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Prep Roundup: Central's Liz Olson And Erin Mathews Qualify For State Tennis Tournament

PORTLAND -- With five wins between them, the Central doubles teams of Erin Mathews and Liz Olson and Kira Schmidt and Melissa Whitaker were the lone Panthers still alive in the Special District 2 tenn

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Liz Olson, pictured here returning a shot April 30 in a match against La Salle, is part of the Central doubles team that has qualified for the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A state tennis tournament. Her teammate is Erin Mathews.

GIRLS TENNIS

PORTLAND -- With five wins between them, the Central doubles teams of Erin Mathews and Liz Olson and Kira Schmidt and Melissa Whitaker were the lone Panthers still alive in the Special District 2 tennis tournament after Monday's first day at the Portland Tennis Center.

Wednesday, Mathews and Olson made their own history.

After qualifying for the day's quarterfinals, the doubles' duo defeated Cascade's Dakota Graber and Ale Marquez, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to advance to Wednesday's 1 p.m. semifinals.

More importantly, the duo qualified for the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A state tournament, held May 16-18 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Schmidt and Whitaker were defeated in the quarters by La Salle's Erin Flagg and Haley Yohn, 6-2, 6-3, to end their state tournament bid.

"They're playing so much better," Central coach Dave Eble said of both teams. "They've really progressed in the last couple of weeks."

Mathews and Olson won three matches Monday to advance to Wednesday's quarterfinal, while Schmidt and Whitaker, as the No. 4 seed, received a first-round bye Monday before picking up two match wins to reach Wednesday's round.

For updates on Mathews and Olson's progress follow Sports Editor Nicole Watkins on Twitter @NicoleWatkinsIO or check the Itemizer-Observer's Facebook page.

DRAGONS FALL TO LEBANON IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE:

Marissa Brewen picked up a victory at No. 4 singles and the doubles teams of Deaven Vessell and Allie Gillette and Aylin Hirsch and Abby Garber both won to lead Dallas in a 5-3 loss to Lebanon May 1. The Dragons will begin district play at the Mid-Willamette Conference championships beginning Wednesday at Timber Hill Tennis Club and Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.

Boys Tennis

CENTRAL BOYS IN MIDST OF DISTRICT PLAY:

The Panthers were in the thick of the Special District 2 championships Tuesday when the Itemizer-Observer went to press. UPDATE: Alejandro Echeverri was the lone Panther to advance to Wednesday's singles quarterfinal round, where he'll need to win to advance to his first 4A-3A-2A-1A state tournament. Teammates Derek Sherry (singles) and Alex Cio and Anthony Martinez (doubles) were still alive in consolation play early Wednesday.

Track and Field

LINDBERG LEADS DALLAS BOYS:

Oskar Lindberg captured the long jump title at Friday's Rob Allen Invitational at Lebanon to lead the Dragons boys to a sixth-place finish. Lindberg completed a personal-best jump of 21 feet, 2 3/4 inches to finish ahead of teammate Jaylon Smothers (20-6 1/2), who took third. Justin Schafer was runner-up in the triple jump, where he posted a season-best mark of 43-9 3/4.

BENZ, MCGUIRE PACE DRAGONS GIRLS:

Mary Kate McGuire won the 3,000 meters (10:50.23) and finished second in the 800 and freshman Kyleen Benz picked up victories in both the shot put and the discus to lead the Dallas girls to a third-place finish at Friday's Rob Allen Invitational. Benz topped her previous season-best throw in the discus with her winning mark of 109-3. Other Dallas highlights included second-place finishes from Carleen Fall (3,000) and Danielle Remington (pole vault).

REGAN, McCONNELL WIN AT TRACK CLASSIC:

Perrydale's Bridget Regan won both the 200 and the 400 and finished second in the 100 to pace the Pirates girls at Saturday's Class 1A Track Classic at Portland Christian. Regan was also part of the 4x100 relay team of Megan Cummins, Alysia Vergin and Ashley Griffin that ran a season-best time of 52.80 seconds to place second. In the boys portion of the meet, Falls City's Ethan McConnell won the shot put title and was second in the discus to lead the Mountaineers. Perrydale's Logan Shamblin also took home a solid finish after placing seventh in the 800.

MID-WILLAMETTE CONFERENCE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

What:

Both Dallas' boys and girls squads will compete for a shot at qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament.

When:

Wednesday-Friday.

Where:

Timberhill Tennis Club (championship round) and Crescent Valley High School (consolation rounds).

SCHEDULE: Wednesday:

Boys doubles, 8 a.m.; boys singles will play as courts open. Girls doubles, 1 p.m.; girls singles will play as courts open.

Thursday:

Girls doubles, 8 a.m.; girls singles will play as courts open. Girls consolation singles and doubles, 9 a.m. Boys doubles, 1 p.m., singles to follow. Boys consolation singles and doubles, 2 p.m.

Friday:

Championship semifinals and finals: Girls and boys doubles, 1:30 p.m., singles to follow.

SPECIAL DISTRICT 2 TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

What:

Both Central's boys and girls squads will compete for a shot at qualifying for the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A state tournament.

When:

Wednesday-Thursday. *

Where:

Portland Tennis Center.

SCHEDULE: Wednesday:

Girls quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, 9 a.m. Boys quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday:

Boys final rounds, 9 a.m.; Girls final rounds, 10 a.m.

* The girls tournament began Monday, while the boys first rounds were played Tuesday after the Itemizer-Observer went to press.

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