Hanford Champion
Year: 2009
Team: Tennis (Boys)
Eastern Regional Champions
Hanford earned four entries into next week's state 3A tennis tournament, as the Falcons finished off a strong weekend at the 3A regional tournament.

Hanford's Luke Thompson won the boys singles title with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over West Valley's Jeff Carlson, and the Falcons also took home regional titles in boys and girls doubles.

Hanford's Curtis Lan and Jake Knox won the boys title, while Cassandra Dicken and Becky Sharpe took the girls.

Sam Merry also qualified for the state meet, finishing second for the Falcons in girls singles after dropping a 6-1, 7-5 championship match to West Valley's Alexis Filliol.

Merry bounced back to beat Mount Spokane's Valerie Nauditt 6-1, 6-1 for the second-place state berth.

3A Regional Tournaments at Sunnyside

Boys

Team scores--Hanford 32, West Valley (Yakima) 30, Shadle Park 10, Mt. Spokane 10, North Central 9, East Valley (Spokane) 9.

Singles--Championship: Luke Thompson (Han) d. Jeff Carlson (WV) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. No. 2 to state--Carlson (WV) d. Patrick Howe (SP) 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles--Championship: Jake Knox-Curtis Lan (Han) d. Daniel Wenker-Cooper Anderson (WV) 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 to state: Wenker-Anderson (WV) d. Justin McClain-Steven Harms (MtS) 6-3, 6-1.

Girls

Team scores--Hanford 31, Mt. Spokane 25, East Valley (Spokane) 23, West Valley (Yakima) 16.

Singles--Championship: Alexis Filliol (WV) d. Sam Merry (Han) 6-1, 7-5. No. 2 to state: Merry (Han) d. Valerie Nauditt (MtS) 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles--Championship: Cassandra Dicken-Becky Sharpe (Han) d. Kellee Bates-Kati Bates (MtS) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. No. 2 to state: Bates-Bates (MtS) d. Allie Clary-Alyssa Dorr (EV) 6-0, 6-2.