Polk County Sports 12A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 12, 2017 Peffley: Senior one of Dallas’ top singles players Continued from Page 11A Peffley was a track and field athlete in middle school, but the sport caused her more stress than enjoyment. “It gave me a lot of anxi- ety, and I wasn’t very good at it,” she said. “… There were a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure. I wasn’t having fun with it.” She decided to turn to tennis. The main obstacle? She had never even picked up a racket. With a large number of girls participating and only a few coaches to help both junior varsity and varsity, there were few chances for coaches to give the girls a lot of individualized focus on JV. Peffley was left to pick up a large portion of the sport on her own — learn- ing everything from a fore- hand swinging motion to working on her toss for a serve. Practice time with her teammates became the only chances she had to learn proper technique and rules — not an easy task for a beginner. “Someone would hit me a ball, and I would try and hit it back,” she said. “I’d look at where it landed and think, what can I do to fix it? A lot of my technique was self-taught.” The results were mixed, at best. “It was hard learning how to control the ball so it didn’t lob over every time,” Peffley said. That changed when coach Julie Hertel first joined the Dragons coach- ing staff. “She’s helped me with my form,” Peffley said. “I’ve PREP TRACK AND FIELD Hendrickson takes first Itemizer-Observer staff report AMITY — Falls City jun- ior Madelyn Hendrickson won the girls 200-meter run in Amity on Thursday with a time of 29.53 seconds. Brit- tney Potts took second in the 400 in 1:10.92; Gonzales placed second in the 3,000 (15:57.44), and Hendrickson added a pair of second- place finishes in the 100 hurdles (18.90) and long jump (14 feet, 2 inches). The girls team placed second in the team stand- ings. The boys were led by D y l a n Yo u n g , who took second in the 110 hurdles in 19.39. Z a c h Va r n e y Hendrickson placed sec- ond in the discus with a throw of 101-1 and Jeremy Labrado finished second in the high jump with a mark of 5-8. The boys finished fourth in the team standings. Falls City will compete at the North Marion JV Invite Thursday at 4 p.m. Perrydale also competed at Amity. Amity Deters took second in the girls 300 hur- dles (51.70) and Abigail Bibler took second in the shot put (29-1). Jacob Pope led the boys with a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 136-3. Perrydale’s boys and girls teams took seventh. Perrydale will compete at the Rob Frank Invitational in Banks Saturday at 10 a.m. made huge progress since (coach Hertel has) been here.” Every part of Peffley’s game, from her serve to her backhand, began to im- prove rapidly, and her shot placement went from a lia- bility to a strength. “I never realized how much strategy there is,” Peffley said. “I always kind of played where all I want- ed to do was hit it over the net. Hertel came in and showed me strategies like when to approach the net. I would have never learned those things without her. Now, I can slow things down, see where my oppo- nent’s weaknesses are and try and take advantage of them.” To see Peffley play this spring would be to see an experienced player moving quickly around the court — without a hint that the sport was entirely new to her just a few years ago. “Tennis has taught me how to be independent while still being on a team,” she said. “I don’t think I’d be as mentally strong if I never played ten- nis. You have to be able to catch yourself when you’re starting to get frustrated and be able to turn yourself around.” Peffley isn’t setting any expectations for her final season as a Dragon. In- stead, she’s focused on one thing – making tennis fun for herself and her team- mates. “I want to have a lot of fun and enjoy my last sea- son,” she said. “I want to do the best I can do. I’m not too picky where I’m seeded as long as I do the best I can in the place that I’m put.” Pirates: Perrydale faces critical stretch Continued from Page 11A The Pirates enter a criti- cal part of the season. “I think the rest of league it will come down to who- ever plays well that week,” Mabry said. “That puts us in a decent spot, because we have three good pitch- ers who we can depend on to give us solid innings of work.” For the Pirates, earning one of the league’s three spots to the state playoffs will come down to timely hitting and reducing errors. “We have to have more confidence when we’re hit- ting and have less mental errors out in the field,” Moore said. Success at the plate has to come from more than the experienced players, Mabry said. “With the older guys, we talk about having a plan at the plate,” Mabry said. “If you see something you can drive, you are free to swing at it. The younger guys will get up there and start to overthink and maybe get a little overwhelmed with the moment.” There is hope and excite- ment in Perrydale’s dugout. Turning that into a trip to the postseason is possible , but won’t be without chal- lenges. “Ask me in two weeks, and I’ll tell you how we’re looking,” Mabry said. WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP Whitaker, Holmberg leads track and field at home meet Itemizer-Observer staff report MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s track and field team placed second at the John Knight Twilight meet on Friday. The women placed fourth. Aaron Whitaker took first in the men’s 400-meter run with a time of 49.41 seconds; AJ Holmberg took first in the 800 in 1:54.52, just ahead of teammate Dustin Nading, who took second in 1:54.60. On the women’s side, Olivia Woods took first in the 400 in 57.06, ahead of team- mates Megan Rose, who took second in 58.16, and Suzanne Van De Grift, who finished third in 58.32. Nicole Maurmann won the 1,500 in 4:43.79. Other top finishes includ- ed a second-place showing from Codi Blodgett in the men’s 100 hurdles (11.27) and a third-place result from Alan Ekanger in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 9:51.03. Western Oregon will com- pete at the Mt. Sac Relays Wednesday (today) and Thursday in Azusa, Calif., before sending athletes to the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, and the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa on Friday. SOFTBALL SPLITS NORTH- WEST NAZARENE: Western Oregon’s softball team split a pair of doubleheaders with Northwest Nazarene. WOU won 5-1 and 2-1 on Friday be- fore losing 6-4 and 6-3 on Sat- urday. The games were moved to Nampa, Idaho, due to weather. Pitcher Haley Fabian threw a complete game in the ﬁrst game on Friday. The Wolves took the lead in the ﬁrst inning when Ryanne Huﬀman stole second and Kelsie Gardner stole home from third base. The Wolves broke a 1-1 tie in the second game in the eighth inning oﬀ an RBI single from Zoe Clark. A doubleheader against Saint Martin’s was canceled due to weather. Western Oregon plays at Concordia for a doubleheader Friday at 2 p.m. and hosts Con- cordia for a doubleheader Sat- urday at noon. The Wolves also host Simon Fraser for a double- header Monday at 2 p.m. BASEBALL DEFEATS CON- CORDIA: Western Oregon’s baseball team defeated Con- cordia 6-2 on April 5. Brock Pradere, Connor McCord, Jacob Martinez and Nyles Nygaard each had two hits to lead the Wolves. Pitcher Elias Bedolla earned the win after throwing ﬁve in- nings with two strikeouts. W O U ’s d o u b l e h e a d e r s against Saint Martin’s on Satur- day and Sunday were post- poned due to weather. Western Oregon defeated Saint Martin’s 4-3 and 3-2 on Monday. The Wolves played Saint Martin’s in Newberg on Mon- day. WOU hits the road to play at Montana State Billings for a pair of doubleheaders on Fri- day and Saturday before play- ing at Saint Martin’s on Tues- day DALLAS ROUNDUP Dallas: Dragons Curtis paces girls golf team in Corvallis rally for victories Continued from Page 11A If there was an area of concern against the Pan- thers it was this: The Drag- ons left runners on base and in scoring position multiple t i m e s. L e t t i n g s c o r i n g chances go by is a luxury Jackson knows the team won’t have going forward. “We talked about how we left way too many runners on base,” Jackson said. “We have to make sure we are making adjustments at bat to at bat. We have to put the ball in play. We had too many balls go by with us looking and let too many scoring opportunities go by.” Overall, starting 4-0 in league play is a solid start and shows opponents that the Dragons are ready to contend for a league title. “We just have to come out and play hard and play our game, not who is across the dugout,” Jackson said. “This conference is a tough one, but if we play like we know we can, I think we’ll be alright.” Itemizer-Observer staff report CORVALLIS — Dallas’ girls golf team finished sixth at Trysting Tree in Corvallis on Monday. Kailee Curtis shot a 94 over 18 holes to lead the Dragons. Natalie Crabtree recorded a 101; Missie Davis added a 151; and Emma May Johnson had a 156. The girls will host a home tournament at Cross Creek Monday at 11 a.m. The boys finished in a tie for sixth at Spring Hill in Al- bany. Xavier White shot a 99 to lead Dallas. Adam Nichol- son recorded a 103; Ben Courtney added a 104 ;and David Jones scored a 108. Dallas will compete at Tuk- wila in Woodburn Monday at 10 a.m. BASEBALL DROPS T WO OF THREE: Dallas’ baseball team lost two of three games to Lebanon. The Dragons de- feated the Warriors 11-4 on April 4 before falling 4-1 on April 5 and 11-5 on Friday. During Dallas’ victory, the Dragons scored ﬁve runs in the third inning to grab the lead for good. The Dragons (4-2 Mid- Willamette Conference) played Central Tuesday after press time. Dallas travels to Central Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. BOYS TENNIS DEFEATS SOUTH ALBANY: Dallas’ boys tennis team defeated South Albany in a tiebreaker on Thursday. The two teams were tied 4- 4, but the Dragons earned the win due to sets won. Individ- ual match results were not available. Dallas lost to Cres- cent Valley 8-0 on Monday. The Dragons played Lebanon Tuesday after press time. Dallas plays at Wood- burn Thursday at 4 p.m. before hosting Central Tuesday at 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD COM- PETES AT CRESCENT VAL- LEY: Dallas’ track and ﬁeld teams competed at Crescent Valley on April 5. Team scores weren’t available. Stefani Tallon won the girls 100-meter hurdles in 16.43 seconds, just ahead of team- mate Jenifer Webb, who ﬁn- ished in 16.45. Ellie Osborn took second in the discus with a throw of 87 feet, 1 inch. Jacob Ronco led the boys with a ﬁrst-place ﬁnish in the javelin with a mark of 140-8. Dallas will compete at the Viking Relays at North Salem High School Friday at 4 p.m. CENTRAL ROUNDUP Baseball earns a pair of victories over Silverton Itemizer-Observer staff report INDEPENDENCE — Cen- tral’s baseball team defeat- ed Silverton 5-2 on April 4 and 4-3 on April 5 before falling to Corvallis 4-2 on Monday. The Panthers played Dal- las Tuesday after press time. Central hosts Dallas Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Cres- cent Valley Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL DROPS T WO: Central’s softball team lost to Lebanon 12-6 on April 4 and Dallas 2-1 on April 5. Central held a 1-0 lead over the Dragons headed into the seventh inning, but Dallas scored a pair of runs to earn the win. Central hosts Silver- ton Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. before playing at South Albany on Thursday and Fri- day. GIRLS TENNIS FALLS TO CORVALLIS, CV: Central’s girls tennis team lost to Crescent Valley 8-0 on April 4 and Cor- vallis 8-0 on Thursday. The boys team lost to Cres- cent Valley 8-0 and Corvallis 7- 1. Jorge Hernandez-Soto earned the Panthers’ lone vic- tory. Central’s girls will play at Lebanon on Thursday before hosting Dallas Tuesday at 4 p.m. The boys host Lebanon Thursday at 4 p.m. before play- ing at Dallas on Tuesday. BOYS GOLF FINISHES SIXTH: Central’s boys golf team tied for sixth at Spring Hill in Albany on Monday. Andrew Love scored a team- low 93. Girls results were not available as of press time. The boys will compete at Tukwila Monday at 10 a.m. B OYS T R AC K F I N I S H E S THIRD AT SANDY: Central’s boys track and ﬁeld team took third at the Sandy Invitational on Saturday. Sterling Hutchinson won the 200-meter run in 23.29 sec- onds. Isaac Burgett took ﬁrst in the 400 in 51.44. Josh Dickson won the 300 hurdles in 42.83 and the 4 x 400 relay team of Hutchinson, Zach Meyer, Jose Herrera and Burgett and the 4 x 800 relay team of Aaron Padilla, Matt Raines, Jonathan Brown and Meyer also took ﬁrst. Bethanie Altamirano led the girls with a ﬁrst-place ﬁnish in the 400 in 1:00.58. Central will compete at the Viking Relays Friday at 4 p.m. at North Salem High School. Rec: Co-ed volleyball league begins on Tuesday Continued from Page 11A “People told us they want this to continue,” Bready said. “We thought, we have enough experience and know-how and desire to keep adult rec going on in the city.” It’s been a whirlwind since then, but DORI is ready to make its debut with co-ed volleyball this month. The group will hold an open gym Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at LaCreole Middle School. “This will let people come in and hit the ball and talk to and meet us,” Bready said. “We’re looking for people to come out and get a glimpse that adult rec isn’t going anywhere.” Registration for co-ed vol- leyball is open with matches beginning on Tuesday. Cost is $25 per person or $200 for a team. Leagues are only open to those 18 and older because of insurance reasons. “The cost was one of the surprising parts,” Bready said. “We know how much it would cost to rent a gym, but the cost of liability insur- ance and filing the right documentation was hard. Until we’re running well and collecting fees, all the costs will be coming out of our own pockets. … We’d need a different form of insurance to cover everyone, but we do hope to broaden our reach to encompass everybody.” For those involved, the out-of-pocket cost is an ex- pense that is well worth it. “The end goal is for all of the profits, after we pay ex- penses, to be put back into the community,” Bready said. “That will mean sup- porting all the club and youth sports. We’ve all had kids go through programs, and we believe sports is a great way to grow our young people in our town.” After volleyball finishes, a co-ed softball league will fol- low this summer. Bready said volleyball and softball are just the begin- ning. The group has plans to get involved with the Glow Run, basketball and other projects. “We want Dallas to be a place that everyone wants to live,” Bready said.