HERMISTON — Sierra Winch is just a freshman, but during the Class 5A Special District 1 girls tennis championships, Bend High coach Kevin Collier said Winch played with more maturity and competitiveness than her age.
As the No. 2-seeded singles player, Winch advanced to the semifinals while dropping just one game along the way. She dispatched third-seeded Jessica Clark of Pendleton in the semifinals on Saturday and rebounded from a first-set loss in the championship to defeat top-seeded Lindsey Brodeck of Summit 2-6, 6-0, 7-5, giving Bend its first district singles title since 2001.
“She has a lot of skill and she is a very competitive player,” Collier said of Winch. “I knew she had it in her, but we had to see it.”
Kaylee Tornay took fourth in singles play after losing in the semifinals and the third-place contest, and the Lava Bears finished second as a team with 20 points. Summit sat atop the team standings after the two-day tournament with 30 points.
Brodeck was second in singles action, and three Storm doubles teams (Haley Younger and Kelsey Collis; Kacie Evans and Lauren Handley; Ariel Steele and Morgan DeMeyer) finished 2-3-4 to guide Summit to the district title.
Younger and Collis, the bracket’s top tandem, defeated Evans and Handley 6-1, 6-2 before falling to Hermiston’s Sarah Hawman and Zoey Garcia 6-2, 6-2 in the championship.
Tornay and Winch, as well as Brodeck and Summit’s three doubles teams, qualified for the 5A state championship next week at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton by advancing to the semifinals in their respective brackets.
Redmond High, which tied for fourth, saw Jessica Brunot take fifth in singles play after defeating Mountain View’s Crosby Mays in the consolation bracket. The duo of Riley Palcic and Allison Daley finished fifth in doubles play for the Cougars, who were sixth as a team, with a victory over teammates Jenna Wells and Grace Cole.
In other Saturday action:
Track and field
Grizzlies take invite: GILCHRIST — Ashley James had a hand in four top-three finishes for Gilchrist, winning the javelin, running the lead leg of the winning 400-meter relay team, and taking second in the 400-meter run and discus. The Grizzlies went on to win the 10-team event with 148 points, besting Paisley’s 113. Paige Kooker won the discus for Gilchrist while also taking second in the shot put, and Deonna Langford earned first-place honors in the long jump. La Pine, which was eighth with 20 points, was led by fifth-place showings from Skylar Lester (400) and Tysha Hulse (1,500). For the boys, it was Dillon Link leading the way for Gilchrist, which took second with 79 points behind Riddle’s 101. Link recorded the fourth best throw in Class 1A with a toss in the discus of 135-feet, 11 inches. He also took second in the 200 and placed third in the shot put. Teammate Zane Anderson won the shot with a throw of 45-05. La Pine saw Ian Johnson take second in the 400 as well as third in the 300 hurdles and high jump. Tyress TurnsPlenty logged a second-place finish in the 800 for the Hawks, who took fifth in the 10-team standings with 57 points.