Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker tennis sent three players to the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 tournament at Whitman College Friday and Saturday.

That trio was seeking berths at the state tournament next weekend at Corvallis.

And all three — Gracie Huggins, John Cunningham and Zach Schwin — advanced to state.

“It was a great weekend. We like that 100 percent of making it to state,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.

“We’re very proud of how these kids represented themselves, Baker and their families.”

Huggins won her third consecutive district singles championship.

Winning three matches in straight sets, Huggins defeated Ontario’s Audrey Vogt for the title.

Huggins had defeated Vogt in the sub-district semifinals on the way to reaching district.

Cunningham, the fourth seed from sub-district, placed second Saturday.

After winning his opening match in three sets, Cunningham lost the first set to Vale’s Mike Young in the semifinals.

Cunningham, who had defeated Young at sub-district, then used two straight tie-breakers to defeat Young again.

“John had a flair for the dramatic,” Johnson said.

“He definitely had the match of the day.”

In the second set, Cunningham trailed 4-2 in the tie-breaker before scoring five straight points for the win.

Then, in the third set, Cunningham trailed 5-4 before winning two of the next three games to send the match into the tie-breaker. He then won the tie-breaker 7-4.

Cunningham then lost to Vale’s Marco Ramirez in the title match. Cunningham had defeated Ramirez at sub-district.

Schwin placed third in boys singles, defeating Young in three sets in the third-place match. Schwin also defeated Young at sub-district.

Schwin, who lost to Ramirez at sub-district, lost Saturday’s semifinals in three sets.

The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at the Tennis Complex on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Competition begins both days at 8 a.m.

Special District 4-4A/3A/2A/1A Tennis

(Baker results)

Girls singles

Gracie Huggins def. Garcia (Ione) 6-0, 6-0

Huggins def. Schwartz (Ont) 6-1, 6-3

Huggins def. Vogt (Ont) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

Boys singles

Zach Schwin def. Fowler (Ione) 6-0, 6-3

Ramirez (Vale) def. Scwhin 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-3

Schwin def. Young (Vale) 0-6, 7-5, 6-1

John Cunningham def. Jones (Griswold) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

Cunningham def. Young (Vale) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4)

Ramirez (Vale) def. Cunningham 6-0, 6-3