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DENVER, CO - June 12, 2021: ...
Natalie Stone, of Fairview, plays in the #2 singles finals during the finals of the 5A Girls State Tennis Championships in Denver on June 12, 2021.(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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FIRST TEAM

Alexis Bernthal, Sr., Fairview: The elder Bernthal’s No. 1 singles state tournament run ended in the semifinals, but she had to play some of the toughest competition in Colorado to get there. Still, she boasted a 14-2 record through regionals, and her only two losses before the semis came at the hands of Lily Chitambar — the state champion.

Quinn Bernthal, Fr., Fairview: At No. 3 singles, Bernthal didn’t drop a single set prior to the championship match. Cherry Creek’s Anika Sharma won that competition 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the end in an absolute battle, but Bernthal will surely have plenty more chances to claim a singles crown later on.

Lily Chitambar, Jr., Boulder: Chitambar defeated 2019’s Class 5A No. 1 singles champion, Smoky Hill’s Valerie Negin, in this year’s 1-singles title match to take home Boulder’s very first tennis crown at that position.

Emily Creek, Sr., Niwot: Creek proved to be the queen of Class 4A’s No. 3 singles field. She only lost one regular-season match before sweeping the state competition to claim her crown, defeating Cheyenne Mountain’s Taylor Stadjuhar, 7-5, 6-3 in the end.

Alexis Gilio, Sr., Dawson: Much like her fellow state champions, Gilio shined in the No. 2 singles competition in Class 3A. She rode a second-place finish at regionals all the way to the title match, where she defeated the Vanguard’s Jaden Fuqua 6-3, 6-3 to walk away victorious.

Anna Sallee, Jr., Niwot: In the 4A No. 2 singles competition, Sallee won her way to the state title match, where she lost 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in an all-out war to Palmer Ridge’s Tessa Rothwell. She didn’t lose a single set before that.

Natalie Stone, Sr., Fairview: Through a season filled with stiff competition, Stone didn’t lose a single match — that is, at least, until she came face to face with Cherry Creek’s Lorena Cedeno, who defeated her in the No. 2 singles championship match.

Virginia Gomulka (So.)/Elizabeth Roth (So.), Fairview: Much like a number of their teammates, Gomulka and Roth didn’t lose a single set until the 5A state No. 1 doubles finals, where they fell to Cherry Creek’s Eliza Hill/Nicole Hill.

Jane Roth (Fr.)/Maya Brakhage (Fr.), Fairview: Roth and Brakhage only lost two No. 2 doubles sets all season, both to Fossil Ridge. Their match records, however, remained flawless until Cherry Creek’s Halley Mackiernan/Anna Fusaris beat them in the championship match.

Mia Grayson (Jr.)/Emily Hao (Jr.), Fairview: Fossil Ridge’s No. 3 doubles team accounted for Grayson’s and Hao’s only regular season loss. That didn’t faze the ladies, as they played their way all the way to the state championship match before falling to Cherry Creek’s Victoria Moldovan/Jisele Boker.

Coach of the Year — Susan Stensrud, Fairview: Stensrud led the Knights to their sixth team trophy — five runners-up and one team title — during her tenure as the ladies collected the 5A runner-up honors. All seven lines qualified for state and five won their way to their respective title matches.

HONORABLE MENTION

Singles: Fabi Alvarez, Sr., Legacy; Laura Baker, Fr., Holy Family; Lindsey Bartoletta, Sr., Holy Family; Gabrielle Gutierrez, Sr., Silver Creek; Lily Kasic, Jr., Legacy; Emily Lindoerfer, Sr., Holy Family; Lucie Paul, Sr., Boulder; Alys Pop, So., Niwot; Lauren Pavot, So., Longmont; Parker Rodriguez, Jr., Prospect Ridge Academy; Eloise Shehan, Sr., Dawson; Eileen Tran, Jr., Legacy; Lila Travis, Jr., Dawson; Keely Weber, Jr., Silver Creek.

Doubles: Sadie Bren (Sr.)/ Sarah Stonehocker (So.), Holy Family; Audrey Brower (Jr.)/Clara Meisner (Fr.), Holy Family; Ava Silverstein (So.)/ Avery Alderman (Fr.), Holy Family; Maya Fink (Jr.)/Makenna Kemper (So.), Broomfield; Gracie Stapleton (Jr.)/Megan Mari (So.), Legacy; Emma Nguyen (So.)/Aisha Prasad (Sr.), Legacy; Mara Nguyen (Jr.)/ Mahima Gurung (Sr.), Boulder; Kate Tsai (Fr.)/Ava Klein (Jr.), Legacy; Bella Brady (Jr.)/Amanda Miller, Broomfield; Rose Aweida (Jr.)/Lilian Ma (Sr.), Fairview; Lili Tedesco (Sr.)/Gretchen Metz (Jr.), Broomfield; Kady Vu (Jr.)/Emily Smith (So.), Legacy; Caitlyn Fong (Jr.)/Georgia Lang (Jr.), Niwot; Lily Drouhard (Sr.)/Jaylyn Westenbroek (Sr.), Mead; Claire Montgomery (Sr.)/Liana Kelly (So.), Silver Creek; Tori Garcala (Jr.)/Shenandoah Waugh (Jr.), Silver Creek; Tehya Laughlin (Sr.)/Tracy Yu (Fr.), Niwot; Zoey Shutes (Sr.)/Lilah Ruiz (Jr.), Longmont; Meredith Emerson (So.)/Meghna Ravi (Sr.), Silver Creek; Gracie Jennings (Sr.)/Annika Olson (Sr.), Longmont; Sophie Drouhard (Sr.)/Maggie Oster (So.), Mead; Claire Butcher (Jr.)/Harper Behmer (Fr.), Niwot; Kendyl Fanger (Jr.)/Quinn Burns (Fr.), Peak to Peak; Megan Smolky (Sr.)/Kelly Whitehill (Sr.), Holy Family; Anna Wittenberg (Sr.)/Paige Howenstein (Sr.), Dawson; Lindsay Abramson (Jr.)/Angelina Sala (Sr.), Dawson; Paris Kiehl (Sr.)/Sophie Kiehl (Sr.), Peak to Peak; Amanda Skinner (So.)/Megan Skinner (So.), Peak to Peak.

Niwot’s Anna Sallee delivers a forehand shot during the No. 2 singles championship match at the 4A girls tennis state tournament Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Pueblo. Photo by Dan Mohrmann