Near-constant rain forced a long delay in the Class 4A boys tennis state tournament for the second day in a row.
Thursday, it was 5-hour, 42-minute delay. Friday blew that out of the, um, water.
Play didn't start until 6:18 p.m. because of wet courts — amounting to a delay of nine hours and 18 minutes. It ultimately was split into two sites, with No. 4 and No. 3 doubles playing at least one round at Pueblo Centennial High School. Play didn't finish until 11 p.m. on Friday.
But everyone powered through — players, coaches, officials, tournament directors, parents, volunteers. It meant that the tournament, which was looking at potentially finishing on Sunday, got back on track and finished play through the quarterfinals.
Semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. Playbacks will immediately follow. If all goes smoothly, finals and the third- and fourth-place matches will take place later Saturday.
After Day 2, Colorado Academy and Kent Denver are tied for the team lead with 21 points apiece. Niwot is in third with 17. Mullen and Air Academy each have 12 points, and are tied for fourth place.