Davison repeats as state champ

For the third time in the last three weeks, Stephanie Davison found an all-too-familiar opponent standing in her way. And this time, the ending was just as familiar.

Davison, a junior at South Kitsap, claimed her second-straight Class 4A tennis title Saturday in Spokane, downing Bellarmine Prep's Suzie Matzenauer 7-5, 6-4 in the finals.

The finale marked the third straight week the pair had met in the finals of a tennis tournament.

Matzenauer had beaten Davison two weeks ago for the Narrows League title but lost to her old rival last week in the finals of the West-Central District Tournament.

Davison's lone loss this year was at the Narrows League meet.

Davison had little trouble on her way to her third finals appearance in as many years. She didn't even drop a game in the first three rounds, defeating Everett's Jackie Mills, Prairie's Natalia Agarycheva and Kentridge’s Ariel Ohno all by the score of 6-0, 6-0.

Davison’s second title comes on the heels of a USTA junior nationals title last month and sets her up to become the state's second-straight three-time state champion.

Davison defeated Richland’s Amanda Taylor in last year's final, stopping Taylor’s three-year run, as well as handing Taylor her only loss in her high-school career.

Davison gave South Kitsap 10 points and a third-place team ranking despite being the only member of the team to play in the state tournament. Bellarmine won its third straight team title with 26 points, followed by Lewis and Clark with 12.

• Track season comes to a disappointing end: Sam Godfrey and Justin Schenck ended their high-school track careers on Friday at the Class 4A Star Track meet in Pasco, while sophomore Renard Williams got his first taste of the big time.

Godfrey, running in her second-straight Star Track meet and fourth state meet of her career, finished a disappointing 15th in the girls 3,200-meter run. Godfrey, who ran the 1,600 last year, covered the race in 12 minutes, nine.38 second and placed next to last.

Schenck’s meet was over Friday afternoon after he failed to make the finals of the boys 800.

Schenck finished seventh in his heat, posting a time of 2:00.10.

Williams was the first of the Wolves to compete, going in the boys’ shot put Friday morning. Williams went in hoping to bust loose with a 54-foot throw but fell short of his goal.

Williams best put of the day was just 48-4.5 and left him in last place.

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