GILLETTE – The Torrington High School tennis team wrapped up its 2018 season over the weekend at the Wyoming State Tennis Championships.
The Lady Blazers led the way with all their athletes advancing with at least one win.
“Our kids did a great job of competing,” THS coach Curtis Birkley said. “All the girls advanced at least once with either a bye or a win.”
The teams battled weather delays on Thursday pushing back the outdoor matches until later in the afternoon.
Once action did get underway, both Emi and Sera Glass picked up opening round wins.
Emi defeated Powell’s Elise North, 6-2, 6-3, while Sera knocked off Corah Pitman-Miller of Jackson, 6-1, 6-4.
Emi was eliminated after dropping her next two matches.
“In her loser out match against Green River she battled to a third set tie breaker and lost the heart breaker after fighting off nine match points,” Birkley said. “It was a great match. I’m super proud of our only senior girl. She will be missed next year.”
For Sera, after her win, she lost in the quarterfinals before picking up one more win in the consolation bracket before losing in the consolation quarterfinals to Tatum Zickefoose of Campbell County.
“Sera competed super hard getting into the quarter finals of the consolation bracket,” Birkley said.
The doubles teams all lost in the opening round.
The No. 1 doubles team of Elyssa Cummings and Bethany Wunibald, along with No. 2 doubles of Tyne Stokes and Trisha Cates, picked up wins to advance to the second round of the consolation bracket before being eliminated.
Meanwhile the No. 3 team of Jaycee Myrtle and Autumn Harris advanced to the second round of the consolation bracket courtesy of a bye round.
The Lady Blazers finished 13th with 5.5 points. Cheyenne Central won the team title with 54 points. Kelly Walsh was second with 47, and Cody was third with 41.
In the boys’ division, Brian Fenn went 1-2 with his lone win coming in the first round of the consolation bracket.
“Brian at No. 1 Singles did some good things and beat Cheyenne East in a super tough match,” Birkley said.
Fenn won the match 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
No. 2 singles player Levi Wickham also picked up a win in the first round of the consolation bracket, knocking off Sheridan 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.
“Levi had a dog fight in the first round of the consolation bracket and came out with one win against Rawlins but couldn’t get it done again Sheridan in the loser out,” Birkley said.
The only win for the Blazers came with the No. 2 doubles team of Aidyn Saucedo and Joseph Randolph, defeating Cheyenne South 1-6, 6-4, 7-3.
“I was happy with how our boys didn’t give up,” Birkley said.
The Blazers ended the tournament with three points to place 15th. Cheyenne Central and Jackson shared the team title with 35 points, while Campbell County was third with 32.