Rock Bridge captures state tennis titles

Sunday, May 25, 2008 | 2:59 p.m. CDT; updated 4:45 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rock Bridge owned the Missouri state tennis finals. Blake Buchert and Aaron Skinner of Rock Bridge defeated Jay Kinderknecht and Eemaun Latifi of Rock Bridge, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 in the state doubles tournament finals Saturday in Springfield. Neither team had an easy trip to the finals. Both Bruin teams dropped the first set in their semifinal matches, before coming back to win their way into the title match.

Rock Bridge’s Buchert and Skinner defeated Grant Pope and Britton Scholtz of Kirkwood, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) in the semifinals. Kinderknecht and Latifi beat Adam King and Ryan King, Lafayette (Wildwood), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. According to Rock Bridge boys tennis coach Ben Loeb, it was the first boys state doubles title in school history. The Bruins won the boys team title Thursday, also the first in school history, according to Loeb.

In the singles tournament, the Bruins' Aron Franck won his first round match, but lost in the quarterfinals to Parkway Central’s Nishaad Balachandran, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

BOYS TRACK & FIELD: Hickman senior distance runner Sam Masters helped the Kewpies finish eighth on Saturday at the 2008 MSHSAA Class 4 Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City. Masters finished sixth for Hickman in the 3200-meter run (9:31.61) on Friday then came back Saturday to place fourth in the 1600-meter run in 4:15.31. Hickman also had a third-place finish from its 1600-meter relay team. Senior David Garman, sophomore Jimmie Garth, junior Terrell Shannon and senior Tucker Bounds ran the race in 3:18.19. Rock Bridge finished 36th at the state meet. The Bruins' best effort came from senior Jeff Kaiser, who finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 1:56.23.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD: Rock Bridge senior distance runner Lauren Borduin won a pair of state titles to lead the Bruins to a 10th-place finish Saturday at the 2008 MSHSAA Class 4 Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City. Borduin won the 800-meter run in 2:12.92 and also claimed the 1600-meter run title in 4:56.68. Borduin also anchored the Bruins’ eighth-place 3200-meter relay. Juniors Whitney Hamilton, Charly King and Kari Schaal joined her for a 9:44.55 finish.

Hickman finished 28th at the state meet. Freshman Victoria Jackson was third in the long jump at 17-8.

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