“Pretty epic, pretty iconic, pretty legendary” That about sums up the spring season for skyview boys’ tennis. “The state champion, andrew kabacy” At the state tournament, junior andrew kabacy won the 4a state singles championship. “My first match I won, my second match I won and I thought “I can do this.”” But it wasn’t an easy path to the title. “In my semi-final match I had five match points on me and I thought I was going to lose, but I just thought to myself “I can’t lose, i’ve got to win.”” Before this year, andrew had never won a single state tournament match, and skyview, had never won a championship in boys’ tennis. But there’s more to this story. You see, coach jay gowen was keeping a secret from his players. “Our coach didn’t tell us that if I won the title match we would win” That’s right, the team state championship was also riding on andrew’s match. “We knew saturday morning going into the semi-finals that we had a pretty decent chance, but we didn’t want to put any more pressure on him” After andrew’s win, the truth came out. “Gowen, our coach, was like, hey chris, you guys are state champions, and I was like no, stop messing with me, there’s no way” In an instant, skyview went from zero championships, to two. “The state champions, skyview high school” “That was such a huge surprise and I was more excited we won the team that I won the singles.” “He’s really about the team and what’s best for everybody” And, everybody on the team played a role in the championship. “It’s really cool to be a part of it. it’s really cool to be a part of it” The doubles pair of christopher sheppert and joey gaylor, advanced far enough into the tournament to earn crucial team points. “It goes to show that every point counts cause if andrew would have won state would have lost as a team by one, so that win really mattered” Most of the team is coming back next year, so skyview has a shot at a repeat. But for now, they’re just enjoying the moment. “It was the best feeling in the world” “We are the champions of the world. or, just the state, right?” Inside vancouver public schools, i’m nick voll.

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