LA?GRANDE — With a full week of spring break now at their back, the Pendleton boys’ tennis team went for a warmup duel in La Grande to get back into form.

The Bucks beat the Tigers handily, winning all five contested matches, but the final score really wasn’t what matter to coach Chris Holdman.

“That’s kind of a warm-up match coming off all the down time of spring break,” he said. “This is kind of our practice back match.”

The one that Pendleton’s warming up for comes today in Hermiston when the Buckaroos go to face the Bulldogs for some league matches.

Peter Anderton and Joshua Su won some quick matches at Nos. 2 and 3 singles for Pendleton against La Grande, but No. 1 player Sam Reeves had a little more trouble. Reeves’ match was the only one to go to three sets before he could pull out the victory 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Reeves has been battling sickness and hasn’t swung a racquet much in the last two weeks, Holdman said.

Jeremy Cochran and Gareth Haug won in the top doubles position and Henry Holdman and Elijah Bieker took the No. 2 doubles match soon after.

Holdman said against Hermiston he’s expecting his singles players to do much of the lifting and if the doubles players can steal a match or two, the Bucks will have a good shot at the overall victory.


PENDLETON?JV 12, LA?GRANDE JV 8 — In Pendleton, the Buckaroos junior varsity team outlasted La Grande 12-8 behind winning pitcher James Bradt on the hill.

The win improved Pendleton to 8-4 on the season after the Bucks also won twice on Saturday in John Day. Quinn Cockburn pitched a 14-0 shutout before the Bucks bashed Grant Union 20-7 in the latter part of a doubleheader, led by Devon Roe’s three-run home run.

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