Two-Day Tournament at Lake Chelan Shores is qualifier for WIAA State

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Tuesday was day 1 of the 1A/B District 6 Tournament, which is the qualifier for the WIAA State Tournament.  It’s an 8 entry double-elimination tournament, with 4 entries from 1A schools and 4 entries from the NCW Bs.  The 1st round pairings were #1s vs #4s and #2s vs #3 (for example, the #1 seed from the CTL played the #4 seed from the NCW Bs).  The top 4 finishers qualify for the state tournament, so it’s a typical “win two before you lose two” format.  The B schools had a great afternoon on the singles court, while the 1A schools did well in doubles.

For Chelan, #2 seed Rylen Moody opened up with a challenging match vs a scrappy Jasper Burnell of Oroville, winning in comeback fashion in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.  Actually, Rylen was the only CTL player to win in that opening round – a testament to how strong the B singles players were today.  In the semifinals, Rylen faced #1 seed Ben Cullison of Manson.  I believe that match showcased the best singles of the day, with Cullison coming out on top 6-4, 6-3. On Thursday, Rylen will face Charlie Lyons of Cascade for a winner to state/loser out consolation semifinal.
Also in singles, #3 seed Cray Silva kicked off the day with a match vs #2 seed Rex Torgesen of Manson.  Cray got his feet under him in the 2nd set before falling 6-1, 6-4.  In his subsequent loser out match, Cray again had a great 2nd set but came up short vs Cascade’s Lyons 6-0, 6-4.
In doubles, #3 seeds Luke Christopherson and Sam Bordner fell to Rasmussen and Willard of Manson 6-1, 6-3, before redeeming themselves with a hard fought 6-3, 7-5 victory over Cole and Renslow of Entiat to stay alive.  Like Moody, their first match on Thursday will be winner to state/loser out vs Hyer and Dearie of Quincy.

Next up:  Day 2 of the tournament on Thursday at Lake Chelan Shores, beginning at 2pm.