April 27, 2005 - The Class 4A state tennis tournament gets underway this week in Tucson as several Northwest and Foothills players set their sights on winning high school tennis' top honor.

The Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, 4001 N. Country Club Road, is the site for this year's Class 4A tourney, which began April 25.

On the boys side, Catalina Foothills is the lone representative from the Northwest and Foothills region in the team competition. The Falcons earned the No. 1 seed out of the Kino Region and a first-round bye. They will await the winner of Greenway and Centennial high schools, who play each other in the 16-team tournament's opening round.

Foothills is well represented on the girls' side of the net. The Falcons girls squad also received a first-round bye, drawing the winner of Lake Havasu and Shadow Mountain high schools.

A state title this season will make it six in a row for the Foothills girls.

Expected to challenge the Falcons for the state's top spot in team competition are Rincon and Ironwood Ridge high schools. Rincon edged out IRHS for the No. 1 seed out of the Sonoran Region. The Nighthawks were tested early, drawing No. 1 seed Millennium High School.

The Nighthawks are led by senior Torrie Browning, who is looking to repeat as state singles champ.

Singles and doubles play will begin April 29 and continue through April 30. All matches will be held at the Tucson Racquet Club.

Class 5A wrapped up its season last week. Both Canyon Del Oro and Mountain View high schools failed to advance a team or individual past the quarterfinal round. The CDO duo of Hannah Baker and Kelly Zimmer

was the lone 5A representative from the Northwest to reach the quarters. The doubles partners got there by defeating duos from Central High School and Corona Del Sol

on successive days before bowing out, 6-1, 6-1, to eventual state runner ups Shawni Porter and Jeanelle Stines of Mesa Mountain View.

For Marana Mountain View's boys squad, Ryan Sauerman was the only Mountain Lion to advance to the state playoff, where Joe Adewumi of North Canyon High School ousted him in the first round. The Adewumi family struck again against Mountain View as Joy Adewumi knocked off Ashley Desraris, 6-0, 6-2, also in first-round action.

In boys doubles, Mountain View's Nolan Alexander and Josh Teague teamed up to defeat Max Okamura and David Senft of Mesa Mountain View, 7-6, 6-4 before falling to Adam Perez and Craig Kessler of Brophy.

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