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Sailor tennis top 4A team in field

Melinda Mawdsley

The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team didn’t crown a champion at the Western Slope Tournament, but the Sailors left Grand Junction with a boatload of confidence after scoring more points than any other Class 4A team and playing well against players from larger Class 5A schools.

“It was a solid tournament,” coach John Aragon said. “In a dual meet, we are one of the top teams in there. In a team format, it would depend on the draw and how they seeded it, but I think we would have been in the top three for sure.”

Some top teams at the two-day Western Slope Tournament included Cheery Creek, Chatfield and Grand Junction.

Steamboat’s No. 1 doubles team of Patrick Ayres and Jonathan Solomon was the only Sailors team to advance all the way into the main draw finals. Saturday, the Steamboat seniors dropped a 6-1, 6-2 match to Chatfield’s Peter Brumley and Jordan Chomko and placed second.

The other Steamboat players advanced into the consolation finals for a chance to play for fifth place. Several won and several lost Saturday.

The Sailors’ No. 3 singles player Ramsey Bernard defeated Denver East’s Taylor Erickson, 8-3. The No. 2 doubles team of Brian Aragon and Jon Reese defeated Niwot’s Phil Chrem and Brian Kelly, 9-7, and the No. 4 doubles team of Brian Behrman and Dylan Roberts beat Grand Junction’s Cyle Bilger and Eric Bergman, 8-3.

In the consolation rounds, sets were played to eight games instead of a best two-of-three format.

The Sailors’ No. 2 singles player Taylor Reed won, as well, but Aragon did not know whom Reed faced.

The other Steamboat players placed sixth out of 16. No Sailors player was lower than sixth, allowing the team to be the highest scoring Class 4A team in the tournament.

Niwot’s Bill Chrem defeated Steamboat’s Walker Loetscher, 8-3, at No. 1 singles.

The Cheery Creek-2 team of Matt Moskal and Tyler Long defeated Steamboat’s Jesse Schaller and Nick Ludolph, 8-6, at No. 3 doubles.

Steamboat will go from one tough tournament to another. The Sailors’ next matches will take place on the state site in Pueblo. Aragon did not know the entire list of teams expected to be present at the Pueblo South tournament, but it is the first time a Steamboat team has been invited to come.

“We’re going to another 16-team tournament and playing more 4A schools,” he said.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com


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