The Madras White Buffalos boys tennis program hosted the first round of tennis districts May 2, and were very competitive.
Madras' doubles team Tony Giron and Esteban Gomez were the No. 1 seeded doubles team in the entire district bracket and showed why during a victory over Jones/Cole, of Molalla.
The White Buffalo doubles team of Kobey Jorgensen and Roberto Garcia made it to the second round of districts, beating North Marion's Gianella/Torian.
"I thought it was a really good match," Garcia said. "I was nervous at first, because it was a new year, new districts and it was nerve-racking. It was a good thing I had Kobey (Jorgensen) next to my side because he did a lot and is really good. We talked a lot on the side, finding mistakes, fixing them and kept on going."
"It was great to play in Madras, better than the girls tennis team leaving at six in the morning," Garcia said. "The energy is really good because our courts are really close to the school and a lot of people came out to support us. I don't see that happening at other schools."
Jorgensen and Garcia have only been playing together for a couple matches, but already have a great feel for each other.
"I thought our performance went really well," Jorgensen said. "We had a couple moments where we needed to pick things up and we did and were able to get the win. It was a good day for the Madras White Buffalos."
"The support from the school is huge and it is amazing to see the community come out to support Madras in a big way," he said. "Plus, getting a few extra hours of sleep and some extra warm-up time was a big help."
"Looking at the bracket, we are playing a team we haven't seen before," Jorgensen said. "I feel good about it, but you can't underestimate anybody."
Angel Ramos and Sebastian Norato, of Madras, lost to Workman/Beeton, of Philomath, but did well in the consolation bracket. The two defeated Harris/Rojas, of North Marion, and Duarte/McConkey, of North Marion, to reach the consolation semifinals.
Madras' doubles team of Kahne Herkshan and Byron Patt defeated Duarte/McConkey, of North Marion, in their first match, but lost to the No. 2 ranked doubles team of Haslem/Stucki, of Philomath.
Herkshan and Patt defeated Hawkes/Torres, of Cascade, and Gomez/Alfaro, of Woodburn, in the consolation bracket. Ramos and Norato and Herkshan and Patt are playing each other in the consolation semifinals Monday, May 6, in the second round of districts.
In the singles bracket, only Luis Mancera was able to reach the second round, in the consolation bracket. Mancera lost to Jacob Sturgeon, of Cascade, in his first match.
Mancera turned around and beat Saul Garcia, of Cascade, and Elther Garcia, of North Marion, reaching the consolation quarterfinals match.
In the quarterfinals match, Mancera defeated Gabriela Ambrosis, of Sisters, and will be playing Keetan Green, of Sisters, in the consolation semifinals during the second round of districts.
Madras' Killian Smith lost to Cody Syring, of Estacada, in his first match and lost to Hayden Holm, of Stayton, in the consolation bracket.
Dapri Miller won his first match against Tony Morfin, of Molalla, in his first match for the Buffs, but lost to No. 2 ranked Ben Suezle, of Cascade, in his second match.
Miller lost to Roman Sommik, of Woodburn, in his consolation match.
Buffalo single player Coty Simmons played Brian Ritchie, of Stayton, in his first match and lost to Carson Beguelin, of Estacada, in the consolation bracket.
"The first round of tennis was full of athletes playing incredibly," head boys tennis coach Margaret Kincaid said. "We always want our players peaking at the right spot and there were a lot of matches that showed that peak. That is exactly where we want them as far as skills and mindset, just competing. It was a really good day for tennis."
"To see the team's comradery and team bonding, with their teammates, sitting down cheering each other on, that's exactly how you need to do it," she said. "I talked about family, attitude and fearless focus; that is exactly what was shown and it is very rewarding to see that."
"A lot of districts has to do with rest," said Kincaid. "A lot of practice is just fun and relaxing. If they don't know it by now, they are not going to know it. It's not a matter of coaching them, but getting them in the right mind frame. They need to know they can be fearless and can really show it because now is where it really counts."
Senior night win
The boys tennis team played in their last regular season meet celebrating senior night April 29, while coming away with a 5-3 victory.
The Madras doubles team of Giron and Gomez kept things rolling with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, victory over Jed Kizziar and Isaiah Chapen.
Garcia and Jorgensen only needed two sets to beat Eli Gurney and Brogan Peterson in a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), win.
George Bates and Drew Collins-Burke, of Sisters, were able to beat Ramos and Norato 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
The No. 4 doubles match was won by Madras' Patt and Miller during a 6-4, 6-0, victory over Sam Nayes and Aspen Geiser.
In the singles matches, the No. 1 was won by Sisters' Nate Weber over Simmons for a 6-1, 6-0 win.
Keaton Green, of Sisters, was able to beat Smith 6-2, 6-2 and Mancera, of Madras, beat Colton Seymon in three sets, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2.
The No. 4 match was won by Madras' Elmer Egoavil 6-1, 6-3 over K.J. Sweet.
"Besides being very proud of these seniors and their improvements, some boys came out their senior year and played tennis for the first time and their amount of growth was incredible," Kincaid said. "The returning seniors were the leaders of the group and set an example for the younger kids and the importance of team bonding, doing it the right way."
The Buffalos finished the second round of districts May 6, after the Madras Pioneer deadline and final round will play at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Black Butte Ranch in Sisters.
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