Ask Joey Geisz what he recalls maximum about his Cheyenne Mountain boys’ tennis staff season and the solution would possibly come as a marvel.

Sure, the Indians’ state championship run is a pleasant reminder however that is not it.

So, what’s it?

“There have been many pushups,” he stated.

This was once his fourth season at Cheyenne Mountain, and he did not bear in mind having to take action a lot sooner than. However the pushups were not a part of a punishment. It was once the training workforce’s method to assist the staff construct extra staying power and athleticism.

It became out that the workout was once a good suggestion.


Joey Geisz poses for a portrait on Friday, December 13, 2019 in Colorado Springs. Geisz is The Gazette’s boys’ tennis singles top performer of the 12 months. (Katie Klann/The Gazette)

For Geisz, he wanted that additional push within the Magnificence 4A state event in mid-October. His No. 1 singles run was once no longer a very simple one. He was once examined all through as he complicated to the identify fit to stand the unbeatable Niwot’s Neil Wilcox. He held his personal, beating Wilcox within the first set — his opponent’s most effective set loss all season.

Finally, Wilcox gained the following two units to seize the state identify.

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Nevertheless, Geisz’s event run helped him earn the Gazette Preps Boys’ Tennis Singles Top Performer of the Yr honor. His efficiency highlighted the Indians’ first state trophy since 2012 and 18th general.

And it did not hassle Geisz he took 2nd. In spite of everything, his mindset heading into the state event was once to make it to the semifinals and notice what occurs. However after he beat Dawson’s Riley Burridge 6-2, 6-1, Geisz idea that he may just end on the best regardless of who he was once about to stand.

He stunned spectators within the first set sooner than falling 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“I used to be extra satisfied that we gained state as a staff than me successful it for my part,” he stated. “I desire that as a result of that is extra of an accomplishment.”

The state identify wasn’t simply celebrated a number of the gamers and coaches. For Geisz’s mother Laurie, it hit house. She additionally went during the Cheyenne Mountain tennis program. She was once a part of the 1986 women’ staff that gained the varsity’s first state identify.

“It was once a dream come true to look him make the championship and play that fit,” Laurie stated about her son’s fit with Niwot’s Wilcox. “He performed so smartly. It was once an incredible fit. Each in reality great guys and simply an effective way to finish a dreamy season.”

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