Eight Cowgirls, four Cowboys advance at tennis regionals
Things went better than expected for both the Crook County Cowgirls and Cowboys on Thursday during the first day of Special District 2 district tennis tournament.
Playing in Estacada, the Cowboys advanced their No. 1 doubles team and both their No. 1 and 2 singles players to the second round of the tournament.
No. 1 singles player Alex Nyman survived a three-set thriller to win his first match, while No. 2 singles player Javier Domingez won in straight sets.
The Cowboys' No. 1 doubles team of Alex and Moses Freauff also easily won their first-round game.
The girls first round was played in Madras, and the Cowgirls advanced eight players to the second day of the tournament.
As expected, the Crook County No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Connolly and Kadence Kee easily won their first-round match.
However, they were far from the only Crook County doubles teams to play well on Thursday.
The Cowgirls' No. 2 doubles team of Marlen Ceja and Tansy Clark also easily won, while the team's No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Love and Ashley Reynolds pulled out a surprise victory.
In singles action, fourth-seeded Olivia Cooper advanced as did unseeded Brittney VanderJagt.
After the first round, the Cowgirls are in third place with five points, while Philomath and Cascade are tied for first with six points apiece.
Both the boys and girls tennis tournaments continued on Monday at Black Butte Ranch with all state tournament qualifiers being decided.
Then on Thursday, the remaining players will return to Black Butte where the district champions will be determined.