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Mitchell High School tops Aberdeen Central in tennis triangular

Kernels swept by Sioux Falls Washington

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SIOUX FALLS -- It was a mixed bag for the Mitchell High School boys tennis team on Monday.

The Kernels were swept by Class AA power Sioux Falls Washington (9-0) and topped Eastern South Dakota Conference foe Aberdeen Central (6-3) in a triangular.

It was Mitchell’s second time defeating the Golden Eagles by a 6-3 score.

“We had some wins that we lost last time and we lost a couple matches that we won last time,” Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. “But like I have been saying all year, that just kind of goes to the parody in the ESD this year.”

Against the Golden Eagles, Macon Larson (No. 1), Tyler Loecker (No. 2), Connor Thelen (No. 4) and Jack Vermeulen (No. 5) won singles matches. Loecker recorded a three-set win over Zach Gonsor (6-7 (1), 6-1, 10-4).

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“He’s been one of the most consistent players we’ve had all year,” Moller said. “He played well against Davis Shafer from Sioux Falls Washington, as well. He just is a really clean ball striker and he can rally with just about any different style.”

Thelen also picked up a three-set win over Aberdeen Central’s Lincoln Wilkinson (2-6, 6-3, 10-4).

“The first time we played Aberdeen he lost both the singles and doubles matches,” Moller said. “He turned around and won the singles match this time against the same kid.”

Moller also praised Thelen and doubles partner, Aidan Patrick, for their win at No. 2 doubles. The duo avenged an earlier defeat against Wilkinson and Ian Ahlberg (6-4, 6-1).

“They probably played their best doubles tennis of the year in that match,” Moller said. “They really put things together and hopefully we can continue to move forward from there.”

Against the Warriors, Vermeulen was the only Kernel to secure a set victory.

Up next, the Kernels will play at the Rapid City Invitational on Thursday-through-Saturday.

Mitchell 6, Aberdeen Central 3

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Singles

No. 1: Macon Larson (M) def. Gabe Goetz (AC), 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Tyler Loecker (M) def. Zach Gonsor (AC), 6-7 (1), 6-1, 10-4; No. 3: Ian Ahlberg (AC) def. Aidan Patrick (M), 6-4, 6-3; No. 4: Connor Thelen (M) def. Lincoln Wilkinson (AC), 2-6, 6-3, 10-4; No. 5: Jack Vermeulen (M) def. Henry Fouberg (AC), 6-2, 6-3; No. 6: Brett Jacobs (AC) def. Luke Jerke (M), 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.

Doubles

No. 1: Goetz/Gonsor (AC) def. Larson/Loecker (M), 6-1, 2-6, 13-11; No. 2: Patrick/Thelen (M) def. Ahlberg/Wilkinson (AC), 6-4, 6-1; No. 3: Cameron Miller/Drake Jerke (M) def. Fouberg/Jacobs, 6-3, 6-0.

Sioux Falls Washington 9, Mitchell 0

Singles

No. 1: Chris Harris (SFW) def. Macon Larson (M), 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: Davis Shafer (SFW) def. Tyler Loecker (M), 6-3, 6-3; No. 3: Clayton Poppenga (SFW) def. Aidan Patrick (M), 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: Noah Morgans (SFW) def. Connor Thelen (M), 6-0, 6-1; No. 5: Jacob Morgans (SFW) def. Jack Vermeulen (M), 6-2, 4-6, 10-5; No. 6: Harold Meyer (SFW) def. Luke Jerke (M), 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles

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No. 1: Poppenga/Harris (SFW) def. Larson/Loecker (M), 6-0, 6-2; No. 2: Shafer/N. Morgans (SFW) def. Patrick/Thelen (M), 6-1, 6-3; No. 3: J. Morgans/Mayer (SFW) def. Cameron Miller/Drake Jerke (M), 6-4, 6-2.

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