Hear from the eight Central High School Tennis State Champions

Central Girls won the team state title
Updated: Sep. 28, 2023 at 11:30 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The tennis courts overlooking Central High School can be called the Courts of Champions, well eight of them to be exact, until the resolution of the 2024 season at least.

“It was a hard season, it was a short season, but lots of work was put into it so it is nice to have that recognition,” #1 Doubles Boys State Champ, Owen Black, said.

“I love that we can win together, me and Owen as a partnership and our school can win together, just as a school,” #1 Doubles Boys State Champ, Thomas Smedley, said.

“It feels really good, I never got a doubles title so I don’t really know how that feels. But, I did it all for the team so it feels like a group title anyways,” #2 Singles Boys State Champ, Nathaniel Thornell, said.

“We went undefeated in the season, we knew that at the beginning it was our goal to win State,” #3 Doubles Boys State Champion, Roscoe LeBeaumon, said. “So, it just felt good to get it over with when we were there.”

“It was a relief to know that we could beat a team more than once and keep it going,” #3 Doubles State Boys Champion, Nicholas Thornell, said.

“It’s really fun, it’s really exciting to get to say that I’ve won twice as a sophomore, and hopefully there’s more to come,” #2 Singles Girls State Champ, Hailey Mathis-Breitkopf, said “I’m really proud of the work that I put in and the team’s put in.”

The boys missed out on a team title by one single point. The girls won theirs by a margin of 14, that secured their 17th in school history and the first since 2020.

“I had never gotten a state title before, so, being able to do this my senior year was really important to me,” #1 Doubles Girls State Champ, Genesis Tyler, said. “My freshman year I looked up to the seniors then because they won state, a lot of them took home titles. Ever since then I wanted to do it myself. It was really amazing, it was like I was fulfilling something I had wanted to do for a long time.”

“It felt really great because I’d been preparing for this for a long time now and it felt really great to win,” #1 Doubles Girls State Champ, Cailyn Seamans, said.

“It’s amazing because I practiced with these girls for the past few years and built a really great community. Being able to win and celebrate that together is really exciting,” Mathis-Breitkopf said.

The team was honored during school on Thursday with a parade that the student body was invited to.

“The fact that they do a parade for the tennis team and that includes or JV, our Varsity, just the tennis team really helps win those titles,” Head Coach, Garrett Seasmans, said. “To see them kind of honor that with the whole school is cool. I know we just won our state title, but, I’m already looking for more and how we can improve as a team and players and people in general.”

Congrats to our newest state champs!