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North falls short of Class 4A tennis title

BEAVERTON -- With three players in the state semifinals on Saturday, North Medford High's boys tennis team was thinking and talking state championship.

But it was not to be.

The Black Tornado failed to produce an individual state champion or team title, but still managed a second-place finish with 17 points at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

Jesuit, led by singles state champion Michael Calkins, won the boys state title with 28 points. The Crusaders also took the girls state title with 28 points.

North Medford's bid for the state team title fizzled when junior Scott Schnugg, the two-time Southern Oregon Conference champion, fell to Calkins, 7-5, 2-6, 4-6 in Saturday's semifinal match.

North's disappointing day concluded when Chris and Jon Endrikat fell to the Roseburg team of Todd Lindbloom and Ty Garrison, 7-5, 2-6, 4-6 in the boys doubles finals. The Endrikat brothers settled for second place at state for the second straight year.

It was the ninth time the two doubles teams have met in three years, and the first time the Roseburg duo officially won.

We beat them by default once in a tournament, said Garrison. That's it.

But we knew today was our day, and we knew this was our year to win it.

The Endrikat brothers defeated Lindbloom and Garrison last week in the SOC finals.

I have two words to say, said Chris Endrikat. We choked. We just didn't play our best today in this match. We have no excuses.

We had a hell of a year, said Jon Endrikat. But when it came down to it today, I did not deliver.

I felt Chris played a solid match, but I didn't. I get a little cynical because I play a lot more than Chris does. But he was solid today, and I let us down.

Schnugg battled Calkins on even terms through most of the three sets. But the eventual state champion surged in the final set to defeat Schnugg for the second straight year.

Schnugg won the first set before Calkins rallied with a dominant display of power tennis to even things up.

In the final set, Schnugg trailed 4-3, but had a chance to even the set.

I had a wide-open shot down the line and I hit a passing shot that hit the tape (on top of the net), said Schnugg. If that gets over, we're tied and maybe I take the momentum. But it didn't.

North Medford senior Deryk Inn had the most successful day of the remaining Black Tornado players. Inn, the SOC runner-up in singles, won two matches Saturday to capture the consolation championship.

I played pretty well overall today, said Inn, who is headed for St. Mary's College of Moraga, Calif., on a tennis scholarship next fall.

Despite not playing a match during Saturday's final rounds, the North Medford girls team of Jenny Brown, Leslie Schultz, Ali Mostue and Christie Brawner finished fifth with eight team points.

Making the top 5 is a good accomplishment for this team, said North Medford coach Dale Jensen. It's the best we've done since the old days of (Medford High). I'm pleased with what the girls did.

Roseburg finished third in the boys team competition with 14 points. The Indians were followed by Lakeridge with 13, Lincoln (10), Churchill (7) and Lake Oswego (5).

Lakeridge finished second behind Jesuit in the girls team standings with 24 points. North Bend scored 12, followed by Wilson (10), North Medford (8), Cleveland (7) and Klamath Union (6).