Alaska teens to play for Washington tennis title

Anchorage Daily NewsJuly 7, 2012 

Rendell Burghart of Anchorage knocked off the top seed in a semifinal Saturday and Eddie Lewis of Anchorage won his semi to set up a Sunday showdown for the boys 18s singles tennis hampionship at the Subway State Games of Washington in Walla Walla.

Burghart, the No. 3 seed, topped No. 1 seeded Rafa Hewitt Steiger of Idaho, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7, to win his fourth straight match in the tournament. Lewis reached the final with his fourth straight win, a 6-4, 6-4 victory over William Hough of Spokane, Wash.

Lewis, the state high school champion from South, and Burghart are part of a group of nine Alaska players traveling to four tournaments in Washington state with coach Collin Gillam. After the Walla Walla event, the group will play tournaments in Wenatchee, Spokane and Yakima.

Two other Alaskans also competing in Walla Walla both advanced to championship matches today.

Christine Hemry of Anchorage beat top-seeded Brooke Fager of Spokane, 6-0, 6-0, in a Saturday semifinal in the girls 12s singles. Joseph Hemry of Anchorage beat No. 2-seeded Charlie Law of Portland, Ore., 6-1, 6-2, in the boys 12s singles.

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