GJ’s Weckerly, Aubert and Fruita’s Cesark all lose in state tennis quarterfinals
Grand Junction advanced a pair of singles players into the quarterfinals at the Class 5A boys tennis state tournament on Thursday in Denver.
Cameron Weckerly won his first-round match at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-1, and Luke Aubert advanced with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles.
Fruita Monument senior Jackson Cesark also advanced to the quarterfinals. Playing in his first-ever state singles match, Cesark was a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 first-round winner.
All three local players lost in the quarterfinal round. Weckerly lost to Ethan Schacht of Fairview 6-3, 6-2. Aubert also lost to a Fairview player, with Andy Wu winning 6-4, 6-2. Cesark lost to Phillip Albright of Regis Jesuit 6-2, 6-3.
Grand Junction junior Cal Hegstrom lost his first-round match at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3.
All the area doubles teams lost in the first round.
Fruita Monument’s Brandon Keller and Clark Ligon lost at No. 1 doubles, and Jon May and August Pomrenke lost at No. 4 doubles. Tommy Mahre and Max Weckerly lost in the first round at No. 2 doubles for Grand Junction.
Palisade (11-5, 8-1) got 20 kills from Alexandra MacAskill and 43 assists and three aces from Reese Norton in its 25-23, 25-7, 23-25, 25-19 victory against Eagle Valley in Gypsum to take control of the 4A Western Slope League standings.
Naline Stephens added 31 digs, Sam Alberts added 19 digs and Emily Tucker chipped in 14 kills and two aces as the Bulldogs beat the Devils (10-6, 7-2) for the first time since Oct. 25, 2012. Palisade can win the league title with victories in its final three matches.
“One of the girls said on the way there that we were on a business trip, and that’s exactly how we treated it,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “We’re now in control of our own destiny and one step closer to one of our goals this season.”
Glenwood Springs (13-2, 7-2) made the league a three-team race with a three-set victory over the Devils on Tuesday.
Palisade (0-13, 0-10 4A Western Slope League) went into halftime tied with Rifle before the Bears scored three unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory. Alexis Lopez Due scored two goals to lead Rifle (4-9, 3-7).