District tennis cranking this week

The boys and girls tennis district tournaments for the Pacific and Northwest Oregon conferences are in, well, full swing right now, and several Hillsboro-area players have chances at making deep runs.

Of course, that is assuming that they survived early round play on Thursday, the first day of all of the tournaments.

For the Pacific Conference boys, Century sophomore and returning district champion Tommy Edwards earned the No. 1 seed in singles. Glencoe junior Daniel Kolesnikov was tapped as the third seed, which means that Saturday’s final has the potential to be an all-Hillsboro affair if both boys can advance that far.

Tualatin’s Ryan Malinowski and Mitchell King earned the second and fourth seeds, respectively.

As for the girls, Century junior Eka Essien, the two-time defending champion, picked up the top seed, as expected. Her sister, Neyen Essien, who is a sophomore, earned the No. 4 seed. Last year, the sisters met in the championship final, but this year a potential showdown will come in the semifinals if both girls advance.

Tigard’s Courtney Roshak and Newberg’s Sam Russo are the second and third seeds, respectively.

Tournament officials awarded six seeds in the girls doubles bracket, but they are split between Tualatin, Newberg, McMinnville and Forest Grove pairings.

Both girls and boys first round play took place Thursday. Results were not available at press deadline.

Competition resumes today with second round and quarterfinals play, in McMinnville for boys and in Forest Grove for girls. Championship semifinals and finals matches for both boys and girls will be staged at Linfield College in McMinnville on Saturday. The top four finishers in each bracket will advance to next week’s Class 6A state tournament.

In the Northwest Oregon Conference, the Liberty tandem of Sean Thean and Tu Pham was awarded the third seed in boys doubles. On both the boys and girls sides, no other Liberty singles player or doubles team earned a seed.

The first three rounds of the girls NWOC tournament took place Thursday, while the first three rounds for the boys will be staged today. Semifinals and finals for both genders will take place on Saturday. All matches are being played at the Portland Tennis Center. The top four finishers in each bracket move on to the Class 5A state tournament next week.

F.C. Portland earns spot in top league

F.C. Portland announced last month that the soccer club has been accepted into the Elite Clubs National League for the 2014-2015 season.

“We are very excited for our girls to compete in the ECNL,” said Mike dePinna, F.C. Portland girls director of coaching. “It is the unquestioned top level of girls competition and player development in the nation.

“We look forward to working with our girls to develop and showcase them on this national stage.”

The ECNL was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through creation of a true national competitive league. Its goals are to improve the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. youth national teams, and improve the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs.

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