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image Grantsville High School first singles Braden Sandberg returns the ball against Tooele April 9. The sophomore is playing first singles for the second straight year.

April 16, 2013
Cowboys search to find right doubles combos

It’s a doubles dilemma for Grantsville tennis coach Steve Thurgood.

“I’m still looking to find the right combinations for both our first and second doubles teams.  We really need to get better at doubles; right now I’m a little nervous about it,” Thurgood said.

Grantsville defeated Ben Lomond 3-2 Thursday in Ogden with easy victories in the three singles matches, but losses in the two doubles matches.

First singles Braden Sandberg won 6-2, 6-0, second singles Devin Orgill won 6-2, 6-1, and third singles Tyler Colson prevailed 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles matches were close, but not in favor of the Cowboys.

Tanner Elsholz and Jacob May rolled in their first set at first doubles winning 6-2, but then dropped the next two sets 4-6, 5-7. Matthew Waldron and Lane Sutton lost at second doubles 3-6, 5-7.

If the Cowboys can find the right combinations at doubles, they should challenge to win the Region 11 crown with Ogden as the major challenger.

Grantsville faces a challenging schedule the rest of year with Bear River at home today weather permitting. State title contender Juan Diego is scheduled to play at Grantsville on Thursday, and then the Cowboys travel to Logan on Saturday for an invitational. Grantsville plays at Stansbury April 23 and at Ogden on April 30.

The Stansbury High School tennis team improved its record to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 11 with a 4-1 victory over Clearfield Thursday.

Freshman Colton Christiansen led the way for the Stallions at first singles with a hard-fought three-set tiebreaker win 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4).

The Stallions also picked up victories at second singles, third singles and first doubles.

Second singles Jake Hardy won 6-2, 6-2, Logan McBride won at third singles won 7-5, 6-2; and the first doubles team of Carlos Gomez and Jake Harris won 6-1, 6-3.

Stansbury’s second doubles duo of Alex Kimberling and Dakota Fidler started hot, but cooled off and lost their match 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The Stallions will soon look to knock Ogden and Grantsville from the Region 11 perch. Stansbury was scheduled to play at Ogden today and at Grantsville Tuesday, April 23.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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