Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tennis, golf and rodeo teams have busy week

Spring sports in full swing

Express Staff Writer

Riverhawks nip WRHS 7-5

     Winning four of the six doubles matches, the visiting Wood River High School tennis team dropped a 7-5 Great Basin Conference decision to the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks Thursday despite forfeiting two singles matches  at the No. 3 level.

     Stephen Pfeiffer and Oskar Wilander teamed up to pull out a three-set victory 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 with aggressive net play and strong ground strokes, Wolverine coach Carlos Meza said.

     Clay Cutler and Manuela Cortina-Otero played together for the first time as the No. 2 mixed doubles team and walked away with a 7-5, 6-2 win.

     No. 1 mixed doubles Andrew Pearson and Haley Cutler breezed 6-0, 6-0 and No. 1 girls’ doubles Samantha and Alex Taylor romped 6-1, 6-0.

     Meza said, “These two teams keep making improvements. Their teamwork and chemistry are such important components in doubles.”

     Overall the Canyon Ridge boys beat Wood River 4-2, while the girls tied 3-3.

     Meza said about his No. 1 boys’ singles player, “Danny Graves once again demonstrated high quality tennis. He went up against Cole Hunt who is considered to be one of the top state boys’ singles players. These boys had a match that rivals most matches that occur at state-level competition.”

     Hunt prevailed 6-4, 6-3.

     Meza added, “I’m confident that Danny will do well at district play and qualify for state.”

     Wood River’s only singles’ win at Canyon Ridge came from No. 2 Megan Murphy 6-2, 6-0. Meza said, “Megan played a smart game, using the wind to her advantage and playing consistently to pull out a win in second girls’ singles.”

     In other tennis, the Community School Cutthroats took a predominantly junior varsity squad to Gooding and lost 8-4 last Wednesday, then the Cutthroats tied Canyon Ridge 6-6 on Thursday in Twin Falls.

     Cutthroat winners against Gooding were the 1-2-3 girls’ singles Hannah Conn, Blair Baker and Autumn Fluetsch, plus Emily Siegel and Sam Busby at No. 1 girls’ doubles.

     Olivia Ott, Conn and Baker each won in straight sets against Canyon Ridge while the No. 1 mixed doubles team of Reed Roudabush and Jolie Blair prevailed 6-3, 6-3 for one of the Cutthroat doubles victories.

     Wood River hosted Minico Tuesday and goes to the Eastern Idaho Invitational Friday. The Cutthroats return from spring trips to host Sugar-Salem and Gooding Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at Sun Valley Tennis Club, then will play Wood River in Hailey April 23.

     Results from the WRHS-Canyon Ridge dual meet follow:

Canyon Ridge 7, WRHS 5

       · Boys’ singles: 1—Cole Hunt (CR) 6-4, 6-3 over Danny Graves (WR). 2—Eric Lewis (CR) 6-0, 6-0 over Michael Niedrich (WR). 3—Aldo Cordova (CR) by default.

       · Girls’ singles: 1—Catherine Harris (CR) 7-5, 6-4 over Tate Morell (WR). 2—Megan Murphy (WR) 6-2, 6-0 over Tierra Lewis (CR). 3—Lexus Reigh (CR) by default.

       · Boys’ doubles: 1—Stephen Pfeiffer-Oskar Wilander (WR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 over Ivan Krange-Tristan Greaves (CR). 2—Adam Clark-Ryan Packham (CR) 6-1, 6-3 over Wesley Brimstein-Brady Delgadillo (WR).

       · Girls’ doubles: 1—Alex Taylor-Sam Taylor (WR) 6-1, 6-0 over Jessica Keeton-Ashley Wolters (CR). 2—Selma Masie-Kelly Feng (CR) 6-1, 6-2 over Josie Potts-Sophia Coplin (WR).

       · Mixed doubles: 1—Andrew Pearson-Haley Cutler (WR) 6-0, 6-0 over Dallin Romney-Ashley Greco (CR). 2—Clay Cutler-Manuela Cortina-Otero (WR) 7-5, 6-2 over Landon Davidson-Raylee Woody (CR).



Boys pick up pace on golf course

     Wood River High School’s boys’ golf team competed in the 11-school Mountain Home Invitational Thursday.

     The 18-hole scores for the Wolverines were Rielly Neel 81, Callum Stearns 90, Brock Olson 107 and Matt Schell 111. Medalist was Hunter Ostrom of Bishop Kelly with a 69.

     Now a sophomore, Ostrom won last spring’s State 4A 36-hole golf tournament by six strokes with a 1-under-par 143 including six straight birdies in his second round.

     On Monday, the Wood River boys traveled to Jerome Country Club for the 19-school Jerome Invitational.

     The Buhl Tribe led by individual medalist Hayden Eckert (66) led the team race with 286 points, to 293 for second-place Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls.

     Wood River placed 15th with 348 points—fourth among Great Basin Conference teams—led by Neel 84, Tyler Spence 86, Austin Shetler 88, Stearns 90 and Schell 113.

     Coach Bill Petzke of Wood River said, “Now that we can get out and practice daily at The Valley Club, our scores are dropping and the players are improving quickly. The guys are having a good time and are starting to play well.”


Rodeo breaks the gate at Glenns Ferry

     Carey’s Kylie Castle and Fairfield’s Whitnee Hurless were top point-getters among Blaine and Camas County cowgirls and cowboys during last weekend’s Glenns Ferry rodeo stop on the 2014 Fifth District high school rodeo circuit.

     It was the first of six weekend rodeos leading to State High School Rodeo finals June 8-14 in Pocatello.

     Castle earned seven points in goat tying and eight more in pole bending to finish the two-day rodeo with 15 points, good for 11th place in the girls’ all-around standings led by Katelyn Perkins of Dietrich (63).

     Kylie’s 11.33-second goat tying ride for sixth place in Friday’s first go-around and her 22.735-second result for fifth place Saturday accounted for the bulk of her points. Hurless placed fourth at 6.1 seconds in Saturday’s breakaway roping for her seven points.

     Carey cowboy Matt Whitworth scored eight points for his 20.740-second calf roping result Friday, good for third place that night. Gooding’s Wyatt Williams (37) took the boys’ lead after the first rodeo.

     Other point-getters: Sarah Rau of Wood River (9th breakaway Friday, 14.170 seconds) and Carey’s Kali Castle (8th goat tying Saturday, 12.8).

     Also competing were Tayler Bosch of Wood River along with Adriana McGuire (10th place poles Friday, 24.343) and Etta Seaman from Fairfield.

     Next: College of Southern Idaho rodeo Friday and Saturday, April 18-19 in Twin Falls.




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