BEAVERTON — For the second year in a row, Ashland's Chas Barnard and Jeff Laskos will be playing on Saturday in the Class 5A boys state tennis tournament. Only this time, they won't be playing for fourth place. They'll be gunning for first.
The unseeded Barnard and Laskos continued their remarkable run in doubles Friday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, shocking the No. 2 seeded team in the semifinals to earn a championship date with their District 4 rivals from Churchill.
The Ashland senior duo will play Connor Horne and Matt Walker in a contest that will be a partial rematch of last year's consolation final when Barnard and Laskos lost to Walker and then-partner Daniel Nellis for fourth place.
Barnard and Laskos posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Carter Patton and Nathan Ruter of West Albany in the quarterfinals. Then the Grizzly pair upset second-seeded Jason Berney and Surresh Kumar from Cleveland, 6-3, 6-0.
Barnard and Laskos have yet to lose more than three games in a set at Beaverton. They'll try to continue that trend in today's final, scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.
The surprise run to the finals was the highlight of what turned out to be a fantastic all-around day for Ashland, which advanced two boys doubles teams, one girls doubles team and one boys singles player to consolation finals.
Alex and Nate Harris will face teammates Josh Harris and Min-oh Suh in the boys consolation doubles final, Quincy Briscoe will take on Thor Dodson of Corvallis in the boys singles consolation final and Chloe Deckwar and Katie Patton will play Hayley Baker and Morgan Lushenko of Sherwood in the girls doubles consolation final.
Josh Harris and Suh have been equally dominating since losing in the opening round Thursday. They won their first consolation match 8-1 and their second 8-3.
Alex Harris and Nate Harris were dealt a more difficult consolation draw once the No. 3-seeded team of David Scheafer and Anthony VanEaton lost in the opening round. But the Ashland duo survived that matchup against Scheafer and VanEaton with a 9-8 triumph, pulling out the tiebreaker 7-4, in the consolation quarterfinals. They then dispatched Jasper Degens and Neil Alexander of Cleveland, 8-3, in the semifinals.
Briscoe added to Ashland's superb consolation showing with a pair of 8-6 victories.
The big second day improved the Grizzlies' chances at a top-three team finish. They're sitting in third place with nine points heading into the final day, 31/2 points behind first-place Cleveland, three points behind second-place Churchill and three points ahead of fourth-place Summit.
On the girls side, Deckwar and Patton rebounded nicely from Thursday's opening-round setback, grinding out a pair of hard-fought victories to earn a spot in the fourth-place match. Their day began with an upset of the No. 2 seeded team, Braiden Johnston and Katie Brown of Crook County, 8-5, and continued with a 9-8 victory over Ali Witting and Leanne Burrows of South Albany.
Meanwhile, the team that eliminated the Deckwar-Patton duo from championship contention, Hannah Shepard and Jesse Drakiulich of Summit, have since won two more matches and will play the No. 4 seed, Ellie Weinstein and Alexa Daskalos of West Albany, in the 5A girls doubles final.
BOYS — Cleveland 12.5, Churchill 12, Ashland 9, Summit 6, Glencoe 4, Hermiston 4, Century 2, Marshfield 2, Parkrose 2, Roosevelt 2, West Albany 2, Wilsonville 2, Corvallis 1.5, Mountain View 0.5, Thurston 0.5.
GIRLS — Wilsonville 12, West Albany 9, Corvallis 8, Century 6, Summit 6, Churchill 4, Crescent Valley 4, Hermiston 4, Ashland 2, Klamath Union 2, Liberty 2, Bend 1, Marshfield 1, Sherwood 1, South Albany 1, Thurston 1.
CLASS 6A — South Medford's Marina Todd and Matt Pronesti lost in the girls and boys quarterfinals, respectively.
Todd, a senior, was bounced out of the tournament by top-seeded Sophia Bott of Southridge. The Skyhawks sophomore defeated Todd, 6-0, 6-1.
Bott will play for the championship today against unseeded Ellie Grossman of South Eugene. In the semifinals, Grossman upset defending state champion and No. 2 seed Audrey Farr of Southridge, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The Panther sophomore Pronesti could not get past junior Chad Chaiyabutr of Southridge. The fourth-seeded Chaiyabutr defeated Pronesti, 6-1, 6-4.
David Tribble of North Medford lost in the consolation opening round to Eric Romrell of Tualatin, 8-5 (pro set).
BOYS — Jesuit 30, South Eugene 12, Clackamas 10, Sprague 9, Grant 8, Lake Oswego 8, Southridge 8, Sunset 6, Barlow 5, Beaverton 4, Grants Pass 4, Lincoln 4, South Medford 4, South Salem 4, Wilson 3, David Douglas 2, McMinnville 2, Newberg 2, Roseburg 2, West Linn 2, McKay 1.
GIRLS — Lincoln 24, Southridge 20, West Salem 9, McMinnville 8, Jesuit 8, South Eugene 8, Central Catholic 6, South Salem 6, Sheldon 6, Lake Oswego 5, Sunset 5, South Medford 4, Canby 2, Centennial 2, Grants Pass 2, Lakeridge 2, Sprague 2, St. Mary's Academy 2, Hood River Valley 2, Clackamas 1, Tigard 1, Tualatin 1.
CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A — At Eugene, third-seeded Maggie Schein of St. Mary's won two matches to move into today's semifinals at the University of Oregon.
Schein, a Crusader junior, registered a 6-4, 6-0 opening-round victory against Courtney Petry of Baker, then defeated Chantelle Hadeed of Westside Christian by the same scores.
In the semifinals, Schein goes against second-seeded Kate Rubinstein of Catlin Gabel.
In boys, Cascade Christian sophomore Eric Morse won an opening-round match but lost to third-seeded Peter Beatty of Catlin Gabel in the quarterfinals.
Morse defeated Germano Araujo of Ione, 6-2, 6-0, then was eliminated 6-0, 6-4 by Beatty.
In doubles, Jeffrey Morse and Taylor Pena were knocked into the consolations with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Kirby Nelson and Bryce Marvin of Vale in the opening round. Jeffrey Morse and Pena rebounded with an 8-2 win in the consolations against Moritz Boesser and Jeff Carroll of North Marion. The Challenger team faces Brandon Kruk and Loc Nguyen of Canyonville Christian in today's consolation semifinals.
BOYS — Catlin Gabel 16, Oregon Episcopal 8, Vale 4.5, Estacada 4, Canyonville Christian 2.5, Cascade Christian 2.5, Central 2, Delphian 2, Henley 2, LaSalle 2, Umatilla 2, Valley Catholic 2, Stayton 1, Cascade 0.5, McLoughlin 0.5, Sisters 0.5.
GIRLS — Oregon Episcopal 10, Vale 6, Ontario 4.5, Westside Christian 4.5, Catlin Gabel 4, Central 4, Marist 4, St. Mary's 4, Valley Catholic 4, Junction City 2.5, Sisters 2, Molalla 1, Baker 0.5, North Bend 0.5, Philomath 0.5.
Track and Field
SKYLINE CONFERENCE — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley's boys and girls dominated the opening day, scoring 86 and 71 points, respectively.
Henley is second in both meets.
In the boys meet, Hidden Valley's Jefferson Jarvis won the discus (158-10), Singeon Gotfried the high jump (5-10) and Buck Broadhead the long jump (20-83/4).
On the girls side, Hidden Valley's Sierra Brown won the 3,000 meters in 12:11.89, and Joelle Swanson took the javelin with a toss of 124-1.
TEAM SCORES — Hidden Valley 86, North Valley 52, Henley 44, Illinois Valley 5, Phoenix 1.
DISCUS — 1, Jefferson Jarvis, HV, 158-10; 2, Travis George, NV, 138-8; 3, Levi Toller, NV, 137-10; 4, Cody Krauss, HV, 129-8; 5, Anthony Jarvis, 124-0; 6, Skyler Hensley, H, 121-9.
HIGH JUMP — 1, Singeon Gotfried, HV, 5-10; 2, James Ross, HV, 5-10; 3, JJ Chirnside, NV, 5-4; 4, Alan Rojas, HV, 5-4; 5, Jesse Bethke, IV, 5-4.
LONG JUMP — 1, Buck Broadhead, HV, 20-83/4; 2, Jacob Hannah, NV, 20-81/2; 3, Blake Andreasen, HV, 20-41/4; 4, Cody Jones, HV, 19-53/4; 5, Kyle Say, H, 18-5; 6, Dane Dellsite, NV, 17-53/4.
POLE VAULT — 1, Brady Bowker, H, 11-9; 2, Patrick Bailey, HV, 11-0; 3, Brandon Gray, NV, 10-6; 4, Garrett Hoggarth, H, 10-6; 5, Blake Andreasen, HV, 10-0; 6, Keith Campbell, HV, 10-0.
3,000 METERS — 1, Jed Tolbert, H, 9:19.96; 2, Brady Beagley, NV, 9:34.91; 3, Earl Brown, HV, 9:39.97; 4, Zorg Loustalet, H, 9:40.62; 5, Jonathan Cornish, NV, 10:02.93; 6, Remington Henderson, H, 10:14.38.
TEAM SCORES — Hidden Valley 71, Henley 61, North Valley 15, Illinois Valley 9.
SHOT PUT — 1, Cori Wallace, H, 35-81/2; 2, Katie Figoni, HV, 33-61/4; 3, Alysa Castle, H, 31-101/4; 4, Natalie Musselman, HV, 30-5; 5, Morgan Hansen, HV, 27-6; 6, Ashley Hensley, H, 27-11/4.
JAVELIN — 1, Joelle Swanson, HV, 124-1; 2, Cori Wallace, H, 118-0; 3, Bailey Bars, HV, 114-11; 4, Kayla Johnson, IV, 107-2; 5, Amanda Doig, HV, 81-4; 6, Jacquie Nicholson, NV, 75-4.
LONG JUMP — 1, Rowan Jackman, H, 15-7; 2, Jordin Scholer, H, 15-7; 3, Elizabeth Venzon, HV, 15-43/4; 4, Marie Enman, H, 15-31/2; 5, Rebeckah Kaberline, IV, 14-5; 6, Lindsay Guevara, HV, 12-73/4.
3,000 METERS — 1, Sierra Brown, HV, 12:11.89; 2, Alyssa Watson, HV, 12:27.78; 3, Carlee Nelson, HV, 12:48.95; 4, Latisha Ronnigen, H, 13:06.90; 5, Rachel Espy, NV, 13:18.39; 6, Allyson Gronholm, NV, 13:19.30.