Central Catholic pair, Sal Demura and Joe Palodichuk, claims the doubles title
As Ben Talpos moved relatively untested through the Mount Hood Conference tennis season, his focus increasingly shifted toward state. He'll be among the contenders when the 6A boys tournament gets underway this week.
But Talpos admitted that's where his focus has been lately, and it caused him to nearly lose a set against a Mount Hood Conference opponent, something he hasn't done in two years.
'My eye wasn't on the prize. It was on state,' Talops said.
Central Catholic's Carl Sonnenschein pushed the David Douglas senior to the edge in the first set, but Talpos eventually triumphed, 7-5, 6-4, capturing the MHC singles title on Wednesday.
The victory also gave the Scots their second consecutive MHC championship.
'It's been a lot of hard work, and the seniors were the ones who pulled through for us,' David Douglas coach Brad Joy said.
David Douglas, which despite winning the league title last year, has finished second at district the past two years. But in the final year for many valuable seniors, the Scots finally have a tournament title.
'For my past two years we've been losing,' Talpos said. 'We got second place every year. So now we finally get to win one.'
If Sonnenschein had won, there would have been a three-way tie for first place But a David Douglas victory in the singles meant the Barlow Bruins took second place.
Talpos led the first set 5-4, as Sonnenschein went on serve. The Central Catholic player grabbed a 40-15 advantage with a forehand winner down the line and won the game, evening the set at 5-5.
Talpos' streak of sets won was on the line, and he knew it.
Look for extended tournament coverage, including the district doubles final, in the May 12 edition of The Outlook.