Locals in 5A championship matches
No. 2 singles: Austin Kattenhorn, Broomfield, vs. Kosta Garger, Regis Jesuit
No. 1 doubles: Beck Chrisbens/Brody Pinto, Fairview, vs. Emillio Gonzalez-Cruz/Evan Nuss, Regis Jesuit
No. 3 doubles: Ryan Grayson/Adam Heilbronner, Fairview, vs. Jack Abbey/Barry Dechtman, Denver East
DENVER — Fairview doubles players Adam Heilbronner and Ryan Grayson each reached the state semifinals, albeit at different ladder positions, during the Knights' Class 5A team championship run in 2017.
Neither Heilbronner, who played No. 4 doubles last fall, nor Grayson, who played No. 3, could find a way to break through into their respective championship matches. Now teamed together for the 2018 season, they managed to make it happen on Friday.
Unbeaten against 5A opponents this season and 3-0 so far at the state tournament, the Knights' No. 3 doubles pair defeated Cherry Creek's Ryan Flora and Braden Mayer, 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals, to give themselves a shot at their division's championship match on Saturday.
"We have the momentum from last year and since we'd gotten that far, we thought we might as well keep going," Heilbronner said. "Ryan and I played a couple tournaments together over the summer so we got to know each others' games really well so we both had that feel and that drive to get to where we wanted to go. We've just been out there trying to hit our shots and not let up all through the season."
Having yet to drop a set and having beaten their first three state tournament opponents 36 games to 13, Heilbronner and Grayson appear to be at the top at the right time.
"We were working hard all season and that made us confident that we would be able to get there," Grayson said. "We've been able to set each other up well all tournament. They guys we're playing in the finals are obviously great players but we've already beaten them twice this season so we're feeling really confident."
Heilbronner and Grayson won't be the only Knights on the Gates Tennis Center courts for Saturday's finals. They'll be joined by No. 1 doubles pair Beck Chrisbens and Brody Pinto, who won 6-3, 6-4 over Cherry Creek's Devin Brownstein and Will Hoist in the semifinals.
At No. 2 doubles, the Knights' pair of Hall Humphrey and Reid Shaffer will play for third place on Saturday. After riding their singles lineup to a team championship last fall, the Knights won't have a singles player still in the mix on Saturday but are still sitting third in the team scoring competition.
Entering the final day as the sixth-place team, the Broomfield Eagles will have No. 2 singles player Austin Kattenhorn in the finals on Saturday. The Eagles junior won his semifinals match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 against Cherry Creek's Nick Svichar, and will play for an individual title despite this being his first career appearance at the state tournament.
Broomfield's No. 1 doubles duo of Jack Vanderberg and Charlie Vanderberg will play for third place.
The Boulder Panthers and Monarch Coyotes each advanced three of their seven ladder spots to the consolation semifinals but failed to get any players into third-place matches.
All finals and third-place matches will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Colorado Class 5A boys tennis state championships
At Gates Tennis Center
Team scores — Regis Jesuit 65, Cherry Creek 56, Fairview 29, Denver East 25, Arapahoe 23, Broomfield 21, Chatfield 14, Fossil Ridge 13, Grand Junction 13, Valor Christian 9, Monarch 7, Boulder 5, Mountain Vista 4, Heritage 3, Highlands Ranch 2, Poudre 1, Rocky Mountain 1, Lakewood 1, Rock Canyon 1.
Championship semifinals matches
No. 1 singles — Holmes, Chatfield, def. Landen, Arapahoe, 6-2, 6-3; Schilling, Regis Jesuit, def. Cavo, Cherry Creek, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 singles — Kattenhorn, Broomfield, def. Svichar, Cherry Creek, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6; Garger, Regis Jesuit, def. Hegstrom, Grand Junction, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 3 singles — Kaczmarczyk, Regis Jesuit, def. Wood, Arapahoe, 6-2, 6-3; Hill, Cherry Creek, def. Fone, Mountain Vista, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 1 doubles — Gonzalez/Cruz/Nuss, Regis Jesuit, def. J. Vanderberg/C. Vanderberg, Broomfield, 6-3, 6-4; Chrisbens/Pinto, Fairview, def. Brownstein/Hoist, Cherry Creek, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 doubles — Franks/Weaver, Denver East, def. Karakelyan/Albright, Regis Jesuit, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2; Marocchi/Batmunkh, Cherry Creek, def. Humphrey/Shaffer, Fairview, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles — Grayson/Heilbronner, Fairview, def. Flora/Mayer, Cherry Creek, 6-3, 6-3; Abbey/Dechtman, Denver East, def. Kirkby/Morrey, Fossil Ridge, 6-4, 6-0.
No. 4 doubles — Elliott/Shelby, Fossil Ridge, def. Hanley/Smith, Monarch, 7-6, 6-2; Tolva/Carbone, Regis Jesuit, def. Wolfe/Heimel, Denver East, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.
Consolation quarterfinals matches
No. 1 singles — Weckerly, Grand Junction, def. Probst, Mountain Vista, 6-3, 7-6; R. McCoy, Boulder, def. Walters, Heritage, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 2 singles — A. McCoy, Boulder, def. Ma, Pine Creek, 6-1, 6-4; McNamara, Monarch, def. Kingman, Lakewood, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 3 singles — Jordan, Boulder, def. Hunter, Lakewood, 6-2, 7-6; Solimene, Valor Christian, def. McLeod, Heritage, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles — Lobb/Stephenson, Arapahoe, def. Hubbard/Wilson, Poudre, 6-1, 6-1; Leach Frosch, Denver East, def. Axe/Thompson, Rocky Mountain, 6-3, 7-5.
No. 2 doubles — Kelly Duque/Mountain Vista, def. Darkey/Kuhna, Broomfield, 6-4, 7-5; Maniatis/Eberswein, Highlands Ranch, def. Guevara/Tate, Lakewood, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles — Pontiff/Carrington, Heritage, def. Boomgarden/O'Rear, Highlands Ranch, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Wait/Mitchell, Monarch, def. McKeon/Burkett, ThunderRidge, 7-5, 6-0.
No. 4 doubles — Loehr/Bryant, Cherry Creek, def. Baker/Hall, Chatfield, 7-6, 6-2; DaHard/Pearson, Arapahoe, def. Schmidt/Burrell, Poudre, 6-0, 6-2.
Consolation semifinals matches
No. 1 singles — Landen, Arapahoe, def. Weckerly, Grand Junction, 6-3, 6-3; Cavo, Cherry Creek, def. R. McCoy, Boulder, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 singles — A. McCoy, Boulder, def. Svichar, Cherry Creek, 6-4, 7-6; Hegstrom, Grand Junction, def. McNamara, Monarch, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 singles — Wood, Arapahoe, def. Jordan, Boulder, 6-3, 6-2; Solimene, Valor Christian, def. Fone, Mountain Vista, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.
No. 1 doubles — J. Vanderberg/C. Vanderberg, Broomfield, def. Lobb/Stephenson, Arapahoe, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Brownstein/Hoist, Cherry Creek, def. Leach Frosch, Denver East, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles — Karkelyan/Albright, Regis Jesuit, def. Kelly Duque, Mountain Vista, 6-3, 6-3; Humphrey/Shaffer, Fairview, def. Maniatis/Eberwein, Highlands Ranch, 6-4, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles — Flora/Mayer, Cherry Creek, def. Pontiff/Carrington, Heritage, 6-0, 6-0; Kirkby/Morrey, Fossil Ridge, def. Wait/Mitchell, Monarch, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 4 doubles — Loehr/Bryant, Cherry Creek, def. Hanley/Smith, Monarch, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Wolfe/Heimel, Denver East, def. DaHarb/Pearson, Arapahoe, 6-3, 6-3.