Blazer boys take down Gering, Alliance


TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School boys’ tennis team were scheduled to travel to Gering, Nebraska on Tuesday for a triangular with Alliance, Nebraska also taking part.

The matches ended up getting moved to Torrington in a boys’ only event.

“We had a fun day of boys only tennis,” coach Lauren Shields said. “We had some kids get to play some singles matches and they won those matches and did well.”

In a nonconference setting, the Blazers were able to switch up the lineup around and play many different players in different spots than what they were accustomed to. Torrington managed to pick up match wins over Gering and Alliance.

The Blazers opened the afternoon with a 6-2 win over the Bulldogs from Alliance.

The match featured five singles and three doubles matches playing eight-game pro set format.

Ben Firminhac picked up an 8-3 win, while Adam Bartlett scored an 8-6 victory. Jorey Asmus won 8-1, and Skyler Thomas got an 8-2 win in singles action. Elijah Hatch suffered the only singles loss against Alliance, 8-2.

In doubles action. Thomas and Asmus picked up an 8-5 win, while Firminhac and Bartlett won 8-3. Remington Bremer and Steven Schneider lost 8-4.

Against Gering, it was the more traditional best two out of three format. The Blazers picked up a 4-1 over the Bulldogs.

Asmus picked up the No. 1 singles win 6-1, 6-3, while Gabe Posten fell 6-3, 6-1 in No. 2 singles action.

Torrington swept doubles action as Thomas and Hatch won 6-0, 6-1 on the No. 1 doubles court. Firminhac paired up with Marcus Jones in No. 2 doubles action, winning 6-2, 6-1. The No. 3 doubles team of Bremer and Bartlett won 6-1, 6-0.

“Had a great day of tennis,” Torrington assistant coach Curtis Birkley said. “We were able to do some switching up on the teams and get a ton of JV matches in as well.”

The Blazers wrap up the home portion of the schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Torrington hosts Cheyenne Central at 1 p.m. and Cheyenne East 4 p.m.

“I would also like to acknowledge Curtis Birkley and Brenda Lovercheck for their efforts and commitment as assistant coaches,” Shields said. “They are all about kids and making them better student athletes and supporting them. They attended a JV tournament in Casper with 16 of our players over the weekend and we had three doubles teams place either third or fourth and receive medals for that tournament. Coaches Birkley and Lovercheck said that kids had a great time, played a ton of tennis, and improved with each match there. Thanks to them for taking our kids and having a great time.”

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