Blackfoot boys narrowly miss state tennis title
A half a point. That was what separated the Blackfoot boys tennis team from winning a state tennis title as they finished second in the team race with 27.5 points. Century won the team title with 28 points while Columbia was third with 25.5 points. On the Girls side of the tournament Blackfoot finished in sixth place with 19.5 points while Skyview were crowned the champions with 29 points.
"Absolutely amazing and fantastic," Blackfoot head coach Brint Jeffris said. "It was everything that we had hoped for. We would have liked to get two championships today but the boys doubles, Jacob and Tanner, came up against a very strong team in the finals."
Individually Blackfoot had one state championship as the mixed team of Meg Matsuura and Tyler Cannon were solid all tournament long, culminating in a 6-3, 6-2 win over the team from Century for the state title.
"This feels great. This was the first time of making it to the second day so to come in and win it feels pretty good," Cannon said.
For Matsuura, this is her second state title as she won a girls doubles title in her freshman year. Matsuura also had a second place finish in her sophomore year as well.
"They all are special in their own way. They are all rewarding in the end," Matsuura said. "All the hard work really paid off."
On their run through the mixed doubles bracket, Matsuura and Cannon were nearly flawless as they didn't drop a set over the two day event.
In the boys doubles, Tanner Norton and Jacob Harris were nearly as impressive as they cruised through the tournament, advancing to the title match where they faced off with the team from Columbia. Unfortunately for the pair of juniors, the Columbian team was just a little stronger on Saturday as they settled for a second place finish after falling 6-4, 6-4 in the title match.
In girls doubles, the tandem of Kendall Armstrong and Bailee Gorder battled their way into the third place match but the long road caught up with them as they fell 7-6, 6-2 for a fourth place finish.