Viking netmen make history in Madras

The Enterprise

With strong performances in Madras last Saturday, the Vale boys took their first team title at the White Buffalo Invitational since 2008.

Coach Ryan Seals noted the boys also brought home individual first place wins at second singles from Marco Ramirez and second doubles from Noah Carlson and Sam McLoughlin.

The coach was more than pleased with last week’s showing.

“Going into the tournament, placing in the top 3 or 4 as a team was my goal,” Seals said. “We far exceeded that with consistent play all day.”

He’s hoping the win gives the team more confidence moving into league play this week, and he sees a lot of potential in his squad.

“This boys group has continued to make improvements each and every week, they love the game of tennis and are all very coachable,” he said. “We are headed in the right direction.”

Vale was among 10 teams at the tourney.

The Vikings took first place with a team score of 111, followed by Philomath with 110, Crook County at 109, and Mountain View, 106. Rounding out the list were Cascade, Henley, Klamath Union, Madras, Sisters and Estacada.

In addition to the first-place showings, Dan Wenger took eighth in first singles, and Mike Young/Brody Marvin, sixth in first doubles.

Up next: The Vale Viking tennis athletes were scheduled to travel to Ontario for a match Tuesday, past press time, and then to La Grande this Thursday, April 7, for a match that starts at 4 p.m.