Newcomer South Whidbey dominated the District 1 1A tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Langley, denying Coupeville's Nathan Lamb of a fourth consecutive district title.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, but was rained out.
Lamb earned district championships in doubles his freshman and sophomore years and was the singles winner last spring.
This year South Whidbey and its traditionally strong tennis program dropped from 2A, invading the 1A ranks which had been the domain of Coupeville and Friday Harbor for many years. Lummi and Meridian also sent players to this year's tournament.
South Whidbey took the top two spots, and the quad-district berths, in both singles and doubles.
All four Coupeville entries lost in the first round.
In doubles, Lamb, teaming with Aaron Curtin, lost to the eventual second-place duo of Mitchell Hughes and Charley Stelling of South Whidbey 6-2, 7-6(7-5). Jason Knoll and Ben Etzell jumped to an early lead but faded in losing to South Whidbey's Jonathan Petersen and Taylor Simmons, the eventual champions, 7-5, 6-0.
In singles, Brian Norris lost to Friday Harbor's Sean Hills 6-2, 6-2; and Sebastian Davis lost to Lummi's Doc Vendiola 6-4, 6-0 in the opening round.
In the consolation bracket, Norris defeated Meridian's Christopher Pyles 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; and Davis defeated Friday Harbor's Kerry Wang 6-2, 6-1.
The Coupeville pair was eliminated in the next round as Norris lost to Vendiola 6-1, 6-1 and Davis lost to Hills 6-2, 6-1.
Coupeville coach Ken Stange said, "It was an abrupt end to the season. I had a young team and I hope that many of my new players return. We should be quite a bit stronger next year. It'll be tough to replace seniors Nathan Lamb and Ben Wehrman."