DENVER | Sparked by two placers, the young Regis Jesuit boys tennis team finished sixth in the final team standings at the Class 5A boys state tennis tournament.
Following a rain delay on Saturday at the Gates Tennis Center, the No. 4 doubles team of junior Noah Warren and sophomore Joe Robertson claimed third place and freshman Chanon Penvari finished fourth, giving coach Laura Jones’ Raiders a total of 17 points over the three days of the tournament and lifting them three positions higher than in 2011.
Cherry Creek won the team championship with 80 points, taking individual titles at Nos. 2-3 singles and Nos. 2-4 doubles to best runner-up Fairview, which won a single crown at No. 1 doubles and finished with 64 points. Arapahoe was third with 34.
Warren and Robertson finished 4-1 in their first state tournament appearance, with their only loss coming to eventual state champions Gifford Mellick and Harshil Dwivedi in Friday’s semifinals. They rebounded with a victory in the playback bracket and earned a shot against Grand Junction’s Matthew Ness and Charlie Ruckman for third place.
In their tightest victory of the tournament, Warren and Robertson prevailed with a 6-4, 6-3 decision, matching Regis Jesuit’s best result from last season’s state tournament, a third-place by Nate Root and graduated Case Anderson at No. 3 doubles. Root and partner Tim D’Costa lost in the first round this season at No. 1 doubles.
Penvari had a strong debut at the state tournament, posting three victories in five matches. He lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Connor McPherson, then won twice in the playback bracket to set up a third-place showdown with Arapahoe’s Nick Farmen. Farmen got the better of the freshman with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Notes: The Legacy No. 1 doubles team of juniors Dave and Mike Rosencrans placed third with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Columbine’s Calvin Buechler and Andy Leach, giving the former Smoky Hill duo their first place at the state tournament. The twin brothers qualified for state in 2010 and 2011 while at Smoky Hill, but lost in the first round on both occasions. They made it to the semifinals this season before a three-set loss to eventual state champions Kevin Chen and Tommy Mason of Fairview.
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CLASS 5A BOYS STATE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Saturday at Gates Tennis Center, Denver
Team scores: Cherry Creek 80, Fairview 64, Arapahoe 34, Highlands Ranch 29, Grand Junction 27, Regis Jesuit 17, Denver East 14, Mountain Vista 13, Loveland 10, Legacy 9, Fossil Ridge 8, Boulder 6, Columbine 6, Ft. Collins 3, Monarch 3, Chatfield 2, Fruit Monument 1, Legend 1, Rock Canyon 1
No. 1 singles: Hayden Sabatka (Highlands Ranch) def. Spencer Weinberg (Grand Junction), 7-6, 6-3; No. 2 singles: Conner McPherson (Cherry Creek) def. Ignatius Castelino (Fairview), 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 singles: Will Ro (Cherry Creek) def. Alec Leddon (Fairview), 6-1, 6-4; No. 1 doubles: Kevin Chen/Tommy Mason (Fairview) def. Hans Bergal/Jace Blackburn (Cherry Creek), 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 doubles: Connor Petrou/Jake Miller (Cherry Creek) def. Chad Curd/Michael Vartuli (Arapahoe), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 doubles: Dan Kapriellian/Noah Reiss (Cherry Creek) def. Ben Krahenbuhl/Nick Blanco (Fairview), 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 doubles: Gifford Mellick/Harshil Dwivedi (Cherry Creek) def. Kamran Shabaz/Max Petrak (Fairview), 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 singles: Matt Sayre (Denver East) def. Joey Diaz (Loveland), 7-5, 6-3; No. 2 singles: Nick Farmen (Arapahoe) def. CHANON PENVARI (REGIS JESUIT), 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 singles: Ryker Brown (Highlands Ranch) def. Thomas Van De Pas (Mountain Vista), 7-5, 6-3; No. 1 doubles: Dave Rosencrans/Mike Rosencrans (Legacy) def. Calvin Buechler/Andy Leach (Columbine), 7-5, 6-2; No. 2 doubles: Connor Corrigan/Andrew Pollack (Fairview), 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 doubles: Jake Becker/Dylan Panis (Arapahoe) def. Ben Krahenbuhl/Nick Blanco (Fairview), 6-4, 6-4; No. 4 doubles: NOAH WARREN/JOE ROBERTSON (REGIS JESUIT) def. Matthew Ness/Charlie Ruckman (Grand Junction), 6-4, 6-3