Aspen High boys tennis serves for success
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys tennis team celebrated senior day with another dual match victory.
The Skiers, unbeaten in duals this season, stepped up in tennis competition last weekend when Alexander Dawson School from the Boulder area visited Aspen.
Aspen eventually won 4-2 in a back-and-forth dual against the private school. Rain halted the final match.
Seniors and No. 1 doubles players Dylan Behr and Gordon Carr won 6-1, 6-1 to finish the season undefeated in dual matches.
Another big win for the Skiers came from senior Cooper Helm at No. 2 doubles along with Andy Vernier. They pulled out a tough 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Also collecting wins last weekend were No. 1 singles player Dillon Leasure (6-3, 6-2) and No. 2 singles player Henry Godfrey (6-2 2-6, 6-2).
The Aspen High School boys tennis team, coached by Gary Quant of Aspen Golf and Tennis, will travel to Grand Junction today to defend their team title in the Regional Championships at Colorado Mesa University.
Any player who reaches the finals in their division at regionals will advance to the State Tennis Championships on Oct. 9-11 at Pueblo City Park.
Aspen 4, Alexander Dawson 2
No. 1 singles: Dillon Leasure (A) def. Azure Ali (AD) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 singles: Henry Godfrey (A) def. Connor Larson (AD) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
No. 3 singles: Zach Rinard (AD leading Keegan Mehall (A) 6-2, 4-6, 5-2 before rain halted the match
No. 1 doubles: Dylan Behr/Gordon Carr (A) def.Jackson Ileal/Jake Blank (AD) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 doubles: Andy Vernier/Cooper Helm (A) def. Max mcCellan/Cade McClelland (AD) 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 doubles: Ben HOusan/ Skyler D’Apuzzo (AD) def. William Reagan/David Mondry(A) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 doubles: Gavin Pure/Seth Clemente (AD) def. Gage Carr/Victor Dunn (A) 6-1, 6-1
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.