Team outlook
Class 5A
Coach: Elizabeth Korevaar
The Scorecard: Boulder was able to qualify two singles players and two doubles pairs to the state tournament last year, in large part due to the underclassmen who stepped up. Lily Chitambar and Lila Travis qualified in singles as freshmen, as did Penny Jensen. GiGi Jensen is another strong player who will start in the singles ladder. Sophomores Lucia Paul and Mahima Gurung reached state in doubles along with Sally Johnson, who was a junior. All return and should help the Panthers challenge more in the Front Range League and postseason.

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Fairview’s Alexis Bernthal

Coach: Jim Hensley
The Scorecard: Hensley, an FHS assistant coach for the past eight seasons, will take over day-to-day duties for the 2020 season with former head coach Susan Stensrud still on a part-time basis for this year. Fairview is coming off a season where it finished in fourth place in Class 5A and saw No. 2 singles player Alexis Bernthal go undefeated and win the individual state title last year. Joy Ma, Clara Kursinski, Mia Grayson and Emily Haoare are the doubles players who qualified for state last year that return, and the Knights will have a deep freshman class helping that includes Virginia Gomulka, Lizzy Roth, Josie Munson and Elle Middleton.

Coach: Laura Zlogar
The Scorecard: Zlogar will enjoy the fact that Legacy returns all but one player from its entire varsity lineup from last season. Jordan Korb went 9-5 in No. 1 singles while Eileen Tran won 11 matches at No. 2 singles and Lily Kasic won 10 in No. 3 singles and qualified for state as a freshman last year. Tryouts will determine if those three will remain in singles play or if strong doubles players like Fabiana Alvarez and Lydia Karlson will move up. Two singles players and doubles pairs qualified for state last year, and with a strong class of juniors and seniors that gives Legacy good leadership on the team this season, Zlogar hopes it will lead to improvement from their seventh-place finish in the Front Range League meet and in the postseason this spring.

Coach: Billy Downs
The Scorecard: Six varsity athletes return for Monarch, including No. 1 singles player Marina Youngdahl, who Downs says has gotten stronger and can be a standout for the Coyotes. Ginger Harrington and Emma Lookner each have qualified for state and should have another strong season this spring. In addition to the returners, Monarch will see freshman Sidney Kuhl in singles and Eliza Maxfield in doubles to help at the start of the season. Downs feels the team is stronger and in a good place to do big things if they can continue to progress.

Class 4A
Coach: John Trask
The Scorecard: Trask, who has made a career coaching tennis over the last seven years, takes over the Broomfield program this spring. He was hired late, so the preseason has been fast and furious learning about his team and the athletes getting to know their new coach. Look for Danielle Latimer and Amelia Walker to lead action in singles to start the season. Trask sees a passionate group who he will try to work with on the tactical aspects of the game in order to take the next step on the court.

Coach: Julie Daniel
The Scorecard: Daniel will have an energetic group taking the courts in 2020 and will work to hone in on the fundamentals and improve over the course of the season. She returns all three singles players and will have leaders in Holly Sullivan, Maggie Day, Maddie Fields, Rachel Lee-Smith and Amy Delevoryas for the season. Centaurus will host its annual tournament April 17-18, which serves as a good springboard for regionals a few weeks later for the team.

Coach: Eric Farran
The Scorecard: The tennis program continues to grow under Farran, and this year’s team is loaded with roughly 60 girls going out in the spring. The Tigers will get their top singles players back in seniors Julie Bremser and Cassie Mahakian, with Bremser going 5-6 in No. 1 singles and Mahakian going 7-4 and qualifying for state in No. 2 singles. More players will join late from the girls basketball team, but Farran feels he has a good starting spot for this season and is hopeful to get more girls to state at the end.

Rebecca Pavot, Longmont High, playing in ...
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Longmont’s Rebecca Pavot

Coach: Michael Merz
The Scorecard: Merz believes he will have three singles players capable of winning a state title in 2020. Freshman Lauren Pavot is slated to be the No. 1 singles player, followed by Amber Weston in No. 2 singles and Rebecca Pavot in No. 3 singles. Doubles pairings will see newcomers and players stepping into higher slots, but the Trojans are looking to make a run in Class 4A, especially with a strong singles core leading the way.

Coach: Ben Holskin
The Scorecard: Everyone from last year’s varsity lineup is back for Mead this season, and continuity is something the team hopes will lead to progress on the court. MK Longobricco, Campbell Smith and Kylie Zanini are back and will play in singles to start the season. Holskin is also excited about doubles players Gabriella Snow, Anniston Chueng and Lily Drouhard with their improvement and aggressiveness they are showing in doubles. A new player starting in doubles to watch will be exchange student Waka Takeda. The Mavericks hope experience and numbers will result in state qualifications in May.

Coach: Aimee Keronen
The Scorecard: The Cougars have regularly been in contention for the Class 4A state championship and Keronen expects that to remain true in 2020. While the team will miss defending state champion Lucy Lu in singles this year, they return a plethora of doubles players that had success at state last year. Catherine Xiao, Emily Creek, Anna Sallee, Maedee Trank-Greene, Lily Sieben, Georgia Lang and Annie Heinritz are back, and Sallee is competing for one of the singles spots while the other two will be held down by newcomers. If the newcomers can hold it down in singles, Niwot will once again be in the hunt for the title.

Coach: Sara Whiteley
The Scorecard: Whiteley enters her first season as head coach for Silver Creek and will look to focus on player development with a roster that includes just one senior, 17 juniors and 22 underclassmen. Olivia Nelsen will look to lead the singles team while Keely Weber, a doubles player from last year, will most likely move into a singles role. While Whiteley believes it could be a rebuilding year, she added, “I am looking forward to a season of growth for the girls team.”

Coach: Maggie Fell
The Scorecard: Skyline sees Fell taking over as the head coach and will try to incorporate the skills and teamwork for continued growth. She will also have to do it will a new varsity lineup due to the big senior class from last year that has moved on. Christina Chirinos played in No. 4 doubles last year and returns this year, paired with Zoe Lux in the No. 1 doubles spot. Ashley Kastler and Karis Green are currently slated to lead the singles group. Fell believes that as the season goes on and the team gets more comfortable with her, there will be more competitive matches for Skyline late in the season.

Class 3A
Coach: Kathy Benninghoff
The Scorecard: Dawson made a good run at state last year and finished third overall. This year, they could be one of the favorites again this season with the talent that is coming back. All three singles players in Bridget Bell, Aria Barbour and Alexis Gillio return, with Barbour finishing in second place at No. 2 singles. Also back is the No. 1 doubles pairing of Victoria Joris and Eloise Shehan, who finished second at state. It could be another season where Dawson qualifies all three singles players and four doubles pairs for state, and this year they hope it could lead to a potential state title in Class 3A.

Coach: Mark Allen
The Scorecard: In his third year leading the Frederick tennis team, Allen sees one of his biggest rosters with 38 girls going out for the sport this spring. His doubles pair of Michaela Saldi and Juliane Jenks that qualified for state in No. 3 doubles are back for their senior seasons. Fellow doubles players who return to watch are Maria Bello and Rachel Entrekin. One area the Warriors will look to answer early this season is finding three new singles players to lead the team, and with the depth of talent, Allen expects the first few weeks to see the varsity roster fluctuate before setting the group.

Coach: Brittany Storgaard
The Scorecard: Many veteran players return for a Holy Family team that started to put it together late in the 2019 regular season. Top singles players Emily Lindoerfer and Lindsey Bartoletta return, and Bartoletta is a state semifinalist. Audrey Brower, Megan Smolky, Kelly Whitehill, and Sadie Bren will fill out the top of the doubles ladder. “Overall, we’ll have a fun mix of veteran leadership and new growth and we can’t wait to see how the team develops together throughout the season,” said Storgaard.

Coach: Eric Carlson
The Scorecard: Peak to Peak won the state title last year, in large part due to the Somasundaram sisters winning individual state titles in No. 1 and 2 singles while also qualifying in all seven brackets for state. This year’s team includes Tiffany Tran, the No. 3 singles player back year, plus most of the players from doubles, including the top doubles team in Paige McSavaney and Isabella Brakhage. The Pumas will look to find the right varsity lineup early in the season, but they expect to compete and have high representation at state again this year.

Coach: Ari Finkelstein
The Scorecard: A big senior class who had success last year is gone for Prospect Ridge, but the team still returns a number of state qualifiers. Sofia Ochoa and Chloe Brown will look to lead singles this season and the Miners will also welcome Danielle Dukes and Kayda Kreutzer back in doubles. “The current seniors have a lot of experience and are excited to make their mark,” Finkelstein said. “We hope to finish with a winning season and advance some more state qualifiers come regionals this May.”

Point me to the postseason
All teams will qualify for regional play, which will be completed at various host sites by May 9. The advancing state qualifiers will compete May 14-16 at the following locations: Centennial Courts and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley (Class 3A), Pueblo City Park (4A), and Gates Tennis Center in Denver (5A).

Cream of the crop: 2019 All-region team

First Team (Name, 2018-19 class, school)
Alexis Bernthal, So., Fairview; Lily Chitamber, Fr., Boulder; Lucy Lu, So., Niwot; Sophie Pearson, Sr., Fairview; Trini Somasundaram, Sr., Peak to Peak; Trisha Somasundaram, Sr., Peak to Peak; Laura Cook/Savannah Cook, Srs., Monarch; Sarah Devereaux/Julia Garfinkel, Srs., Dawson School; Maedee Trank-Greene/Lily Sieben, Jrs., Niwot; Anna Sallee/Georgia Lang, Fr., Niwot.

Honorable mention
Singles: Aria Barbour, Jr., Dawson; Lindsey Bartoletta, So., Holy Family; Bridget Bell, Jr., Dawson; Julie Bremser, Jr., Erie; Kate Diamond, Sr., Prospect Ridge; Rachel Drake, Sr., Niwot; Alexis Gilio, So., Dawson; Lily Kasic, Fr., Legacy; Jessica Kelley, Sr., Frederick; Lexi Licata, Sr., Holy Family; Emily Lindoerfer, So., Holy Family; Lillian Ma, So., Fairview; Chasen Marinoff, Sr., Frederick; Taylor Merz, Sr., Longmont; Aly Miller, Sr., Prospect Ridge; Rebecca Pavot, Jr., Longmont; Eileen Tran, Fr., Legacy; Tehnley White, Jr., Niwot; Tiffany Tran, So., Peak To Peak;  Lila Travis, Fr., Boulder.
Doubles: Fabiana Alvarez/Lydia Karlson, Legacy; Emmelia Ashton/Ada Grace Creighton, Longmont; Jesse Bartel/Kallie Westmoreland, Longmont; Ella Brakhage/Paige McSavaney, Peak To Peak; Sadie Bren/Audrey Brower, Holy Family; Paige Burns/Millie Keogh, Peak To Peak; Morgan Butler/Chloe Brown, Prospect Ridge; Tanna Carson/Anna McConahy, Longmont; Alayna Cash/Diana Grigore, Dawson; Emma Christensen/Ariana Vigil, Prospect Ridge; Emily Creek/Catherine Xiao, Niwot; Grace Coster/Caroline Smolky, Holy Family; Leila Daoud/Madelyn Rhodes, Legacy; Danielle Dukes/Kayda Kreutzer, Prospect Ridge; Kendyl Fanger/Renesa.