Three Cowboys qualify for state tennis championships
The Crook County Cowboys have done much better than expected at the Special District 2 Regional Tennis Tournament.
Last Thursday, four Cowboys advanced past the first round of the tournament, which was held in Estacada.
Then Monday, three of those Cowboys punched their ticket to the state championships, reaching the semifinals of the tournament at Black Butte Ranch just outside of Sisters.
"It was amazing," Crook County head coach Jonny Oelkers said of qualifying three players for state.
No. 2 singles player Javier Domingez upset the second seed in a three-set quarterfinal thriller to punch his ticket to the state.
Domingez defeated Isaiah Chapen of Sisters in the second round and the edged Brandon Salgado of Madras 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
"In my four years of coaching, Javier's win (over Salgado) was the most intense tennis match that I have ever watched," Oelkers said.
Domingez was also excited about the win.
"I didn't really expect that I could beat that guy," he said. "He was a very good player, but he wasn't very consistent. I think playing soft and with consistency was the key."
Although their quarterfinal win was less dramatic, Alex and Moses Freauff also won in three sets, qualifying for the state tournament.
"They did their job," Oelkers said of the Freauff brothers. "They did a great job."
Although the three are already guaranteed a trip to state, their work at regionals is far from done.
The district semifinals and finals were Thursday, also at Black Butte Ranch.
"My first goal is to win a match this Thursday so that I can get seeded better at state," Domingez said. "I want to get farther in the tournament."
The Freauffs were scheduled to play Esteban Gomez and Tony Giron of Madras in the semifinals.
"I'm very excited and super happy to be going to state," Alex Freauff said. "I'm just happy that I'm going to go to state. I don't really care if I win or lose, but I hope to win some games there too."
Moses Freauff was also pleased to qualify for state.
"We have played some tough teams, but we are just more hungry, and we have come out with a victory," Moses Freauff said of how they have performed at district. "I'm very excited to get a chance to destroy people at state."
The state tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, May 18-19 in Corvallis.