Steamboat Springs has two doubles teams in third-place matches at Class 4A tennis tournament

PUEBLO — Once again, Steamboat Springs High School has proven it can compete with the state’s best boys tennis players.

The Sailors had a solid effort Friday at the Class 4A state tournament, advancing Charlie Smith and Jack Burger (No. 1 doubles) and Vladan Chase and Eric Sortland (No. 4 doubles) into third-place matches today. The finals and third-place matches begin at 9 a.m.

“My guys came out (Friday) and battled hard,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “These guys just need to come out (today) and keep playing well.”

Smith and Burger collide with Broomfield’s Ken Lynch and Mike McShane for third. Chase and Burger take on Broomfield’s Greg Dery and Mitch Kusick.

The Sailors’ No. 1 and No. 4 doubles tandems lost in the semis earlier Friday to Kent Denver’s Matt Carroll and James Martinez (6-1, 6-3) and Kent’s Chase Procknow and James Kreidle (6-2, 6-1), respectively.

Steamboat is fifth in the team standings with 15 points.

“We just needed to make some more shots in those matches and that didn’t happen,” Aragon said.

Jeff Lambart of Steamboat just missed playing for third place when he lost his second playback match 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to Niwot’s Stephen Lammers.

“There were a lot of long rallies in that match and I think the turning point was when I lost that first-set tiebreaker,” Lambart said. “It is just disappointing to lose this way.”
Cheyenne Mountain is atop the team standings with 66 points, followed by rival Kent Denver, which has
53.

The Indians have won 13 of the past 16 Class 4A titles outright and they tied Kent Denver for the crown in 1999. The Sun Devils also won state in 2003 and 2004.

Cheyenne’s Jonathan Moore (No. 2 singles), Michael Cutter (No. 3 singles), Kevin Lynch and Matt Bowser (No. 1 doubles), Ari Halling and Parker Curry (No. 2 doubles), Matt Shoemaker and Jay
Hendren (No. 3 doubles) and Spencer Heintz and Chris Stuller (No. 4 doubles) are all playing for titles today.

The Indians’ John Adams, the coach’s son, is in a third-place match against Pueblo County’s Miles Lucero.

By TRACY RENCK
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