The 5-2 Cherokee Braves blitzed visiting Estherville-LC 9-0 in Lakes Conference tennis action here on April 22.
In varsity singles action for the Braves, Cole Egger beat Tyler Halstead 10-2 at number one, Kyle Ruehle beat Jim Mohler 10-2 at two, Cole Renken beat Joe Woodward 10-0 at three, Tom Wilson beat Phil Leffel 10-2 at four, Daniel Feser beat Adam Mustard 10-5 at five, and Nick parker beat Seth Orger 10-0 at six.
In varsity doubles for Cherokee, Egger and Ruehle hammered Halstead and Mohler 10-2 at number one, Renken and Parker handled Woodward and Leffel 10-4 at two, and Wilson and Feser hit Mustard and Orger 10-5 at three.
Cherokee's JV boys also prevailed 7-2 in their match, sweeping all but one match in each of the singles and doubles competitions.
In JV singles for Cherokee, Alex Struck won 8-1 at number one, Jordan Ogren won 8-2 at two, John Bieber won 8-0 at three, Daniel Enderlin won 8-4 at four, Jacob Lewis won 9-8 (10-8 tie-breaker) at five, and Daniel Rodgers lost 8-6 at six. In extra singles matches, Alex Allbaugh won by 6-2 and 7-5 margins in two matches.
IN JV doubles, Struck and Ogren won 8-5 at number one, Bieber and Enderlin won 8-5 at two, and Lewis and Rodgers lost 8-4 at three.
"Finally, the idyllic tennis weather for which we have pined!" exclaimed Cherokee coach Dave Zelle, whose team has played in miserable weather much of the time this spring. "There's not a whole lot to say when the 'close' matches were 10-5 wins. I was very pleaed that we kept our focus and did not get lackadaisical or lazy in matches where we had the opponents overmatched.
"We have to keep working to improve and cannot let bad habits develop if we are going to finish out the season strong. All the remaining meets are tough ones."