Darts tie Viewmont in tennis openers

May 11 2012 - 11:52pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Maybe you can't win the state tennis title on the first day, but you can lose it.

Region 1 champion Davis sits tied with old rival Viewmont and six-time defending champion Brighton first place after the opening two rounds of the state 5-A boys tennis tournament on Friday at Salt Lake City's Liberty Park.

All three teams advanced four of five entries into today's semifinals, which get under way at 9 a.m.

Davis' Spencer Hafen won a pair of matches at No. 1 singles, and will now meet close friend Zeke Richards of Cottonwood in the semifinals.

Viewmont's Sam Tullis sits on the other side of the draw after topping Brighton's Cody Crandall in the quarterfinal.

The Darts' Brighton Wells won two matches at No. 3 singles, but teammate Bryson Wilkes fell in a three-setter to Riverton's Parker Howell at No. 2 singles.

Davis' doubles teams also advanced with strong play.

CJ Ercanbrack and Cooper Brown won two matches at No. 1 doubles, while Garrett Wilkes and Justin Schofield won twice at No. 2 doubles.

Wilkes and Schofield played perhaps the match of the tournament thus far, topping a Lone Peak duo 6-2, 6-7 (10-8), 6-3.

Weber's Jake Lawson and Jordan Taylor won their opening-round match at No. 2 doubles, a solid 6-3, 7-5 win over Jordan's duo. They then lost 6-4, 6-2 to a team from Bingham.

Davis and Brighton meet right off the bat in three matches in today's semifinals.

* STATE 2-A/1-A TOURNAMENT BEGINS: St. Joseph and Layton Christian will be among the teams trying to unseat Rowland Hall in the state 2-A/1-A tournament which runs today at BYU's outdoor courts.

Action begins at 9 a.m.

Region 11 tournament

* OGDEN BACK IN FIRST PLACE: At Ogden High and Mount Ogden courts, Ogden got the job done.

The Tigers claimed the Region 11 boys tennis title with a seven-point win over Grantsville in season-long play. The Tigers punctuated the win with a pair of individual victories at home on Friday.

"We figured we had to beat Grantsville, and it feels good to do so," Ogden coach Bill Roberts said. "It's been a while. We feel like we're back where we belong."

For the past couple of years, Ogden has finished second to Logan in the 4-A ranks in Region 5 before returning to 3-A this season.

Morgan finished a strong third in the final standings while Bear River had a solid tournament to finish fourth.

At No. 1 singles, Bear River's Tyson Jessop topped Ogden's Jake Wood, 6-4-6-2, for the title. At No. 2 singles, Ogden's Brandon Muse defeated the Bear's Augmon Jolley, 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 3 singles, Ogden's Blake Newman topped Grantsville's Tyler Colson 7-5, 6-3. Muse and Newman finished the region season undefeated.

At No. 1 doubles, Morgan's Swish Wiscombe ande Ben Holladn topped a Grantsville team 6-4, 7-6(3). At No. 2 doubles, Grantsville's Jacob May and Dallin Dalton beat Ben Lomond's Brian Harris and Christian Gutierrez, 6-2, 6-4.

The top four finishers at each entry will now prepare for next week's state 3-A tournament, set for Friday and Saturday at BYU.

Roberts expects Park City, Wasatch, Judge Memorial and Juan Diego to be the teams Ogden will need to beat to be succesful.

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