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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Girls fall, boys split with La Salle


March 29, 2017

Jaryd Cline

FOREHAND RETURN: Goldendale's Kelli Bighorn returns a shot to La Salle on Thursday in Goldendale.

Before the South Central Athletic Conference baseball power visited Goldendale on Saturday, one of the league's best tennis teams was in town last Thursday taking on the Timberwolves.

The La Salle Lightning, loaded with state championship experience on both the boys and girls side, have been one of the top teams in the SCAC since making the jump to the Class 1A ranks in fall 2010.

Six players on this year's Lightning team participated in the state meet last year in Yakima, but that didn't stop the Timberwolves from pushing them to the limit.

The boys, led by No. 1 doubles of Edgar Vega and Ignacio Cano, split 2-2 with the Lightning. Both Goldendale's doubles teams and both La Salle's singles teams were able to pick up wins with the matches ending a draw with no No. 3 doubles team on either squad.

On the girls side, Goldendale's No. 1 doubles of Talia Johnson and Kelli Bighorn gave Laura Stewart and Lauren Roberts all they could handle in the 6-2, 6-3 loss. The La Salle tandem took third place at last year's state tennis meet and faced one of their toughest matches all year from Johnson, a junior, and Bighorn, a sophomore.

Goldendale's No. 2 doubles of Halie Allen and Kylee Bean also put up a tough match and looked to be on their way to a win after taking the first set 6-1 against the away team's Tracy Do and Emily Splawn. However, the Lightning pair went on to win the second set 6-1 and captured the third set 10-6 to hold off the Goldendale No. 2 team.

Goldendale's No. 1 and 2 singles teams, however, has a tougher time with the Lightning. Isabell Nadler and Alyssa Simmons both fell 6-0, 6-0 to Isabelle James and Hanah Singco respectively. Both La Salle's singles players competed as a doubles team last year and finished eighth place at the state meet.

Tayler Wells and Jenni Bradwell, competing as No. 3 doubles, dropped a 6-1, 6-0 match to Elsie De La Rosa and Vienna Morales.

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JUST MISSED: Goldendale No. 1 singles John Hanna signals that the ball landed out of bounds during his match with La Salle's Jeffrey Vargas on Thursday in Goldendale.

For the boys, Vega and Cano outlasted La Salle's duo of Thomas Vargas and Ben Newman 7-6 in the first set before sweeping the match with a 6-4 win in the second. Cody Farmer and Avery Christiansen were able to pick up a win via forfeit that helped the boys to a split.

For singles, John Hanna and Alden Bothamley fell in a pair of tight matches to state-caliber competitors. Hanna fell 6-2, 6-3 to Jeffrey Vargas and Bothamley dropped his match 6-2, 7-5 to Henry Martin. Last year, Martin and Vargas teamed up and competed as a doubles unit as the state finals, but are competing separately this season.

Goldendale tennis was on the road Tuesday at Zillah with results unavailable at press time. They are away from home again on Thursday for a 4 p.m. nonleague meet at Wapato.

The Timberwolves are off for over a week before returning home on April 11 to play the Naches Rangers.


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