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Bremerton duo ousted at districts
TACOMA Time simply wasnt on Trace Jordan and Paul Donovans side.
The Bremerton senior doubles duo earned a berth to this weeks 3A West Central District boys tennis tournament with a surprising victory at the Olympic League tournament. But with Donovan and Jordan both active in other sports, the pairing only had about two weeks to prep for the toughest tournament theyve competed in.
Its just getting used to any different sport, Donovan said. Like soccer. You dont even use your hands. Theres no comparison. We were in shape, we just needed more playing time.
Jordan and Donovan earned the leagues top seed to districts when they knocked off Olympics Jace Caulkins and Scott Lutz. They also topped Peninsulas top doubles team in the process.
It was fun, BHs coach Jeremy Monroe said of the wins. It was totally fun for them to be the No. 1 seed from the Olympic League.
But that couldnt help the pairing overcome the lag in between Octobers league tourney and Tuesdays districts.
They fell 6-1, 6-3 to Hazens Andy Zorich and David Rittenhouse in the opening round before falling 6-2, 6-2 to Aaron Flores and Sean Yannello of Lakes.
And while the time off hurt, theres another factor Monroe said plays in.
Thats no excuse, Monroe said of the time in between. Most schools are doing the same thing. My guys jut dont play tennis out of tennis season. But they had a good run. But at this level, tennis has got to be your sport.
Donovan, who served as the football teams kicker during the fall and also played soccer this spring, wasnt helped in a mountain biking incident in the days leading up to the tournament.
It was pretty fun up until I crashed, he said of his venture. I kind of hurt my knee pretty bad.
But he said that was certainly not the reason the team struggled at districts.
It wasnt the injury, Donovan said. That was just rust. We havent played in four months.
In addition to tennis, Jordan was a key part of the schools basketball and baseball teams. But by far, he said transitioning to tennis is most difficult.
Definitely. Especially with me and baseball, Jordan said. Its all about how hard you hit it and how far it goes. Tennis is harder.
But considering the team only plays in the high school season, both were proud of their accomplishment.
For us to even come here, to compete with these guys, its like another level, Jordan said. I had a good time at districts. We didnt want to end it right there at league. To make it this far is cool.
It felt really good. We were playing insane, Donovan said of leagues. If districts were a little closer to leagues, we probably would have done better.
But like Jordan, he was happy for multiple reasons.
Yeah, we got to represent our school, Donovan said. And we dont have to go to school today. So weve got to proud of what weve accomplished.
That was one reaction Monroe predicted regardless of performance.
I love it. And they got to miss school for the day to play some tennis, he said, adding that theyll both be missed next season. Theyre just good guys. Theyre just athletes. Theyre coachable, good kids.
The girls season came to a close at the Oly League meet last week, with Bremerton earning the alternate spot for girls doubles thanks to a strong performance from Kendal Mantzke and Courtney Wasserburger.
It was alright, Monroe said of the girls season. The same situation.
Monroe meant that in both the boys and girls programs, neither have players that compete in club tennis year round. He said that factor alone tends to limit the teams potential, considering most teams have club players that play year round.
These days, it doesnt matter what sport, the kids all specialize now, he said. But its good. And the majority of the team will be back. And theyll do better.
With Bremertons tennis season now over, Jordan said its been a senior season hell always remember.
Oh yeah, it was a great athletic season for me, he said. Its a good way to end my high school career at Bremerton.