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Unseeded Yreka player Kische, Medford's Hilmer claim Big Al's singles titles

Unseeded Austin Kische of Yreka Calif., defeated second-seeded Michael Gooding of Ashland in straight sets Sunday to claim the 40th annual Big Al’s Tennis Tournament men’s open singles championship at Hunter Park.

Kische, who upset defending champion and top-seeded John Dix in the semifinal, beat Gooding 7-6, 7-5 to capture the first-place pottery for the nine-player bracket.

Former North Medford High standout McKenzie Hilmer captured her third women’s open singles crown with a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 victory over Elizabeth Stevens of Portland.

In the men’s open doubles final, the top-seeded team of Christopher Atzet and former Ashland High standout Evan Schleining teamed up to beat second-seeded Michael Gooding and Peter Warren, 6-4, 7-6 in the championship match.

In the open mixed doubles final, Mischa Kirby and Elizabeth Stevens beat SA Morse and Dana Smith, 6-4, 0-6, 1-0.

Big Al’s Tennis Tournament

Championship results

Men

Open singles – Austin Kische d. Michael Gooding, 7-6, 7-5.

Open doubles – Christopher Atzet-Evan Schleining d. Michael Gooding-Peter Warren, 6-4, 7-6.

4.5 singles – Ryan Wilson d. Richard Jackson, 6-2, 6-3.

4.0 singles – Zach Leininger d. Kevin Carrigan, 6-3, 6-4.

3.5 singles – Frank Cabezud d. John Steinbergs, 6-2, 6-4.

4.5 doubles – Jeff Burgess-Robert Molthop d. Skyler Boles-Evan Montz, 7-6, 2-6, 1-0.

4.0 doubles – Charles Hamilton-Max Hamilton d. Alex Chavez-Gary Panarra, 6-0, 7-6.

3.5 doubles – Sangeet Khalsa-Sat Purkha Khalsa d. Darin Souza-John Steinbergs, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0.

Women

Open singles – McKenzie Hilmer d. Elizabeth Stevens, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0.

4.0 singles – Marisa Doveri d. Melisa Wood, 6-1, 6-3.

3.0 singles – Mackenzie Lokan d. Holly Roberts, 6-0, 6-1.

4.5 doubles – Mickey Brennan-Heather Drakulich d. Kristy Anderson-Debbie Hatch, 6-2, 6-4.

4.0 doubles – Angela Gearhart-Catherine Macan d. Nora Knox-Victoria Sheadel, 7-5, 6-4.

3.5 doubles – Andrea Holt-Rosemary McNamara d. Helena Elam-Jody Hodges, 6-3, 6-2.

3.0 doubles – Priscilla Gibbs-Shari Neumann d. Nancy Morrow-Kathy Sager, 6-2, 6-4.

Mixed Doubles

Open – Mischa Kirby-Elizabeth Stevens d. SA Morse-Dana Smith, 6-4, 0-6, 1-0.

9.0 combined – Ryan Wilson-Cindy Wilson d. Kelly Baker-Heather Drakulich, 6-3, 6-2.

8.0 combined – Marisa Doveri-Zach Leininger d. Robert Gearhart-Angela Gearhart, 7-5, 6-1.

7.0 combined – Kai Elam-Jody Hodges d. Eric Ricketts-Margaret Ricketts, 6-2, 6-4.

6.0 combined – Doug Elam-Helena Elam d. Roberta Silva-Don Silva, 6-2, 6-4.

American Legion Baseball

The Ashland Pilots swept Redbluff in a nonleague American Legion doubleheader Sunday at North Mountain Park.

The Pilots won the first game 6-5 and the second 8-1 to improve to 22-8 overall heading into the final week of the regular season.

In the opener, Ashland reliever Kellar Edwards earned the victory in relief.

Kyle Milgram tossed a complete-game for the Pilots in the nightcap.

Ashland will try to lock up a berth in the American Legion A state tournament this week with twin bills against South Medford on Friday and North Medford on Saturday.

Little League Softball

At Gresham, South Salem scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Ashland/Phoenix-Talent 12-11 in the 9-10 state tournament on Monday.

The loss spoiled Ashland’s dramatic sixth-inning comeback bid and eliminated the District 6 champions from the tourney.

Down 10-6 entering the final inning, Ashland scored five runs to reclaim the lead. Back to back singles by Raelyssa Goff and Gabby Heiken sparked the rally, which was highlighted by Hannah Scala’s two-run single and Mirandah Davis-Powell’s three-run single.

South Salem used a pair of key bunts to shift the pressure back to Ashland in the bottom of the inning and won on a two-out single.

“We’ve made some great strides,” Ashland coach Bobby Heiken said. “Last year we lost in the (district) championship game to Ore-Cal and I told the girls afterward, ‘I know you’re upset, but be proud of what you did and learn from this.’ Today, I was able to say the same thing to five of those girls. We’ve taken a huge step and the majority of these girls are going to play all-stars next year. The next couple of years is going to be really fun. I really believe this is just the first step.”

Goff and Heiken had two hits apiece for Ashland.

Ashland was making its first state tournament appearance in 20 years.

The team consisted of players from Ashland and Phoenix-Talent Little Leagues. Members of the team included: Heiken, Goff, Jessica Traynor, Davis-Powell, Hannah Scala, Mariah McLennan, Shelby Brown, Tatum Pantle, Paityn Croy, Madison Nathe and Mikayla Croft. The team was coached by Heiken, Andi Goff, Brookelynn Cole and Cameron Williams.

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@dailytidings.com.