Boys tennis ready for districts
The White Buffalo boys tennis program traveled to Philomath to take on the Warriors April 25.
This was a big meet for the Madras No. 1 doubles team of Tony Giron and Esteban Gomez because the two lost to Philomath during last year's district competition.
During the 2018 district finals at Black Butte Ranch, Giron and Gomez lost to Warriors' Luke Haslem and Antonio Feld 6-0, 6-4.
This time is was a different story. Giron and Gomez took on Haslem and new partner Nick Stucki, and beat them in two sets, 6-1, 6-4, giving Giron and Gomez an extra boost of confidence with districts right around the corner.
In the No. 2 doubles match, the Philomath team of Bryce Beeton and Nathaniel Workman defeated Roberto Garcia and Kobey Jorgensen 6-4, 6-1.
Madras' Sebastian Norato and Angel Ramos won a hard-fought first set against Logan Wade and Filip Farmseth 7-6 (3). After set one, they defeated Wade and Farmseth by winning the second set 6-2.
The No. 4 doubles match was won by Byron Patt and Kahne Herkshan. They defeated Noah Aynes and Judah Bacho 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2.
The singles matches were all won by Philomath in two sets over the Buffs.
Philomath athlete Colton Beckstead beat Coty Simmons 6-1, 6-0 during the No. 1 singles match, and Alec Stucki, of Philomath, defeated Killian Smith 6-4, 7-6 (4).
In the No. 3 singles match, Dylan Bell was able to beat Madras' Luis Mancera 6-1, 6-0, and Jeremy Alston, of Philomath, defeated Dapri Miller 6-1, 7-5.
The Warriors won their meet 5-3 over the White Buffalos.
Madras mauls Woodburn
The boys tennis team hosted their new league foe, the Woodburn Bulldogs, April 22 and won 5-3.
It was a clean sweep for the boys doubles teams, beating all their Bulldog opponents in two sets.
Gomez and Giron easily handled their No. 1 doubles opponents, Brian Gomez and Juan Alfano, in two sets, 6-1, 6-2.
Garcia and Jorgensen defeated Alex Martinez and Jon Ascencio 6-1, 6-1, while teammates Patt and Herkshan handled Andy Moteneticien in a 6-1, 6-3 victory for the Buffs.
Chavez and Young were able to defeat Angel Sanchez and Jesus Vasquez 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 4 match.
In the singles matches, Woodburn's Jonathan Swensin beat Simmons in two sets, 6-0. 6-1.
The No. 2 singles match was won by Roman Sinnok, of Woodburn, over Smith 6-4, 6-2.
The Bulldogs earned their last win when Job Aguino defeated Sebastian Norato in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Madras sealed the deal in the No. 4 match, when Luis Mancana bested Vlan Grianan 6-4, 6-2.
District is next for the Buffs. Madras will host the first round at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 2.
Giron and Gomez have lots of experience at the district level, making it to the finals and placing second last year. The two did not compete together at state and did not start playing doubles with each other until a meet on April 16.
"When we first started to play together again, it was a little weird," Giron said. "It still is a little bit, but we are getting back on it and getting on the grind. You just don't want to lose and making it to the district finals last season, we know what it feels like. We are striving harder to win and just be a better doubles team."
The second and third days of districts will be held at Black Butte Ranch Monday, May 6, and Thursday, May 9.
"I think we need to talk more, position ourselves better and work on our serves," said Gomez. "Our goal will be to win districts this year. I am really motivated this year because I wasn't able to go to state last year and now I just want to go and compete."