High school Stars of the Week for May 19-25.
Mitch Stewart, Federal Way boys tennis
Tired legs never felt so good. Stewart won his second straight Class 4A state singles title Saturday in Richland, logging a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the final. Less than 48 hours earlier, he had finished sixth in the 1,600 meters at the state track meet in Tacoma. “I was pretty stoked,” he said of the finish. Stewart, a junior, said he was also happy overall with the way he played in the tennis tourney, dropping just five games in four matches. And the cherry on top was the phone call a half-hour later informing him Federal Way had won the track and field team title. “Repeating as a state champion in tennis was pretty awesome for me, and then finding out 30 minutes later that the track team had won, that was a pretty good 30-minute span,” he said.
Ronnie Ladines, Arlington softball
They don’t choose an MVP in the Class 4A state softball tournament. But if they did, Ladines would have been the hands-down choice as she led the Eagles to their first championship. “Ronnie was the difference,” coach Dan Eng said. “She was a dominant force, not only as a pitcher, but a hitter.” After missing the first half of the regular season with a broken finger, Ladines was lights out in the pitching circle and at the plate. In four state-tournament games in Spokane, she struck out 55 and allowed just one run. Plus, she batted .571 with two doubles and two home runs (1.143 slugging percentage). In the title game against Camas, Ladines struck out 15 and delivered three hits.
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Interlake golf team
It’s not easy to win a third consecutive state golf championship. Especially when the first two came at Class 2A and your school makes the jump to 3A the following season. But coach Scott Marcum’s squad was up to the challenge, piling up 111.5 points to easily outdistance O’Dea (87.5). Patrick Sato led the way with a second-place finish, losing to repeat-champion Frank Garber of Juanita in a playoff. Andy Liu tied for sixth and Andrew Kennedy tied for 11th.
Stars of the week are selected by The Seattle Times staff.