Borg-Schoenlein advance to 6A finals

PORTLAND — Tanner Borg has two Class 6A state doubles titles to his credit playing with David Longmire.

Now the North Medford senior is on the cusp of a third straight championship, but this time with new partner Austin Schoenlein.

The top-seeded Borg and Schoenlein won two matches Friday at West Hills Racquet Club to advance into today's finals at the 6A state tournament. Today's match will be at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

Black Tornado teammate Colt Hoeptner wasn't quite as successful on the singles side.

Hoeptner prevailed in an exciting quarterfinals match against freshman Scott Goldner of Lake Oswego, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. The senior then lost in the semifinals to two-time defending state singles champion Zhenya Pereverzin of Clackamas, 6-2, 6-2.

North Medford, which has back-to-back second-place finishes at the state tournament, is locked into third place this year. Jesuit and Sprague are tied for the team lead with 20 points each, while the Black Tornado is in third with 16 points entering today's final round. If North wins its final two matches, it can only get to 19 points.

Borg and Schoenlein powered past Cameron Rutledge and Jordan Miller of Forest Grove, 6-0, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Sprague team of Preston Mann and Brent Wheeler put up a tough fight before falling to Borg and Schoenlein, 6-3, 7-5.

With the second set tied 5-all, Mann and Wheeler led 40-15 on their serve, but Borg and Schoenlein didn't lose another point in the match.

"Tanner and Austin dictated pace throughout the match," said North Medford coach Hal Borg, Tanner's father. "They had an answer for everything thrown at them. They played well as a team."

The North doubles team plays Brendan Gibbons and Gram Leahy of Jesuit in today's championship match. Borg and Schoenlein defeated Gibbons and Leahy in the semifinals of the Jesuit Invitational earlier in the season.

"Tanner is starting to feel the moment and the possibility of three-peating," said the North coach. "Austin is the one playing really loose. He's feeding off of Tanner's experience."

Hoeptner's quarterfinal victory over the unseeded Goldner was compelling tennis. The North Medford senior had to dig out of a 3-4 deficit in the decisive third set.

"It was the best singles match of the tournament, by far," said coach Borg. "It was very high quality tennis."

Hoeptner faces John Brewer of Central Catholic in today's third-place match. Hoeptner defeated Brewer, 6-2, 6-4, in the North Medford Invitational a month ago.

CLASS 5A — At Portland, the Ashland doubles team of Jeff Laskos and Chas Bernard won two matches to move into the consolation finals at the West Hills Racquet Club.

Laskos, a junior, and Bernard, a freshman, face Matt Walker and Daniel Nellis of Churchill today.

Laskos and Bernard defeated Alin Syed and Neil Alexander of Cleveland in an 8-4 pro set, then got by John Her and Michael Pham of Century, 8-5.

CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A — At Eugene, Scott and Eric Morse of Cascade Christian lost just five games in two matches to easily move into today's semifinals at the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club.

The third-seeded Morse brothers will play top-seeded Ryan Nedrow and Jason Stack, the two-time defending state champions from Oregon Episcopal.

Senior Scott Morse won three consecutive state singles championships before opting to play for the doubles title this year with his freshman brother.

The Morse brothers defeated Griff Schireman and Richard Mills of LaGrande, 6-1, 6-0, then posted a 6-1, 6-3 quarterfinals victory against Kirby Nelson and Bryce Marvin of Vale.

Another Morse brother, junior Jeffrey, partnered with Taylor Pena to advance into the doubles consolation semifinals with an 8-3 pro-set victory against Luis Magana and Mario Aparicio of Umatilla.

The Challengers are in contention for second place in the team standings.

Girls

CLASS 6A — At Beaverton, seniors Jaci Abeloe and Carissa Arnesen of North Medford bounced back from a first-round loss with two victories to charge into the consolation doubles finals at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.

Abeloe and Arnesen defeated Katie Fitch and Emma Daugherty of South Eugene, 8-4. In the semifinals, the Black Tornado team was impressive with an 8-2 win over Ashley Armstrong and Kate Loftus of Wilson.

Abeloe and Arnesen face Brandie Hill and Laura Bennetts of Lincoln for the consolation championship.

North Medford senior Sierra Severson was eliminated from the tournament with an 8-2 consolation singles loss to Kathleen Preston of Lakeridge.

CLASS 4A/3A/2A/1A — At Eugene, Piper Gault and Molly Hildreth of St. Mary's rallied for a victory in the first round before being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club.

Gault, a senior, and Hildreth, a junior, defeated seniors Vanessa Clarke and Stephanie Morris of Molalla, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

In the quarterfinals, the St. Mary's pair lost to Kaitlyn Casimo and Estelle Berger of Oregon Episcopal, 6-1, 6-4.

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