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game, fine tuning the details they knew could help him earn his place. When the tryouts came around, despite the fact his family does not live in the Tam O’Shanter community and he cannot play the unique and difficult private course except during practices with Interlake, Singleton took the tryout by more than two dozen strokes, finally earning his roster spot. “It was awfully fun to make it,” he said. “I was definitely happy.” Marcum said despite not making the team for three years, Singleton was a seamless fit with this year’s group, many of whom were crucial in making sure he had all the details in order this time around. He played in all seven regular season matches for the Saints
Singleton, far left, with the team he waited three years to be part of. COURTESY PHOTO
before winning a two-day battle with a teammate for the sixth and final spot from the team to the KingCo Medalist Tournament earlier this week. After building a substantial lead over the first day and a half, Singleton watched it melt away as he headed to the final three holes with his season and brief Interlake career on the line. “That was the worst day I’ve had in
a long time,” he said with a laugh. “It was not an easy win.” But as he had throughout his three years at Interlake, Singleton persevered, winning the final spot and playing with his team in the medalist tournament, which the Saints won to keep their winning streak and state title hopes alive. While he didn’t make the cut to continue to districts, Singleton said there have been no shortage of life-lessons during his four years as a Saint. He hopes to study Horticulture or landscape design in college and is looking at the possibility of golfing and studying at Western Washington University, with an eye on transferring to Washington State. Wherever he ends up, he knows can look to his past for inspiration, regardless of the circumstances. “Perseverance will get you anywhere,” he said. “Just keep going.”
Singles, doubles earn state spots for Knights BY JOSH SUMAN BELLEVUE REPORTER
Newport will have a strong chance to make it three straight team scoring state titles in May at the 4A boys tennis championships, after the Knights captured singles and doubles titles at the KingCo tournament. Jason Lui won the singles bracket to qualify for state and will take the top seed
to Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland May 30 and 31. After a bye in the first round, Lui took care of competitors from Skyline, Garfield and finally Jack Suh of Issaquah to make the title match. After dropping the first set 2-6 with a title on the line, Lui rebounded to win
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the next two sets 6-1, 6-2 to take the singles championship and punch his ticket to state. Matt Sham and Austin Gu beat teammates Kelvin Yuchen and Ryan Cheung for the doubles title after both stormed through the bracket to make the final match. Sham and Gu won three matches in straight sets to reach the finals, while Yuchen and Cheung won four straight before falling 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to their teammates. They quickly bounced back to win the second place match and earn their own state spot while again facing a pair of teammates in Derek Huang and Alex Namba. Huang and Namba can make it seven Knights at state in the spring with a
win over the 4A Wesco third-place doubles finisher in the crossover match. Newport has earned 19 team points in each of the last two state tournaments to take the title, despite not having a singles entry in the bracket either time. Boys doubles has belonged to Newport at state for each of the past two seasons, as Dylan Harlow and Matt Sham won a match over teammates David An and Namba in last year’s state final. Sham and Allen Kim were third in 2012, while Chris Lilley and Dylan Harlow finished third, beating teammates Alec Tsutsumoto and Andrew Choi, who were sixth.
Totems, Saints meet looking for first win Bellevue (7-0, 5-0) @ Liberty (4-3, 3-2), 7 p.m. Friday Bellevue laid waste to another highly-regarded and ranked foe last week, decimating Mount Si 52-13 to remain unbeaten. The Wildcats entered the game undefeated themselves, but were buried under a barrage of Bellevue points and suffocating defense for the third time in two years as the Wolverines gained a firm grasp on the inside track to yet another conference title. The Patriots have won their past two games after dropping two in a row, beating 2A Sammamish before taking down Mercer Island 35-28 last week.
Sammamish (0-7, 0-5) @ Interlake (0-7, 0-5), 7 p.m. Friday Both teams enter the annual rivalry game winless on the year and looking for a confidence boost as the regular season winds to a close. The Totems had a near miss two weeks ago in a 13 point loss to Liberty, their closest game since the season-opener against Cedarcrest. Interlake has been trending up offensively in recent weeks, scoring 13 against Bellevue and a season-high against 2A Lake Washington last week in a 56-20 loss. That output should be encouraging for a team that scored only 17 points in its first five games combined, including a pair of shutouts. The Totems have not beaten the rival Saints since 2006 and were dropped 28-0 in last year’s game.
Newport (5-2, 2-2) VS. Garfield (1-6, 0-4), 7 p.m. Friday Last week’s 34-17 loss to Skyline took the Knights out of the mix for the Crown Division title, but coach Mike Miller’s squad is still postseason bound with its final regular season tonight against Garfield. The 17 points was the fewest scored all year by the Knights, which will take the division’s third seed to the crossover round next week. Senior Connor Baumann and junior Paul Wells have been the workhorses in the backfield, with Baumann rushing for more than 800 yards and six scores and Wells already with 12 touchdowns and more than 500 yards on the year. The defense has surrendered more than 17 points or more in four games straight.
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