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
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