Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 1, 2017
Family: A winning combination

Johnsons win big at annual tennis tourney 

The Johnson family certainly left their mark on the annual Transcript Bulletin tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at Tooele High School.

Kayla Johnson, who will be a senior this fall at Grantsville High School and likely will be the Cowboys’ No. 1 singles player, captured the women’s singles title with a pair of straight-set wins. Her father, Chris Johnson, was the men’s singles champion, and her mother, Christy Johnson, won the consolation bracket in the intermediate singles.

Then, Kayla and Chris went on to win the doubles title, as the duo that has played together since Kayla was 13 years old picked up three straight-set victories. They opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Logan and Mark Madsen, and beat Erik Leary and Scott Ruebush 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals. In the finals, they met William Sullivan and Peter Kurtz, who had endured a pair of three-set matches to have a shot at the championship. The Johnsons were too much for their exhausted opponents, rolling to a 6-2, 6-2 win.

Other doubles teams included Bryce Bartlett and Carlos Silva; Matt LaFrance and Taylor Palmer; Carl Raddatz and Jerry Harward; Lyle and Jacob Nielson; Parker Wyatt and Stephen Thurgood and Bob Haines and Shirleen Remington.

In the women’s singles bracket, Kayla Johnson defeated Remington 6-0, 6-2 in the first round before picking up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hannah Frazier in the final. Frazier beat Megan LaFrance 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

Chris Johnson beat Leary in three sets to win the men’s singles title. Leary won the first set 6-0, but Johnson responded by winning the final two sets 7-5, 6-4. Johnson beat Raddatz 6-0, 6-0 and Kurtz 6-0, 6-1 to get to the final, while Leary beat Harward 6-0, 6-0 and Sullivan 6-4, 6-2. Ruebush and Jacob Nielson also participated.

Matt LaFrance beat Silva 6-3, 6-1 for the intermediate singles title. Silva beat Tyler Sharp 6-1, 6-1 in his first match, while LaFrance beat Christy Johnson 6-0, 6-0 and Sofia Crosby 6-0, 6-1. Johnson beat Rylee Nielson 6-3, 6-0 in the consolation bracket.

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