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Cole Charbonneau makes tennis finals

St. Helens also has three consolation champions
by: John Brewington, Cole Charbonneau came close to winning the NWOC district tennis tournament last week.

The St. Helens boys and girls tennis teams made their mark at the district tennis championships last week.

The Lions' Cole Charbon-neau got a bye in the first round and then won three matches before losing a hard-fought match in the finals to Alex Blomquist, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Charbonneau posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Anthony Pech of Parkrose in the second round. After that he topped Collin Christensen of Sherwood, 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. He won a lengthy match with Daniel McCleskey, 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.

He moves on to the state tournament this week.

The Lions' Caleb Johnstun lost his first match, but came back to post two 8-3 wins to earn the consolation finals He won the consolation championship over John O'Conner of Putnam, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Tavin Boynton of St. Helens won his first match but then lost his second to be eliminated.

The St. Helens' doubles teams of Kyle Roby/Will Charbonneau, Haven McAl-pine/Michael Crandall won their first matches, but lost inthe second to be eliminated.

Avery Aldrich and Cody Coughlin and the team of Jacob Molden and Ryan Jensen each lost their first match and were eliminated in consolation.

The girls also brought home some bragging right from district. Haley Mann-Miller lost her first match, but rebounded with 8-2, 8-1, and 8-6 wins to earn the consolation finals. She beat Christan Schlat of Sandy, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the title.

Madison Kaplan easily won her first match but was eliminated in the second. Lauren Boles suffered the same fate, but took her second match to three sets before losing 7-5. Jo'Cee Giroski lost her first match, but won a consolation match before being eliminated.

The girls doubles team also stepped up. Lexi Normine and Hanna Opdahl took their first match to three sets before losing, but bounced back to win the consolation title. They had to beat teammates Bethany Allen and Thitka Pratuang in the semifinals. The latter team had also lost a close first round. Normine/Opdah won that match 8-3, and then posted a 6-2, 7-5 win over a team from Parkrose.

The cousins team of Amanda and Kaitlin Pardue won their first match, but were eliminated in the second. Cassie Edwards and Lauren Chambers won a close first match and were also eliminated in the second round.