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The South Medford boys tennis team monopolized the singles wins, while Ashland took control of things on the doubles end of the two schools' 4-4 tie in nonleague action at South Medford High on Tuesday.
Freshman Kylar Tosh downed Ashland's Grant Kahn, 6-1, 6-1, to lead the Panthers' singles charge.
"Kylar is playing at a really high level right now," South Medford head boys and girls coach Hal Borg said. "In his first high school match he was very composed out there tonight and beat a nice player."
Ashland's top doubles pairing of Max Burt and Michael Montes defeated Blake Bartlett and Tanner Johnson, 6-1, 6-3.
SINGLES — Kylar Tosh, SM, d. Grant Kahn, 6-1, 6-1; Mitch Steadman, SM, d. Mischa Kinay, 6-2, 6-0; John Phelps, SM, d. Jordan O'Donnell, 7-5, 6-4; Nick Viscounty, SM, d. Kai Weston, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
DOUBLES — Max Burt-Michael Montes, A, d. Blake Bartlett-Tanner Johnson, 6-1, 6-3; Nathaniel Baize-Gabe Lamont, A, d. Kai Elam-JJ Quirarte, 6-2, 6-0; Nick Benson-Cannon Dukes, A, d. Riley Scripter-Brandon Wolf, 6-0, 6-2; Connor Kaegi-Logan Kisler, A, d. Chase Carson-Alex Dent, 6-2, 6-0.
GRANTS PASS 6, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — North Medford junior Spencer Ebert gained the lone singles victory for his team and the Black Tornado's No. 1 doubles pairing of Kyle Campbell and Ryan Hogan also won in SOH action at North Medford High.
Ebert edged Nik O'Hara 6-4, 6-4, while the junior duo of Campbell and Hogan battled back to secure a three-set victory, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 for North Medford (0-2 SOH).
SINGLES — Robby Hobbs, GP, d. Logan West, 6-1, 6-0; Zach Williams, GP, d. Tyler West, 6-3, 6-3; Jonathan Williams, GP, d. Daniel Pedersen, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Spencer Ebert, NM, d. Nik O'Hara, 6-4, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Kyle Campbell-Ryan Hogan, NM, d. Blaze Hamann-Drew VanDelden, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1; Nathan Trujillo-Elliott Bald, GP, d. Kellin Pedersen-Benton Coulman, 6-0, 6-3; Tyler Broyles-Tucker Daniel, GP, d. Sebastian Thomsen-Isaiah Williams, 6-4, 6-1; Adam Swan-Jacob Guerrera, GP, d. Alex Doan-Ethan Mullin, 6-4, 6-2.
ASHLAND 6, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — At Ashland, Ashland's doubles team swept all four matches in nonleague play at Hunter Park.
Top-seeded singles player Ashley Knecht was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over South Medford's Kelsey Bartlett, while Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien — the Grizzlies' top doubles pairing — won 6-0, 6-0 over Caroline Eledge and Kealani Creech.
SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, d. Kelsey Bartlett, 6-2, 6-2; Anne Kim, A, d. Haley Steadman, 6-3, 6-0; Abi Borg, SM, d. Cass Christopher, 6-2, 6-2; Haley Noel, SM, d. Emily Haptonstau, 6-5, 6-3.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Caroline Eledge-Kealani Creech, 6-0, 6-0; Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, A, d. Brittany Reese-Erin Viera, 6-4, 6-1; Hanna Barchet-Lilli Patton, A. d. Kayla Fain-Kali Curtis, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; Ellie Case-Olivia Butler, A, d. Andrea Devries-Hannah Case, 6-4, 6-0.
GRANTS PASS 7, NORTH MEDFORD 1 — At Grants Pass, North Medford's lone win came from sophomore Bailey Cowen in No. 4 singles during the Black Tornado's SOH opener.
North's Jacqueline Bradford lost 6-3, 6-1 in No. 1 singles to Megan Wood.
SINGLES — Megan Wood, GP, d. Jacqueline Bradford, 6-3, 6-1; Natasha Mafold, GP, d. Alexa Inman, 6-1, 6-1; Larksa Silva, GP, d. Madelyn Duer, 6-1, 6-0; Bailey Cowen, NM, d. Rachael Berkey, 6-3, 7-5.
DOUBLES — Abi Johnson-McKenna Stephenson, GP, d. Nikki Cummings-Sierra Jager, 6-0, 6-0; Maria Palomino-Brittany Blacksmith, GP, d. Toreah Foy-Emily Hazelton, 6-1, 6-1; Kelsey Lucido-Gretchen Berkey, GP, d. Tayler Cavanagh-Amanda Looney, 6-2, 6-2; Natalie Justema-Amanda Solar, GP, d. Rachel Forrest-Savannah Chambers, 6-2, 6-2.