Dawson Beckstead
PHS junior Dawson Beckstead won matches at No. 1 singles on Wednesday vs. North Marion and Thursday vs. Stayton. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School boys tennis team won back-to-back league matches with home victories on Wednesday over North Marion and Thursday over Stayton. In the two victories, singles players went 8-0 and the doubles teams were 6-2.

The Warriors were scheduled to play on Saturday in a four-school tournament at Corvallis. Joining the Warriors and Spartans will be Marist Catholic and Newberg.

Philomath, 9-1 in dual matches, beat the Huskies, 8-0, with the most interesting match of the afternoon coming at No. 1 singles. Warriors junior Dawson Beckstead had a battle on his hands in two of three sets against North Marion’s Gage Hurst, 4-6, 7-5, 6-0. The other three singles players all won relatively easily with Dylan Bell (6-0, 6-1), Andrew Leonard (6-0, 6-0) and Mark Grimmer (6-3, 6-0) posting victories.

In the doubles matches, senior Noah Aynes and junior Teddy Benbow overwhelmed their opponents, 6-1, 6-2. Sophomores Gradin Fairbanks and Sawyer Ainsworth were challenged at No. 2 but still won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.  At No. 3, sophomore Owen Thomas and senior Braedon Littrell took a 6-1, 6-1 victory. And at No. 4, sophomore Osvaldo Garcia-Bazan and freshman Ethan Aynes were 6-2, 6-3 winners.

On Thursday, the Warriors swept the singles matches and won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles for the 6-2 victory. All four Philomath singles players won by significant margins with Beckstead (6-0, 6-1), Bell (6-0, 6-0), Leonard (6-0, 6-1) and Ainsworth (6-2, 6-3).

In doubles, the unbeaten tandem of Noah Aynes and Benbow won by a 6-3, 6-1 margin at No. 1 and Fairbanks and Littrell teamed up for a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2. Freshman Jackson Holroyd and Thomas at No. 3 and Garcia-Bazan and Ethan Aynes at No. 4 were competitive in their matches but came up short.

The Warriors had also been scheduled to play Tuesday at Woodburn but the match was called off.

Following the Saturday tournament, the Warriors will close out the regular season at 4 p.m. Tuesday at home against Cascade. Both Philomath and the Cougars are unbeaten in league play.