Prep Team of the Week: Kelly Walsh Tennis

State championship tennis titles were handed out in Gillette over the weekend, and it was the Kelly Walsh Trojans that came home with heavier luggage.
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 11:34 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming High School State Tennis Tournament was held in Gillette over the weekend, and it was the Kelly Walsh Trojans who came home carrying most of the trophies.

The Trojans won eight out of 10 individual state championships, and both the boys’ and girls’ teams came home with team state titles. The Lady Trojans swept all of the girls’ state championships.

It was the seventh time that Kelly Walsh’s girls’ tennis team has won a state championship, and it was the first since 2007.

Finley Klinger won the girls’ #1 singles state championship, and she said that the state title run for the team actually began in the summer.

“The summer work is where we actually won because the season for tennis is so short that without all that preparation before the season there would have been no way for this to happen,” said Klinger. “So I’m proud of us for all coming together, knowing what we had to do, and actually doing it.”

Gabriella Blumberg won the #2 singles title, and all three doubles pairs followed serve.

Taylor Nokes and Avery Strand took #1 doubles. Ella Catchpole and Harper Klinger are your #2 doubles state champions, and Bailey Collins and Malan Wilson brought home #3 doubles.

For the boys, they took three out of five individual state championships. It enabled them to complete a state title defense, and it’s the third state championship in school history.

#2 Singles State Champion Jackson Catchpole, who also won the #2 singles state championship last year and is a senior, said this season “couldn’t have ended a better way.”

He also said the competition between all of the Trojans was one of the things he enjoyed the most this season.

“Sometimes it’s some of the best in the state for us, so getting to play against our teammates, it brings out the best in us, and we have so much fun doing it.”

#1 Doubles Team Parker Phillips and Drew Rasmussen and #2 Doubles Team Alex Yakel and Owen Putnam were your other individual state champions on the boys’ side.

Congratulations to the State Champion Kelly Walsh Tennis Team, Wyoming News Now Prep Team of the Week.

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