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Tigers, Wolves to vie for state tennis bids


The Pacific Conference district tourney runs through Saturday

McMINNVILLE — Tennis players from Tigard and Tualatin high schools, as well as the other schools in the Pacific Conference, will by vying for Class 6A state tournament berths when they compete at the Pacific Conference district tournament, which will be held (today) through Saturday.

Boys competition at the tourney will be held at Pacific University and Forest Grove High School today and Friday and finish up Saturday at Linfield College.

Girls play will be held at Linfield College and McMinnville High School today and Friday and then conclude Saturday at Linfield College.

Action at the district tournament is slated to start at 2 p.m. today and then continue at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.

The top four finishers in boys and girls singles and doubles play at the district tournament will advance to play at the Class 6A state tournament, which will be held May 16-18 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center and the Portland Tennis Center.

The Tigard and Tualatin girls could be battling it out for the top spots in doubles play at the district tournament.

The Tualatin team of seniors Mollie Freel and Eloise Loen is the No. 1 seed in doubles competition for the district event. Freel has been to the state tournament in doubles play each of the past two seasons.

The Tigard team of sophomore Ayumi Mizuno and junior Courtney Roshak is the No. 2 seed and the Timberwolf team of seniors Nicole Janes and Bella Koessler is the No. 3 seed.

Freel, Loen, Janes and Koessler helped the Tualatin girls win the league dual meet championship for the 13th straight season.

In girls singles play at district, defending district champion Eka Essien of Century is the top seed. McMinnville sophomore Caitlan Baker is the No. 2 seed and Century freshman Neyen Essien is the No. 3 seed.

In boys singles play, Tualatin senior Randall Tainer is the No. 3 seed for the district tourney.

Newberg senior Anthony Croteau is the top seed and Century freshman Tommy Edwards is the No. 2 seed.

In boys doubles play at district, Newberg’s Aidan Thillman and Michael Peterson are the No. 1 seed.