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By David Martin

Tennis teams have victorious weekend


David Martin

Ashlyn Edwards returns a serve during doubles play against Rawlins Friday afternoon.

The Green River High School Boys and Girls Tennis teams walked off the court with three wins, setting them up for one more week of conference play before competing in regionals.

The team took on their rivals from Rock Springs a second time Thursday afternoon, repeating their earlier success against the team, with the girls winning 4-1 and the boys sweeping the Tigers 5-0. Friday, they turned their attention to the visiting Rawlins Outlaws, with the Lady Wolves again winning 4-1 and the boys winning 5-0. Saturday, the team traveled to Laramie to take on Torrington, which ended in close 3-2 victories for both the boys and girls.

Throughout the weekend, the team of Patrick and Gregory Marchal dominated their matches, going the entire weekend without dropping a set. The team of Cody Lee and Brendan Bloomquist had similar success on the court, as did the girls team of Audrie Harrison and Kelby Pope.

The team will take on more visitors to Green River this weekend when they compete against Laramie High School and Cheyenne South High School Friday, with competition against Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central Saturday.

Head coach Phil Harder said the teams' schedules are more focused at home that last year's schedule, which happens every other year. Having previously hosted four other high schools at home, the team is able to avoid some of the rigors involved with traveling to other schools this year. However, after the weekend is finished, the team will have to focus on regionals at Cheyenne East High School Sept. 23 and 24.

Harder said regionals will be an important test for the players as it determines seeding for the state tennis tournament in Gillette Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

"We've got to get out and be focused and mentally tough," Harder said.

Those wanting to watch the Wolves and Lady Wolves take on teams from the Eastern side of the state can watch their matches with Laramie High School starting a 11 a.m. Friday, while competition with Cheyenne South starts at 2 p.m. at the high school tennis courts.

Saturday competition against Cheyenne East will start at 9 a.m., while Cheyenne Central will take to the courts at 1 p.m.

These will be the last matches Green River will host for tennis.


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