The Stansbury and Tooele tennis teams took to the courts Tuesday afternoon for one of their final tune-up matches before the county rivals co-host the Region 11 tournament next week.
Stansbury claimed a 6-0 victory and bragging rights over the Buffaloes, though Tooele certainly put a scare into the visiting Stallions by pushing three matches to the maximum three sets. In two of those matches, Tooele won the first set before Stansbury came roaring back.
Stansbury’s Joseph Luke and Brennan Karren dropped their first set to Tooele’s Nathan Swan and Alex Dunn 6-3, but won the final two sets 6-4, 6-0 to claim their No. 1 doubles match. Logan Bishop and Wyatt Jensen found themselves in an even bigger hole, as the Buffs’ Carl Raddatz and Brandon Wong won the opening set 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. Bishop and Jensen bounced back by winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-3.
Stansbury’s other three-set victory came at No. 3 singles, where Brigham DeBry beat Tooele’s Johan Willson 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Brady Kimberling beat Zac Grant 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Nate Leary held off Tooele’s Bryceson Kenison 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Brayden Griffith and Levi Gomez defeated Tooele’s Trevor Heaton and Andrew Gregson 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
Both the Stallions and Buffaloes have a few Region 11 matches left to play, many of which were rescheduled from earlier in the season because of inclement weather. The Region 11 tournament begins Wednesday, with Stansbury High playing host to the singles matches and the doubles matches taking place at Tooele High. The tournament will conclude Thursday, with the top four finishers in each bracket advancing to the Class 4A state tournament the following week at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.