4/11/2010 6:00:00 AM Bulldogs battle for best tennis seed
JC AMBERLYN/Miner Senior Jon Casson and the Kingman High Bulldogs will find out where they will play their first round match in the state tournament after their regular season ends Tuesday in Surprise against Willow Canyon.
KINGMAN - The week-ending matches went true to form for the Kingman High boys tennis team as they continued their march toward the Arizona 5A-II state playoffs. The Bulldogs, as expected, were easily handled by Boulder Creek (14-0) Thursday in Anthem, 8-1. The Jaguars wrapped up the Northwest Region championship and finished the season as the No. 2 team in conference power points. The lone win for KHS (8-5) came from the racquet of Sam Martin in No. 5 singles. Martin took his match 6-2, 6-0. It was a complete reversal Friday when the Bulldogs took care of business in their 8-1 win over Surprise Willow Canyon (3-10) in the final home match of the season, and for seniors Jon Casson, Zach Hiatt, Martin and Brett Nailor. KHS won before doubles play began when the Bulldogs took five of the six singles matches. Casson, Martin and Nailor each won and were joined by juniors Cody Schoonover and Tom Chastain. Martin and Chastain each posted double-bagel wins, defeating their opponents, 6-0, 6-0. KHS went on to sweep all three of the doubles matches, including Martin and Nailor's 8-0 victory. The Bulldogs currently sit in the No. 11 spot in the standings and can jump to 10th with another win over Willow Canyon Tuesday in Surprise. However, Yuma Gila Ridge (7-1) has two matches remaining and could bump KHS back to 11th if the Hawks win both. The state tournament begins April 19 on the home courts of the top eight seeds.