Grantsville recorded a perfect 5-0 dual mark in Region 11 boys tennis action.
However, the Cowboys league perfection won’t carry any weight but strong seeds when the Region 11 boys tennis tournament gets under way today at Ogden High.
And if it wasn’t enough battling perennial net power Ogden on their home turf every spring during the tournament, now Grantsville will face a tough and talented Morgan squad in league play as well.
The Cowboys finished the dual season with a glossy 9-4 overall record.
And even the Cowboys also fought to a respectable bronze team finish April 16 in Logan.
Grantsville battled into the finals of two of the five and placed in every division to tie for third place in the prestigious tournament at Logan. Elsholz and Paulich fought to silver finishes to pave the way for the Cowboys. Both GHS netters dropped finals decisions to Ogden foes.
Ogden captured top honors in team standings with 37 points and reached the finals in three of divisions while Pine View garnered runner-up honors with 29 points. Grantsville tied with host Logan for third place while Sky View grabbed fifth place at 21 followed by Mountain Crest (15), Box Elder (12) and Uintah (4).
The tournament format was identical to the region and state tournaments and should help give the Cowboys confidence heading into postseason play next week.
But even with the recent success, Grantsville Coach David Millward knows it will be a difficult and demanding region tournament this spring.
“ It will be us, Ogden and Morgan right there battling for the region title,” he noted. “Now it comes down to the tournament and right now we have to play well to win it. It’s up for grabs and whoever plays the best (Tuesday and Wednesday) will win it. I like our chances. If we play the best we can, we can win it. We’ve put ourselves in a pretty good situation.”
Lone Peak 4 – Grantsville 1
The Knights swept the doubles action and grabbed two of three singles matches to earn a non-league dual victory Wednesday at Grantsville.
Jordan Nelson recorded the lone triumph of the day when the Cowboy netter battled to a hard fought 7-6 (7-0), 7-5 win over Lone Peak’s Kyle Hamilton at second singles.
Knight Quinn Robbins battled to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Grantsville’s Chris Elsholz at first singles and Lone Peak’s Kris Hamilton garnered a 6-3, 6-3 win over Cowboy Logan Paulich.
Meanwhile, in doubles action, Lone Peak duo Spencer Long and Mike Nielson toppled Cowboys Brent Mouritsen and Josh Childs, 6-0, 6-2 at first doubles. The Knight tandem of Jason Hadley and Dan Lawler garnered a tough 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Cowboy combo Michah Watson and Jake Perkinson at second doubles.
Grantsville 4 – Lehi 1
The Cowboys rolled to a decisive non-league victory over the Pioneers March 31 at Lehi. Elsholz cruised to a decisive 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lehi’s first singles player, Bryon Barton, while Nelson claimed a 7-5, 6-3 win over Pioneer opponent Devin Dean at second singles. Paulich once again completed the singles sweep with a 6- 1, 6-2 victory over Nick Roberts at third singles.
The second doubles squad of Watson and Parkinson battled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lehi’s Chris Russon and Landon Dewey to complete the victory.
Lehi’s lone triumph of the varsity match came at first doubles when Pioneer tandem Scott Rowley and Jarom Randall seized a 6-1, 6-3 win over Mouritsen and Childs.