BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
SALT LAKE CITY — Following an exciting conclusion at the State 5A boys’ tennis tournament, the 4A teams will now have an opportunity at winning a title for themselves.
Starting Friday morning at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, both the Woods Cross Wildcats and Bountiful Braves will have strong representation at the tournament.
Both schools will have representatives in all five brackets. Woods Cross, which claimed a Region 6 tennis title, will have No. 1 seeds in four of the five brackets, and Bountiful will be represented in all brackets as well.
For Woods Cross, second-seeded Grant Hawkes will start things off in the first singles bracket, taking on Adam Ott of Olympus. Region champion R.J. Parker, a freshman, will take on Olympus’ Tyler Payne in second singles, and Austin Kirk, also an individual region champion, will start the third singles bracket against Juno Kim of Hillcrest.
In first doubles, senior Landon Oswald and junior Jens Nielson will face Olympus’ Davis Johnson and Gabe Radman to open competition, and Ethan Johnson and Colin Cole will start the second doubles bracket against Alec Brown and Austin Stephens of Olympus.
Both doubles teams for Woods Cross won region titles heading into the 4A tournament.
The Braves will also have representation in each of the five brackets, starting with Jameson Poulton in first singles. Poulton will face Cruz Thayne of Hillcrest.
In second singles, Jake Hunt opens his tournament against Herriman’s Tyler Ross, and Nick Csere will face Region 7 champion Aydin Tasevac of Skyline to open the third singles bracket.
Josh Harris and Andrew Eyring will open the first doubles bracket against Skyline’s Hansi Kiessner and Andrew Williams, and Tyler Brown and Ethan Nakaya will start the second doubles bracket against Hillcrest’s Aaron Hsu and Brantley Bond.
The Braves and Wildcats finished tied for seventh last year, scoring four points each.