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The South Medford girls tennis team swept past Thurston, 8-0, in District 1 action at South Medford High on Saturday.
Sophomore Kelsey Bartlett, the Panthers' No. 1 girls player, improved to 3-0 after beating Sarah Morris, 7-5, 6-1.
South Medford's top doubles pairing of Kali Curtis and Hannah Case topped Stephanie Hall and Sierra Hebert, 6-0, 6-2.
"For both teams to go 14-2, it's fantastic," said South head coach Hal Borg, who also coaches the South boys team that downed Thurston, 6-2. "The kids played great and the weather cooperated."
The Panthers improved to 2-1 on the season.
SINGLES — Kelsey Bartlett, SM, d. Sarah Morris, 7-5, 6-1; Alex Moore, SM, d. Kira Peterson, 6-0, 6-4; Rylee Houck, SM, d. Cheyenne Pedder, 6-0, 6-0; Thurston forfeit.
DOUBLES — Kali Curtis-Hannah Case, SM, d. Stephanie Hall-Sierra Hebert, 6-0, 6-2; Andie DeVries-Anna Johnson, SM, d. Sarah Keim-Payton Wright, 6-2, 6-4; Kayla Fain-Kenadi Schultz, SM, d. Itzel Huaracha-Stephanie Smith, 6-1, 6-0; Thurston forfeit.
NORTH MEDFORD 5, THURSTON 1 — North Medford won every match but No. 1 doubles, where Thurston combined its Nos. 1 and 2 singles players.
The Black Tornado improved to 1-2 heading into Tuesday's match against South Medford.
SINGLES — Kristina Ribeiro, NM, d. Stephanie Hall, 6-0, 6-0; Hannah VonStrahl, NM, d. Sierra Hebert, 6-0, 6-2; Bailey Cowen, NM, d. Itzel Huaracha, 6-1, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Sarah Morris-Kira Peterson, T, d. Madelyn Duer-Rachel Forrest, 7-6 (5), 6-1; Alexa Inman-Bethany Hagloch, NM, d. Sarah Keim-Payton Wright, 7-5, 7-5; Brooks Costanzo-McKenna Cromwell, NM, d. Stephanie Smith-Cheyenne Pedder, 6-1, 6-0.
SOUTH MEDFORD 6, THURSTON 2 — South Medford's No. 1 singles player Kylar Tosh downed Treyson Sherk, 6-1, 6-0, and the Panthers' top doubles pairing of Tanner Johnson and Ben Vaughn beat Bryce Vogt and Layne Altemus, 6-3, 6-2, during District 1 action.
The South boys are 1-1-1.
SINGLES — Kylar Tosh, SM, d. Treyson Sherk, 6-1, 6-0; Mitch Steadman, SM, d. Chris Kamkar, 6-1, 6-0; John Killam, SM, d. Chase Robbins, 6-3, 6-2; Noah Terando, SM, d. Thomas Kamkar, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Tanner Johnson-Ben Vaughn, SM, d. Bryce Vogt-Layne Altemus, 6-3, 6-2; Kai Elam-Johnny Phelps, SM, d. Brent Hill-Jason Hagel, 6-4, 6-2; Ethan Gould-Hunter Hendrickson, T, d. Jorge Salazar-Connely Thom, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2; South Medford forfeit.
NORTH MEDFORD 6, THURSTON 2 — North Medford swept all four doubles matches while Daniel Pederson and Nick White secured singles victories at North Medford High.
SINGLES — Treyson Sherk, T, d. Tyler West, 4-6, 7-5 (8); Daniel Pedersen, NM, d. Chris Kamkar, 6-2, 6-2; Nick White, NM, d. Chase Robbins, 6-3, 6-0; Brent Hill, T, d. Kellin Pedersen, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
DOUBLES — Ryan Hogan-Kyle Campbell, NM, d. Layne Altemus-Bryce Vogt, 6-3, 6-1; Kane Garrett-Alex Doan, NM, d. Bryan Warner-Thomas Kamkar, 6-1, 6-0; Isaiah Williams-Joe VonStrahl, NM, d. Jason Hagel-Ethan Gould, 6-4, 7-5; Sean Dennehy-Jarrod Bressler, NM, d. Alex Bailey-Hunter Hendrickson, 6-2, 6-1.