Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Courting success: Sun Valley picks up pair of wins

Despite missing four seniors and playing with a rotating cast of characters, The Community School tennis team has had no problem getting into the swing of things this spring. The undefeated Cutthroats padded their record Friday and Saturday, beating Mountain Home and Minico by scores of 11-1.

Playing the Spartans in Twin Falls, Sun Valley wins were recorded by Karl Wilander (6-0,6-1), Jamie Jameson (6-0,6-0) and Eric Runkel (6-0,6-0) in boys' singles. Morgan Atkinson (6-2,6-1) and Josie Bunce (6-1,6-2) claimed victory in girls' singles. Emma Wilander fell in the #1 girls' singles match, 6-2, 6-3, but "had a long, outstanding match in which many games went to duece," according to co-coach Chris Gripkey.

Boys' doubles champs were Tim Kanellitsas and Hunter Weaver (6-2,7-5) at #1, and Paul Davis and Fynn Funk-Riehle (6-2,6-1) at #2. Teagan Palmer and Nellie Brown won #1 girls' doubles 6-0, 6-2 and Madison Murach and Hailey Zanes claimed the #2 match 6-1, 6-1.

Sun Valley swept mixed doubles without dropping a game. Winners were Tanner Flanigan and Ricki Eshman at #1 and John Martin and Melissa Becker at #2.

The same mixed pairs won against Mountain Home on the air force base tennis courts, which provided a very interesting cultural experience according to Gripkey.

"There was a bugel call at 5 p.m. in which everyone on the base stopped what they were doing (including driving) to face the flag. Points that were in progress were replayed," he said.

Girls' doubles winners were Palmer and Brown, Eshman and Audrey Kirk. Jameson and Weaver claimed #1 boys' doubles with Paul Davis and Funk-Riehle winning #2.

Girls' singles champs were Emma Wilander and Kirk. Boys' champions were Wilander, Kanellitsas and Runkel.

The Cutthroats host Minico and Wood River in Sun Valley on April 28.

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