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For the week of May 24 through May 30, 2000

Cutthroats shine up another silver trophy

Lauren Drew repeats, Sun Valley has most points

An amazing four-year string of success for The Community School tennis program culminated in another state runner-up team trophy and a school record for points during the State Class B meet in Boise.

The Cutthroats of coaches Mark Scribner and Harry Weekes could hardly have performed better last weekend.

They won 23 of their 29 matches. They nearly swept girls’ and boys’ singles. They did it with a relatively low number of nine state entries.

Sophomore Lauren Drew repeated as state girls’ singles champion, losing only four games in four straight-set wins. In two state trips, Drew has been dominant. She is 8-0 and owns an incredible mark of 96-9 in games.

Drew wasn’t alone.

Amassing 48 points in singles, The Community School captured its third state runner-up trophy in four years with an impressive 76 points.

That’s the best team result in the 16 years that Ketchum/Sun Valley has sent tennis players to state. Previous best—53 points in 1997. Over four years the Cutthroats have totaled 227 state points, 141 in singles alone.

Only Bishop Kelly of Boise (107 points/14 state entries) did better in winning the school’s third consecutive state team tennis championship and 12th overall. Bishop Kelly won four of five categories this year, and seven of 10 over two years.

But it was Bishop Kelly’s last hurrah, leaving the chase for the gold wide open for the foreseeable future. The Knights are moving up to the Class A Division 2 ranks next year.

Giving the Cutthroats 10 placement points for his strong second-place finish was sophomore Ryan Drew. Drew came within a point or two in a tiebreaker of dethroning defending boys’ singles king Andy Livingston of Bishop Kelly.

Third in boys’ doubles for the Cutthroats were juniors Alex McCoy and Carson Sofro. Also placing third for seven placement points were seniors Lindsey Woodcock and Colleen Enright in girls’ doubles, and freshman Perry Palmedo in boys’ singles.

For more photos of the Cutthroat players, check this week’s Local Life.

Results at state

Girls’ singles—The dominating presence of Lauren Drew forced many Class B coaches to increase their chances of success by moving singles players into doubles this year.

Two-time district champion Drew breezed into the final with three straight-set wins, then bounced familiar rival Katie Sanders of Wood River 6-2, 6-0 in the championship.

Drew became the first Cutthroat with two state championships. She joined John Driscoll of Wood River (1989-90) and John Jacoby (1985-86) as the only Blaine County players with back-to-back singles titles.

Third place went to freshman Laura Guth of Bishop Kelly, and fourth to senior Lisa Johnson, Troy.

Boys’ singles—Ryan Drew, older than sister Lauren by 17 months, played much older than a sophomore in extending defending champ Livingston to three sets. Livingston’s experience paid off 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Drew clearly benefited from a week of practice with 1997 Cutthroat boys’ state singles champion Chancey Martin, now playing for Notre Dame. Gambling side-to-side with challenging ground strokes, Drew was the aggressor and won the first set 6-4.

In the second set, Livingston steadied himself and started going to the net to disrupt Drew’s flow. Nonetheless Drew hung in there and forced a tiebreaker. The young man actually had the lead in the tiebreaker before senior Livingston rallied.

Livingston, who had pinned the only loss on third-place Drew last year at state, by a 6-0, 6-4 score, dominated the third set and kept the title. But two-time district champion Drew made quite an impression, and now has a 7-2 state mark.

Palmedo (4-1) earned the bronze with four straight-set victories including a 6-2, 6-0 third-place win over Fruitland soph Ben Judson. Palmedo’s only loss came at the hands of Livingston, 6-0, 6-3.

Girls’ doubles—The key to The Community School’s second-place team finish was probably the gutsy performance of seniors Woodcock and Enright. They certainly got their money’s worth, going 5-1.

They were playing together in their third state meet, determined to make amends for last year, when Woodcock suffered food poisoning at the outset and the pair exited with a 1-2 mark.

After an easy first-round triumph, two-time district champions Woodcock and Enright dropped a heartrending 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-3 decision to eventual second-place Tricia Haddock/Kim Bake of Parma.

The Cutthroat seniors stormed back, winning four straight-set matches including a 7-6, 7-5 third-place duel with a Homedale pair.

Woodcock and Enright never had a chance to play eventual champions Jaclyn Golus and Danielle Berricochoa of Bishop Kelly.

Boys’ doubles—Juniors Alex McCoy and Carson Sofro (4-1) battled well over two days and won their final match 7-5, 6-2 over a Homedale pair. Their only loss came to Bishop Kelly’s two-time state boys’ doubles champions Bryant Jones and Jake Berricochoa by scores of 6-2, 6-4.

Mixed doubles—District champions Chris McCoy and Tami Parten went 3-2 at this year’s state meet. The winners were Mario Larrocochea and Ashley Kunz of Bishop Kelly.


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