Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cutthroats ready for district tennis

Friday finals at SV

Community School tennis players prepared for this week's state-qualifying 4th District 3A tournament in Sun Valley by competing up a class against opposing players from three 4A schools last week.

Thursday, the Cutthroats traveled to Twin Falls and dropped 7-5 and 8-4 decisions to the Twin Falls Bruins and Century. On Friday back home, coach Chris Gripkey's squad handled Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 9-3 (6-0 boys, 3-3 girls).

Against Canyon Ridge, Cutthroat singles winners were No. 1 Michael Weaver 6-3, 6-3, No. 2 Willis Sanchez-duPont 6-3, 6-0 and No. 3 Doug DuFur 6-3, 6-0. Dropping girls' singles matches were Chloe Francois, Reta Flynt and Sara Runkel.

No. 1 boys' doubles Eric Runkel and George Everitt breezed 6-0, 6-1. Winning by the same scores were No. 2 Gunnar Ohlson and Zach Lindahl.

Sun Valley enjoyed straight-set success in No. 1 girls' doubles with Josie Bunce and Jolie Blair, and in No. 1 mixed with Trenor Gould and Chloe Chrysikopoulos. The Cutthroats won by default in the No. 2 girls' and mixed doubles.

At Twin Falls Thursday, Cutthroats who won two matches were No. 2 singles Michael Weaver, No. 1 doubles Hunter Weaver-Willis Sanchez-duPont, No. 2 boys' doubles Gunnar Ohlson-Zach Lindahl and No. 2 mixed doubles Eric Runkel-Morgan Jones.

Winners of seven straight district team titles and 13 in 14 years, the Cutthroat tennis squad hosts Gooding and Sugar-Salem Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at Sun Valley Tennis Club for the 4th District 3A tournament.

Qualifying for the State 3A tournament May 18-19 in Caldwell will be the top three finishers in singles and doubles classes Friday.

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