Coach Karl Wegkamp has decided to leave coaching just when he has built a 3A tennis dynasty. Wegkamp watched as his Dixie Flyers overwhelmed the rest of the field at Oquirrh Park, outscoring second-place Ogden 28-16 while Uintah finished third with eight team points.
The title is the fifth consecutive championship for Dixie, but the cupbord will not be exactly bare next season."It is time for somebody else to take the torch, but there is a good strong healthy program," Wegkamp said. "There are a lot of good players coming up."
There were also plenty of good players on hand that helped Dixie win first and second singles and first and second doubles. Only Tom Anderson of Ogden was able to prevent Dixie from claiming a total stranglehold with a breakthrough victory in third singles.
Leading the way was first singles champion Jason Trask, who defeated Ogden freshman Beck Rog-haar 6-2, 6-4. Trask won third singles as a freshman and in his sophomore year. This was his first time as the grand champion, but he seemed more excited about the team championship.
"The team thing is really cool. We have a lot of tradition," Trask said.
The individual thing wasn't bad either, as he overwhelmed Rog-haar in the fist set but had to battle hard in the second.
"Even after winning the first set you don't feel in control," Trask said. "I did have more experience. My ground strokes were good."
Roghaar was happy with his performance and was glad to take some games from the favored senior.
"He is a great player and is real controlled and is a good retriever. He doesn't let up. I am excited about next year and the years after."
Trask had a strong first serve and on the rare times he faulted his softer but spinning serve was a sure thing. He also made saves that seemed impossible.