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Belshe wins one match at state tournament

Sherman senior advances to consolation semifinals

Photo by Mark Gibson.

— Sherman senior Maddie Belshe won a consolation match and advanced all the way to the semifinal bracket, but wound up losing on the second day of 4A/3A/2A/1A state tennis action at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

In her opening match, Belshe faced North Bend’s Kylee Woodman and lost in straight sets by scores of 6-1, and 6-0.

That setback moved the Husky standout into the consolation rounds, where she hit the courts against Ridgeview’s Bailey Simmons.

Belshe battled back and surged ahead to bounce Simmons out of competition with an 8-5 pro-set marker to inch ahead into the consolation semifinals.

In the semis, however, Belshe had her state run cut short, as Cascade’s Angela Coutant pulled away late to secure an 8-5 triumph.

It was a solid season for the multiple district champion, who leaves a winning legacy in place for the Sherman program.

“Maddie was a great tennis player for us,” said Sherman coach Leo Baptiste. “She always tried her best and gave it everything she had every time she stepped on the court. She will be missed.”

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