Rebecca Berger makes state history

Hermiston doubles partners and sisters Rebecca (above) and Richole Berger successfully defended their state doubles championship by winning another title on Saturday. The crown, which helped Hermiston the girls team title, handed Wyoming-bound Rebecca an unprecedented fourth doubles title.

By David Bashore

Herald sports editor

Portland — Rebecca Berger has achieved much in her prep tennis career, but she put herself in another stratosphere compared to all Oregon prep doubles players before her with another state title on Saturday.

Berger, a senior, and sophomore sister Richole successfully defended their state doubles championship in dominating fashion, handing Rebecca Berger her unprecedented fourth straight OSAA state doubles tennis championship.

What's more, the result combined with a third-place match win by teammates Alison Hawman and Chelsey Vandewall to give the Bulldogs their first-ever non-wrestling state team championship.

Thirteen points was the maximum total Hermiston could reach, and by hitting that benchmark they ensured that they would win the state final.

It could have been even better, had the draw not pitted the quartet against each other in the doubles semifinals, which the Bergers won easily.

Rebecca and Richole Berger lost just seven games in the four matches it took them to win the state championship.

While the glory abounded for the Hermiston girls, however, the boys were not so fortunate.

Only Jacob Crowther reached a final when he got to the consolation bracket finals and lost to Michael Baumgartner of West Albany, a sophomore.

Top-seeded Darren Ramcharan saw his prep career come to a close when he fell in three sets to another Baumgartner — Matt, a senior — from West Albany in the championship quarterfinals.

Doubles tandem Kenneth Gregory and Derek Harmon were winless in two matches in the boys' doubles draw.

David Bashore can be reached at dbashore@hermistonherald.com.

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