SIOUX FALLS — The Huron boys’ tennis team was able to gain a spot in the team standings during the second day of the State Tennis Meet, however, its play in the meet is over as all six of its singles players and the three doubles teams have been eliminated from competition.
The remainder of the tournament was forced indoors due to rainy conditions.
“The boys had a very good tournament. We picked up some good wins at every flight,” Huron coach Tim Hedblom said. “All four seniors finished their careers on a high note. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I am so pleased with the effort and the result.
“The seniors left everything on the court,” he said. “What an amazing group of young men, I am fortunate to have been able to coach them.”
Helping to boost the team total for the Tigers were three singles wins and a doubles victory in the consolation quarterfinals.
Senior Tyler Sterrett won 8-4 over Landon May of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in his first match Friday, but suffered an 8-3 setback in his next match to eighth-seeded Will Raymond of St. Thomas More at No. 3.
Senior Landon Claeys stayed alive at No. 4 singles with an 8-0 win against David Pimental of Madison. He was edged 8-6 by Brady Barr of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the consolation semifinals.
Brenden Schlader escaped with a 9-7 win against Gerit Judens of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in No. 5 singles and nearly came up with a victory in his next match. Tate Johnson of Pierre needed a win in a tiebreaker to get past Schlader 9-8 (2).
In other singles matches on Friday, senior Henry Rubsh was edged 9-7 by Matt Holland of Aberdeen Central in the consolation quarterfinals at No. 2 and Reese Uecker suffered an 8-4 setback to Tyson Miller of Aberdeen Central at No. 6.
Claeys and Rubish teamed to record Huron’s lone win in doubles on Friday, as they defeated Brookings 8-1 in the consolation quarterfinals at No. 2. They then faced Sioux Falls O’Gorman and suffered an 8-5 setback.
Blake Meyer. who was Huron’s other senior, and Sterrett were edged in their No. 1 doubles match for the Tigers in the consolation quarterfinals. Brandon Valey inked an 8-6 win.
“Tyler and Blake came up short in the consolation quarterfinals, but they had a great tournament,” Hedblom said. “Henry and Landon came up short in the consolation semifinals as well, but they had a great tournament.”
Huron was 16th in the team standings with 112 points.
Sioux Falls Lincoln, which has a player in the championship match in each of the six singles flights, leads the team standings heading into the final day of competition today, with 540 points. Rapid City Steves is second at 452, followed by Sioux Falls Washington at 423, Sioux Falls O’Gorman at 378 and Mitchell at 337.5.