Two Ashland doubles teams advanced to the Class 5A state tennis semifinals before suffering heartbreaking losses Friday.
PORTLAND — Two Ashland doubles teams advanced to the Class 5A state tennis semifinals before suffering heartbreaking losses Friday.
In the boys' doubles tournament, Ashland's Josh Harris and Grant Kahn knocked out the No. 3 seeds in the quarterfinals then pushed the No. 2 seeds hard, losing to Jake Newhall and Todd Johnson of Wilson, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
In the girls' tourney, Ashland freshmen Hannah Greenberg and River Davis stormed back to win their quarterfinal match then fizzled late in a three-set loss to Hermiston sisters Mary and Sarah Hawman, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Both Ashland doubles teams will play for third place today at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.
Greenberg and Davis lost the first set and were down 4-1 in the second before catching fire against Stephanie Wang and Charlotte Fisher of Crescent Valley in the quarters. The Ashland duo won the next five games to take the second set, then stayed hot in the third to close out a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 comeback win.
Greenberg and Davis fell just short of another comeback in the semis. They fought back from an 3-0 deficit in the third set to tie the match at 4-all, but the Hawman sisters held serve then broke at 40-30 to advance to the final.
"My girls take more risks when they play," Ashland head coach Kim Rooklyn said. "They love to have the putaway shots and they like to play a faster, more aggresive style of hitting. The risk is that you make more winners but also make more errors, and that's what it came down to."
Prep Track and Field
Ashland junior Logan Hartrick placed 10th in the shot put at the Class 5A state track and field meet Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Hartrick threw 42 feet, 5 inches. Tyrone Holmes of Eagle Point won the event with a throw of 56-3 1/2.
Hartrick qualified for state by placing second to Holmes at districts with a throw of 44-4 1/4. His personal record is 45-1.
Southern Oregon head women's soccer coach Jon Clement announced Wednesday that former Oregon women's soccer star Rianna Mansfield will join the SOU coaching staff this fall.
"We're completely thrilled to add (Mansfield) to our staff," Clement said. "She has outrageous passion for the game and is a wonderful person, not to mention the depth of her experience playing in one of the best soccer conferences in the country for four years. We envision her working with some of our front players to help increase our goal scoring and I know she'll compliment our staff exceptionally well as we try our best to help all our players improve throughout their career."
Prior to playing at Oregon, Mansfield had a highly successful prep career at South Eugene. Her senior season, Mansfield was named the Oregon 4A player of the year and also first team all-state.
As a Duck, Mansfield lettered all four years and was a three-time Pac 10 All-Academic selection.
"Rianna will make a fantastic addition to the SOU program," Oregon head coach Tara Erickson said. "I'm confident that the same passion she played with here at Oregon will be something she brings to the coaching ranks."
Mansfield will enter the master of arts in teaching program at SOU this fall.
"I'm looking forward to helping the team raise their level of play to the beat the best teams in the conference," Mansfield said. "My number one goal is to make our team better and I'll do whatever it takes for us to be successful. We have great players and I'm excited to work with them on and off the field this coming season."