match, when he was knocked ….
match, when he was knocked off 6-2, 6-4 by Rhinelander’s John Currie in the flight-two singles final. Currie was the one-seed, based on his 1-0 record in flight one and 5-0 record in flight two in GNC singles play during the dual meets. Damm, the second seed, beat Pacelli’s Bennett Eckendorf 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinal round and finished the regular season 12-1 in number-two singles matches.
Balciar received the top seed in the flight-one bracket. He fought off a good challenge from Bunnell in the semifinals, winning 6-4, 6-4 for his third win of the spring over Bunnell. But in the finals, Rhinelander’s Dalton Fritz, who had to fight off a 10-point match tiebreaker in the semifinals against Lakeland’s Dominic Gironella, had enough left in the tank to knock off Balciar in the final 6-4, 6-4 and earn the GNC’s Singles Player of the Year award. Balciar was 9-4 during the regular season in the top singles flight.
At number-four, Lundy drew the fourth seed, which meant a semifinal match with top-seeded Nick Lesch of Rhinelander, which Lesch won 6-1, 6-2. In the third-place match, Lakeland’s Angus Callender won a good battle with Lundy 7-5, 6-3.
Medford’s number-two doubles team of Stark and Schulz went 1-1 to place third and earn honorable mention. They dropped their semifinal to Pacelli’s Eli Robinson and Hunter Wrezinski, who won 6-1, 6-3. Schulz and Stark took the third-place match in a 10-point match tiebreaker 7-5, 2-6, 10-5 over Lakeland’s Isaac Olson and Jayson Wahlgren.
In flight-one doubles, Reimann and Hill were the fourth seed and that’s where they finished. Top-seeded Joey Belanger and Layne Roeser of Rhinelander beat them 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and Axle Jacobs and August Callender of Lakeland beat them 6-1, 6-2 in the third-place match. Belanger and Roeser repeated as the GNC’s Doubles Players of the Year, beating Pacelli’s Keagan Armstrong and Marcus Lansing 6-0, 6-1 in the flight-one championship.
In flight-three doubles, Medford’s third-seeded team of Gehrke and Swiantek went 0-2 and placed fourth. Lakeland’s Sawyer Brown and Gage Bowe beat them 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals. They lost a lengthy third-place match to Pacelli’s Dominic Kroening and Josh Opaneye 3-6, 7-6 (4), 12-10.