Sep 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTwo straight home setbacks started the season for the Riverton Wolverines on the tennis courts.
The season opened on Saturday when Rawlins swept both the Wolverine boys and girls teams.
Rawlins won all the matches. In No. 1 doubles boys slot, the Riverton team of Jon Fraley and Virgil Morrison lost a tight 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 match to Steven Porter and Billy Franks.
"We are a very young team with a lot of new players," RHS coach Mary Lea Wolf said. "It was a back-and-forth match for us in No. 1 doubles."
In No. 3 doubles, the RHS tandem of Reed Axthelm and Dallin North fell to Nick Portz and Ben McFarland 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
"We have a lot of high hopes for Dallin and Reed," Wolf said.
The Wolverines ran into a powerful Jackson team on Tuesday night in Riverton.
North and Axthelm won the No. 3 doubles contest on a forfeit. Jackson is a favorite to contend for a state title next month.
RHS hosts Cody and Powell on Friday and Saturday to continue the four-match homestand.
Girls tennis results
Rawlins 5, Riverton 0
No. 1 singles -- Reegan Ford, Rawlins, def. Alex Verosky, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 singles -- Autumn Tarango, Rawlins, def. Fallin Richmond, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 1 doubles -- Emma Trent/Rebecca Branson, Rawlins, def. Linh Nugyu/McKenna Christopherson, 6-0, 6-1,
Jackson 5, Riverton 0
No. 1 singles -- Michelle Slaughter, Jackson, def. Alex Verosky, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 singles -- Ellie Kucera, Jackson, def. Fallin Richmond, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles -- Karlie Rambo/Claire French, Jackson, def. McKenna Christopherson/Alyssa McDonald, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 doubles -- Kristina French/Sidney Roubin, Jackson, def. Linh Nguyen/Jessica Makkin, Riverton, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles -- Ann Shea/Akiea Ednie, Jackson, def. Rebecca Branson/Victoria Scheuber, 6-0, 6-2.
Boys results from first two matches of season
Rawlins 5, Riverton 0
No. 1 singles -- Brennan Hansen, Rawlins, def. David Gard, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 singles -- Rawlins (name not made available) def. Bradley Branson, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles -- Steven Porter/Billy Franks, Rawlins, def. Jon Fraley/Virgil Morrison, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles -- Ryan Roybal/Bryar odwine, Rawlins, def. Than Esposito/Ryan Childers, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 3 doubles -- Nick Portz/Ben McFarland, Rawlins, def. Reed Axthelm/Dallin North, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Jackson 4, Riverton 1
No. 1 singles -- Jackson Livingood, Jackson, def. David Gard, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2 singles -- Josh Gilmore, Jackson, def. Bradley Branson, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles -- Fuller Ross/Ryland Saufer, Jackson, def. Jon Fraley/Jonathan Frayley, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 doubles -- Ryan Levy/Marshall Pomeroy, Jackson, def. Than Esposito/Ryan Childers, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles -- Reed Axthelm/Dallin North, Riverton, won by forfeit.
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