EUGENE - After securing a quarterfinal win Friday afternoon, Stanfield senior Veit Bertram offered a sly smile and a slight fist pump, a subtle celebration for one of the day's most unlikely victories.
Bertram hopes to save his best celebration for an even bigger stage today.
In a quick and relaxed fashion, Bertram defeated second-seeded Cody Ferguson of North Bend, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the singles semifinals of the OSAA Classes 4A-1A Boys Tennis State Championships at the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club.
Bertram will face fourth-seeded Brandon Wei of Oregon Episcopal at 9 a.m. today.
"Nobody really thinks I'm going to win," said Bertram, an exchange student from Dresden, Germany. "I'm going to try to do my best."
Not everyone was shocked by Bertram's performance. He was greeted on the edge of the court afterward by his coaches and his host parents, Bert and Tina Renshaw.
"I'm not surprised at all. I knew he was going to be in it," Stanfield coach Lisa Logan said.
Bertram defeated Stayton's Chris Nichols, 6-2, 6-0, in the first round before the quarterfinal meeting against Ferguson, the 2005 state champion.
Right away, Bertram established a patient and conservative approach, forcing Ferguson into a host of errors.
After the 6-1 first-set win, Bertram broke Ferguson's first service game in the second set, then survived several furious rallies in the final games to win.
"I didn't really have any expectations," said Bertram, who capped an undefeated league season with the District 3 championship last week. "I just went out and tried to see what he was doing, and then do the opposite and try to win."
Bertram's teammate, senior Tim Klose, fell to Valley Catholic's Andrew Tran in the first round.
Ione senior Francisco Perez dropped his first-round match to defending champion Scott Morse of Cascade Christian. Perez rebounded with a consolation victory over Klose.
Ione junior Toby Hoesel fell to Ferguson in the first round.
In doubles, the McLoughlin team of Zac Giacolone and Jace Sargeant lost to Matt Robertson and Russ Seals of Vale.
Marshall Coleman and Curtis Watson of Umatilla dropped a 6-1, 6-1 first-round match to Evan Sims and Johannes Traut of Sisters.
On the girls side, no local players advanced past the first round in the championship bracket.
McLoughlin senior Caitlin Millar lost to Ontario's Haley Tucker, 6-1, 6-3, but rebounded with an 8-4 victory over Sherman's Janys Olsen in the consolation bracket.
Umatilla senior Elizabeth Lougee fell 6-2, 6-2 to Junction City's Kristin Wiley in the first round. Lougee also lost her consolation match.
Amy Anfinson, a junior from Riverside, lost 6-3, 6-3 to Catlin Gabel's Lissa Murray and narrowly fell to Westside Christian's Siri Carlson, 8-6, in the consolation bracket.
Umatilla's Ashley Borden and Cristina Campos were defeated 6-1, 6-3 in their first-round doubles match.