Spirit Lake-Okoboji’s season ends at district meet
SPENCER – The Spirit Lake-Okoboji boys tennis team may have failed to advance past district competition with a fifth place finish in Spencer on Thursday, but SL-O coach Dan Taylor believes the future is bright for Indian tennis after finishing 2010 with a 4-6 overall record.
“The overall team record was 4-6, an improvement from last season, and two of those six losses were by just a few points here or there in tiebreaks,” said Taylor. “We have many young players who enjoy the game, who have indicated they are going to work hard between now and next season, and I’m already looking forward to seeing what they can do next season. Next year, I believe our guys will be one of the favorites to take the conference title, along with Le Mars.”
But those expectations will have to wait until next year as the Indians fell just short with 10 points total in districts.
Brady Harmelink and Brett Kraus each earned first round victories in singles as Harmelink defeated Cody Jackson of Estherville Lincoln Central 6-0, 6-1, and Kraus defeated John Beiber of Cherokee 6-3, 6-0.
In doubles, Wes Bergquist and Brandon Stoll defeated Josh Keeler and Matt Hansen of ELC 6-4, 6-3 in the first round and Nelson Davis and Mitch O’Neill beat Josh Meridith and Curt Durr of LeMars 6-4, 6-1.
“I was very happy with how the guys played today,” said Taylor. “This was the first year in the last five seasons all six of our guys all got a victory in the first round. Unfortunately, we then matched up with tough competition, playing seeded players, and didn’t get any victories in the second round.
“Our doubles teams played well against good teams, and kept both matches very competitive. Had we won one of those matches, not only would that team have played to go to individual state, but the team would have had enough points to qualify for team substate competition. And we were still in the thick of the substate spots, even after our guys were done playing, if a couple of matches had gone a certain way. But Cherokee won the doubles competition, and compiled enough points to advance. Overall, our guys played very well, and I’m very proud of their efforts. And that not only applies to today – I’m proud of their work, dedication, and attitude throughout the season.”
Spencer won with a total of 17 points.
They were follwed by Cherokee with 14, LeMars 13, Storm Lake 12, SL-O 10, Bishop Heelan 6 and ELC 3.