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Roseburg boys charge back to beat Grizzlies

ROSEBURG -- The Ashland boys tennis team dug itself a hole that was too deep to climb out of in dropping a tough Southern Oregon Conference match Thursday against Roseburg.

The host Indians won the first three singles spots but needed a late doubles win to deny a valiant comeback effort by Ashland for a 5-4 triumph.

It was a good match for us, said Ashland coach Dick Streng. A good learning one for our young guys.

Ashland's Jacob Doty and Ian Kurtz won the No. 4 and 5 singles spots to spur the rally, while the teams of Nick Hershman-Jake Morris and Tyler Coke-Greg Boesche pulled the matchup even at 4-all.

With the outcome resting on the shoulders of the No. — doubles duos, Roseburg's Chris Atchison and Matt Munser narrowly earned a first-set win and then used an early advantage in the third set to upend Eric Sharp and Max Doty.

We have a lot of confidence and we have a lot of pretty good athletes who stay together, said Streng. We had a chance to beat them in that last set at No. — doubles, but we just started out slow after splitting sets and couldn't get it done.

SINGLES -- Jiggar Patel, R, d. Ari Zaslow, 6-2, 6-4; Todd Lindbloom, R, d. Michael James, 6-2, 6-0; Ryan Felker, R, d. Kevin Spears, 6-0, 6-0; Jacob Doty, A, d. Stewart Wetman, 6-4, 6-4; Ian Kurtz, A, d. Christoph Scholtz, 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES -- Chris Atchison-Matt Munser, R, d. Eric Sharp-Max Doty, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1; Nick Hershman-Jake Morris, A, d. Phil Jigger-Kyle Russell, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Andrew Fromdahl-Zane Consiglatori, R, d. Rob Mayers-Matt Boesche, 6-4, 7-6; Tyler Coke-Greg Boesche, A, d. Mike Risry-Nick Benson, 6-4, 6-0.

GRANTS PASS 5, SOUTH MEDFORD 4-- At Grants Pass, Tom Cohen and Mladen Sokanozic clinched Grants Pass' first SOC dual victory of the season with the win in No. — doubles.

South Medford fell to 1-2 in the SOC.

SINGLES -- Zach Matthews, SM, d. Paul Dickerson, 6-2, 6-2; Levi Brown, GP, d. Eli Matthews, 6-0, 6-1; Jameson Zottola, GP, d. Riley Ferrell, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Richard Templeton, SM, d. Charlie Strickler, 6-1, 6-4; Brendan Toch, GP, d. Peter White-Hoppe, 7-5, 6-3.

DOUBLES -- Tom Cohen-Mladen Sokanozic, GP, d. Z. Matthews-Ferrell, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; E. Matthews-Templeton, SM, d. Joe Loomis-Derek Kellenbeck, 6-3, 6-2; Dane Gerrard-White-Hoppe, SM, d. Matt Durbin-Andrew Wahl, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; Sam Newman-Chris DeVicq, GP, d. Will Adrian-Chris DiVita, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Girls Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 5, ASHLAND 4--South Medford's Andrea Saxon won the decisive match in three sets as the Panthers registered their first SOC victory against two loses.

Saxon trailed 3-0 in the third set, but rallied for a 7-5 win to give South its only singles victory. Saxon won the first set 7-5, then Grants Pass' Armida Guerrero evened the match with a 6-1 second-game win.

SINGLES -- Christina Pierce, GP, d. Jen Templeton, 7-5, 6-2; Megan Moon, GP, d. Michaela Buti, 6-2, 6-0; Andrea Saxon, SM, d. Armida Guerrero, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5; Sarah Kirkman, GP, d. Kali Shugart, 6-1, 6-2; Mili Wilkinson, GP, d. Kelly Rulon, 6-2, 6-2.

DOUBLES -- Marian Close-Julia White-Hoppe, SM, d. Jeanette Perry-Elie Cook, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Stephanie Cohee-Joy Barker-Fiske, SM, d. Tiffany Vogel-Keri Brooks, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Megan Gerking-Crissie Day, SM, d. Beth Wessels-Ashley Hurst, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2; Sarah Close-Megan Lee, SM, d. Kelly Hamlyn-Jessica Albertson, 6-2, 6-3.

ASHLAND 5, ROSEBURG 4 -- At Ashland, Ashland (2-1 SOC) received determined play from sophomore singles players Amy Koskella and Molly Grossman, while the Grizzlies freshman doubles team of Justine Bowen-Jones and Jessica Baker rallied for a victory in the No. 2 spot at Hunter Park.

Bowen-Jones and Baker, teamed together for the first time this season, dropped the opening set 6-2, but they turned things around by winning the final two sets 6-2 and 6-3.

SINGLES -- Becky Correl, R, d. Ali Gardiner, 6-0, 6-0; Elisa Tryon, R, d. Suz-e Thomas, 6-3, 6-3; Amy Koskella, A, d. Lathena Weber, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Molly Grossman, A, d. Heather Bartlett, 6-0, 6-0; Esther Lee, R, d. Erin Langhofer, 6-2, 6-2.

DOUBLES -- Chelsea Johnson-Jenny Spears, A, d. Eryn Gonzales-Ellre Norris, 6-3, 7-5; Justine Bowen-Jones-Jessica Baker, A, d. Emily Williamson-Caitlynn Hawks, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Heidi Brown-Erin Slusser, A, d. Laurel Schultz-Valarie Jannelli, 6-2, 6-3; Kelly Beebe-Christi Gausnell, R, d. Beth Lilly-Kari Proud, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.


ST. MARY'S 9, YONCALLA 5-- At Yoncalla, St. Mary's scored four times in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead and then held on.

Yoncalla bunched together five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to get to within 6-5 but couldn't get any closer.

Brian Stout threw three innings of shutout ball while striking out six for his first win of the season.

Derek Phillips and Ryan Fetty each picked up three hits while freshman Greg Gradwell and Brandon Frankel added two apiece for the Crusaders (2-4).

St. Mary's

................114 002 — -- 9 13 — Yoncalla

.................000 320 0 -- 5 5 4

Stout, Fetty (4) and Schultz; Grassman, Sullivan (5) and Hammerschmith. W -- Stout (1-1). L -- Grassman. 2B -- SM: Schultz, Frankel, Stout. 3B -- SM: Fetty.

Boys Golf

MUSTANGS EDGE KNIGHTS-- At Myrtle Creek Golf Course, Hidden Valley slipped past North Valley by one stroke in the team competition, but North Valley's Sam Kane won the individual competition.

HIDDEN VALLEY (336) -- Marcus Omdahl 39-42--81; Steve Ewan 44-41--85; Dereck Horning 43-42--85; Andrew Panks 46-39--85; Travis Biller 45-49--94.

NORTH VALLEY (337) -- Sam Kane 38-38--76; Luke Gentry 43-39--82; Mario Vial 42-47--89; Brenden McLean 46-44--90; Derek Armstrong 49-48--97.