Pioneer boys, girls net 2nd at districts

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KENNEWICK — McLoughlin High School placed second in both boys and girls Special District 4 tennis action here at the Tri-Cities Court Club.

Umatilla outscored the Mac-Hi boys 41-26 and the Umatilla girls won the district title 47-19 over the Pioneer girls.

Mac-Hi’s Ulises Zaragoza won two matches to lead the Pioneers. Zaragoza, after winning two, was defeated by eventual district champion Michael Gehrke of Stanfield. Gehrke won 6-2, 6-1. Gehrke went on to defeat Umatilla’s Martin Rubio, 7-6 (1), 6-4 to win the district singles title.

On the girls side, Estefani Lamas picked up two wins for the Pioneers. Lamas defeated Riverside’s Bianca Barajas and Stanfield’s Guitzell Chavez, before being defeated by eventual district champion Maddie Belshe for Sherman County.

In doubles play, TigerScots Luke Schnidtgall and Caleb Olsen defeated Ione’s Tanner Bass and Victor Mayers. Mac-Hi’s Rafael Villagomez and Mauricio Gomez then defeated Schnidtgall and Olsen 6-0, 6-1. Mac-Hi’s Alex Alvarez and Carlos Angel also won their opening match, but all the double teams were eliminated in their next effort. The pair of Daniel Gacilazo and Alejandro Madrigal from Umatilla won the district title.

On the girls side, Mac-Hi’s Kaylee Davis and Kassidy Harris defeated Riverside’s Matalie Melendez and Shellie Munoz, 6-0, 6-0, before dropping a match and being eliminated. Vanessa Gomez and Erika Landa picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Umatilla’s pair of Norma Chavez and Karina Ortiz for the Pioneers, but were eliminated in their next match.

Umatilla’s Murauda and Anali Rubio won the title with a three set win , 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, over Stanfield’s Yazell Chavez and Mariela Carrillo.

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