Steamboat Springs' Luke Farny returns a shot during the opening round of the state high school tennis tournament in Pueblo on Thursday. Farny and teammate Kyle Rogers defeated C.J. O’Neil and Jacob Vaughn of Golden, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals. They lost the second match.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs' Luke Farny returns a shot during the opening round of the state high school tennis tournament in Pueblo on Thursday. Farny and teammate Kyle Rogers defeated C.J. O’Neil and Jacob Vaughn of Golden, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals. They lost the second match.

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Tennis results

2010 State 4A Boys High School Tennis Championships

Pueblo City Park

Opening Round

No. 1 singles

Keegan Burger (Steamboat Springs) defeated John Lambert (Bishop Machebeuf) 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 singles

Zack Kusick (Broomfield) defeated Mirko Erspamer (Steamboat Springs) 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3 singles

Jack Burger (Steamboat Springs) defeated Matthew Jordan (D’Evelyn) 6-0, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles

Kyle Rogers/Luke Farny (Steamboat Springs) defeated C.J. O’Neil/Jacob Vaughn (Golden) 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 doubles

Gabri Erspamer/Colin Green (Steamboat Springs) defeated Matt Stern/Ryan Smith (Alexander Dawson) 7-5, 6-3

No. 3 doubles

Cameron Sadler/Garrett Smith (Evergreen) defeated Stefan Sortland/Erik Owen (Steamboat Springs) 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 3-6

Quarterfinals

No.1 singles

Keegan Burger (Steamboat Springs) defeated Eric Tamm (Longmont) 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3 singles

Jack Burger (Steamboat Springs) defeated Matt Depinto (Broomfield) 6-4, 6-1.

No.1 doubles

Greg Drery/Jake Gardner (Broomfield) defeated Kyle Rogers/Luke Farny (Steamboat Springs) 6-4, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles

Kamiar Coffey/Jeff Ellenoff (Kent Denver) defeated Gabri Erspamer/Colin Green (Steamboat Springs) 6-3, 6-4.

Semifinals

No.1 singles

Keegan Burger (Steamboat Springs) vs. vs. Harrison Lang ( Niwot)

No. 2 singles

Jack Burger (Steamboat Springs) vs. Matt Greene ( Colorado Academy)

Team Standings

Cheyenne Mountain 19, Colorado Academy 16, Niwot 15, Kent Denver 13, Mullen 12, Steamboat Springs 8, Broomfield 8, , Longmont7, Evergreen 5, Thompson Valley 2, Pueblo Central 1, Pueblo County 1, Discovery Canyon 1, Golden, Aspen 1, Alexander Dawson 1, Air Academy 1.

— The opening day of the 2010 State 4A Boys High School Tennis Championships at Pueblo City Park was nearly perfect Thursday.

A blue sky and temperatures hovering around 80 degrees greeted the members of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team, but by the end of the day, Sailors coach John Aragon was hoping for a storm of a different kind for his team to have a shot in the team standings.

“There has to be a lot of upsets, and a lot of things would have to work in our favor,” Aragon said about a shot at the state title. “It would have to be the perfect storm.”

The Sailors are tied with Broomfield for sixth place with eight points. Cheyenne Mountain is out to an early lead with 19 points and is followed by Colorado Academy with 16 points, Niwot with 15, Kent Denver with 13 and Mullen with 12 points.

Things looked good for the Steamboat team after the opening round. Keegan Burger defeated Bishop Machebeuf senior John Lambert in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 1 singles slot, and Keegan’s twin brother, Jack, defeated D’Evelyn freshman Matthew Jordan, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 3 singles slot.

The Sailors also advanced doubles teams at the No. 1 position, where Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny defeated C.J. O’Neil and Jacob Vaughn, of Golden, 6-3, 6-4. Steamboat also adv­anced to the quarterfinals at No. 2 doubles after Gabri Erspamer and Colin Green defeated Alexander Dawson’s Matt Stern and Ryan Smith, 7-5, 6-3.

Steamboat senior Mirko Ers­pamer suffered a disappointing 6-1, 6-1 loss to Broomfield junior Zack Kusick, and the Sailors’ No. 3 doubles team of Stefan Sortland and Erik Owen fell to Evergreen’s Cameron Sadler and Garrett Smith.

The Burger brothers continued to lead the Sailors in the quarterfinals. Keegan won a hard-fought 6-1, 6-1 match against Longmont’s Eric Tamm that was a lot closer than the final score.

“He was really good,” Keegan said. “Every game was close, but I was able to get the points when I needed them to win the games and the match.”

Keegan will face Niwot sophomore Harrison Lang in the semifinals. The two met in last year’s third-place match, where Lang came away with the win, and Keegan settled for fourth place.

Keegan will be joined in the semifinals by brother Jack Bur­ger, who handled Broomfield’s Matt Depinto in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1, to keep his state title hopes alive.

“That was the best tennis I’ve ever played,” Jack Burger said. “I really didn’t really expect to be playing in the semifinals. I just played hard and am enjoying it now.”

He will face Colorado Aca­demy’s Matt Greene in the semifinals. Greene went three sets with Mullen’s Zachary Branigan in the quarters, winning, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

But the quarterfinals didn’t treat the Sailors doubles teams as well. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams lost and will be pulling for the teams that beat them to advance to the finals for a second chance in this year’s tournament. Rogers and Farny fell to Greg Drery and Jake Gardner and will need the Broomfield players to upset Cheyenne Mountain for a chance at the playbacks. Gabri Erspamer and Green lost to Kamiar Coffey and Jeff Ellenoff and will be rooting for Kent Denver in the semifinals.

The tournament will resume at 9 a.m. today at Pueblo City Park with the semifinal round. The winners of the semifinals matches will advance to Sat­­urday’s championship round, and the rest of the field will play in two rounds of playbacks for a shot at the third- and fourth-place match.

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