The Grantsville boys tennis team wrapped up its season with a fourth-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament on Saturday at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, sending two singles players and one doubles team to the semifinal round despite having nobody seeded higher than third coming out of the Region 13 tournament.
Camdin Nelson, who was Region 13’s third-place finisher at first singles, beat South Sevier’s Brayden Staples 6-4, 6-3 in Friday’s opening round before knocking off Region 14 champion Kyler Williams of Juab 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. However, Region 13 runner-up Jaiden Handlon of Rowland Hall beat Nelson 6-1, 6-0 in Saturday’s semifinal round.
At second singles, Carter Killian was the No. 3 seed from Region 13, and upended Region 14 No. 3 Kason Erickson of North Sanpete 6-3, 6-2 in Round One. He then outlasted Region 12 champion Jack Livingston of Carbon 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the second round, but lost to Region 13 runner-up Daniel McNally of Rowland Hall 6-2, 6-2 in the semis.
The Cowboys’ second doubles team of Quinten White and Brennan Harvey also earned a No. 3 seed for the state tournament, and beat Region 14 No. 3 Davin Anderson and Kaysen Smith of North Sanpete 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the first round. They beat Region 13 No. 5 Jose Maaz Cortez and Yan Chen of Judge Memorial 6-1, 6-1 in the second round, and lost to Region 13 No. 2 Owen Hammond and Grant Christensen of Waterford in a hard-fought 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 decision in the semifinals.
Third singles player Logan Madsen was a No. 4 seed entering the state tournament, and beat Region 14 No. 3 Nate Bigelow of Manti 6-2, 6-2 in the first round before falling to Region 12 champion Derrick Jorgensen of Carbon 6-1, 6-0. The Cowboys’ top doubles team of Hunter Bell and Gabe Hill, who were the No. 4 seed from Region 13, lost to Region 14 runners-up Jake Cox and Josh Cox of North Sanpete 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in the first round.
Waterford won the Class 3A team title, recording 26 points to Rowland Hall’s 22. Juab (9) was third, followed by Grantsville (7), Morgan (5) and Carbon (4). Delta and Manti tied for seventh with three points, and American Heritage, North Sanpete, Richfield and South Sevier tied for ninth with two points. Judge Memorial, San Juan and Telos Academy each recorded one point and tied for 10th place.