For much of its 2013 season, the Del Norte High boys tennis team struggled to put together a full lineup of six singles players and three doubles teams.
Those that did participate made the most of their seasons.
Senior Blair Westbrook and sophomore Alec Westbrook earned White Star honors by advancing to the No. 1 doubles final at the Humboldt-Del Norte League Doubles Championships, held on April 19. The Westbrook brothers lost to Max Bass and Josh Hancock of Eureka, 6-1, 6-2.
The Warriors came up short in the Humboldt-Del Norte League Singles Championships, held April 13 at Del Norte High School. Four players won one game apiece to advance to the tournament's semifinals, but the Warriors were unable to make the finals in any spot.
Del Norte finished match play with a 2-9 overall record.
Blair Westbrook won five matches as the Warriors' No. 1 singles player, a title his brother will likely inherit. His overall level of play and consistency improved over the course of the season.
"Tennis is a mental game," Blair Westbrook said. "With any single-person sport, you have your ups and downs. We made the most of it."
Seniors Doug Ovick and Daniel Quick joined the team at the convincing of Blair Westbrook, who was a teammate of both Ovick and Quick on the Del Norte basketball team. The pair found their niche in doubles, as the longtime friends used their communication and athleticism to stifle opponents. Ovick and Quick won one match at the HDN doubles championships.
"I want to thank them for coming out (and joining the team)," Del Norte coach Sara Sampels said.
Freshman Cameron Douglas, the fifth regular for the Warriors, was lauded by Sampels for his progression in the sport and his attitude in practice and matches.
Age and class differences notwithstanding, the Warriors came together as a team and supported each other.
"We had a great time together," Blair Westbrook said.
Senior Christian Wong suffered an ankle injury early in the season that prevented the Warriors from fielding a full six-man lineup for much of the season. Junior Strand Hill joined the team late in the season.
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