Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tennis, golf teams show progress in early meets

WRHS athletes

     The dual meet scores don’t necessarily reflect the steady progress being made by the Wood River High School tennis team of Hailey early in the 2014 competitive season.

     Thursday, Wood River defaulted three of the 12 matches and still put up a good battle before falling 8-4 to the host Twin Falls Bruins in a Great Basin Conference dual meet. The Wolverines swept boys’ singles.

     Coach Carlos Meza said, “Wood River displayed quality play against Twin Falls. A short-handed squad went 3-3 on the boys’ side and 1-5 on the girls’ side of the match.”

     Hailey’s No. 1 boys’ singles Danny Graves defeated Brad Pierce of Twin Falls 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Winning in straight sets were No. 2 Drew Morse 7-5, 6-4 and No. 3 Carlos Hurtado by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

     Wood River’s other victory came from the consistently solid No. 1 girls’ doubles team of Alex Taylor and Sam Taylor 6-1, 6-0.

     Meza said, “Boys’ doubles Oskar Wilander and Clay Cutler played well but came out on the short end 6-2, 7-6. A first-time doubles team of Stephen Pfeiffer and Andrew Graves played incredibly well against a strong Twin Falls team. But Twin Falls won in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.”

     The coach added, “Wood River’s mixed doubles Andrew Pearson and Fernanda Lagunas, and Brady Delgadillo and Cheyanne Stopol played well in their respective losses.”

     Last Tuesday at Burley, Wood River’s tennis team dropped an 8-4 decision—4-2 in boys and 4-2 in girls points—during the GBC opener against the Bobcats. Burley won five of the six singles matches Tuesday.

     No. 1 girls’ doubles Alex Taylor-Sam Taylor stayed hot 6-1, 6-0, and Wood River swept girls’ doubles with No. 2 Tate Morell and Megan Murphy dominating 6-0, 6-0.

     Another straight-set triumph went to No. 1 boys’ doubles Andrew Pearson-Clay Cutler 6-4, 6-2. Posting a fourth team win was No. 2 boys’ singles Drew Morse 6-1, 6-2.

     Both No. 1 singles players for Wood River dropped their matches in split sets. Burley’s Jaxon Greener defeated Michael Niedrich 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. And Burley’s Brianna Pope slipped past Josie Potts 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

     Wood River had another split set decision when No. 2 boys’ doubles Miles Remington and Wesley Brimstein lost 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 to Burley’s Joshua Davis and Joseph DeTemple.

    · Last Wednesday was another pleasant day for weather for the Wolverine boys’ and girls’ golfers—making it two out of three meets they’ve attended during which nice weather has been a competitive plus.

     “Sunny, mid-50s and little wind,” said Wood River coach Bill Petzke about the 13-team 5A/4A Twin Falls Invitational at Twin Falls Golf Club.

     For the Wood River girls, Mary Petzke carded an 18-hole score of 99, third among Great Basin Conference league girls and 11th overall on the day. The girls’ medalist was Rachel Taylor of Rigby with an 80.

     Wood River’s Bella Stimac, playing in her first tournament, scored 104. New to golf, Niki Penrose carded 150 and Olivia Stimac 157.

     Girls’ team winner out of eight squads was Rigby (379) by a four-point margin over Highland of Pocatello (383). Wood River scored 510.

     Leading the Wood River boys at Twin Falls was Riley Neel with 80.

     Coach Petzke said Neel has been “playing well and is really not that far off of the better golfers.” Shelley’s Tyler Fredrickson was the medalist with 70, a stroke better than Brady Nelson of Twin Falls (71).

     Other Hailey boys were Tyler Spence 92, Austin Shetler 98 and Brock Olson 127.

     Twin Falls White (293) won the 13-team meet over Twin Falls Blue (297), with Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls third (298).

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