• Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer

    Peak to Peak's Brett Finan hits a return in his No. 1 singles championship final during the Longmont Invite tennis tournament Saturday morning at Longmont High School.

  • Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer

    Dawson's Skyler D'Apuzzo hits a return in the No. 3 singles championship final during the Longmont Invite tennis tournament Saturday morning at Longmont High School.

  • Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer

    Peak to Peak's Zhan Su hits a return in his No. 2 singles championship final during the Longmont Invite tennis tournament Saturday morning at Longmont High School.

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LONGMONT — Any prep boys tennis program in just its fourth season would be fortunate to have a top-flight No. 1 singles player.

The Peak to Peak Charter squad, now nearly four years old, believes it is ahead of the development curve and has not one but two of the state’s upper-echelon singles players in 2015. At the Longmont Invitational on Saturday, the Pumas made their case.

Freshman Brett Finan won the No. 1 singles championship, senior Zhan Su claimed to No. 2 singles title and Peak to Peak finished third in the team scoring.

“Basically, we have two No. 1s,” Pumas head coach Eric Farran said. “Brett’s very talented and Zhan’s very mature so he’s happy to play No. 2. It’s great to have two talented players who can practice together and push each other. Having two guys like that up top just helps our young program keep getting better and better.”

Possibly one of the best-kept secrets in Class 4A, Su has been the odd man out in a log-jammed Region 5 that has sent No. 1 singles players Spencer Lang (Niwot) and Jake Fell (Longmont) to the state tournament in each of the past two seasons. Adjusting to Finan’s arrival, the move to No. 2 singles seemingly opens the door for Su to finally break into one of the top 16 brackets at state before he graduates.

As for Finan, who is a perfect 14-0 thus far in his freshman campaign, his chances to crack 4A’s premier singles bracket are good now that Lang and Fell have both graduated.

The Longmont Invitational offered both Finan and Su a midseason tune-up in a pair of finals matches against quality players from Steamboat Springs. Finan defeated fellow freshman Teague Burger 6-2, 6-3 and Su won 6-3, 6-2 against junior Charlie Smith, who qualified for state last season at No. 3 singles.

“I just tried to work it to his backhand and be aggressive when I could,” Finan said. “It’s always nice to win. These were probably two of the toughest matches Zhan and I have had so far. There are a lot of good players in 4A but we know a lot of the players and I think we can both do pretty well.”

At No. 3 singles, Dawson’s Skyler D’Apuzzo finished second, falling 6-1, 6-0 in the finals to Cherokee Trail’s David Lai. The Mustangs senior is now 6-1 since he moved up from No. 3 doubles.

“It was a good outcome for me,” D’Appuzzo said. “I’ve been playing pretty well my senior season and I just want to end on a high note.”

Dawson’s Jackson Kegel and Max McClellan also took second, losing 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 doubles finals to Steamboat’s Matthew White and Joe Borgerding.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Longmont Invitational

At Longmont H.S.

Team scores —
Steamboat Springs 56, Cherokee Trail 47, Peak to Peak 37, Cherry Creek 36, Dawson 33, Grandview 23, Rocky Mountain 21, ThunderRidge 19, Ralston Valley 13, Longmont 9, Brighton 8, Centaurus 5, Fountain 2, Skyline 2.

Championship matches

Singles —
1. Brett Finan, Peak to Peak, def. Teague Burger, Steamboat Springs, 6-2, 6-3; 2. Zhan Su, Peak to Peak, def. Charlie Smith, Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 6-2; 3. David Lai, Cherokee Trail, def. Skyler D’Apuzzo, Dawson, 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles —
1. Matthew White/Joe Borgerding, Steamboat Springs, def. Jackson Kegel/MaxMcLellan, Dawson, 6-4, 6-2; 2. Cameron Bendalin/Nick Houghton, Cherry Creek, def. Laun Spriggs/Josh Bean, ThunderRidge, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5; 3. Britt Adams/Mike Rahn, Cherry Creek, def. Alex Fleishman/Trey Chudacoff, Rocky Mountain, 6-3, 6-1; 4. Peter Wharton/Jack Bender, Steamboat Springs, def. Paul Nicknish/Chad Mulligan, Cherry Creek, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-5).