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Mitchell picks up two ESD wins

For the second straight day, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team swept a triangular. The Kernels welcomed two Eastern South Dakota Conference foes on Friday to Hitchcock Park, and only dropped three games on the day. They topped Huron 7-2, ...

Mitchell's Ryan Bergeson hits a shot at the net during singles against Watertown on Friday at Hitchcock Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Mitchell's Ryan Bergeson hits a shot at the net during singles against Watertown on Friday at Hitchcock Park. (Matt Gade / Republic)

For the second straight day, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team swept a triangular.

The Kernels welcomed two Eastern South Dakota Conference foes on Friday to Hitchcock Park, and only dropped three games on the day. They topped Huron 7-2, then took down Watertown 8-1 to improve to 17-3 overall and 8-1 in ESD play.

"Huron is a real good team and to beat them 7-2, I couldn't be happier. That's a pretty good day," Moller said. "Watertown later in the day-another ESD opponent-and an 8-1 win. What more can I hope for?"

Moller added that Macon Larson continues to improve, setting himself up for postseason success.

Against two ESD foes, he rarely ran into trouble at Flight 4. Larson only dropped one game between two singles matches, topping Huron's Eh Kalu 6-1, 6-0 and Watertown's Sam Mahowald 6-0, 6-0.

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"(Larson) is playing some serious tennis right now," Moller said. "If he keeps playing the way he is, the only unknown is how he'll handle the pressure of tournament tennis. ... If he can handle that pressure, he's setting himself up for a really strong postseason."

He and Ben Helleloid (Flight 3) also won two doubles matches. They beat Huron 6-4, 6-3, then topped Watertown 6-1, 6-4. Kade Clark/Ryan Bergeson (Flight 1) dropped both matches in doubles play.

By playing more aggressive and getting to the net, Max Tupper/Kaden Jerke (Flight 2) earned wins of 6-2, 6-3 over Huron and 6-0, 6-2 against Watertown.

"No. 2 doubles have really picked it up here the last couple of matches," Moller said. "Two juniors playing with a lot of maturity and confidence right now. When they get two at the net, they're tough to beat."

In singles play, Clark (Flight 1) won a hard-fought match over Huron's Brenden Schlader 7-6(5), 7-6(4). He and Bergeson (Flight 2), who dropped just five games, both went 2-0.

Tupper (Flight 3), who defeated Watertown's Adam Kays in three sets, and Tyler Loecker (Flight 6) also won both their singles matches. Helleloid (Flight 5) went 1-1, defeating Jacob Meester, of Watertown, 6-1, 6-1.

"To only lose three matches on the day and to get two more dual wins to go to 17-3, that's a pretty good season," Moller said.

The Kernels travel to Sioux Falls Lincoln at 4 p.m. Monday.

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Mitchell 7, Huron 2

Friday at Hitchcock Park

Singles: 1. Kade Clark (M) def. Brenden Schlader (H), 7-6(5), 7-6(4); 2. Ryan Bergeson (M) def. Reese Uecker (H), 6-4, 6-0; 3. Max Tupper def. Eh Dah (H), 6-2, 6-4; 4. Macon Larson (M) def. Eh Kalu (H), 6-1, 6-0; 5. Roger Putgerbaugh def. Ben Helleloid (M), 6-4, 6-2; 6. Tyler Loecker (M) def. Tyrese Theus (H), 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles: 1. Brenden Schlader/Reese Uecker (H) def. Kade Clark/Ryan Bergeson (M), 6-4, 1-6, 10-8; 2. Max Tupper/Kaden Jerke (M) def. Eh Dah/Eh Kalu (H), 6-2, 6-3; 3. Macon Larson/Ben Helleloid (M) def. Roger Puterbaugh/Moo Sher Say (H), 6-4, 6-3.

Mitchell 8, Watertown 1

Friday at Hitchcock Park

Singles: 1. Kade Clark (M) def. Drew Veflin (W), 6-2, 7-5; 2. Ryan Bergeson (M) def. Jared Dale (W), 6-1, 6-0; 3. Max Tupper (M) def. Adam Kays (W), 6-2, 5-7, 13-11; 4. Macon Larson (M) def. Sam Mahowald (W), 6-0, 6-0; 5. Ben Helleoid (M) def. Jacob Meester (W), 6-1, 6-1; 6. Tyler Loecker (M) def. Mark Mahowald (W), 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles: 1. Drew Veflin/Jared Dale (W) def. Kade Clark/Ryan Bergeson (M), 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-5; 2. Max Tupper/Kaden Jerke (M) def. Adam Kays/Sam Mahowald (W), 6-0, 6-2; 3. Macon Larson/Ben Helleloid (M) def. Jacob Meester/Mark Mahowald (W), 6-1, 6-4.

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