Sabercats finish State 3rd after stellar final day


Brothers Alex and Zach Van Thuyne after winning a point

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

The Fossil Ridge tennis team wrapped up their season taking home 3rd place at the State Tournament on October 16.

The tournament started rough for the Sabercats, as all Fossil players lost in either the quarterfinal or semifinal of their event. The Sabercats got quite unlucky in their tournament draws, as Fossil lost to either Cherry Creek or Valor Christian, who finished top two, in five of their seven matchups.


Senior John Shelby returning a shot

“We played well though, I don’t think that’s been the issue…we just lost a couple close matches that could’ve gone either way…the draws were kind of goofed up, but that’s how it goes…sometimes you don’t get some of those matches you probably should…” said head coach Steve Schultz.

Despite no first place finishes, Fossil redeemed themselves during their playback tournaments. The Sabercats earned third place finishes in two singles, along with two, three, and four doubles. 

Two doubles Andrew Roerty and Jeffrey Yao

Fossil’s strength comes from their doubles teams and their depth, as there is no true weak spot in the roster. That is especially true with the four doubles team of brothers Alex and Zach Van Thuyne. The Van Thuynes finished in third place, defeating Boulder’s team 7-6, 6-4. They were also the closest to reaching the finals from Fossil, forcing their semifinal matchup to three sets and only losing by two games.

“It’s an honor to be at state at all, and to make the semifinals…it’s pretty cool we got that far,” said Zach Van Thuyne.

“It’s cool to be here as an underclassmen. Obviously I wish we did better, but it’s fun to be here,” said Alex Van Thuyne.

Two Singles Zach Hartman preparing a serve

The tournament was a great experience for the players, as they were able to spend time outside the tennis matches and enjoy their time in Denver.

“…it’s a really cool area. With all the good tennis schools around here especially…definitely some good competition,” said Zach Van Thuyne.

“It’s really fun. Probably one of the highlights of state so far. Being able to hang out with the team in the hotel…you can do so much stuff…” said Alex Van Thuyne.

The Sabercats returned the hospitality, winning the sportsmanship award, recognizing the team’s humility and grace. This ends the boys tennis season on a memorable note, as the Sabercats will start seeking their first state title again next fall.

Three Singles Brady Elliot hitting a backhand