Tuesday, May 20, 2003
All the results from the past three months were thrown out the window last weekend when the Intermountain Conference girls district tennis tournament got underway at Hermiston High School.
Previous match scores did not apply as eight teams battled it out to reach the 2003 state tournament.
But, in the end, Hood River Valley was without a state representative for the first time in three years.
“It would have been nice to send a couple girls to state, but I thought we represented ourselves well,” coach Barb Hosford said of her team, which finished seventh.
“Our No. 1 doubles team was literally five games away from qualifying for state, but the other teams’ relative experience was a factor in the end,” she said.
Seniors Ashley Nunamaker and Corinne Oates reached the quarterfinals by winning their first two matches in straight sets. But they lost to the No. 4-seeded team from Hermiston in the quarters, and had to settle for eighth place overall.
“Over half the teams in our league play year-round tennis,” Hosford said, “and that may be the difference between the IMC and the Mt. Hood. But I was still proud of how the team competed.”
The No. 2 doubles team of junior Gena Folts and sophomore Emily Sager won their first match in a third-set tiebreaker, but lost in three sets in round two.
No. 1 singles player Jodie Gates also had a solid showing at district, winning her first two matches before falling to the No. 3 seed from Crook County in the quarterfinals.
“Jodie played out of her mind,” Hosford said. “Of all the girls, I was especially pleased with Jodie’s effort because she seemed to peak at the right time. And it must have been nice for her to finish her senior season with a couple of wins.”
Senior Brittany Reed played No. 2 singles and won her first match before losing to the No. 7 seed from Mountain View in round two. Senior No. 3 singles player Michi Aniwanter lost her opening match, but won her first consolation match before bowing out.
Sophomore No. 4 Erin Hart won her first match 6-2, 6-3, but had to play the No. 1 seed, Rachel Berger of Hermiston, in round two and lost. Meanwhile, the No. 3 doubles team of Lindsay Brown and Jessica Young lost both their matches, and the No. 4 pair of Vanessa Geddis and Ashley Rengler went two matches and out.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge