Grantsville High School teammates Braden Sandberg and Tyler Colson dominated the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin Tennis Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The cousins teamed up to win the doubles tournament on Friday, and then Sandberg defeated his doubles partner to win the singles championship.
“We had a successful tournament, and it was a lot of fun,” said tournament director Lyle Nielson. “We decided to do the doubles on Friday and singles on Saturday due to the number of players participating in both singles and doubles. We had eight teams participate in doubles with a wide variety in ages of girls and boys.”
Fourteen players competed in the singles tournament on Saturday.
On Friday, Sandberg and Colson defeated Brandon Colledge and Ivan Gonzales 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, and then found the going a bit rougher against a pair of older players Carl Cole and Bob Haines. Sandberg and Colson won the match 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
On the other side of the doubles bracket, sisters Karleen Capell and Cassandra Arnell tore it up. The former Grantsville High School stars defeated Megan LaFrance and Danielle Dunn in the first round 6-2, 6-1, and then defeated Kris Johnson and Kayla Johnson 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the finals.
The former GHS female tennis players were no match for the younger, current GHS male stars in the doubles championship match. Sandberg and Colson won the doubles title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory.
Sandberg won his first three singles matches easily on Saturday. He won 36 games and lost only one against his first three opponents to reach the finals.
Kris Johnson played well until he ran into Sandberg in the semifinals. Johnson deafeted Brandon Colledge 7-5, 6-1, and then downed Dylan King 6-2, 7-6 (7-0) to face Sandberg in the semifinals.
Sandberg defeated Johnson 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals to reach the championship.
On the other side of the bracket, Colson did not lose a game in his three victories to reach the finals. He was unable, however, to defeat his cousin in the title bout. Sandberg won the singles championship 6-4, 6-2.
Last spring, both Sandberg and Colson reached the second round at the 3A state tournament. Sandberg played first singles, and Colson second singles for the Cowboys.