Brandon Kempin beamed as he walked toward center court.
The oldest brother in a tennis dynasty at Juan Diego, the sweat-soaked defending 3A 1st singles champ shook the hand of Dixie’s Tevan Balian before joining family and teammates. A Soaring Eagle since preschool, Kempin was proud to win a second straight state title.
StorylinesJuan Diego defends its 3A team championship with Brandon Kempin, Ryan Kempin and Brenton Reyner sweeping singles action.
» Desert Hills takes second place in 3A, with both of its doubles teams defeating Snow Canyon.
» Waterford repeats as state champion in 2A as Max Gruber wins second singles and Shravan Ramayanapu and George Matus win first doubles.
Class 3A results
1. Juan Diego (22)
2. Desert Hills (14)
3. Snow Canyon (12)
4. Dixie (11)
5. Grantsville (9)
1st singles » Brandon Kempin (Juan Diego) def. Tevan Balian (Dixie), 6-0, 6-1
2nd singles » Ryan Kempin (Juan Diego) def. Tyler Colson (Grantsville), 6-1, 6-0
3rd singles » Brenton Reyner (Juan Diego) def. Luke Heaton (Dixie), 6-1, 6-1
1st doubles » Clay Hardy & Christian Davis (Desert Hills) def. Logan Wrigley & Matt Morgan (Snow Canyon), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
2nd doubles » Austin Hardy & Preston Permenter (Desert Hills) def. Hunter McArthur & Tytan Thurgood (Snow Canyon), 6-2, 6-4
Class 2A results
1. Waterford (17)
2. Manti (11)
3. Rowland Hall (8)
4. Wasatch Academy (5)
5. Delta (4)
1st singles » Geno Luzcando (Wasatch Academy) def. Quinn Pritchett (Waterford), 7-6, 6-4
2nd singles » Max Gruber (Waterford) def. Joshua Yang (Manti), 6-2, 6-4
3rd singles » Karim Shaaban (Rowland Hall) def. Christian Heath (Waterford), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
1st doubles » Shravan Ramayanapu & George Matus (Waterford) def. Logan Lund & Davis Hardy (Manti), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
2nd doubles » Eric Lee & Brady Pogroszewski (Manti) def. Kyle Smith & Shaun Buck (Delta), 6-4, 6-2
"It’s bittersweet to know that I’m done playing high school tennis," Kempin said, after winning 6-0, 6-1. "But I had a blast this year and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to play for Juan Diego."
Kempin dominated the tourney, relying on his powerful service and excellent backhand. He said he worked all season on keeping his final year in perspective and to maintain his focus in every practice and match. Kempin, who will attend Notre Dame in the fall, said fine-tuning his mental game was as important as his forehand.
"I focused on having fun this year — I play much better when I’m having fun and letting the game come to me," Kempin said. "It’s been great having the full support of my team and the school behind me."
Brother Ryan Kempin earned top honors in 2nd singles, beating Grantsville’s Tyler Colson 6-1, 6-0. Celebrating his win on the bleachers with bags of ice on his knees, the sophomore said this team title was a group effort.
"If we’re all achieving individually, we’re going to achieve as a team," Kempin said. "Honestly focusing on what we’re doing and it will come together, including a team title."
Juan Diego senior Brenton Reyner completed the singles sweep with a victory over Dixie’s Luke Heaton, 6-1, 6-1.
Desert Hills coach Dow Christenson knew taking a 3A title against Juan Diego would be difficult. At the first of the year, he organized his team with strong singles play and a dominating doubles program. The Thunder swept doubles play against Snow Canyon, with Clay Hardy and Christian Davis winning 1st doubles 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against and Austin Hardy and Preston Prementer, 6-2, 6-4, victory.
"It would take a miracle to take first, but we knew we could get second," Christenson said. "We developed a doubles team that had the finesse to win those crucial matches, and they showed that today."
Desert Hills was second in 3A team scoring.
Wasatch Academy senior Geno Luzcando won his second state title on the year, defeating Waterford’s Quinn Pritchett in 2A 1st singles. The Chilean-born Idaho State commit took his first championship with the Tigers in basketball. He earned his second title with deft volleys and smart shot selection.
"I’m happy. I played smart, making my shots, doing whatever I can to get the points," Luzcando said.
Waterford finished first in the 2A team scoring with Manti taking second.
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