If you go
What: Regional tennis meet
When: Begins 10 a.m. today, continues Friday
Where: Canyon View Park in Grand Junction
Projected Steamboat Springs High School tennis lineup
No. 1 singles — Keegan Burger
No. 2 singles — Mirko Erspamer
No. 3 singles — Jack Burger
No. 1 doubles — Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny
No. 2 doubles — Colin Green and Gabri Erspamer
No. 3 doubles — Erik Owen and Stefan Sortland
No. 4 doubles — Corbin Diehl and Lev Tsypin
2010 Sailors boys tennis schedule
- Aug. 20: Steamboat 4, Aspen 3
- Aug. 21: Evergreen 4, Steamboat 3
- Aug. 27 Boulder 6, Steamboat 1
- Aug. 28 Kent Denver 5, Steamboat 2
- Sept. 9 vs. Durango in Grand Junction, 3 p.m.
- Sept. 10 and 11 at Western Slope Invitational in Grand Junction, TBA
- Sept. 17 Steamboat 4, Niwot 3
- Sept. 18 Steamboat 2, Fossil Ridge 5
- Sept. 18 vs. Greeley West at Fossil Ridge, 12:30 p.m.
- Oct. 1 at Mullen, 3:30 p.m.
- Oct. 2 vs. Cheyenne Mountain at Colorado Academy, TBA
- Oct. 2 at Colorado Academy, TBA
- Oct. 7 and 8 at Regionals in Grand Junction, TBA
- Oct. 14 to 16 Steamboat places 6th overall at State Tournament in Pueblo
Steamboat Springs It’s pretty easy to find the driving force of the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team.
For a team that’s dominated the Western Slope tennis scene for more than a decade, it’s that fear of being the team that doesn’t win a regional title. The Sailors, winners of 12 straight regionals, begin the quest for No. 13 today at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.
The first two rounds begin at 10 a.m. today. Championship and playback matches will be Friday.
“You don’t want to be the seniors that lost the streak,” said Keegan Burger, Steamboat’s No. 1 singles player, whose one loss this year came to a Class 5A opponent.
But that’s the thing with success. As each year has passed, the bull’s-eye on Steamboat’s back has gotten gradually bigger. Specifically, Montrose and Aspen are expected to present the biggest challenges to Steamboat’s reign.
Both teams feature solid singles players who should challenge the Sailors.
Steamboat beat Aspen, 4-3, in the first match of the year. Steamboat hasn’t played Montrose head-to-head, but Aspen beat Montrose, 5-2, earlier this year.
“It’s definitely going to be a little tougher,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “We got a lot of young players in, and some of these other schools have some older players. The big thing is how we keep our composure.”
Steamboat, for the most part, ran out an inexperienced team this year. Steamboat’s regional team is expected to consist of Keegan Burger, Mirko Erspamer and Jack Burger in the singles positions.
Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny will play No. 1 doubles, Colin Green and Gabri Erspamer will play No. 2 doubles, Erik Owen and Stefan Sortland will play No. 3 doubles, and Corbin Diehl and Lev Tsypin are expected to play No. 4 doubles.
Despite the inconsistency with the inexperienced group, Aragon said the past three weeks of matches has prepared Steamboat for tough tournaments.
In its past six matches, Steamboat has played some of the tougher competition in the state, including perennial powers Mullen and Cheyenne Mountain.
The key in any high-level tennis tournament is to start well. With two potential matches before the championship matches begin Friday, an early loss essentially eliminates players from qualifying for the state tournament.
“You have to win the first round,” said Owen, who will make his first regional appearance. “Then focus on the second round so you can get to the finals.”
The winner at each position at the regional meet qualifies for the state tennis championships. Those are Oct. 14 through 16 in Pueblo.
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