Boys’ tennis: State in St. George brings ideal weather, win for Juan Diego; STGnews Photo Gallery

Connor McCoy, Judge Memorial 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Boys’ tennis teams from 23 high schools across Utah, including Region 9, swarmed local courts on Friday and Saturday to compete for the 3A State title.

For the first time in over five years, State was held at the Green Valley Spa and Tonaquint Tennis Center in St. George, rather than its usual home courts at Brigham Young University. The change from Provo to Southern Utah was welcomed by some — especially Region 9 teams — and met with skepticism from others.

Natalie Meyer, a Utah High School Activities Association official and the tournament director, said that the main reason for the relocation was weather. Rain has delayed play at State the last two years, causing confusion and hassle for players, coaches and officials.

Concern of a repeat grew when clouds gathered Friday morning and a slight wind kicked up, especially at Green Valley. But the rain held off throughout the entire tournament, and the hard-hitting youth seemed to be unfazed by the breeze.

“The wind didn’t affect my play, aside from a couple of balls that went wild,” Juan Diego 3rd singles player Brenton Reyner said after winning his first round match 6-0, 6-0. “The weather is nice today.”

“Nobody complained,” Meyer said. “The kids played great.”

There is a possibility that State will be held in Southern Utah again next year, or in 2015. An alternating schedule is being considered by the UHSAA, in which State would be held at BYU one year and in Southern Utah the next, and so forth. Meyer said no exact plan has been determined yet, but coaches and players have already formed their opinions.

“I’d like (State) to be held up north in the future, quite frankly because it’s a long drive for us,” Juan Diego Coach Kevin Kempin said. “But I suppose State last year was a long drive for the players from St. George.”

“I like State being here as long as it’s not 100 degrees,” Reyner said.

The weekend was filled with intensely competitive matches between the best high school players in Utah. Singles were played at Green Valley and doubles at Tonaquint. The bustle of checking in teams, recording scores and scheduling matches was handled by UHSAA officials and each venue’s staff.

Friends and family gathered on bleachers, folding chairs and on blankets in the grass to cheer on their favorite players. The crowd came alive during thrilling points. Some emerged victorious; others were left crying in the parking lot after defeat.

The tournament concluded early Saturday afternoon when the title was claimed by Juan Diego, led by brothers Brendan Kempin and Ryan Kempin, who charged to the win in 1st and 2nd singles, respectively.

Desert Hills’s 1st and 2nd doubles teams each won an individual title to boost their school to second place, the best finish of any in Region 9. Snow Canyon and Dixie took third and fourth, Cedar City and Hurricane tied for 12th, and neither Canyon View nor Pine View qualified.

It has now been two years since a Region 9 school has won State, and reactions from coaches and players ranged from disappointment at falling short to being satisfied with their best effort.

“We faced two tough competitors and lost in the second round,” Snow Canyon 1st doubles player Devin Radmall said. “We came in hitting hard and went out swinging. I think we did the best we could.”

“The boys just went out and did what they needed to do, all of them,” Meyer said. “We had some really great matches.”

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Banner displaying UHSAA etiquette rules greets competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Banner displaying UHSAA etiquette rules greets competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Players check in with Green Valley coach Duane Schwalger and tournament director Natalie Meyer at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Players check in with Green Valley coach Duane Schwalger and tournament director Natalie Meyer at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Braden Sandberg, Grantsville 1st singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Braden Sandberg, Grantsville 1st singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Connor McCoy, Judge Memorial 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Connor McCoy, Judge Memorial 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Creed Sermershein, Spanish Fork 3rd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Creed Sermershein, Spanish Fork 3rd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Nick Livingston, Dixie 3rd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Nick Livingston, Dixie 3rd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Tyler Colson, Grantsville 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Tyler Colson, Grantsville 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
UHSAA umpire watches over a match at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
UHSAA umpire watches over a match at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Payson players cheer on teammates at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Payson players cheer on teammates at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Coaches, teammates, friends and family cheer on competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Coaches, teammates, friends and family cheer on competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Devin Radmall and Jonathan Morgan for Snow Canyon (front) and Brandon Reemsnyder and Luke Ropner for Judge Memorial, 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Devin Radmall and Jonathan Morgan for Snow Canyon (front) and Brandon Reemsnyder and Luke Ropner for Judge Memorial, 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Ryan Lowe and Rex Alley for Juan Diego (front) and Mason Ford and Christian Davis for Desert Hills, 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Ryan Lowe and Rex Alley for Juan Diego (front) and Mason Ford and Christian Davis for Desert Hills, 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Nick Fuller and Dylan Zeiger, Juan Diego 2nd doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Nick Fuller and Dylan Zeiger, Juan Diego 2nd doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Zach Coonen and Cole Loveland, Cedar City 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Zach Coonen and Cole Loveland, Cedar City 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Dalton Roth and Josh Hunt, Uintah 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Dalton Roth and Josh Hunt, Uintah 1st doubles, compete at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Coaches, teammates, friends and family cheer on competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Coaches, teammates, friends and family cheer on competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Coaches, teammates, friends and family cheer on competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Coaches, teammates, friends and family cheer on competitors at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Robby Dixon and Aaron Startup for Spanish Fork (front) and Mason Aldred and Garrison Ganowsky for Dixie, 2nd doubles, shake hands after their match at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Robby Dixon and Aaron Startup for Spanish Fork (front) and Mason Aldred and Garrison Ganowsky for Dixie, 2nd doubles, shake hands after their match at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Morgan players leave after completing their first round matches at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Morgan players leave after completing their first round matches at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

 

Results

1st Singles

Champion: Brendan Kempin – Juan Diego

Runner-up: Tevan Balian – Dixie

2nd Singles

Champion: Ryan Kempin – Juan Diego

Runner-up: Micah Alba – Dixie

3rd Singles

Champion: Brenton Reyner – Juan Diego

Runner-up: Logan Wrigley – Snow Canyon

1st Doubles

Champion: Mason Ford/Christian Davis – Desert Hills

Runner-up: Brandon Reemsnyder/Luke Ropner – Judge Memorial

2nd Doubles

Champion: Preston Parmenter/Ryan McGinnis – Desert Hills

Runner-up: Nate Utley/Hunter McArthur – Snow Canyon

State Champion: Juan Diego

Related posts

2013 coverage

Boys’ tennis: Snow Canyon wins Region, Dixie and Desert Hills sweep qualifying seeds for State

Boys’ tennis: Season matches end, teams ready for Region and State

Boys’ tennis season starts, Region 9 teams bring their best

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Connor McCoy, Judge Memorial 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News
Connor McCoy, Judge Memorial 2nd singles, competes at State, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2013 | Photo by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

 

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