Boys tennis: Boulder dominates in doubles to beat Fairview

Schreiner, Benjamin deliver in No. 2 doubles to gain edge for Panthers

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview's #1 singles player, Henry Burke, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer

    Fairview's #1 singles player, Henry Burke, against Boulder High.

  • Boulder High's #2 singles player, Jackson Lewis, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High tennis coach, Nick Salazar. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • BOULDER, CO - September 24, 2021: Fairview's #2 singles player, Caden Bell, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview's #1 singles player, Henry Burke, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview's #1 singles player, Henry Burke, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer

    Boulder High's #2 singles player, Jackson Lewis, plays against Fairview.

  • Boulder High's #2 singles player, Jackson Lewis, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview's #1 singles player, Henry Burke, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #2 singles player, Jackson Lewis, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer

    Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview.

  • Fairview's #2 singles player, Caden Bell, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High's #1 singles player, Andre Parham, plays against Fairview. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview's #2 singles player, Caden Bell, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview's #1 singles player, Henry Burke, against Boulder High. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High Boys tennis coach, D. Kazarosian. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

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It came down to the final ongoing doubles match to decide a victor between Fairview and Boulder on Friday. Every player from both teams huddled closely outside the Knights’ home court to watch the Panthers’ No. 2 doubles team of Andrew Schreiner and Danny Benjamin win 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 and beat their crosstown rival, 4-3.

“This is going to go down in our collective memory for probably the rest of our lives,” said Boulder head coach Nick Salazar. “Seeing every single guy on the fence supporting them, I think it’s very special. I couldn’t be prouder of any one of them.”

Schreiner admitted there was a little extra pressure with his entire team narrowing in on his game. “It was unreal,” he said.

With the win, Boulder wrapped its regular season at 8-1 and 7-1 in the Front Range League. Fairview (4-3, 4-2), meanwhile, will look to regain momentum in regional play.

Things were looking bleak for the Panthers early when they lost the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches and fell behind 3-2 as a whole. In the No. 1 singles, Fairview senior Henry Burke’s powerful swing propelled him to a 6-1, 7-5 win over Boulder freshman Andre “Parmesan” Parham.

Fairview head coach Doug Kazarosian, who was at Boulder’s helm from 2015-2018, said it was an impressive No. 1 singles match from both sides.

“Henry competed very athletically, intelligently and really just showed perseverance against a very steady opponent,” Kazarosian said. “He was unflappable, Andre. He played a really mature match I thought. But Henry dealt with all that and really persevered nicely.”

The No. 3 singles was decided quickly with Fairview’s Isaac Christensen winning 6-1, 6-0 over Mike Nold. Jackson Lewis won Boulder’s lone singles match in the No. 2 slot by beating Caden Bell 7-6, 6-2. Lewis let go of a 5-2 lead in the first set, but eventually won the tiebreaker and the second set.

“I was really excited for this match and I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be,” Lewis said. “I’m just really happy to win it.”

Boulder’s bread and butter, however, came in the doubles matches. In the No. 1 doubles, Will Curl and Ezra Doherty won handily 6-2, 6-4. Isaac Ferayorni and Chase Lewis won a closer match in the No. 4 doubles, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3. Only Fairview’s No. 3 doubles duo of Gabriel Medoza-Garcia and Loic Masters (6-2, 6-4) could take down a Boulder doubles team.

These two rivals have a chance to meet again soon with the Front Range League Tournament, which Fairview has won the past 13 years, commencing Tuesday.

A year after qualifying four positions for Class 5A state in 2020, Salazar said there’s more to be accomplished.

“We have some unfinished business,” Salazar said. “This isn’t the last time you’re going to hear from Boulder High tennis.”