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Host Cougars force Lobos into mistakes

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Evergreen victorious in rain-delayed match with Conifer

By Michael Hicks

Dennis Von Kuczkowski says that his English isn’t all that. He’s a German exchange student, after all. But don’t be fooled. The Evergreen High junior speaks pretty good English, and his tennis game is quite good in its own right.
Von Kuczkowski, who mixes a steady baseline game with attacking the net, broke serve five times en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Conifer’s Sam Kassman on Sept. 16 at Hiwan Golf Club. That was one of five wins for the host Cougars in a 5-1 victory over Conifer.
“I play pretty safe. I try to get (my opponents) to make mistakes. In this game, he made the most mistakes,” Von Kuczkowski said.
Evergreen’s No. 2 singles player Luke Camp was just as impressive, scoring a 6-2, 6-0 win over David Clark. The junior left-hander said it was his serve, which tends to kick the opposite way than it does for right-handers, that sets him up for success.
“I got off to a pretty good start. My serve was falling in. I don’t think he was used to big lefty serves, so I got a lot of free points off that,” Camp said. “My ground strokes were good. I didn’t hit a lot of winners, but I was moving him around and make him hit it out.”
Other winners for Evergreen (2-3 overall, 2-0 4A Jeffco League) included its top three doubles teams. The Cougars’ No. 1 doubles duo of Henry Raeder and Uriah Bauer rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Ben Yerks and Reid Lange. No. 2 doubles Jack Cuntz and Nick Johnson topped Kooper Hackmann and Micah Furman 6-1, 6-1, while Lucas Weidner and Evan Bauer beat Ashton Berne and James McDermond 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
Conifer’s lone win came at No. 3 singles where Ian Heaney held off Evergreen freshman Ryan Lahr 6-3, 6-4. The Lobos dropped to 1-3 overall, 1-1 in league play.
The match was originally scheduled for Sept. 12, but heavy rain postponed it for four days.
“It’s nice to finally get it in and get a win,” Camp said.
And, yes, the weather wreaked havoc again. A quick late downpour suspended the No. 4 doubles match between Evergreen’s Teddy Evans and Peter Fellows and Conifer’s Christian Westernhausen and Vince Otterbein. The match was tied 6-6 in the first set with Westernhausen and Otterbein leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker. It will be concluded Sept. 20 at Conifer High School.

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Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.