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April high school tennis in Idaho is usually weather challenged, and last weekend’s Eastern Idaho Invitational at Idaho Falls was no exception. Still, the Wood River High tennis team had strong results and enjoyed their trip to Idaho Falls. Front, from left, Meg Keating, Eva Grover, Abbie Heaphy, Claire Fisher, Lily Brunelle, Grace Ayres-Doyle, Denali Stevens, Kate Connelly and Penelope Weekes. Back row, from left, coach Zack Taylor, Jake Simon, head coach Jamie Hjort, Sam Laski, Jack Keating, Daniel Ziesing, Chris Davitt, Nick Dabney, Daniel Pearson, Jake Gorham, Nick Maumus and coach Kim Richards.

The Wood River High School tennis team took a busy and successful road trip to eastern Idaho over the weekend, starting with an 11-1 victory over new conference opponent Pocatello High on Thursday.

     Coach Jamie Hjort’s Wolverines stayed in eastern Idaho, where the Hailey varsity competed Friday and Saturday in the 16-team Eastern Idaho Invitational tournament at courts in Idaho Falls.

     Seven of the state’s top players were in the field, Hjort said.

     He said, “The days were long and cold. At times we dodged hail and snow. But the team didn’t let the elements keep them from competing hard. They stayed positive with a high level of focus and energy.”

     Wood River’s team results were up there with the best. In fact, only 5A Madison of Rexburg (96 points) had more points than boys’ team runner-up Wood River (67), with Skyline of Idaho Falls (65) in third.

     The Wolverine boys amassed 42 points in boys’ singles, 16 in boys’ doubles and split the difference on the 18 mixed doubles points for 67.

     Wood River’s girls (65) finished sixth overall, with Idaho Falls (96), Thunder Ridge (80) and Highland of Pocatello (74) the top three.

     Sun Valley Community School players (50 points combined) had 25 in boys (16 in boys’ singles) and 25 in girls (18 in girls’ singles).

     Hjort said about the Hailey third-place winners, “The boys brought home some hardware, finishing second behind 5A Madison. The girls had a very impressive weekend. It was great to see them compete at such a high level of tennis.

     “Both Jack Keating and Nick Maumus made it to the finals of the boys’ No. 1 and No. 2 singles. No. 2 boys’ doubles Jake Gorham and Daniel Pearson made the finals of the consolation bracket.

     “Eva Grover and Meg Keating won their championship match in No. 2 girls’ doubles. No. 1 girls’ doubles Abbie Heaphy and Denali Stevens won the consolation bracket.

     “No. 2 mixed doubles Kate Connelly and Jake Simon won their consolation bracket as well.”

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