Prep girls tennis: Lone Peak rolls to 5A state crown
Lone Peak remembered what it felt like to win a championship more distinctly, what it felt like to share one.
But Lone Peak fought its way to a place atop the podium it can keep for itself this year. The Knights, who were represented in all five finals and came away with three individual championships, cruised against its 5A competition despite its youth Saturday afternoon.
Lone Peak could be on the start of a dynastic run since only one player will graduate at the end of the year.
"I think we were so new that we were really excited to play, so we had a lot of energy," sophomore first singles champ Taylor Calton said. "We get to have all of the glory for winning this time."
Lone Peak had control going into the day, and it didn't let up. It won every semifinals match.
Only Davis ever was in reach after the Knights beat out a few Cottonwood opponents. The Darts were within a few points after sophomore Breezy Turley successfully defended her second singles title, but Lone Peak won two other head-to-head affairs with Davis in third singles and first doubles.
Calton highlighted the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Alta's Emily Tanner after first beating Cottonwood's Katie Sweet. Morgan Hall sweated out a two-set victory against Jensen Emery of Davis.
The closest call for the Knights came at the end of the day, when Megan Call and Electra Cochran were forced into a third set by the Davis first doubles squad. But the pair prevailed, scoring a 6-2 final set for the win.
"We stayed on the court before the third set so we could stay focused," Cochran said. "And we said a prayer."
Aside from Turley, the only other state champ from another school was the Bingham second doubles tandom of Molly Reeder and Jean Noh. Despite allowing Lone Peak to split sets, the duo pulled out the win.
Lone Peak • 26 points
Davis • 17 points
Bingham • 11 points
Semifinal • Emily Tanner, Alta, def. Brooke Burnside, West (7-5, 4-6, 6-2)
Semifinal • Taylor Calton, Lone Peak, def. Katie Sweet, Cottonwood (6-0, 6-3)
Final • Taylor Calton, Lone Peak, def. Emily Tanner, Alta (6-2, 6-3)
Semifinal • Breezy Turley, Davis, def. Sophie Sorhaitz, Pleasant Grove (6-1, 6-2)
Semifinal • Leah Heimuli, Lone Peak, def. Sarah Sturt, Cottonwood (7-5, 6-4)
Final • Breezy Turley, Davis, def. Leah Heimuli, Lone Peak (6-2, 6-0)
Semifinal • Jensen Emery, Davis, def. Ally Cowdell, Bingham (6-2, 6-0)
Semifinal • Morgan Hall, Lone Peak, def. Mariah Petersen, Alta (6-3, 6-3)
Final • Morgan Hall, Lone Peak, def. Jensen Emery, Davis (6-4, 6-3)
Semifinal • Kendall Sargent and Kira Sparks, Davis, def. Jaelyn Peterson and Amanda Balls, Bingham (6-3, 6-2)
Semifinal • Megan Call and Electra Cochran, Lone Peak, def. Sarah Cutler and Jenna Fosdick (6-3, 7-6)
Final • Megan Call and Electra Cochran, Lone Peak, def. Kendall Sargent and Kira Sparks, Davis (6-0, 6-7, 6-2)
Semifinal • Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen, Lone Peak, def. Alyssa Sheehan and Liz Watkins, Davis (6-0, 6-0)
Semifinal • Molly Reeder and Jean Noh, Bingham, def. MaKensie Morris and Cassidy Brown, Cottonwood (6-1, 6-4)
Final • Molly Reeder and Jean Noh, Bingham, def. Haley Schettler and Lauren Allen, Lone Peak