Briefs: Prep Sports Roundup September 24, 2008
• Move to No. 3 helps Morrison
Central tennis player Tom Morrison has certainly come a long way in his four years of high school tennis.
The Warriors’ No. 3 singles player rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Montrose’s Tyler Betz on Tuesday, helping Central win 6-1.
Morrison improved to 6-1 in dual matches and won the championship at last weekend’s Delta County Invitational.
Not bad for someone who became accustomed to losing as the Warriors’ No. 1 singles player during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
“It was tough (at No. 1). I didn’t like it,” Morrison said. “But it made me mentally tough and it was a learning experience.”
Morrison has settled in at No. 3, being able to dictate matches with a calm style on the court and the ability to know when to hit certain shots.
Central coach Steve Tyler has seen a lot of growth from a player who would become visibly upset during a match, to the senior who has found his own style in more ways than one.
“This year, Tom has strung some wins together and I think he has become a totally different player,” Tyler said. “Before he would hit a couple of bad shots, get negative, then hit worse shots, then lose. He is a great kid who is on a roll right now.”
Morrison’s play has improved and he has his eyes set on a trip to the state tournament, something he has missed his first three years.
Isaac Brown won by forfeit at No. 1 singles and Tim Koski of Montrose defeated Tyler Zimmerman 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 at No. 2.
Central’s No. 1 doubles team of James D’Anabelle and Austin Krebill won a tough 6-3, 7-6 match and at No. 2 doubles, David McFall and Matt Champlin rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 win. At No. 3, Logan Emmert and Kurt Faller won 6-4, 6-3 and Jarred Emmert and Caleb Brown won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 doubles.
“I am really happy with the guys and they are starting to feel good about themselves as players,” Tyler said.
Fruita Monument took care of Moffat County 25-11, 25-7, 25-20.
Fruita (7-3, 2-2 Southwestern League) was led by Katie Lewis, who finished with 12 kills. Mary McGee had eight kills and seven digs and Maia Sadler had six kills and 10 digs.
Palisade defeated Delta 25-22, 25-19, 25-19. Kendra Collette had 15 kills and 16 digs. Danette Whittington added 21 assists.
Central lost to Class 4A Battle Mountain 20-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 15-10.
Grand Junction fell to Montrose 25-15, 25-23, 25-22.
Steven Tobler and Luis Cervantes each scored goals and keeper Rob McLaren made seven saves as Montrose defeated Central 2-0 at Long Family Memorial Park.
Tyler Felker had 13 saves for Central (4-4-0, 1-2-0).
Delta shut out Palisade 5-0.
It was the second victory of the season for the Panthers over Palisade (6-9, 2-3).
With three finishers in the top four, Montrose easily won the team title at the Class 4A Western Region tournament at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.
The Indians shot a 234, with Justin Russell earning individual medalist honors with a 76. Russell won by two strokes over teammates Brandon Walters and Kaelen Gunderson, who tied for second with Scott Ptach of
Steamboat earned the region’s other team spot, shooting a 241.
Palisade’s Landon Jackson shot an 83, missing the state qualifying cut by two strokes. He won a playoff over
Rifle’s Klayton Costanzo to earn the second alternate spot.
The Class 3A Western Region title was won by Gunnison with a 255. Roaring Fork earned the region’s other team state qualification.
Ridgway’s Nick Purvis won the individual title with a 79, four strokes ahead of Basalt’s Marty Knous.