Mountain View's Trevor Jones is All-Region boys tennis player

Senior caps year with bronze medal

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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Trevor Jones' tennis career at Mountain View High School came full circle this season.

As a freshman in 2010, Jones teamed up with senior Jack Wang to play in the state tournament. As a senior this year, Jones teamed with freshman Colton Reed at the state tournament.

Rest of All-Region team

John Ebert, sr., Heritage: Class 4A GSHL singles player of the year.

Jonathan Ho, so, Camas: 4A district singles champion; 4A GSHL first-team pick.

Colton Reed, fr., Mountain View: First-team 3A GSHL singles; placed third at state in doubles.

Dominik Gorecki, fr., Columbia River: Placed eighth at Class 3A state in singles.

Andrew Bagherpour, sr., Union: Part of the 4A GSHL doubles team of the year.

Jacob Buckley, jr., Union: Part of the 4A district champion doubles team; advanced to state.

"It was kind of a rewind of my freshman year," Jones said. "It worked out pretty well."

Pretty well, indeed. Jones and Reed took third place at the Class 3A state tournament.

That bronze medal capped a senior year that included a fourth consecutive district championship -- three in doubles and one as singles champion -- and a 3A Greater St. Helens League player of the year honor in the fall. To that list, he adds The Columbian's boys tennis player of the year honor.

In the fall, Jones split time between playing singles and doubles, depending upon the dual-meet matchup. But there was never a question that he would team with Reed for the postseason tournaments.

"I'm definitely a stronger doubles player than a singles player," Jones said.

As a freshman, when he and Wang went 2-2 at state but did not earn a medal, Jones said he discovered he was mentally stronger with a partner on the court. That was true this spring, too, though this time he was the senior leading by example.

"I knew I had to go in and get us pumped up and keep us going in the right direction," Jones said. "I think we both took a mature approach into that state tournament. We really worked well together."

Jones said he and Reed played their best tennis of the season on the Friday of the state tournament. They won their first match in straight sets, then survived a first-set loss and second-set tiebreaker to win in the quarterfinals.

After losing in the semifinals, they again overcame another first-set loss to win the match for third place, a satisfying conclusion to a rewarding high school career.

Jones learned to play tennis at Vancouver Tennis Center, where his parents first took him at age of 5. Jones has played plenty of United States Tennis Association tournaments in the region. But he never dreamed of skipping the high school tennis season.

"It's fun to be on a team, and to go to competitions and win for your school," Jones said.

Season highlights

• A senior, Jones teamed with freshman Colton Reed to take third place in the Class 3A state doubles tournament.

• Jones and Reed placed second at the Class 3A West-Central regional tournament in the fall to qualify for state.

• Jones and Reed won the 3A District 4 doubles tournament in the fall. Jones was a four-time district champion, three times in doubles and in singles as a junior.

More about Trevor

• Trevor plays the trombone. He was a member of several bands at Mountain View, including the jazz ensemble that in 2011 traveled to perform in Chicago.

• For his listening pleasure, Jones prefers alternative music and hip-hop. His favorite artists are Fallout Boy or Snow Patrol.

• Favorite subject: “I’m a math guy. I want to get into something where I can use my math skills to build things.”

Next year and beyond

• Trevor plans to attend Metropolitan State in Denver to play Division II college tennis for the Roadrunners. His plan is to study engineering.

Quotable

“(Trombone and tennis) are different, but very much the same. You have to persevere and practice a lot to be successful.” — Trevor Jones, Musician and athlete