Tennis players have tried to clear a massive dump of snow off their home courts so they can get going on their season.
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Tennis players have tried to clear a massive dump of snow off their home courts so they can get going on their season. photo provided
The boys tennis squad traveled to Sweet Home on Monday, March 11, in a “home” match against Redmond, and dropped the match 7-1. The match was both the Outlaws’ and the Panther’s first outdoor tennis match of the season, as both teams’ courts are still covered in snow.

Sisters and Redmond both have brand new players who are just learning the game, so it was a challenge to play in their first match without ever being on an outdoor court prior to the match.

The Panthers boast a strong 5A program and easily won most of the matches. The only exception was in No. 4 doubles, where Outlaws’ second-year player Colton Seymour and Aspen Geisen beat their opponents in two sets, 6-2, 6-4. Coach Carl Click told The Nugget that Geisen is brand new to competitive tennis but didn’t let his limited experience slow him down at all.

Sisters No. 3 doubles team of George Bates and Drew Collins-Burke lost their match, but took several games, 2-6, 4-6. Senior Keaton Green, who’s a first year tennis player showed improvement in his second set, losing 0-6, 4-6, at the No. 4 singles spot.

Click said, “We’re optimistic that our depth at the three and four positions will translate to wins when we play league competition. We know our top entries can compete, and in some cases dominate, and now it looks like we can be strong throughout the line up.”

Three days later they traveled back to Sweet Home for another “home” match against Crook County (CC). It was a dual match and the boys and girls teams shared the four courts. Due to time constraints and court availability, matches were played in pro sets to eight games instead of two out of three sets to six games.

Sisters came out on top and won seven of the eight matches.

Isaiah Chapen dominated play at No. 3 singles and defeated Ty Cross 8-1. Click said that Isaiah was accurate and aggressive with his first serve. After the match Isaiah said, “I’ve never served that well before.”

Sam Mayes, who usually plays doubles, played his first-ever varsity match at No. 4 singles and soundly beat Jordan Owens 8-1. Owens had played No. 1 doubles for CC, and played a second set at No. 4 singles because the Cowboys were short players.

Sisters swept CC in doubles competition. Eli Gurney and Brogan Petterson (No. 1 doubles) won their first match of the season with an 8-5 victory over Yuya Yamaguchi and Jordan Owens. George Bates and Drew Collins-Burke moved up from No. 3 doubles to No. 2 for the CC match and beat Garret Bond and Tucker Bonner 8-4. Cole Seymour and Aspen Geisen are 2-0 after their 8-1 win at No. 3 over Nick Cushman and Kevin Chu.

JV players Spencer Morgan and KJ Sweet moved into the No. 4 varsity slot and won 8-4 over Bonner and Yamaguchi to round out the sweep. Sweet has one year of experience, while Morgan just picked up the game and is learning on the fly.

Jed Kizziar and Nate Weber are trading off the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots. Kizziar defeated Jeremey McCoulah 8-4 at No.2. Weber fell 8-2 against Pablo Casado, a foreign exchange student from Spain, who is a very experienced player.

The girls also posted a win (6-2) at Sweet Home against the Crook County Cowgirls. It was a first on the courts for both teams, and matches were played in pro sets to eight games just like the boys.

Sisters won three of the singles matches. Kendra Sitz (No. 2 singles) tied her opponent 8-8, but went on to win 7-3 in the tiebreak. Holly Wertz won 8-6 at the No. 3 spot, and Molly Winter tied her opponent 8-8, but prevailed 7-1 in the tiebreak.

The Lady Outlaws also won three of their doubles matches. Lauren Fitzke and Hallie Schwartz won 8-5 in No. 2 doubles, Sophie Silva and Lola Green won 8-2 at the No. 3 spot, and Ellie Rush and Hannah Ezell won 8-3 at No. 4.

“As a team, the girls played extremely well,” said Coach Alan VonStein. “The entire team hit good ground-strokes, especially from the baseline, and they all hustled. Serve consistency and overheads will be a focus for us this next week.”

On Friday, the day after the match, about two dozen Sisters High School tennis players, boys and girls, used part of their day off from school to shovel snow from the home tennis courts at the middle school.

Currently, both the boys and girls tennis teams have been practicing in the middle school gym with temporary nets and low compression tennis balls. Thanks to girls Coach VonStein, an Eagle Crest resident, players have been able to practice on their indoor courts.