Steamboat Springs The last thing Vladan Chase and Jeff Lambart wanted during their senior season was to see the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team relinquish its stranglehold on the region.
Chase and Lambart can breathe a sigh of relief after Steamboat won its 12th consecutive regional title in dominating fashion.
The Sailors, odds-on favorites at nearly every position, breezed through the finals Friday at the second day of the regional tournament in Delta, picking up regional champions at every spot.
The wins also qualify the entire Steamboat team for the state tennis tournament next weekend in Pueblo.
"It's definitely a big weight off your shoulders," Chase said. "Steamboat's know for its great tennis. You don't want to be the one that loses that regional run."
There weren't really any questions on Friday.
After cruising through Thursday's opening round not losing a set, Steamboat did the same thing on Friday.
Singles players Jamey Swiggart, Keegan Burger and Mirko Erspamer all won in straight sets, as did the No. 1 doubles team of Jeff Lambart and Jack Burger, No. 2 doubles team of Vladan Chase and Max Roder, No. 3 doubles team of Luke Farny and Callum Richman, and the No. 4 doubles team of Gabri Erspamer and Kyle Rogers.
"I really did not expect for it to come out as well and easy as it did," Steamboat coach John Aragon said. "We were sick, and Aspen had some really good players. I think these guys played for the seniors. All 11 players wanted to qualify, and all wanted to qualify at a No. 1 position."
The regional win should give Steamboat a good chance at the state tournament. The Sailors should all receive higher seeds because of their work at the regional tournament.
Depending on how the draws come out, Steamboat should have a chance as a team to finish in the top five, if not higher.
The Sailors should also have a chance to win at several individual and team spots.
"With all 11, and depending on how the seeds turn out, these guys, they can play with anyone," Aragon said. "Kent Denver came in and shocked us at home last week, but I thought that was good. Now they're going to have a game plan next time they play them."