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Tornado tennis ends season in Districts

Monday, May 14, 2012

Storm Lake's Cole Anderson and Blake Overmohle in doubles action at the District meet in Spirit Lake Thursday. The duo and the Tornadoes as a team would both finish fourth overall on the day. / Photo by Ryan Christoffel.
SPIRIT LAKE - The Storm Lake boy's tennis team saw their season come to an end at the District meet in Spirit Lake as they finished one point away from advancing on.

The Tornadoes totaled ten points on the day to finish fourth, with the top three teams advancing on from Spirit Lake/Okoboji (20), LeMars (12) and Spencer (11).

Cherokee matched Storm Lake with 10, Bishop Heelan had nine, Denison-Schleswig three and Estherville-Lincoln Central 0.

In #2 doubles, Cole Anderson and Blake Overmohle finished fourth overall. They opened with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over LeMars' Evan Richards and Matt Ellerfson. In they second round they topped Cherokee's Brett Walker and Alec Schultz 6-1, 6-3. They fell in the semifinals to Bishop Heelan's David Breiner and Colby Jones 6-2, 1-6, 6-2. They fell again to LeMars' Ryan Devos and Ryan Havey in the consolation finals, 3-6, 6-3, 0-1 (12-10).

In singles, Jesse Luedtke topped D-S's Josh Tucker (6-0, 6-0) and then fell to LeMars' Kolin Brook's (6-2, 6-2).

Also in singles, Taylor Friesen was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over LeMars' Ben Meis. He fell to Spirit Lake's Connor Rowley in the next round, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Geoff Converse and Ross Dewerff were also in doubles action opened against the #1 seed and eventual District champs from Spirit Lake (Brandon Stoll, Wes Bergquist), falling 6-3, 6-0.

"Overall, the boys played very well, giving a fine effort against a well-balance field of competition," said Storm Lake head coach Ron Netten. "We came up a little short today, but still capped off an excellent season finishing 7-2 in duals for second place in the Lake Conference and finishing second a week ago in the Lake Conference Tournament. These guys have come along way since the beginning of the season and just shy of qualifying for post-season opportunities."

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