Hall and Ceniceros cap season off with state appearance

WIAA saves money I guess by joining together smallest classifications

YAKIMA – For the most part, I don’t have too many issues with the WIAA and how they go about conducting sporting events.

I imagine it’s quite a task to host a state-sporting event with thousands of people attending.

There was only one 1B school that had a doubles team earn a spot in this year’s 1B/2B/1A boys state tennis doubles championships.

That honor belonged to the doubles team of Aidan Hall, a Colville tribal member, and Ivan Ceniceros of the Pateros boys tennis team.

A brief on classification:

WIAA’s 1B is the smallest sports classification in Washington state, followed by 2B, then 1A, 2A, 3A and finally the biggest classification at 4A, which are more-or-less city schools.

So at the end of the year, the WIAA (I don’t know who else to blame) crams the 1B, 2B and 1A schools all in the same state tennis tournament.  Yes, that’s correct.

My guess would be, they cram all the smallest classifications together so they can save on money (usually money is the reason behind everything).

Typically what happens, is leading up to the state tournament, they have districts and then regionals or sub-districts and usually the 1A schools beat out all the smaller schools such as the 1B and 2B schools.

So by the time the so-called “1B/2B/1A state tennis tournament” kicks off, the only schools that have made it to state are the 1A schools.

Maybe every other year a 2B school single or doubles team might make it, but it’s very rare to see a 1B school single or doubles team make it that far.

If a 2B team or more unlikely, a 1B team lets say does happen to make it past districts and regionals and then to state, then that’s pretty darn impressive given how the system is set up.

But WIAA has enough 1B and 2B athletes to merit at least a small little 8-man bracket.

They could easily combine the 1B and 2B into the B tennis tournament.

They have lots of places they could host the event, Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University have nice tennis complexes that are in my opinion adequate to host a state tennis tournament.

The WIAA seems to like the way that they particular system is set up.  I better not say much more, I have to go through the WIAA to be able to cover certain state events (go figure).

Anyways, let me give credit where credit is due.

Hall and Ceniceros had a heck of a season. They’ve both come a long ways since they first started playing.

Hall will be a junior next year and Ceniceros will be a senior. So they easily could return to the 1B/2B/1A boys doubles state tennis tournament or as I like to call it the 1A tournament with the occasional 1B and 2B school crashing the party.

The duo from Pateros got three matches, May 24. Starting at 10 a.m. and ending around 7:45 that same night. (I enjoy playing tennis but that’s very taxing on your body, both physically and mentally).

Hall and Ceniceros lost their opening round match to Cole Harrington and Micah Wibowo of Charles Wright Academy (6-1, 6-1) on Saturday morning. (Charles Wright is a 1A school).

After being knocked to the consolation bracket, the duo from Pateros would go on to beat Newport’s Tug Smith and Danny Bradbury in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) on Saturday afternoon, to keep their season alive. (Newport is a 1A school).

In their final match of the day Hall and Ceniceros would fall to Tommy Vargas and Joe Morrier of La Salle (6-4, 6-7, 6-4) on Saturday evening, ending their season at the Yakima Tennis Club. (La Salle is a 1A school).

“I’m proud of the way the played in their first time coming to state. We’ll be back next year stronger,” said Sean Hiltz, head coach for the Pateros tennis team.

“Being able to compete with these 1A schools, and private schools and what not, they did a great job.”

1B/2B/1A girls singles tennis championships

·Of the 16 girls that did qualify for state, 13 of them were from 1A schools. The only three not were Kylene Edwards of Davenport (2B school), Jessica Lawrence of Kettle Falls (2B school) and Bailee Wallace of Three Rivers Christian (1B school).


1B/2B/1A girls doubles tennis championships

·Of the 16 girls doubles teams that made it to state, 15 of them were 1A schools. The only team  that wasn’t a 1A was the duo of Grace Generous and Maria Madero of Saint George’s. (Saint George’s is a private 2B school).


1B/2B/1A boys singles tennis championships

·Of the 16 boys that qualified for state, 15 were from 1A schools, Caeleb Hardesty of Tonasket (2B school) was the only athlete to make it to state not from a 1A school. Hardest would go on to place fourth.


1B/2B/1A boys doubles tennis championships

·Of the 16 doubles teams that made it to state, 14 of them were 1A schools. The other two doubles team came from Tonasket (2B school) and Pateros (1B).

My beef isn’t with 1A schools. I guess you could say it’s with the system the WIAA has in place for the current 1B/2B/1A state tennis championships. (And it’s like that for the girls singles, girls doubles, the boys singles and boys doubles teams).

I feel that 1A could “easily” host their own 1A state tennis championships. The WIAA is all about sportsmanship, they preach it all the time, so then, I say, act on it.

A broad definition of sportsmanship: Fair and generous behavior or treatment of others, especially in a sports contest. Sometimes sportsmanship doesn’t always need to apply to just the sports contest itself.

That also I feel should involve having young, student athletes play in “fair” competition.

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