Pueblo Some learning experiences come with a price.
The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team got a lesson of the hardest kind in Thursday's first round of the Class 4A State Tournament at Pueblo City Park.
The Sailors' young team lost every first-round match in all seven brackets and now must wait until today's semifinal matches to see if some of them can get pulled back into the consolation bracket.
"We knew it would be tough," Sailors coach John Aragon said. "We don't have a lot of experience, and a lot of kids are stepping up a long way."
Last year, Jonathan Soloman and Patrick Ayres played as a doubles team for the Sailors. This year, they are the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players.
Both got rocked in the first round, with Soloman losing to Matt Borchik of Liberty, while Ayres fell to Pine Creek's Brent Wolford. Both Borchik and Wolford lost in the quarterfinals, so Soloman and Ayres are out of the tournament.
At No. 3 singles, Andrew Kruger lost to Kent Denver's Adam Kamlet in the first round, but the Sun Devil senior advanced to the semis and Kruger will be back in if Kamlet wins his semifinal match.
Danny Weiss and Chris Timmerman lost their first-round match to a team from Fountain Valley, but the Danes also advanced to the semifinals and will pull the Sailors back in if they win today.
The same thing goes for the No. 4 doubles team of Ben Robbins and Alex Griffing, who fell to a Broomfield duo in the first round.
"We came in with the plan of using this state tournament as a learning experience," Aragon said. "We lost a lot through graduation and we're very, very young.
"Regardless of the outcome, this will be a good learning experience for all of us."
Soloman and Ayres are both sophomores.