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image Grantsville’s Tyler Colson hits a backhand shot in a match against Stansbury’s Jake Hardy on Tuesday.

April 3, 2014
Grantsville sweeps local rivals in tennis

The GHS boys tennis team disposed of Tooele County foes rather easily this week with sweeps over Stansbury and Tooele.

The Cowboys beat Stansbury 5-0 on Tuesday, but were challenged more than usual in the doubles matches. The Cowboys’ first doubles team dropped its opening set to Stansbury’s Carlos Gomez and Tad Mitchell in a tiebreaker, but cruised in the second and third sets 6-2, 6-1.

Dallin Dalton and Jacob May ended up winning the match 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-1.

Tuesday’s match was moved from Stansbury to Grantsville because of wet courts at Stansbury. The two teams will meet again on April 17 at Stansbury.

Grantsville’s Lane Sutton and Hunter Anderson defeated Jordan Jenkins and Alex Kimberling at second doubles 6-2, 6-3.

The Cowboys dominated all three singles matches. Junior Braden Sandberg downed Logan McBride 6-0, 6-2; Tyler Colson defeated Jake Hardy 6-2, 6-1; and Matt Waldron disposed of Dakota Fidler 6-1, 6-2.

Sandberg has dominated most of his opponents this year.

“Braden is consistent and has been playing well this year,” said GHS coach Steve Thurgood. “He has a good serve and he’s quick. When he goes up against hard hitters he has a little more trouble, but he’s been hitting the ball harder himself this year. He’s way out in front on the ladder, and rarely losses in a challenge match.”

The coach said Sandberg and Colson are definitely the top singles players on the squad, but depth poses somewhat of a good problem with players three through 11.

“After Braden and Tyler the rest of the players are pretty much even in their play,” Thurgood said. “Matt seems to have third singles locked down.”

A back injury has hampered Tytan Thurgood, who is one of the top players on the team. Grantsville also lost a player this week because of academic issues.

Sandberg and Colson did not play against Tooele, and the top three Tooele players didn’t show up for the match.

Waldeon defeated Ivan Gonzales at first singles 6-1, 6-2; Dalton defeated Jacob Nielsen 6-0, 6-0 at second singles; May defeated Brandon Colledge 6-0, 6-0; Nate Beckett and Issac Ham downed Spencer Hahne and Josh Orton 6-1, 6-0; and Hunter Anderson and Tyler Orgill defeated Kanion Yadon and Braydon Richter 6-0, 6-0.

Grantsville and Tooele will see how their skills match up with some of the top teams in the state on Friday and Saturday in St. George.

The Cowboys will divide their squad  into two teams for the tournament in southern Utah. Davis High School will also have two teams competing.

Other teams at the tourney will include host Desert Hills, Cedar, Springville, Dixie, Salem Hills, Waterford and Spanish Fork. Waterford is the defending 2A champion and Desert Hills, Dixie and Spanish Fork should be tough competition, said Thurgood. 

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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