Thursday, October 12, 2000
Pueblo Steamboat Springs tennis star Rich Tifft, one of the favorites to win the
No. 1 singles title in 4A will play the other favorite today in a semifinal showdown.
Tifft (21-1) will face Moritz Ellman (20-0) of University. Tifft's lone loss was to Ellman in the tiebreaker of an eight-game pro set at a Greeley tournament.
Tifft made it to today's semifinal match by beating Chad Hudson of Broomfield, 6-3, 6-1, and then Mike Goodman of Thomas Jefferson, 6-2, 7-6 (6), at City Park.
Tifft's teammate, John Aragon Jr., also advanced to the semifinals Thursday in No. 2 singles by beating David Fisher of Colorado Springs Christian, 6-2, 6-1, and then Evan Mosier of Pueblo South, 6-2, 6-3.
Cheyenne Mountain High School led the Class 4A boys state tournament after two rounds of play Thursday. Mullen was second with 9, followed by Niwot, Montrose and University with 7, Pueblo South and Steamboat Springs with 6 and Centennial with 4.
Cheyenne Mountain, seeking its ninth consecutive 4A state crown, placed No. 2 singles player Chris Wetzig, No. 3 singles player Trent Acuff and its doubles teams in the semifinals.
Centennial senior Robert Weins recovered from a 1999 loss to Mullen's Matt Phillips by beating him 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. Weins went on to defeat Montrose's John Wickham 6-2, 6-4 to move into Friday's semifinals opposite Kent Denver's Bret Berglund.