State 4A boys tennis tournament results

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ST. GEORGE — Two Region 9 schools made it into the finals of one of the 4A boys tennis state championship brackets Saturday, in the very same bracket.

In the No. 2 doubles category, Pine View’s pair of sophomore Mitchell Erekson and senior Hyrum Sorensen faced the duo from Desert Hills in the finals, seniors Jake Hardy and Justin Davidson. Pine View had entered the second doubles bracket Thursday as Region 9’s No. 1 seed, while Desert Hills was the region’s No. 2 seed. Both teams won their first three matches to advance to Saturday’s final.

In the championship match, Hardy and Davidson prevailed to take the No. 2 doubles state title, beating Erekson and Sorensen by a score of 6-2, 7-5.

Desert Hills and Pine View both finished with eight team points, tying them for fourth place among the more than two dozen schools represented at the 4A state tournament. Orem was the overall winner with 24 team points, while runner-up Salem Hills finished with 12.

In No. 1 doubles at state, Pine View’s team of senior Porter Aitken and junior Gibson Crawford advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champions Charlie Lambert and Quin Dicesaris of Park City. In that same bracket, Desert Hills seniors Josh James and Noah Thompson also made it to the semifinals before being defeated by Orem’s John McCann and Wilson Greer.

Also from Region 9, Snow Canyon senior Josh Sodorff and Pine View senior Mitchell Wade both won their opening round matches in No. 1 singles before losing in the second round.

In No. 2 singles, three Region 9 athletes won their first match before losing in the second round: Dixie junior Ben Cooper, Snow Canyon sophomore Taylor Heinz and Pine View junior Jonathan Fairbanks.

In No. 3 singles at state, Dixie senior Carson Bottema made it past the opening round before being defeated by Park City’s Bauti Mantoni in the second round match, 6-4, 6-5.

The tournament was played Thursday and Saturday at Salt Lake City, with Saturday’s contests being moved to the indoor facilities at the University of Utah, due to rainy weather.

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