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All-Area Doubles Team of the Year: Anna Inskeep and Scott Cannon, Blackfoot

Blackfoot’s Anna Inskeep and Scott Cannon pose for a portrait at the Tautphaus Park tennis courts on June 30. Inskeep and Cannon are the Post Register’s All-Area Doubles Team of the Year. Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

A whirlwind five weeks gave Anna Inskeep and Scott Cannon the perfect ending to their high school tennis careers.

The recent Blackfoot High School graduates, who had played doubles throughout high school, did not start this season as partners. Cannon played singles while Inskeep played mixed doubles with Nathan Joyner. By mid-April, Cannon realized he wanted to switch, and he and Inskeep became a mixed doubles team.

“It’s his fault,” Inskeep said with a laugh.

“I decided I was more competitive with doubles,” Cannon said, cracking a smile at Inskeep’s remark.

The move created a duo that took eastern Idaho by storm. On May 13, they won the 4A District 5-6 mixed doubles championship. One week later, they became 4A mixed doubles state champions.

For their impressive run, Inskeep and Cannon are the Post Register’s All-Area Doubles Team of the Year.

Ame Jo Johnson, who is in her third year as head coach at Blackfoot, has coached Inskeep and Cannon for their entire high school careers. When they were freshmen, she was assistant coach to her father, Brinton Jefferis, who is now an assistant coach. Johnson said Inskeep and Cannon have similar playing
styles, and they spent much time practicing once they became partners.

“The last two months of the season, I would constantly see them playing on their own,” Johnson said. “They would be the last to leave practice. They really came into their own without my coaching.”

Inskeep and Cannon said their doubles background and three previous state tournament appearances made for a smooth transition. They even shared identical state finishes: third place as sophomores and fourth place as juniors. Although they were district champions, they entered state as the No. 4 seed per the Idaho High School Activities Association seeding procedures that prevent teams from the same district from playing each other in the same quarter and teams from the same school facing each other before the semifinals. Taking the No. 4 seed meant they would face the No. 1 seed in the second round if neither team lost.

Cannon said reaching the semifinals made him nervous because he had always lost in past semifinals. The state title match pitted them against their district championship opponents, Century’s Ellie Sutton and Jens Klutsch, and it was competitive throughout.

“We were on fire,” Inskeep said. “We were up 5-1.”

“Then they forced a third set,” Cannon said. “It got pretty intense.”

Inskeep and Cannon ultimately won 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, completing a 3-0 season versus Sutton and Klutsch and helping the Broncos claim the fourth place boys team trophy and a fifth place girls finish.

The championship euphoria is still sinking in more than a month later.

“On the way home on the bus, I was like ‘whoa,’” Inskeep said. “It still doesn’t feel like it happened.”

“It hasn’t really hit me,” Cannon said.

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