Despite rain, boys take the court at state tournament

The Grand County boys tennis team came in ninth out of 21 teams in the 3A state tournament May 11 in Salt Lake City.

“We earned three points for the state tournament which is the most we’ve done in three years,” coach Skylar Johnson said. “We had three positions move on to the quarter final.”

Red Devil juniors Kasey Kemp and Kai Wainer both won their first rounds of singles to move on to the second rounds but were later defeated. Three-year varsity players Braxten Pierce and Tanner Mascaro also won their match in the first round of doubles, moving into the second round, but did not advance to the semifinal.

“We got rained out so we had to play indoors so that kind threw everyone off but they stepped up and played well,” Johnson said of the tournament. “They had lots of improvement,” he said of the team’s season. “We only have one senior, so we have a lot to look forward to next year.”

Now that the state tournament has ended, the team will begin preparing for next season, according to Johnson. “We’ll be doing off-season open court for the boys’ and the girls’ teams during the summer.”

ByBy Jacque Garcia

The Times-Independent