The fast-improving Cherokee Braves tennis team spanked visiting Le Mars 8-1 in Lakes Conference boys action in Cherokee last week.
The Braves captured five of six singles matches and swept the doubles matches to notch the big win.
In singles for Cherokee, Derek Dunn beat Kyle Koth 10-3 at number one, Cole Egger defeated Colin Richard 10-3 at two, Kyle Ruehle handled Mike Rosacker 10-3 at three, JJ Nitz beat Tyler Petty 10-2 at four, Evan Meyer lost 11-9 to Eric Janssen at five, and Cole Renken beat Zach Lancaster 10-5 at six.
Le Mars won the JV match 6-3. In singles action for the Young Braves, Tom Wilson lost 8-4 at number one, Nick Parker won 9-7 at two, Daniel Feser lost at three (no score given), Michael Carlson won 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker) at four, Jordan Ogren lost 8-5 at five, and Daniel Enderlin lost 8-5 at six.
In extra JV singles matches, John Bieber lost 6-3, Brandon Walker lost 6-2, Daniel Rodgers lost 6-2, and Jacob Lewis lost 6-2.
In JV doubles, Cole Renken and Parker lost 8-6 at number one, Wilson and Carlson lost 8-4 at two, and Ogren and Enderlin lost 8-6 at three. In extra doubles matches, Bieber and Walker lost 6-1, and Rdgers and Lewis lost 6-2.
"What a nice, solid win," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle of his impressive varsity victory. "Only once before in the history of the Cherokee tennis program have we beaten Le Mars.
"All of our top four singles players were solidly in command of their matches throughout. Our doubles teams were completely dominant as well, though Derek and JJ had a couple of loose games in the middle of their match."