Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 8, 2015 11A Polk County Sports Swing: Seniors expect title run Continued from Page 10A Among the improve- ments, his backhand is more consistent. It was also a moment that helped Cable focus on staying posi- tive during matches and not letting one bad shot turn into a lost game. “I need to stay consis- tent,” Cable said. But Cable isn’t the only player with state aspirations this season. No. 2 singles player Edoardo Sanna looks to join Cable in his pursuit of state. Sanna is a senior exchange student from Italy who ar- rived in July. “I know that he loves ten- nis and his exact first words after his first competition were, ‘this is fun,’” Youngren said. Sanna defeated Dallas’ Michael Friesen 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday, the first of what he hopes is numerous vic- tories this spring. “I have to take things step by step,” Sanna said. “My top goal is to win state.” For Sanna, this season is about more than just play- ing tennis. It’s a chance to learn about a new culture. “I love this place,” Sanna said. “I get along with every- one. I love them. I’ve been here since July and have been waiting for tennis sea- son since I got here. I love the connection with people. I love playing such a good sport, a pure sport, without any violence. I think it’s very healthy.” Their biggest advantage will be getting the chance to push each other to their limits, Youngren said. She also has a secret weapon to help Cable and Sanna. “Them having the oppor- SPORTS BRIEFS DHS track chowder feed on April 20 DALLAS — The Dallas High School track and field team will hold a chowder feed and silent auction on April 20. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Cost is $10 and includes clam chowder, bread and a shrimp salad. All proceeds will support the Dallas track and field program. Donations are being accepted for the silent auction. If you would like to donate items, contact Michelle Nelson, 503-881-0594. Dallas Mat Club begins fundraiser DALLAS — The Dallas Mat Club is selling Al’s Nursery hanging flower baskets for its annual fundraiser. Through the end of April, 10-inch baskets will be sold for $20 and 12-inch baskets for $30. All proceeds support youth and middle school wrestling programs in Dallas. Baskets will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day. For more information: email@example.com or contact a Dallas Mat Club or a LaCreole Middle School wrestler. Wolves’ pitchers earn weekly honor MONMOUTH — Western Oregon seniors Jourdan Williams and Jesse Pratt earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s soft- ball and baseball Pitchers of the Week on Monday. Williams held league-lead- ing Saint Martin’s to a single run during a 6-1 WOU victory Williams Pratt on Saturday. Williams held the Saints to seven hits. She also led the Wolves at the plate, batting .462 during the team’s four games last week. Pratt also threw a complete game, a 10-0 shutout win against Central Washington on Friday. Pratt retired the first 10 batters he faced and gave up just a single hit. He struck out eight batters in the seven-inning game. LUKAS EGGEN/ Itemizer-Observer Central senior Edoardo Sanna talks with Dallas’ Michael Friesen prior to their match on Thursday at Central. Sanna won 6-0, 6-0, but Central dropped the match 5-3. tunity to play each other and hit against (Central ten- nis alumni) Alejandro Echeverri, who is volunteer- ing this year, will keep them at the top of their games,” Youngren said. The Panthers, who lost to the Dragons 5-3, look to build depth to go along with Cable and Sanna. Youngren is happy with the progress she’s seeing from her team. “The guys played with more confidence this week than before spring break,” she said. “That helped them anticipate where the ball was going and get set up better. Spring break and a week of rain is cost- ing us valuable practice time. It's early, and we kept up with our competi- tors well on the courts last night. There were really no blow outs.” Up Next • Central’s boys tennis team hosts Lebanon Thursday at 4 p.m before playing at South Albany on Monday. The Panthers then host Silverton Tues- day at 4 p.m. Central returns to the court to host Lebanon Thursday at 4:30 p.m. PREP TENNIS ROUNDUP Dragons earn pair of wins Dallas sees depth throughout its lineup Itemizer-Observer staff report DALLAS — Thanks to some strong performances up and down its lineup, the Dallas girls ten- nis squad earned a pair of w i n s against Wo o d - burn and Central. Brewen T h e Dragons opened the week with a 7-1 defeat ove r t h e Bulldogs on April 1. Marissa S. Poston Brewen, Savanna Poston, Lynn Gumpinger and Alison Hir- shi swept singles play. The doubles teams of Abigail Garber and Amelia Poston, Megan Floyd and Megan Ronco, and Molly Ingram and Morgan Bate- man also earned victories for the Dragons, who began the match on March 31, be- fore being delayed by weather. Against the Panthers, the team’s lone defeat came when Hirshi fell to Patience Teague 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 4 singles spot. The Dragons play at Cor- vallis Thursday at 4 p.m. DA L L A S B OYS D O W N CENTRAL: Dallas’ boys tennis team earned its first victory of the season, defeating Central 5-3 on Thur sday. Ryan Bibler earned a singles p o i n t , while the doubles pairs of J o s i a h Gillette Bibler and Ca- meron Gumpinger, Josh Dud- ley and Randy Mullins, Caed- mon Blair and Cole Oace, and Honnario Calipano and Eli Koons earned victories for Dal- las against the Pan- thers. The Dragons ope-ned t h e we e k by falling to Wo o d - burn 5-3 on Gumpinger March 31. The Bull- dogs swept the singles match- es, while the doubles teams of Dudley and Mullins, Blair and Bibler, and Koons and Cali- pano earned points for Dallas. The Dragons played at South Albany Tuesday after press time. Dallas hosts Corvallis Thursday at 4 p.m. CENTRAL GIRLS FALL TO DALLAS: The Central girls tennis squad dropped a 7-1 match to Dallas on Thursday. “Dallas had better technique than we did and were much more consistent,” Panthers coach Dave Eble said. Pa- tience Teague earned the team’s lone point in the No. 4 singles match. “Patience moved the ball around very well and really made her op- ponent work. This match was more one-sided than the Rivarly • Dallas and Central’s boys and girls tennis teams faced each other for the first time as Mid- Willamette Conference foes on Thursday after- noon. • The Dragons won both contests. • Dallas’ girls team plays at Corvallis on Thursday. The boys squad hosts Corvallis, while Central’s girls team plays at Lebanon. • Start time is 4 p.m. for all matches. score indicated.” Eble was also pleased with No. 3 singles player Andrea Garibay and the doubles team of Camille Bliss and Kylie Smith. “Andrea played well and very consis- tently,” Eble said. “Camille gets a hustle award. She was all over the court and returned many balls I didn’t think she would be able to get.” Central plays at Lebanon Thursday at 4 p.m. You’re Out! LUKAS EGGEN/Itemizer-Observer Western Oregon pitcher Alyson Boytz prepares to throw against Western Washington on Thursday afternoon. Perfect: WOU hits final stretch Continued from Page 10A Western Oregon entered the week in second place in the conference standings be- hind Saint Martin’s (8-2 GNAC). Boytz said, while this sea- son may be more difficult than they anticipated, she’s ready to take her game to the next level. That includes more than refining her pitches. She need to trust her teammates to make plays to help her out. “I just try and get ground balls hit to my teammates,” Boytz said. “I want to get as many strikeouts as I can and remember I have my de- fense there to back me up.” As the Wolves begin the final month of the regular season, Boytz hopes the turning point for the team leads to more wins. More importantly, Boytz looks for her teammates to continue to show the belief that they can play with the best teams in the conference and beyond. “We have to eliminate those little errors and know that we’re better than that,” Boytz said. “When we do make those mistakes, we have to shake it off quickly.” PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP Rech throws no-hitter Riddell hits a pair of home runs against Woodburn LUKAS EGGEN/Itemizer-Observer Tanner Earhart tags a runner out on second and looks to complete a double play against Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon. The Dragons defeated Lebanon 10-0 before dropping the series finale 6-3 on Friday. Dallas entered the week with a 2-1 record in league play. Itemizer-Observer staff report INDEPENDENCE — Central pitcher Chris Rech threw a no-hitter, and the Panthers’ baseball t e a m s w e p t Wo o d - burn to open Mid- Willame- tte Con- Rech ference play. Cen- tral opened the series with a 6-0 win on March 31. Wes Riddell earned the win on the mound. Rech would be up next on Thursday, where he threw his no-hitter. Riddell hit a home run and a dou- ble, while Luke McBeth, Luis Amador and Ruben Martinez also recorded doubles during the 8-0 vic- tory. Central won the final game of the series 13-0 on Thursday. Riddell hit his second home run of the series, while the Panthers scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers (5-1 overall, 3-0 MWC) play at Silverton Wednesday (today) before hosting the Silver Foxes Fri- day at 4:30 p.m. DALLAS WINS TWO OF THREE: The Dallas baseball team finished its three-game series with Lebanon, defeating the Warriors 10-1 on April 1 before falling 6-3 on Friday. Pitcher Logan Hatley threw a complete game, giving up just two hits on Wednesday’s game. Dallas (4-4 overall, 2-1 Mid-Willamette Conference), which was scheduled to host Woodburn Tuesday after press time, plays the Bulldogs on the road on Wednesday (today) before hosting Woodburn on Friday. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m. for all games. PIRATES THROW NO-HIT- TER: Pitchers Keenan Bailey and David Silver combined to throw a no-hitter against Crow, as the Pirates baseball team cruised to a 13-0 win on Thursday. B a i l e y threw se- ven strike- outs in four innings. Hunter Johnson went two for two Silver w i t h fi v e RBIs at the plate, including hit- ting a grand slam in the first inning. Perrydale opened the week losing a nonleague thriller to St. Paul 6-5 on March 31. It was the Pirates’ (5-1 over- all) first loss of the season. Per- rydale was scheduled to open league play at Country Chris- tian Tuesday after press time. The Pirates host Western Men- nonite Thursday at 4:30 p.m.