By Quint Turner
The Meadowdale Mavericks boys tennis season ended with a District 3A championship and qualifying several individuals for the state finals next spring. Last week, the team tennis banquet wrapped up one of the best-ever Mavericks tennis seasons with a 15-1 record (14-0 in 3A), their only loss coming against the 4A Edmonds-Woodway team. The last time Meadowdale won the District title was in 2008.
Recapping the “epic season” experienced by players and head varsity coach Mark Schneider, the banquet highlighted seniors Cameron Hathaway, Scott Bohmke, Alex Casper, Wyatt Nelson, Grant Lovell and Piers Pronovost. Casper is moving onto state in singles and Bohmke, paired with Lovell, to doubles. The doubles team ended its season on a 14-set winning streak.
Brian Ng, a powerful singles player who played all matches, got Most Improved; Scott Bohmke and Grant Lovell got the Most Inspirational for their amazing season; and MVP went to Alex Casper. The Spotlight award went to Nick Ekern, the only freshman on the team, and Wyatt Nelson, a senior, for their combined efforts cheering the team on.
Although the junior varsity team had a building season under coach Mark Haeckel, they look to the future with the most dominating JV doubles team in a long time. Bennett Holton and Jason Young shared the MVP award, while Weston Carrothers, a consistent singles player, got Most Improved, and Seong Nam, one of the team leaders, got Most Inspirational.
Near the end of the banquet, Meadowdale seniors gave Coach Schnieder a book of his own quotes. And the players had their own. “I looked at coach first as a dad, then as a brother,” Cameron Hathaway said. “Best four years of my life!” Alex Casper exclaimed afterward. All part of an epic season.
Quint Turner, a student at Meadowdale High School, covers high school sports for My Edmonds News.