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Buffs come out of districts with titles

Romero rebounds to claim consolation crown, Galan-Alonso get doubles crown


by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Itzel Romero rebounded from an early loss to take the consolation bracket title last week at the Class 4A District 2 Tennis Championships in Portland. 
A not so good first day at the Class 4A District 2 Tournament quickly turned into a much better second day for many Madras tennis players.

After suffering early, and surprising losses, the White Buffalos' Itzel Romero and doubles partners Wendy Galan and Lorena Alonso rebounded to capture consolation titles at the District 2 Championships last week at the Portland Tennis Center.

The Buffs' boys doubles tandem of Jered Pichette and Oved Felix also rebounded from an early loss to advance to the consolation finals.

Despite the second-day successes, Madras was shutout once again in state berths.

“We had a good tournament,” Madras girls' coach Dave Jordan said. “If all three of them hadn’t kind of stepped on their toes a little bit with their first-round opponents and gotten themselves into the consolation bracket, we might have had some make it to state.”

Romero entered the tournament as the fourth seed in the singles draw, but was upset by Allie Burns of La Salle Prep in the second round. After losing the first set, Burns rallied for a close 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 win.

That sent Romero, a senior, into the consolation bracket, where she ripped off three wins to advance to the finals. There she dropped Emma Snyder of North Marion 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to earn the consolation title.

Senior Megan Forristall and junior Jessica Gonzalez won their opening matches in the

singles draw but were bounced from play in their second matches.

After a first-round bye, Forristall beat Stayton's Miranda Richey 6-2, 7-5 in the round of 32 but lost to Sarah Teubner of Cascade, 7-5, 7-6 to end her tournament.

Gonzalez opened with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Skylar Gross of Cascade but lost in the round of 32, 6-0, 6-1 to Kate Arp of La Salle.

Galan and Alonso were seeded third in the doubles draw and followed a path similar to Romero's, losing a three-set match in the round of 32. But they bounced back to win three-straight consolation matches and topped Shawna Cox and Alisha Larsen of Molalla 6-1, 6-4 in the final.

“We played it out the best we could,” Jordan said.

The Buffs' team of Gonzalez and Jasmine Ike-Lopez won their opening match before being knocked out in the second round as did Jasmin Mercado and Danni Schmaltz and the team of Stephanie Olivera and Amanda Olivera.

The Madras boys had success in the doubles draw as Omar Dominguez and Obie Eriza advanced into the quarterfinals before losing to Kyle Bivens and Kyle Schaeffer of Cascade 6-0, 6-1.

Pichette and Felix worked their way through the consolation bracket and reached the finals, where they lost 6-4, 6-4 to Nate Haslem and Ferek Stucki of Philomath.

“I think they all played quite well,” Madras boys coach Margaret Kincaid said. “Everyone left with smiles on their faces.”



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