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Aspen tennis comes up short at state tourney

Aspen Times Staff Report

A record nine Aspen boys qualified for the Class 4A state tennis in Pueblo, and all nine were bounced in Thursday’s opening round.

“We were just outclassed,” said AHS coach Sherril Kerr. “Some of them played their best matches of the season so not all was lost. They did the best they could with what they had going ? the competition’s pretty tough.”

Cheyenne Mountain won the tourney, it’s 11th-straight state title, while Aspen finished among six other schools that didn’t register on the scoreboard.

“Because of the way the playbacks work, nobody that we played made the finals and that’s got to happen for you to be able to play for third place,” Kerr said.

At No. 3 singles, Aspen’s Cotton Koehler lost 6-2, 6-4 to Joe Kaptur of Colorado Academy; at No. 1 doubles Aspen’s Jeff Erwin and Will Otte lost 6-4, 6-4 to Tim Leitch and Jon Linton of Evergreen; at No. 2 doubles Aspen’s Nick Redmon and Justin Whitney lost 6-0, 6-3 to Josh Tafoya and Jacob Guzman of Pueblo South; at No. 3 doubles Aspen’s David Gull and Knute Gregory lost 6-4, 6-3 to Matt Gaspers and Danny Neumaier of Greeley Central; and at No. 4 doubles Aspen’s Jesse Amory and Alex Wells lost 6-1, 6-0 to Ben Wright and Justin Higley of Niwot.

“We accomplished a lot just by qualifying nine,” Kerr said, “and five of the nine had never played varsity before this year. So you’re dealing with a young, inexperienced team, but I was real proud of the way they competed.

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“The whole weekend wasn’t lost,” Kerr added. “We went bowling and had a great tournament of our own.”

Kerr also thanked her assistant coach Torre, as well as the Maroon Creek Club for use of courts and other support during the season.

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