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Tennis Braves spank SLP-O, 9-0

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2009 Lakes Champion Braves finish 10-1

SPIRIT LAKE - Cherokee's 2009 Lakes Conference Champion tennis Braves spanked Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji 8-1 here Monday night to officially cllnch the Lakes Title and end regular season play with a shining 9-1 match record.

The Braves finished atop the Lakes Conference for the first time in school history with that snazzy 9-1 record, followed by Le Mars and Spencer each 7-3, Storm Lake 4-5, Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji 2-7, and Estherville-LC 0-10. Cherokee's lone loss was at Le Mars in a rain-shortened 5-3 setback. The Braves beat Le Mars here 6-3 earlier in the season.

Cherokee's Alex Struck strokes a forehand return during action at the recent Lakes Conference Meet at Spirit Lake. The Braves won the 2009 Lakes Conference Boys Championship for the first time in school history. Photo contributed
Cherokee swept the singles matches and won two of three varsity doubles matches here Monday night to seal the deal.

Om varsity singles action, Cole Egger beat Sam Sieh 6-2, 6-1 at #1, Gregor Pritzlaff beat Blake Kliegl 6-3, 6-1 at #2, Cole Renken beat Mitch O'Neill 6-0, 6-0 at #3, Nick Parker beat Nelson Davis 6-0, 1-6 (10-4 super tiebreaker) at #4, Alex Struck beat Jordan KNox 6-2, 6-1 at #5, and Jordan Ogren beat Brady Harmelink 6-1, 3-6 (10-3 super tiebreaker) at #6.

In varsity doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff beat Sieh and Kliegl 10-4 at #1, Renken and Parker beat O'Neill and Knox 10-2 at #2, and Struck and Ogren lost 10-5 to Davis and Harmelink at #3.

"It was another gorgeous night for tennis and a perfect way to cap off a fantastic regular season," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "The win secured sole possession of our first-ever Lakes Conference Championship with a stellar 9-1 conference mark and 10-1 over all.

"In addition, Egger, Pritzlaff, and Parker all finish the regular season undefeated in singles competition - an outstanding feat. Now, we have to focus quickly on Thursday's District Tournament in Spirit Lake, hoping to advance some people to the State Tournament.

"All chances for post-season team competition will hinge upon our collective individual performances in Thursday's single-elimination tournament."

SLP-O won the boys JV match 8-1 here Monday night. In JV singles, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-4 at #1, Matthew Enderlin lost 8-2 at #2, Zac Woods lost 8-3 at #3, Jacob Lewis lost 9-7 at #4, Dillon Drefke lost 8-0 at #5, and Weston Burkhardt won 8-6 at #6.

In JV doubles, The Enderlins lost 8-3 at #1, Woods and Lewis lost 8-2 at #2, and Drefke and Burkhardt lost 9-7 at #3.

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