South metro boys tennis preview

Posted 8/9/18

Overview There have been only five seasons in the past 47 years that Cherry Creek has not won the boys state team championship. One of those seasons was 2017, when Fairview dethroned the Bruins. So …

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South metro boys tennis preview

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Overview

There have been only five seasons in the past 47 years that Cherry Creek has not won the boys state team championship. One of those seasons was 2017, when Fairview dethroned the Bruins. So one of the questions this season is whether Creek can re-establish itself against the challenges of teams like Fairview and Regis Jesuit.

Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge should also figure into the title picture. Vista had seven underclass players qualify for last season’s state meet, while Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge each had five underclass players gain state tournament experience.

A new coaching protocol from the CHSAA major committee report says that a coach may coach a player any time during a match as long as the coach is off the court and the coaching does not interfere with play.

Top returning players

Returning players from south metro-area teams who participated in last season’s state tournaments:

Tyler Landen, Arapahoe; Alex Gordon, Cherry Creek; Chris Swanson, Rock Canyon; Chase Walters, Heritage; Jared Green, Arapahoe; Max Probst, Mountain Vista; Henry Cox, Ponderosa; George Cavo, Cherry Creek; Will Jones, Heritage; Drew Hill, Cherry Creek; Collin Bean, Mountain Vista; Reece Kelly, Mountain Vista; McClain Easton, Mountain Vista; Matthew Gresh, Rock Canyon; Chris Du, Rock Canyon; Nick Law, ThunderRidge; Chase Scherschel, ThunderRidge; Andrew Gardalen, ThunderRidge; Trevor Fone, Mountain Vista; Henri Wessels, Mountain Vista; Tyler Liberati, Ponderosa; Nick Svichar, Cherry Creek; Zach Kennedy, Heritage; Carter Logan, Valor Christian; Blake Knudsen, Heritage; Josh Roberts, Rock Canyon; Tyler Quirk, Rock Canyon; Ryan Ohr, ThunderRidge; Christopher Bratcher, ThunderRidge; Devin Brownstein, Cherry Creek; Max Duque, Mountain Vista; Nick Solimene, Valor Christian; David Borngaars, Valor Christian; Ozzie Froelich, Littleton; Truman Osburn, Valor Christian; Ben Finlow, Valor Christian; Matt Friedberg, Littleton; Brady Olitsky, Valor Christian.

State competition

• Regionals must be completed by Oct. 6.

• Class 4A and 5A state championships are scheduled for Oct. 11-13. The Class 4A tournament will be at Pueblo City Park and the 5A tournament is slated for Gates Tennis Center in Denver.

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