Keaton Green, Isaiah Chapen, Jed Kizziar, Nate Weber, Eli Gurney and Brogan Petterson won the White Buffalo Invitational Tennis Tournament. photo provided
Keaton Green, Isaiah Chapen, Jed Kizziar, Nate Weber, Eli Gurney and Brogan Petterson won the White Buffalo Invitational Tennis Tournament. photo provided
The boys tennis team took first place at the White Buffalo Invitational held at Madras High School on Saturday, April 6, and proved they will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

The eight-team event involved a mini-set of seven games against each of the other team’s entries in four divisions, and the champion was determined by the total number of games won.

Sisters scored 102 points to finish ahead of Vale and Crook County, who posted scores of 90 and 88, respectively, followed by Madras at?87.

All six of Sisters’ players contributed to the team victory, but senior Keaton Green was the big surprise. Keaton’s win in the No. 2 singles division put the Outlaws over the top. Green is playing tennis for the first time this year and usually plays at No. 4 singles, but for this tournament he moved up two positions, and won five of six mini-sets and accumulated the highest total games.

Coach Carl Click said, “Green is a tremendous athlete who has played soccer and run track for Sisters High School. He decided to try tennis his senior year and has quickly become a formidable player. He is fast and quick and has learned how to move the ball around the court to defeat more experienced players.”

Juniors Eli Gurney and Brogan Petterson dominated the No. 2 doubles division to claim the first-place medal. The duo were unbeaten in all six mini-sets.

Senior Jed Kizziar and sophomore Nate Weber, who usually trade off at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, played their first doubles of the season. The pair won five of six mini-sets in the No. 1 division, but finished third place in their division. Their 27-game total was just short of the 30 games tallied by Madras and Vale, the top teams in the division.

Senior Isaiah Chapen moved up from his usual No. 3 singles spot to the highly competitive No. 1 spot, which featured several players with state tournament experience. Isaiah won one of six contests, but tallied enough games to help the Outlaws to their comfortable 12-point advantage in the team standings.