CHEYENNE – Kaitlyn Smedley learned valuable lessons during a straight-set loss to Green River’s Megan Counts the weekend before the Wyoming South Regional tennis tournament.

Smedley thought she could take those lessons to build a strategy to best Counts during the postseason.

She did just that, topping Counts 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to win the No. 2 singles title Saturday afternoon at Central.

The Lady Indians also won the team title with 65 points. Green River was runner up (44), and Cheyenne East was third (37). Smedley’s title was one of three for Central as junior Emily Needham also took top honors at No. 1 singles, while juniors Cassadie Anderson and Sarah Foster won the No. 1 doubles title.

“I had to stay consistent, get my serves in and stay happy,” Smedley said. “Those are all things I didn’t do the first time I played (Counts). We spent all week coming up with a plan and focusing on those things, and it worked.”

Smedley controlled the first set of her final, but dropped the second set 6-4. She spent the time between the second and third sets trying to change her mentality.

“I was really confident in the first set, but I started getting mad at myself during the second set when I started losing a few points,” she said. “I was able to get it together in the third set and focus on staying happy. I play my best when I am happy.”

Needham won her match with East junior Lexie Woolridge by default. Players have 15 minutes to start warming up once their match has been assigned a court. Woolridge was late, but the determination wasn’t made until after she and Needham started warming up.

Anderson and Foster won their match in straight sets.

Central’s No.2 doubles tandem of sophomores Kaitlyn Ackerman and Kamryn Tempel lost a three-setter. East’s Savanna Stoddard and Sydney O’Brien beat Central’s Tenley Keller and Gracie Osterland in straight sets to win the No. 3 doubles title.

Central’s boys also won the regional title, finishing with 63 points. Green River and Laramie split second with 43.

The Indians doubles teams of Ben Bush and Justin Van Kirk (No. 1), Caden Bogus and Jackson Cook (No. 2), and Ben Burron and Kellen Flowers (No. 3) all got straight set wins in their championship matches. Senior Ryan Stampfli downed Green River’s Conner Friel, 6-2, 6-1, to win the title at No. 2 singles.

“I thought I needed to attack and push (Friel) back so he couldn’t get to the net,” Stampfli said. “That’s what he likes to do. I had that gameplan from the start, and executed it just like I wanted to.”

Stampfli was the state runner-up at No. 2 singles last fall, but started this season at No. 1 doubles after he was beaten by Ben Bush during challenge matches. Stampfli won a mid-season challenge match against Bush to take over the No. 2 spot.

“Playing doubles to start the season revived my love for tennis,” Stampfli said. “I realized I have the chance for this to be a good season, but I had to improve.

“I had to be more consistent with my groundstrokes. My forehand and backhand were shaky when the season started. I wasn’t practicing as much as I should have before the season, so I had to refine those skills.”

Cheyenne South senior Brendan Lock – a two-time state champion – defeated Laramie’s Kyle Moore, 6-1, 6-1, to win the No. 1 singles bracket.

“I was hitting my forehands and backhands better than I have the past couple of matches,” Lock said. “Volleys were definitely an issue (Saturday). I was out of position and going for too much on them, and hitting them into the net. Fortunately, we have a few days to fix that.”

The state tennis tournament starts Thursday in Gillette.


PREP TENNIS

SOUTH REGIONAL

at Cheyenne Central

GIRLS

Team Scores

1. Cheyenne Central 65; 2. Green River 44; 3. Cheyenne East 37; 4. Rock Springs 23; 5. Laramie 21; 6. Torrington 16; 7. Rawlins 9; 8. South 8.

No. 1 singles

Championship: Needham, Central, def. Woolridge, East, default. Third-place: Shuler, Rock Springs, def. Brown, South, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 singles

Championship: Smedley, Central, def. Counts, Green River, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Third-place: Pecolar, Rock Springs, def. Regeski, East, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles

Championship: Foster/Anderson, Central, def. Atkins/Ratliff, Green River, 6-2, 6-4. Third-place: Cox/Woelk, Laramie, def. Stokes/Shields, Torrington, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 doubles

Championship: Beutel/Harrison, Green River, def. Ackerman/Tempel, Central, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3. Third-place: Dennis/Giron, Laramie, def. Shoemaker/Turner, East, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

No. 3 doubles

Championship: Stoddard/O’Brien, East, def. Osterland/Keller, Central, 6-1, 7-5. Third-place: Archibald/Carson, Green River, def. Harris/Derby, Torrington, 6-3, 6-2.

BOYS

Team Scores

1. Cheyenne Central 63; 2t. Green River; Laramie 43; 4. Cheyenne South 27; 5. Cheyenne East 19; 6. Torrington 15; 7. Rawlins 7; 8. Rock Springs 6.

No. 1 singles

Championship: Lock, South, def. Moore, Laramie, 6-1, 6-1. Third-place: Norgauer, Central, def. Grubb, Green River, 7-5, 6-4.

No. 2 singles

Championship: Stampfli, Central, def. C. Friel, Green River, 6-2, 6-1. Third-place: Brown, East, def. Meyer, Laramie, 6-3, 6-2.

No. 1 doubles

Championship: Bush/Van Kirk, Central, def. M. Johnson-Naya/S. Johnson-Naya, Laramie, 7-5, 6-1. Third-place: Potter/Leininger, Green River, def. Gerdes/Redman, East, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles

Championship: Bogus/Cook, Central, def. Nelson/Kunkle, Green River, 6-1, 7-6. Third-place: Saucedo/Clayton, Torrington, def. Moyte/Valdez, South, 7-5, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles

Championship: Burron/Flowers, Central, def. Ruckman/Yost, Laramie, 6-3, 6-4. Third-place: Cordova/Z. Friel, Green River, def. Smith/Meats, Rock Springs, 6-2, 6-0.

Jeremiah Johnke is the WyoSports editor. He can be reached at jjohnke@wyosports.net or 307-633-3137. Follow him on Twitter at @jjohnke.

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