Philomath High’s four singles players and two of four doubles teams made it through the first day of the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 2 Tournament at Estacada High School.

Andrew Leonard at singles was among the PHS players advancing through the first round of the district tournament. (Photo courtesy of Jason Leonard)

Junior Dawson Beckstead, senior Dylan Bell, sophomore Andrew Leonard and sophomore Sawyer Ainsworth all posted victories over their opponents to advance in the winner’s bracket. The doubles teams of junior Teddy Benbow and senior Noah Aynes, and sophomore Owen Thomas and freshman Jackson Holroyd were also winners.

In the team standings through the first day of competition, Molalla and Philomath are tied for first place with 12 points and Cascade is a close third with 10.

Seeded No. 2 in the tournament behind Cascade’s Zach Moore, Beckstead rolled through his first-round opponent from Molalla in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Bell went up against fourth-seeded Santiago Herrera Morales of Estacada and pulled out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory to advance in the winner’s bracket.

Leonard went up against an opponent out of Woodburn and won in two sets, 7-5, 6-1. Ainsworth posted a victory as well with a 6-4, 6-3 result over a Woodburn opponent.

Benbow and Aynes, seeded No. 2 for the tournament, defeated a pair from home-court Estacada, 6-3, 6-1. Thomas and Holroyd were 6-0, 6-0 winners over their opponents from Woodburn.

The doubles teams of sophomore Gradin Fairbanks and senior Braedon Littrell, and freshman Ethan Aynes and sophomore Osvaldo Garcia-Bazan, came up short in their matches.

The tournament is scheduled to continue Thursday and Friday at the Salem Tennis and Swim Club.


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