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Park City captures Region 10 crown

This weekend it was the Region 10 Tennis Championships, but it might as well have been last Thursday as Park City High School and Judge Memorial once again battled it out on the Park City Racquet Club courts.

When the two met up last week in a regular-season match, Park City came away with a narrow 3-2 win that came after a nail-biter in the second doubles position.

This time, Park City won in second doubles, but it still came down to the last moments before Park City claimed the region title.

"It being so close before was really helpful," said Park City head coach Schuyler "Scooter" Mastain. "We knew what to expect."

Thanks to an unlikely hero, freshman John Packham, who generally plays on junior varsity, stepped in for No.2 singles player Blake Barcus, who tore a ligament in his arm playing against Judge last week. Packham didn’t win it all, but he did take third place, earning the team vital points that ultimately gave the Miners the 34-32 point edge they needed to claim the Region 10 crown.

"He came up big. He hadn’t really had the chance to compete in the singles area," said Mastain.

It wasn’t all Park City and Judge in the finals. Both Waterford and Wasatch helped to keep things interesting with top placings in the No. 2 singles and doubles positions.

At the No. 1 singles position, Taylor Smith managed to pull past Judge’s Noel Hollingsworth 7-6, 6-3. With Hollingsworth’s imposing 6-feet and 9-inch body, Smith once again had to adjust to a wingspan that can reach over most of the court and the Hollingsworth’s off-beat swinging style, but still managed the two-set win.

Judge’s Trey Kennedy and Waterford’s Andrew Munoz took first and second place restively in the No. 2 slot. The Bulldogs also won at the No. 3 singles position, where Andrew Lam beat John Patterson.

In doubles action, Park City’s Jack Burrus and Beau Freckleton took first place in No. 1 doubles and the Bulldogs’ Sean McCoy and Kolby Newton took second. In No. 2 doubles, the duo of Erik Pace and Tommy Clark beat Wasatch’s Jansten Roney and Daniel Crump.

With a number of regular season wins under their belts, Smith and the doubles teams should have a high seeding. The state finals will likely come down to Park City and Judge as well as other top schools like Logan, Ogden and Box Elder. Last year, the Miners had to share the state championship with Logan and they definitely don’t want to repeat any title-sharing this season.

Mastain it said it will come down to performances like Packham’s and Patterson’s — unexpected big wins — to help the Miners win the state crown outright this year. He has also made sure the team is practicing together this week a luxury they didn’t have during the regular season due to the winter-like weather.

"These last two weeks, it’s been integral to focus as a team," Mastain said.

The 3A state championships begin Friday at 2 p.m. and continue through Saturday starting at 8 a.m.


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