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Niwot’s Spencer Lang gets excited over a big point on his journey to the Class 4A No. 1 singles state title.

 

PUEBLO — Spencer Lang pleaded with himself to be better so desperately throughout Saturday’s No. 1 singles finals match at the 2014 Class 4A boys tennis state championships, few could have guessed he was winning.

It wasn’t the usual frustration that tugged at Lang while he battled for the upper hand against Kent Denver’s Willie Gold. The weight of the moment, one he had awaited for over four years, was tormenting the Niwot High senior from within.

With both his own expectation and Gold’s matched desire teamed against him, Lang overcame both to defeat his final prep opponent 6-4, 6-2 and leave Niwot High as the 4A No. 1 singles state champion.

“It was just tortuous out there,” Lang said. “I just did not want to give this one up. It was one of my goals to remain calm but I just had so much emotion going through me and I just wanted to get this done so badly.”

Lang’s victory capped a prep career that saw him win a No. 3 singles title as a freshman, take silver at No. 2 singles his sophomore year and finish third at No. 1 singles last season. Everything was lined up for him to go out on top, but Lang, who defeated Colorado Academy’s Mac Mease 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final, knew full well the threat Gold posed to his goal.

When the two players squared off earlier in the season, Lang led 6-2, 5-2 but Gold forced a third set before Lang could put him away.

“I knew he was going to hit some good shots so I just didn’t want to give him any free games,” Lang said. “Once I got up, I really didn’t want to let him back in it. I came out with a lot of energy and just had fun.”

The Niwot Cougars took third place with 54 team points behind Colorado Academy’s 78 and team champion Kent Denver’s 86.

Cougars junior Max Petrak took third at No. 3 singles, defeating Greeley Central’s Connor Clancy 6-2, 6-2 in the third-place match. Fellow Niwot junior Allen Fu took fourth at No. 2 singles, losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 to Air Academy’s Stefan Orton-Urbina.

At No. 1 doubles, Cougars Carter Pentz and Matthew Chavez took second, losing in the final 6-2, 6-3 to Kent Denver’s Kevin Adams and Niko Hereford. The Niwot pair finished the season with a 17-2 record.

“I’m proud of what we did,” Chavez said. “Finishing runners-up is a great accomplishment. We played really well, Kent Denver just played better. This was the best season I’ve had.”

Cougars Luke Thomas and Sudershan Pillai placed fourth at No. 4 doubles, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Air Academy’s Ryan Henley and Tanner Lundwall in the third-place match.

For Longmont High’s No. 1 singles player Jake Fell, 2014 was also the season he’d been waiting for. In his fourth appearance at the state tournament, the Trojans senior won his first two state tournament matches. He finished the tournament 2-2 and reached the consolation semifinals, where he lost 6-0, 6-0 to Mease.

“I’m happy because I won my first match and I won my consolation match too,” Fell said. “I did what I wanted and that was to come down to state and win a few matches. I’m happy about it.”

The Dawson School Mustangs finished ninth in the team scoring with five points.

Mustangs senior No. 3 singles player Zach Rinard reached the championship quarterfinals before losing 6-4, 6-2 to Greeley Central’s Connor Clancy. No. 2 doubles brothers Max McClellan and Cade McClellan also reached the championship quarterfinals, losing 6-1, 6-0 to Mullen’s Mark Manta and Vince DePizzol.

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Class 4A boys tennis state tournament

At Pueblo City Park

Team scores — Kent Denver 86, Colorado Academy 78, Niwot 54, Air Academy 33, Mullen 27, Greeley Central 10, D’Evelyn 7, Cheyenne Mountain 6, Dawson School 5, Aspen 5, Lewis-Palmer 3, Steamboat Springs 3, Valor Christian 2, Longmont 2, Pueblo Centennial 2, Palmer Ridge 1, Thompson Valley 1, Pueblo Central 1, Canon City 1, Fountain Valley 1, Durango 1.

Championship matches

No. 1 singles — Spencer Lang, Niwot, def. Willie Gold, Kent Denver, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 singles — Fletcher Kerr, Colorado Academy, def. Casey Ross, Kent Denver, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5.

No. 3 singles — Noah Forman, Colorado Academy, def. Jack Moldenhauer, Kent Denver, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles — Kevin Adams/Niko Hereford, Kent Denver, def. Carter Pentz/Matthew Chavez, Niwot, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles — Blake Parsons/Drew Parsons, Kent Denver, def. Brent Edwards/Quinn Bermingham, Colorado Acadmey, 6-4, 7-5.

No. 3 doubles — Andrew Thompson/Travis Rase, Kent Denver, def. Steven Mitchell/Jordan Wagner, Colorado Academy, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

No. 4 doubles — John Barron/Tyler Fairbain, Colorado Academy, def. Jack Trueblood/Laird Stewart, Kent Denver, 6-4, 6-4.

Third-place matches

No. 1 singles — Keenan Kaltenbacher, Air Academy, def. Mac Mease, Colorado Academy, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 2 singles — Stefan Orton-Urbina, Air Academy, def. Allen Fu, Niwot, 6-3, 1-6, 6-0.

No. 3 singles — Max Petrak, Niwot, def. Connor Clancy, Greeley Central, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles — Jack Erdle/Mitch Erdle, Mullen, def. William McDermid/Peter Hillary, Colorado Academy, 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5.

No. 2 doubles — Mark Manta/Vince DePizzol, Mullen, def. A.J. Jordan/Dustin Etheridge, D’Evelyn, 6-0, 7-5.

No. 3 doubles — Jared Bourgain/Eli Mills, Mullen, def. Connor Adams/Will Moody, Cheyenne Mountain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

No. 4 doubles — Ryan Henley/Tanner Lundwall, Air Academy, def. Luke Thomas/Sudershan Pillai, Niwot, 6-1, 6-2.

Championship semifinals

No. 1 singles — Willie Gold, Kent Denver, def. Keenan Kaltenbacher, Air Academy, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Spencer Lang, Niwot, def. Mac Mease, Colorado Academy, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 2 singles — Casey Ross, Kent Denver, def. Allen Fu, Niwot, 6-0, 6-0; Fletcher Kerr, Colorado Academy, def. Stefan Orton-Urbina, Air Academy, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 singles — Jack Moldenhauer, Kent Denver, def. Connor Clancy, Greeley Central, 6-1, 6-0; Noah Forman, Colorado Academy, def. Zach Petrak, Niwot, 6-4, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles — Kevin Adams/Niko Hereford, Kent Denver, def. Jack Erdle/Mitch Erdle, Mullen, 6-2, 6-2; Carter Pentz/Matthew Chavez, Niwot, def. William McDermid/Peter Hillary, Colorado Academy, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 2 doubles — Brent Edwards/Quinn Bermingham, Colorado Academy, def. Peter Graham/Isaac Ng, Niwot, 6-1, 7-6; Blake Parsons/Drew Parsons, Kent Denver, def. Mark Manta/Vince DePizzol, Mullen, 6-4, 6-0.

No. 3 doubles — Andrew Thompson/Travis Rase, Kent Denver, def. Jared Bourgain/Eli Mills, Mullen, 6-0, 6-1; Steven Mitchell/Jordan Wagner, Colorado Academy, def. Connor Adams/Will Moody, Cheyenne Mountain, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 4 doubles — John Barron/Tyler Fairbain, Colorado Academy, def. Ryan Henley/Taner Lundwall, Air Academy, 7-5, 6-0; Jack Trueblood/Laird Stewart, Kent Denver, def. Eric Greishaber/Matt Miacco, Mullen, 6-1, 6-0.

Championship quarterfinals

No. 1 singles — Spencer Lang, Niwot, def. Jake Fell, Longmont, 6-0, 6-2; Willie Gold, Kent Denver, def. Nolan Rademacher, Lewis-Palmer, 6-0, 6-1; Keenan Kaltenbacher, Air Academy, def. Fred Edwards, Durango, 6-4, 6-1; Mac Mease, Colorado Academy, def. Dakota Burns, Pueblo Central, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

No. 2 singles — Allen Fu, Niwot, def. Zach Fluck, Canon City, 6-2, 6-3; Casey Ross, Kent Denver, def. Akmal Sultanbeav, Lewis-Palmer, 6-2, 6-0; Fletcher Kerr, Colorado Academy, def. Joseph Martinez, Greeley Central, 6-1, 6-3; Stefan Orton-Urbina, Air Academy, def. Henry Godfrey, Aspen, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 3 singles — Jack Moldenhauer, Kent Denver, def. Charlie Smith, Steamboat Springs, 6-2, 6-3; Connor Clancy, Greeley Central, def. Zach Rinard, Dawson School, 6-4, 6-2; Norah Forman, Colorado Academy, def. Neil Orton, Air Academy, 6-2, 6-1; Zach Petrak, Niwot, def. Drake Wilson, Palmer Ridge, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles — Kevin Adams/Niko Hereford, Kent Denver, def. Dylan Behr/Gordon Carr, Aspen, 6-2, 6-1; Jack Erdle/Mitch Erdle, Mullen, def. Jonathan Valtin/Connor Campbell, Air Acadmey, 6-2, 6-1; William McDermid/Peter Hillary, Colorado Academy, def. Jack Clancy/Aidan Connaughton, Cheyenne Mountain, 6-3, 6-1; Carter Pentz/Matthew Chavez, Niwot, def. Matthew White/Joe Bogoerding, Steamboat Springs, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 2 doubles — Peter Graham/Isaac Ng, Niwot, def. Blaine Wuertz/Jake Thornally, Air Academy, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; Brent Edwards/Quinn Bermingham, Colorado Academy, def. A.J. Jordan/Dustin Etheridge, D’Evelyn, 6-4, 6-2; Blake Parsons/Drew Parsons, Kent Denver, def. Ivan Briceno/Josh Cotter, Pueblo Centennial, 6-2, 6-0; Mark Manta/Vince DePizzol, Mullen, def. Max McClellan/Cade McClellan, Dawson School, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3 doubles — Andrew Thompson/Travis Rase, Kent Denver, def. David Mondry/William Reagan, Aspen, 6-1, 6-2; Jared Bourgain/Eli Mills, Mullen, def. Aaron Liv/Abhi Das, Niwot, 6-3, 6-3; Steven Mitchell/Jordan Wagner, Colorado Academy, def. Blake Wynja/Dylan Pott, Valor Christian, 6-1, 6-2; Connor Adams/Will Moody, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Ellis Murray/Nik Geshwitner, D’Evelyn, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 4 doubles — John Barron/Tyler Fairbain, Colorado Academy, def. Gavyn Pure/Seth Clemente, Dawson School, 6-0, 6-3; Ryan Henley/Tanner Lundwall, Air Academy, def. B Jay Johnson/Bray Pokinghorne, Valor Christian, 7-6, 6-2; Jack Trueblood/Laird Stewart, Kent Denver, def. Eric Greishaber/Matt Miacco, Mullen, 6-1, 6-1.

Consolation semifinals

No. 1 singles — Mac Mease, Colorado Academy, def. Jake Fell, Longmont, 6-0, 6-0; Keenan Kaltenbacher, Air Academy, def. Jameson Lumpkin, Thompson Valley, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 2 singles — Allen Fu, Niwot, def. Connor Larson, Dawson School, 6-0, 6-0; Stefan Orton-Urbina, Air Academy, def. Joseph Martinez, Greely Central, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 3 singles — Max Petrak, Niwot, def. Neil Orton, Air Academy, 6-2, 6-0; Connor Clancy, Greeley Central, def. Keita Kadokura, Fountain Valley, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 1 doubles — Jack Erdle/Mitch Erdle, Mullen, def. Dylan Behr/Gordon Carr, Aspen, 6-4, 7-6; Kyle Flinn/Travis Yoesel, Lewis-Palmer, def. William McDermid/Peter Hillary, Colorado Academy, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 doubles — A.J. Jordan/Dustin Etheridge, D’Evelyn, def. Peter Graham/Isaac Ng, Niwot, 6-1, 7-6; Mark Manta/Vince DePizzol, Mullen, def. Ivan Briceno/Josh Cotter, Pueblo Centennial, 6-3, 6-0.

No. 3 doubles — Jared Bourgain/Eli Mills, Mullen, def. David Mondry/William Regan, Aspen, 6-1, 6-1; Connor Adams/Will Moody, Cheyenne Mountain, def. Nick Mathews/Jack Bender, Steamboat Springs, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 4 doubles — Ryan Henley/Tanner Lundwall, Air Academy, def. Gavyn Pure/Seth Clemente, Dawson School, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4; Luke Thomas/Sudarshan Pillai, Niwot, def. Eric Greishaber/Matt Miacco, Mullen, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Consolation quarterfinals

No. 1 singles — Jameson Lumpkin, Thompson Valley, def. Nolan Rademacher, Lewis-Palmer, 6-4, 6-2; Jake Fell, Longmont, def. Tom Hudson, D’Evelyn, 6-4, 6-4.

No. 2 singles — Connor Larson, Dawson School, def. Akmal Sultanbeav, Lewis-Palmer, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; Joseph Martinez, Greeley Central, def. Troy De Jong, Steamboat Springs, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3 singles — Keita Kadokura, Fountain Valley, def. Charlie Smith, Steamboat Springs, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2; Neil Orton, Air Academy, def. Alijah Konikowski, Durango, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles — Dylan Behr/Gordon Carr, Aspen, def. Jack Kochenberger/Sam Moore, Pueblo Central, 6-3, 6-3; Kyle Flinn/Travis Yoesel, Lewis-Palmer, def. Matthew White/Joe Bogoerding, Steamboat Springs, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.

No. 2 doubles — A.J. Jordan/Dustin Etheridge, D’Evelyn, def. Max Acosta/Kobi Betts, Pueblo Central, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ivan Briceno/Josh Cotter, Pueblo Centennial, def. Ricky Wilcox/Marc Lacrampe, Palmer Ridge, 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3 doubles — David Mondry/William Regan, Aspen, def. Zach Wilcox/Kyle Rex, Palmer Ridge, 6-0, 6-4; Nick Mathews/Jack Bender, Steamboat Springs, def. Blake Wynja/Dylan Pott, Valor Christian, WD.

No. 4 doubles — Gavyn Pure/Seth Clemente, Dawson School, def. Koby Chan/Connor Cornuke, 6-3, 6-3; Luke Thomas/Sudarshan Pillai, Niwot, def. Matt Tyrrell/Max McManigal, Windsor, 6-2, 6-0.