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Pacific tennis falls to Whitman

For the second year in a row, the Pacific men’s tennis team saw its season end with a hard-fought match against the conference’s perennial power as the Boxers fell 5-1 in the Northwest Conference Championship final to No. 15-ranked Whitman at the Whitman Tennis Courts on Sunday.

The Missionaries put themselves in the driver’s seat by winning two of three close doubles matches, then proceeded to quickly march through three singles victories to claim the match and the conference’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the loss, Pacific ends its season at 15-6. Whitman, ranked No. 15 in the latest ITA Division III poll, enters the NCAA Tournament with a 21-5 record.

“I am so proud of this team and their performance this year,” Pacific coach Brian Jackson said. “They impressed me with how hard they worked ... and did it with class. We just didn’t have enough today. Doubles is really important against this team and coming out down 2-1 was a huge mountain to overcome.”

On Monday, three Boxers were selected to the All-NWC first team. It was the first time in program history that Pacific has landed three players on the first team.

Giancarlo Battaglia, a senior, was named to his fourth all-conference team and garnered his third consecutive first team selection. Brennan Faith, a sophomore, was named to his second all-conference team and earned his first selection to the first team, while senior Grayson Frazier picked up his first all-conference nod.

On the women’s side, sophomore Kaitlyn Lomartire and freshman Jelena Vidovic were also first team All-NWC selections.

Roche named as new Banks coach

The Banks athletic department announced on Monday that it has hired Marc Roche to be the school’s new varsity boys basketball coach.

Roche is a Forest Grove resident and works as a health and PE teacher at Forest Grove High School. He has 10 years of basketball coaching experience, most recently at Gaston, where he coached from 2012-15 and led the Greyhounds to a pair of Northwest League championships and two Class 2A state playoff appearances.

Prior to that he served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Forest Grove and as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Pacific University.

“We are excited to announce coach Roche as our new head boys basketball coach,” said Banks athletic director Jacob Pence. “His past experience playing and coaching basketball at the high school and college level will be a great asset to Banks High School and our student-athletes.

“Coach Roche is excited to start and he is ready to hit the ground running. I appreciate his passion for the sport of basketball and his positive and professional demeanor. I think he will be a great role model for our students, and develop a successful boys basketball program here at Banks High School.”

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