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image The Grantsville High School girls tennis team poses for a photo at Ogden High School after winning the Region 11 championship on Thursday. (l-r) Assistant coach Jodi Cook, Madi Linares, Whitney Castagno, Ashlynn Peterson, Tayler Orgill, Morgan Castagno, Courtney James, Jennifer Christensen, assistant coach Lori James and head coach Steve Thurgood. photo courtesy of Lori James

October 2, 2012
Grantsville girls crowned Region 11 champions

The Grantsville girls tennis team cruised to the Region 11 tennis title Thursday in Ogden by winning all three singles championships and the second doubles title.

The only setback came at first doubles, where it appeared Grantsville also would win in three sets.

In that match the Cowboys led 40-15 with two match points. Grantsville coach Steve Thurgood said he didn’t see the point, and several Grantsville fans told him that a deep shot by Grantsville was definitely in play, but Morgan players called it “out.” Had it been called “in,” the Cowboys also would have won the first doubles finals. The Cowboys lost that point and the next point, and Morgan came back to win the first doubles match in a tiebreaker.

First singles player Tayler Orgill grabbed first place with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ogden’s Abbey Anjewierden. Second singles player Courtney James claimed the region title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Annet Unda of Ogden.

Third singles player Jennifer Christensen nabbed the region crown with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Stansbury’s Abby Nordgren. Grantsville’s second doubles team of Madi Linares and Whitney Castagno earned a region championship by defeating Ogden’s Maile Madsen and Kylee Lund 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Morgan’s Morgan Schmid and Sarah Rowlin claimed a region title at first doubles by defeating Grantsville’s Ashlynn Peterson and Morgan Castagno in the controversial match 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7- 5).

“I was really pleased with the way our second doubles team was able to pull out the victory. I didn’t know if they would be able to get past the Ogden team,” Thurgood said. “Madi and Whitney played very well for a sophomore and a freshman and have made great strides in the last couple of weeks.”

All the Grantsville players advance to the 3A state tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at Liberty Park. The first two rounds are set for Friday with the semifinals and finals on Saturday.

“Last year, all our players won in the first round, but nobody got past the first round,” the coach said. “This year our goal is to get our players to the semifinals.” Thurgood said because of good bracketing it looks like all three singles players should have a good shot at making it past Friday and advancing to matches on Saturday.

“We are optimistic, and they are ready to give it their best shot,” he said.

A couple of the players were nursing injuries on Monday from a four-wheeling accident over the homecoming weekend so practice was light. The coach said they should be OK to play on Friday.

All three Stansbury singles players will also compete at state. First singles player Hannah Frazier finished in third place, second singles player Sydney Squires finished fifth and Nordgren placed second to Grantsville’s Christensen.

The Stallion doubles teams did not qualify, and nobody from Tooele qualified for state.

Grantsville’s junior varsity team won the region championship by defeating Morgan 5-0 and Ogden 3-2. Grantsville swept the junior varsity singles matches against Ogden. The GHS JV singles lineup included Morgan Matthews at first singles, Desi Rydalch at second singles and Becca Toone at third singles. Doubles teams were Valerie Ortiz with Lexi Jackson, and Samantha Rowberry with Megan Caffarelli.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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