IDAHO FALLS — You will have to excuse the Blackfoot tennis squad if they are walking just a little taller today because on Tuesday, they turned in one of the finest performances in program history as they have already qualified 9 players for next weeks state tournament.
The Broncos qualified all of those players in large part to having placed four and possibly a fifth competitor in Thursday afternoons district championship matches.
“Definitely in my forty years of tennis I don’t believe that Blackfoot has ever had this many finalists in the district tournament,” Blackfoot head coach Brint Jeffris said. “It was a really incredible day. One of the best performances ever.”
Leading the charge for Blackfoot on Tuesday was the boys doubles teams as both of Blackfoot’s squads went undefeated on Tuesday and will face off against each other for the conference championship.
Paul and Bobby Cannon turned in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as they knocked off the top seeded Hillcrest squad 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the title match where they will face off with Jacob Harris and Tyler Cannon.
In mixed doubles, Tanner “Smoke” Norton and Lindsey “Silk” Loveland powered their way into the finals where they will match up with the top seeded team from Madison. The two teams split the regular season as Norton and Loveland handed the Bobcat duo their only loss of the season earlier this year.
The match may also be a key to the overall Boys team title with 40 points on the line.
“We have a shot at a boys team title and I think that it may just come down to how our mixed team does,” Coach Jeffris said. “Of course, there is a lot of tennis left to be played but the boys team could wind up winning the title.”
In girls doubles, Blackfoot’s top doubles team, Kendall Armstrong and Brandi Bird will play for the conference title against the top ranked Bonneville squad and in girls singles, Meg Matsuura needs just one more win to advance to the conference championship match as well.
Blackfoot also has players still alive for consolation championships with Mark Hudson and Daylan Bird facing off in the boys singles division. Also still lacing the sneakers up on Thursday will be Ashley Porter who is still in the mix for a consolation championship.
“Just a great day,” Coach Jeffris said. “I couldn’t be happier. We got wins that we were supposed to get and we picked up some surprise wins as well. It was fantastic.”
Blackfoot will return to the courts on Thursday with the championship matches scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 P.M. at Bonneville High School.