Class 4A Region 7 tennis tourney this weekend
PUEBLO - Repeating history would be just fine for Sam Pisciotta.
The Pueblo West High School boys tennis coach would love to see his team capture the Class 4A Region 7 tourney again this weekend.
"We feel like we have strong players at the No. 1 through No. 3 singles slots," Pisciotta said. "If they do their jobs and and our No. 1 doubles team keeps playing well, and we get points from our other doubles teams, I think we can win regionals."
Lars Hillebrand, Zach Garbiso and Chad Robertson are playing in West's singles spots. Jared Bravo and Daniel Hawk (No. 1 doubles), Neil Ericson and Logan Gamble (No. 2 doubles), Jacob Kurz and Colin Casias (No. 3 doubles), and David Henderson and Patrick Suzuki (No. 4 doubles) round out the Cyclones' squad.
A year ago, West won its first regional tennis crown - boys or girls - in school history, by edging Central 62-58.
"Central has a very tough team and there are definitely some other teams who are playing well," Pisciotta said. "This is going to be a very close tournament."
The Wildcats won regional crowns at No. 2 singles and No. 2 through No. 4 doubles last year, but came up short against West.
Central was trying to capture the regional crown despite not having their No. 1 doubles team of Taron Montee and Brent Hockaday. The seniors were suspended for disciplinary reasons.
Veteran Central coach Guy Cruz isn't living in the past, however.
"Last year, I thought, was going to be our best chance to win regionals, but we have a better team this year," Cruz said. "This is the most complete team that I've ever had. We're truly a team where everybody is pulling for each other. My goal is to qualify our entire team for state."
Central has Steven Starcer (No. 1 singles), Jake Gonzalez (No. 2 singles) and Josh Gonzalez (No. 3 singles) in singles, while Kyle Kochenberger and Nate Richards (No. 1 doubles), Kody May and Dustin Montee (No. 2 doubles), Ryan Trujillo and Duncan Richards (No. 3 doubles), and Ryan Martinez and Kevin Trujillo (No. 4 doubles) provide plenty of roar for the Wildcats.
"We're just going to go out there and play the ball and not worry about who we're playing against," Cruz said. "Whoever plays the ball the best is going to win."
Region 7 tournament
- WHEN: Friday and Saturday. First-round starts at 9 a.m., Friday, followed by the semifinals. Championship and third-place matches all begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
- WHERE: City Park Tennis Complex.
- WHO: Centennial, Central, East, South, Pueblo County, Pueblo West, Canon City, Mesa Ridge.
- WHAT'S AT STAKE: Top two placers in each of the respective regional brackets advance to state.
Class 4A Region 7
Here are the first-round pairings for the Class 4A Region 7 boys tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at City Park.
No. 1 singles-Steven Starcer, Central, vs. Derek Thulson, Canon City; Nathan Manes, Pueblo County vs. Jed Duarte, East; Jason Wrona, Centennial, vs. Jason Kim, Mesa Ridge; Brendon Bravo, South, vs. Lars Hillebrand, Pueblo West.
No. 2 singles-Zach Garbiso, Pueblo West, vs. Jacob Nicola, East; Peter Chell, Canon City, vs. Jake Gonzalez, Central; Joey Gregorich, South, vs. Wes Barr, Pueblo County; Tyler Oster, Mesa Ridge, vs. Brodie Kettlekamp, Centennial.
No. 3 singles-Chad Robertson, Pueblo West, vs. Jacob Kwitik, Canon City; Joey Vigil, East, vs. Kevin Li, Centennial; George Koncilja, South, vs. Dalton Day, Pueblo County; Cory Patz, Mesa Ridge, vs. Josh Gonzalez, Central.
No. 1 doubles-Kyle Kochenberger-Nate Richards, Central, vs. Daniel Smith-Chris Sweet, Mesa Ridge; Daniel Manes-Tyler Dunlap, Pueblo County, vs. Alex Albrecht-Mike Enderle, Canon City; Jared Bravo-Daniel Hawk, Pueblo West, vs. Corey Sullinger-Tyler Schulz, East; Paul Luebke-Matt Cackovic, Centennial, vs. Trevor Johnson-Brandon Burns, South.
No. 2 doubles-Kody May-Dustin Montee, Central, vs. Dalton Frizzell-Brandon Patz, Mesa Ridge; Marshall Brumfield-Harrison Massey, Centennial, vs. Niel Ericson-Logan Gamble, Pueblo West; Jaryn Heath-Alex Servance, Canon City, vs. Riley Pierce-Casey Toth, East; Jacob Barr-Josh Miketa, Pueblo County; Jordan Montano-Jackson Gross, South.
No. 3 doubles-Ryan Trujillo-Duncan Richards, Central, vs. Mark MAgdaleno-Charles Young, Mesa Ridge; Bryce Garcia-Mike Masson, Centennial, vs. Dylon Ortiz-Joe Vigil, Pueblo County; Cody Meins-Noah Remmilard, Canon City, vs. David Laydon-Matt Johnson, East; Jacob Kurz-Colin Casias, Pueblo West, vs. Trevor Cornwell-Alex Marck, South.
No. 4 doubles-Ryan Martinez-Kevin Trujillo, Central, vs. Dusten Glendening-Antonio Dominguez, East; Sam Scoleri-Landon Brake, Pueblo County, vs. David Henderson-Patrick Suzuki, Pueblo West; Cameron Martinez-Jacob Hough, South, vs. Mike Depalma-Ron Looney, Centennial; John Koch-Keith Wade, Mesa Ridge, vs. Nick Beaumont-Dominic Trujillo, Canon City.
article updated on 10/8/09 15:12