Tualatin gets 8-0 win over Hillsboro in league play

by: DAN BROOD - BIG SHOT -- Tualatin High School senior Randall Tainer hits a forehand shot during his No. 1 singles victory on Tuesday. TUALATIN — Randall Tainer has had a big senior year playing team sports at Tualatin High School.

During football season, he was a ball-hawking defensive back for the Timberwolves.

During basketball season, he was a sharp-shooting wing for the run-and-gun Wolves.

But, this spring, he’s proving that he’s pretty good without his teammates around him, as he’s excelling in No. 1 singles play for the Tualatin High School boys tennis team.

“It’s been a busy four years,” Tainer said after he scored a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hillsboro’s Steven Nguyen in a match played Tuesday at Tualatin High School. “But that’s how I like it. But I like all three sports. I like them all too much to give any one of them up. Tennis is a nice change-up, and I like of like it.”

The rest of the Tualatin team also won big on Tuesday, as the Wolves scored an 8-0 win over Hillsboro in the Pacific Conference dual match.

With the win, Tualatin improved its league record to 9-2.

“Overall, we’re playing really well,” said Tainer, who is the only senior on the team. “And we all really get along well.”

Meanwhile, Tainer is looking to finish his busy senior year with a bang.

“This year, my main focus is getting to state,” he said.

Last year, Tainer finished his season just one win away from earning a Class 6A state tournament berth as he fell in the quarterfinal round of the Pacific Conference district tournament.

“If I could win district this year, that would be nice,” he added.

Tainer says his main competition in district play could come from Newberg senior Anthony Croteau and Century freshman Tony Edwards.

Tualatin freshman Ryan Malinowski also picked up an impressive win on Tuesday as he scored a 6-2. 6-1 victory over Hillsboro’s Benson Hang in the No. 2 singles match.

At No. 3 singles, Tualatin’s Dahn Nguyen posted a 6-4, 6-3 win over Josh McCullough and, at No. 4 singles, Tualatin’s Michael Rinker bested Hillsboro’s Eduardo Beltran 6-0, 6-0.

In No. 1 doubles action, the Timberwolf team of Tyler Snyder and David Loen scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Divyesh Patel and Oscar Lopez.

At No. 2 doubles, the Tualatin combination of Josh Olson and Mitchell King scored a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Luis Velazquez and Mark Bradley. In the No. 3 doubles match, Tualatin’s Spencer Hayashi and Dakota Steppe posted a 6-0, 6-2 win against Anthony Gonzales and Isaac Nakamoto.

In the No. 4 doubles match, the Timberwolf team of Jared Welter and Brandt Gehrs got a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Ben Fisher and Latrell Lagazon.

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