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Warren, Stevens open Big Al's with wins

Peter Warren beat Ashland High’s Mischa Kirby in the only men’s open singles match of the day, and AHS alum Hanna Greenberg fell in the only women’s open singles match as the 40th annual Big Al’s Tennis Tournament began on courts throughout Ashland on Friday.

Kirby, an incoming senior at Ashland, lost to Warren, a fellow Ashlander, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0, while Greenberg, now a doubles player at Whitman College, lost to Elizabeth Stevens of Portland, 6-2, 6-0.

Warren’s victory earned him a quarterfinal date with Michael Gooding of Ashland scheduled for 8 a.m. today, with the winner advancing to the semifinals in the afternoon.

In other quarterfinal men’s open singles matches, top-seeded and defending champion John Dix of Ashland will face Zachary Carter of Roseburg; Austin Schoenlein of Medford will face Austin Kische of Yreka, Calif.; and Alan Peterson of Ashland will play Kirk Evans of Medford.

In the women’s open singles tournament, Stevens will take on Kali Curtis of Medford in one semifinal, while top-seeded McKenzie Hilmer of Medford will face recent Ashland graduate Ashley Knecht in the other. Knecht placed second in the 2015 Class 5A state singles tournament.

In the only other open match Friday, Tanner Borg of Central Point and Hal Borg of Medford defeated Dix and Douglass Neuman, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the men’s open doubles bracket.

The Borgs will face the No. 2-seeded team of Warren and Michael Gooding in the semifinals at 10 a.m. today. On the other side of the bracket, Evan Schleining of Medford and Christopher Atzet of Merlin will take on Carter and Kische, also at 10 a.m.

There is no women’s open doubles bracket.

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NORTH MEDFORD 9-6, CENTRAL POINT 3-1: At Central Point, Dallas Casebier pitched four shutout innings in the nightcap to guide the North Medford Mavericks to a sweep of Central Point in an Area 4 doubleheader at Anhorn Field.

Casebier struck out eight while yielding two hits and three walks before Berry Hunt took the mound for the final three innings.

Larson Kindreich collected five hits on the day for the Mavericks (32-7-1). In Game 2, he had two hits and scored once as did Kasey Buchanan, Justin Geyer and Dakota Adams.

In the opener, Kindreich went 3-for-3 with two runs scored while both Buchanan and Geyer had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Adams and Honus Kindreich each finished 2-for-4.

FIRST GAME

North Medford;100;611;0;—;9;13;2

Central Point;020;001;0;—;3;4;2

Collins, Hunt (4) and Geyer; Swartout, Boivin (6) and Bartlett. W — Collins. L — Swartout. 2B — NM: Oedekoven, H. Kindreich, Adams.

SECOND GAME

North Medford;000;204;0;—;6;11;2

Central Point;000;001;0;—;1;5;1

Casebier, Hunt (5) and Geyer; Croft, Bartlett (7) and Kerrigan. W — Casebier. L — Croft. 2B — NM: Geyer, Oedekoven; CP: Cartwright, Bartlett.

Central Point's Tanner Borg returns a volley during his men's doubles match with partner Hal Borg during Friday's opening action at the Big Al's Tennis Tournament at Hunter Park. PHOTO BY LARRY STAUTH JR.
Former Ashland High standout Hanna Greenberg returns a shot during her Big Al's women's open match Friday. PHOTO BY LARRY STAUTH JR.