THS tennis preps for regionals

TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School tennis team wrapped up the home portion of the schedule with Senior Day on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and wrapped up the regular season over the weekend in Laramie.

Last Tuesday, the Blazers hosted Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central for the final home matches of the 2022 season.

“We got together to celebrate our seniors Ben Firminhac, Jacee Shields, Kassidy Hurley, Remington Bremer and Connor Osmotherly,” coach Lauren Shields said.

Torrington opened the day with the Central Indians, and the visitors came away with a sweep of both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

Firminhac, the No. 1 singles player, suffered a 6-0, 6-3 loss, while No. 2 singles player Adam Bartlett lost 6-1, 6-2.

“Ben struggled a little to find his rhythm in the first set, then in the 2nd set he started hitting his groundstrokes more accurately and consistently,” Shields said.

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Jorey Ausmus and Skyler Thomas lost 6-0, 6-2, while the No. 2 team of Remington Bremer and Elijah Hatch lost 6-4, 6-0.

“Jorey and Skyler haven’t played together a bunch, they had some good ralleys with Central, but Central had good serves and volleys, which is important in doubles tennis play,” Shields said. “(Bremer and Hatch) came out strong in the first set, and then Central really turned it on in the second set.”

The No. 3 doubles team of Gabe Posten and Steven Schneider lost 6-1, 6-1.

In the girls’ division, Shields, the No. 1 singles player, lost 6-3, 6-1.

“Jacee seemed a little lethargic and just not as consistent as usual,” Shields said.

Kayla Watson lost 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles action.

In doubles action, Kassidy Hurley and Julianna Russell lost 6-1, 6-2, while the No. 2 doubles team Madix McIntosh and Marlee Foy lost 6-1, 6-0.

Late in the afternoon, the boys’ team fell to the East Thunderbirds 4-1, while the girls’ team came up short in a 3-2 loss.

The lone win for the boys went to Bartlett with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

“Adam looked great against this kid,” Shields said. “He could do about anything he wanted with the point to win it. Adam has really learned to love serving and volleying this year and goes to that strategy any chance he gets, which makes him a fun and exciting tennis player to watch.”

Firminhac lost 6-3, 6-0 to the second-ranked No. 1 singles player in the conference.

In doubles action, Bremer and Ausmus lost 6-1, 6-3. The team of Thomas and Hatch lost 6-2, 7-5 under the lights.

“These boys have played sports together for years and understand the importance of communication and intensity,” Shields said of Thomas and Hatch. “I’m excited for the future with these two.”

Osmotherly and Posten lost 6-2, 6-2 on the No. 3 doubles court.

In the girls’ division, both wins came in singles action.

Shields picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win, while Watson won 6-3, 7-5.

“Jacee worked hard and moved her opponent all over the court, she was really in command of the match the whole time,” Shields said. “Kayla is athletic and fun to watch; she is all over the court running balls down.”

In doubles action, Hurley and Russell, Watson and Reagan Jackson and McIntosh and Foy all came up short in their bid for a win.

The next day, the Blazers traveled to Laramie to face Rock Springs and Green River.

Against Green River, the girls fell 3-2, while the boys lost 5-0.

Shields (6-1, 7-6 [8-6]) and Watson (6-4, 6-1) picked up the lone wins for the Lady Blazers.

Against Rock Springs, the boys’ team picked up a 3-2 win, while the girls’ team lost 5-0.

Firminhac (6-2, 6-2), Bartlett (6-1, 7-6 [8-6], 6-1) and Thomas and Bremer (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) picked up wins for Torrington.
The Blazers travel to Rock Springs and Green River for the South Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17.

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