Members of the state-bound Liberty Bell High School varsity tennis team join coach Dave Schulz, left, with the first-place trophy the boys won last week at district competition in Ephrata. Pictured are Daniel Sonnichsen, second from left, Josh Frey, Carlos Perez, Fletcher Rickabaugh and Corey Diamond. Photo by Mike Maltais

Members of the state-bound Liberty Bell High School varsity tennis team join coach Dave Schulz, left, with the first-place trophy the boys won last week at district competition in Ephrata. Pictured are Daniel Sonnichsen, second from left, Josh Frey, Carlos Perez, Fletcher Rickabaugh and Corey Diamond. Photo by Mike Maltais

By Mike Maltais

The Liberty Bell High School varsity boys’ tennis team took its 9-0 league record to district competition at Ephrata last Saturday (May 17) and returned home with the championship trophy – plus an interesting twist to the final doubles elimination.

The second doubles team of Corey Diamond and Josh Frey ended up taking on first doubles Daniel Sonnichsen and Fletcher Rickabaugh for first and second place at district.

Sonnichsen and Rickabaugh defeated Entiat 6-1, 6-2, and Pateros, 6-1, 6-4, to make it to the final round.

Diamond and Frey outlasted Pateros, 8-1, in a pro set and hung on to defeat Oroville, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to advance as well.

In a three-set final, Sonnichsen-Rickabaugh came back from a 4-6 first-set loss to take the next two from Diamond-Frey, 6-3, 6-2, for the title.

In singles play, undefeated Carlos Perez earned a first match and gave up only three games in wins over Entiat, 6-0, 6-0, Pateros 6-0, 6-1, and Entiat, 6-0, 6-2, en route to his singles title.

Okanogan splits

Earlier in the week, the Mountain Lions played their last home match of the season against Okanogan on May 13 and split a 3-2 boys’ victory and 0-5 girls’ loss with the Bulldogs.

Boys’ singles

1 Carlos Perez, 6-0, 6-0

2 Stoney Hulon, 6-3, 2-6, 1-6

3 D.J. Haley, 0-6, 0-6

Boys’ doubles

1 Daniel Sonnichsen-Fletcher Rickabaugh, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

2 Josh Frey-Corey Diamond, 6-2, 6-3

Girls’ singles

1 Tulie Budiselich, 2-6, 3-6

2 Sidni Butler, 0-6, 0,6

3 Carlee Wright, 0-6, 0-6

Girls’ doubles

1 Erin Frey-Emily Alexander, 2-6, 4-6

2 Logan Butler-Sylvie LeDuc, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6

The district title advanced Liberty Bell into the round of 1A playoff competition that was scheduled to take place at Cashmere on Tuesday (May 20).