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Schnugg garners crown by default

North Medford's Scott Schnugg returns a shot in the semifinals. He didn't lose a game in the SOC district tournament, winning the final by default.

Scott Schnugg thought he was conserving his energy for a singles championship matchup against North Medford High teammate Deryk Inn in Southern Oregon Conference boys district tennis.

But as things turned out, Schnugg's 6-0, 6-0 domination of South Medford's Zach Matthews in the semifinals was his final match on the way to his second straight SOC singles title Friday at Rogue Valley Swim and Tennis Club.

Schnugg won the title by default over Inn, who left the tournament to make it on time to the school prom.

I have 12 people depending on me to be there on time and I'm going, said Inn. I'm playing pretty well right now, but I'm going (to the prom). It's my senior year and my choice.

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Deryk Inn, also of North, won — in the semifinals but skipped the final for his prom. — —

Schnugg, North's No. — singles player for most of the year, said he was looking forward to the final matchup against Inn, who played No. 2 singles for the Black Tornado during most of the season.

I don't understand it (Inn's decision), said Schnugg. You have to finish what you start when you get to this level.

Schnugg defeated all three of his opponents (Max Doty of Ashland, Jameson Zattola of Grants Pass and Matthews) by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

He was barely challenged.

I was hoping that would come in the finals against Deryk, said Schnugg. I would hope Deryk (Inn) would have won a game from me.

I can't figure what he's thinking, but I'm not happy. It's not the way I wanted to win.

North Medford coach Cary Collins was also surprised by Inn's decision to default. He said playing the final would have been good for both players in preparation for next week's state tournament.

State is Thursday through Saturday at Tualatin Hills Racquet Club in Beaverton.

While Schnugg was advancing to the state tournament, where he hopes to make a determined bid to win the Class 4A singles title, North Medford's talented doubles team of brothers Chris and Jon Endrikat won their second straight SOC title with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) win over Ty Garrison and Todd Lindbloom of Roseburg.

The Endrikat brothers finished second in the state tournament, and they should be seeded No. — next week, according to Collins.

North won its third straight SOC team title, scoring 38 points.

They (the Endrikats) should be the favorite to win it all this year at state, said Collins. I'll be surprised if they don't. They are a very good team, and they have the experience and talent to go up there and win. It would be a big upset if they don't win.

As for Schnugg, Collins said the North Medford junior should be seeded at least No. — in state singles, but he can win the state championship.

He's improved so much, said Collins. His game is huge right now.

Noah Lichtenstein of Crater took third in singles by defeating Matthews in the third-place match. Both singles players will advance to the state tournament along with Schnugg and Inn.

Lichtenstein lost to Inn, 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinals.

I took Deryk out of his game for a while, said Lichtenstein. I had my chances to win it. I made some key mistakes at the wrong times.

SOC BOYS DISTRICT TENNIS TEAM SCORES

North Medford 38, Roseburg 25, Grants Pass 20, Ashland 16, South Medford 12, Crater 6, Klamath Union 6.

SINGLES Quarterfinals

Schnugg, NM, def. Zattola, GP, 6-0, 6-0; Matthews, SM, def. Harris, A, 7-5, 6-3; Lichtenstein, C, def. Bennett, SM, 6-0, 6-1; Inn, NM, def. Streng, A, 6-0, 6-0.

Semifinals

Schnugg def. Matthews, 6-0, 6-0; Inn def. Lichtenstein, 7-5, 6-4.

Finals

Schnugg by default over Inn.

DOUBLES

Garrison-Lindbloom, R, def. Cohen-Gelter, GP, 6-3, 2-6 (7-3); Holt-Dickerson, GP, def. Patel-McDaniel, R, 7-6, 6-2; Gonzales-Felker, R, def., Jonasson-Leaver 7-6, 3-6, 6-2; Endrikat-Endrikat, NM, def., Boesche-Mayers, A, 6-0, 6-0.

Semifinals

Garrison-Lindbloom def. Holt-Dickerson 6-2, 6-2; Endrikat-Endrikat def. Gonzales-Falker 6-0, 6-2.

Finals

Endrikat-Endrikat def. Garrison-Lindbloom 6-3, 7-6.

SOC GIRLS DISTRICT TENNIS

North Medford's Jenny Brown waited for the perfect time to finally defeat archrival Alli Wilson of Klamath Union: in the championship match of the SOC district tournament.

Brown upset the top-seeded Wilson 6-4, 6-2 at the Southern Oregon Tennis Club Friday, breaking a drought that saw Wilson regularly beat Brown in practice matches in junior play.

The Pelican star also defeated Brown in a regular-season match on April 13, the first time they'd played in two years. But Brown turned the tables Friday, gaining momentum in the first set and then dominating her freshman counterpart in the second.

Jenny attacked the net more in this match and became the aggressor, North Medford coach Dale Jensen said. She served well and that helped her get the jump, but every phase of her game was on. She volleyed extremely well and placed the ball pretty much where she wanted to.

After winning the first set, the 15-year-old Brown charged to a 5-0 lead in the second before Wilson could stop her.

That last game was tough for Jenny to win -- with the district title on the line and everything, Jensen said. But she regrouped and got the job done.

Brown's march to the individual crown helped North Medford win the team title. The Tornado amassed 43 points, nearly doubling the score of second-place Klamath Union, which scored 22. Roseburg finished third with 18 points, followed by Grants Pass (17), South Medford (16) and Ashland (8).

North Medford also qualified Leslie Schultz in singles and Christina Pierce and Stephanie Dickerson in doubles for the Class 4A state tournament.

Shultz advanced to the semifinals before losing to Wilson 6-0, 6-0, while Brawner and Mostue advanced to the title match in doubles before losing to Klamath Union's Amanda Wilson and Dana Buchanan, 6-0 (7-6 (8-6).

The top four singles and doubles team advance to state.

TEAM SCORES -- North Medford 43, Klamath Union 22, Roseburg 18, Grants Pass 17, South Medford 16, Ashland 8.

SINGLES

QUARTERFINALS --Jenny Brown, NM, d. Loriana Berman, Ashland, 6-1, 6-1; Elisa Tryon, Roseburg, d. Andrea Pratt, North Medford, 6-3, 6-3; Leslie Schultz, North Medford, d. Stephanie Cohee, South Medford, 6-3, 6-0; Alison Wilson, Klamath Union, d. Marlie Hilmer, North Medford, 6-1, 6-0.

SEMIFINALS --Jenny Brown, NM, d. Elisa Tryon, Roseburg, 6-0, 6-1; Alli Wilson, Klamath Union, d. Leslie Schultz, NM, 6-0, 6-0.

FINALS -- Jenny Brown, NM, d. Alli Wilson, Klamath Union, 6-4, 6-2.

THIRD PLACE -- Leslie Schultz, NM, d. Elisa Tryon, Roseburg, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

DOUBLES

QUARTERFINALS --Ali Mostue-Christie Brawner, North Medford, d. Julie White-Hoppe-Marion Close, South Medford, 6-2, 6-1; Christina Pierce-Stephanie Dickerson, Grants Pass, d. Ashley Olson-Molly Pratt, North Medford, 7-5, 6-2; Amanda Wilson-Danda Buchanan, Klamath Union, d. Emily Folsom-Kelsey Chamberlain, North Medford, 6-4, 6-3; Mandi Sickler-Tara Bussen, Roseburg, d. Madri Scott-Jill Cohen.

SEMIFINALS -- Christie Brawner-Ali Mostue, North Medford, d. Christina Pierce-Stephanie Dickerson, Grants Pass, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Amanda Wilson-Dana Buchanan, Klamath Union, d. Mandi Sickler-Tara Bussen, Roseburg, 6-2, 6-2.

FINALS -- Amanda Wilson-Dana Buchanan, Klamath Union, d. Christie Brawner-Ali Mostue, North Medford, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6).

THIRD PLACE -- Christina Pierce-Stephanie Dickerson, Grants Pass, d. Mandi Sickler-Tara Bussen, Roseburg, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Photos by Bob Pennell