THE?DALLES Although Thursday was one of the best days weather-wise for Pendleton boys tennis, the Buckaroos lost by the worst margin possible 8-0 to The Dalles Wahtonka.
Stacked with seven seniors, the Eagle Indians dominated in singles matches and won two three-set doubles matches. Losing at No. 1 doubles especially hurt Pendleton, which pooled its top two singles players in order to boost team points for next weeks district tournament.
The top Bucks doubles team was Curran Holdman and Carew Haug, who put up a fight before losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to the only tandem that handed Hermiston a loss at No. 1 doubles this season. They dropped the match to Zach Mazeski and Alfredo Vasquez.
Pendletons second closest loss was 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles in a match that could have swung either way in the tiebreaker. Micah Wood and Joe Ettinger fell victim to George Zenker and Jordan Fowlkes.
Making to mistake about his dominance, Japanese exchange player?Kaito Nakomura swept Pendletons now-No. 1 singles player Jacob Jones in 6-0 sets. The best singles match for Pendleton came from No. 4 Chris Youngman, who lost 6-2, 6-2 to Danny Perez-Crouse.
Pendleton will get one more chance to battle The Dalles Wahtonka on Friday before the district tournament begins next week. It will be a makeup match, rescheduled twice from two weeks ago due to rain, and will start at 3:30 p.m. at West Hills Intermediate School in Pendleton.
WALLA?WALLA Calvin Baty and Walker Hoolehan led Pendleton boys golf with top finishes at the two-team Walla Walla Invitational on Thursday in which the Blue Devils claimed the title.
The invite was played at Veterans Memorial Golf Course and featured a par 72 layout. Walla Walla posted a final score of 322 to edge the Bucks at 347, although Pendleton competed without No. 2 player Scott Newman and No. 4 Nick Anderson.
Baty and Hoolehan each scored a 75 and were the sole medalists for Pendleton. Easton Powaukee stroked a 90, Blake Frazier scored 107 and Garrett Correa finished at 116.
Were looking forward to districts now, said Pendleton coach Nels Nelson. I think that were ready and hopefully we can put it all together and qualify for state.
The top-two teams and top-five individuals from the district tournament will qualify for state. District will be held on Monday and Tuesday starting at 10 a.m., and 9 a.m., respectively.
WALLA?WALLA Despite losing its top four players to illness, Walla Walla girls golf edged Pendleton 496 to 413 at the Walla Walla Invitational at Veterans Memorial Golf?Course on Thursday.
Pendleton had two missing players due to a coinciding chemistry lab, but still took home three medals. Rachel Phinney hit a par-four birdie on Hole 13 and was the overall individual champion with a 95.
Promoted from junior varsity for one day, Buckaroo Holly Pitalo tied for second place with a Walla Walla player at 101. Sonara Brown scored 103 and took third place for Pendleton.
Other Bucks scores were posted by Chelsea Parsons (114, fourth place), Hannah Smith (124, sixth place), Cori Briscoe?(127) and Erica Hintzman (154).
The district tournament for Pendleton will will be held on Monday and Tuesday of next week at the Pendleton Country Club. The girls will start Monday at 11 a.m.
PENDLETON?C 13, STANFIELD JV 3 In Pendleton, the Buckaroo C baseball team held strong for a 13-3 victory over Stanfield JV on Thursday at Bob White Field.
With two strikes against him, Bryan Branstetter hit his second home run in five days for Pendleton to go up 5-0 in the first inning. He finished with two hits and posted a double.
Other leaders at-bat for Pendleton were Luke Oliver with three hits and Will Paige with two. The Bucks will play at Hermiston on Saturday at noon.