Prep Sports Roundup, April 12-15: Madras boys tennis gets a sweep
The big story of the week so far has been bad weather, as snowfall around the state forced cancelations, postponements and delays for many of the high school sports teams in Madras and Culver. Here is a rundown of what has happened — and what hasn't — so far this week in Jefferson County prep sports.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
UPDATED: Culver baseball splits series in Salem — Culver made the trip to Salem for a doubleheader with Western Christian, splitting the series. The Bulldogs won the first game 8-4, with the Pioneers taking the second in a 3-1 victory.
(Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that both games were played on Friday. An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the games were delayed, based on inaccurate information in the score-reporting system used by the teams. We apologize for any confusion.)
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
Madras boys tennis sweeps Sisters — The Madras boys tennis team made a clean sweep against one of its district foes on Thursday, defeating Sisters 4-0 in a home meet. The Outlaws only brought three players on the trip, but they rotated around to fill out the No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles match cards. Each match was played as a single set to eight games, rather than multiple sets to six.
In singles action, Madras senior Riley Adair defeated Jaxon Barry of Sisters 8-3, while sophomore Dereck Salgado won his second match in a row thanks to an 8-1 romp over Matthew Riehle.
As for the doubles teams, Madras' No. 1 duo of sophomore Keith Charley III and freshman Fernando Saldana took care of Barry and Riehle in an 8-3 victory. Meanwhile, senior Toni Hernandez and freshman Cruz Fisher continued a strong run of form, defeating Riehle and Jaiden Skidmore in an 8-1 rout.
"I think we've been doing good," said Fisher of the doubles success that he has enjoyed so far with Hernandez. "When we first started, I think our teamwork could have improved. Now that we're going, it's improving quite a bit."
"For a freshman, it's pretty impressive how he does," added Hernandez, referring to Fisher.
The pairing is looking to parlay the early success into a good showing at districts and a trip to state. The duo also has its sights set on overtaking the Charley/Saldana pairing for the No. 1 spot, but Hernandez is mostly just happy with how the whole team has been performing to this point.
"I expect them all to do well, just like we are," said Hernandez of his fellow teammates. "We're all really strong."
Head coach Margaret Kincaid echoed those sentiments after the meet, noting that the team has been playing with more confidence since the White Buffalo Invitational on April 2. However, Hernandez has another idea on where the success stems from — even if he can't quite put his finger on it.
"There's something unique that comes from Madras — I don't know how to explain it," said the senior. "I don't want to say it's a 'phenomenon,' but it's just something really great. Madras just always pulls ahead." Hernandez noted that the tennis program went through a down period, but now appears to be back on the upswing.
"Those moments are what brings us together," said Hernandez of how the team is using past struggles as a springboard this season. "It's what makes us stronger than ever."
Madras girls tennis falls in the snow — Though precipitation was falling throughout the day in Sisters, the Madras girls tennis team still finished out its road meet with Outlaws. However, the team came up on the wrong side of a 5-3 final score in Sisters' favor.
Sisters pulled off a clean sweep of the singles matches, with Madras freshman Yashira Chavero putting up the best fight in a 6-2, 6-4 defeat. The White Buffalos excelled in doubles, though, winning matches in each of the top three slots and losing only in the No. 4 matchup.
Madras seniors Natalie Ramos and Lorena Macias continued a strong start to the year in the No. 1 spot, earning a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Christina Thomas and Nancy Schirmer teamed up as the No. 2 pairing and came back to score a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 win. Finally, sisters Anna and Jenny Park cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win in the No. 3 hole.
Madras baseball falls to North Marion —The Buffs braved some bad weather on Thursday as they finally returned to action after both of its games against Corbett were canceled earlier in the week. Unfortunately, missing those games meant that Madras was coming in somewhat cold against a very strong North Marion program currently ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.
The Huskies prevailed 10-2, putting up runs in each of the first five innings before Madras scored to make it 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth. After a scoreless sixth, both teams scored runs in the seventh inning to round out the action.
Ayden Holcomb was just about the only Madras hitter to find any success at the plate. The junior notched three of the Buffs' six total hits, bringing his team-leading batting average up to .667 on the year. On the mound, Reece White and Ethan Graeme struggled with their control. The pair combined for eight walks, four hit batsmen and three wild pitches on the day, giving some extra help to a North Marion offense that was plenty healthy on its own.
Madras boys golf kept off the course — As was the case for many sports this week, Madras boys golf saw its competition canceled due to poor weather. The Buffs had been scheduled to play at Awbrey Glen in Bend. The team is scheduled to return to the links next week as Madras hosts a home event at Crooked River Ranch Golf Course on Thursday, April 21.
Culver softball's only game postponed — The Bulldogs were slated to make the trip over the mountains to face off with Jefferson, but that game was rescheduled due to bad weather. Culver will now travel to Jefferson on Saturday, May 14, according to the OSAA website. Culver will be back out on the diamond when they take on Central Linn in a road game scheduled for Monday, April 18.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
Culver track squares off with Summit's JV — The Bulldogs went down to Bend to do battle with the JV squad from Summit, a strong track program from Class 6A. Culver junior Peter Miranda was impressive in the throws once again, winning both the shot put and discus events easily. The only other wins on the day for CHS came from freshman Julian Sanabria, who ran unopposed in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Despite not having an opponent, Sanabria improved his 300 time by more than 1.5 seconds to set a new personal record.
Bad weather claims Corbett games — Madras' baseball and softball games against Corbett were canceled on both Monday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 13, due to inclement weather. Those games have not been rescheduled, but they will likely be made up later in the season.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12
Madras track competes with district foes — Despite the bad weather that forced the cancellation of many events at the beginning of the week, the Madras track and field still made the trip to Gladstone for a tri-meet with the Gladiators and fellow Tri-Valley foe Molalla.
Final team scores were not provided for the meet; however, Molalla won the most varsity events with 14 total and seven apiece for their boys and girls teams. Madras won 12 varsity events at the meet, including seven on the girls' side and five on the boys'. Gladstone was a step behind and won only seven events overall, with four for the boys and three for the girls.
Briann Ellis and Matty Buck helped lead the way for the White Buffalos, each winning a pair of individual events. Ellis, a senior, took home wins in the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault. Ellis' vault of 7-00 once again tied a personal best. Buck, a sophomore, did not set any new top marks for herself — but she was head-and-shoulders above the rest of the Tri-Valley throwers in those events.
The Madras relay teams were also strong, winning both the girls 4x100 and the boys 4x400. In the shorter relay, the Buffs' foursome of Adelynn Adams, Sierra Adams, Kahmussa Green and Isabelle Ludi placed first in an uncontested race following a disqualification for the Molalla team. As for the boys, the quartet of Eben Tapia, Ethan Nava, Ethan Tapia and Isaiah Wapsheli were nearly seven seconds faster than second-place Molalla in the 4x400. The Madras squad's 4x400 time is currently the fastest in the entire district.
Other individual winners from Tuesday include: senior Ethan Tapia (boys 400 meters); juniors Sebastian Bisland (boys pole vault), Hannah MacDuffee (girls 3000m â€“ PR) and Johan Poland (boys 300m hurdles); and freshmen Adelynn Adams (girls long jump â€“ PR) and Andres Pineda (boys 200m).
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