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Some high schoolers these days are in the habit of calling other high schoolers "kids."
In the Class 4A boys' singles championship on Saturday, Timpview freshman Josh Pearce truly was the kid against Mountain View's Jon Dollahite.
Dollahite, a senior for the Bruins, is about to embark on a two-year church mission to St. Louis. When he's done with that, he'll go into the Naval Academy.
Even before all that, Dollahite will go to what's called "plebe summer" for the Navy as he is on the verge of a quick transition from teenager to adulthood.
At one time, though, Dollahite was the kid.
That was four years ago when he won the 1st singles title for the first time. Against Pearce, with a 6-1, 6-0 victory, Dollahite completed a circle rarely accomplished among Utah high school tennis players: Four state championships in four years at 1st singles.
"I'm just happy to be out here playing. It's been an amazing run," Dollahite said. "A little bit of experience goes a long way. I still get nerves, but it's just good to be out here so often."
Brian Conner of Rowland Hall, from 1988 to 1991, was the first to win four straight. Jonah Nelson from Grantsville then did it from 1997 to 2000.
The finale was held at the University of Utah as the last day's venue was changed from Liberty Park due to weather. And that was just fine with Dollahite.
"I love this facility. This is my favorite place to play I've played here three out of the four times," Dollahite said. "I was kinda hoping it would rain, actually."
For a time, it appeared that Dollahite would be plying his tennis trade with the Utes when his high school daysand ensuing mission were over.
"The coach, Roeland (Brateanu), is an incredible person and is just a class act in every way," "It wasn't until the Naval Academy was even an option that things changed. The University of Utah is great, but the Naval Academy just fits better with what I want out of life."
Dollahite's four-year streak began when he beat Matthew Pearce, Josh's older brother, in the 2013 1st singles finale.
"I've played him three times in the last month. He played good," said Josh Pearce, who beat Provo's Aaron Keleman 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals on the same day. "I just wanted to do as much as I could do to help my team to the state title."
And, indeed, Timpview rolled to the team title for the 10th time in the last 12 years.
The Tunderbirds, with 24 points, outdistanced second-place Woods Cross (10) and Bonneville (9) in the team competition.
Travis Wardrop of Timpview took the 2nd singles crown by beating Timpanogos' Tanner O'Brian 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2). Wardrop's teammate, Scotty Winn, likewise grabbed the 3rd singles championship with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Orem's David Abbott.
In 1st doubles, the Bonneville tandem of Tanner Heaton and Caden Heaton beat Skyler Johnson and Nate Austin from Timpview 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Woods Cross got a first-place when the 2nd doubles team of Davis Nielson and Jake Cline won 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 over Timpview's Jordan Sagers and Jorun Christian.
"Last year's team was an older, more-seasoned team and we graduated our three best players," said Timpview coach Rob Sperry, whose current roster has only one senior (Austin). "But they obviously have big heart."
Class 4A results
1st singles • Jon Dollahite, Mountain View, def. Josh Pearce, Timpview, 6-1, 6-0
2nd singles • Travis Wardrop, Timpview, def. Tanner O'Brian, Timpanogos, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2)
3rd singles • Scotty Winn, Timpview, def. David Abbott, Orem, 6-2, 6-3
1st doubles • Tanner Heaton/Caden Heaton, Bonneville, def. Skyler Johnson/Nate Austin, Timpview, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
2nd doubles • Davis Nielson/Jake Cline, Woods Cross, def. Jordan Sagers/Jorun Christian, Timpview, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3
Team scores • 1. Timpview 24, 2. Woods Cross 10, 3. Bonneville 9, 4. Maple Mountain 7, (tie) Orem 7, (tie) Skyline 7