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Midgets get tough draws at district

By Staff | May 16, 2014

OKOBOJI – The Estherville Lincoln Central boys’ tennis team had a tough draw in Class 1A postseason play.

While seniors Levi Jensen and Thomas Bortvit were able to pull out a first-round victory over Storm Lake, the win earned them the right to play the district’s top seeded duo from Cherokee.

Jensen and Bortvit started the day with a win 6-4, 6-1 victory over Caleb Hinners and Tanner Hoops from Storm Lake.

But in the second round, Cherokee’s Brett Walker and Alec Schultz won 6-1, 6-3.

“It was nice to see Levi and Thomas get a win,” said ELC coach Tony Klein. “But we had some tough draws today.

Two other ELC seniors, John Reisner and Tim Soper, drew the No. 3 seeded doubles team from Spencer. The Tiger duo of Brady Plueger and Eduardo Tavani won 6-1, 6-0.

In singles play, senior Colten Christensen lost to Storm Lake’s Brett DeWerff 6-1, 6-1 and Drew Condon lost 6-0, 6-0 to Thomas Havey from LeMars.

Of the 16 players out for tennis this year, seven of them were seniors.

“It’s been an enjoyable season,” said Klein. “I wish the seniors could’ve got a few more wins in. We had some great practices, but sometimes struggled to get meets in.”

The ELC boys’ team may play one more rescheduled meet against Spencer next week.

ELC struggles against Tornadoes

STORM LAKE – The Estherville Lincoln Central boys tennis team didn’t have a lot of success against Storm Lake in the final regular season meet of the season on Tuesday.

The Tornadoes swept the Midgets 9-0.

“We didn’t play very well, but it was good to get a meet in before districts on Thursday,” said ELC coach Tony Klein.

The closest varsity match of the night came at the No. 1 doubles as Levi Jensen and Thomas Bortvit lost 10-7 to Ross DeWerff and Brett DeWerff.

In singles play, Jensen lost 10-1 to Ross DeWerff; Bortvit lost 10-3 to Caleb Hinners; John Reisner lost 10-3 to Jake Luedtke; Tim Soper lost 10-4 to Brett DeWerff; Drew Condon lost 10-0 to Danny Souksay; and Colten Christensen lost 10-3 to Tanner Hoops.

In other doubles, Reisner and Soper lost 10-3 to Luedtke and Souksay while Condon and Christensen lost 10-1 to Hinners and Hoops.

LeMars also swept the junior varsity matches, winning 9-0. In singles, Kyle Marks lost 8-3, Alex Murillo lost 8-2; Jace Hobmeier lost 9-8(7-3), Jose Saavedra lost 8-2, Eli Gonzalez lost 8-1 and Koby Schubert lost 8-0.

In doubles, Marks and Murillo lost 8-0, Hobmeier and Saavedra lost 8-0 and Gonzalez and Schubert lost 8-0.

In exhibition play, Hunter Kompelien picked up a 6-5 victory. In other singles matches, Toby Jensen lost 6-3, Austin Wedebrand lost 6-0 and Matthew Mustard lost 6-1.

In doubles, Wedebrand and Muster lost 6-2.