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Midgets fall to rival Spirit Lake/Okoboji

By Staff | May 2, 2008

OKOBOJI — The Estherville Lincoln Central boys tennis team got up to play Spirit Lake/Okoboji. While ELC played close in several matches, SL/O still had too much in an 8-1 win.

The Midgets lone victory came at the No. 3 doubles as the team of Adam Mustard and Seth Origer won 10-4 over Mitch O’Neill and Brady Harmelink.

“I thought our team’s best effort came from Seth tonight,” said ELC coach Chris Koenck. “He came up just short in his singles match, losing in a tiebreak, but came back and played a great doubles match with Adam. They really dominated and are playing the best doubles of the season right now. I am happy that they were able to get their first varsity win together and hope for a few more this season for them.”

Koenck also commended his No. 1 doubles duo of Tyler Halstead and Jim Mohler.

“They looked pretty good in losing a close match to the Lakes Conference champs of (Scott) Maudlin and (Mason) Bergquist,” said Koenck. “They were just a few big points away from having that match go our way.

The SL/O pair won 10-7.

In singles play, Koenck said Joe Woodward played his best match of the season, but Sam Sieh still won 10-5.

“Joe was really hitting well and seemed as focused as ever,” said Koenck. “He didn’t seem to affected by the wind and did a nice job adjusting to each side of the court and sticking to his plan.

In other singles play, Maudlin beat Halstead 10-1, Bergquist won 10-5 over Mohler; Blake Kleigl won 10-2 over Phil Leffel; O’Neill won 10-0 over Adam Mustard and Harmelink won 11-10 (7-5) over Origer.

At the No. 2 doubles, Woodward and Leffel lost 10-0 to Sieh and Kleigl.

The ELC junior varsity pulled out a 5-4 victory over SL/O.

In singles play, Cody Jackson won 8-4; Nate Jensen won 8-5 and Matt Hansen won 8-3.

In other singles play, Adam Gellert lost 9-8 (7-4); Tom Markeson lost 8-2 and Roger Breaman lost 8-3.

In doubles, Jackson and Breaman lost 8-1; Jensen and Kevin Kuemper won 8-1 and Hansen and Josh Keeler won 8-4.

“Nate and Matt both won their singles and doubles contests and they are freshmen,” said Koenck. “I think there is a lot of potential in this group of younger athletes and we plan on working hard this summer to get us where we need to be.”