Grantsville and Bear River have hooked up in some very competitive boys tennis matches for the past four years.
But when the two rivals met on Thursday, it was hardly an even contest and the Cowboys rolled past the Bears with a decisive 4-1 triumph.
In fact, Grantsville was disappointed that it didn’t get whitewash.
Chris Elsholz, Jordan Nelson and Logan Paulich completed the singles sweep and the first doubles squad of Brent Mouritsen and Josh Childs also posted a triumph.
The impressive home triumph boosts Grantsville’s overall dual record to 6-3 on the season to date and a perfect 2-0 in Region 11 action.
However, the Cowboys will face a difficult task today when the local school tangles with perennial net rival Ogden on the Tigers’ home courts at 3:30 p.m. Grantsville returns home Thursday to host Ben Lomond in a dual, also at 3:30 p.m. The Cowboys hit the road to Logan Saturday to compete in the annual Logan Invitational Boys Tennis tournament.
Grantsville Coach David Millward said his team wanted to register a sweep of the league dual.
“We were a little disappointed we didn’t win all five matches,” Millward noted. “I think we overlooked them a little bit. We just weren’t mentally sharp and they have improved a lot. Their doubles teams are much improved. It goes to show you anyone cane beat anyone at any time. You can’t take a day off in tennis.”
Grantsville 4 – Bear River 1
The Cowboys pulled off a singles sweep and first doubles win to register a league victory Thursday at Grantsville.
Elsholz cruised to a decisive 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Bear River’s Brian Lindsey at first singles while Nelson logged a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Bear foe Blair Harris at second singles. Paulich completed the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Bear River’s Jeff Merrell at third singles.
Mouritsen and Childs joined together to battle to a 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 victory over Bear River duo Jake Bourne and Craig Nichols at first doubles.
The lone win of the day for Bear River came at second doubles where the Bear tandem of Matt Jackson and Nate Thompson fought to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Cowboy combo Micah Watson and Jake Parkinson.
In junior varsity action, Cody Perkins, Tyrell Turner and Jared Norgan earned singles wins while the Cowboy duo of Degan Hill and Casey Norgan captured a double triumph.
Austin Kennedy and Chris Chaney also earned an exhibition win for GHS.
Grantsville 5 – Copper Hills 0
The Cowboys registered a whitewash of Copper Hills in a non-league match March 18 at Grantsville.
Elsholz garnered a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Grizzlie opponent Johnny Rider at first singles while Nelson logged a decisive 6–0, 6-2 win over Copper Hills’ Long Le at second singles. Paulich registered a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Kevin Killpack at third singles to complete the Cowboy singles sweep.
Mouritsen and Childs combined forces to record a 6-1, 6-1 triumph of Grizzlie duo Tyler Bulloch and Steve Jensen at first doubles while the Cowboy combo of Watson and Parkinson claimed a 6-3, 6-3 win over Copper Hills’ duo Mike Alexander and Luke Hunter at second doubles.
In junior varsity action, Michael Garrard and Degan Hill joined together to log a doubles win for the Cowboys.
Pine View 5 – Grantsville 0 The Panthers garnered a decision in the St. George Invitational Boys Tennis tournament March 11 in St. George.
Wes Hancock seized a 6-1, 6- 0 win over Cowboy Elsholz at first singles while Pine View’s Mike Sejif claimed a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nelson at second singles. Panther Russ Christiansen battled to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Paulich at third singles to give Pine View a singles sweep.
In doubles action, the Pine View tandem of Reed Whittingham and Sam Christiansen fought to a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Mouritsen and Childs at first doubles. The Panther combo of Steve Truman and Derek Wiggins also logged a 6-3, 6-4 win over Watson and Parkinson at second doubles.
Grants. 5 – Taylor. 0
The Cowboys nearly pulled off a complete sweep of varsity and junior varsity action March 8 at Taylorsville.
Elsholz fought to a decisive 6-3, 6-1 triumph at first singles while Nelson captured a 6-4, 6-4 victory at second singles. Logan Paulich completed the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 win at third singles.
Mouritsen and Childs seized a 6-0, 7-5 victory at first doubles while Micah Watson and Jake Parkinson cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win at second doubles and completed the 5-0 whitewash of the Warriors in varsity play.
In JV action, Jared Norgan and Cody Perkins registered singles wins while the doubles teams of Ryan Butler-Tyrell Turner and Bru Painter-Gary Jones all claimed victories as well for the Cowboys.
Bing. 3 – Grantsville 2
Nelson and Paulich each recorded singles wins for the lone varsity victories of the day March 15 in a non-league setback to the Miners at Grantsville.
Nelson coasted to a decisive e 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Bingham’s Matt Hansen in second singles play while teammate Paulich battled to a tough 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Miner foe Joel Denning at third singles.
Bingham’s C.J. McNichols fought to a tough 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Grantsville’s Elsholz at first singles to post the lone Miner singles win of the day.
The Miner tandem of Neil Drapes and Jeff Winegar captured a hard fought 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over Mouritsen and Childs at first doubles. In second doubles action, Bingham duo Court Love and Josh Christensen combined forces to edge past Watson and Parkinson, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to record the dual win.
In JV play, the doubles squad of Painter and Jones were the lone winners of the action.