Fillies take Third and Broncs take 11th at State Tennis

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Fillies take Third and Broncs take 11th at State Tennis

CHS Tennis team photographed at Statet Tennis.

CHS Tennis team photographed at Statet Tennis.

Taylor Blough

CHS Tennis team photographed at Statet Tennis.

Taylor Blough

Taylor Blough

CHS Tennis team photographed at Statet Tennis.

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State Tennis was held in Gillette, Wyoming this past weekend. The Fillies varsity team took third at state, while the Broncs team placed 11th. All doubles teams showed outstanding results.

When the final point was scored against Cheyenne Central by Seniors Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambeke, their title arose as two time state champions for girls No. 1 doubles. Their match was 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, which resulted in a 19-0 season. It was very bittersweet to the partners, as it was the ending to their high school tennis careers.  “I’m proud of us for playing so well all season and winning another year. I’m proud of Simona for hitting the winning point. I was just really happy. Without Simona there is no way I could have won. She is the best partner,” said Icenogle. 

Junior Ashlyn Staggs, and Sophomore Anna Brenner, the No. 2 doubles team, ended their season first in their bracket winning 6-3, 6-2 against Sheridan. “Our season ended really good, Ashlyn and I were at our best when we needed to be at state. I am super excited for our playoff matches next year,” said Brenner. 

The No. 3 doubles team, Junior Soffy Anderson and Junior Nathalia Morales ended their season winning against Kelly Walsh, 6-3 and 6-1. “My favorite part of the season was being able to encourage and support my teammates,” said Anderson. It’s so cool to see how far everyone comes mentally and talent wise by the end of the season and I think it’s really special that I got to be apart of their lives for a small part of time.” 

According to The Cody Enterprise, for No. 1 singles, Teagan Thompson finished 2-2, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Kelly Walsh’s Finley Klinger. In the consolation bracket she then lost to Gillette. 

Torrie Schutzman finished 2-2 as well, losing her second match, then winning once in the consolation bracket before being knocked out. Schutzman ended up 5th at state. “Unfortunately the season didn’t end as I was hoping. My goals for next year are to improve my game and become more consistent with everything,” said Schutzman. 

For the Broncs, the No. 1 doubles team also showed a lot of success. Juniors Solomon Stewart and Hayden Demaranville placed fourth at state after dropping down into the consolation finals day. They ended up losing in the finals to Jackson 5-7, 6-1, 3-6. 

The Broncs struggled as a team beyond No. 1 doubles, although there were successes. Cody Champlin (No. 1 singles) finished 1-2, Jackson Golden (No. 2 singles) 2-2, Dillon Romero and Mitchell Schwab (No. 2 doubles) 1-2 and TJ Smith and Tristan Dollard (No. 3 doubles) 2-2, according to The Cody Enterprise. 

“My favorite part of the season was definitely competing in regionals and state, as well as getting to hangout with my team and friends on the other teams,” said Dollard.

All good things must come to an end though. “I will miss my team. We had a lot of great seniors on the squad, and it will be sad to see them go. They were the players I looked up to that made me better myself,” said Demaranville.