Beaverton — It has been a massively successful year for Crescent Valley High School and their girls athletics programs. This winter, their basketball team won their first state title since 1978 behind the historical performance of Gabby Bland and a youthful core of players. Earlier in the day Saturday, the track team won their first state title in school history on the final event of the 5A state meet. Now, add a third blue trophy for Crescent Valley girls as the tennis team dominated their way to the 5A tennis championship on Saturday in Beaverton.
For the Raiders, their strength is in the form of their doubles teams as they advanced three of their pairs to the state quarterfinals, including the top overall seed duo Zoe Hughes and Kara Paterson. The Raiders advanced that duo and second overall seed Sophie Katz to the state semifinals in each bracket, with both of them advancing to their state championship matches. By compiling 12 points entering into the state championship pairings, the Raiders had already scored more points than any other team could possibly score, mathematically clinching the state title on the first day of the championships with the state finals still to be played.
As for those state championship matches, La Salle Prep freshman Kennedy Harris took down Sophie Katz in the finals, finishing with a rather quick 6-1, 6-0 sweep to win her first individual title. Harris became La Salle Prep’s first individual title winner since Maureen Feltz back in 1981, and only the school’s second individual champion ever. Over in the doubles arena, the senior duo from North Bend Adrianna Frank and Olivia Knutson entered into the state title match as the 3-seed, facing up against the top overall duo Zoe Hughes and Kara Paterson. It was a battle with many highs and lows, but the Bulldogs have their first doubles champions in school history after Frank and Knutson pulled a very hard sweep of Hughes and Paterson 7-6(5), 6-4 to make history for North Bend High School.
Historically, North Bend has only had four singles titles and they all came from one girl: Kelcy McKenna. McKenna won four straight from 2004 to 2007 and is still their only singles champion to date. However, not only did the Bulldogs win their first doubles championship, they finished with their best placing in school history as state runner-up behind Crescent Valley. Prior to Saturday, North Bend had never finished in the Top 2 of the tennis world as a team, marking another hallmark of progress for the program. They tied with La Salle Prep for second overall, which is the highest placement for the Falcons since they won the state title in 1981.
Here are the Top 4 team placements from the 5A tennis championships:
- Crescent Valley: 16.5 points, 2nd Title (First since 1977)
- La Salle Prep and North Bend: 8 points, 1st Runner-Up for both schools
- Ashland: 7 points
Footnote: The header image was provided by the Crescent Valley Program!