LAFAYETTE — This early in the season, boys tennis players across the state are still figuring things out and trying to work their way in to a rhythm that will carry them towards regional tournaments six weeks from now.
Dawson School and Peak to Peak, two BoCoPreps.com area teams that expect to make some noise at regionals and state this season, hit the ground running at the Centaurus Warrior Invitational on Saturday. Peak to Peak, led by the lethal one-two punch atop its ladder, and Dawson, with its all-around depth, tied as runners-up to Valor Christian in the team scoring.
For both teams' players, Saturday's local tournament provided their first official action of the season and a strong start to the 2017 campaign.
"It was a good first tournament," Dawson junior Sam Troughton said. "These were our first real matches of the season. We were jittery in the beginning but we got some good competition that we'll see again at state."
Troughton and partner Phil Geraghty took second at No. 2 double on Saturday and teammates Gavyn Pure/Finn Jones, whose championship match was played on Friday to accommodate for SAT testing, took home the first place medal at No 1 doubles. Mustangs sophomore Riley Burridge, who won the No. 2 singles division at last year's Warrior Invite, finished runner-up in the top singles bracket, losing 6-2, 6-0 to Peak to Peak's state title hopeful Brett Finan.
"I played well and I had some tough rounds so, overall, it was a pretty solid start," said Finan, who placed second at last season's Class 4A state championships.
Peak to Peak's No. 2 singles player Teo Cariov, who won the Warrior Invite title at No. 1 singles last season, also took home Warriors Invite gold on Saturday. He defeated Valor Christian's Schott Chapin, 7-6, 6-4 in the finals.
It was also a good day for host Centaurus. The Warriors placed fourth or higher in five of the seven brackets to finish fourth in the team scoring.
Centaurus senior Ben Gygi and sophomore Myles Meskers found out Wednesday that they'd be partners at No. 1 doubles this season. On Saturday, they claimed third place, defeating Evergreen's Carter Morril and Clay Hittle in a lengthy 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 consolation final.
"It went really well because we won some matches and we got to see some of the teams we're going to face at regionals," Gygi said.
"It took some time to get into our groove in the third-place match," Meskers added. "We lost the first set but it was a grind and we just started getting our shots in and came back."
Austin Leopold and Lucas Craig were the top placers for Prospect Ridge, teaming up to finish third at No. 3 doubles. Skyline's Bryce Stewart placed fourth at No. 3 singles.
Centaurus Warrior Invitational
At Centaurus H.S.
Team scores — Valor Christian 11, Peak to Peak 25, Dawson School 25, Centaurus 30, Evergreen 31, Vail Mountain 39, Prospect Ridge 41, Skyline 50,
Singles — 1. Brett Finan, Peak to Peak, def. Riley Burridge, Dawson, 6-2, 6-0; 2. Teo Cariov, Peak to Peak, def. Schott Chapin, Valor Christian, 7-6, 6-4; 3. Nick Solimene, Valor Christian, def. Jack Togier, Evergreen, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — 1. Gavyn Pure/Finn Jones, Dawson, def. Xavier Pacheco/David Bomgaars, Valor Christian, 6-3, 6-4; 2. Truman Osbourn/Trent Steese, Valor Christian, def. Sam Troughton/Phil Geraghty, Dawson, 6-4, 6-4; 3. Ben Findlow/Brady Olitsky, Valor Christian, def. Adam Kiehl/Alexander Preston, Peak to Peak, 6-2, 6-4; 4. Gabe Grams/Cooper Sayers, Valor Christian, def. Brand Gibner/Ryan Ask, Evergreen, 6-1, 6-0.
Singles — 1. Carter Logan, Valor Christian, def. Chris Jachimiak, Centaurus, 6-2, 6-3; 2. Carter Holbrook, Dawson, def. Jack Derlook, Evergreen, 6-1, 6-0; 3. Ishan Kumar, Peak to Peak, def. Bryce Stewart, Skyline, injury default.
Doubles — 1. Ben Gygi/Myles Meskers, Centaurus, def. Carter Morril/Clay Hittle, Evergreen, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2; 2. Eddie Galindo/Ryan Noel, Centaurus, Nate Arbuckle/Ryan Tran, Prospect Ridge, 6-1, 6-0; 3. Austin Leopold/Lucas Craig, Prospect Ridge, def. Gabe Godard/Dylan Shafer, Centaurus, 6-4, 6-3; 4. Evan Penczek/Assaf Bone, Centaurus, def. Ash Shankar/Logan Shade, Prospect Ridge, 6-0, 6-2.