Steamboat Springs' Jack Burger returns a shot during his match against Chris Gang on Saturday morning at Pueblo City Park. Burger lost the match 6-3, 6-3 and finished fourth in the No. 3 singles brackets at the state high school tennis tournament.

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Steamboat Springs' Jack Burger returns a shot during his match against Chris Gang on Saturday morning at Pueblo City Park. Burger lost the match 6-3, 6-3 and finished fourth in the No. 3 singles brackets at the state high school tennis tournament.

Steamboat's Burger brothers 4th at state tennis

Jack and Keegan lost today in their third-place matches

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Steamboat Springs' Jack Burger returns a shot during his match against Chris Gang on Saturday morning at Pueblo City Park. Burger lost the match, 6-3, 6-3, and finished fourth in the No. 3 singles brackets at the state high school tennis tournament.

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Steamboat Springs Jack Burger and his brother Keegan slap hands after playing their final matches Saturday at the state high school tennis championships in Pueblo. Jack and Keegan Burger finished fourth at this year's tournament.

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Keegan Burger races to return a shot during his match Saturday against Kent Demver's Jack Reynolds. Burger lost the match, 6-0, 6-4, and finished fourth at the 4A State High School Tennis Championships in Pueblo.

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— The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team arrived at Pueblo City Park on Thursday with high hopes of bringing home a state title. On Saturday, two of the team’s top players left the court with looks of disappointment painted across their faces.

Both Kee­gan Burger and his brother Jack Bur­ger lost Saturday morning in the third-place matches, bringing the Sailors’ season to an end at the 4A Colorado State High School Tennis Championships. Both wound up with fourth-place medals.

“I’m happy I got a medal, but I’m still hungry for the top spot,” Keegan Burger said after his match.

The Sailors’ No. 1 singles player dropped his first set to Kent Denver’s Jack Reynolds, 6-0, and fell behind, 3-0, before coming to life in the third-place match.

The Steamboat Springs senior shook off the slow start and fought back to tie Reynolds in the second set at 4-4, but Keegan Burger couldn’t hold his serve. Reynolds won the game to go up, 5-4, and gained the advantage he was looking for. The Kent Denver player went on to win the set, 6-4, and the match in two sets.

“He played really well in the first set, and my mindset wasn’t really right,” Keegan Burger said. “I fought back to 4-4, but I couldn’t hold my serve. That was the difference in that set.”

Just a few courts away, the Sailors’ No. 3 singles player, Jack Burger, was on the court against Niwot’s Chris Gang, but he also struggled to find his game and ended up losing, 6-3, 6-3.

“There were moments in the match where I was playing really well and I could take games off of him, but there were other times when I would make mistakes,” Jack Burger said. “I feel like I could definitely beat that kid if I was a little more consistent.”

A lack of consistency plagued Jack Burger throughout the match, and mistakes, particularly at the net, took the Steamboat player out of the match at crucial times.

“He was one of those players who just seems to get everything back,” Jack Burger said. “That type of player is hard to play because they force you into making mistakes.”

The Burgers were the only Sailors to make it to Saturday’s finals. The Steamboat team finished in sixth place with 20 points.

The Cheyenne Mountain In­­dians dominated play throughout the tournament and finished strong on the final day. The Indians collected 80 points to run away with the tournament. Niwot finished second with 58 points, and Colorado Academy was third with 42. Kent Denver (39) and Mullen (33) rounded out the top five.

“I thought my season went really well, but I felt I could have done better in the state tournament and that I could have finished up there with all the top guys,” Keegan Burger said.

Coach John Aragon agreed with his No. 1 singles player, and despite a rough final two days he said he was proud of how far the team came this season, especially after losing a key player (Jamey Swiggart) to injury before the start of the season.

“We were all hoping for a little higher finish, and that didn’t happen, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort,” Aragon said. “These are great kids, and it just didn’t happen.”

Players taking home titles Saturday included Niwot’s Harrison Lang at No. 1 singles and Michael Ogez at No. 2 singles. Cheyenne Mountain’s Stephen Moore won the title at No. 3 singles.

Cheyenne Mountain swept the doubles field with Billy Fielding and Parker Curry winning the title at No.1 doubles, Andrew Venner and Hayden Cramer winning at No. 2, Abe Yellen and Cole Benson winning at No. 3 and Vincent Chow ad Canyon Barry at No. 4.

Class 4A Colorado State Tennis Championships

Pueblo

Opening Round

No. 1 singles

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

No. 2 singles

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

No. 3 singles

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

No. 1 doubles

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

No. 2 doubles

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

No. 3 doubles

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

Quarterfinals

No.1 singles

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

No. 3 singles

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

No.1 doubles

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

No. 2 doubles

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

Semifinals

No.1 singles

Harrison Lang (Niwot) def. Keegan Burger (Steamboat) 6-3, 6-3

No. 3 singles

Matt Greene (Colorado Academy) def. Jack Burger (Steamboat) 7-5, 6-2

Playbacks

No. 1 singles

Keegan Burger (Steamboat) def. Jon Moore (Cheyenne Mountain) 6-2, 6-4

No. 3 singles

Jack Burger (Steamboat) def. Zachary Branigan (Mullen) 6-4, 6-3

Finals – to be played today

No.1 singles

Keegan Burger (Steamboat) will face Jack Reynolds (Kent Denver) for third

No. 3 singles

Jack Burger (Steamboat) will face Chris Gang (Niwot) for third

Finals

No.1 singles

Jack Reynolds (Kent Denver) def. Keegan Burger (Steamboat) 6-0, 6-4

No. 3 singles

Chris Gang (Niwot) def. Jack Burger (Steamboat) 6-3, 6-3

Team Standings

Cheyenne Mountain 80, Niwot 58, Colorado Academy 42, Kent Denver 39, Mullen

33, Steamboat Springs 20, Broomfield 14, Longmont 14, Evergreen 9, Discovery Canyon 8, Thompson Valley 2, Air Academy 2, Pueblo Central 2, Aspen 2, Alexander Dawson 2, Golden1, Pueblo County 1.

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beentheredonethat 4 years, 2 months ago

Anyone else sick and tired of constantly reading about the "Burger Kids"? One would think that the Burger family owns the Steamboat Pilot.

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