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Tennis team falls to Kent Denver

— Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon knew he would find out on Friday if his team was one of the best in the state.

Apparently – at least at this juncture in the season – they’re not.

Steamboat Springs lost 7-0 to a powerful Kent Denver team that was runner-up in the state tournament last year.



“In the 20 years I’ve been coaching, it is the strongest Kent team we’ve ran into,” Aragon said. “They are just really solid.”

The loss comes after the sailors beat Alexander Dawson 7-0 a week ago. Aragon was hoping that Alexander Dawson would provide better competition for his team, so they could prepare for teams like Kent Denver.



Aragon said the score isn’t as bad as what actually happened. He said they were great matches but the Sailors just couldn’t win the big points.

“As a team, it hurt,” he said. “We haven’t taken a beating like this in a while. They know what they need to do it they are going to make a difference later on.”

Steamboat was without one of its top players in Brian Burger. Burger transferred to Steamboat from Evergreen, but went back to Evergreen for one quarter before coming back to Steamboat. Under CHSAA rules, if a player transfers from a school and eventually attends that school again, they have to sit out for five matches.

Aragon said he is still shuffling his roster to find the best pairings. He hopes to soon have a team that can compete with powerhouses like Kent Denver.

“It’s a great experience for these kids,” he said. “We have some time before we set our team and we are going to use that time to make sure we’re solid from top to bottom.”

Still, Aragon knows if they hope to be at the top of the state come October, solid practice in the future will be vital.

“It was a good wake up call for our kids,” he said. It was a great experience to see what a great team in the state looks like. It lets us know what we have to do in the next couple of weeks and months.”


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