> Craig Weigand and Bob Prince finished their senior tennis season for Madras High with a flourish.
On Saturday, May 24, the pair became the first boys double team of the millennium to play on the second day of the Oregon 3A-2A-1A tennis state tournament. But, they couldn't pick up a trophy after recovering from a first-round loss on Friday to make it all the way to the consolation bracket's championship match, with two wins.
Prince and Weigand's bid for the consolation championship on Saturday at the Eugene Swim and Tennis Center was stopped by Estacada's Bryce Hambelton and Mario Olivares, 6-2, 6-4.
Their 2-2 record left Weigand and Prince with the same mark as the event's fourth-place winners, but no trophy.
After recovering from a 6-0, 6-2 first-round loss to Valley Catholic's third-seeded Tyler Chin and Thomas Thiel -- by beating Michael Turowski and Andrew Stone of North Bend, 8-3, in a "pro-set" match Friday afternoon -- Weigand and Prince still needed two wins to take the consolation trophy.
First- and second-round consolation bracket matches were played in that "pro-set" format. It awards victory to the first team winning eight games. That constrasted with the championship bracket's matches all being decided by which team was the first to win two sets to six games.
Prince and Weigand highlighted their state-tournament run by beating Baker's VanArtsdalen and Cummings duo, 8-5. That win came in the semifinals of the consolation play. Weigand and Prince had lost to the same pair during the seeding portion of the earlier Special District tournament.
Solid serving and good court coverage were a couple keys to winning Weigand and Prince had talked of while going into the district and state tournaments.
Communicating with each other about what part of the court to cover paid off for Prince and Weigand as did their hours of practicing and matches leading up to the district and state tournaments.
They sought good enough position to get to their opponents' shots on each point. That plan just happened to work slightly better in the pro sets than the sets to six games.
Both teams that beat Prince and Weigand wound up with trophies. Chin and Thiel got all the way to the finals before they lost, placing second to Catlin Gable's Shane Kapral and David Kellogg.