Boys tennis: Rain washes out second day of Class 4A Region 5

LONGMONT — Things were certainly going well for the host Niwot Cougars through the first day of the Class 4A Region 5 and the Cougars expected to finish with a second good day when they awoke on Thursday morning.

Instead, steady rain delayed and eventually postponed the second day of the 4A Region 5 tournament at Quail Tennis Courts in Longmont on Thursday. All the Region 5 teams, which include Centaurus, Erie, Frederick, Longmont, Niwot, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge and Skyline, will have to wait one more day to find out which of their players are going to state this season.

“We were unlucky because we had to push it back twice and then eventually moved it to Friday and then the sun came out,” Niwot head coach Miikka Keronen said. “But we should have approximately 17 or so matches left and the weather is supposed to be better on Friday so that might be better.”

After Day 1 was completed on Wednesday, Niwot led the team scoring with 56 points. Peak to Peak was in second with 37 points and Longmont was third with 32 points. Niwot’s Mathew Chavez and Peak to Peak’s Brett Finan are slated to face off in the No. 1 singles regional championship match.

Play will resume at the 10-court Quail Tennis Courts complex on Friday morning. Finals are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Finals, third-place matches and potential challenge matches for state berths remain.

Niwot will be represented in all seven finals matches. Peak to Peak players will play in three. Skyline players will play in two, as will Longmont players.

Over at Fairview High School in Boulder, the second day of the 5A Region 2 tournament was also pushed back to Friday morning because of rain. That tournament, however, unexpectedly completed its finals matches ahead of schedule on Thursday.

Host Fairview claimed a number of regional titles.

Graham Blanco won at No. 3 singles. Devin Harper and David Zhao won at No. 1 doubles. Andy Wu and Beck Chrisbens won at No. 2 doubles. Brooks Savage and Adam Chehadi won at No. 3 doubles. Aaron Nguyen and Hall Humphrey won at No. 4 doubles. All of them won in straight sets.

Fairview’s No. 1 singles player Tom Melville and No. 2 singles player Ethan Schacht will try to play their way through playbacks tomorrow.

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