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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Struck has lone Cherokee win

Visiting Denison-Schleswig rocked a young, inexperienced Cherokee Braves varsity tennis team 8-1 in the season-opener for the Washington High lads.

Cherokee's Alex Struck fires a forehand during the Braves tennis season opener against Denison-Schleswig in Cherokee Friday night. Struck claimed his team's lone victory with a 10-7 win at #1 singles. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee senior Alex Struck was the lone winner for the Braves, defeating Monarch senior Ryan Petersen 10-7 in a 90-minute battle at the #1 singles competition.

In other varsity singles action for Cherokee in the cold, windy conditions, junior Matthew Enderlin lost 10-2 to Jacob Heiden at #2, freshman Brett Walker fell 10-1 to Andrew Hrabik at #3, sophomore Connor Ogren lost 10-2 to Philip Keairnes at #4, senior Gus Laursen lost 10-0 to Austin Lansink at #5, and junior Gabe Conley lost 10-4 to Riley Sondag at #6.

In varsity doubles action, Struck and Enderlin fell 10-3 to Petersen and Keairnes at #1, Walker and Ogren lost 10-1 to Heiden and Hrebik at #2, and Laursen and Conley lost 10-1 to Lansink and Sondag at #3.

Cherokee boys tennis coach Dave Zelle shows Connor Ogren some forehand strategy during a consultation at a break during the Braves match with Denison-Schleswig Friday. Photo by Paul Struck
Denison-Schleswig swept the JV matches 6-0, with the young Braves featuring just four JV players - all freshmen.

For Cherokee JV, Nathan Fowler lost 8-1 at #1, Alec Schultz lost 8-1 at #2, Alex Mauer lost 8-0 at #3, and Carlos Aguilar lost 8-1 at #4. In doubles, Fowler and Schultz lost 8-0 at #1, and Mauer and Aguilar fell 8-2 at #2.

"Given our level of inexperience and facing a senior-dominated opponent (Monarchs play nine seniors), we did about as well as we could hope," said veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle.

Matt Enderlin of Cherokee hustles for a backhand return during the Braves season opener against Denison-Schleswig in Cherokee Friday night, won by the visiting Monarchs. Photo by Paul Struck
"Alex Struck had an outstanding, tenacious win for us at #1. His trademark, steady consistency battled through the wind to a 10-7 victory in a match that lasted and hour and a half. At the other positions we were at a serious experience deficit, and I was pleased with how everyone worked hard and maintained positive attitudes.

"We are making great progress in a short time. If everyone keeps working hard to improve, things will continue to look up."

The Braves host Lakes Conference foe Le Mars Thursday night, while the Cherokee girls open their season at Le Mars Thursday. Varsity action begins at 4:30 p.m.

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