Arvada Tennis Center youth players wrap up a great season on the tennis courts

Tennis stars shone this summer on the Arvada Tennis Center tennis courts, thanks to CARA coaches Stephanie Pyne and Johnny Kleckner and a talented group of young players.

Derek Riggin is the 10 and under boys’ state champ, playing in the 3rd position; Kendall Garrido is the girls’ 12 and under state champ, playing in the 3rd position; and Sakura Steinbarth and Paige Beauchamp are the girls’ 12 and under doubles state champions

The Junior Team tennis teams really rocked the tennis courts under Coaches Crystal Messer and Barb Everard. Three teams advanced to district playoffs. Our district champions, many of whom needed to play up a level, had serious height challenges, but played consistent tennis, which paid off in the end. Here are the final standings:

District Champions: Apex PRD 14 and under Boys Brown – Andrew Choi (11), Julian Choi (10), Josiah Tanguma (10), Connor Gordon (11), Sam Slessman (13), Graham Sheldon (13).

District Finalists: Apex PRD 18 and under Girls Yellow – Finalist at State – Nikki Kochman, Morgan Jenkins, Danielle Zarate, MyKayla Novacek, Ashley Rizzoto.

Apex PRD 18 and under Girls Blue – Elyse Smiley, Emma Tomlinson, Kayla Koval, Emily Balentine lost in the semi-finals.

Congratulations to all these players and their coaches!