The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team struggled through the weekend in a trio of duals against some of the best competition in their classification.
The Sailors lost six of seven matches both against Colorado Academy and against Cheyenne Mountain on Saturday, and four of seven Friday against Mullen.
Still, Steamboat coach John Aragon said his squad got just the right seasoning as it prepares for next weekend’s regional tennis tournament.
“I was pleased with the performances even if the outcome was 0-3,” Aragon said. “It was a beneficial weekend, and we need to bottle it up and use it next week.”
The weekend may have been a learning experience for much of the young Sailors squad, but for Keegan Burger, it was more proof that he’s among the best in the state.
Burger picked up three key victories at No. 1 singles, defeating Colorado Academy’s Thomas Sisk, 6-2, 6-3, Cheyenne Mountain’s Jon Moore, 6-1, 6-3, and Mullen’s Connor Hudson, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
“He had a terrific weekend against three of the toughest opponents we’ve faced,” Aragon said. “We’ve never had anyone do what he did at No. 1 singles, with that type of schedule.”
Jack Burger also picked up a win for Steamboat against Mullen playing at No. 3 singles. He beat Zack Branigan in a marathon 2 1/2 hour match, 7-6, 2-6, 7-5.
Luke Farny and Kyle Rogers at No. 1 doubles also picked up a win with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
“Looking at the team and the improvement we’ve made in a short period of time and how they’re starting to compete, we will be a very solid team in another week or two,” Aragon said. “We can’t overlook regionals. There are a lot of good players there. We have had a good season and learned a lot, and hopefully, we can take that into regionals.”