All RSHS and GRHS boy’s tennis players will play on Friday as the 2014 State Tournament is underway; The Tigers doubles teams of Alexander and Nyugen and Fuja and Kremer are still in the hunt for a state championship

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GILLETTE – All boy’s tennis players from Rock Springs High School and Green River High School have advanced to play on Friday. The Rock Springs No. 2 Doubles team of Cole Alexander and Benson Nyugen have made it to the semi-finals with a shot at a state title just one match away. The Tiger’s No. 3 Doubles team of Jameson Fuja and Kelby Kremer are still riding high after winning the regional title and are also in the semi-finals.

 

No. 1 singles

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Tiger Kade McJunkin opened with a win in the first round 6-4, 6-3, but was beat by a familiar opponent in the second round, Torrington’s Tyler Ring 6-2 and 6-0. McJunkin opens with Natrona’s Hunter Kuhn of Friday in the consolation bracket

For Green River, Taten Knight also lost in a close first-round match, 7-6 and 6-4. Knight was able to win his first match in the consolation bracket to make it to Friday play with a 6-4, 6-2 win. Knight will face Cheyenne South’s Lincoln Trujillo to open play Friday.

If both Knight and McJunkin win on Friday, they will face each other.

 

No. 2 singles

Rock Springs’ Tony Lew won his opening round match 6-0 and 6-1 but lost in the second to Gillette’s Aaron Swan in a three-set battle, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Lew will open Friday play in the consolation bracket against South’s Lencho Beltran.

For the Wolves, Alexander Marchal lost two Swan to open the tournament in three sets, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2. Marchal bounced back to win his second match on Thursday,  6-0 and 6-3.  He will open Friday play in the consolation bracket against Natrona’s Michael Langmade.

 

No. 1 Doubles

The Tiger team of Tucker Leibee and Josh Rawson lost in three sets to open the tournament, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 but rallied against Torrington in their next match to make it to Friday play with a straight-sets win, 7-5 and 6-1. They will open with Sheridan on Friday in the Consolation Bracket.

Jacob Lock and McCaden Mikesell of Green River were able to take the opening round win  6-4 and 6-2 but lost in the second round in three to Jackson, 6-4, 5-7 and 6-2. The will face the No. 1 Doubles team of Kelly Walsh on Friday. With a Tiger and Wolves win, the will meet in the next round.

 

No. 2 Doubles

The Tiger team of Cole Alexander and Benson Nyugen had a strong opening day and are in the semi-finals as they hunt for the state title. They rolled in the opening round with a 6-2, 6-3 win and was able to outlast Cody in a three-set battle in the second round, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-5. They will face Powell on Friday in the semi-finals with a berth to the title match on the line.

For the Wolves team Adrun James and Brandon Lee they lost in the opening round in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2. They bounced back in the first round of the consolation bracket with a three-set win over Torrington, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. The face Cody to open play on Friday.

 

No. 3 Doubles

Jameson Fuja and Kelby Kremer of Rock Springs had a bye after winning the South Regional Title last weekend. They were then able to beat Kelly Walsh 7-5, 7-6 to move into the semi-finals. They will face Jackson on Friday for a shot at at the title match.

The Green River team of Andrew Halverson and Ian Evert lost a close match to open the tournament, 6-4 and 7-5.  They won in the consolation bracket to make it to Friday 6-2 and 6-3 and will face Laramie on Friday.

 

Friday’s Boy’s Team Scores

1 Laramie, 13.5

2 Campbell County, 12

3 Cheyenne Central, 9.5

3 Cheyenne East, 9.5

5 Sheridan, 6

6 Torrington, 5.5

6 Jackson, 5.5

8 Cody, 5

9 Rock Springs, 4.5

9 Green River, 4.5

11 Kelly Walsh, 3.5

11 Powell, 3.5

13 Rawlins, 2

13 Cheyenne South, 2

13 Natrona, 2

15 Riverton, 0.5