Kernels earn clean sweep at Harrisburg triangular
HARRISBURG—After a busy week, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team reaped the benefits of a two-day break by sweeping a triangular at Harrisburg on Thursday.
The Kernels toppled Harrisburg and Sioux Falls Roosevelt without losing a match all day in a pair of 9-0 wins to run their record to 15-3 overall and 6-1 in Eastern South Dakota Conference play.
"When you don't lose a match, it's a pretty good day," MHS head coach Pat Moller said. "When you don't have to worry about the weather, you can just concentrate on tennis and a lot of our players are starting to peak at the right time."
After a tough stretch during the middle of April, Max Tupper steadily increased for Mitchell at No. 3 singles and that continued on Thursday.
Tupper blanked Harrisburg's Mason Proehl, 6-0, 6-0 in his first singles match of the day and then teamed with Kaden Jerke to win another 6-0, 6-0 match at No. 2 doubles. He would then go on to beat Roosevelt's Mason Weidenbach, 6-1, 6-2, before the Tupper/Jerke tandem captured a 6-3, 6-1 doubles win to end the day.
"Over the last week, he's really starting to play strong tennis," Moller said. "He rolled in his singles and doubles matches. We're going to go a long way if he's playing the way he's playing right now at the end of the season."
Freshman Macon Larson also had a strong day, surrendering two points in four sets at No. 4 singles. Larson beat Harrisburg's Nick Tschudy, 6-0, 6-0, and Roosevelt's Carter Cameron, 6-2, 6-0. He and Ben Helleloid also picked up two straight-set wins at No. 3 doubles.
"He just keeps getting better and better," Moller said. "From day one, he came out and won a bunch of challenge matches to get himself a varsity spot. He embraces everything we're trying to teach him and he has a lot of tools in his toolbox."
Kade Clark won 6-2, 6-4 against Harrisburg in No. 1 singles, while he and Ryan Bergeson won at No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 6-4. Clark won both of his matches against Roosevelt by default.
Bergeson and Tyler Loecker each won both of their singles matches in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Helleloid won both of his No. 5 singles matches in three sets.
Mitchell hosts Huron and Watertown at 1 p.m. today at Hitchcock Park.