Tennis team season closes at state tourney


GILLETTE – The Torrington High School tennis team wrapped up the 2019 season over the weekend at the Wyoming State Tennis Tournament.

Of the 16 members of the Blazer team making the trip north, 10 advanced to the second day of the tournament. No one moved onto the final day of the tournament.

Leading the team was a pair of Lady Blazer doubles teams in Tyne Stokes and Jacee Shields and Autumn Harris and Janessa Derby, who won their opening round matches.

In the No. 1 doubles bracket, Stokes and Shields defeated Powell 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinal round.

The Lady Blazer duo fell to Cody 6-3, 6-4, the eventual state champion, but Stokes and Shields bounced back to defeat Natrona County 6-4, 6-1 to keep their medal hopes alive.

Their weekend came to a close with an 8-4 loss to Jackson.

In the No. 3 doubles bracket, Harris and Derby also picked up an opening round win. They defeated Natrona County 6-1, 6-2 before falling to the eventual state champions from Cody 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinal round.

The duo bounced back with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jackson before seeing their season come to a close with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Sheridan.

The No. 2 doubles team of Bethany Wunibald and Elyssa Cummings advanced to the second day with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Natrona County before falling to Laramie 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of the consolation bracket.

No. 1 singles player Sera Glass also picked up a win over Natrona County 6-0, 6-1 for her only win of the weekend.

As a team, the Lady Blazers finished 11th with five points. Cheyenne Central and Sheridan shared the team title with 45 points. Cody was third with 42.

In the boys’ division, No. 2 singles player Isaac Bartlett and No. 2 doubles team of Aidyn Saucedo and Cody Clayton earned the squad’s only wins over the weekend.

Bartlett defeated Natrona County 6-4, 6-2 in his lone win, while Saucedo and Clayton defeated Cheyenne East 6-3, 6-2 before falling to Green River on Friday.

As a team, the Blazers finished 13th with two points. Powell dominated the team title with 54 points, while Campbell County was second with 31.5 points. Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne South shared third with 23.

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