South Medford's boys tennis team picked a good time to start finishing strong.
The Panthers defeated visiting Grants Pass, 6-2, in their final District 1 dual match Tuesday before next week's district tournament. In doing so, South Medford (8-3-2, 7-2 Dist. 1) won three of the four matches that went to tiebreakers.
"In the first half of the season, we were losing every match that went to a tiebreaker," said Panthers coach Hal Borg. "In the last two weeks, the team has really started winning some of those close matches. The thing this dual match really shows is that our kids are starting to learn how to finish matches and win the close ones now."
Two of the overtime wins came in singles, where Mitch Steadman downed Nico Blanco, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, at No. 2, and John Killam topped Ben Widdison, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1.
In doubles, JJ Quirarte and Noah Terando of South Medford defeated Nathan Trujillo and Jacob Guerra, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 7-5.
The SWC district tournament is May 15 at North Medford High School.
SINGLES — Kylar Tosh, SM, d. Jonathan Williams, 6-3, 6-4; Mitch Steadman, SM, d. Nico Blanco, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4; Ben Vaughn, SM, d. Barrett Titus, 6-1, 6-1; John Killam, SM, d. Ben Widdison, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Nick O'Hara-Drew Van Delden, GP, d. Kai Elam-Johnny Phelps, 6-3, 6-4; Tanner Johnson-Adam Day, SM, d. Tyler Broyles-Aaron Leenknecht, 6-4, 6-4; JJ Quirarte-Noah Terando, SM, d. Nathan Trujillo-Jacob Guerra, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 7-5; Tucker Daniel-Connor Cubic, GP, d. Alex Dent-Cody Schultz, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.
RVCC MIXER — South Medford's Haley Ankeny and Megan Curry teamed to win a unique event at Rogue Valley Country Club on Monday that saw teams play a format of six holes each of modified Chapman, best ball and scramble.
Ankeny and Curry combined to post a team total of 95, finishing ahead of Panthers teammates Maddie Keepes and Morgan Couch (104).
RESULTS — 1, Haley Ankeny-Megan Curry, South Medford, 30-33-32—95; 2, Maddie Keepes-Morgan Couch, South Medford, 36-39-29—104; 3, Camilla Beal-Camryn Shumate, Eagle Point, 37-39-30—106; 4, Ashley Cox-McKenna Sanders, Eagle Point, 39-40-28—107; 5, Sydney Dixon-Shelby Clyburn-Kaleigh Hollingsworth, North Medford, 45-40-33—118; 6, Cheyenne Gabica-Kaylin Murdoch, Eagle Point, 61-48-40—149; 7, Alexia Lane-Abigail Allred, Eagle Point, 53-54-55—162.