Central’s Havens making most of move from doubles to singles

CHEYENNE — Logan Havens was far from perfect in his first set on Wednesday.

Facing Cheyenne South’s Mark Broyles in the No. 2 singles match, Havens battled to a 6-3 win in the first set.

His problem — shot selection.

His solution — make better choices.

“I started swinging at volleys and that’s never good when you’re at the net. So I started punching volleys and my shot selection got a lot better,” Havens said. Continue reading

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Cheyenne South's Lincoln Trujillo won his match on Saturday against Torrington, 6-3, 6-1. Blaine McCartney/staff

Cheyenne South’s Lincoln Trujillo won his match on Saturday against Torrington, 6-3, 6-1. Blaine McCartney/staff

Some material this weekend did not make the Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition due to it being past the print deadline. Here’s the material that did not make it to our offices on time:

South tennis battles Torrington

CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne South boys tennis team came close to earning the program’s first team win on Saturday, falling to Torrington 3-2.

Lincoln Trujillo won his No. 1 single match over Tyler Ring, 6-3, 6-1. The doubles team of Jake Freeman and Lencho Beltran won the No. 1 doubles battled Jon Cummings and Liam Nadeau to a 6-1, 6-1 win. Continue reading

Cossitt takes South’s tennis training to another level

CHEYENNE — Josh Cossitt has binders full of material he was given this summer.

When you attend workshops and camps hosted by the U.S. Tennis Association, you don’t leave empty-handed.

A whirlwind summer of camps, training and hosting tournaments ended with the High Performance Coaching Program in Carson, Calif. The camp featured coaches from around the country, many of which were collegiate veterans or teaching professionals.

Cossitt, a teaching pro in Cheyenne and the head coach at Cheyenne South, soaked up all the information he could.

Now he’s putting it to use. Continue reading

East’s Rich better prepared for life as No. 1 player

Abby Rich

Abby Rich

CHEYENNE — Last year, Abby Rich jumped into the fire for the Cheyenne East girls tennis team.

With a small, young set of players on the court, Rich elevated herself to the No. 1 singles position for the Lady Thunderbirds as a sophomore. She got a few wins over lesser competition but struggled at the state tournament, going 0-2.

That made this summer very important.

In an effort to get better, Rich began playing more tennis at a high lever. She took part in the Wyoming Governor’s Cup, reaching the consolation finals in the women’s open division and winning the open mixed doubles consolation title with Cheyenne Central’s Logan Havens.

“Since it was an adult tournament, I just figured it would be good match experience and just go out there and do my best,” Rich said. Continue reading

East youngster Hatanelas thrilled to be at No. 1 spot

Dylan Hatanelas

CHEYENNE – Dylan Hatanelas has not shied away from the opportunity to be Cheyenne East’s No. 1 boys singles tennis player.

In fact, he’s done quite the contrary.

“I’m actually looking forward to it,” Hatanelas says.

Strong words from a young man who is just beginning his sophomore season. Continue reading

Lapkin chasing history

Cheyenne East senior Aaron Lapkin is the hands down favorite to win his fourth consecutive No. 1 singles tennis title. I firmly believe it’s his title to lose and know I have a great deal of company in that opinion.

Winning Saturday would make Lapkin the first four-time singles champion in state history according to Wyoming High School Activities Association records, which date back to 1973.

Casper Natrona County’s Jennifer Killmer won three No. 1 singles titles from 2003-05 until Cheyenne Central senior Kate Lowder halted that string with a 7-5, 6-4 win.

Sheridan’s Sara Hart won the No. 2 singles crown in 1990 (the first year the state had brackets for anything other than No. 1 singles and doubles), and took the No. 1 singles title in 1992 and ’93.