PORTLAND Jake Castro wasnt having much luck in his search for the ideal playing partner, so he decided to go it alone.
After competing in doubles for much of the Canby boys tennis teams regular season, the senior showcased his skills as a soloist at the Three Rivers League district tournament May 13-14 at Portland Tennis Center.
Castro and doubles partners Zac Cummings and Austin Evans were the only players representing the Cougars on the second day of the tournament, reaching the consolation semifinals in their respective brackets.
After losing his championship-bracket match to Clackamas freshman Tony Ciorocan, 7-5, 6-1, Castro staved off elimination with an 8-5 win over Lakeridge sophomore Joshua Lee in consolation play.
The victory catapulted the senior into the consolation quarterfinals, where he topped Lakeridge senior Cameron Loren to extend his season another day.
In the secondary semifinals, Castro hit several savvy lob shots early on but ultimately came up short against West Linn sophomore Noah Archer, 8-2.
He played with several different partners, but it just never quite worked out, coach Kevin Vedder said of Castro. And he definitely has the temperament for singles.
Meanwhile, Evans who played much of the year at No. 1 singles teamed up with Cummings for the district doubles tournament.
Although they came up short in their first match against Oregon City partners Josh Davies and Teron Packus, 6-4, 6-2, they bounced back in the consolation bracket.
Cummings and Evans edged Lakeridge seniors Dave Lisle and Jake Oelrich 9-7 to reach the consolation quarterfinals, and they eked out a narrow 8-6 decision over Pacers underclassmen Paul Dawson and Ryan Mandel to advance to the second day.
That victory earned them a spot in the consolation semifinals against Clackamas seniors Moritz Blattner and Ricardo Lopez, who prevailed 8-6 en route to winning the consolation doubles title.
Canby went 4-6 in the district singles tournament and 3-8 in the doubles draws.
Im proud of these guys for how they did in a really tough league, Vedder said.
Singles competitors Sam Hintz and Ernie Hernandez did not advance to the second day of the tournament, but they earned the Cougars only two championship-bracket victories.
Hintz accomplished the feat with a 6-2, 6-2 rout of Oregon City sophomore Jonathan Haikkila in the opening round. The seniors prep career came to an end when he fell to fourth-seeded Lake Oswego senior Avinash Sankar, 6-1, 6-3, in the round of 16.
Hernandez, meanwhile, won his opening-round match against Oregon City sophomore Jon Stone, 6-1, 6-2. The victory vaulted the junior into the round of 16, where he fell 6-1, 6-1 to Clackamas freshman Seth Lee.
Cody Schlabach also represented Canby in singles at the district tournament. The junior lost to Lake Oswego freshman Drew Ruben in straight sets in the first round of championship play and faced Lakers junior Ammas Tanveer in the consolation bracket, falling 8-0.
Junior teammates Avery Groner and Leif Laitinen made a run in the consolation bracket of the doubles tournament.
After dropping their first-round championship match against Clackamas partners Hunter Eoff and Ethan Kang, 6-4, 6-1, the duo handled Oregon City sophomores Cody Frost and Rory Gworzdz in an 8-4 victory.
That win propelled Groner and Laitinen to the consolation quarterfinals, where they were dealt an 8-5 loss at the hands of Clackamas partners Arthur Bookstein and David Chen.
Cougars sophomore Colin Entze and freshman teammate Kai Gay made a few dents in their opening-round match against West Linns tandem of Sean Borne and Mitch Coronel, eventually falling 6-3, 6-2. In the consolation bracket, they gave Grant sophomores Jarod Herrera and Race Stewart a challenge before being handed an 8-6 defeat.
Sophomore partners Ben Thompson and Brett Wagnon started off their tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Oregon Citys Mitch Brown and Coby Captein. In the consolation bracket, they fell 8-2 to Lake Oswego sophomores Kirk Dyer and Kelly Shannon.
Third-seeded Lakeridge juniors Bruno Homedes and Russell Risenhoover captured the district doubles title with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 upset of top-seeded Grant juniors Kyle Chin and Cameron Chin.
Third-seeded Lakeridge junior Matt Stephens defeated freshman teammate Emmett Moore in the singles championship match, 6-2, 6-3.
AT A GLANCE
TRL boys tennis district championships
May 13-14 at Portland Tennis Center
SINGLES (4-6 overall, 2-4 in the championship bracket): Jake Castro 2-2, Sam Hintz 1-1, Ernie Hernandez 1-1, Cody Schlabach 0-2.
DOUBLES (3-8 overall, 0-4 in the championship bracket): Zac Cummings/Austin Evans 2-2, Avery Groner/Leif Laitinen 1-2, Ben Thompson/Brett Wagnon 0-2, Colin Entze/Kai Gay 0-2.