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STATE RACQUETBALL: Sandy's Madison Krening makes finals in No. 2 singles bracket

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Annie Roberts (right) and Kelsey Klinger won a repeat doubles title at last weekends state racquetball championships in Salem.

The Barlow girls racquetball team came in second to powerhouse Sprague at last weekend's state tournament in Salem.

The Bruins piled up the points by advancing players into the finals of five of the six singles draws.

"That is unheard of," Barlow coach Brian Ancheta said. "We knew this was the year for our girls to make a statement."

National champion Annie Roberts led the way with an easy run through the No. 1 bracket, surrendering only nine points during her run to the title.

"Annie is focused on Nationals coming up, so she is just rolling," Ancheta said.

She also paired up with Kelsey Klinger to repeat as champions the No. 1 doubles draw. The duo won their three matches in straight sets with their biggest challenge coming in the close-out set of the finale where they got past their Sprague opponents 15-12.

"Winning those two brackets is huge — that definitely gave us a big push," Ancheta said.

Barlow's Katrina Klatt scored a pair of straight-set wins, including a 15-6, 15-13 win in the finale to take the No. 4 bracket.

Chloe Hilsenteger won the No. 5 draw with a 15-10, 15-6 decision over Sprague's Ellie Horn in the finals. She outscored her two round-robin opponents by a combined count of 60-9.

Barlow's Emma Corvese, also a setter for the Bruins' volleyball team, became the first in school history to reach the title bout of the crowded No. 6 bracket, which featured 55 entries this year.

She won her first four matches by an average margin of nine points, a run that included a pair of wins over players from Sprague, which the Bruins were chasing in the team score.

"She's very competitive, she's our grinder," Ancheta said. "She plays smart and keeps the ball alive."

Shelby Levens shutout her first-round opponent in the No. 3 bracket and toppled Sprague's Sarah Shewaye 15-14, 15-5 in the semifinals.

The high school national tournament will be hosted at the Multnomah Athletic Club on the last weekend in February.

Sandy's Makayla Barton won her opening match in three sets and went on to claim a tight 15-10, 12-15, 11-10 victory in the third-place match of the No. 1 girls draw.

Teammate Madison Krening scored a 15-13, 15-10 semifinal upset over top-seeded Caitlyn Joye out of Sprague on her way to second place in the No. 2 bracket. Madison Bender reached the semifinals in the No. 3 singles draw.

Krening and Bender combined forces to shutout their first-round opponent in the No. 1 doubles draw before running into the two-time champion pair of Roberts and Klinger in round two.

Sandy's Jacob Edgerton won a 15-3, 15-1 decision in his first-round match in the boys No. 1 singles draw.

This story is slated for our Feb. 5, print edition.

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