SIOUX FALLS -- Playing without top singles player Macon Larson, the Mitchell High School boys tennis team split a triangular Tuesday.
The Kernels, who played a total of five duals in two days, defeated host Sioux Falls Roosevelt 7-2 and dropped a 7-2 dual to Harrisburg in Eastern South Dakota Conference play.
Mitchell (11-6, 7-3 ESD) breezed through singles play against Roosevelt, going 5-1, with all five wins coming by at least five points. Meanwhile, the lone loss came as Cameron Miller filled in for Larson at No. 1 singles, falling in a 10-8 match to Carter Cameron.
Tyler Loecker defeated Roosevelt’s Anthony Erickson 10-1 at No. 2 singles, while Aidan Patrick scored a 10-3 win over Charlie Grismer at No. 3 singles. Connor Thelen beat Evan Rodgers 10-1 at No. 4 singles and Jack Vermeulen won 10-2 over Brock Kruger at No. 5 singles. Luke Jerke came away with a 10-5 win over Mason McKee at No. 6 singles.
Patrick and Thelen would also top Grismer and McKee at No. 2 doubles, 10-4, and MIller and Drake Jerke earned a 10-1 win over Rodgers and Kruger at No. 3 doubles. Vermeulen and Loecker dropped a 10-8 match to Cameron and Erickson at No. 1 doubles.
Fortunes flipped for the Kernels against Harrisburg, however, as the Tigers swept doubles play and four of six singles matches.
Harrisburg’s top tandem of Desmond Looft and Marcus Halling won a 6-1, 6-4 match over Vermeulen and Loecker at No. 1 doubles, while Patrick and Thelen fell to Harrisburg’s No. 2 doubles team of Nick Anderson and Nick Schudy, 6-0, 6-2. Miller and Drake Jerke fell to Alex Rallis and Jaxon Hunter at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, 7-5.
In singles play, Looft beat Miller, 6-1, 6-4 at Flight 1, while Hunter beat Luke Jerke by the same score at No. 6 singles. Patrick fell to Rallis, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3 singles and Thelen fell to Tschudy at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4. Loecker scored a 6-1, 6-2 win over Halling at No. 2 singles and Vermeulen won 6-4, 6-3 over Maverick Rogon at No. 5 singles.
Mitchell hosts Watertown in the final dual before the ESD tournament at 4 p.m. Friday at Hitchcock Park.