The boys tennis season is approaching a climax with this week's region tournaments.
Region 1 staged the first day of its tourney on Monday at Ogden High and the Mount Ogden Park courts. The semifinals are set for today at 11 a.m., with the finals at 1 p.m.
Layton emerged as the top team going into the tournament, supplanting Davis from its usual spot. Weber and Northridge rounded out the top four. But the title is wide open. The top seeded players at each spot included Northridge's Doug Graff (No. 1 singles), Layton's Devon Wells (No. 2 singles) and Tommy Glende (No. 3 singles). Davis' Cooper Brown and Michael von Ballmoos were undefeated at No. 1 doubles, while Layton's Josh Wolfley and Justin Needham were 9-1, as was Davis' John Velling and Connor Fox.
Region 5 still has a week to go before its season-wrapping tournament, but Bonneville and Logan are locked in a battle for supremacy.
Last week, Logan edged Bonneville 3-2 in dual match in Cache Valley. The Grizzlies have been the top team in Region 5 for several years, but the Lakers will be gunning for the top spot next week in the region tourney, set for May 8-9 at Utah State's courts.
Region 6's tournament is set for Friday and Saturday at Salt Lake City's Liberty Park.
The Region 11 campaign has turned into a battle between Grantsville, Morgan and Ogden. The tournament finals are set for May 9-10 at Ogden High.
The 1-A North qualifying tournament is set for Saturday at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy in Salt Lake City.
Swing for Life
As the Swing For Life softball tournament enters its second decade, local teams can be proud of the impact they have made.
Organized 11 seasons ago by Rowland Hall softball coach Kathy Howa, herself a cancer survivor, the tourney has helped raised money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Last weekend, 22 team played in the event at the Cottonwood and Taylorsville softball complexes. Early indications are the teams helped donations surpass the $1 million mark.
NFHS, USTA promote no-cut policy in tennis
The National Federation of State High School Associations -- the national leadership organization for high school athletic and performing arts programs -- is partnering with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to support and promote the USTA's "no-cut" policy for high school tennis teams.
The "no-cut" policy allows every student who wishes to play high school tennis to be a member of a team.
The USTA and NFHS have aligned efforts to recruit and recognize coaches who commit to these inclusive efforts, which can have a positive impact on the students who participate.
The goal of the partnership is to attract new supporters of the no-cut policy through the 51 NFHS member state associations, which includes more than 19,000 high schools and almost 7.7 million participants in high school sports. With the resources and network of the NFHS, the USTA hopes to achieve a greater penetration of no-cut programs nationwide by extending its reach to high school coaches and administrators.
Since the inception of the no-cut program in 2006, the USTA has registered more than 3,600 coaches who have implemented a no-cut initiative, affecting more than 130,000 high school students.
The organizations will promote the initiative through their respective online and educational resources. The USTA will track and register the no-cut interscholastic tennis programs utilizing its registration system.
To register as a no-cut coach or learn more about the program, visit www.usta.com/no-cut.
NFHS launches online career center
High school administrators across the country are now able to conduct nationwide searches for athletic department job openings with the launch of the NFHS High School Career Center. In addition, job seekers can post a resume and search the listing of jobs free of charge.
The NFHS High School Career Center is located on the NFHS Web site and can be accessed at careercenter.nfhs.org.
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