Step one of the unique title defense for Karli and Tanya Timko of Chartiers-Houston is complete. On Friday, the Timkos handily won the WPIAL Class AA boys doubles tennis title, defeating Tin Chu and Drew Gallatin of Thomas Jefferson, 6-2, 6-1.
Last year, the Timkos won the girls WPIAL and PIAA doubles championships but could not participate in the girls doubles tournament this year because Chartiers-Houston was unable to field a team.
The next key match for the Timkos is the team tournament that begins Monday, when the Bucs (15-1), as the second seed, face Bishop Canevin at Washington Park. Karli Timko was 16-0 and Tanya was 15-1 in singles play this season.
The state doubles tournament is May 22-23 in Hershey.