Tennis players nab a handful of victories
With six representatives at the state tennis competition, Wilsonville managed a handful of victories at the Portland Tennis Center on Friday, May 17.
Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC) champion Jack Roche found success early on, but was unable to capitalize in the quarterfinals. Roche defeated Corvallis freshman Rowan Mosher after a hard-fought three set battle 2-1 (6-3, 5-7, 7-5), but came up short against Hood River Valley sophomore Vaughn Reardon 2-0 (6-3, 6-1).
Fellow Wilsonville singles player Jackson Dean was bested in two of three outings at the state tournament. The sophomore was initially defeated by Crescent Valley junior and No. 2 seed Bojan Soskic 2-0 (6-3, 6-1). In the consolation bracket though, Dean picked up a big win over Central senior Jean de Woulers 9-7 to advance to the consolation semifinals. Once there, he lost a tough victory to eventual consolation champion Bryan Duncan of Thurston.
For the boys doubles team of senior Zach Brehm and junior Nate Ogden, the day started off on a low note, but the duo battled back. In the opening round, they fell to Corvallis's Eddie Hu and Lukas Reinkenobbe 2-0 (6-2, 6-1). In the consolation quarterfinals, Brehm and Ogden defeated Churchill junior Martin Kaiser and sophomore Sean Gray 8-1. In the consolation semifinals, the Wildcats defeated The Dalles seniors Devam Patel and Ethan Martin 8-6.
In the consolation finals the duo nearly ended the day on a high note, but were bested by Redmond juniors Jeff Hair and Chad Pilling 2-1 (7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-2).
For Wilsonville's girls tennis players the day was shorter. Senior Isabella Gonzalez was defeated by Ashland freshman Sascha Wells 2-0 (6-2, 6-0), and then fell to Churchill senior Nicole Hampton 8-6 in the consolation quarterfinals.
Junior Madeleine Klein also had a rough start to the tournament, being defeated in a close matchup with Churchill junior Youha Tanaka. In the consolation bracket, Klein defeated league foe and Putnam junior Perry Bradley-Bender 8-4. Klein nearly avenged Gonzalez's defeat against Hampton, but came up just short 8-6 in the consolation semifinals.