A Philomath High boys tennis team showdown in doubles will occur Friday on the final day of the district tournament at Black Butte Ranch.
The top-seeded doubles team of Dylan Bell and Nick Stucki defeated opponents from Madras and Cascade on Thursday to move into the semifinals. Meanwhile, Judah Bacho and Mark Grimmer defeated a team from Madras and in the quarterfinals, knocked off the fourth-seeded pair from Stayton. With the way the bracket is configured, Bell and Stucki will go up against teammates Bacho and Grimmer. The situation guarantees that the Warriors will have a team in the championship match.
Elsewhere in doubles at Black Butte, Noah Curtis and Jace Barrett, and Gradin Fairbanks and Ian Alba lost in the consolation second round.
In boys singles, third-seeded Dawson Beckstead advanced to the semifinals with victories over Ethan Wilson of Stayton and Jonathan Swenson of Woodburn. Andrew Leonard defeated seventh-seeded Elmer Egoavil of Madras but then lost to second-seeded Nate Webber of Sisters. Teddy Benbow lost in the second-round to fifth-seeded Haydon Holm of Stayton.
On the girls’ side, top-seeded Bailey Bell moved into the semifinals with victories over Lanoe Mead of Molalla and Allya Sierra of Cascade. Sierra Johnson defeated seventh-seeded Yesenia Lopez of Woodburn but in the quarterfinals, she lost to second-seeded Susanna Anand of Corbett.
In consolation singles, Noel Lundeen reached the finals by beating Brood Harper of Sisters and Katie Ryan of Sisters.
The doubles team of Atira Fairbanks and Chloe Jurva, seeded No. 2, defeated teams from Cascade and Molalla to reach the semifinals. K Bacho and Lily Schell won their first match over a North Marion pair but then ran into the third-seeded team from Cascade and lost.
Elsewhere, Lorelei Schell and Nadia Durski won their second-round match over a Sisters team and then lost to the top-seeded pair from Molalla. The team of Megan Reese and Elise Reese lost their second-round match to a Cascade team.
The district tournament is scheduled to conclude on Friday — against at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters.