Aragon routs top players in tourney

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— Steamboat Springs tennis player John Aragon knocked off two top seeds last weekend en route to winning the Northern Extreme tennis tournament in Denver.

"It was a pretty big win for me," Aragon said. "I think it will help my ranking in the state of Colorado."

The tournament, which included 21 players who were 18 years of age, took place at the Ranch Country Club.

Aragon was not seeded, but he did have a first-round bye. In the second round, the local player moved past Peter Weyhrick in a 6-1, 6-3 match.

The win moved Aragon up in the brackets to face No. 1 seeded player Jeffrey White in one of the biggest matches of the weekend.

White won the first set 6-7, but Aragon rebounded by taking the next two from the favorite, 6-1, 6-2.

"I think it surprised a lot of people," Aragon said. "I was a little cold in my first set, because I didn't get a good warm up. But after that, I started to hit my ground strokes well and I didn't have too much of a problem beating him."

Things didn't get any easier for Aragon in the semifinals. He faced No. 3 seed Nathan Malnati and defeated him in a 6-2, 6-2 match.

With the win, Aragon moved into the championship match against another unseeded player, Mark Boren. Aragon and Boren traded the first two sets by scores of 6-2. Aragon, however, took the rubber match and the title in the final set.

Aragon has been on the tournament road since wrapping up his high school season last October.

He played in Las Vegas and in several other regional tournaments since then. Aragon said he has a big tournament coming up Wednesday through Monday in Salt Lake City. He also plans on playing in an intermountain tournament in February along with his former Sailor teammate Rich Tifft.

"It's a singles and doubles tournament," Aragon said. "So we will play doubles together."

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