By Bill Choy
CRESCENT CITY The Del Norte High boys tennis team ended the season on a fairly positive note at the Humboldt-Del Norte Conference doubles championships in Crescent City on Friday.
While it was not the most ideal conditions, with cold, gusty winds throughout the matches, those who took part were able to take it all in stride.
The Warriors No. 1 doubles seed, seniors Blake Polidore and David Standring, made it all the way to the finals where they lost to Ed Hunter and Dun Ratnitisakul of Arcata 6-2, 7-5.
For making it to the finals, both Standring and Polidore received White Stars.
In No. 2 doubles, Seniors Tyler Pitman and Ben Tell of Del Norte won their first match against North Coast Prep 6-3, 6-1. The pair fell to Eureka in the second match 6-0, 7-5.
In No. 3 doubles, seniors Joel Bruhns and Trevor Nimrod of the Warriors lost in the first match to Eureka 6-4, 7-5.
The Tigers won all three doubles titles.
"It's been a good day of tennis for us," Del Norte head coach Kirk Olesen said. "They all played as well as they could play and that's all you can ask for."
For Polidore and Standring, the first match against Garret Farnsworth and Antonio Martinez of Fortuna did not start out on the right foot, losing the first set 2-6.
"They didn't panic," Olesen said. "They stuck to what they were taught and came back."
The pair were able to dominate the next two sets 6-0, 6-2.
In their second match, against Eureka, Polidore and Standring prevailed 6-3, 6-2.
The Warriors finished the regular season with a mark of 9-5 and had a good showing at the HDNC singles championships at Del Norte High last Saturday. Standring upset Brendan Winnacott of Arcata for the No. 2 singles title.
Olesen said a key to the team's success this year was the senior leadership of his team. All six players who played on Friday are seniors.
"We're going to miss them," Olesen said. "They are great individuals."
Olesen said they were shining examples to the other members of the team, especially the freshmen. He said they always practiced hard, showed up on time and possessed great intangibles.
Next year, there will be only one senior on the team at this time and Olesen said it will be interesting to see how this year's underclassmen and incoming freshmen fare next season. Olesen said the younger team members have already showed good skills and said it should be another solid year for the Warriors in 2009.