Crook County blanked by Hermiston
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Sports
>More experienced Bulldogs win all eight matches en route to victoryThe Crook County High School boys tennis team was shut out 8-0 by Hermiston on Friday.
"I thought that our No. 1 doubles had the best chance," said assistant coach Dan Brown. "They put up a pretty good fight, but the other guys outsteadied them. And I thought that we had a couple of pretty good singles matches that were closer than the scores appeared. Given what we've got I think we are doing as well as we can. Hermiston is just a really good team."
The Cowboys' inexperience showed throughout the match as Hermiston didn't drop a set in the win.
"I think the boys are just like the girls," said Head Coach Lloyd Rodgers. "They are getting better, but it just takes time. Hopefully we will be there at district."
"I thought that Zac Thompson did really well," said Brown. "And I was pleased with Joe Oehlschlaeger. Even though the score wasn't as close as it might have been I thought he was learning on the fly. He seems to be getting better and better every time he plays."
The Crook County tennis team has a bright future as most of the team is young. The team is improving rapidly and is looking to surprise some people as the season continues.
The Cowboys play Madras at home at 4 p.m. on Thursday, then travel to Treasure Valley Community College for a tournament on Friday and Saturday.
"That will be an overnighter for them and the kids are looking forward to that," said Brown. "We have some real good potential and people are learning and they are having fun. We will just take our experience and see what we can do at the end of the season."
Hermiston 8, Crook County 0
At Crook County High School
Singles - Jacob Crouther, H. def. Zac Thompson, CC. 6-2, 6-3. Brock Burns, H. def. Joe Oehlschlaeger, CC. 6-1, 6-1. Victor Maura, H. def. Pierre Blaise, CC. 6-0, 6-1. Brandon Horn, H. def. Alex Fennerin, CC. 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles - Ian McMichael and Jason Sivey, H. def. Trevor Brown and Paul Robideau, CC. 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. Ben Millard and Rylie Smith, H. def. Luke Garner and Jeff Robideau, CC. 6-1, 6-0. Joey Burns and Connor McMichael, H. def. Brett Golden and Matt Harper, CC. 6-2, 6-1. No. 4 doubles, Hermiston wins by forfeit.