Kaylee Benear and Logan Lloyd

Fruitland’s Kaylee Benear and Logan Lloyd pose for a photo with their state championship medals and bracket after the Idaho 3A state tournament on May 19.

FRUITLAND – With the Snake River Valley’s continued dominance in the 3A state tennis tournament, the Fruitland tennis teams ended their 2019 seasons with more hardware.

The Grizzly boys placed second at the state tournament as the girls took home a third-place trophy.

The Grizzlies were led by the mixed doubles team of Kaylee Benear and Logan Lloyd, who capped off their dominant season with a state championship.

Lloyd was finally able to lift a state championship as a junior after placing the previous two years. Lloyd previously played boys doubles with his brother, Parker, who graduated last year.

Benear joined with Lloyd for her first season in mixed doubles as well. Previously, Benear had played girls singles (she took fourth at state her freshman year) and girls doubles (with Sawyer Craig last spring).

Fruitland tennis coach Drew Judson said he was happy to see Benear end her prep career with a state championship win.

“We will definitely miss her on our girls team next year as a tennis player and as a great person in general,” Judson said.

In boys doubles, Trey Buster and Jake Livingston placed third at the state tournament. Judson said the team played their best tennis of the year at the tournament.

“Even when moments were tight and tense, they seemed to take an approach of having fun and not letting things get to them,” Judson said. “They stepped up and played so well in clutch moments.”

In girls singles, freshman Chanlar O’Neil placed fourth, falling to Weiser’s Andrea Bouvia in the finals.

The Grizzlies also swept the academic state championships, with the boys team finishing with a 3.823 grade point average (tying for first with Parma) and the girls had a nearly perfect 3.979.

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Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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