15 West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
4 Estrella athletes qualify for state quarters
by Casey Pritchard assistant sports editor
the Division I, II and III state tournaments played all over the Valley this past weekend, but no one is sending more to the state quarterfinals than Estrella Foothills.
All three of its boys entrants, and one girl, moved on during the opening rounds April 20-21. Max Schell breezed through Division III singles, earning double-bagel victories over both of his opponents.
“His mental game is really strong right now,” coach Anthony Campillo said. “There are times where he’s been frustrated and has trouble controlling his emotions, but he’s on top of his game.” The No. 1 seed had a first-round bye before defeating Quade Roberts of Gilbert Christian, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round. In the round of 16, Schell beat Seth Lunt of Duncan, 6-0, 6-0. Schell will face the No. 8 seed, Ryan McDowell, from Scottsdale Christian when the tournament resumes at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Paseo Racquet Center, 6268 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Estrella’s doubles tandem also advanced, winning a pair of matches after an opening-round bye. Zach Favela and Miguel Martinez beat the No. 8 seed out of Florence in the first round, 6-1, 6-3, and then knocked off a Scottsdale Christian tandem in the round of 16, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. It was the same players they had beaten during a regular season match in a pro-eight set, 9-7.
“They won the first two games of the opening set and then lost six straight,” Campillo said. “They won a close second set and then pulled it out in the third. They were resilient.”
The wins set up a quarterfinal matchup against the No. 1 seed from Thatcher, Brandon McMaster and Ethan Bryce, at 6:30 p.m. Friday. On the girls’ side, defending state champion Erin Cory
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faced little resistance in winning her first two matches, dropping just one game. “She’s doing her thing, she’s being professional and not mirroring her opponents’ game, which is really nice; she’s playing her game,” coach Amanda Schell said. “Her last match, she just played with no mercy. It was nice to see.” After an opening-round bye, Cory beat Sheila Brown of Cottonwood Mingus, 6-0, 6-1. In the round of 16 Cory double-bageled Jessica Wooldridge of Elfrida Valley Union.
“In the past, with girls who didn’t have much pace and had weird rhythm, it’s hard to get caught up in it,” Schell said. “It shows a sign of advancement that she’s doing what she needs to on her side of the court and taking it to them. I think it’s a beautiful thing.”
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MAX SCHELL of Estrella Foothills plays against Verrado earlier in the season. Schell has advanced to the Division III state singles tournament and will meet Ryan McDowell of Scottsdale Christian at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Paseo Racquet Center.
Cory will play Sarah Mohr of Chandler Preparatory at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. “She’s absolutely playing her best tennis of the season,” Schell said. “She had a little bit of a hiccup with the ankle turn [suffered in March] but it’s as if she didn’t miss a step. Possibly the two weeks off helped kind of refresh her because she came back just cracking it. I couldn’t be more pleased.” In other Division III action, Jacob Bunch of Buckeye lost his first-round match to Crawford Pederson of Morenci, 6-0, 6-3. In doubles, Buckeye’s tandem of Nathan Brown and Zack Bowlin beat a Palo Verde tandem in the first round, 6-3, 6-1, before falling to Page’s doubles team, 6-2, 6-2. Buckeye’s girls’s singles player, Kendalle Finchum,
beat Taylor Paulsen of Tucson Tanque Verde in the opening round, 6-1, 6-2, but lost to Taryn Wigington of Florence in the second, 6-3, 6-3. The Lady Hawks’ doubles team of Kourtnee Finchum and Elaina Pettit won its first two matches, beating a Benson pair, 6-0, 6-1, and a Tucson Palo Verde tandem, 6-0, 6-1, but then they ran into the No. 2 seed out of Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian and lost, 6-1, 6-2. “Watching them warm up, I thought it was going to be
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a better match than it was,” coach Allen Larm said. “That team just didn’t make mistakes. We made more mistakes than they did and at the end of the day that made the difference in the game.” Estrella’s doubles team, which was Amanda Skrtich and Chantal Camacho, had a first-round bye but then lost to Sedona, 6-0, 6-1. Camacho was playing because of a scheduling conflict with the No. 2 player, Mariah Tengler, and her dedication over the past week.
“I had open practice after our last match on [April 17] and all week long I invited all the girls to come every day to open practice if they wanted to get better, even though the season was over,” Schell said. “The only two, other than Erin and Mariah, that came were Chantal and Amanda, because they wanted to get better. And that showed me a lot. They lost, but it was a great experience.”
Division II Verrado had two players get close to the quarterfinals,
but both Natalie Flemming and Alvaro Jaramillo lost in the round of 16.
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“His [Schell’s] mental game is really strong right now, there are times where he’s been frustrated and has trouble controlling his emotions, but he’s on top of his game.”
Flemming cruised through her opening two matches, not dropping a game. She beat Payton Romero of Peoria, 6-0, 6-0, and also double bageled Glendale Raymond S. Kellis’ Meghan Topilko. Unfortunately for Flemming, she had to face the No. 1 seed after that, falling to Zaina Sufi of Tucson Catalina Foothills, 6-1, 6-1. Jaramillo was the No. 6 seed and got an opening- round bye, and then he beat Chris Rutherford of Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, 6-2, 6-0. In the round of 16, he faced Ian Liu of Phoenix Shadow Mountain, and Liu prevailed in a three-set match, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. “It was a battle every set; about every game went to deuce,” coach Nate Showman said. “A combination of fatigue, he was kind of cramping up,
Estrella Foothills boys tennis coach — Anthony Campillo
and [Liu] kicked it into another gear and beat him 6-3 in the third set.” Jaramillo would have won the match in straight sets if he could have finished off the opening-set tiebreak, but after taking a 4-1 lead he lost, 7-5.
“He put a couple in the net, miss hit on a couple and (See Quarters on Page 16)
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