Ridgeview, Crook County girls in fifth at state tennis

staff report / The Bulletin /

EUGENE — Ridgeview rolled at districts last week, qualifying seven players for the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A girls tennis state championships in the Ravens’ first year of existence.

On Friday, the program’s top two doubles teams — Claire Wright and Kourtney Wellette, and Rhian Sage and Makena Jordison — reached as far as the quarterfinals to earn four points for Ridgeview, but they were each ousted one win short of the semifinals.

Singles players Bailey Simmons and Sally Claridge were dispatched in the first round of the championship bracket, and each were narrowly defeated in the consolation quarterfinals — Simmons lost 8-5, and Claridge fell 8-6.

In the 22-team standings, Ridgeview is in a four-way tie for fifth place, with one of those teams being Crook County.

The Cowgirls’ Elsa Harris, the No. 4 seed in singles play, picked up consecutive wins in the championship bracket Friday to set up a semifinal matchup against second-seeded Lara Rakocevic of Catlin Gabel today.

Sisters’ lone representative, the doubles team of Savannah Spear and Haley Carlson, suffered back-to-back losses Friday, the last being an 8-4 decision in the consolation quarterfinals.

Defending state champ Oregon Episcopal School leads the girls team standings with 10 points.

For the boys, Ridgeview’s singles player Brett Blundell rebounded from a first-round loss for an 8-4 win over Ontario’s Valentin Morales to set up a consolation semifinal contest today against Austin Berkey of North Marion. With one day left, the Ravens have one point and are 11th in the 22-team field.

Paul Fullhart of Sisters, which has two points, won 6-1, 6-0 over Morales in the round of 16 but lost to fourth-seeded Luis Drexler of Estacada 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

In doubles play, Caleb Maxwell and Gabe Payne of Ridgeview fell in the opening round before defeating Baker’s Issac Mansuetti and Matthew Barnes 8-4. Maxwell and Payne take on Philomath’s Truman Manning and Chandler Stucki in a consolation semifinal matchup this morning.

The Aardvarks of OES, winners of five of the past seven state championships, lead the boys team standings with 14 points.

The third and final day of the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A boys and girls state championships begin this morning at 8 o’clock.

In other Friday action:

Softball

Bend 6, Eagle Point 3: Megan Berrigan retired all 12 batters she faced in relief to lead the Lava Bears to their first-ever state playoff appearance. Bend (17-9 overall) broke open a 3-3 game with three runs in the fourth inning. Lisa Sylvester, Kendall Kramer and Awbrie Elle Kinkade all knocked in runs in the bottom of the fourth. That was all Berrigan needed as the Lava Bear sophomore struck out five and gave up no runs and no hits in four innings of work. Bend will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent on the road Wednesday in the first round of the 5A state postseason.

Baseball

Pendleton 12, Summit 11: The Buckaroos outslugged the host Storm in a Class 5A play-in contest in which the two teams each banged out 13 hits. Down 12-11 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Summit had runners on first and second base with no outs but could not get the tying run across the plate. The Storm end the season 15-12 overall.

Klamath Union 2, Madras 1: KLAMATH FALLS — The Pelicans took a 2-1 lead after posting a run in the second and third innings, but the White Buffaloes had opportunities to answer. Madras put runners on second and third in the top of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but the Buffs were held scoreless during those frames en route to the Class 4A play-in loss. Bryce Rehwinkel went 1-for-3 with Madras’ lone RBI, and Andrew Fine doubled. Robert Fine pitched six innings and allowed just three hits for the White Buffaloes, who saw their season come to an end with a 13-12 overall record.

Boys lacrosse

Bend 9, West Salem 6: The host Lava Bears raced to a 5-0 lead, then turned back the Titans’ comeback to notch what is believed to be the first Oregon High School Lacrosse Association playoff victory ever for Bend High. Cade Hinderlider scored three first-quarter goals as the Lava Bears took a 5-1 lead into the second period. By early in the second half, West Salem had pulled even at 6-6, but midway through the third quarter Bend regained the lead on an unassisted goal by Hayden Baney. James Rockett then scored the last two of his three goals to provide the Bears with their final winning margin. Eli Pite added two goals and two assists for Bend, Baney had an assist to go with his goal, and Rockett and Daniel Nase had one assist apiece. The Lava Bears, 12-6 overall and the No. 14 state seed, advance to a second-round game Tuesday at No. 3 Jesuit of Portland.

Lake Oswego 9, Summit 8: LAKE OSWEGO — The Storm took Lake Oswego to overtime in the first-round Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state playoff match, but the host Lakers won it with a goal in the first four-minute sudden-death period. Summit, champion of the High Desert League, was the No. 17 state seed; Lake Oswego was seeded 16th. The Storm finish the season with an overall record of 13-8.

Oregon Episcopal School 11, Sisters 4: PORTLAND — The Outlaws’ season ended with a loss to No. 10-seeded Oregon Episcopal in the first round of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs. Mitch Keranen scored two goals and Jens Stadeli and Gabe Rietmann had one each for Sisters, the No. 23 state seed. Goalie Spencer Smith had 17 saves for the Outlaws, who trailed 4-1 at halftime. Sisters advanced to Friday’s game with its first postseason win ever in the play-in round. “We’re leaving here a little frustrated, but this was a good experience for us,” said Sisters coach Bill Rexford. “I know we’ll be back.” The Outlaws finished the season 9-11 overall.

TRACK AND FIELD

Cowboys, Cowgirls and Ravens advance to state: ONTARIO — Molly Viles won the discus, Danielle Michael took first in the pole vault and Laken Berlin claimed top honors in the long jump to lead the Crook County girls at the first day of the Greater Oregon League championships. Viles tossed the disc 114 feet, breaking her old personal best by eight feet, according to Cowgirl coach Ernie Brooks. McKenzie Hidalgo qualified for state by taking second in the discus, and Randi Holland did the same with a second-place finish in the pole vault. Grayson Munn paced the Cowboys with a victory in the 3,000 and Chance Sutfin added a runner-up performance in the discus. Phelan Lund (discus) and Caleb Ronhaar (long jump) logged the best finishes for the Ravens by taking fifth in their respective events. The top two finishers in each event from the GOL advance to next week’s Class 4A state championships in Eugene. The GOL championships pick up again today at noon.