Ralston Valley 5A, D’Evelyn 4A to represent Jeffco at state tourney

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ARVADA - Jeffco tennis proved to be a force this season as it produced state qualifiers from all corners of the county.

Ralston Valley led the way for 5A Jeffco as it qualified four of its teams for the state tournament.

In 4A Jeffco, D’Evelyn stole the show and will feature five of its teams in the state tourney.

“We have a really good team this year. Our program is on the rise,” Ralston Valley coach Tom Russ said. “We had a lot of new kids come out this year and we have added a lot of depth.”

Qualifying for the state tournament is a feat in itself, let alone making a run in the state tournament.

Many really good tennis players do not make it to state because of a rough region or a tough draw in the regional bracket. But the way these region sets up only the elite high school tennis players in the state qualify for the chance to play in the state tournament.  

“Jeffco tennis is underrated I would say. There are a lot of really great tennis players in our areas, we see it every year,” Russ said.

The state tournament starts Thursday at Gates Tennis Center and goes through Saturday.

Jeffco state qualifiers include:

5A No. 1 singles; Ben Yoshida (Lakewood), Chandler Erickson (Ralston Valley) and Adam Rivera (Dakota Ridge).

5A No. 2 singles; Ram Vuppaladadiyam (Lakewood), Brian Ross (Chatfield) and Andy Wright (Columbine).

5A No. 1 doubles; Rane Hornecker and Bryn Finne Frock (Ralston Valley), and Sam Meyer and John Simpson (Chatfield).

5A No. 2 doubles; Johno Hawkinson and Casey Hawkinson (Ralston Valley), and Austin Stutz and Chase Adams (Chatfield).

5A No. 4 doubles; Jon Gillespie and Ben Gillespie (Ralston Valley), and Eric Draper and Troy Jackson (Lakewood).

4A No. 3 singles; Matthew Jordan (D’Evelyn).

4A No. 1 doubles; Caleb Rold and Kevin Kalkus (D’Evelyn).

4A No. 2 doubles; Dustin Etheridge and AJ Jordan (D’Evelyn).

4A No. 3 doubles; Spencer McKay and Ellis Murray (D’Evelyn).

4A No. 3 doubles; Nik Geshwitner and Brad Meier (D’Evelyn).