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Tim Martinez: Day had come for Hudson’s Bay tennis to get a win

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Coach Charles Hahn calls senior Braden Thacker one the leaders on the Hudson’s Bay boys tennis staff, despite the fact that the senior got here into this season having by no means skilled a win.

Thacker had by no means received a varsity match as a participant, and the Eagles had not received a staff match since 2018, predating any of the present gamers.

And that was weighing on Thacker’s thoughts as he took the court docket final Thursday in a match in opposition to Battle Floor.

“We had simply been speaking earlier than the match, and Braden was saying how he certain hoped he might get a varsity win earlier than graduating,” Hahn stated.

Then taking part in No. 3 doubles along with his associate Hudson Wright, Thacker received that elusive first win final Thursday – 6-3, 6-2 over Kyle Davis and Josiah Lynch.

“I type of had the mindset that it was going to occur this 12 months,” Thacker stated. “However as soon as we received on the court docket, began taking part in them, it type of felt like that day it was going to occur. We simply went out and performed our butts off. Bought the win. “

The victory additionally propelled Bay to a 4-2 match win over Battle Floor, the Eagles’ second win of the autumn.

“That is two extra wins than what we had final 12 months, or the 12 months earlier than that,” Hahn stated.

Hahn is aware of a factor or two about profitable. He has been the longtime boys tennis coach at Clackamas Excessive Faculty, main the Cavaliers to a number of state titles. In Oregon, boys tennis is performed within the spring.

However within the fall, he coaches boys tennis at Bay, the place he additionally teaches English and composition.

The Eagles’ first win of 2022 got here within the season opener in opposition to Heritage on Sept. 8. The match went 3-3, with the Eagles profitable on a tiebreaker.

Bay received its second win final Thursday with out the necessity of a tiebreaker, a reality not misplaced of Bay gamers who had skilled some lean occasions.

“Afterwards, Sam Perlick, our No. 2 singles participant, got here up, put his arm round me and stated softly ‘Coach, we received a win,’” Hahn stated. “I am going to keep in mind that till the day I die, and I do not say that frivolously. That second means greater than a state championship. “

The Bay staff’s roster is fabricated from an eclectic mixture of gamers. Wright, Thacker’s doubles associate, is a former cross nation runner. No. 1 singles participant Tanner Koford is an all-league catcher on the Bay baseball staff. Chris Terry, who performs No. 1 doubles, additionally performs baseball.

“We have that cross-sport motion going right here,” Hahn stated. “I advised Tanner ‘Convey me some athletes. We will mildew them into gamers and make a aggressive staff right here. ‘ “

Bay’s staff sports activities 10 gamers, however they’re a tight-knit group.

“I feel this 12 months, all of us are coping rather well with any adversity,” Thacker stated. “Everybody will get alongside. It is only a good staff. “

Wright stated he usually switches between taking part in singles and doubles. However final Thursday in opposition to Battle Floor, he noticed a chance to help his teammate di lui.

“That day, I wished to play with Braden,” Wright stated. “We typically have the selection of taking part in singles or doubles. And I knew, like, this was the day. I wished to get a win. I wished to get a win for Braden. “

Thacker got here out for tennis his freshman 12 months at Bay. He took his sophomore season off. That was the COVID 12 months when boys tennis was performed in February and March.

However he returned final fall for his junior 12 months and once more this fall.

“I do not know what I like about tennis,” Thacker stated. “It is one thing to do and keep energetic.”

And now that he is received that first varsity win, what’s his subsequent objective?

“Get one other win,” he stated.

Tim Martinez is the assistant sports activities editor / prep coordinator for The Columbian. He might be reached at 360-735-4538, tim.martinez@columbian.com or observe his Twitter deal with @ 360TMart.

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