EUGENE — Crook County High has never produced a girls tennis singles state champion, but on Saturday, the final day of the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state championships at the University of Oregon, Cowgirl sophomore Elsa Harris nearly snapped that drought.
Harris, the No. 4 singles seed, cruised into the semifinals but then ran into second-seeded eventual state champion Lara Rakocevic of Catlin Gabel, falling 6-3, 6-1. Harris rebounded to win the third-place match 6-1, 6-4 over Oregon Episcopal School’s Rachael Nedrow, last year’s singles state champ.
“She played pretty strong against (Rakocevic),” Crook County coach Lloyd Rodgers said about Harris. “Even though the score doesn’t show it, that match really could have gone either way.”
OES earned its second straight state title with 14 points to top the 22-team field, followed by Catlin Gabel (10 points), North Bend (eight) and Henley (seven).
Crook County finished sixth as a team with five points, and Ridgeview was close behind with four to tie for seventh.
At the 4A/3A/2A/1A boys state championship, also held at UO, Ridgeview singles player Brett Blundell lost in the consolation semifinals, as did the Ravens’ doubles team of Caleb Maxwell and Gabe Payne.
Ridgeview finished in a tie for 11th among 22 teams with one point, while Sisters earned two points to tie for seventh. The Outlaws had no players competing on the final day.
The Aardvarks of OES won their sixth state championship in eight seasons with 22 points, besting Catlin Gabel’s 14 points.
In other Saturday action:
North Marion/St. Paul 13, Madras 1: MADRAS — After rain on Thursday forced suspension of the White Buffaloes’ Class 4A play-in game, the visiting Huskies came out swinging. The contest was picked up in the top of the third inning — the point at which the game had been suspended — and North Marion/St. Paul immediately put up four runs in the third, followed by three in the fourth inning and five in the fifth to defeat the White Buffaloes in five innings. Elysia Moran was 2-for-2 with Madras’ lone RBI. Azur Rice went 2-for-2 for the Buffs, whose season ended with a 15-12 overall record.
Track and field
Hawks earn second straight district title: COTTAGE GROVE — La Pine fielded winners in seven events at the Sky-Em League boys championships, guiding the Hawks to 154 points and their second consecutive district title. Jeremy Desrosiers, who had already qualified for state with a win in the long jump on Thursday, was victorious in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter run, setting meet records in each event, according to La Pine coach Gary Slater. The top two finishers from each event earn bids to the state championships next weekend in Eugene. Joshua Ramirez (high jump) and Joseph Swayze (triple jump) each picked up wins for the Hawks, who also posted the second-best 400-meter relay mark in Class 4A this season with a winning time of 43.21 seconds. Sisters, which was fifth in the six-team standings with 70 points, saw Brandon Pollard win the 1,500 and the 3,000. For the girls, the Outlaws took second with 143 3⁄4 points, second behind Cottage Grove’s 171. Zoe Falk won the 800, and Alisha Haken placed first in the triple jump. Pole-vault winner Chloee Sazama was the lone state qualifier for the La Pine girls, who rounded out the six-team standings with 53 points.
Munn, Rivera pace Cowboys: ONTARIO — Grayson Munn won the 1,500-meter run, Luis Rivera added a victory in the 800, and Crook County finished second as a team at the Greater Oregon League boys championships. Final team scores were not available at press time. For Ridgeview, which was fifth in the six-team standings, Zachary Taylor (110-meter hurdles) and Caleb Ronhaar (high jump) placed second in their respective events. Laken Berlin notched a win in the 100-meter dash to lead the Cowgirls to a third-place finish in the six-team standings. Kathryn Kaonis won the shot put, and Hannah Troutman took second in the javelin and also second to Hosanna Wilder’s win in the high jump. The top two finishers in each event qualify for the Class 4A state championships next weekend in Eugene.
Buffs send relay, two individuals to state: MILWAUKIE — Madras’ Brent Sullivan cleared 6 feet in the high jump to take first in the event at the Tri-Valley Conference boys championships Thursday and Friday, qualifying him for the Class 4A state championships next week in Eugene. The top two finishers in each event earned bids to state. The White Buffaloes took fourth in the six-team standings with 89 points and qualified their 400-meter relay team for state by taking second in 45.61 seconds. Host La Salle finished first in the team standings with 205 points. For the girls, Elle Renault placed second in the javelin to lead Madras to 15 points, which rounded out the six-team field. Gladstone won with 187 1⁄2 points.
Sandy, Belanger log two wins apiece: STAYTON — Lori Sandy took the 100-meter dash and the triple jump while contributing toward Culver’s winning 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams to pace the Bulldogs at the Tri-River Conference girls championships. Team scores were not available at press time. Andrea Retano (800 meters) and Angelica Metteer (1,500) each picked up wins for Culver. For the boys, Kyle Belanger claimed top honors in the 400 and the 800, and Corey Sledge added a victory in the pole vault. The top two finishers from each event qualify for the Class 2A state championships next week in Eugene.
Grizzlies take second at districts: KLAMATH FALLS — Paige Kooker defeated teammate Ashley James in the discus, and Sierra Shuey logged a win in the long jump to lead Gilchrist to 100 points at the Class 1A Special District 2 girls championships at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Paisley managed 101 points to edge past Gilchrist for first place in the 10-team standings. For the boys, who finished fifth with 65 points, Zane Anderson led the Grizzlies with a victory in the shot put. Brenden Wolf placed second in the high jump to give Gilchrist its other state qualifier. Camas Valley finished atop the 11-team standings with 150 1⁄2 points. The top two finishers from each event earn bids to the Class 1A state meet next week in Eugene.