SALT LAKE CITY -- The Davis High girls tennis team played Wednesday with the energy they will need Saturday in the semifinals of the state 5-A championships at Salt Lake City's Liberty Park.
The Region 1 champion Darts sent all five of their entries through to Saturday's semifinals, where the battle for the team title will be waged in earnest.
Darts coach Andy Wahlstrom felt his squad had poised themselves for a run at defending 5-A champion Lone Peak, and the two teams are tied with 10 points after the first two rounds of action. Bingham is at 6 points, with Viewmont among those at 5 points.
Davis and Lone Peak will square off in two semifinals matches -- at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles -- and could meet in the other three state finals.
Breezy Turley won a pair of quick matches at No. 1 singles, and awaits a semifinal showdown with Lone Peak's Leah Heimuli. Viewmont's Emily Lemmon won her first-round match before losing to Brooke Burnside of West, 6-2, 6-0.
At No. 2 singles, Whitney Turley didn't drop a game in two wins, and will meet Alta's Mariah Petersen on Saturday. Viewmont's Alex Arbuckle won her first match before losing to Morgan Hall of Lone Peak, 6-2, 6-1.
At No. 3 singles, Davis' Eliza Hafen had a pair of strong wins, and will prepare for Cottonwood's Victoria Heckking. Viewmont's Sara Marple is alive in the other bracket after wins over two opponents, including a three-setter over Sarah Willes of Alta.
At No. 1 doubles, the Davis duo of Brooke Burningham and Emily Watkins won a pair of matches and will now meet Lone Peak's Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen in the semifinals.
Viewmont's Alexis Naea and Whitney Holman won their first match before being eliminated by Jordan's top duo, 6-3, 7-5.
At No. 2 doubles, Davis' Kendall Sargent and Annie Gardner won two quick matches. They'll face Bingham's Bethany Morey and Amanda Balls in Saturday's semifinals.
No other Region 1 entry advanced out of a tough first round of action.
With inclement weather predicted for today and no extra days built into this week's state girls tennis tournaments, UHSAA officials put a contingency plan in motion for today's opening rounds of the state 4-A tourney, also set for Liberty Park.
All participants should meet at Liberty Park at 9 a.m.
If deemed necessary, the No. 1 and 2 singles matches will be moved to The Sports Mall (5445 S. 900 East in Murray), with the No. 3 singles matches sent to Eagle Ridge Tennis & Swim Club (711 Parkway Drive in North Salt Lake).
The doubles divisions will be played at Liberty Park when the courts are playable.
The first rounds of the 3-A tournament are set for Friday, with all three semifinals and finals set for Saturday.
Tennis fans are encouraged to visit www.uhsaa.org for updated details.
State 3-A boys tournament
* PARK CITY LEADS, BEAR RIVER NINTH:
At Mountain Dell Golf Course, the Park City Miners took a first step toward a sixth straight 3-A title with an impressive 302 score after one round at the season-ending tournament.
But Desert Hills shot a 303 amd Dixie is at 306, so the Miners have plenty of work in today's second round.
Park City's Mitchell Schow shot an open 69 to lead all golfers.
Region 11 champion Bear River is at 330, good enough for ninth place after the opening day. Bridger Layton opened with a 75, while Triston Hartfiel is at 78.
State 2-A boys tournament
* LCA THIRD AFTER FIRST ROUND: At Palisade Golf Course in Central Utah, the Layton Christian Academy golfers jumped from the 1-A to 2-A ranks with no worries, and sit third after the first round of the 2013 2-A tournament.
Grand County is first with a team total 340 after the first day of action, with Manti at 341 and Layton Christian at 352.
Layton Christian won the 1-A title in the spring.
LCA's Jaece Stokes made a strong statement with an opening-round 70, good enough for a four-stroke lead on the field. Teammate Nick North shot an 85.