BOYS TENNIS: SL-O sweeps double brackets at Lakes tourney
The Spirit Lake-Okoboji boys tennis team showed off enough strength to win both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles brackets, but didn't quite have enough moxie to pull out the team championship at the 2012 Lakes Conference Championships May 2 at Speier Park.
"It was a good day for our team," said Spirit Lake-Okoboji coach Dan Taylor. "Four of our six players received all-conference honors and we won two of the four divisions."
SL-O finished in third place with 13 matches won, coming in just out of contention for the top spot. Spencer regained the league title from 2011 league champion Le Mars after winning 15 matches. Runner-up Storm Lake tallied 14 points.
"The team standings were very close and we had an opportunity to come away with a team win as well," said Taylor. "We were just a tad bit short, but it's not a big disappointment really, as on this particular day four of our six guys got all-conference honors and -- even more importantly than that -- we are still undefeated as a team and are just one win away from locking up the regular season conference title, which to me is more valuable than a one-day tournament."
Brandon Stoll and Wes Bergquist ran the table at No. 1 singles, going 5-0 in the round-robin Lakes tournament, to earn first team all-conference honors. They only lost one game all day, outscoring their five opponents 25-1.
"Wes and Brandon were extremely dominant all day long and they were the top scorers for our team with five of our 13 match wins," Taylor said. "They are the first winners of No. 1 doubles at the conference tournament for SL-O since 2008 when Scott Maudlin and Mason Bergquist won the division."
Izaak Plunkett and Andrew Ites also received honorable mention all-Lakes honors by winning the No. 2 doubles bracket with a 4-1 record.
"I also knew going in that Izaak and Andrew had an excellent chance of winning the No. 2 doubles," said Taylor. "And they did just that as well, getting us four more team points."
Trystan Wiedow went 2-3 and placed fourth in a loaded No. 1 singles bracket that was won by Spencer's Michael Gabhart. Gabhart didn't lose a game after disposing of runner-up Collin Edwards of Le Mars and Cole Anderson of Storm Lake in easy fashion. Gabhart, Edwards and Anderson all earned first team all-conference honors.
Connor Rowley finished locked in a three-way tie after going 2-3 at No. 2 singles and was awarded a fifth place finish due to tiebreaker procedures.
"No. 1 and No. 2 singles was pretty stacked, so Trystan and Connor had their work cut out for them," said Taylor. "They both played well and both got a couple of wins, but the competition was just extremely good. They were playing guys who play No. 1 and No. 2 for their teams, while Trystan and Connor play No. 3 and No. 4 for us, so they did well to hang in there."