Wyoming State Tennis Championships: Sept. 26-28, 2019
The 2019 Wyoming High School State Tennis Championships embark on a three-day run in Gillette Thursday through Saturday.
Play will take place at four venues, Campbell County High School courts, Thunder Basin High School courts, the Campbell County Recreation Center Fieldhouse, and the Bicentennial Park tennis courts.
The action starts at 8:30 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday. There are split times for Saturday with the matches at Thunder Basin starting at 8:30 a.m. and those at Campbell County beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Schedule of Matches
The first two days will feature No. 1 Singles action will be at Campbell County High School with some No. 1 boys’ doubles. Thunder Basin High School will host No. 2 Singles and a few No. 1 girls’ doubles contests. No. 2 doubles will be at Bicentennial Park with some No. 1 doubles matches mixed in. The No. 3 doubles teams will be in the Rec Center Fieldhouse.
The third day, depending on weather will be held at the two high school facilities, but the temperature must be 50 degrees and winds less than 15 mph. Otherwise, everything moves inside to the Rec Center Fieldhouse.
Defending Champs – Cheyenne Central girls and boys and Jackson boys
The Cheyenne Central girls are two-time defending champions. Looking for a three-peat, the Indians are coming off a regional title last week. Some title contenders include North Regional champion Kelly Walsh, North Regional runner-up Cody, and South Regional runner-up Green River.
Cheyenne Central and Jackson are co-defending champs in the boys’ division. They shared the title a year ago. The Indians won the South Regional last weekend. Chief contenders will be the Powell boys, who also won the crown at their regional last week. Gillette, Kelly Walsh, Green River, and Laramie look to be top contenders coming off the regional tournaments.
Defending Champion Players
Cody duo Maddy Icenogle and Simona Wambeke are the defending champs at girls’ No. 1 doubles.
Cheyenne South’s Brendan Lock is a two-time champion at No. 1 singles and seeks a third consecutive title.
Powell’s Dylan Preator is looking to repeat at boys’ No. 2 singles.
Other returning champions playing at new spots include:
Cheyenne Central’s Emily Needham won at No. 2 singles in 2018. She’s now vying for the No. 1 singles crown. Kaitlyn Smedley, Sarah Foster, Cassadie Anderson, and Tenley Keller of Cheyenne Central were part of doubles titles a year ago and looking for success at different positions in 2019, singles for Smedley or doubles for the other three.
The Gillette duo of Jefferson Neary and Austin Robertson are now playing at No. 1 boys’ doubles, but they won the title at No. 2 a year ago.
Caden Bogus was part of a doubles title at No. 3 last year but is playing at No. 2 this year.