Grizzly doubles team in state final
PORTLAND — Ashland doubles partners Rox Rogers and Kai Weston will shoot for a Class 5A tennis state championship today after winning their semifinal match Friday at Portland Tennis Center.
The top-seeded pairing topped Summit's Peter Rutherford and Javier Camino, 7-6 (5), 6-2, to reach the final stage.
In the quarterfinals, the Ashland sophomore and senior defeated Bend's Aaron Banquer-Glenn and Nicolas Campbell, 7-5, 6-3.
Rogers and Weston will take on La Salle Prep's unseeded Thomas Foy and Nicolas Hey in the final at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
In singles, Dallas' Thomas Gniadecki beat Ashland's Mischa Kirby, 6-2, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.
On the girls side, Summit's Sonja Kinney and Sabryna Adrianson downed Ashland's Lilli Patton and Hanna Barchet, 8-4, in the consolation quarterfinals.
6A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Beaverton, the second-seeded Grants Pass pairing of Abi Johnson and McKenna Stephenson advanced to the finals, where they will take on third-seeded Katie Day and Mina Vukovic of Lake Oswego today at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. Johnson and Stephenson beat Lake Oswego's Anna Lowry and Bridget Myers, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals and defeated Sherwood's Erica Lee and Allison Schwarm, 6-2, 7-6, in the quarterfinals.
Day and Vukovic beat South Medford's Abi Borg and Anna Johnson, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.
Lake Oswego's Melisha Dogra downed South Medford's Kelsey Bartlett, 6-0, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Central Catholic's Seryna Chin beat North Medford's Kristina Ribeiro, 8-1, in the consolation quarterfinals.
4A/3A/2A/1A STATE TOURNAMENT: At Corvallis, unseeded St. Mary's junior Pratheev Weerakoon made a run to today's semifinals with a pair of victories at Oregon State University.
Weerakoon beat Delphian's fourth-seeded Kevin Yan, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals and downed Cascade's Daniel Suelzie, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round.
He will play North Marion's second-seeded Ethan Berkey in the semifinals today.
Also for the Crusaders, Tyler West beat La Grande's Josh Ebel, 6-3, 6-3, in the opener before falling to Berkey, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.
In doubles, Valley Catholic's Emilio Jacinto and Kristian Peev topped St. Mary's Justin Hawkins and Ian Newton, 6-1, 6-1, in Round 1. North Marion's Colin Barrow and Hunter Martin later beat the pair, 8-6, in the consolation quarterfinals.
On the girls side, Catlin Gabel's Lara Rakocevic defeated the Crusaders' Emerald DeBoer, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals. DeBoer beat Molalla's Heather Loughridge, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening round.
EAGLE POINT 8, CENTRAL 1: At Eagle Point, a five-run sixth inning put Eagle Point comfortably in position for its Class 5A play-in game victory.
After Dylan Marsh’s two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning, the Eagles (12-12) broke it open in the sixth, capped by Trae Perkins’ two-run single. Marsh, Ryan Lorenz and Jonathan Wilson all had RBI singles in the frame.
Lorenz was 3-for-3 with three doubles and scored three times while Perkins and Wilson both went 2-for-4.
The Eagle Point defense turned four double plays.
H. Alarcon, Avila (7) and E. Alarcon; Shopp, Spradley (6) and Little. W — Shopp (3-4). L — H. Alarcon. 2B — C: Avila, Cantu; EP: Lorenz 3, Castro, Marsh.
ASHLAND 4, LEBANON 0: At Ashland, Peyton Fuller tossed a two-hit complete game shutout, allowing Ashland to cruise into the Class 5A playoffs with a play-in victory.
Fuller struck out nine and walked three in seven innings for the Grizzlies (18-8).
Matt O’Donnell’s run-scoring triple in the second inning was all Ashland needed. O’Donnell drove in another run in the sixth and Jesse Carroll had an RBI single in the fifth.
The Grizzlies’ Kellar Edwards went 2-for-2.
Williams and Harrison; Fuller and Hamik. W — Fuller. L — Williams. 3B — A: O’Donnell.
EAGLE POINT 19, SOUTH ALBANY 0, 5 inn.: At Eagle Point, Megan Ayres hurled her fourth no-hitter of the season as Eagle Point powered into the Class 5A playoffs with a play-in win.
Ayres fanned nine and was working on a perfect game until the fourth inning with two outs, when she walked a South Albany batter after firing two strikes on the first two pitches. It was her only walk of the contest.
Eagles shortstop Paige Leeper helped preserve the no-hitter by making an on-the-run grab on a hard-hit ball up the middle with no outs in the top of the fifth inning.
Kylene Briggs drove in five runs, Ayres scored four times and drove in two and Shaelynn Grady picked up three RBIs for Eagle Point (14-12). All had two hits and Leeper had a run-scoring double.
Wells, Trepka (3) and Acker; Ayres and Grady. W — Ayres. L — Wells. 2B — EP: Leeper, Ayres, Briggs, Grady.
PROSPECT 12, LOST RIVER 2, 5 inn.: At Prospect, Jordan Kuykendall was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Raleigh Weaver hit a two-run home run and Prospect won the District 4 playoff contest to seal a spot in the first round of the Class 2A/1A state playoffs.
Katie Munsell went 2-for-2, Marissa Raines 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs and Julia Latona 2-for-3 for the Cougars (16-6), who have won 11 straight.
Lost River dropped to 11-13.
Girtman and Brewer; Weaver, Munsell (1) and H. Kuykendall. W — Munsell (7-1). L — Girtman. 2B — LR: McAuliffe. HR — P: Weaver (4).