Tennis does well at Regionals, Prepares for State

  In Casper, the wind is always blowing. However, the wind didn’t affect the Sheridan Bronc Tennis team as the boys went on to take second place (one point behind Gillette) and the girls had one regionals champion, in Kelly Walsh at regionals last weekend.

  In a typical regionals tournament, matches are played throughout the day on sixteen to twenty courts, but due to snow and extreme conditions the players were forced to play on three indoor courts all day Friday. “Usually I play two to three matches on friday but because of the weather I didn’t even play until four o’clock” said sophomore Julia Fenn. “It made the tournament different than others but as a team we got better and still played well.” Fenn certainly proved she could handle the conditions as she went on to be a two time regionals champion over the weekend. Her strategy before heading to state involves “Trying to stay unpredictable and handle the pressure that comes with being in a state tournament” said Fenn, who is looking to repeat her performance from last year.Other placers for the girls team include number two singles Katelynn Brooks who took third place.

  As for the boys team, senior leader Reed Ritterbusch won the regionals championship in number one singles. “ I took second last year and it was a goal of mine to win regionals this year” said Ritterbusch who has had a good season so far, only losing one match all year. Winning regionals also set Ritterbusch in a good position as he doesn’t have to play the undefeated number one singles player from Laramie until the championship match.

  In a similar situation, number two singles player Adam Berry took second place at the regionals tournament. “It really set me up well in the state seeding because I have had success against top seed from the other region” said Berry. Berry spent last year in number one doubles and transitioning to singles has been ideal for him.Other placers for the boys include number one doubles team of Turner Martini and Logan Garstad taking third, the number two doubles team of Lachlan Brennen and Tristan Gamble taking second, and the number three doubles team of Robert Meixsell and Sam Sanders taking fourth.

  The state tournament was originally planned to be started in Gillette on October third, but due to weather issues it has been postponed until October seventh.