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Kernels prove team is atop ESD

Mitchell junior Beau Brown hits a backhand during a No. 2 singles match against Aberdeen Central Monday afternoon at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Mitchell boys tennis coach Pat Moller thinks his team left no question after Monday’s match that it is atop the Eastern South Dakota Conference.

The Kernels (11-0, 5-0 ESD) swept Aberdeen Central 9-0 at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell, before their nonconference match match against Sioux Falls Washington was rained out.

“It went about as well as it could’ve today,” Moller said. “I think Aberdeen is a very good team, but we just had a little more talent on the court than they did. It was nice to see that we’re firmly in front of them.

“After today, I don’t think anyone would argue that we’re the favorite in the ESD.”

Of the conference teams Mitchell has played this season, Moller said the Golden Eagles gave his players tough matches.

“At the end of matches, we had to battle a little bit,” he said, adding Aberdeen is looked at as a top contender for the conference title.

“But we had early leads and held serve and they couldn’t overcome that. We have very competitive practices and that prepares us for these kinds of matches.”

The Kernels are perfect as a team this season, which is something the players have worked hard for.

“We’re building a reputation of a winning team, and I think we’re getting there,” Moller said. “We’re not sneaking up on people anymore and other teams see us as one of the top teams. We’ve worked hard to get here.”

Mitchell’s No. 2 Beau Brown, No. 3 Alex Hegg, No. 4 Kanin Nelson, No. 5 Brenden Lehr and No. 6 Gray Determan have not lost a singles match this season. The Kernels’ No. 1 doubles — Jacob Cersosimo and Hegg — and No. 3 doubles — Lehr and Jacob Dahme — are also undefeated this year.

Monday’s late-afternoon rain prevented Mitchell from playing Washington. The match is tentatively rescheduled for May 6, a day when the Kernels also play Sioux Falls Roosevelt in Sioux Falls, Moller said.

Aberdeen and Sioux Falls Washington had to play two doubles matches indoors — at Puetz Corporation — because of the rain. The Warriors won 5-4.

The Kernels look to keep their streak going and are scheduled to play Brookings at 4 p.m. today in Brookings.



No. 1 Jacob Cersosimo (M) def. Joey Crompton 10-6; No. 2 Beau Brown (M) def. Adam Zimmerman 10-2; No. 3 Alex Hegg (M) def. Eric Marnette 10-2; No. 4 Kanin Nelson (M) def. Dillon Prissel 10-2; No. 5 Brenden Lehr (M) def. Alex Grandbois 10-4; No. 6 Gray Determan (M) def. Matt Hollan 10-2; JV: Carter Cavanaugh (M) def. Gabe Swanson 8-0; Shawn Goetz (AC) def. Kyle Jamison 9-7; Jared Suelflow (M) def. Asher Margolies 8-3; Adam Los (M) def. Trevor Gooding 8-4.


No. 1 Cersosimo/Hegg (M) def. Crompton/Zimmerman 10-5; No. 2 Brown/Nelson (M) def. Prissel/Marnette 10-7; No. 3 Lehr/Jacob Dahme (M) def. Grandbois/Hollan 10-6; JV: Cavanaugh/Loes (M) def. Goetz/Swanson 8-5; Suelflow/Baley Miller (M) def. Margolies/Dillon Bade 8-6.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.