In a Class 3A state tennis tournament dominated by the private schools, the Grantsville boys tennis team made its small-town presence felt, finishing tied with Richfield for third in the team standings on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
The tournament was relocated to the George S. Eccles Tennis Center on the University of Utah campus, as well as the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club, after rain rendered the courts at Liberty Park unplayable. That didn’t seem to bother the Cowboys, as singles players Seth Beckett, Peter Kurtz and Porter Whitworth were joined by doubles players Andrew Dalton and Jase Wilson in the semifinals on Saturday morning.
However, that was as far as any of the Cowboys would get. Dalton and Wilson had the best shot at advancing, holding a 40-love edge in several games during the third set of their match against Joe Garlick and Kendall Grasteit of North Sanpete before eventually falling 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Dalton and Wilson had wins over Manti’s Dallin Cox and Mason Thompson (6-0, 6-1) and Grand’s Tanner Mascaro and Braxten Pierce (6-3, 6-4) in the first two rounds of the tournament Friday.
Beckett, playing first singles, beat Grand’s Elton Kunze-Jones (7-5, 6-1) and Gunnison’s Tim Stewart (7-5, 6-4) in the first two rounds before falling 6-1, 6-2 to eventual state runner-up Leif Thulin of Rowland Hall in the semifinals. At second singles, Kurtz beat Gunnison’s Alexander Stewart (6-1, 6-1) and Richfield’s Emmett Hinck (6-3, 6-1), losing to state champion Tucker Lee of Rowland Hall 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Whitworth beat Wasatch Academy’s Adam Fu (6-1, 6-1) and Grand’s Kai Wainer (6-3, 3-6, 6-1), losing to state runner-up Ford Christenson of Waterford 7-5, 6-2.
Grantsville’s second doubles pairing of Weston Tuckett and Max Coon beat Brock Overly and Spencer Overly of Gunnison 6-1, 6-3 in the first round, losing to state runners-in Jason Haywood and Justus Reitz of Richfield 7-6, 6-0 in the second round.
Rowland Hall edged Waterford by a single point to win the Class 3A team title.
On Thursday at Liberty Park, Stansbury’s first doubles pairing of Scott Ruebush and Brady Kimberling advanced to the second round of the Class 4A tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Austin Meyer and Broden Lund of Snow Canyon, but lost a hard-fought 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 decision to state runners-up John McCann and Wilson Greer of Orem in the second round.
Nobody else from Tooele County advanced beyond the opening round of the tournament. Stansbury’s Erik Leary lost a heartbreaker at first singles, falling 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (0) to Snow Canyon’s Josh Sodorff. Nathan Leary of Stansbury lost 6-0, 6-1 to state champion Christian Craig of Orem at second singles, while Jace Anderson of Stansbury lost 6-2, 6-0 to Ridgeline’s Erik Ellis at third singles. The Stallions’ second doubles team of Lance Hardy and Carl Jackson lost 6-3, 6-4 to Spanish Fork’s Ben Boyack and Tyler Thompson.
Tooele was represented at the tournament by its two doubles teams. Carl Raddatz and Brandon Wong lost 6-1, 6-1 to Porter Aitken and Gibson Crawford of Pine View at first doubles, and Brandon Day and Justin Kenison fell 6-1, 6-0 to Payson’s Jacob Montgomery and Trevor Wilcox at second doubles.