Tennis Braves open season
LE MARS - With few practices while bucking cold, snowy, wet weather, and early meets canceled or postponed because of that inclement weather, the Cherokee boys opened their tennis season Tuesday with an 8-1 drubbing from Le Mars.
The lone bright spot for the Braves was Tyler Richardson’s impressive 10-3 conquest of Caden Wingert at #3 singles.
In other singles matches for Cherokee, Cale Pingel lost 10-1 to Zach Wingert at #1, Layne Reinhart lost 10-1 to Caleb Kettelsen at #2, Thad Booth fell 10-1 to Josh Pratt at #4, Brendan Sullivan fell 10-3 to Caden Washburn at #5, and Carson Mongan lost 10-0 to Sam Vacara at #6.
In varsity doubles, Reinhart and Richardson lost 10-5 to Zach Wingert and Pratt at #1, Pingel and Mongan lost 10-3 to Kettelsen and Caden Wingert at #2, and Booth and Sullivan fell 10-6 to Washburn and Vacara at #3.
Le Mars also won the JV match 7-2. In JV singles for Cherokee, Matthew Stieneke lost 8-6 at #1, Kylar Booher lost 8-1 at #2, Jacob Kohn lost 8-2 at #3, Cael Lundy fell 8-0 at #4, Sivert Hansen lost 8-0 at #5, and Tyle Croonquist fell 8-3 at #6. James Creel split two alternate matches.
Cherokee JV won two doubles matches with Stieneke and Booher winning 8-6 at #1, and Kohn and Lundy winning 8-4 at #2. Hansen and Croonquist lost 8-2 at #3.
“Tyler played a superb match,” said veteran Braves coach Dave Zelle. “As a team we had some competitive matches. The issue for us remains a lack of consistency. If we commit to spending lots of time on the courts playing matches, we have the potential to be a very competitive team.”