Youngsters represent Steamboat in tourney


The Intermountain 12 and under Memorial Day Championships continued Saturday at the Tennis Center in Steamboat Springs.

Five players -- Lisa Floyd, Jordy Bernard, Kirsten Brehmer, Alexandra Leatu and Jamey Swiggart -- are participants in this year's field of the top young talent in the six-state Intermountain region.

Represented at this year's tournament are Utah, Idaho and Colorado.

The tournament began Friday with Steamboat coming up winless in the opening matches, as several younger players faced competition as much as four years his or her senior.

Saturday proved to be different as Floyd, seeded No. 3 in the girls' draw, topped Kameryn Downing of Cheery Hills Village 6-4, 6-1 in the west consolation bracket.

Bernard bounced back to defeat Joseph Aragon of Greeley in the second day of matches 6-1, 6-3 in the south consolation bracket.

The other three players -- who are relatively young -- didn't get a match win Saturday, but they continue to make progress and learn lessons from playing high-caliber opponents.

Matt Sweet of Salt Lake City defeated Swiggart 6-0, 6-0 in the south consolation bracket.

Caroline Schnell of Englewood defeated Brehmer 6-0, 6-0.

Brehmer, in her first tournament, lost her earlier match to No. 4-seed Ashley Sanders of Littleton 6-1, 6-0.

Greeley's Mattison Sperry defeated Leatu 6-1, 6-3 in the west consolation bracket.

Singles play resumes today at 8:30 a.m. and will last to about 1 p.m.

Admission is free and tournament organizers encourage more than just parents to head out to the Tennis Center to catch the action.

"All the kids are playing a high level of tennis," Director Jim Swiggart said. "Everyone in Steamboat should take advantage of this fantastic play to see the kid's play in this tournament. These players are tomorrow starts -- the best in our six-state area."


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