The Cody girls tennis team may not have finished first, but no team walked away with more individual state champions than the Fillies, who finished a close third overall powered by state titles by all three doubles teams.
Cody finished with 42 points, ahead of state rival Kelly Walsh, but behind Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, each with 45.
The Broncs finished 11th at the state tennis tournament in Gillette Thursday-Saturday. The No. 1 doubles team of Solomon Stewart and Hayden Demaranville finished fourth to lead the way.
For No. 1 doubles pair Simona Wambeke and Maddy Icenogle, it was a second-consecutive title when they defeated their Cheyenne Central opponent 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to complete a 19-0 season.
“It feels amazing to win again,” Wambeke said. “We’ve worked really hard this season and the outcome was just what we were hoping for.”
The other two duos tasted their first titles. The No. 2 doubles team of Ashlyn Staggs and Anna Brenner won 6-3, 6-2 against Sheridan and the No. 3 doubles team of Soffy Anderson and Nathalia Morales handled Kelly Walsh 6-3, 6-1.
At No. 1 singles, Teagan Thompson finished 2-2, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Kelly Walsh’s Finley Klinger. In the consolation bracket she then lost to Gillette.
Torrie Schutzman finished 2-2 as well, losing her second match, then winning once in the consolation bracket before being knocked out.
“Teagan and Torrie had extremely tough competition in No. 1 and No. 2 singles,” coach Norm Sedig said. “All the players who placed in front of both of them have indoor courts and pro instructors – huge advantage.
“I commend both Teagan and Torrie for their placing at state and contributing to the girls’ third place finish.”
Wambeke and Icenogle, both seniors, went out on top to cap a sterling career. Both had eyed a second state title as the ultimate goal after winning last year as juniors.
“It was bittersweet to end and win, but I wouldn’t change anything and it was so fun to play over the years,” Icenogle said.
At No. 2 doubles, two newcomers combined to prove a winning formula. Staggs transferred in from Tennessee and Brenner moved up from junior varsity.
“Our whole team was really supportive of everyone playing all weekend,” Brenner said. “I’m super proud of every single Cody team this weekend. It was a new experience and it was awesome.”
For Anderson and Morales the title was seven years in the making. The duo finished 19-0.
“It was really nice to see how far Soffy and I have come, not only since this season but since our freshman year,” Morales said. “It was such an incredible feeling to see that our seven seasons of playing together has finally paid off.
“It made the moment even more unbelievable to realize that we won not only state but conference and regionals.”
Like the girls doubles teams, the boys No. 1 doubles peaked when it mattered most.
“I think that Hayden and I peaked during the state tournament this season which is obviously ideal, and we were both satisfied with how the season ended,” Stewart said. “This year was a lot different than in the past because there wasn’t a determined No. 1 and No. 2 doubles team until the week before regionals and a lot of us had injuries, but I think that it ultimately worked out well.”
The Broncs struggled as a team beyond No. 1 doubles, although there were successes. Cody Champlin (No. 1 singles) finished 1-2, Jackson Golden (No. 2 singles) 2-2, Dillon Romero and Mitchell Schwab (No. 2 doubles) 1-2 and TJ Smith and Tristan Dollard (No. 3 doubles) 2-2.
“I knew our boys team would take some lumps in their growth as a young, but talented team,” Sedig said. “They got some great experience and success this year that will catapult them into the 2020 fall season.”
Girls scores: Cheyenne Central 45, Sheridan 45, Cody 42, Casper-Kelly Walsh 40, Green River 15.5, Gillette-Thunder Basin 14.5, Gillette-Campbell County 12, Cheyenne East 12, Jackson 8.5, Laramie 7, Torrington 5, Powell 4, Rock Springs 4, Cheyenne South 4, Casper-Natrona 2.5, Rawlins 1.
Boys scores: Powell 54, Gillette-Campbell County 31.5, Casper-Kelly Walsh 23, Cheyenne South 23, Sheridan 21, Cheyenne Central 20, Laramie 19.5, Jackson 19, Gillette Thunder Basin 17, Green River 12, Cody 12, Cheyenne East 2.5, Torrington 2, Rawlins 1, Rock Springs 0.5 and Casper Natrona 0.