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Tennis teams get going on the courts

Mar 23, 2023 12:32PM ● By Catherine Garrett


Davis’ Brox Turley and Wil Parkinson, who reached the 6A quarterfinals in last year’s state tournament, return to headline the Darts squad this season.

Head Coach Lexi Turley, who is in her fifth year at Davis, said the focus of the offseason was mental training and helping a “young group learn to compete as a solid team.”

“We are now hoping for good weather so we can get some time on the court and see where we are at,” she said.

Also on the DHS team are Adrik Bowen, Cal Burke, Luke Cadwallader, Jeffrey Cook, Mitchell Cox, Cole Durham, Lucas Edgington, Scott Finlinson, Everett Halverson, Jonathan Martineau, Cohen Monsen, Jack Redd, Sam Whitaker, Corbin Wilko, Jacob Williams and Kaden Wright.

Turley is being assisted by Breezy Chisholm and Whitney Hekking on the coaching staff this season.

In its first match of the season against Ogden, Davis won 3-2 with Halverson winning at No. 3 singles and Turley/Finlinson and Williams/Durham taking the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. “We were able to play until snow pushed us off the courts,” said Frey. 

The Darts also defeated Clearfield 4-1 March 14, Fremont 4-1 March 16 and Northridge 5-0 March 17 and are further scheduled to face fellow Region 1 opponents Syracuse, Layton, Farmington, Weber, Clearfield, Northridge and Fremont in home-and-away matches this season.


Sophomore Justin Steed, who was second at the 6A state tournament last season at No. 2 singles, in leading Farmington to a third-place showing as a team is back for the Phoenix squad. Sophomore Nate Bullard/junior Spencer Ostermiller also return after reaching the semifinals in No. 1 doubles. 

Head Coach Maren Connolly Sanders will also look to juniors Chuck Frey and Landon Packer and sophomore Blake Geddes to fill out some spots in their lineup.

“Chuck and Landon are both strong players who will be able to help us immensely,” Sanders said. “Blake was a great left-handed game and will be a huge asset in our second doubles position.”

Sanders is focusing on player improvement, particularly among the younger players, on her team while also emphasizing chemistry among her doubles teams. “We’ll need to build the program to continue to have success,” she said.

Also on the FHS squad this season are Bronson Bowcut, Spencer Barlow, Ethan Moore, Bridger Rice, Cooper Rich, Charlie Jenks, Noah Larsen, Colton Miller, Josh Reaveley, Bennett Black, Will Mauss, Kyler McQuivey, Preston Hinckley, Talmage MacKay and Will Packer.

At the St. George Invitational March 10-11 to begin the season, Farmington defeated Woods Cross 4-1 – with Steed (No. 1 singles), Bullard (No. 2 singles), Packer/Ostermiller (No. 1 doubles) and Geddes/Bowcut (No. 2 doubles) winning their matches. The team then lost to Salem Hills 5-0.

Against Syracuse March 14, the Wildcats won 5-0 with Frey (No. 1 singles), Steed (No. 2 singles), Bullard (No. 3 singles), Ostermiller/Packer (No. 1 doubles) and Geddes/Bowcut (No. 2 doubles) completing the sweep of the Titans.

The Phoenix team is also scheduled for Region 1 home-and-away matches with Layton, Davis and Weber while also competing in the Utah Valley Ashton Invitational April 21-22.


Juniors Harrison Pearce and Covey Ure join seniors Zach Eyring, Thane Thompson and Jason Ebert and sophomores Pierce Moore and Joe Stobbe return in key lineup spots to lead Bountiful this season.

Also on the BHS squad this spring for head coach Nic Cronin are seniors Brady Madsen and Isaac Jarman; junior Jack Redd; sophomores Simon Barlow, Boyd Robinson, Bridger Newsome, Brad Vance, Spencer Rodgers and Grant Ure; and freshmen Jefferson Hall and Ryan Subardjo.

So far this season, the Redhawks beat Syracuse 5-0 with Pearce (No. 1 singles), Eyring (No. 2 singles), Moore (No. 3 singles), Stobbe/Thompson (No. 1 doubles) and Ure/Ebert (No. 2 doubles) helping sweep the Titans.

Bountiful is also scheduled to play Highland, Bonneville, Woods Cross, Box Elder, Northridge, Viewmont, Olympus along with pro-set tournaments tournaments at Jordan High March 17, Provo High March 24 and Spanish Fork April 14-15. The JV Region 5 tournament is scheduled for April 26 at Box Elder with the varsity region championships being held April 26-27 at Box Elder.


Junior Nate Tullis and his brother, Mikey, a freshman, will handle the top two singles spots for Viewmont this season while junior twins Kyle and Curtis Robinson – who played No. 2 and No. 3 singles last year for the Vikings – team up as the top doubles team this year.

Head Coach Mark Burningham said senior Ashton Durrant will also figure into the mix in either the final singles slot or within the No. 2 doubles pairing. Senior Adam Horsely suffered an injury and will not be able to participate on the team in his final high school season.

“We’re deeper this year so we can really focus in on doubles,” Burningham said and noted that depth will be the key in competing with Woods Cross and Bountiful for the Region 5 title this season.

Also on the VHS team this season are Chase Burton, Jamison Cosper, Jack Evans, Kaden Hatch, Adam Jones, Jordan Jones, Landon Kearns, Josh Longmore, Ashton Murray, Kai Zierenberg and Tucker Zierenberg.

In the team’s first tournament at St. George March 10-11, the Vikings beat Pine View, Woods Cross and Farmington in group play, winning 14 or 15 singles and doubles matches. Nate Tullis won all three of his pro-set matches 8-0, 8-1, 8-1. “We were prepared to play in the championship brackets when the second round of rain finally halted all play and the tournament was discontinued,” Burningham said.

In a non-region match against Bountiful, Viewmont won 5-0. Nate Tullis defeated Zach Eyring 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 singles; Mikey Tullis beat Pierce Moore 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles; Durant defeated Simon Barlow 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles; Kyle Robinson/Curtis Robinson beat Joe Stobbe/Thane Thompson 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles; and Kearns/Jones beat Covey Rue/Jason Ebert 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The Vikings are also scheduled to play Olympus and Brighton before region matches against Box Elder, Bonneville, Northridge, Woods Cross and Bountiful this season before the Region 5 tournament.

Woods Cross

The Richards brothers – Caleb, who is a senior, and sophomore Jake – along with sophomore Ian Rummens return for a Woods Cross team this season that was third in 5A a year ago.

Their mother, Molly Richards, who has been the girls tennis coach for six years and assisted the boys program last season, will be heading up the program this spring.

“Caleb and Jake are actually flirting with the idea of playing first doubles together instead of singles,” she said. 

Coach Richards will also look to juniors Andrew Harrison and Ryker Iverson for strong contributions on the varsity squad who is hoping to compete for the Region 5 title. “Viewmont and Bountiful both have very strong teams this year, so we will need to be tough, particularly in our doubles lineups, to be competitive,” she said.

Also on the WXHS squad this season are Josh Allen, Luke Akerlow, Matthew Baker, Mason Garff, Jack Longson, Aidan McMillan, Cole Menlove, Dan Olsen, Luke Perattini, Marker Petersen and Marcus Richards.

Coach Richards will be assisted by Rich Iverson on the coaching staff.

In its first tournament of the year – at St. George March 10-11 – Woods Cross defeated Pine View while losing to Farmington and Viewmont with rain shortening the tournament for the final day.

Against Olympus March 13, the Wildcats lost 3-2. Caleb Richards, at No. 1 singles, and the No. 1 doubles pairing of Harrison/Iverson won their matches in the team’s loss. In the No. 2 doubles showdown, Garff/Peterson lost an “epic heated battle,” according to Coach Richards, where the pair won the first set 6-4 before losing the next two sets in 7-6 tiebreakers.

The Wildcats are also scheduled to play Green Canyon, West, Ridgeline, Park City and Skyridge along with Region 5 play against Northridge, Bountiful, Bonneville, Viewmont and Box Elder. They will also compete in the Provo Invitational March 24 and the Utah Valley Ashton Invitational April 21-22.