The Stansbury and Grantsville High tennis teams will be fighting for the right to hang with the best at the Class 3A state boys tennis tournament the next two days.
Play begins at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park.
Grantsville has the higher seeds for both first and second singles, with Seth Becket and Porter Whitworth both taking second place at region. But Stansbury’s third singles player, Josh England, finished second at region over the Cowboys’ Peter Kurtz.
England fractured his foot at region; however, SHS coach Kevin Smith verified his top-seeded singles player would be playing at the tourney.
Erik Leary, the Stallions’ No. 1 singles player who placed fourth at region and Andrew Gibbons, the third-place finisher at No. 3 singles, will be vying for a state championship.
The Stallions send higher-seeded first and second doubles to the tournament, with Region 10 top seeds Rendon Dye and Scott Ruebush, and second seed TJ Thomsen and Brady Kimberling.
Grantsville’s first doubles, Andrew Dalton and Jase Wilson, are seeded third at state and second doubles pairing, Weston Tuckett and Parker Killian, will fight there way up from a fourth-place seed.
Park City excelled at the region tourney and will be sending four first-seeded singles and duos to state. However, Stansbury’s first doubles players, Dye and Ruebush, pulled out a region upset in the third set against Park City’s Charlie Lambert and Alex Burkemper.
If Grantsville’s Dalton and Wilson make it past Canyon View in the first round, they may very well have the opportunity to pull an upset to replicate the SHS victory over P.C.’s Lambert/Burkemper duo as well.
Tooele will be sending its first doubles pair, Terran Dunn and Jayden Petersen, to state. Their first round will be against North Sanpete’s region-championship-winning duo.
Park City, which topped the region standings with 26 points, to the Stallions’ 19 and Cowboys’ 12, is expected to be one of the top teams at state. Other teams expected to fare well in the top brackets are Snow Canyon and Bear River.