2021 All-State tennis team released by Wyoming Coaches Association

CCHS junior Alex Richert shows her strength with a strong return. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

It was a competitive year for Gillette at this year’s 4A high school tennis state championship tournament. While no titles were aced locally this year, one Campbell County High School standout was named to the 2021 all-state team.

CCHS’ Alexa Richert capped off a spectacular season in which she improved as the tournaments got bigger and was the only local athlete to make the elite list this season. The junior was her team’s top player and let her results speak volumes enroute to the state tournament.

Unlike most sports where the all-state teams are selected by a count of coach’s votes, tennis is solely based on performance at the state tournament. The Wyoming Coaches Association forms its all-state team with the top six places in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while selecting just the top three finishers in No. 2 singles as wells the top three in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams.

Richert’s run at the state tournament was her career best as the Camels No. 1 singles player. She won three matches in three days and reached the consolation championship match.

Alexa Richert’s was sharp from the opening serve at state. She dismantled Rock Springs’ top player, Karli Nandrup, in 6-0, 6-0 fashion.

The Camel standout faced another foe from Sweetwater County in the next round. That’s where she met a bigger challenge, but it didn’t slow her roll as she chalked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Gabrielle Heiser of Green River.

The second win at state sent Richert into the semifinals against the toughest foe in the bracket. She didn’t buckle under the pressure but her opponent’s experience was too much to overcome as fell to senior Finley Klinger of Kelly Walsh, who went to win the state championship.

Richert dusted off the affects of the setback to tally another victory. She faced Sydni Bilyeu of Sheridan and returned to top form with a 6-2, 6-1 win and advanced to the consolation title game.

The CCHS standout was unable to close out the tournament with two straight victories. She faced Ashli Smedley of Cheyenne Central and was edged 6-1, 6-1.

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2021 Wyoming high school all-state teams

Girls

Campbell County – Alexa Richert; Cheyenne Central – Ashli Smedley; Cheyenne East – Teghan Baktamarian, Kaydei Mutphy; Cody – Anna Brenner; Green River – Megan Counts, Gabrielle Heiser; Jackson – Olivia Webb, Kathleen Wylie; Kelly Walsh – Gabriella Blumberg, Ella Catchpole, Bailey Collins, Finley Klinger, Harper Klinger, Taylor Stokes, Avery Strand, Malan Wilson; Laramie – Ruby Dorrell, Morgan Moore; Natrona County – Brooklyn Colling, Theresa Trvajova, Linn Warelin; Sheridan – Sydni Bilyeu

Boys

Cheyenne Central – Avery Michael Allison, Sergio Villalobosll Cheyenne South – Andrew Lock; Cody – Cody Champlin, Mitchell Schwab; Green River – Braxton Cordova; Jackson – Hayden Clark, Campbell Gervais; Kelly Walsh – Jackson Catchpole, Parker Phillips, Austin Putnam, Owen Putnam, Drew Rasmussen, Alex Yakel; Laramie – Gavin Baker, Gage Hepworth, Samuel Johnson-Nova, Paulo Mellizo, Declan O’Connor, Kyler Russell; Powell – Ethan Bartholomew; Sheridan – Cael Hamrick, Jack Woodrow.

It was a competitive year for Gillette at this year’s 4A high school tennis state championship tournament. While no titles were aced locally this year, one Campbell County High School standout was named to the 2021 all-state team.

CCHS’ Alexa Richert capped off a spectacular season in which she improved as the tournaments got bigger and was the only local athlete to make the elite list this season. The junior was her team’s top player and let her results speak volumes enroute to the state tournament.

Unlike most sports where the all-state teams are selected by a count of coach’s votes, tennis is solely based on performance at the state tournament. The Wyoming Coaches Association forms its all-state team with the top six places in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while selecting just the top three finishers in No. 2 singles as wells the top three in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams.

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Richert’s run at the state tournament was her career best as the Camels No. 1 singles player. She won three matches in three days and reached the consolation championship match.

Camels No. 1 singles player Alexa Richert battles for a point at the state tournament. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

Alexa Richert’s was sharp from the opening serve at state. She dismantled Rock Springs’ top player, Karli Nandrup, in 6-0, 6-0 fashion.

The Camel standout faced another foe from Sweetwater County in the next round. That’s where she met a bigger challenge, but it didn’t slow her roll as she chalked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Gabrielle Heiser of Green River.

The second win at state sent Richert into the semifinals against the toughest foe in the bracket. She didn’t buckle under the pressure but her opponent’s experience was too much to overcome as fell to senior Finley Klinger of Kelly Walsh, who went to win the state championship.

Richert dusted off the affects of the setback to tally another victory. She faced Sydni Bilyeu of Sheridan and returned to top form with a 6-2, 6-1 win and advanced to the consolation title game.

The CCHS standout was unable to close out the tournament with two straight victories. She faced Ashli Smedley of Cheyenne Central and was edged 6-1, 6-1.

2021 Wyoming high school all-state teams

Girls

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Campbell County – Alexa Richert; Cheyenne Central – Ashli Smedley; Cheyenne East – Teghan Baktamarian, Kaydei Mutphy; Cody – Anna Brenner; Green River – Megan Counts, Gabrielle Heiser; Jackson – Olivia Webb, Kathleen Wylie; Kelly Walsh – Gabriella Blumberg, Ella Catchpole, Bailey Collins, Finley Klinger, Harper Klinger, Taylor Stokes, Avery Strand, Malan Wilson; Laramie – Ruby Dorrell, Morgan Moore; Natrona County – Brooklyn Colling, Theresa Trvajova, Linn Warelin; Sheridan – Sydni Bilyeu

Boys

Cheyenne Central – Avery Michael Allison, Sergio Villalobosll Cheyenne South – Andrew Lock; Cody – Cody Champlin, Mitchell Schwab; Green River – Braxton Cordova; Jackson – Hayden Clark, Campbell Gervais; Kelly Walsh – Jackson Catchpole, Parker Phillips, Austin Putnam, Owen Putnam, Drew Rasmussen, Alex Yakel; Laramie – Gavin Baker, Gage Hepworth, Samuel Johnson-Nova, Paulo Mellizo, Declan O’Connor, Kyler Russell; Powell – Ethan Bartholomew; Sheridan – Cael Hamrick, Jack Woodrow.