Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Busy week for Cutthroats on the courts

Hopefully, the players on The Community School tennis team did not have any plans over the weekend. If they did they would have been hard to get to as the Cutthroats just capped a week in which they played five matches in six days.

Their efforts did not go unrewarded or unnoticed. During the week, the Cutthroats knocked off 4A schools Burley (12-0), Jerome (10-2) and Wood River (7-5), beat 5A Twin Falls 7-5 and tied 5A Caldwell 6-6.

"I was pleased," coach Phil Huss said. "After not practicing for 10 days we finished 4-0-1 for the week. It was a big confidence booster."

Sun Valley was the site of one of the week's biggest wins, as the Cutthroats tamed Twin Falls 7-5.

Mandy Alexander, Cody Curran and Emmy O'Reilly (undefeated this season), swept the girls' singles ranks, surrendering only six games in three matches.

One key to victory was the win in #2 boys' doubles by John Martin and McClain Porter, who came back from a first set loss to win by tiebreaker in the third set, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 (9-7).

Also collecting wins were Travis Stone at #2 boys' singles (6-0, 6-4), Connor Brown and Jessie Curran at #1 mixed doubles (6-4, 7-5) and Emily Eshman and Marin Shepardson at #2 girls' doubles (6-1, 6-1).

"This was a big win for the Cutthroats," Huss said.

Despite a dominating final score of 12-0 against Burley Friday, the Cutthroats had to win a pair of three-set matches for the shutout.

Chet Stephens claimed #3 boys' singles 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and #1 girls' doubles swung The Community School's way with a winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 effort by Courtney Hamilton and Grayson Palmer.

Huss said Hamilton and Palmer played the match of the day against their counterparts from Caldwell Saturday.

"They played phenomenal, aggressive doubles against a formidable Caldwell team," Huss remarked.

The local girls came out on top in the tight match, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1). KSV also grabbed #2 girls' doubles with Melissa Becker and Marin Shepardson.

Christian Cairncross picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory in #1 boys' singles. The steady Stone won 6-0, 6-2 in the #2 match. Two of the three girls' singles matches went to Sun Valley with winning performances by Curran and O'Reilly.

The Community School hosts Sugar Salem and Gooding for the second time this week in the District 3A Tournament, Friday, May 11 at Sun Valley. Match play begins at 9 a.m.

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