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Renken/Parker repeat Lakes champs

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cherokee's Nick Parker skies high for a shot attempt as doubles partner Cole Renken anticipates the play during recent Lakes Conference tennis action. Parker and Renken repeated as Lakes Conference doubles champions at the Lakes Conference Meet Saturday in windy Spencer. Photo contributed
Cherokee duo wins top doubles title again

SPENCER - Cole Renken and Nick Parker repeated as Lakes Conference doubles champions, racking up a 4-1 round-robin record at the Lakes Conference Meet here Saturday.

In singles action, Alex Struck placed fourth in First Flight with a 2-3 record. Struck, the Braves #3 singles player behind seniors Renken and Parker, battled Lakes #1s throughout the day, with Renken and Parker competing in the doubles matches.

John Bieber was also fourth for Cherokee in the Second Flight, also posting a 2-3 record. Bieber, who plays #5 for the Braves, also faced stiffer competition, meeting #2 and #3s in his matches.

Cherokee's Jordan Ogren and Matthew Enderlin placed third in the Second Flight doubles with a 2-3 record for the day.

Renken and Parker again earned All-Lakes Conference laurels with their victory. The top two First Flight doubles teams make All-Lakes, along with the top three First Flight singles and the top Second Flight singles. The second and third places in Second Flight singles, and the top team in Second Flight doubles earn Honorable Mention All-Lakes Conference.

"Doubles play was a bit enigmatic at times, but for the most part outcomes for the day came out pretty much as the pundits would have predicted," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle.

"We typically won the matches we should have won and lost those that one would have anticipated us to lose. Cole and Nick earned All-Conference for the second consecutive year, though they unexpectedly dropped a match to a feisty Estherville-LC team in a tiebreaker.

"Struck was an eyelash from earning All-Conference status as he had Le Mars #1 player Mike Ahlers on the ropes 3-1 in his final match of the day before Ahlers battled back to win 5-3. We had a couple other matches that were winnable and would have moved us ahead of Storm Lake in the team standings."

Spencer won the team title with 16 points, followed by Le Mars 13, Storm Lake 11, Cherokee 10, Spirit Lake-Okoboji 6, and E-LC 4.

The Braves host Spirit Lake-Okoboji Thursday night.

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