SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School tennis teams finished well at the 4A state tennis tournament Wednesday in Gillette, with the boys third and the girls fifth.
Laramie won the boys team title and Gillette took the girls.
Sophomore No. 1 singles player Julia Fenn did what she set out to do, winning her second No. 1 singles title in as many tries Wednesday. The Broncs secured a second-place finish from Reed Ritterbusch and a third-place win by No. 2 singles player Adam Berry. No. 1 doubles team Logan Garstad and Turner Martini took fourth.
While Ritterbusch’s title defense fell short Wednesday — he fell 6-1, 6-1 to Laramie’s Dylan Bainer — the senior finished his career for Sheridan losing just four matches in two years, also taking the No. 1 singles title with him from 2012.
“That was a real good run especially at No. 1 that’s pretty tough to do,” head coach Bob Faurot said Thursday morning. “He’s just a real good athlete with real good tennis skills.”
Ritterbusch lost his only other match to Bainer during the regular season. Faurot said Wednesday’s final simply did not go Ritterbush’s way.
“He did everything right, he had the game plan and went out and executed it,” Faurot said. “He went for the winning shots when he should have but was just inches off.”
For Fenn, it was another year explained only by her continued dominance of 4A tennis as she won 6-1, 6-0.
Faurot said that the match with Lucia Cho of Laramie foreshadowed a future battle for that top spot, bringing competition to an otherwise clear favorite at No. 1 girls singles.
According to the Casper Star-Tribune, no girls player has ever won all four years of state tennis titles. Look for more with Fenn in Friday’s newspaper.
In the two third place matches for Sheridan Wednesday, Berry came out on top, “playing the way we knew he could all year,” Faurot said.
Berry, a junior, defeated Trey Blough of Cody, an opponent he lost to earlier this season.
Garstad and Martini finished fourth out of the competitive field at No. 1 singles. Garstad is a senior and Martini a junior.
“Fourth place, with the competition in the state, was good,” Faurot said, adding that Cheyenne Central put their best players at doubles, but still did not win at state. “It was a real strong division first doubles.”
The girls team’s fifth-place mark was a little lower than the success of recent years seen out of Lady Bronc tennis, but Faurot was pleased with the way a young team finished.
“The girls team actually, with only one returner, finishing fifth-was a good job,” he said. “They did well. They were all close and they all went out in three sets. Some lost to the eventual champion so it was good. It was a little disappointing from previous years, but considering what we started with it was better than we expected.”
He added that he was proud of the fight out of doubles teams on the boys and girls sides, each going out in three-set matches.