Friday, May 11, 2012

Dominant days for WRHS tennis

Great Basin champs again

Express Staff Writer

Doubles was simply dynamite, yet it was a dominant couple of days overall for Wood River High School tennis teams at the state-qualifying 4th District Great Basin Conference 4A tournament Tuesday and Wednesday in Twin Falls.

Wood River players, sweeping gold in all the doubles categories, captured first places in four of the five contested events at the GBC meet and qualified 12 of its 16 players for the State 4A tournament May 18-19 at Boise Racquet and Swim Club.

The Wolverine girls captured their fifth consecutive GBC district title 62-37 over Twin Falls. The Wood River boys won the district championship for a third straight year 78-41 over Twin Falls. In overall totals, it was Wood River 140-78 over the Twin Falls Bruins—a third straight overall championship and fourth in five years.

Seventh-year Wood River head coach Vicki Johnston said, "I'm so proud of our team. They played some of their best tennis of the season." Indeed, the Hailey doubles teams earned 96 points for the tourney—22 more than last year. And Wood River players won 28 of 37 matches at the meet.

In boys' singles, top-seeded Wood River senior Karl Wilander won his third straight GBC championship 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) over Twin Falls junior Dallas Hunt. In girls' singles, No. 2-seeded junior Lily Richards won two straight-set matches before settling for second place in a 6-1, 6-2 title match loss to defending champion McKenzie Baggett of Canyon Ridge.

Boys' doubles was completely dominant—Wood River's two teams dropping only three games in five match wins before meeting in the final. The champs were seniors Raleigh Grossbaum-Charlie Grabow 6-4, 6-2 over juniors Cole Caminiti and Josh Morell.

Wood River didn't qualify any girls' doubles teams for state last May and still wound up in second place overall to Century of Pocatello by a slim 49-45 margin. This time around, WRHS seniors Sloan Storey and Erin Murphy paired for the first time and won Wednesday's final 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 over defending champs Natalie White and Kayla Ash of Twin Falls.

It was another 1-2 finish for Wood River for 36 additional points in mixed doubles. Top-seeded sophomore Stephen Pfeiffer and senior Hannah Baybutt pulled off their 6-1, 6-0 championship match win over unseeded senior-freshman Quentin Dowdle-Haley Cutler.

Other results: Sophomore Chase Hutchinson won three boys' singles matches; junior Margaret Reutter won twice in girls' singles; and the girls' doubles team of Alex Feldman and Alex Taylor captured three match wins.

Results follow:

2012 Great Basin Conference 4A tennis tournament

May 8-9, 2012 in Twin Falls

96 players

Final overall team totals

1—Wood River 140 points—12 to state

2—Twin Falls 78 points—9 to state

3—Canyon Ridge 47—5 to state

4—Burley 39—4 to state

5—Minico 30—2 to state

6—Jerome 13—0 to state

Breakdown by boys and girls


1—Wood River 78

2—Twin Falls 41

3—Burley 22.5

4—Minico 14

5—Canyon Ridge 12.5

6—Jerome 6.5


1—Wood River 62

2—Twin Falls 37

3—Canyon Ridge 34.5

4—Burley 16.5

5—Minico 16

6—Jerome 6.5

Previous Great Basin champions: 2002—Century of Pocatello. 2003—Century. 2004—Jerome. 2005—Pocatello. 2006—Century. 2007—Century. 2008—Century boys, Wood River girls, Wood River overall. 2009—Century boys, Wood River girls, Century overall. 2010—Wood River boys, Wood River girls, Wood River overall. 2011—Wood River boys, Wood River girls, Wood River overall. 2012—Wood River boys, Wood River girls, Wood River overall.

Points by category—

WRHS (140)--24 BS, 20 GS, 36 BD, 24 GD, 36 MD for 140

Twin Falls (78)—28 BS, 10 GS, 11 BD, 25 GD, 4 MD for 78

Canyon Ridge (47)—3 BS, 22 GS, 0 BD, 3 GD, 19 MD for 47

Burley (39)—7 BS, 0 GS, 15 BD, 16 GD, 1 MD for 39

Minico (30)—9 BS, 14 GS, 4 BD, 1 GD, 2 MD for 30

Jerome (13)—0 BS, 3 GS, 3 BD, 0 GD, 7 MD for 13

WR by event compared to 2011: BS -8, GS -8, BD +4, GD +18, MD 0

Points by singles/doubles—

Wood River (28-9 all matches)—44 points singles (10-5), 96 points doubles (18-4)

District team championships:

Wood River (13, all at Class B/3A level)—2004, 1993-96, 1990, 1988, 1982, 1976-80

Wood River in 4A (8)—2008 girls, 2009 girls, 2010 girls, 2010 boys, 2011 girls, 2011 boys, 2012 girls, 2012 boys

Boys singles (12 players)


1—Karl Wilander (WR senior)

2—Dallas Hunt (Twin Falls junior)

3—Angel Anguiano (Burley junior)

4—Toni Lopez (Minico senior)

Final results (top 4 to state)

1—Karl Wilander (WR senior, 1st place BS 2010, 1st place BS 2011)

2—Dallas Hunt (Twin Falls junior, 3rd place BS 2010, 2nd place BS 2011)

3—Angel Anguiano (Burley junior)

4—Toni Lopez (Minico senior)

Championship—Karl Wilander (WR senior) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) over Dallas Hunt (Twin Falls junior)

Third place—Michael Zitterkopf (Twin Falls senior) 6-3, 6-1 over Toni Lopez (Minico senior)

Wood River players

Karl Wilander (3-0, senior)


Won 6-0, 6-1 over Michael Zitterkopf (Twin Falls senior)

Won 6-0, 6-0 over Toni Lopez (Minico senior)

Won 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) over Dallas Hunt (Twin Falls junior)—championship

Chase Hutchinson (3-2, sophomore)

Won 6-0, 6-1 over Travis Mapes (Jerome junior)

Lost 7-6, 6-1 to Angel Anguiano (Burley junior)

Won 6-0, 6-0 over Austin Gilbert (Jerome junior)

Won 6-0, 6-0 over Eric Lewis (Canyon Ridge freshman)

Lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to Toni Lopez (Minico


Girls singles (12 players)


1—McKenzi Baggett (Canyon Ridge senior)

2—Lily Richards (WR junior)

3—Brittani Pierce (Twin Falls)

4—Kim Barnes (Minico)

Final results (top 4 to state)

1—McKenzi Baggett (Canyon Ridge senior, 1st GS 2011)

2—Lily Richards (WR junior 3rd GS 2011)

3—Liza Plitkova (Minico)

4—Brittani Pierce (Twin Falls)

Championship—McKenzi Baggett (Canyon Ridge senior) 6-1, 6-2 over

Lily Richards (WR junior)

Third place—Liza Plitkova (Minico) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 over Brittani Pierce (Twin Falls)

Wood River players

Lily Richards (2-1, junior)


Won 6-2, 6-3 over Liza Plitkova (Minico)

Won 6-2, 6-0 over Brittani Pierce (Twin Falls)

Lost 6-1, 6-2 to McKenzi Baggett (Canyon Ridge senior)—championship

Margaret Reutter (2-2, junior)

Won 6-0, 7-5 over Hailey Orton (Twin Falls)

Won 6-1, 6-1 over Kim Barnes (Minico)

Lost 6-4, 6-3 to McKenzi Baggett (Canyon Ridge senior)

Lost 6-4, 6-0 to Liza Plitkova (Minico)

Boys doubles (12 teams)


1—Raleigh Grossbaum-Charlie Grabow (WR seniors)

2—Kord Carpenter-Brandon Bean (Burley)

3—Ryan Algate-Andy Carter (Twin Falls)

4—Willem Bradford-Travis Halverson (Minico)

Final results (top 4 to state)

1—Raleigh Grossbaum-Charlie Grabow (WR seniors)

2—Cole Caminiti-Josh Morell (WR juniors)

3—Kord Carpenter-Brandon Bean (Burley)

4—Ryan Algate-Andy Carter (Twin Falls)

Championship—Raleigh Grossbaum-Charlie Grabow (WR seniors) 6-4, 6-2 over Cole Caminiti-Josh Morell (WR juniors)

Third place—Kord Carpenter-Brandon Bean (Burley) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) over Ryan Algate-Andy Carter (Twin Falls)

Wood River teams

Raleigh Grossbaum-Charlie Grabow (3-0, seniors)


Won 6-0, 6-0 over Jaxon Greener-Brandon Hosteen (Burley)

Won 6-0, 6-0 over Willem Bradford-Travis Halverson (Minico)

Won 6-4, 6-2 over Cole Caminiti-Josh Morell (WR juniors)—championship

Cole Caminiti-Josh Morell (3-1, juniors)

Won 6-1, 6-0 over Abraham Ortiz-Fernando Santana (Minico)

Won 6-1, 6-0 over Ryan Algate-Andy Carter (Twin Falls)

Won 6-1, 6-0 over Kord Carpenter-Brandon Bean (Burley)

Lost 6-4, 6-2 to Raleigh Grossbaum-Charlie Grabow (WR seniors)—championship

Girls doubles (12 teams)


1—Sloan Storey-Erin Murphy (WR seniors)

2—Natalie White-Kayla Ash (Twin Falls seniors, 1st place GD 2011)

3—Kaci Carpenter-Delta Jones (Burley)

4—KeAndra Harris-Kayleann Hawkes (Minico)

Final results (top 4 to state)

1—Sloan Storey-Erin Murphy (WR seniors)

2—Natalie White-Kayla Ash (Twin Falls seniors, 1st place GD 2011)

3—Kaci Carpenter-Delta Jones (Burley)

4—Carly Athay-Rachel Webster (Twin Falls)

Championship—Sloan Storey-Erin Murphy (WR seniors) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 over Natalie White-Kayla Ash (Twin Falls seniors)

Third place—Kaci Carpenter-Delta Jones (Burley) 6-3, 6-2 over Carly Athay-Rachel Webster (Twin Falls)

Wood River teams

Sloan Storey-Erin Murphy (3-0, seniors)


Won 6-0, 6-1 over Brooklyn Geary-Lexi Crane (Burley)

Won 6-1, 6-3 over Carly Athay-Rachel Webster (Twin Falls)

Won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 over Natalie White-Kayla Ash (Twin Falls)—championship

Alex Feldman-Alex Taylor (3-2, junior, sophomore)

Won 6-1, 6-0 over Monica Farfan-Crystal Tovar (Minico)

Lost 7-6 (7-0), 6-0 to Kaci Carpenter-Delta Jones (Burley)

Won 6-0, 6-0 over Joanie Mapes-Lizabeth Caliz (Jerome)

Won over Annie Romney-Maddie Dahlquist (Canyon Ridge)

Lost 6-4, 6-1 to Carly Athay-Rachel Webster (Twin Falls)

Mixed doubles (12 teams)


1—Stephen Pfeiffer-Hannah Baybutt (WR sophomore, senior)

2—Chase Petty-Kyla Rogers (Canyon Ridge)

3—Rudy Bowman-Karin Olson (Twin Falls)

4—Bruno Garay-Alex Vogt (Jerome)

Final results (top 4 to state)

1—Stephen Pfeiffer-Hannah Baybutt (WR sophomore, senior)

2—Quentin Dowdle-Haley Cutler (WR senior, freshman)

3—Chase Petty-Kyla Rogers (Canyon Ridge)

4—Creighton Adams-Staci Baird (Canyon Ridge)

Championship—Stephen Pfeiffer-Hannah Baybutt (WR sophomore, senior) 6-1, 6-0 over Quentin Dowdle-Haley Cutler (WR senior, freshman)

Third place—Chase Petty-Kyla Rogers (Canyon Ridge) 6-3, 6-3 over Creighton Adams-Staci Baird (Canyon Ridge)

Wood River teams

Stephen Pfeiffer-Hannah Baybutt (3-0, sophomore, senior)


Won 6-0, 6-3 over Garrett Christensen-Lyndie Mittelsteadt (Minico)

Won 6-1, 6-1 over Bruno Garay-Alex Vogt (Jerome)

Won 6-1, 6-0 over Quentin Dowdle-Haley Cutler (WR senior, freshman)--championship

Quentin Dowdle-Haley Cutler (3-1, senior, freshman)

Won 6-0, 6-0 over Cody Milward-Rachel Weeks (Burley)

Won 6-2, 7-5 over Chase Petty-Kyla Rogers (Canyon Ridge)

Won 6-3, 6-1 over Rudy Bowman-Karin Olson (Twin Falls)

Lost 6-1, 6-0 to Stephen Pfeiffer-Hannah Baybutt (WR seniors)—championship

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