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Brighton, Timpview favored in tennis

Brighton goes into the 5A girls high school tennis championships a heavy favorite, despite some impressive records recorded by its challengers.

Brighton, led by Lu Oswald, takes a 12-0 record into the state finals, which open Friday at Liberty Park.The greatest threat to the Bengals' chances will come from Orem, a well-balanced team No. 2-ranked team with a 10-2 record.

Davis is ranked No. 3 with a 6-0 record, and Skyline is No. 4 at 5-1.

Semifinals and finals will be played Saturday at the park.

Timpview, ranked No. 1 in 4A, won't be able to spare a point if it plans to recapture the title. The top four challengers have only four losses this season between them.

The top-ranked Thunderbirds, led by Rachele Ferguson, take a 12-0 record into the 4A tournament that begins Saturday at BYU. And, while the T-Birds are strong, one slip could cost them the edge.

East, for example, the second-ranked team with an 8-0 record, has not played Timpview this season but has posted some impressive wins over the teams it has played. Even more impressive is that the Leopards are a very young team, with four of seven players being freshmen.

Box Elder, ranked No. 3 with a 5-2 record, also is a contender. Its No. 1 player, Elyse Jensen, missed the two matches Bees lost.

Judge, ranked No. 4 with a 7-1 record, suffered its only loss in a close match with East in the regionals.

Fremont, the No. 5 team, takes a 6-1 record into the tournament.

The semis and finals will be played on Monday at BYU. The tournament was originally scheduled for Friday-Saturday play, but homecoming activities at BYU necessitated a change to Saturday-Monday.

Both tournaments are free and open to the public.