Park City looked strong at the region tournament at Tooele High Thursday, but Stansbury had some surprise upsets that portend a successful run at state.
Stansbury’s first doubles tennis team, Rendon Dye and Scott Ruebush, showed tenacity as they pulled out a win over Park City’s Charlie Lambert and Alex Burkemper. At the end of the third set, with the score tied 6-6, Dye and Ruebush went back and forth with the Park City duo for about 20 minutes before they could seal the region title.
The third doubles pairing from SHS, Lance Hardy and Carl Jackson, also topped a Park City pair for a first-place finish at the tourney, but with no third doubles at state, their region win is the end of the road.
Other Stansbury standouts were Josh England, Andrew Gibbons and Erik Leary. England was second place in third singles and if he is able to play, he will meet a third-place seeded Logan player in his first round. England fractured his foot at region.
Gibbons, third in second singles, will play a second-seeded Snow Canyon player and Leary, fourth in first singles, will match up with a number-one-seeded Canyon View player.
The Stallions’ second doubles pair, T.J. Thomsen and Brady Kimberling, took second at region and will face fourth-seeded Hurricane in its first state round.
Grantsville finished a close third with 12 region team points to Stansbury’s 19 and Park City’s amazing 26 points. First and second singles Seth Beckett and Porter Whitworth both placed second to Park City players. Third singles player Peter Kurtz placed third.
Beckett will go against a Juab opponent who placed third in his region. Whitworth will take on a Cedar region third-place challenger. Kurtz will pair with a second-place Bear River player.
Grantsville’s first doubles pairing, Andrew Dalton and Jase Wilson, placed third and may see action against Park City in the second round of state play. In second doubles, Weston Tuckett and Parker Killian placed fourth in region and will face a top-seeded pair of Pine View players in the first round at state.
Tooele will be sending its first doubles pair, Terran Dunn and Jayden Petersen, to state. Their first round will be against North Sanpete’s region-championship-winning duo.
“Park City is awesome,” Tooele coach Lyle Nielson said. “They could win state.
“Our region is strong at the top. Stansbury competed well and came in second. It was a good year for them. They should get some state points. Grantsville also could get some state points. They have some good players.”
In other news, on May 2, Grantsville had turned the tables on the Stallions 4-2, after Stansbury’s upset several weeks ago. At the region tourney, however, the Stallions topped the Cowboys again 3-2.
“We came right back and won more than we lost to them today,” SHS coach Kevin Smith said.
The surprisingly longest match of the tournament went to second singles Peter Kurtz vs. Andrew Gibbons. The over three-and-a-half hour match really dragged on, GHS assistant coach Brad Sutton said.
Besides Park City, Grantsville coaches say they expect Snow Canyon and Bear River to do well in state play.