Storm boys share title

Summit co-champs of 5A tennis tourney

Bulletin staff report /

BEAVERTON — Carter Quigley just may have a future with the Summit boys tennis team.

Quigley, a freshman, came up huge for the Storm on Saturday morning, rallying past Churchill’s Nathan Hampton 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the Class 5A boys tennis third-place singles match to clinch a share of the team state championship for Summit.

“It was really wild,” Storm coach Josh Cordell said about Quigley’s victory. “Wow. Amazing. … He came through and was so clutch.”

Summit, which has won three state championships the past four years, tied Crescent Valley of Corvallis for the 2014 title as both teams ended the three-day meet at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center with 19 points. Eugene schools Marist and Churchill finished third and fourth with six points and three points, respectively.

With three players in action Saturday, the Storm needed at least one win to earn a share of the state championship.

“We knew all three matches were going to be close,” Cordell said. “Carter was in big trouble after the first set. He was in big trouble with his attitude and his game. … He even had an official get on him for some anger outbursts. But he just brought it in and totally focused on hitting the ball. Man, he got it going and by the third set he was untouchable.”

Summit, which has won four 5A titles since 2009, had a pair of runner-up finishes this weekend in addition to Quigley’s dramatic third-place effort. Junior Chandler Oliveira took second in singles play, falling to two-time champion Jaime Fisher of Crescent Valley 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the championship final.

The Storm’s top doubles team, senior Liam Hall and freshman Garen Gasparovic, also lost in the finals. Marist’s A.J. Bartko and Austin Tyner, who repeated as 5A doubles champions, defeated Hall and Gasparovic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Hall, a four-time state qualifier for Summit, ended his career as the Storm’s all-time wins leader with 89.

“Our old record for wins was 76,” Cordell said. “Liam ended this tournament with 89, just totally blowing away the old mark. … He’s had such a great career. He’s a three-time state semifinalist, a one-time state finalist and a four-time state qualifier.”

While they did not place, the Summit duo of Thomas Wimberly and Hudson Mickel scored valuable team points by reaching the doubles quarterfinal round.

“We had such a good season,” Cordell said. “We were hoping to win (the championship) outright, but with how everything worked out, we’re pretty stoked on the day.”

Portland’s Oregon Episcopal dominated the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A boys state championships at Oregon State. The Aardvarks scored 28 points, taking first and second in both the singles and doubles brackets. Catlin Gabel was second with 14 points, and Cascade, La Salle, North Marion and Valley Catholic all tied for third with four points.

The top local finishers at the small-school boys state tournament were Sisters senior Paul Fullhart, who advanced to the quarterfinal round of the singles bracket, and Crook County’s Garrett Harper and Leonhardt Pusl, who made the quarterfinals in the doubles competition.