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A-West in 5A, Alameda in 4A to make noise

D’Evelyn aiming for another perfect 49-0 season

Dan Williams
D’Evelyn senior Max O’Brien goes way up in the air and then slams home an overhead during a practice last week. O’Brien was a part of a team that went a perfect 7-0 in 4A Jeffco last season and the Jaguars could be even better this season.
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Alameda: The Pirates might be the sleeper team in 4A Jeffco this season that ends up making some noise. Last season Alameda (4-7, 3-5 in league) finished in the middle of the pack, but was also one of the younger teams in their league. This season two of its top singles players returning — seniors Marcus Gallegos and Huy Nguyen). Both players are expected to make Alameda a legitimate contender this season.

Keep your eye on: senior Jonathan Winger, who will go from role player last season to team leader this season.

Arvada: The Bulldogs were rebuilding last season and struggled on their way through a one win season (1-9, 1-6 in league). Arvada was the victim of not having a lot of depth on the roster and of being in a really tough league. This season the Bulldogs expect to be a much improved outfit led by coach Judy Nelson.

Keep your eye on: Senior Tyler Soukup, who could be one of the league’s most improved players this season.

Arvada West: The Wildcats could be the breakout team in 5A Jeffco this season. After finishing in the middle of the pack last season (5-4, 3-4 in league) A-West seems poised for a huge campaign. The Wildcats lost only three players to graduation, and two of those three players were off their No. 3 and No. 4 doubles teams. A-West returns nearly all the top players from last season and look sure to finish as a top three 5A Jeffco teams this season.

Keep your eye on: senior Jaden Tanguma, who had a fantastic season playing No. 3 doubles last season (6-2).

Bear Creek: In recent past, the Bears (2-8, 2-6 in league) have had several really talented individual players, but as a team Bear Creek hasn’t been able to compete with the Columbines, Lakewoods and Ralston Valleys of 5A Jeffco. This season the Bears will be one of the youngest teams in Jeffco as they graduated five of their players from last season. But rumor has it that Bear Creek has a talented incoming group of underclassmen.

Keep your eye on: junior Preston Le, who struggled playing No. 3 singles last season but is now battle-tested from the experience.

D'Evelyn: The Jaguars return as the class of 4A Jeffco this season. D’Evelyn finished last season as 4A Jeffco champions with a perfect 7-0 league record (9-1 overall), with the only loss coming to Mullen. The Jaguars dominated their league, going a perfect 49-0 in their 49 matches against 4A Jeffco foes. In addition, D’Evelyn only lost two players to graduation and they return their top two players.

Keep your eye on: sophomore Tom Hudson, who went a perfect 9-0 last season at No. 1 doubles. Hudson has a chance to develop into one of the best players in the state.

Green Mountain: The Rams were one of Jeffco’s youngest teams last season and therefore struggled in a tough 4A Jeffco league. But Green Mountain knew they had to survive last season in order to get to this season — where they now sit as one of the most talented young teams in Jeffco. The Rams return all six of their top players from last season and graduated only two players (who were both doubles players). Look out for Green Mountain this season.

Keep your eye on: senior Trace Mulberry, who has worked himself into the conversation of one of 4A Jeffco’s best players.


Standley Lake:
The Gators struggled in a stacked 5A Jeffco last season (4-8, 2-4 in league) but the future has never been brighter for the program. Standley Lake returns 10 of 11 varsity players from last season, including their top two singles players. While it is unknown if the Gators will be good enough to compete for a league title this season, one thing for sure is that Standley Lake will be dramatically improved.

Keep your eye on: senior Daniel Lee, who is looking to make a name for himself as one of the best singles players in Jeffco this season.

Wheat Ridge: The Farmers are always a tennis force, both boys and girls. But Wheat Ridge (6-5, 5-3 last season in 4A Jeffco) graduated all of their seven top players from last season and will be rebuilding their brand this season. The Farmers return only three of their 11 varsity members from last season and, barring a couple freshman phenoms coming in and making an impact, next season might be the year Wheat Ridge returns to the top of the league standings.

Keep your eye on: junior Eric Sanders, who quietly was a very strong doubles player last season.

Valor Christian: It may feel a little odd, but Valor has again been added to 4A Jeffco in all sports except football. That means 4A Jeffco has a new foe in the Eagles, who will enter the league as a team who could make an immediate impact. Valor graduated two of their three singles players from last season, but they also return eight of their 11 varsity members. In addition, because it is Valor, it is highly likely that the program will add several very talented incoming freshmen this season.

Keep your eye on: senior Jimmy Amundson, who played No. 2 singles for the Eagles last season.