TMCNet:  Boggs wears singles tennis crown, again

[May 04, 2010]

Boggs wears singles tennis crown, again

May 04, 2010 (The Deming Headlight - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Senior Drew Boggs repeated as District 3-4A singles champion during Saturday's District Tennis Championships at Deming High School.

The Wildcat senior came on late from a rough start and breezed past a pair of opponents to claim the title.

"He's peaking right about now," said DHS Tennis Coach Drew Boggs. "He will be seeded eighth, and that's what he was seeded last year." Boggs and senior singles teammate Garrett Means, along with doubles partners Justin Maese and James Borden, will leave for Albuquerque on Wednesday to compete in the Class 4A State Tennis Championships at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The Lady Wildcats qualified for the state's team competition. Senior singles Ashley Marsh will compete in the bracket for individuals at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Boggs is scheduled to play at 8 p.m.

Lady 'Cat doubles Amanda Means and Adriana Price reached state by virtue of the their runner-up finish on Saturday. They will play at state at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Boggs took down Silver's Josh Shelley in the semi-finals, 6-0 and 6-4. He moved into the championship finals where he beat Santa Teresa's Jose Medina in two sets, 6-3 and 6-1.

Boggs No. 8 seed at state is the highest seed for a Deming boy in recent years.

Means was sent to the consolation match following a tough three-set loss to Medina, 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3.

He regrouped against Shelley and took a 6-2 and 7-6(5) match to earn a third-place finish and qualify for state.

Borden/Maese made it the championship finals, but lost out to Keys/Eastep of Silver, 6-2 and 6-4. The runner-up finish earned them a trip to state.

"This team has come along and stayed positive," Coach Borden said. "Justin (Maese) has stuck with James (Borden) all season long, and now they are playing some good tennis." Borden/Maese moved into championship contention with a pair of hard-fought three-set matches. They outlasted Valentine/Sievers of Silver, 2-6, 7-5 and 6-2; and beat Viramontes/Bobadilla, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-1.

Marsh went as far as her legs would carry her, and that was a runner-up finish in singles. She beat Sidney Nichols of Silver, 6-4 and 6-2;p and dumped Courtney Wright of Santa Teresa, 6-2 and 6-3.

"She had leg cramps in the finals and it bothered her throughout her match," Borden said. Marsh hung tough, but fell to Vanessa Olivares of Santa Teresa, 6-4, 6-2 and 6-0.

Means/Price lost in the first round to Olson/Milligan of Silver, 6-3 and 7-5.

In the consolation match, Price/Means needed a win to qualify for state. They met Lady 'Cat teammates Torres/Estrada and took a 7-5 and 6-0 victory.

Torres/Estrada reach the consolation match after beating Salinas/Okelberry of Santa Teresa, 0-6, 7-5 and 6-1. They lost in the semi-finals to Redman/Stotts of Silver, 6-3 and 6-2.

Team competition at state for DHS will be at 8 a.m. for the boys and 11 a.m. for the girls. Both teams will meet Taos.

Bill Armendariz can be reached at barmendariz@demingheadlight.com To see more of The Deming Headlight, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.demingheadlight.com. Copyright (c) 2010, The Deming Headlight, N.M.

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