St. Helens tennis teams sweep vs. Milwaukie
PREP GIRLS TENNIS
The St. Helens Lions began a busy stretch of matches with a 9-0 Northwest Oregon Conference dual victory over Milwaukie on Tuesday at St. Helens.
The Lions had a new No. 2 doubles crew of juniors Annabelle Robitz and Maggie Wheeldon, who earned that spot through intrasquad challenge play. They won 6-2, 6-0.
St. Helens also was set to go to Parkrose on Thursday for another league match. The Lions will play host to Wilsonville on Monday, visit Hillsboro on Tuesday and be back home against Putnam on Thursday for Senior Day — with the team's only seniors, Ella Tenido and No. 1 singles player Olea Opdahl, to be honored.
The Lions are competing well, coach Mark McQueen said, with recent inclement weather probably their biggest foe.
"If we get a chance to play, I think we're doing pretty well," he said.
On days without a match, "we're working hard on fundamentally skills and doing our own tournament play," McQueen said.
Opdahl's sister, freshman Abi, has moved into varsity singles play, as has another freshman in Drew Erickson. Erickson recently took her opponent at No. 3 singles from formidable La Salle Prep to a 7-5 set.
"She's showing she's aggressive and really wants it," McQueen said.
Against Milwaukie, Olea Opdahl won 6-0, 6-0, as did Erickson. At No. 2 singles, sophomore Erin Sullivan won 6-4, 6-2. And Tenido won her No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-2.
The Lions' top doubles crew of juniors Jenna Pense and McKenna Coddington won 6-0, 6-1 against the Mustangs. At Nos. 3 and 4 doubles, St. Helens got 6-0, 6-0 wins from the teams of Kaycee Leanna-Katelinn Timmons (junior-sophomore) and Amanda Taylor/Sofia Stranjiford, both sophomores.
PREP BOYS TENNIS
St. Helens defeated Milwaukie 7-2 in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual at St. Helens on Tuesday.
The Lions' No. 1 doubles team of juniors Tanner Waid and Jakob Nelson swept their match against Milwaukie, 6-0, 6-0, Tuesday at St. Helens.
"Our first time 6-0, 6-0. Pretty sweet," Waid said.
It's their third year playing as a doubles team for the Lions.
"We can read each other's thoughts. We kind of know what we're going to do and what's going to happen," Nelson said. "We're pretty in sync."
Both say they've improved under second-year coach Ryan Ward in particular.
"Since Ryan came in, we've been improving a whole lot more. I think he's a great coach," Waid said. "I've gotten better with my serving and returns. I was pretty garbage freshman year.
"And our chemistry has gotten tighter as a (doubles) team, so we're able to work better together rather than as two separate players."
"We'd never even held a racquet going into freshman year," Nelson said. "So we've worked on everything."
In the off-season, they like to come to the school courts and do some hitting or play tennis to keep sharp.
"We like to get some people together and just play. It's really fun," Waid said.
The Lions' No. 2 doubles team of freshmen Samuel Moehring and Isael Quezada won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The third doubles twosome of Kodi Miller and Dylan Shafer, both also freshmen, won, 6-0, 6-0.
St. Helens also got a win at No. 2 singles from senior Pablo Gomez-Aparici Vega, 6-2, 6-1.
PREP BOYS GOLF
Scappoose High's Chase Elliott had three birdie 3s, including one on the final hole, to shoot a par 72 and lead the way in a Monday Northwest Oregon Conference match at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
Elliott had three bogeys in shooting nines of 35 (1-under) and 37 and winning the tournament by 12 strokes over Owen Tunstill of La Salle Prep.
"Chase was his usual steady self," Indians coach Ryan Svenson said.
Tunstill and the Falcons were first with 362 strokes, 12 ahead of Wilsonville and 14 lower than Scappoose. St. Helens was fourth at 404.
"Not our best round of the year," Svenson said. "We really struggled with course management and took some bigger numbers than we needed to."
Cooper Ragan's 98 led the other four Indian golfers, all finishing within 10 shots of one another.
"Cooper shook off a rough front nine to play much better on the back. He's really establishing himself as a solid No. 2 option after Chase," Svenson said.
The NWOC boys tee off Monday at Forest Hills Golf Course in Cornelius, then go to Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis on Wednesday for the state tournament preview, where several of the top Class 6A and 5A teams are slated to compete.
PREP GIRLS GOLF
St. Helens placed second to Wilsonville in a Northwest Oregon Conference match Tuesday at Quail Valley.
Emme Paullus and Alexus Burgoyne shared medalist honors for the Lions, both posting a 28 in the modified Stableford scoring sister and tying for fifth place. Maddie Holm (22) was next for the Lions.
Callie Enos of Scappoose also had a 28.
On Monday, Scappoose played in the Cowapa League Invitational at Astoria Golf & Country Club, and Enos finished seventh with a modified Stableford score of 42. Valley Catholic won the team title and had the two lowest individual scores (59 and 52).
As of midweek, Oregon freshman Hannah Galey from Scappoose had started 28 of 39 games and was batting .176, with 13 RBIs, 12 runs scored, two doubles and three home runs.
The Ducks were 17-21 overall, 2-10 in the Pac-12 and 0-6 at home going into Thursday's series opener in Eugene against California. Other games with the Bears are 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
• Oregon State senior Michelle Sass from St. Helens High had started 14 games for the Beavers (21-15 overall, 3-10 in conference and 0-4 at home). She was batting .237, with one RBI, five runs scored and five doubles. OSU is playing host to No. 2 UCLA this week. Game 1 was Thursday. Games 2 and 3 are 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
• Former Scappoose catcher Gabie Krueger, a college freshman, was a combined 5 for 7 with a home run, double and eight RBIs last week, helping Yavapai College (Prescott, Arizona) improved to 37-9 overall with wins of 15-1 and 21-4 over Gateway Community College.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
Portland State freshman Linnaea Kavulich from Scappoose is expected to run the 1,500 meters Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California.