Jeffco sports: State tourney highlights

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DENVER - Jeffco had a handful of programs leave its mark at the Colorado High School State Championships last week.

Ralston Valley finished as the 19th overall best team in 5A and D’Evelyn finished as the 15th best team overall in 4A.

Yet again Cherry Creek dominated 5A winning all seven brackets en route to its 39th state title in 42 years at Saturday Gates Tennis Center.

Kent Denver won the 4A state championship for the first time since 2009, Saturday at Pueblo City Park.

But several Jeffco teams also competed at a high level at the tournaments including Ralston Valley, who qualified four of their teams.

“Like I have said before there is some pretty good tennis being played in Jefferson County,” Ralston Valley coach Brad Nash said. “Our league is tough, we have a bunch of good schools of a bunch of really good players.

Lakewood had three different teams competing in state tournament which included its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Ben Yoshida and Ram Vuppaladadiyam.

“I don’t think I played as well as I could have today but it was also a great learning experience being out here with so many great players. Everyone here is really good,” Vuppaladadiyam said.

The Tigers also had their young No. 4 doubles team of Eric Draper and Troy Jackson qualify for the 5A tournament. The pair of freshman was beaten by Fossil Ridge 6-2, 6-0, but their coach could not be happier with his team’s success.

“Not only did we have a pretty good season but we have some great young players. So we are planning on coming back here over the next couple years,” Lakewood coach Scott Weaver said.

In 4A Jeffco D’Evelyn had all four of its doubles teams plus its No. 3 singles player Matthew Jordan competing at Pueblo City Park.

Nik Geshwitner and Brad Meier made up No. 4 doubles for D’Evelyn and the duo won the first match over Broomfield 7-5, 6-1. However, they were beat by a Kent Denver duo who went on to win that bracket.