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Mitchell High School boys tennis breezes past Aberdeen Roncalli and Brookings

The Mitchell High School boys tennis team hosted a triangular at Hitchcock Park, defeating Brookings and Aberdeen Roncalli.

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Mitchell's Jack Vermeulen competes in singles action during a match against Brookings on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Hitchcock Park.
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MITCHELL – In its first home match of the season, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team defeated Aberdeen Roncalli and Brookings in a triangular at Hitchcock Park on Tuesday.

The Kernels beat Aberdeen Roncalli 9-0 in the first matchup of the afternoon, followed up with another 9-0 win over Brookings later in the evening.

Mitchell (4-1) went 6-0 in singles play against Aberdeen Roncalli and only one match required a third set. After losing the first set 5-7 in No. 4 singles, Jack Vermeulen bounced back, winning the second set 6-2 and the third set 10-5 over Aberdeen Roncalli’s Palmer Johnson.

Macon Larson defeated Aberdeen Roncalli’s Daniel Gamboa 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Tyler Loecker beat Cason Hellwig 6-1, 6-1.

In No. 3 singles, Aidan Patrick scored a 6-1, 6-2 win over Mason Carrels and Josh Grosdidier won 6-4, 6-2 against Landon Zikmund at No. 5 singles. Freshman Luke Jerke defeated Aberdeen Roncalli’s Sawyer Henrich in No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-2.

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Larson and Loecker would top Gamboa and Carrels in No. 1 doubles play 6-1, 6-0. Patrick and Drake Jerke earned a win at No. 2 doubles over Hellwig and Johnson 6-2, 6-3. In No. 3 doubles, Mitchell’s Connor Thelen and Vermeulen took down Zikmund and Henrich 6-3, 6-0.

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Mitchell's Macon Larson competes in doubles action during a match against Brookings on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Hitchcock Park.
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Against Brookings, Larson beat Ayden Asche in No. 1 singles 10-1. Loecker defeated Brookings’ Aditya Tummala 10-1 as well while Patrick was victorious in No. 2 singles over Braylon Peters 10-2.

Vermeulen secured the win in No. 4 singles 10-1 and Grosdidier won No. 5 singles 10-0 over James Park. In No. 6 singles, Luke Jerke took down Carson Kreie 10-3.

In doubles play against Brookings, Larson and Loecker won No. 1 doubles convincingly over Asche and Tummala 10-0. Drake Jerke and Patrick were successful as well in No. 2 doubles with a 10-1 win. In No. 3 doubles play, Thelen and Vermeulen beat Joshua Park and James Park 10-1.

Mitchell plays Rapid City Central, Huron and Aberdeen Central in a quadrangular Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Huron Tennis Courts.

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