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Crook County High School Cowgirl player surprise of tourney; squad takes third

LON AUSTIN - Crook County's Meredith Cooper, shown here earlier in the season, had a tremendous Intermountain Conference District Tournament. The squad's No. 2 singles player was the surprise of the event, putting a run together that earned her a spot in the title match. It included a victory over No. 2 seed Dagne Harris of Redmond. In the finals, Cooper came up short against Kylee Rost of Ridgeview.The Crook County Cowgirls saved their best for last as they came away with third place at the Intermountain Conference championships, which were held Thursday, May 20 and Saturday, May 22 in Redmond.

Leading the way for the Cowgirls was number two singles player Meredith Cooper, who surprised everyone with a second-place finish in the singles tournament.

Cooper defeated Lara Clute of Hood River Valley 6-0, 6-4 in the opening round of the tournament. In the second round,Cooper rolled past Yudith Gradilla of Redmond 6-2, 6-2. Cooper then got past Melissa Villegrana of Ridgeview in the quarterfinals before defeating number two-seed Dagne Harris of Redmond in the semifinals.

Cooper's run ended in the finals as number one seed Kylee Rost of Ridgeview defeated her to win the tournament.

Also placing for the Cowgirls in singles action was number four-seed Kaylee Carr, who opened the tournament with a bye, then defeated Kloe Scherner of Redmond and Anne Boswick of Pendleton. The match with Boswick was especially tight, with Carr escaping with a 2-6, 6-5 (10-5) victory. A bad ankle kept Carr from playing Rost in the semifinals as she finished the tournament in fourth place.

Also placing in the tournament was the Cowgirls doubles team of Alena McCabe and Maria Knight. After a bye in the first round, McCabe and Knight defeated teams from Redmond and Hood River Valley before falling to a team from Ridgeview in the semifinals. The Cowgirl duo then upset the number one seeds from Pendleton to take third place.

No other Cowgirls won matches in the tournament.

In the team scoring, Ridgeview won with 34 points, while Redmond was second with 29, Crook County third with 27, Hood River Valley fourth with 18 points, Pendleton fifth with 10 points, and The Dalles sixth with eight points.


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