PORTLAND — Roseburg High’s top doubles team of Sam Stadter and CJ Ball did nothing to hurt their future seed at this spring’s OSAA Class 6A tennis tournament.
With a second-place finish, the duo did plenty to help the Indians at the first edition of the Oregon High School Team Tennis Championships, too.
Ball and Stadter, a junior and a senior, nearly dropped their first match of the tournament. Their play sharpened up over the course of the weekend, though, and they pushed Sunset’s Jared Lin and Ryan Chin in the title before falling 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Jesuit easily won the state’s unofficial team title with 71 points, but the Indians made a dent with 16.5 to place fifth overall out of 12 schools at the Portland Tennis Center and Tualatin Hills.
In order to advance to Saturday’s final rounds, individuals and doubles teams had to win both of their matches on Friday. Along with Stadter and Ball, Roseburg’s No. 4 team of Hunter Paschke and Nicholas Norlin-Pritchard accomplished the feat. Friday’s doubles matches were played using pro scoring — first to eight games.
Stadter and Ball fell behind in the first match against Lincoln’s Alex Johnson and Jeremy Nuss, 5-3, but rallied for an 8-6 win. After that, they took out Barlow’s Zac Blume and Daley McKay, 8-3.
The pair knocked off Jesuit’s No. 1 team of Alex Centurion and Tommy Mulflur in the semifinals, 7-6, 6-4. Lin and Chin took the first set of the championship, but Stadter and Ball evened it up and were serving up 2-1 in the third set.
Freshman Stefan Ball, Roseburg’s No. 1 singles player, lost his first match against Sunset’s Brian McKittrick, 6-4, 6-3. He bounced back in his second match, defeating Lake Oswego’s Alex Gatter, 6-0, 6-2.
Paschke and Norlin-Pritchard recorded their wins against Sunset’s Vendant Raol and Victor Lin (8-5) and South Salem’s Jimin Lee and Reid Zielinski (8-2).
TEAM SCORES — Jesuit 71, Sunset 46, Lincoln 40.5, Grant 32, Roseburg 16.5, Sprague 13, South Eugene 11, Lake Oswego 5, South Salem 5, West Linn 4, Barlow 2, Central Catholic 1.
RHS girls win twice
The Indians (5-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the South League race with wins over Sheldon and West Salem on Saturday at Finlay Field.
Jaclyn Humphry had six goals and two assists in a 16-10 win over the Irish. Kalina Larecy and Bre Larson each had three goals, Lexa Van Volkenburg two goals, and Madeleine West and Harlie Johnson one goal each. Larecy, West and Johnson made two assists apiece.
Humphry scored 10 goals in a 25-15 win over the Titans. Other offensive contributors included Johnson (four goals), Tristen Jones (three goals), Larson three goals), West (three goals, three assists), Larecy (one goal) and Van Volkenburg (one goal). Goalie Claire Delacruz made 11 saves.
RHS 15, Sprague 2
SALEM — Jake Heverly had four goals and five assists and Zach Aalberg added five goals as the Indians improved to 7-1 overall with a nonleague win Friday.
Roseburg, which led 10-1 by halftime, also got two goals and five assists from Logan O’Hara and a goal and an assist from Dominic Bello. Nick Ellis and McKinley Morrow contributed one score apiece.