By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

A full week of action for Mac

The Grizzlies big moment of the game came from sophomore Cameron Fox, who hit a homerun. The jolt of excitement wasn’t enough for the Grizzlies to overtake the Crimson Tide.

Blake Egli struggled on the mound and gave up 11 runs in the first two innings before being relieved by Christian Radke.

Glencoe shelled Mac starter Blake Egli in the first two innings, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning and six in the bottom of the second inning. Glencoe added one more run in the bottom of the third inning and three in the bottom of the third to hand the Grizzlies their worst defeat of the season.

Despite nearly keeping even with Glencoe in the hits department (12-9), McMinnville wasn’t able to get many runners in scoring position and put runs on the board. The Grizzlies and Crimson Tide have split their series this week and meet for the final time this season at 4:30 p.m. today at Patton Middle School.

Boys tennis

The McMinnville Grizzlies are rolling heading into a big match Thursday at home vs. Tualatin. They made quick work of Hillsboro on Tuesday and beat the Spartans 4-0 in singles play and 4-0 in doubles.

Reza Refaei got a big win at No.1 singles over Brian Loza 6-2, 6-3 to get the Grizzlies started on their shutout win. The tandem of Nathan Johnson and Cody Thomas made quick work of Hillsboro’s Steven Nguyen and Benson Hang at No.1 doubles. Johnson and Thomas — who usually play No. 1 and No. 2 singles — were paired up for the first time this season.

McMinnville had an impressive outing from No.3 singles player Daniel Post. Post dominated Spartans No.3 singles player Ben Fischer 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles, it was the No. 2 slot with the Grizzlies that had an impressive match. The team of Adam Kiff and Austin Wiley shut out Hillsboro’s No. 2 doubles team of Luis Velazquez and Divyish Patel. Kiff and Wiley shut out the Spartans pair 6-0, 6-0.

McMinnville played again at home Thursday. For a full story on that match, please read the April 30 edition of the News-Register. 

Girls tennis

The McMinnville Grizzlies are turning up the heat in the Pacific Conference. McMinnville has won its last six matches after another win over Hillsboro.

The Grizzlies put the pressure on the Spartans early, and they couldn’t handle it. Caitlan Baker led off for McMinnville at No.1 singles and beat Julia Fischer 6-0, 6-0. Kelsey Allen followed suit at No. 2 singles for the Grizzlies and beat Amy Poehlitz 6-0, 6-2.

The Grizzlies doubles brought the same amount of pressure as their singles teammates. The McMinnville No. 3 doubles team of Ellie Splem and Lauren Ulvang shut out the Spartans No. 3 duo of Rachel Felton and Alex Graf 6-0, 6-0. At No.1 doubles, Molly Olsen and Sam Purdy beat Rachel Karlin and Haley Shelton 6-1, 6-0.

The Grizzlies continue their home stand and play at 4 p.m. Monday vs. Glencoe.

Boys golf

The McMinnville Grizzlies golf team currently sits in fifth place behind Glencoe, Tigard, Newberg and Tualatin.

The Grizzlies Bryce Booker is ranked No.15 in the RPA ranking system and has had come in first in all four of McMinnville’s league matches this season. Booker shot an 85 to lead the Grizzlies on Monday at the 2013 Michebook League Invitational. The Grizzlies finished with a team score of 348 (5th).

Daniel Rader comes in right behind Booker at No.16 in the rankings, and Radar also shot an 85 at the Michelbook Invite. The Grizzlies play Friday at the Corvallis Invite.

Girls golf

The McMinnville Grizzlies took second Tuesday at Meriwether National. McMinnville took second place with a team score of 421. Tualatin took first place with a score team score of 387. The overall leader was Tualatin’s Hayley Mortensen, who shot a 73 for the day.

The Grizzlies were led by Katie Kuehn. Kuehn shot a 95, and Emily Culter came in right behind her. Hazel Findley shot a 113, Moli Jo Hartzell shot a 116 and Kaela Worden shot a 130 to round out the team.


The Grizzlies are having a rough season but got some relief Friday with a 10-0 win in five innings vs. Century. Then McMinnville went on the road Monday and beat Hillsboro 7-4, but the win streak was broken Wednesday as the Grizzlies lost 10-6 vs. Tigard at Baker Field.

Jaguars, the Grizzlies put on an offensive clinic totaling 10 hits to go with their 10 runs. Allyson Ulbricht and Mackenzie Davis both led McMinnville with two hits each. Makayla Khatewoda, Lauren Ulbricht, Kaylee McManus, Kristin King, Lacy Wilbur and Marina Jorgensen each had one hit. Kamrie Hoggard threw five innings and allowed four hits in the win.

Monday, the Grizzlies continued their hot hitting, beating the Spartans with seven runs on eight hits. Lauren Ulbricht, King and Hoggard each had two hits, while Khatewoda and Allyson Ulbricht both had one hit.

In Wednesday’s loss to the Tigers, McMinnville scored six runs on five hits, while Tigard scored 10 runs on 14 hits. Sam Hensley led the Grizzlies with two hits. Layne Pendleton, Allyson Ulbricht and Lauren Ulbricht each had a hit. Hensley threw two innings and allowed two hits. Hoggard finished the game and allowed 12 hits.

McMinnville hits the road and plays at 5 p.m. today at Newberg.

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