AHS tennis players net a shot at state
Four members of the Aspen High School varsity boys’ tennis team are headed to state after winning regional matches in Grand Junction over the weekend.
The 11-member team, which went to regionals in its entirety, walked away with first and second place in singles and second place in doubles.
Chase Chatmas of AHS took first in singles at the regional competition. His three teammates who will join him at the state competition attend Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) in Carbondale: Rhett Tatum and Ariel Fisk-Vittori placed second in doubles, and Niels Ohlen, a German student attending CRMS, placed second in singles. The team, the valley’s only varsity boys’ high school tennis team, includes students from Aspen to Glenwood Springs.
Other CRMS students who went to regionals were Felix Steinebach (also of Germany) and Morgan Williams (of Carbondale).
“It was amazing,” said coach Sherril Kerr. Although the team is 3A, she said they play at the 4A level because there are so few 3A teams. “It was good competition, really tough,” she said.
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The four players travel to Pueblo to compete at the state competition this Thursday through Saturday. They are training this week with Randy Crawford, who teaches at the Maroon Creek Club and is a former coach of Martina Navratilova.
“Niels will run into some tough competition, but that’s what he needs,” said Crawford. “Ariel and Rhett are rangy and they move well; they’ll make a good doubles team. It will be good for them to see these better players. They all have a chance at state – it’s a matter of who’s really hot or who’s not.”
“We’ve had great luck,” Kerr said of the team, which she describes as awesome. “But it takes more than luck to get where we are.”
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