DENVER | Rain put a stop to the tail end of the first day of the Class 5A boys state golf tournament, but Regis Jesuit was up to its usual tricks in doubles play.
Two Raiders doubles teams advanced to the semifinals and two others were still on court at Gates Tennis Center with chances to advance when weather forced the postponement to Friday morning.
The Regis Jesuit No. 1 doubles team of Nate Root and Timmy D’Costa and the No. 3 duo of Steven Bummer and Truett Davis begin play at 8 a.m., hoping to advance to the following quarterfinal round, which already includes the No. 2 tandem of Joey Robertson and Tommy Koszowski and the No. 4 duo of Alec Jotte and Luca Abbott.
The halted matches are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., followed by semifinals at 9 a.m.
Robertson and Koszowski earned their trip to the semifinals — where they will face Cherry Creek’s Erin Norwood and Matt Gross — by gutting their way past Grand Junction’s Matthew Ness and Brian List 6-4, 6-4.
Jotte and Abbott had decidedly less trouble with another team from Grand Junction, Ben Arja and Ian Hegstrom, as the Raiders cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory to set up a semifinal against Cherry Creek’s Jacob Bendaline and Wyatt Dale.
D’Costa and Root were locked in an intense battle with Fossil Ridge’s Gabe Pagat and Griffin Kosonocky, as the teams split the first two hard-fought sets. Bummer and Davis — who won 6-0, 6-0 over Legacy’s Austin Cole and Sam Karlson in the first round — were dealing with Grand Junction’s Colton Reimer and Sam Graf.
Things didn’t go quite so well for Regis Jesuit two singles players, however, as sophomore Chanon Penvari at No. 2 and freshman Erich Nuss at No. 3 lost by identical 6-1, 6-4 scores.
Penvari fell to Fossil Ridge’s Maxwell Weiner, while Grand Junction’s Aaron Gossage defeated Nuss. Penvari won’t get a playback chance after Weiner lost in the next round, while Nuss’ playback is in the hands of Gossage.
Dylan Zumar got Cherokee Trail on the scoreboard for the first time at state with a solid 6-4, 6-2 victory over Lakewood’s Brian Yoshida in the opening round.
Feeling nerves with a number of people watching the first match of the day, Zumar nearly gave up a 4-0 lead he built in the first set, but managed to finish it out. Using a variety of drop shots and an occasionally successful charge to the net, he finished the second set for a 6-2 victory to close it out.
The win set up a rematch between Zumar and Arapahoe’s Nicholas Farmen, who beat him in straight sets in Centennial League play. Zumar fared much better this time in a 6-3, 6-3 loss. He would be brought into the playback bracket if Farmen can beat Fairview’s Ignatius Castelino in the semifinals.
Cherokee Trail’s three doubles teams — Ryan Richardson and Vik Sheverda (No. 1), Cody Luhmann and Colin Richardson (No. 2) and Cameron Bergan and David Lai (No. 3) — also fell in straight sets and had their chances of a playback determined by their opponents.
All three Cougars duos have a chance for playbacks if the opponent they lost to wins in the semifinals.
Overland freshman Draden Hoover never got into the type of rhythm he’d had in the past few weeks and suffered a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Chaparral senior Eric Kwiatkowski in the opening round.
Hoover — the Region 7 champion — missed out on a few break chances and that could have altered the course of the match and was never able to fully adjust to Kwiatkowski’s serve and volley game.
“I couldn’t really start it up,” Hoover said. “It’s alright. I’ve got sophomore year.”
Hoover felt better about his play after he trailed 3-1 in the second set, but Kwiatkowski broke him twice the rest of the way to finish the match.
“Draden didn’t play well enough to get this one and he understood what happened,” Overland coach Arlandus Lowe said of Hoover, the program’s first state qualifier since Roman Khmelev in 2006.
2013 CLASS 5A BOYS STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Team scores (through quarterfinals): 1. Cherry Creek 21 points; T2. Fairview 17; T2. Mountain Vista 17; 4. REGIS JESUIT 10*; 5. Grand Junction 7; 6. Fossil Ridge 6*; T7. Arapahoe 5; T7. Denver East 5*; 9. Monarch 3; T10. Chatfield 2; T10. Legend 2; T12. Boulder 1*; T12. Castle View 1; T12. Chaparral 1; T12. CHEROKEE TRAIL 1; T12. Columbine 1; T12. Fruita Monument 1; T12. Ralston Valley 1
* — Quarterfinal matches yet to be completed
No. 1 singles: Nicholas Farmen (Arapahoe) def. Dylan Zumar (Cherokee Trail), 6-3, 6-3
No. 1 doubles: Timmy D’Costa/Nate Root vs. Gabe Pagat/Griffin Kosonocky (Fossil Ridge), split sets, suspended by weather
No. 2 doubles: Joey Robertson/Tommy Koszowski (Regis Jesuit) def. Matthew Ness/Brian List (Grand Junction), 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 doubles: Steven Bummer/Truett Davis (Regis Jesuit) vs. Colton Reimer/Sam Graf (Fruita Monument), susp. by weather
No. 4 doubles: Alec Jotte/Luca Abbott (Regis Jesuit) def. Ben Arja/Ian Hegstrom (Grand Junction), 6-1, 6-0
Aurora first round
No. 1 singles: Dylan Zumar (Cherokee Trail) def. Brian Yoshida (Lakewood), 6-4, 6-2; Eric Kwiatkowski (Chaparral) def. Draden Hoover (Overland), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 singles: Maxwell Weiner (Fossil Ridge) def. Chanon Penvari (Regis Jesuit), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 singles: Aaron Gossage (Grand Junction) def. Erich Nuss (Regis Jesuit), 6-1, 6-4
No. 1 doubles: Nate Root/Timmy D’Costa (Regis Jesuit) def. Tyler Leasure/AJ Bohuslavsky (Liberty), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 doubles: Joey Robertson/Tommy Koszowski (Regis Jesuit) def. Cody Luhmann/Colin Richardson (Cherokee Trail), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 doubles: Steven Bummer/Truett Davis (Regis Jesuit) def. Austin Cole/Sam Karlson (Legacy), 6-2, 6-0; Teller Hoskins/Ben Schlechting (Cherry Creek) def. Cameron Bergan/David Lai (Cherokee Trail)
No. 4 doubles: Alec Jotte/Luca Abbott (Regis Jesuit) def. Sam Muetterties/Robert Moore (Arapahoe), 6-3, 6-4