BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Tate Atkin, Headliner Sports Editor, May 3, 2022
The Bear River High boys’ tennis team have battled their way through the Region 11 season and now look to turn things around quickly as they prepare for the upcoming 2022 4A state championship tournament.
Despite an overall team record of 0-11 on the season, there have been some bright spots and individual performances from the Bear River boys’ tennis team this year worth noting.
On April 16, the Bears took part in the Box Elder tournament, a four-team tournament with Box Elder High, North Sanpete High and Manti High. Bear River overall struggled throughout the tournament and ended up placing fourth.
Bear River’s Spencer Duncan lost in the first round before winning both the second and third round sets at first singles. Senior Wyatt Zollinger at second singles went undefeated winning all three sets for Bear River.
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The Bears were shutout against Grantsville High on April 18, before hosting the Sky View High Bobcats on April 19. Bear River again struggled for that team victory and lost to the Bobcats, 4-1. Bear River’s win came from Zollinger who competed at second singles beating his opponent from Sky View (7-5, 1-6, 6-3) in a thrilling back-and-forth matchup.
Zollinger’s win would unfortunately be the last for the Bears in the region season as they were swept on the court by Ridgeline High on April 20 and April 28, Mountain Crest High on April 21, and Logan High on April 26.
After a discouraging end to the region season, the team is looking for a fresh start and turn their attention to the 2022 4A state championship tournament to be held May 13-14, at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.
Photos by John Hurley