Contributed photo courtesy of Jordan Mittelsdorf
Pendleton roper Trent Sorey was the only local to claim an average title at the weekend’s doubleheader high school rodeos at Farm-City Arena.
Sorey won the tie-down title with an aggregate time of 20.71 seconds on two head, and vaulted himself to the top of the standings with a 9.12 that won Sunday’s round of competition. He was third in the first round with a 11.59.
Jacee Currin, of Heppner, won the first round of goat tying on Saturday morning in 8.12 as the only other Intermountain team member to win an event in a round.
Arlington’s Joely Patnode tied for the first round win in breakaway roping with 2.98, and Lindsay Doran won the Janice Davis Memorial Award with her 17.671-second barrel race on Saturday that was the fastest of the weekend.
Jake Raley (steer wrestling, team roping) won the boys’ all-around title and Kimberly Williams (breakaway, goat tying, pole bending) was the girls’ champ. Boys’ rookie all-around was Chase Joyce (team roping, tie-down) and girls’ rookie went to Brooklin Quisenberry (goat tying, breakaway, pole bending).
On Friday, Quaid Quisenberry won the state cow cutting title with 422 aggregate on three head, and Williams won the girls’ championship with 415 on three.
There will be a doubleheader rodeo on May 6-7 in Prineville, which will be preceded on May 5 by reined cow horse competition.
(BOYS) EISENHOWER 4, HERMISTON 3 — At Yakima, Washington, the Bulldogs played shorthanded in singles action, which led to some shuffling of the lineup and ultimately contributed to Hermiston coming just short of a win, falling 4-3 on Saturday.
Hermiston’s only singles win was Jose Mendoza at No. 1, where he battled back from a first set 6-1 loss to win 6-4 and 10-3 to clinch his first singles victory of the season, which coach Shann West said was a proud moment for him to see.
The Bulldogs top doubles teams continued their success Saturday, as Patrick Wicks/Thomas McCullough (6-2, 6-1) and Koby Grigg/Jason Morris (6-1, 6-4) each controlled their respective matches.
“They’re finding comfortable ways to play aggressive,” West said of his doubles teams. “The more they play together the more they mesh and this early success is more than what he had hoped.”
Jose Mendoza (H) def. Quinlan Wilson 1-6, 6-4, 10-3
Shohei Fato (E) def. Hayden Cissna 6-3, 9-7
Sean Gillespie (E) def. Allan Zepeta 6-0, 6-0
Javier Rodriguez (E) def. Eli Munez 6-4, 6-3
Patrick Wicks/Thomas McCullough (H) def. Brayden Uplinger/Pedro Medina 6-2, 6-1
Koby Grigg/Jason Morris (H) def. Thomas Uplinger/Gio Cartida 6-1, 6-4
Angel Maldonado/Jose Frias (E) def. Matt Eckhart/Austin Garcia 6-4, 6-3
MAC-HI 4, RIVERSIDE 2 — The Mac-Hi Pioneers and Riverside Pirates were able to squeeze in a rescheduled match on Saturday, with Mac-Hi taking the win, 4-2.
“It was good to see the boys play some good tennis and get a good quality win over Riverside,” Mac-Hi coach Danny Sanchez said. “As we start preparing for tournament in two weeks, the boys will need to continue to play good tennis ... I was very pleased on how they stepped up today.”
Mac-Hi took two of the three singles matches with Bryan Abrego and Jorge Alvarez getting wins, while Riverside’s Donovan Caramack defeated the Pioneers Ian Miller at No. 1 6-1, 6-1. Riverside then won the No. 1 doubles match as well with Adolfo Bedolla and Bryan Altamirano winning 6-1, 6-1 over Julian Villegas and Humberto Villagomez. But then Mac-Hi grinded out two good wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to finish off a productive day.
Donovan Caramack (R) def. Ian Miller 6-1, 6-1
Bryan Abrego (M) def. Brandon Juarez 6-4, 7-5
Jorge Alvarez (M) def. Brandon Juarez 8-2
Adolfo Bedolla/Bryan Altamirano (R) def. Julian Villegas/Humberto Villagomez 6-1, 6-1
Cristian Contreras/Mark Lua (M) def. Alexis Mendoza/Christian Reyes 7-6, 6-4
Conner Humbert/Brandyn Chaney (M) def. Alexis Mendoza/Christian Reyes 6-4, 6-4
(GIRLS) HERMISTON 4, EISENHOWER 3 — At Yakima, Washington, the Hermiston Bulldogs dominated doubles action on Saturday to help the team defeat Eisenhower on the road.
“The doubles teams have been playing real strong and just keep improving,” Hermiston coach Jason Sivey said. “Overall we played with a better attitude than earlier in the year and that was good to see.”
Hermiston’s lone win in the singles matches came at No. 1 where Mackenzie Hill took care of Eisenhower’s Taiz Garcia, 6-2 and 6-2. The remaining three singles matches were relatively close, but Sivey said the players are still trying to figure out how to win consistently.
In doubles action, Hermiston dropped only four games combined through the three matches.
Mackenzie Hill (H) def. Taiz Garcia, 6-2, 6-2
Jayme Fisher (E) def. Adriann Stewart, 6-3, 6-4
Jazmin Chua (E) def. Breckyn Mecham, 6-3, 6-4
Elyse Baker (E) def. Katie Bradshaw, 6-2, 6-3
Jaycee Ternes/Katelyn Millard (H) def. Picardal/Cripps, 6-2, 6-0
Reed Middleton/Breena Wadekamper (H) def. Gonzalez/Sanchez, 6-1, 6-0
Paola Sanchez/Emery Snyder (H) def. Feusner/Aznar, 6-0, 6-1
MAC-HI 4, RIVERSIDE 4 — The Mac-Hi Pioneers and Riverside Pirates tied in a match on Saturday, as Riverside won all four singles matches and Mac-Hi won all four doubles matches.
“I was very pleased on how the girls doubles played,” Mac-Hi coach Danny Sanchez said. “They got good quality wins against league opponents.”
Sanchez was also impressed with his No. 1 singles player Kasey Lesko’s match, as she took Riverside’s Veronica Rodriguez to three sets after splitting the first two 6-2 and 6-4.
“Even though Kasey lost she got great experience going the distance in her match,” Sanchez said.
Veronica Rodriguez (R) def. Kasey Lesko 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Belinda Llomas (R) def. Jadie Jackson 7-5, 6-2
Jessica Calvillo (R) def. Aspen Potter 6-3, 6-4
Daisy Sanchez (R) def. Cierra Werhan 8-4
Emily Cuellar/Janelle Martinez (M) def. Tania Mendoza/Zuleyma Gaytan 6-3, 6-0
Jennifer Robles/Joci Alvarez (M) def. Jazmin Mozqueda/Sayra Diaz 6-1, 6-0
Jadie Jackson/Sarah Odman (M) def. Emily Diaz/Fatima Diaz 6-2, 6-1
Evelyn Garcia/Nicole Flores (M) def. Johanna Sepulv/Sayra Diaz 8-0
WESTON-MCEWEN 9, RIVERSIDE 3 — At Boardman, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots boys and girls tennis teams made easy work of the Riverside Pirates on Friday, as the boys compiled a 5-1 record while the girls went 4-2.
“I’m so proud of how the players persevered and played so well in not so perfect conditions,” Weston-McEwen coach Troy Olson said.
Weston-McEwen’s lone loss in the girls matches came at No. 3 singles where Krysta Calvert fell to Riverside in a tiebreaker 8-6. In the five other girls matches, Weston-McEwen won 31 of the 40 games that were played.
On the boys side, Riverside won the No. 1 singles match when Austin Thompson beat Ryan Schmidtgall in a close 6-4 match. But then Weston-McEwen rolled again, winning 30 of the 48 games.
Johanna Albert (W) def. Veronica Rodriguez 6-1
Emmaline Irvine (W) def. Belinda Lomas (7-5)
Krysta Calvert (W) lost 8-6
Austin Thompson (R) def. Ryan Schmidtgall 6-4
Kellen Fairchild (W) def. Donovan Carmack 8-3
Curtis Papineau (W) def. Brandon Juarez 6-3
Bagdon/Swafford (W) def. Mendoza/Gaytan 6-2
McIntyre/Ford (W) def. Ramos/Gonzalez 6-0
Olson/Davis (W) def. Aldrich/Sepulda 6-1
Shafer/Froese (W) def. Bedollo/Altamarino 8-2
Davison/Papineau (W) def. Cambero/Reyes 8-2
Shaw/McDonough (R) def. Bryan/Mann 8-5
(GIRLS) HERMISTON 7, CAPITAL 1 — At Hermiston, the Hermiston girls won three of the four tie-breakers they faced on Thursday to beat Capital (ID) in a non-league match.
Head coach Jason Sivey said it was a big turnaround from the last time out.
“Compared to our match against Hood River we came out with a lot more fire,” he said. “It seems like we had an attitude adjustment this week.”
Mackenzie Hill got things started with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Kira Weston at No. 1 singles, and No. 1 doubles team of Jaycee Ternes and Katelynn Millard continued to impress their coach with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ayla Thayer and Jalen DeHartog.
“They’re continuing to show that they’re a very competitive team, and I think we’re going to see even better from them as the year goes along,” Sivey said.
Hermiston’s first tiebreaks came in the No. 2 matches as Adrian Stewart won the final two sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7), to beat Thayer in singles, then Reed Middleton and Breena Wadekamper rebounded from a second-set loss to win 7-6 (3) in the deciding frame against Emma Waddel and Weston.
Alyssa Perkins and Olivia Thomas also won by tiebreak at No. 4 doubles for the Bulldogs.
Mackenzie Hill (H) def. Kira Weston 6-2, 6-2
Adriann Stewart (H) def. Ayla Thayer 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7)
Jalen DenHartog (C) def. Lindsay McAllister 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8)
Breckyn Mecham (H) def. Emma Waddel 6-1, 6-2
Jaycee Ternes/Katelynn Millard (H) def. A. Thayer/J. DeHartog 6-1, 6-0
Reed Middleton/Breena Wadekamper (H) def. E. Waddel/K. Weston 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (3)
Paola Sanchez/Kealii Hamilton (H) def. Chelsea Hunter/Lindsay VanHorn 6-1, 6-3
Alyssa Perkins/Olivia Thomas (H) def. C. Hunter/L. VanHorn 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7)
(BOYS) CAPITAL 6, HERMISTON 2 — At Hermiston, the Bulldogs struggled through singles matches before finding some success in doubles action as they hosted Capital High School out of Boise, Idaho on Thursday afternoon.
Hermiston won just nine games out of the 58 that were played in singles action, with No. 3 player Hayden Cissna winning eight games alone. In doubles action, Hermiston’s top two teams pulled out wins in third set tie breakers, as top pair Thomas McCullough and Patrick Wicks won 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 and second pair Koby Grigg and Jason Morris won 6-1, 1-6, 10-7.
Chris J. (C) def. Caleb Jorgenson 6-0, 6-0
Caden J. (C) def. Jose Gonzalez 6-0, 6-1
Jacob T. (C) def. Hayden Cissna 7-5, 6-3
Will C. (C) def. Austin Garcia 6-0, 6-0
Patrick Wicks/Thomas McCullough (H) def. Mike C./Jared T. 6-3, 2-6, 10-8
Koby Grigg/Jason Morris (H) def. Sammy B./Drew M. 6-1, 1-6, 10-7
Sammy B./Drew M. (C) def. Matt Eckhart/Jose Sanchez 6-2, 6-1
Will S./Seth R. (C) def. Allen Zepeta/Elijah Munez 6-0, 1-6
(BOYS) HOOD RIVER 5, HERMISTON 3 — At Hermiston, while the Bulldogs improved overall play they still fell short in a district match against Hood River on Thursday afternoon.
Hermiston again went 0-4 in singles matches as head coach Shann West changed up the singles lineup, with only Hayden Cissna at No. 3 a constant from the earlier match. West said the team is still trying to find out what works.
“We’re trying to figure out how to finish and get things going in our direction,” he said. “We had to replace most of our singles from last year so there’s not a lot of experience ... it’s still a work-in-progress, but it’ll come eventually.”
Hermiston won three of the four doubles matches against Hood River, including Thomas McCullough and Patrick Wicks’ second win of the day in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Caleb Jorgenson and Jose Mendoza won 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles and Austin Garcia and Matt Eckhart won 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3
Sawyer Bogard (HR) def. Jason Morris 6-0, 6-1
Simon Harsanyi (HR) def. Koby Grigg 6-2, 6-4
Carson Schmidt (HR) def. Hayden Cissna 6-4, 6-4
Chris Riviello (HR) def. Jose Sanchez 6-1, 6-1
Patrick Wicks/Thomas McCullough (HRM) def. Adam Harper/Luke Harper 6-3, 6-3
Caleb Jorgenson/Jose Medoza (HRM) def. Arnulfo Perez/Jay Fielder 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Austin Garcia/Matt Eckhart (HRM) def. Mash Levy/Reese Carroll 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
Ben Fick/John Hunter (HR) def. Allan Zepeta/Elijah Munez 6-4, 6-1
STANFIELD 4, MAC-HI 2 — At Milton-Freewater, the Stanfield boys and girls teams won all four singles matches contested on Thursday, while Mac-Hi took the wins in doubles.
“I was very pleased how Emily (Cuellar) and Janelle (Martinez) played today,” said Mac-Hi coach Danny Sanchez of his No. 1 girls doubles team, which won 8-3 over Amanda Carrillo and Brianna Cornejo. “They need more matches together and it showed today, but they pulled it through against Stanfield today.”
Cornejo picked up a win 8-1 over Karina Saldana in No. 1 singles, and Hank Gehrke won the No. 1 boys singles match 8-1 over Ian Miller.
“We have a young boys team but are getting better every day,” Sanchez said. “Both boys are freshmen and are playing varsity matches their first year, but are up to the challenge.”
(BOYS) STANFIELD 2, MAC-HI 0
Hank Gehrke (S) def. Ian Miller 8-1
Noel Montes (S) def. Bryan Abrego 8-4
(GIRLS) STANFIELD 2, MAC-HI 2
Brianna Cornejo (S) def. Karina Saldana 8-1
Brenna Holt (S) def. Kasey Lesko 8-6
Emily Cuellar/Janelle Martinez (MH) def. Amanda Carrillo/B. Cornejo 8-3
Jennifer Robles/Joci Alvarez (MH) def. Emily Collinsworth/Kenzie Cook 8-2
WESTON-MCEWEN 9-16, HEPPNER 5-3 — Brett Speed had four hits, scored five runs, hit a home run and drove in five runs to help his Weston-McEwen TigerScots beat the Heppner Mustangs, 9-5 and 16-3, in Special District 6 action on Saturday.
Along with Speed’s productive day on offense, he also earned the win on the mound in Game 1 as he tossed 3 1/3 innings while allowing just three hits and one unearned run with five strikeouts. Travis Hendley earned the win in Game 2 after tossing 3 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball.
The TigerScots (5-6, 3-3 SD6) offense pounded out 19 hits as a team on Saturday, and besides Speed’s production Brendan Dearing went a combined 4-8 with six runs scored and two RBI, Hendley had a pair of hits and three runs scored, Hunter Sater scored two hits and five RBI and James West had a pair of hits and two RBI.
For Heppner (1-11, 0-6), Tyler Carter had a standout day on offense as he tallied four hits in the game including a perfect 3 for 3 day in Game 1 and a double in Game 2. Wyatt Steagall had one of his best starts on the mound in Game 1, lasting 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts while allowing three hits and two runs.
Game 1 R H E
W-M 100 141 2 — 9 9 5
HHS 101 010 2 — 5 6 2
(W-M) B. Dearing, B. Speed (3), W. Philipps (7), H. Sater (7). (HHS) W. Steagall, Gibbs (4), T. Jaca (5). WP — B. Speed, LP — T. Jaca.
2B — B. Dearing, J. West (W-M). HR — B. Speed (W-M).
Game 2 R H E
HHS 100 02 — 3 4 2
W-M 323 8X — 16 10 3
(HHS) Wilhelm, Wilkins (3), Glover (3), Gibbs (4). (W-M) T. Hendley, H. Sater (4). WP — T. Hendley, LP — Wilhelm.
2B — T. Carter (HHS); H. Sater (W-M).
HOOD RIVER 1-14, HERMISTON 0-10 — At Hood River, the Bulldogs nearly came back but couldn’t avoid the sweep on Friday to open Columbia River Conference play.
Locked in a scoreless Game 1, Hermiston (6-9, 0-2 CRC) was unable to get anything going against Hood River (10-5, 2-0) starter Connor Coerper and managed just two hits in the game.
The Eagles finally broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth when Trevor Lariza doubled and then Lucas Viuhkola singled to drive in pinch runner Jacob Smith.
Slade Gritz gave the Bulldogs hope with a two-out single in the seventh, but a fly out ended the game.
Hood River jumped on the Bulldogs early in Game 2 and led 10-1 after two innings.
Game 1 R H E
HHS 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
HRV 000 001 X — 1 6 0
W — C. Coerper. L — L. Tolan.
2B — T. Lariza (HRV).
STANFIELD 18-12, NYSSA 0-2 — At Stanfield, the Tigers got a pair of runaway wins on Friday and scored 30 runs off 18 hits against the Bulldogs to stay unbeaten in Eastern Oregon League play.
Game 1 saw everybody getting in on the offense for Stanfield (11-1, 5-0 EOL) with 14 hits to go around. Dylan Grogan was 2 for 2 with three runs, Klay Jenson was 2 for 3 with two runs, Brody Woods and Ryan Bailey each hit 2 for 4 with two RBI, Shayne Keltz was 1 for 1 with two RBI, and Thyler Monkus, Adrian Renner and Tony Flores each had three RBI.
Woods pitched four complete innings for the win and gave up no runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and four walks.
Jenson took the mound to start Game 2 and overcame some early control issues to last five complete with nine strikeouts and three walks. He allowed both runs on three hits.
Nyssa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after a walk put a runner on and wild pitches helped bring him around.
Stanfield got it back and then some in the bottom of the frame, which started with back-to-back walks followed by back-to-back errors to make it 3-1.
Hunter Barnes went 2 for 3 with three RBI to lead Stanfield at the plate, and Bailey and Flores each drove in two.
Game 2 (6 innings) R H E
NHS 101 000 — 2 3 6
SHS 311 007 — 12 4 2
W — K. Jenson. L — A. Gonzalez.
3B — T. Flores (SHS).
Track & field
River’s Edge meet, Umatilla — La Grande and Enterprise came over the mountains to claim the boys and girls team titles on Friday at the River’s Edge meet in Umatilla, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a day full of wins for local athletes.
Irrigon’s Ana Zacarias won the girls’ 100 and 200 in 13.88 and 28.20.
Riverside’s Faith Rosen won the 100 hurdles in 17.47 ahead of Umatilla’s Nancy Ortiz (17.72), and Ortiz also placed second in the 300 hurdles (52.30).
Umatilla’s Aleesha Watson (121-6) placed second in the javelin.
Other notable finishes for girls were Umatilla’s Maria Moreno-Mendez with a new personal record of 32-10 to place second in shot put, and Irrigon’s Alexus Williams with a PR of 12:27.84 for second in the 3,000.
Back in boys’ action, Heppner’s Derek Howard won shot put with 45-11, and Umatilla’s Alec Williams was second with a PR of 43-9.5.
Hermiston’s Carson Wrathall had a PR in pole vault to win with height of 11-6.
Irrigon’s Justin Iveson continued his dominance in triple jump with a winning leap of 41-1.
IRRIGON 6-0, ECHO 5-4 — At Irrigon, the Knights and Tigers split a Special District 1 doubleheader on Friday as errors continued to plague Irrigon.
The Knights (10-5, 2-1 SD1) were able to avoid paying for their mistakes in Game 1 thanks to a clutch pinch hit by Karrizma Luna in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With two outs and two on, Luna snuck a single down the first-base line to plate the winning runs.
Echo (5-5, 1-1) had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh when Kenzie Gonzales hit a single to center and Monique Montoya scored from second base.
Gilman started in the circle and had six strikeouts before leaving after being hit by a line drive back up the middle in the third inning. She was not seriously injured, but Mya Chapman took her spot on the rubber and finished out the game of the win. Jada Burns went 3 for 3 at the plate.
Chapman got the start in Game 2, and pitched well, but couldn’t get any support as errors led to all three Echo runs in the first inning and Cougars starter Alyssa Ray pitched a three-hit shutout.
RIVERSIDE 27-25, UMATILLA 2-0 — At Boardman, Skylar Wightman’s threw a no-hitter in the pitching circle and hit a home run with eight total RBIs to help her Riverside Pirates sweep Umatilla 27-2 and 25-0 in an Eastern Oregon League doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
Wightman got the win for Riverside (10-3, 2-1 EOL) in Game 2 after striking out 10 Vikings (1-9, 0-3) as well. The junior also threw two innings in Game 1 with four strikeouts, but Bianca Avalos got the win with five strikeouts in three innings.
Also doing damage at the plate for Riverside was Alexis Villegas (3 for 3, double, 3RBI), Emily Kirby (three hits, five RBI, triple, double) and Sadie Hasbell collected three hits. Jocelyn Rodriguez and Lizette Sanchez also collected their first career varsity hits.
Game 1 R H E
UHS 000 11 — 2 1 9
RHS 11130 3X — 27 11 3
WP — B. Avalos.
2B — A. Villegas, E. Kirby (RHS). HR — S. Wightman (RHS).
Game 2 R H E
UHS 000 00 — 0 0 6
RHS 1203 10X — 25 13 0
WP — S. Wightman, LP — C. Alvarez.
2B — M. Hagar (RHS). 3B — E. Kirby (RHS).