Boys tennis

Archbishop Murphy senior Cole Balen poses for a photo after winning the Class 2A boys singles title at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle on May 25, 2024. Balen never dropped a set in any of his four matches and was the only Snohomish County competitor to win first place this season. (Photo courtesy Kathy Kenny)

Baseline-hitting Balen: Murphy’s first state tennis champion

After placing seventh in doubles last year, Balen claimed the singles title without dropping a set.

 

Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann is one of the favorites in Class 3A girls singles at the state tennis tournaments, which happen at various locations this weekend. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

2024 state boys and girls tennis preview

Jackson’s Ben Lee and Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann are among the top local contenders.

 

Snohomish’s Cade Strickland returns a ball against Edmonds-Woodway on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3A District 1 boys tennis tournament results

Snohomish’s Cade Strickland takes home the singles crown. Shorewood’s Xander Gordon and Peter Kosten win the doubles title.

 

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Who’s that frog? A local high school tennis player, that’s who

Arlington tennis player Robbie Balderas worked as AquaSox mascot Webbly this season, and the busy junior also runs a landscaping business.

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Edmonds-Woodway’s Nalu Akiona returns the ball against Snohomish on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

GALLERY: Snohomish edges E-W in boys tennis match

The Panthers ride three wins in singles play to a hard-fought 4-3 win over the Warriors.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Nalu Akiona returns the ball against Snohomish on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jackson's Ben Lee poses with his first-place medal after winning the 4A boys singles state tennis tournament on May 27, 2023, in Kennewick. (WIAA photo)

Winning state tennis title ‘special feeling’ for Jackson’s Lee

The sophomore sensation took home the 4A boys singles crown at the state tennis tournament over Memorial Day weekend.

Jackson's Ben Lee poses with his first-place medal after winning the 4A boys singles state tennis tournament on May 27, 2023, in Kennewick. (WIAA photo)
Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann goes after the ball during the 3A District championship match against Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

List of locals competing at state tennis tournaments

The boys and girls tournaments in all classifications begin Friday.

Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann goes after the ball during the 3A District championship match against Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Brothers Cole Balen and Sean Balen will be competing together in doubles at the Class 2A boys state tennis tournament for Archbishop Murphy High School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Archbishop Murphy brothers’ bond leads to state tennis berth

Sean and Cole Balen qualified for the 2A tournament in doubles, becoming the first Murphy tennis players to ever make state.

Brothers Cole Balen and Sean Balen will be competing together in doubles at the Class 2A boys state tennis tournament for Archbishop Murphy High School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway Russell Anderson, right, waits for the next volley from bother Steven Anderson during the 3A district singles championship match on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

E-W’s Russell Anderson tops brother for 3A district tennis title

Russell Anderson beats Steven Anderson for the singles crown. Shorewood’s Blake Gettmann/Murray Falkin win the doubles title.

Edmonds-Woodway Russell Anderson, right, waits for the next volley from bother Steven Anderson during the 3A district singles championship match on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jackson High sophomore Ben Lee hits a tweener back over the net against senior teammate Austen Lim during the 4A District 1 Singles Championship Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson’s star trio dominates 4A boys district tennis tourney

Ben Lee cruises to the singles title, while Henry Park and David Song roll to the doubles crown.

Jackson High sophomore Ben Lee hits a tweener back over the net against senior teammate Austen Lim during the 4A District 1 Singles Championship Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Brothers Russell Anderson, left, and Steven Anderson are returning state qualifiers and are among the top players at Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington on October 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Brothers Russell Anderson, left, and Steven Anderson are returning state qualifiers and are among the top players at Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington on October 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jackson High’s Ben Lee lunges to get to the ball against Kamiak on Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022, at the Kamiak Tennis Courts in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prep boys tennis season update: Players and teams to watch

A look at the area’s top high school boys tennis players and teams this fall.

Jackson High’s Ben Lee lunges to get to the ball against Kamiak on Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022, at the Kamiak Tennis Courts in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Steven Anderson plays during the Snohomish Summer Smash tennis tournament last week at Snohomish High School. (Photo courtesy of Kraig Norris)
Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Steven Anderson plays during the Snohomish Summer Smash tennis tournament last week at Snohomish High School. (Photo courtesy of Kraig Norris)
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State tennis roundup: Jackson boys capture 4A state team title

Henry Park takes 2nd in singles and Ben Lee places 5th to put the Timberwolves atop the 4A boys team standings.

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State roundup: Jackson, Lakewood softball reach semis

Rounding up action from the state softball and state boys and girls tennis tournaments.

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Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver serves the ball during the 3A District championship match against Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State tennis preview: A look at the area’s state-bound competitors

Local high school tennis players are headed to the Tri-Cities for this weekend’s state tournaments.

Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver serves the ball during the 3A District championship match against Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Kamiak claims 4A District 1 boys tennis team title

Rounding up the action from the 4A and 3A District 1 Boys Tennis Tournaments.

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Kamiak's Josh Kim returns a volley during a match against Glacier Peak's Jason Yee at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kamiak's Josh Kim returns a volley during a match against Glacier Peak's Jason Yee at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shorecrest's Ben Silber (pictured) and Edmonds-Woodway's Paige Oliver finished second in the Mixed Doubles division at the Snohomish Summer Smash tennis tournament on July 22-25, 2021, at Snohomish High School. (Photo by Kristi Lin)

Community roundup: Locals claim doubles title at Summer Smash

Plus, Mariner hoops standout BJ Kolly signs with WWU, EvCC hires a new women’s soccer coach, and more.

Shorecrest's Ben Silber (pictured) and Edmonds-Woodway's Paige Oliver finished second in the Mixed Doubles division at the Snohomish Summer Smash tennis tournament on July 22-25, 2021, at Snohomish High School. (Photo by Kristi Lin)
Monroe's Trey Lane runs the ball during the game against Lake Stevens on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe's Trey Lane runs the ball during the game against Lake Stevens on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)