You know the old chestnut about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery? Well, The Community School tennis team must be very flattered by what the Parma Panthers did last weekend in Boise.
Last spring Parma took a good look at what The Community School did at the State 3A tennis tournament and said to itself, why, putting an individual or team in each championship match is a pretty good way to walk off with the big trophy.
That's what The Community School did last year in taking its third consecutive State 3A title and fifth in six years by a 120-79 margin over runner-up Parma. The Cutthroats for the first time put players in each championship match, winning two and taking second in three.
Parma learned well and turned the tables in 2007.
Always among the top teams at state, Parma (114 points) won its first state tennis title since 1994 by a comfortable 55-point margin over second-place Community School (59). Parma put players in each championship match, winning an unprecedented four times Saturday at Fort Boise's courts.
Parma's winners included junior Bryant Timmons and freshman Kali Roche in boys' and girls' singles, plus the two-time state girls' doubles champions Logan Smyser and McKenzie Timmons, seniors.
It was the first time since 1998 that The Community School didn't crown an individual state winner, but coach Phil Huss' Cutthroats won a couple of big third-place matches. Huss put things in perspective afterward.
He said, "We finished second and achieved significant third- and fourth-place finishes. The level of tennis was much better this year in each event. This was a challenge for the Cutthroats, but it was wonderful to see junior tennis flourish."
A pleasant surprise was the sophomore and freshman boys' doubles team of Peter Atkinson and Tanner Flanigan. Huss said, "The best play came from Peter and Tanner. By hitting first serves and moving well at the net, they dismantled some strong doubles teams."
Atkinson and Flanigan won five matches for third place—losing only in split sets to eventual champions Alex Tembeleski and Johnny Hullinger, senior players from Weiser.
The promising Cutthroat pair captured all five of their matches in straight sets including their 7-6, 6-2 win over Clark Fork juniors Thomas McMahon and Mike Martin in the consolation final Saturday.
Placing third in girls' singles was senior Mandy Alexander with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory over junior teammate Cody Curran, last year's State 3A girls' singles runner-up. Alexander had won state titles in girls' and mixed doubles in 2004-05.
Fourth-place finishers for the Cutthroats were junior Travis Stone in boys' singles, Curran in girls' singles and the girls' doubles team of senior Grayson Palmer and sophomore Courtney Hamilton.
About Stone, Cutthroat coach Huss said, "Travis got better and better as the tournament went on. Hitting both serves well and attacking the net with angled volleys, he played the best tennis of his life. It was a delight to watch."
Palmer and Hamilton had the most exciting match of the tournament, Huss said. With sharp, clean and aggressive volleys, they won a third-set tiebreaker to beat Parma's #2 girls' doubles team.
The Community School (15 state qualifiers) went 22-18 in their matches at the state tennis tourney. They finished the season with a 9-1-2 record including wins over 5A Twin Falls and 4A Wood River.
Huss said, "The Cutthroat team was a tremendous success. They carried themselves well on the court, exhibited great sportsmanship and improved their games significantly. I love this team and share their passion for tennis."
Results follow from last weekend's 15-school, 96-player State 3A tennis meet in sunny, hot Boise. For a complete state tourney summary check today's Express Web site:
State 3A tennis results
Top team totals (state qualifiers in parentheses)
1—Parma (17) 114 points. 2—Community School (15) 59 points. 3—Weiser (7) 41 points. 4—Clark Fork (7) 29 points. 5—Fruitland (10) 28 points.
Points by category
Parma (114)—20 BS, 22 GS, 16 BD, 24 GD, 32 MD. Placements: 1st—BS, GS, GD, MD. 2nd—BD.
Community School (59)—13 BS, 21 GS, 12 BD, 9 GD, 4 MD. Placements: 1st—none. 2nd—none. 3rds—GS, BD. 4ths—BS, GS, GD.
1—Bryant Timmons (Parma junior)
2—Joshua Myers (Homedale senior, 4th 2006)
3—Adriel Apter (Valley senior)
4—Travis Stone (Community School junior)
Championship—Bryant Timmons (Parma junior) 6-0, 6-0 over Joshua Myers (Homedale senior)
Third place—Adriel Apter (Valley) 6-1, 6-2 over Travis Stone (Community School junior)
1—Kali Roche (Parma freshman)
2—Rayna Allen (Clark Fork senior, 2nd 2004, 3rd 2005, 1st 2006)
3—Mandy Alexander (CS senior)
4—Cody Curran (CS junior, 2nd GS in 2006)
Championship—Kali Roche (Parma freshman) 6-2, 6-2 over Rayna Allen (Clark Fork senior)
Third place—Mandy Alexander (CS senior) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 over Cody Curran (CS junior)
1—Alex Tembeleski-Johnny Hullinger (Weiser seniors)
2—Hal Nielsen-Clinton Jacks (Parma junior-sophomore)
3—Peter Atkinson-Tanner Flanigan (CS sophomore-freshman)
4—Thomas McMahon-Mike Martin (Clark Fork juniors)
Championship—Alex Tembeleski-Johnny Hullinger (Weiser seniors) 6-1, 7-6 over Hal Nielsen-Clinton Jacks (Parma junior-sophomore)
Third place—Peter Atkinson-Tanner Flanigan (CS sophomore-freshman) 7-6, 6-2 over Thomas McMahon-Mike Martin (Clark Fork juniors)
1—Logan Smyser-McKenzie Timmons (Parma seniors, 2nd state at 2005, 1st 2006)
2—Kasey Gibbs-Natalie Wilkins (Weiser seniors, 3rd GD 2006)
3—Rachel Bratton-Bridgette Teunissen (Fruitland senior-junior)
4—Grayson Palmer-Courtney Hamilton (CS senior-sophomore)
Championship—Logan Smyser-McKenzie Timmons (Parma seniors) 6-4, 6-3 over Kasey Gibbs-Natalie Wilkins (Weiser seniors)
Third place—Rachel Bratton-Bridgette Teunissen (Fruitland senior-junior) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 over Grayson Palmer-Courtney Hamilton (CS senior-sophomore)
1—Derek Bradshaw-Alison Fetter (Parma senior-junior)
2—Greg Grant-Katelyn Thueson (Sugar-Salem juniors)
3—Terrell Timmons-Samantha Frazier (Parma freshman-senior)
4—Jordan Kerr-Carlie Beck (Fruitland juniors)
Championship—Derek Bradshaw-Alison Fetter (Parma senior-junior) 7-5, 6-3 over Greg Grant-Katelyn Thueson (Sugar-Salem juniors)
Third place—Terrell Timmons-Samantha Frazier (Parma freshman-senior) 6-2, 6-0 over Jordan Kerr-Carlie Beck (Fruitland juniors)