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Sports briefs: Steamboat tennis hosts tough competition, cross country has strong finishes

Senior Jackson Lynch returns a serve in a doubles match with junior Kyle Nilsson against Kent Denver on Saturday, Sept. 29. (Photo by Leah Vann)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team bounced back from a 7-0 loss at Aspen to defeat Vail Mountain 6-1, but two were sidelined in Saturday’s match against reigning state-champion Kent Denver.

No. 1 singles player, freshman Andy Schuiling is resting a hip injury, while junior Brayden MacDougall is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

The Sailors travel to regionals at Cheyenne Mountain on Wednesday with high expectations, but will have to face tough teams like Aspen to make it to state. To prepare for Aspen, head coach Bill Conway said he wanted them to play the best.

Kent Denver handled Steamboat, 7-0. Roy Lundeen subbed in for Schuiling as the No.1 singles player, falling to Sam Mossif 6-0, 6-1. John Hannaway lost to Oliver Greenwald 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Ethan Paulus fell to Trent Beckman 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

The No. 1 doubles pair Jackson Lynch and Jacob Gillbertson fell 6-2, 6-1. Kyle Nilsson and Dylan Dietrich fell 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. Kyle Saunders and Mac Moody lost 6-0, 6-1 and Barret Taylor and Charlie Mickel were shut out 6-0, 6-0.

“We lost 7-0, but I am very proud of their performance.” Conway said.

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Sumner Cotton continues to lead the Sailors on the boys’ side, taking third overall at the Moffat County meet on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Cotton ran a time of 18 minutes and 12 seconds as one of two Steamboat Springs High School runners in the top 10. Kieran Hahn took 10th overall with a time of 19 minutes, 9 seconds and Cooper Jones came in next with an 11th-place time f 19:19. Quinn Welman ran 19:48 to take 14th and Bowden Tumminello capped off the boys’ performance coming in 15th place with a time of 19:59.

Courtney Vargas topped the girls’ placings with a time of 22:17 to take 12th overall. Emily Craig came in 13th with a time of 22:25. Sidney Barbier followed close behind with a 22:35. Katie Lake and Ella Chapman also took top-20 placings, coming in 18th and 20th respectively. Lake ran a time of 23:00, while Chapman came in three seconds behind at 23:03.

Both teams had some great racing today in Craig, with great depth in the squads,” head coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. “The team continues to have a positive trajectory in how athletes are improving each week and achieving new PRs, even on varying courses.”

Maggi Congdon came in 10th overall in a field of 111 runners at the Stanford Invite’s seeded division on Saturday with a time of 18:11.30. Winter Boese also came away with a 10th-place finish while Isabelle Boniface finished 42nd in a field of 186 Division 4 runners.

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