Eyes on the prize

Casey Schein isn't impressed with her No. 2 seed at this week's OSAA Class 5A girls state tennis tournament.

"I figure that if you're good enough to be seeded then you shouldn't care what your seed is," she said. "I'm just going to go and play and whatever happens, happens."

Schein, a junior who lost in the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A singles finals while playing for St. Mary's a year ago, is one of four girls that will represent Ashland High at the state tourney, which begins this morning and runs through Saturday's singles and doubles finals at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton. The first two rounds will be played at the Portland Tennis Center. Also representing Ashland will be Schein's younger sister, unseeded freshman Maggie Schein, and the doubles team of Christi Gay and Chloe Deckwar, both sophomores.

For the Ashland boys, singles players Sean Cleveland, a senior, and Nick Cross, a junior, also play first-round matches today.

Meagan Resecher of South Albany and Erin Crofcheck of Crook County face off this morning for the right to play Casey Schein in the second round. The winner of that round of 16 match will advanced to Friday's quarterfinals against either Charlotte Fisher of Crescent Valley or Mary Hawman of Hermiston.

"For me personally, I go in to every match just playing my game," the older Schein said. "I'll go into my first match with the same mind-set that I'll have in the finals, if I get there."

The No. — seed in the girls singles bracket is undefeated Ilaria Alessi, a senior from West Albany. Casey Schein wouldn't have to play Alessi, an exchange student from Italy, until the finals, but that potential — vs. 2 matchup is not on Schein's mind. Not yet, anyway.

"I guess my goal is to go there and play as good as I possibly can," she said. "I don't think you can have a goal in terms of winning or anything. Hopefully, I just play my game and leave the tournament knowing I played my best."

Maggie Schein will play Katie Edwards of Century, another freshman, in her round of 16 match. The winner of that could face fourth-seeded Barb Sneckner of Mountain View.

In the doubles tourney, Gay and Deckwar received a tough draw when they were pitted against the No. 2-seeded team of Katie Patterson and Melany Boulton of Sherwood in the round of 16.

Cleveland faces Isaac Wilson of Wilsonville and Cross plays Chris Meek of Lebanon.

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