Five Washougal High School boys are playing in the district tennis tournament, Friday and Saturday at the Mint Valley Raquet Club in Longview, for a shot at state.
All five are seniors, which makes Eric and Linda Balholm proud to be their coaches.
“None of these kids were tennis players before they joined the team four years ago,” said Eric Balholm. “It means they loved the sport enough to stick with it, and now all the hard work is paying off.”
The Panthers doubled their pleasure at the 2A sub-district tournament Saturday, at R.A. Long High School in Longview. Nico Lima-Severich defeated Jeff Koss of Mark Morris 6-0, 6-0 for the singles championship. It was the same story against R.A. Long’s Tanner Ackerly and Sean Sheppard. The Washougal foreign exchange student from Bolivia did not give a game away in the tournament.
“He knew that if he didn’t lose a game, he would get treated to Panda Express. I guess there are three boys who owe him a dinner,” Balholm said. “We all got to see the Americanizing of Nico. It’s great having him be a part of our team. He’s fit in very well.”