Aspen High tennis second at regionals |

Aspen High tennis second at regionals

Behind Lasse Siedenburg’s individual championship at No. 1 singles, the Aspen High boys tennis team claimed second place at the Class 4A Western Regional tennis tournament Saturday at Delta.

Additionally, Siedenburg and seven other AHS players earned berths to the Class 4A State Tennis Championships, slated for Thursday through Saturday in Pueblo.

“We got a silver plaque with everybody’s name on it,” said Aspen coach Sherril Kerr. “That’s the best part.”

“And sending eight to state, well, they’re very excited.”

Siedenburg, a German exchange student and AHS junior, sealed his regional victory while only dropping a single game in two matches.

“His reality is going to hit next week,” Kerr said of Siedenburg’s inaugural trip to the state tourney. “This will be his first real test. He can compete at that higher level, he just hasn’t had to. But I’m real hopeful. I think he’s got a great chance to medal.”

Aspen’s No. 3 singles player, Will Otte, finished second at the regional tourney to clinch a berth to the state affair, as did Aspen’s No. 2 doubles team (sophomores Noah Hoffman and Logan Taylor), No. 3 doubles team (junior Max Redmond and sophomore Jason Wilson), and No. 4 pair (freshmen Himata Rutgers and Andy MacCracken).

Aspen’s No. 2 singles player, sophomore Glenn Engleman, lost a “heartbreaker” to miss qualifying for the state tourney, despite officially finishing second. Aspen’s No. 1 doubles pair, sophomores Alex Wells and Aaron Cummings, finished fourth and also missed qualifying for the state tourney.

Steamboat won the regional tourney ahead of Aspen in the team standings, out of the field of six schools.

“We had a good draw so that Steamboat players were on the other half of the bracket from us most of the time, and in most cases, our players met theirs in the finals,” Kerr said. “And we weren’t very far behind in the standings. That’s the good news.”

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