Several area boys tennis players earned medals in the Scottsbluff Invite on Saturday at courts in Scottsbluff and Gering.
Gillette won the team title with 85 points, just ahead of Sheridan’s 77. Cheyenne South finished third with 46 points followed by Alliance with 41. Scottsbluff took fifth with 38 points, Gering was sixth with 36, and Torrington was seventh with 31.
Scottsbluff coach Ron Swank said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I ran two teams, a varsity and reserve teams because we have so many promising freshmen and sophomores that I wanted to get them some quality matches,” Swank said.
Scottsbluff’s top performance came from the No. 3 doubles team of Jackson Frank and Owen Parra, who finished second with a 6-1 record. The duo’s only defeat came in round six when they lost to Gillette’s Cory Myers and Logan Myers 8-6 in a battle that went down to the wire.
Parra and Frank also picked up wins against Alliance’s Trajan Garcia and Christopher Escamilla 8-2, Gering’s Trent Russell and Mason Marsh 8-4, Torrinton’s Hunter Ostler and Brayton Toleman 8-1, and Scottsbluff reserve players Patrick Madden and Gunner Buchhammer 8-1.
Also for the Bearcats, the No. 2 doubles team of Giovanni Aldrigo and Brad Divan went 4-3, while the No. 1 doubles team of Blake Wilberger and Eric Olsen went 3-4.
The Bearcat single players Sean Mercer-Smith at No. 1 and Logan Woodward at No. 2 both went 2-5.
Gering also had plenty of fine performances despite missing one player. Gering coach Matt Palomo said all of his players competed well on the hot day with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s.
“Overall, without having our No. 1 player, the boys did pretty well. They scored some good points and did really well,” Palomo said. “We placed sixth with 36 points, so I am very pleased.”
Palomo said his No. 2 doubles team of Noah Miller and Alex Lupher took second with a 5-2 mark. The duo’s only blemishes came against Gillette 8-5 and Sheridan 8-3. Miller and Lupher defeated Scottsbluff’s Giovanni Aldrigo and Brad Divan 9-7, Alliance’s Ian Nelson and Parker Cyza 9-8 with an 8-6 tiebreaker, and Torrington’s Ty Brothwell and Zach Posten 8-3.
Also for Gering, Jason Doll finished 4-3 at No. 2 singles, Vince Moreno and Anthony Ramirez finished 3-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Trent Russell and Mason Marsh finished 2-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Palomo said his team continues to get better.
“We are going in the right direction. Every week these kids improve and that is all that we want,” he said. “We want to improve in every match and tournament and get ready for state.”
Alliance had the best team performance among local teams, finishing fourth. The Bulldogs’ No. 1 singles player, Brian Gould, finished 4-3 on the day and just missed placing in the top three.
In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Anthony Hare and Michael Gomez finished 4-3, the No. 2 team of Parker Cyza and Ian Nelson finished 4-3, and the No. 3 team of Trajan Garcia and Christopher Escamilla finished with a 1-5 mark.
Torrington’s No. 2 singles player, Cole Brothwell, took third with a 5-2 mark. His only defeats came to Gillette and Sheridan.
Other Torrington finishes included No. 1 singles player Tyler Ring going 3-4; the No. 1 doubles team of Jon Cummings and Liam Nadeau going 1-6; the No. 2 doubles team of Ty Brothwell and Zach Posten going 1-6; and the No. 3 doubles team of Hunter Ostler and Brayton Toleman going 3-4.
Scottsbluff and Gering will be back in action next Saturday when they compete in the North Platte Invite.