Olympic’s Keaton Dean and Aiden Ortega claim doubles championship
EAST BREMERTON — North Kitsap’s Scott Lyons won his first Olympic League tennis singles title while Olympic’s Keaton Dean and Aiden Ortega claimed the doubles championship Thursday.
The 2A league tourney began Wednesday and continued with loser-out and finals matches on Thursday at the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center. The top four singles and doubles teams qualified for district.
Lyons secured the No. 1 seed into next week’s West Central District tournament back at KTAC. Lyons, a senior, was an alternate to district his sophomore season and missed out on the league tourney all together last season.
Lyons hadn’t dropped a set all season until Hayden Woods of Port Angeles won their opening set in the semifinals, 7-5. Lyons regrouped and won 6-0, 6-1 and said his confidence grew after that win.
“I was kind of worried in the semifinal, but it was pretty good (day) overall,” he said.
NK boys tennis coach Jay DeVries said winning the league title will give him momentum heading into districts.
“I think he knows what he has to do and he’s very comfortable with his game,” he said. “He’ll give anyone a tussle.”
In doubles, Dean and Ortega were the fourth seed but said they could finish well if they got their game going in the right direction.
“We finally put it together the last couple days and started hitting our shots and getting our serves, and it just clicked for us,” Dean said.
Olympic coach Jon O’Connor, Dean and Ortega talked about having the opportunity to finish tough but first, they had to get past Kingston’s Dawson Clark, and Ethan Sax. Clark and Sax had beaten Dean and Ortega during the regular season.
They were able to win that match and then defeat Justus Jagodinske and Nate Blanchard of North Kitsap 6-4, 6-3.
“I thought this week they played their best tennis for sure,” O’Connor said. “They’re playing their best tennis at the right time.”
Due to time restrictions on the indoor courts, the league tournament will continue Monday with seeding matches.