Panther tennis team third in H-10
HARLAN — Creston/O-M finished in third place, one point behind runner-up Lewis Central, at the Hawkeye 10 Conference boys tennis tournament Monday.
The Red Oak Tigers claimed the championship trophy with 27 points.
Pete Walker and Hayden Berry of the Tigers took the No. 1 doubles championship with a victory over defending champions Colby Taylor and Bryce McIlravy of Creston/O-M.
“We played well to get third place,” Creston/O-M coach Kevin Cooper said. “But, really, we were just one match away from taking second place by ourselves.”
Red Oak No. 1 player Pete Walker carried the Tigers’ doubles team to victory over Creston/O-M’s defending conference champs.
“Colby and Bryce had a good day,” Cooper said, “but Pete is the best player I have seen in a long time in the Hawkeye 10. He was the difference today.”
Garret Taylor dropped a 9-8 (7-2 tiebreaker) in his fourth match at No. 1 singles. He won two matches after falling to the top seed in the opener.
Likewise, Adam Bochart fell 8-6 to Kuemper’s Mitchell Behrens to end up fourth at No. 2 singles, finishing the day at 1-2.
Jacob Caviness and Ryan Cook took fourth at No. 2 doubles. Two wins put them in the semifinals.
Hawkeye 10 Boys
Team scoring — 1. Red Oak 27; 2. Lewis Central 21; 3. Creston/O-M 20; 4. Atlantic 18; 5. Denison-Schleswig 16; 6. (tie) Glenwood 14, Kuemper 14; 8. Shenandoah 8; 9. Clarinda 6; 10. Harlan 0.
No. 1 singles — Caleb Shudak (LC) def. Jordan Nelson (RO) for first place. Creston/O-M: Caleb Shudak (LC) def. Garret Taylor (Cr), 10-2; Taylor (Cr) def. Nate Jones (Clar), 8-1; Taylor (Cr) def. Noah Welter (Atl), 8-4; Nathan Fastje (D-S) def. Taylor (Cr), 9-8 (7-2 tiebreaker).
No. 1 doubles — Pete Walker-Hayden Berry (RO) def. Colby Taylor-Bryce McIlravy (Cr), 6-1, 6-2, for first place. Creston/O-M: Taylor-McIlravy (Cr) def. Dedrick Ketwick-Austin Smith (Clar), 10-3; Taylor-McIlravy (Cr) def. T.J. Pauley-Joshua Tucker (D-S), 10-4; Walker-Berry (RO) def. Taylor-McIlravy (Cr), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 singles — Geoff Sellers (RO) def. Blake Huber (LC) for first place. Creston/O-M: Adam Bochart (Cr) def. Scott Caslow (Atl), 10-1; Blake Huber (LC) def. Bochart (Cr), 10-8; Mitchell Behrens (CK) def. Bochart (Cr), 8-6, for third place.
No. 2 doubles — Jake Arneson-Adam Wieser (Atl) def. Mitch Kinsey-Spencer Pauley (D-S) for first place. Creston.O-M: Jacob Caviness-Ryan Cook (Cr) def. David Hu-Josh Miller (Shen), 10-1; Caviness-Cook (Cr) def. Brian Ricke-Tyler Schroeder (CK), 11-9; Mitch Kinsey-Spencer Pauley (D-S) def. Caviness-Cook (Cr), 10-3; Max Chavez-Cole Peckham (Glen) def. Caviness-Cook (Cr), 8-2, for third place.