IDAHO FALLS — The Blackfoot tennis team took to the Idaho Falls courts on Thursday, looking to position themselves on day one of the district tournament for a run at a conference title and a number of state tournament bids.
On the day, Blackfoot did just that as many members of the squad are still alive, heading into the final day of the tournament beginning at 9 A.M. this morning.
In boys singles, two of the three Broncos continue into day two with Justin Cannon still in the championship side of the bracket after recording a pair of wins. Unfortunately, one of those wins was against his team mate, Marc Matsuura who bows out of the tournament. Also alive is Phillip Woods who is fighting for a consolation championship.
In the girls singles, Blackfoot had a rough day as Ashley Porter, Christy Hudson and Taylor Crumley were each eliminated from tournament play, despite some strong effort on the court.
"The girls in singles are all very young but they had a tremendous season for us," Blackfoot head coach Brint Jefferis said. "I want them to know how proud and pleased I am with their improvement throughout the season."
Both boys doubles teams are still alive with Bobby Cannon and William Woods making it all the way to the semi-finals before dropping into the consolation bracket. They will face off with either Rigby or their fellow Broncos Tanner Norton and Jacob Harris at 10:30. Norton and Harris will take on that Rigby team at 9 A.M.
"Both of our boys doubles teams have done a great job." coach Jefferis said.
In the girls doubles the number one team of Ayla Lau and Meg Matsuura will be playing for the district championship at 1:30 at Bonneville after cruising through day one.
Blackfoot second girls doubles tandem Kendall Armstrong and Brandi Bird turned in the biggest match, as well as the biggest upset of the day as they knocked off Hillcrest's first doubles squad and they will be playing in the consolation championship.
"Kendall and Brandi's match was one of the greatest upsets that I have ever witnessed in 10 years," coach Jefferis said. "They have a great chance to get into the consolation championship."
Blackfoot still has one mixed doubles team remaining in the field as well after Lindsey Loveland and Tyler Cannon knocked off their own Blackfoot team mates, Camille Norton and Mark Hudson. Loveland and Cannon will look to advance to the consolation championship today.