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5/1/2013 2:06:00 PM
Pioneers beat Kodiak boys and girls
Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade’s Juan Mendoza hits in forehand in recent action at Cascade High School. Mendoza has played singles much of the season, but now is trying his hand at doubles.
Photo by Ian Dunn Cascade’s Juan Mendoza hits in forehand in recent action at Cascade High School. Mendoza has played singles much of the season, but now is trying his hand at doubles.
Ian Dunn

The Cascade Kodiak boys and girls tennis teams lost to Omak last Saturday at Cascade High School. The loss dropped the boys to 2-7 in league play, in sixth place. Omak (8-2) is tied for second with Chelan. The girls dropped to 4-4 in league play, fourth place. Omak (7-3) is in third place behind Cashmere and Chelan. For the girls, the only win came in number one doubles, Katie Whitten and Hailey Hassinger, who defeated Bernsten/Hilderbrand 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

"The girls came out and played smart and fundamental in set one. Omak picked up their game in set two, but then we regained our momentum," said Marcia Smith, Cascade head coach. "In set three, we started out 5-0. It was nice to see the girls get back after the second set loss."

The number two doubles team of Jayme Odegard and Madison Colvin lost to Goodall/Love 6-0, 6-2. In number one singles, Shaylynn Goodall of Omak beat Matilda Thompson 6-1, 6-0. In number two singles, Evie LaGrou beat Alex Fletcher 6-4, 6-3. In number three singles, Maddy Sandoval beat Kellie Kuch 6-2, 3-6, 2-6.

"Kellie, a freshman, is learning so much by playing these tough singles matches. Playing three sets in mentally and physically challenging and a great learning experience," she said. "Alex's match was a good battle. Both girls have similar styles."

For the boys, only the number two doubles team won. Carson Hill and Neil Flodin beat Pearce/Bivins 6-2, 6-4.

"They played really solid under the difficult conditions. In the matches today, the key was to know which way the wind was blowing and make the most of it," she said. "Or try to keep the ball low in the wind."

Number one doubles, Juan Mendoza and Karlson Schlyer lost 6-0, 6-3 to O'Dell/Holz. Number one singles, Michael Olmstead, lost 6-1, 6-1 to Greg Sklar. Number two singles, Gerarado Mendoza, lost to Brady Layton 6-4, 6-3. Number three singles, Garrett Hill lost to Caleb Riggle 6-0, 6-0.

"Gerardo played a fine match against a much more experienced player. Gerardo was up 4-3 in set one, but lost a few really close games to drop set one," she said. "Gerry was right there in set two, but the experience of Omak was the difference."

Cascade hosted Pateros on April 22. Both the boys and girls won 5-0. Smith appreciated playing a non-league against Pateros, since they also participate in the District Tournament.

In number one singles for the girls, Kendall Loreth beat Emmalee Luft 6-4, 7-5, while number boys singles Michael Olmstead beat Mitchell McClosky 7-5, 6-3.

"Kendall played a strong match against a true number one singles player. These ladies did not play ping pong tennis. They hit the ball hard and played many long games," she said. "The boys match was much the same. Both boys have a lot of game. It was fun to watch. Michael is blessed to have wheels and can run endlessly."

On April 29, Cascade hosted Okanogan. On April 30, the Kodiaks played at Cashmere. Results were unavailable before press time. On Thursday, Cascade hosts Entiat.

Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or

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