolman, the defending state champion, her first loss of the season.
 The 2022 team captain fell to Parma’s Austyn Harris in last year’s district championship.
 Weiser Head Tennis Coach Scott Manser said that Tolman learned to handle defeat following the loss.
 “It was one of the coolest things when she came out of the district tournament,” he said of Tolman’s 2021 loss to Harris. “We spent the next week and a half working … and she made the adjustments for the next time she met up with Austyn and it paid off.”
 Tolman ended up beating Harris for the 2021 State 3A Girls’ Singles Tennis Title.
 Manser said that Bake and Tolman could potentially meet up again in this year’s state final.
 “Last year, she lost the district championship but won the state championship, so you never know what is going to happen,” he said of Tolman. “Emma is a competitor and, of course, she was disappointed she didn’t get the win against Kristy, but she is excited for another shot at state. 
 “Kristy and Emma are both really great players and in practices, when we have them play against each other, one would win one day and the other would win the next day, so it’s kind of exciting. I expect great things out of both of them and I’m rooting for them to meet up again in the state championship match.”
 Both athletes qualified for the state tournament, along with boys’ singles player Colin Cook, who finished second at Saturday’s district competition. Eli Woods finished sixth.
 Charlie Woods and Huntyr McClellan captured second place in boys’ doubles. Boys’ doubles partners Brylee Williams and Mason Davis finished sixth.
 Girls’ doubles team, Britynn Seward and Bailey Coleman, came in fifth, with girls’ doubles team, Alexandra Froshiesar and Kendall Rynearson, placing sixth.
 Those who finished fifth or better qualified for state play.
 Manser, who is in his first year as head coach, said he is pleased with his team’s performance this year.
 “I think the kids played really well,” he said. “It’s fun and the kids have played really hard and have had a lot of great success, so it’s been exciting.”
 The state competition will be held at two different locations this Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. Boys and girls singles, as well as girls’ doubles will be held at Ridgeview High School, located at 1800 Madison Road in Nampa. 
 Boys’ doubles and mixed doubles will be held at Owyhee High School, located at 3650 N. Owyhee Storm Ave. in Meridian.
 Boys’ and girls’ singles at Ridgeview begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, with girls’ doubles beginning at 9:30 a.m. The day’s matches round out at 5 p.m. 
 Boys and mixed doubles at Owyhee begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, with semi-final matches beginning at 3:30 p.m.
 On Saturday, boys’ and girls’ doubles, and girls’ singles begin at 8 a.m. at Ridgeview. Boys’ doubles and mixed doubles begin at 8 a.m. at Owyhee.
 All Consolation Finals begin at 12 p.m. at Ridgeview, with all Championship Finals at 2 p.m. 

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