The court was a little narrower for half of Ashland's top doubles tandem, but the margin of victory was as wide as usual.
Jeff Laskos, who usually plays alongside Chas Bernard to form the Grizzlies' No. 1 doubles team, picked up a straight-set win over Kevin Payne at No. 1 singles Tuesday as the Ashland boys tennis team wrapped up an undefeated regular season with an 8-0 nonconference rout of Hidden Valley on senior day at Hunter Park.
Laskos defeated Kevin Payne 6-4, 6-3, in his first-ever singles match as a Grizzly, helping Ashland complete a 14-0 regular season, including 5-0 in Special District 4.
"It was a thrill to have that happen," said Ashland coach Dick Streng, who said he's coached one other undefeated team since taking over the program in 1997. "It was something that, in the back of their minds I think they were hoping for something like this.
"A lot of them are friends and they all took up tennis and they are a happy bunch of kids that like to play tennis and they all like to support their teammates. I've been really lucky to have their leadership and their congeniality and their demeanor and sportsmanship."
Ashland was hardly challenged against the 4A Mustangs, who didn't win a set.
The Grizzlies hope to be equally dominating Monday, when the Special District 4 tournament begins at Thurston High School in Eugene. The two-day tourney wraps up with the semifinals and finals on May 14.
Laskos and Bernard will join forces again at districts. Their seeding will be determined at a meeting today in Eugene, but Streng says the pair will aim high regardless.
"Last year they were no. 2 in districts," Streng said, "and I'm hoping that they can do the same this year."
SINGLES — Jeff Laskos, A, d. Kevin Payne, 6-4, 6-3; Alex Harris, A, d. Josh Faust, 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Alexander, A, d. Zach Maynard, 6-0, 6-1; Min-oh Suh, A, d. John Abruzzi, 6-1, 6-2.
DOUBLES — Noah Kass-Wynn Michael, A, d. Jon Kaneroto-Daniel Wardle, 6-0, 6-0; Nate Harris-Lev Silberstein, A, d. Travis Fitchie-Alex Delterrea, 6-0, 6-1; Clint Gorbett-Artie Lawniczak, A, d. Devin Liskey-Isaac Foster, 6-0, 6-1; Chas Bernard-Ahanu Yates, A, d. John Abruzzi-Isaac Foster, 6-4, 6-0.
At Eagle Point, Max Anderson pitched five scoreless innings and hit the game-winning double in the sixth as third-ranked Ashland remained undefeated in the Southern Sky Conference with a 1-0 victory over Eagle Point Tuesday at The Yard.
Anderson struck out four and walked one while giving up three hits to pick up his first win of the season for the Grizzlies (17-4, 12-0 SSC), who clinched their third straight league title outright.
Anderson, Billy Hansen and Luke Baldrica had two hits apiece to lead Ashland at the plate.
Eagle Point's Wade McCready went the distance for the Eagles (6-14, 4-8), striking out six and walking three while holding Ashland to seven hits.
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Anderson, Stone (6) and Adams, Scarminach (4); McCready and Zomerdyk. W — Anderson (1-0). L — McCready. 2B — A: Hansen, Anderson.
Track and Field
At Klamath Union, Katherine Shulenberger took first-place in two events and Camelia Mayfield set a personal record in the 800-meter run to lead the Grizzlies in a Southern Sky Conference dual meet Tuesday.
Shulenberger won both the 400 (1:00.68) and the 300 hurdles (48.36), while Mayfield was victorious in the 800 (2:30.60).
Also taking first place for the Grizzlies were: Nicole Shulters (girls shot put, 33-5), Megan Mortimer-Lamb (girls 3,000, 12:32.30), Colin Haug (boys 800, 2:08.26), Cord Walsh (boys 1,500, 4:30.81), Isaac Schaaf (boys 3,000, 10:18.60) and Alex Ralston (boys triple jump, 36-4 1/2).