Sailors net ninth straight title

Tennis team sending all 11 players to state

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Tennis results

State qualifying matches

- No. 1 singles; SS Andrew Hoing def Aspen's Jakub Gers, 6-2, 6-1.

- No. 2 singles; SS Ramsey Bernard def. Aspen's King Koehler, 6-0, 6-1.

- No. 3 singles; Aspen's Ryan Dunn def. SS Jordan Bernard, 6-3, 6-4.

- No. 1 doubles; SS Brian Aragon and Brian Burger def. Montrose's James Nunez and Sterling Parks, 6-2, 6-1.

- No. 2 doubles; Dylan Roberts and Jesse Schaller def Montrose's Chance Jacob and Tim Koski, 6-4, 6-4.

- No. 3 doubles; SS Matt Gadbois and Andrew Riley def. Montrose's Evan Wicland and Mit Shah, 6-0, 6-1.

- No. 4 doubles; SS Charlie Smith and Jeff Lambart def. Aspen's Skyler Maclean and Christer DeBoer, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Team Scores

Steamboat Springs, 75; Aspen, 59; Montrose, 51; Hotchkiss, 8; Cortez, 5

— Prior to the regional championships in Montrose, Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon said he wanted to qualify all 11 of his varsity players for the state tournament.

Mission accomplished.

The Sailors had five regional champs, a second place and a third place finish at the two-day regional tournament in Montrose.

No. 1 singles player Andrew Hoing and No. 2 singles player Ramsey Bernard took home regional championships. No. 3 singles player Jordan Bernard fell to Aspen's Ryan Dunn, to bring home second.

The No. 1 doubles team of Brian Aragon and Brian Burger and No. 2 doubles team of Dylan Roberts and Jesse Schaller easily defeated opponents from Montrose in the championship matches to become regional champions.

Two of the more interesting matches happened in No. 3 and No. 4 doubles. The No. 4 doubles team of Charlie Smith and Jeff Lambart played Aspen's Skyler Maclean and Christer DeBoer in the championship game. Earlier in the year, Smith and Lambart fell to the team from Aspen in three sets. This time, the Sailors returned the favor, beating Aspen, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The No. 3 doubles team of Matt Gadbois and Andrew Riley finished in third place but still had a chance to get one of the two guaranteed spots to go to the state tournament. After Aspen beat Montrose to take the championship, the Sailors were able to challenge Montrose in a play-back game for the right to go to state. Gadbois and Riley had previously lost to the Montrose team of Evan Wicland and Mit Shah in three sets earlier in the year. This time, however, the Sailors quickly dispatched of Montrose in two sets, 6-0, 6-1.

"It was a lot tougher regional than the score indicated," Aragon said. "But five regional champs, one second and one third. I am pretty happy with that."

The Sailors' 75 points were 16 better than second place Aspen and 24 better than third place Montrose. The Sailors have now won nine consecutive regional championships.

"We were really pleased with how they kept their composure and stayed together," Aragon said.

Looking ahead to the state tournament, which starts Thurs-day in Pueblo, Aragon said Kent Denver probably will be the team to beat. Earlier in the year, the Sailors lost 7-0 to the Sun Devils.

This time, though, Aragon said the competition will see a much different, much more mature team.

"It'll be interesting," he said. "We are a totally different team than when we played Kent Denver. We're a whole lot better team than when we started. Early in the year our goal was to shoot to be in the top three in the state tournament and we still want to do that."

- To reach Luke Graham call, 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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