Lady Panthers season ends

M-CHS girls tennis team finishes in middle of the pack at regionals

Charley Stewart displays her forehand last week at regionals in Grand Junction in No. 1 doubles action for Montezuama-Cortez. Enlargephoto

Photo courtesy of Dan Wood

Charley Stewart displays her forehand last week at regionals in Grand Junction in No. 1 doubles action for Montezuama-Cortez.

In a year full of ups and downs, the young Lady Panthers concluded their tennis season.

Montezuma-Cortez High School placed sixth out of 12 teams at the 4A, Region 8 championships in Grand Junction last week.

Lady Panthers’ coach Dan Wood felt his best performance came from the No. 1 doubles team of Charley Stewart and Emily Walck. The duo scored wins over Vail, 7-5, 6-0, and Roaring Fork, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

“The Roaring Fork win was especially impressive, because the girls came back from a first set loss to win two sets in a row,” Wood said.

Stewart and Walck then lost a tough match to rival Durango, 4-6, 3-6.

In singles action, No. 1 player Kristin Parker beat Cedaredge, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, and then lost to Steamboat Springs, 0-6, 0-6. At No. 2 singles, Sadee Threlkeld notched a win over Hotchkiss, 6-0, 6-2, and then fell to Glenwood Springs, 6-4, 0-6, 2-6. Nicole Demby, a freshman, had a bye in the first round and then lost to a strong Steamboat Springs opponent, 2-6, 3-6, in No. 3 singles play.

At No. 2 doubles, the team of Mary Wright and Jessica Quinonez beat Montrose, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, and then were beaten by Aspen, 3-6, 2-6. No. 3 doubles saw Amanda Haukeness and Jaci Veach fall to Roaring Fork, 2-6, 3-6. Raena Concklin and Samantha Woyewodzic lost a heartbreaker to Vail, 0-6, 6-3, 5-7.

“(I) was very satisfied with the team’s performance over the year,” Wood said. “Especially, considering their work ethic, their laughter and their friendships.”

Emily Walck prepares for the opponent’s serve last week at regionals in Grand Junction in No. 1 doubles action for Montezuma-Cortez. Enlargephoto

Photo courtesy of Dan Wood

Emily Walck prepares for the opponent’s serve last week at regionals in Grand Junction in No. 1 doubles action for Montezuma-Cortez.