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ELC places sixth at Lakes Tourney

By Staff | May 9, 2014

SPIRIT LAKE – Estherville Lincoln Central’s Levi Jensen and Thomas Bortvit had a good day at the Lakes Conference Tournament last Saturday, but the duo could have used one more win.

Jensen and Bortvit played in the No. 1 doubles bracket and finished a respectable 3-2.

But had the won the tiebreaker game against Spencer, they would have taken first in the bracket and earned all-conference honors. The 5-4 (7-4) loss propelled them to fourth in the most-highly contested bracket of the tournament.

The two started the day with a 5-3 loss to Le Mars, but then beat Spirit Lake 5-3, Storm Lake 5-4(7-4) and Cherokee 5-2, before the final match against Spencer.

“I was happy with how we played,” said ELC coach Tony Klein. “Levi and Thomas finished fourth in No. 1 Doubles but if they would have won the tie break against Spencer they would have been conference champs.”

The Spirit Lake-Okoboji duo of Michael O’Brien and Ryley Smith went 4-1 on the day and won that bracket.

For other ELC results, John Reisner and Tim Soper went 2-3 on the day defeating Le Mars 5-4 (7-4) and Cherokee 5-2. However they lost to Spirit Lake 5-1, Storm Lake 5-4 (7-4) and Spencer 5-1.

In singles, ELC’s underclassmen took on the singles brackets. Drew Condon went 0-5 in the No. 1 singles bracket while Colten Christensen went 0-5 in the No. 2 singles bracket.

ELC finished sixth in the conference standings with five points. Spencer won with 18 points followed by Spirit Lake-Okoboji with 11, Le Mars with 10, Storm Lake with nine and Cherokee with seven.