BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot tennis season is winding it's way down and on Wednesday, the Broncos celebrated a trio of seniors prior to their dominating victory over Sugar-Salem.
At the end of the day, those seniors led the charge as each of them picked up wins with Mark Hudson demolishing his first singles foe 6-0, 6-0. Bobby Cannon teamed with Paul Cannon for an equally as impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory and Lindsay "Silky" Loveland cruised to a first mixed doubles victory with Tanner "Smoke" Norton as her doubles partner.
"Mark, Lindsay and Bobby have all been mainstays in our program for the past four years," Blackfoot head coach Brint Jeffris said. "They are just great roll models for the underclassmen on the team because each one of them have put in countless hours practicing to make their games better and those younger kids see their hard work rewarded."
Both the boys and girls teams wound up winning the team totals on the day by identical 5.5 - 0.5 scores as they simply proved to be too much for a short handed Digger squad.
"After coming off of a hard match yesterday and then to play a team like this it's nice to realize that we are one of the best tennis programs in the state," Coach Jeffris said. "I'm just really proud of both the girls and the boys and I'm looking forward to districts."
Led by Hudson, the boys swept the singles events with Daylan Bird and Jared Evans each picking up wins. The girls squad also swept the singles events with Meg Matsuura, Holly Gunderson and Christy Hudson each taking home straight set victories.
In first doubles, Jacob Harris and Tyler Cannon rebounded nicely from their first loss of the season as they annihilated their first doubles counterparts with a 6-0, 6-0 win while the first girls doubles squad of Brandi Bird and Kendall Armstrong proved to be just as talented in their 6-0, 6-1 victory.
"We've placed year in and year out at state and it shows that a small town like us can compete with anyone in any classification," Coach Jeffris said. "The players themselves are why though. Their work ethic is second to none and now these kids are coming out and practicing rather than just coming out recreationally. The parents are the key because in the ten years I've been coaching the last three years we've had the best parent support that we've ever had. Those parents are critical in helping their kids because now our program has become a year round program just like the bigger programs in the state which makes us competitive at every spot in the lineup."
Blackfoot will host one of those bigger programs today when 5A Highland comes to call for a 3:30 showdown on the courts.
1-Mark Hudson 6-0, 6-0; 2-Daylan Bird 6-0, 6-1; Jared Evans 6-2, 6-2.
1-Meg Matsuura 6-0, 6-0; Holly Gunderson forfeit; Christy Hudson 6-0, 6-1.
1-Jacob Harris/Tyler Cannon 6-0, 6-0; Bobby Cannon/Paul Cannon 6-0, 6-0.
1-Kendall Armstrong/Brandi Bird 6-0, 6-1; 2-Racheal Cannon/Bailey Dann forfeit
1-Tanner Norton/Lindsay Loveland 6-1, 6-1; Ashley Porter/Anthony Smith 3-6, 3-6.