It was game, set and match for The Community School boys and girls tennis teams over the weekend.
The Cutthroats sent 11 athletes to the 3A Idaho High School Activities Association Tennis Tournament, and returned home with two championships.
Calm under pressure and cool in the heat, sophomore Peter Morawitz and senior Erin Smith each cruised to 3A titles for boys and girls singles at Vallivue High School in Caldwell May 19-20.
“It feels great to win state individually,” said Morawitz. “There were some great players there.”
Both Morawitz and Smith handled their business quite easily. Neither Cutthroat lost a set the entire tournament.
Morawitz entered the tournament as the top seed in the boys tournament. He had a first round bye that set him up for a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Logan Lloyd from Fruitland.
He then faced his biggest challenge of the weekend when he beat Payden Rohrbacher 7-5, 6-1.
Morawitz had played Rohrbacher for third place in last year’s tournament where Morawitz pulled out a narrow victory.
Saturday’s match began at 8 a.m. while the day was still chilly outside.
For the first 10 games both Morawitz and Rohrbacher pushed the ball back and forth conservatively. When the first set was at 5-5, Morawitz began to loosen up.
“We started to hit, and I started to attack more, going for shots, especially on my forehand,” said Morawitz. “After winning the first set, I was feeling confident and continued to play my game until the end of the match.”
After the biggest challenge of the weekend, Morawitz made it look easy against Josiah Whiting of Fruitland in the boys final.
Morawitz won 6-0, 6-2.
With Smith’s win on the girl’s side, she became the second consecutive Community School champion.
Olivia Ott won the whole thing in 2016 when Ott defeated Smith in a tight final, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6.
Like Morawitz, Smith was the top seed and had a first round bye on Friday that eventually set her up with a matchup with Kaylee Benear in the second round. Smith won easily 6-0, 6-1.
In the semifinal round, Smith also cruised handily by taking down Kat Merges of Parma 6-2, 6-1.
In the final, Smith beat Annalee Ball of Ririe 6-0, 6-2.
The Community School has dominated the 3A tennis scene.
Entering the weekend’s final tournament, the Cutthroats championed its 19th district title in 20 years with 13 straight.
In 33 years of fielding a team, The Community School has gone to state for 32 years.
With Morawitz and Smith winning titles, The Community School now has a total of 25 state championships in singles and doubles between both boys and girls teams.
The last time the Cutthroats took home a team title was in 2013 when the boys’ team won. The Community School has eight total team titles.
Aside from Morawitz, his older brother Keene Morawitz found himself in the consolation round in the boys tournament, but ended up losing to Rohrbacher 6-2, 6-3 to finish his senior season.
The team of James Everitt and William Everitt took fourth place in the boys doubles tournament. The Everitts lost to Fruitland 6-3, 7-5.
The team of Emma Coulthard and Tara Ware ended their season in the consolation round in the girls’ doubles tournament where they eventually lost to Parma 6-4, 6-4.
Wood River struggles at state tournament
The Wood River boys and girls tennis teams didn’t fare as well as The Community School over the weekend.
The Wolverines’ best finish was sophomore Jack Keating who made it to the fourth round of the consolation bracket. Keating lost to Brian Zhu of Century 6-0, 6-0.
The team of Clay Cutler and Nick Maumus also made it to the fourth round of the consolation bracket in the boys’ doubles. They lost to Skyview 6-7, 6-0, 6-2.
Oskar Wilander and Maggie Belgioco made it to the third round of the consolation bracket in the mixed doubles tournament. They lost to Ridgeview 6-4, 6-1.
Going into the state tournament, Wood River had won the 4A Great Basin Conference tournament when the Wolverines finished with 94 points.