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Tualatin duo earn state bids

The teammates face off in the third-place match at district


McMINNVILLE — Randall Tainer and Ryan Malinowski are used to seeing each other on the other side of the net.

Tainer, a senior on the Tualatin High School boys tennis team, and Malinowski, a Timberwolf freshman, compete against each other at most every practice.by: DAN BROOD - TIMBERWOLF TUSSLE -- Tualatin senior Randall Tainer hits a shot during his district tournament third-place match against freshman teammate Ryan Malinowski. Tainer got a 6-0, 7-5 win.

But, when they were staring across the net at each other on Saturday, things were just a bit different. That’s because the Timberwolf teammates had to face off in the third-place match in singles competition at the Pacific Conference District Tournament.

In the battle of Timberwolves, Tainer came out on top, posting a 6-0, 7-5 win over his younger teammate.

“That was a lot of fun,” Tainer said. “We play against each other almost every day. It was a little more competitive today, but there was no one I’d rather play.”

“It was all right,” Malinowski said. “It was hard going against Randall, but he’s a senior and he deserved it.”

Tainer and Malinowski will both go on to play at the Class 6A state tournament.

The top four placing singles players and doubles teams from the district tournament advance to the state event, which starts today (Thursday) and runs through Saturday at the Portland Tennis Center and the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

Tainer and Malinowski will each be playing at the state tournament for the first time.by: DAN BROOD - FAB FRESHMAN -- Tualatin freshman Ryan Malinowski hits a backhand shot during Saturday's third-place match at the Pacific Conference district tournament.

“It’s another week practicing against each other,” Tainer said.

Tainer will open state tournament play today when he faces Barlow senior Caleb Cox in a first-round match.

“I’m excited,” Tainer said. “My goal was to get to state.”

The state tournament will wrap up an achievement-filled senior year for Tainer, who shined for the Timberwolf football team as a defensive back and as a sharp-shooting wing for the Tualatin boys basketball squad.

“I’ve enjoyed every second of all three sports,” he said.

Malinowski will open state tourney play today with a first-round match against South Eugene junior Isaac Love.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” Malinowski said. “I’m going to go to state and see what happens.”

The Tualatin doubles team of juniors Josh Olson and Travis Snyder nearly earned a state tournament bid as it reached the quarterfinal round at the district tournament.

Action at the Class 6A boys state tournament will start at 9 a.m. each day. Play will be at the Portland Tennis Center today and Friday before moving over to Tualatin Hills on Saturday.




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