Boys and girls teams combine to place second at Treasure Valley Community College tournament

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zac Thompson plays the ball in a recent match.  Thompson and his partner Joe Oehlshlaeger won the consolation bracket of the Treasure Valley Community College Invitational over the weekend.

The Crook County High School boys and girls tennis teams finished in second place in the high school division at the seven-team Treasure Valley Community College Invitational.
   The tournament was won by Parma, Idaho, who easily outdistanced the rest of the field.
   "The girls did really well and the boys did fair," said Head Coach Lloyd Rodgers.
   In the girls competition No. 1 singles, Tessa Romine came up against tough competition, falling in the first round to the best player that the Cowgirls have faced all season.
   "Tessa hit a foreign exchange student right off the bat that was better than anybody that we have over here," said Rodgers. "She was almost a professional type of player."
   Romine was later knocked out of the tournament by another foreign exchange student. Erin Crofcheck won her first match and eventually finished fourth, falling in a close three set match. Natalie Rich, playing in the No. 3 singles made it to the finals, but was forced to withdraw because of illness.
   In doubles competition the Cowgirls No. 1 doubles team of Krissi Kemper and Maggie Trinchieri finished fourth. Chelsea Finnerin and Jessalyn Walter finished in second place and the No. 3 doubles team of Cecile Sur and Megan Bernard finished in fourth place.
   "Everyone was sick, but we did the best we could under the circumstances," said Rodgers. "It was a good tournament."
   In boys play the Cowboys got good performances from all of their doubles teams. The No. 1 doubles team of Zac Thompson and Joe Oehlshlaeger won the consolation bracket, while the No. 2 doubles team of Trevor Brown and Paul Robideau won their bracket. The other two doubles teams each made it to the semifinals of the consolation bracket in their division.
   For the Cowboys the singles players all struggled with Jeff Robideau, playing No. 3 singles finishing in fourth and no one else placing.
   "All in all I don't think we did too bad," said boys coach Dan Brown.
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