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