The nugget. (Sisters, Or.) 1994-current, April 08, 2015, Page 7, Image 7

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    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Boys team competes in three days of tennis
By rongi Yost
The boys tennis team
finished up their week on
Saturday, April 4, with their
third consecutive day of
Sisters was overwhelmed
by a very deep Bend squad
in their first match of the
week at home on Thursday,
April 2. The Outlaws were
short their top singles
player, and a couple of other
key starters in singles and
doubles, and were unable
to post a single win in the
Pierce Wehrle and Josh
Kizziar came closest at
No. 3 doubles, with a hard-
fought loss in the super-tie-
breaker at 10-8, after a split
in the first two sets against
Miles Herman and Jasper
O n F r i d a y, H e n l e y
arrived in Sisters with only
its top six players, since
only half of the team was
needed for Saturday’s White
Buffalo Invitational. Both
of Henley’s singles players,
Jacob Mangan and Christian
Meyers, are among the best
in the district, and both quali-
fied for the state tournament
last year.
Connor Schaab was asked
to play up against Mangan at
the No. 1 spot, and Andrew
Stengel was given an even
tougher assignment: to play
at the No. 2 position, instead
of his usual No. 4 spot. It
wasn’t a surprise that the
Hornets were too strong for
Sisters’ singles players.
Sisters doubles teams
fared better. Billy Biggers
and Gabe Willitts (No. 2 dou-
bles) prevailed 7-5, 7-5, over
Jorge Baza and Christopher
“Billy, who will divide
his time between tennis and
track this year, made some
shots at key moments to
deliver the win,” said Coach
Bim Gander.
Alex Cyrus and Noah
Eckstein (No. 4 doubles) won
by default.
Shawn Horton and Ethan
Stengel lost in a heartbreaker
at the top doubles spot.
With a 9-5 lead in the super-
breaker, they were unable to
hang on, and went down by
a count of 11-9 to Spencer
Todd and RamRey Duran.
“Henley’s doubles teams
agreed to play twice, giving
some of the lower-ranked
Outlaws some valuable play-
ing time against more skilled
players than they usually
see,” said Gander.
Sisters wrapped up their
week on Saturday at the
White Buffalo Invitational
in a nine-team round-robin
for No. 1 and 2 singles and
No.1 and 2 doubles teams.
It was a seven-game tour-
nament format for a total of
63 games played. Placing
was determined by games
Top finishers in the tour-
nament were: Henley (first),
Philomath (second), Estacada
(third), and Madras took
Schaab was again asked
to play the No. 1 singles
position. Sisters usual No.
1 player, Colin Reinert, for-
eign exchange student from
Germany, took the opportu-
nity at spring break to travel
the U.S. Connor finished
with an overall sixth-place
Gander told The Nugget
that Connor’s results were
very respectable, especially
given the fact that most
of the team’s No. 1 play-
ers have a great deal more
“Connor moves extremely
well on the court, and his
serve is more consistent and
reliable than most, even com-
pared to the other top play-
ers,” said Gander. “During
the coming weeks, we’ll
work hard to add a little
more bite to that shot, and he
should be close to unbeatable
at his usual No. 2 position.”
Ben Johnson and Gabe
Willitts (No. 2 doubles) also
did well at the tournament,
and placed fourth out of nine
“I expect these guys to
improve a lot,” commented
Gander. “They’re very
imposing, and almost men-
acing, when they’re together
at the net. All we need to do
is refine the shots that they’ll
need to get there.”
Andrew Stengel earned
an eighth-place finish at No.
2 singles, and Shawn Horton
and Ethan Stengel finished
sixth in No. 1 doubles.
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Colton manhalter returns the ball in doubles action against Bend.
The Outlaws were
to play at home against
Klamath Union on Tuesday,
April 7. Sisters will play at
home against Blanchet on
Wednesday, April 15.