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Prep Watch

The Lincoln Cardinals, under ninth-year coach Susan Basham, have won or shared the Class 6A girls tennis championship four years in a row.

“I would like to say it is my great coaching,” Basham says, “but I’m fortunate to have had some great tennis players come through. For whatever reason, they want to play for their school. They don’t have to.”

This season, however, Basham says Lincoln’s expectations have to be scaled back.

“We’re starting over. This is definitely a building year,” Basham says.

Lincoln lost state doubles champions Kadie and Allie Hueffner, both now at the University of Oregon, as well as singles semifinalist Arianna Fardanesh.

However, senior captain Cam Kincaid, who also made the singles semifinals in 2013, is back to lead the Cardinals. Kincaid has signed her letter-of-intent to play tennis for the University of Montana.

Though Basham says it will be tough for Kincaid to dethrone reigning singles champion Erin Larner of Jesuit, “anything can happen on a given day.”

To go along with Kincaid, Lincoln has a formidable pair of sisters holding down the Nos. 2 and 3 singles spots in Taylor Rees, a junior, and Emily Rees, a freshman.

“Taylor Rees never qualified for state because we had such a strong team,” Basham says. “Anywhere else, she would’ve been a definite state contender in the past.”

And Emily Rees has done just as well as her sister in U.S. Tennis Association tournaments, Basham says.

Basham also welcomed the largest turnout in her run as coach, as 42 girls, mostly freshmen, tried out for this team. No one was cut, but the varsity has only 12 spots.

“It was hard to decide who’s going to be in that key group that plays,” Basham says.

• Cleveland and Franklin played a memorable girls tennis match last week, with the visiting Warriors prevailing on sets 9-8 after the teams tied in matches 4-4.

“It was really a special one,” says Cleveland coach Darryl Kealy.

Cleveland won three of four singles matches, but Franklin took three of the four doubles matches. In the No. 1 singles, Franklin freshman Sarah Duran, who competes in U.S. Tennis Association matches, defeated senior Nina Brim 6-3, 6-4. Brim isn’t a year-round tennis player, but “she enjoys the game and is a good player, good at strategy,” Kealy says.

The teams meet again this afternoon at Portland Tennis Center.

Golf

• The Lincoln girls golf team, fourth at the 6A tournament last year, figures to be in the mix for a trophy again.

Tour top players have returned to the squad: senior Phoebe Nguyen, juniors Sara Stember and Katie Lee, and sophomore Morgan Sloan.

Joining them are, among others, senior Anne Kiefel, sophomores Sophia Fraser and Emma Kiefel, and freshman Sophia McDermott.

• Lincoln’s boys golf team “looks very promising,” coach Jeff Kragt says.

Sophomores Ben Stickney and Chris Kappes have led the team in early Metro League matches. Stickney shot 75-80, Kappes 83-79 in the first two outings.

Backing them up are seniors Matthew Hval (85-88), Charlie Burns (88-80) and Jack Urness (90-82).

“There is room for improvement, and I’m confident the guys will start playing very well,” Kragt says. “It’s not uncommon to see under-par scores at practice when we’re qualifying for upcoming tournaments, it just hasn’t translated over to matches.”

In the tough Metro, Jesuit leads through two matches with 28 points, based on its team victories. Sunset has 24 points. Lincoln and Westview are tied for third with 18 apiece.

• The Wilson boys golf team is in “a bit of a rebuilding phase,” coach Chris Hudson says.

Junior Blake Hudson has stepped up, though, for the 2013 PIL 5A champion, Mike Reid, who graduated after last season. And No. 2 man Andrew Sanderson, a senior, is starting to round into form, also shooting in the low 70s.

The Trojans’ lineup also includes sophomores Chase Jorgenson, Mike Streinz and James Castles. “My goal is to get them down into the 80s and hopefully one or two into the high 70s,” Hudson says.

• At Cleveland, junior Megan Guthrie leads a girls squad of eight players and averaging about 95, with senior Kylie Barber among those next in line on the scoreboard.

The first of five PIL 5A 18-hole counting matches was Wednesday at Rose City Golf Course.

Cleveland coach Shanda Imlay says other individual challengers for state tournament berths include Jefferson freshman Aliemah Bradley, Madison senior Kendra Hale, Franklin junior Jenny Errand, and Wilson senior Taylor Stroup.

Track and field

Central Catholic runners had a big day at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Southern California last weekend.

The girls 4x100-meter relay (Cassidy Coto, Riley Ford, Malika Thompson, Olivia Gabriel) ran the fastest time (48.49) of any Oregon team this season. The girls 4x400 (Coto, Washington, Ford, Gabriel) clocked 3:54.62, nearly 12 seconds ahead of the Oregon No. 2 so far in 2014 (Lincoln).

The CC boys 4x1600 (Jean Baptiste Tooley, Sam Lomax, Sam Truax, Kyle Thompson) ran the second-fastest race in the U.S. this year, and the Rams’ distance medley relay (Truax, Sean Rogers, Tooley, Thompson) posted the No. 3 U.S. mark.