Chloe Richards

Nyssa’s Chloe Richards poses for a photo after taking first place in girls singles at the Special District 4 tournament on Saturday.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — With an ironman performance at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 tennis tournament this weekend in Kennewick, Washington, Nyssa’s Chloe Richards made history as the first Bulldog to take first place at district in girls singles.

Richards didn’t coast her way through the tournament, as she lost the first set in each of her matches (all going three sets). According to Nyssa coach Kent Blanchard, Richards was calm and collected, even as she faced tough competition in long matches.

“Chloe has an unbelievable calmness,” Blanchard wrote in an email. “Nothing seems to rattle her.”

Richards, who was the No. 4 seed, beat Sherman’s Savannah Moe (the No. 2 seed) in the championship match for the district title.

Also from Nyssa, the boys doubles team of Dearden Woodruff and Wyatt Jensen took third place after beating Vale’s Payton Kelso and Ricardo Leyva. According to Blanchard, this is the first time Nyssa will be sending multiple players in multiple disciplines to the state tournament.

From Vale, the Vikings’ duo of Maycee Delong and Rachel Wolfe took first place in girls doubles, beating Baker’s Emma Finley and Kaylee Dalke. The Vikings also had the boys doubles team of Marco Ramirez and Japeth Carlson take first place after beating Luke Barnes and Isaac Nemec of Baker.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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