Miners boys tennis takes 2019 Region 11 title in matchup with Bonneville
The Park City High School boys tennis team took the Region 11 title on May 1 and 2, clinching it with a 5-1 win over Bonneville at Stansbury High School.
Coach Dillon Bunt said the first day of the tournament was uneventful, with the team defeating a number of competitors they had already beaten over the regular season. Bonneville was the exception. The Lakers had beaten the Miners 4-2 during the regular season and taken the 2018 region tournament.
In every match in the final round of the tournament on Thursday, a Miner faced a Laker.
“The boys had a lot to play for,” said Bunt, who called Bonneville’s win over the Miners at region last year “pretty convincing.”
The regular season game between the two teams this year was closer, with the Miners were missing their dominant No. 1 singles player, freshman Dylan Applegate, during that encounter. However, he took the court for the rematch at the region championships and pushed the whole team down one position – meaning each Bonneville player was playing a stronger opponent than the first time the two teams met.
The matches were sometimes close, but the Miners eventually won all but the second doubles title.
Applegate defeated Bonneville senior Caden Heaton 6-0, 6-2. Sophomore Tucker Lee defeated senior Laker Andrew McCall in second singles 6-1, 6-2. Park City sophomore Will Effrusy defeated Bonneville senior Brecken Bernard in third singles 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
In first doubles, junior Quinn Dicesaris and his freshman brother, Dallen, defeated Bonneville seniors Mitchell Holden and Jeremy Hopkins 6-1, 1-6, 7-6, (7-3).
Park City senior Colton Stephens and junior Alex Burkemper fell at second doubles to seniors Jordan Broadbent and Kaden Pierson 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
Freshman Gage Pineda and junior Chris Bratcher defeated Bonneville’s third doubles team (unnamed in the results) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
“They were disappointed not to beat them 6-0, but they were very happy,” Bunt said of his team.
Bunt said the only surprise in the tournament was probably for Bonneville, who hadn’t seen Applegate play.
“That’s what we were expecting – us and Bonneville,” he said. “We knew we were the two best teams going in.”
The Miners advance to play in the Class 4A state championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City this Friday and Saturday. Players will assemble for check in at 8:30 a.m. and play is scheduled to begin shortly after.
The Miners go in as the top seed from Region 11 with the exception of second doubles.
In No. 1 singles, Applegate will face senior Landon Disbrow of Spanish Fork.
In No. 2 singles, Lee will face junior Luca Lingenfelde of Sky View.
In No. 3 singles, Effrusy will face Pineview senior Tyne Clark.
In No. 1 doubles, the Dicesaris brothers will face Uintah senior Logan Peterson and junior Logan Mahrt.
In No. 2 doubles, Stephens and Burkemper will face Green canyon seniors Jordan Broadbent and Kaden Pierson. There is no third doubles tournament at state.
“We are just going to take it one match at a time,” Bunt said. “I’ve always said our No. 1 goal this year was to win region. Now that we’ve done that, it’s like the sky is really the limit. I don’t think there’s anything holding us back. State is always unpredictable, there’s absolutely going to be close matches but I’m confident in the team. I think they are going to do very well.”
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.