Yakima Herald-Republic sports reporter Luke Thompson talks with Wapato tennis player Bert Hinojosa before the two played singles on July 12 in Wapato.

YAKIMA, Wash. — The summer challenge entered more of a comfort zone this week on the tennis court against one of the Yakima Valley sports tennis players of the year.

Considerable basketball experience wasn’t enough to beat Kameran Rodriguez in last weekend’s video. After a slow start, the first team All-CBBN selection sharpened her shot and easily won a game of G-R-I-Z-Z on her home court.

Wapato’s Bert Hinojosa accepted somewhat of a disadvantage in taking on the challenge without his doubles partner from last year, 2019 graduate Naujae Pineda. The two Wolves never lost to a CWAC opponent and earned a trip to the 2A state tournament in Seattle, where they won their first-round match.

Singles requires a different kind of skillset and strategy, which certainly play to some of my strengths. Find out if my superior singles experience was enough to win a standard tiebreak by watching the video at yakimaherald.com.

Reach Luke Thompson at luthompson@yakimaherald.com and on Twitter: @luketscribe