Tommy Edwards notches a second-round victory at the 5A state tennis tournament

Century freshman Tommy Edwards made a solid showing in his first Class 6A boys tennis state tournament last week. The Class 6A and 5A boys and girls tournaments were staged Thursday through Saturday in Portland and Beaverton.

After a first-round bye, Edwards, the Pacific Conference singles champion, pulled out a comeback 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory against South Eugene junior Isaac Leve in the second round before falling 6-4, 6-4 to South Salem junior Collin Erion, the No. 3 seed.

Fellow Jaguar Eka Essien, the Pacific Conference girls singles champion, also received a first-round bye before falling 6-1, 6-0 to Lincoln junior Cam Kincaid.

Younger sister Neyen Essien advanced to the second round due to an injury withdrawal by South Eugene sophomore Emily Beckley. Essien, a freshman, then lost 6-0, 6-1 to West Salem senior Kaitlyn Murray.

In Class 5A boys singles, Liberty’s Sean Thean lost 6-0, 6-2 to Hood River Valley sophomore Scott Zeigner in a qualifying round match.

In doubles play, Falcons teammates Cooper Kamps and Aspen Russell won their own qualifying match, a 6-3, 6-2 victory against the Benson junior duo of Kaliel Johnson and Peter Hoang, before falling 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 to Corvallis freshmen Sam Larson and Wilson Xing.

Kamps and Russell ended their tournament with an 8-3 defeat to Summit’s Parker Nichols and William Dalquist in consolation play.

Youth baseball tournament in Hillsboro this weekend

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a big youth baseball tournament weekend, and that holds true in Hillsboro, where more than 40 teams from around the Northwest will square off in the NW Nations Hillsboro Hops Memorial Day tournament.

The tournament features several age divisions for players ages 9 to 14.

“We were thrilled when we first heard that the Hops were coming to Hillsboro,” said Nations NW Regional Director Jeff LeRiche. “We really appreciate the support of the Hillsboro Hops in helping us to continue to raise the bar of our Memorial Day tournament and we look forward to partnering with them on future events.”

Those participating in this year’s tournament include teams from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Hillsboro Memorial Day tournament has quickly grown into one of the larger tournaments in the region, and it has become a destination for teams looking to spend the holiday weekend testing themselves on the diamond against strong competition.

“We are happy to be a part of the NW Nations Memorial Day Tournament and become more involved in the community where the Hops will play,” said K.L. Wombacher, vice president and general manager of the Hillsboro Hops.

The tournament will take place all day Saturday and Sunday at both the Gordon Faber Complex in Hillsboro and at Bond Field in Forest Grove. Participating players will be entered in a free raffle with the chance to win tickets to Hillsboro Hops games, Hillsboro Hops T-shirts and caps, and additional prizes from Sports Authority and NW Nations Tournament Baseball.

“(We hold) tournaments throughout the region and the facilities here in our own back yard stack up with the best ballparks around,” said LeRiche. “And with the level of competition that we are drawing to Hillsboro, this tournament is rapidly becoming one of the premier events in youth travel baseball.”

Portland Boltz football game will benefit March of Dimes

On June 1, the Portland Boltz will suit up against the Utah Argos for a home game at Hillsboro Stadium, and both teams will play ball for babies.

Both the Boltz and Argos are members of the Professional Development Football League, which has chosen March of Dimes as its charity of choice for 2013.

Thirty percent of every ticket sold for the June 1 game benefits March of Dimes and their mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

“We’re excited about our partnership with March of Dimes,” said Matt Brown, owner and general manager of the Portland Boltz. “We love to play football, but playing football to help babies be born healthy makes it even better.”

In addition to ticket sales from the game, the league will be selling co-branded sock monkeys and bears to benefit March of Dimes.

The PDFL is a pro development league that helps prepare players for the next level of football and life.

Tickets can be bought online at The June 1 game starts at 1:00 p.m.

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