Trio of Tigers have playback chances at state tennis tourney

Three Grand Junction High School players will have the opportunity to play back into the Class 5A boys tennis state tournament after Thursday’s action in the three-day tournament.

Players who lose in the first round of the tournament are eliminated, with playback opportunities from the quarterfinals on. Grand Junction had one singles player and a doubles pairing make it past the first round.

Tigers sophomore Luke Aubert won his opening-round match against Ponderosa’s Hayden Smith 6-1, 6-3 before falling to Fossil Ridge freshman Akhil Gupta 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Matt Miller and Ryan Bowen, the No. 1 doubles pairing for Grand Junction, won their first-round match 6-3, 7-6 before falling 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to Regis Jesuit.

No. 1 singles player Cameron Weckerly, a sophomore, lost 6-0, 6-2 in the first round to Skyler Gates. The Heritage junior won his quarterfinal match and will play in the semifinals today.

Cal Hegstrom was initially not a state qualifier, but filled in at No. 2 singles after Rocky Mountain’s Johnny Titelbaum, who qualified the Region 5 tournament in Grand Junction last weekend, withdrew because of illness. Hegstrom, a sophomore who qualified for the state tournament last season, fell 6-0, 6-2 to Fairview’s Ethan Schacht, who advanced to the semifinals without dropping a set.

At No. 3 doubles, Grand Junction’s Tommy Mahre and Riley King were edged 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in the opening round and the No. 4 doubles pairing of Matthew Martinez and Joseph Hirschbul fell 7-5, 6-0.

Fruita’s only qualifier, freshman Trigg Hayward, lost 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.


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