BROOMFIELD — Fairview’s dominance in league tournaments continued Thursday afternoon. Make that 12 straight for the Knights — one for each year on coach Chad Tsuda’s tenure.
Adam Heilbronner and Kian Grimison put on a dazzling showcase in the No. 2 and 3 singles field at the two-day Front Range League tournament, leading Fairview to a landslide victory with 89 points at Broomfield High School.
The Nos. 1, 2 and 4 doubles teams added titles, while ace Luke Silverman and its No. 3 doubles finished second.
The next closest competition among the 13 teams was Fossil Ridge, which finished with 46 points.
In celebration, Tsuda and his team posed for a quick picture and then debated on the post-match restaurant. Asked then about his team’s win — and especially the play of his singles group — the 12th-year coach said he’s been confident with every step forward this season.
“For us, it’s just making sure we get the experience that we have had so far this season,” Tsuda said. “When we had a successful team in 2017, we were led by our singles players. This year and last year, we’ve had brand-new singles players that have stepped up into their roles.”
His 2018 singles crew netted just two points in the team’s third-place finish at the state tournament. A bit more of an experienced group has emerged this fall.
Silverman bowed out to Greeley West’s Nico Jamison in two sets, but the ace appears to have taken even greater strides after winning a state match as a sophomore. Heilbronner, in the same manner, replaced Grimison as the team’s No. 2 singles player this fall, and has continued his impressive leap all the way up from his No. 3 doubles position in 2018.
Grimison, meanwhile, perhaps the most difficult of the three to gauge, missed half the year with an injury. The senior said getting his rhythm back has been a process, but he looked more than healthy in three straight sweeps at the tournament.
“Two of us are returning singles players and we know what it’s like at state now,” said Grimison, who beat Fossil Ridge’s John Shelby 6-0, 7-5 in the finals. “We’ve seen what the competition is like. And Adam, he’s really stepped up his game and has had a good season so far. So, I think he’s ready for the competition there.”
Because the FRL tournament standings dictate where each team will head for regionals, Fairview and Fossil Ridge earned hosting duties. Monarch, the BoCoPreps.com area’s next highest finisher at fourth, will head to one of the two Continental League-hosted regionals.
The Coyotes arrived on the second day looking to grab one of the two host spots but didn’t win a semifinals match Thursday. No. 2 singles player Conner Smith was forced to miss his semifinal against Heilbronner due to an illness.
“We were hoping to finish top two,” Monarch coach Ryan Berman said. “But not having a full team able to play today, and then a few of my other guys not having their best day, we ended up fourth.”
Elsewhere, Broomfield (eighth) will head to Fairview, while Legacy (ninth) will go to the Jefferson County-hosted regional. Boulder (10th) will join Monarch down south.