Lauran Renjard and Jessica Metz couldn't have been more different in several ways, but all that mattered was what they did on the Cheyenne Mountain tennis court together.
Renjard, a senior, had played singles the last two seasons after winning a state title in doubles as a freshman. Metz, a freshman, was one of the new girls on the block and was just trying to find her way in the powerhouse 4A program.
Renjard is a an aggressive big hitter, while Metz is consistent and controlled. The duo proved too much for all of the other No. 1 doubles pairs they met.
"In tryouts I saw a lot of things I liked about how both of them played; I already knew Lauran and Jessica was new," Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams said. "What I liked about them as a pairing was that Lauran is downright intimidating with how hard she can hit the ball, and Jessica was very steady and had excellent racket control. When you put those two types of players together it's usually a great combination."
It definitely was, as the pair won all but one match on the season - a loss to Cherry Creek which they avenged later in the year. They were flawless against 4A competition, including rolling through the state tournament to collect one of the five state titles the Indians gathered on Saturday.
Renjard played singles her sophomore and junior years before hurting her shoulder in a car accident before her senior year. She said having a freshman at her side fit perfectly.
"It was helpful to have someone younger than me as my partner because she took what I said into consideration, and we listened to each other and grew together as partners," said Renjard, who is Creighton-bound for college on an academic scholarship.
"Winning a state title for the first time since freshman year made me appreciate it more because some of the girls had won it every year. But for me I felt like I cherished it more since it didn't happen every year for me."
Metz was the peanut butter to Renjard's jelly on the court. She transformed from a scared freshman into a state champion and gives her partner much of the credit.
"To be partnered with someone like Lauran was an honor, and I just wanted to make it easier on her and be part of the team," said Metz, who is hoping to collect three more state titles in the coming years.
"The last game felt like time was slowing down, and when the other team hit the ball into the net I don't think I'll ever forget that moment. I love Lauran so much and I wanted to send her off to college on a good note, and I knew I had to help her win that one.?
The Sky Sox will host a year-end banquet for the Peak Performers athletes of the year per sports season and overall male and female athletes of the school year on June 10.
Justin Shaw, THE GAZETTE
Other Peak performers
BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD
Bailey Roth, Coronado
At the 4A CSML Championships, Roth won the 800 meter run and also captured the 1,600 in a time of 4 minutes, 28.65 seconds.
GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD
Alleandra Watt, Pine Creek
Watt, the defending 100 and 200-meter dash state champ, won both those events at the 5A CSML Championships, winning the 100 in 11.82 and 200 in 24.65.
Alex Sjobakken, St. Mary's
The junior had a huge weekend, first scoring three goals and adding two assists in a 5-2 first-round win over Buena Vista, and then tallying two more goals in a 5-1 victory over Lutheran to send the Pirates to the 3A state quarterfinals.
Logan Hilburn, Ca?n City
The senior knocked in seven RBIs in two district wins to help the Tigers advance to the 4A state tournament. Hilburn has two RBIs in a win over Wheat Ridge and drove in five in a win over Air Academy.
Mitchell Miller, Air Academy
Miller scored four goals in a 9-2 win over Green Mountain in the first round of the 4A state tournament, and then led the Kadets with three goals in a 10-5 quarterfinals win over Ponderosa.
Devon Davis, Air Academy
Davis won the 100 yard butterfly in 52.41 seconds and 100 backstroke (51.42), and had a hand in the Kadets' 200 medley relay-winning team at the PPAC Championships.