Shan places sixth in state at #3 singles
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Madison seventh-grader Kevin Shan placed sixth in his first State Tennis Tournament appearance while the Bulldogs finished 12th in the team standings.|
In his first match on Friday at #3 singles, Shan faced Sioux Falls Lincoln's Austin Noldner. Shan won the opening set 6-1 but fell in the next two sets 6-1 and 6-4. This was Shan's first setback of the tournament.
He bounced back nicely and beat Lane Culey of Rapid City Stevens 10-4 to move to the fifth- and sixth-place match.
Mithcell's Kanin Nelson beat Shan 10-7 to earn fifth place.
The Bulldogs finished the tournament with 176.50 points. Watertown won the tournament with 604 points. Following the Arrows were Rapid City Stevens 580, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 563, Sioux Falls Lincoln 505, Mitchell 406, Pierre 303, Aberdeen Central 236.5, Rapid City Central 220, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 213, Brandon Valley 213, Sioux Falls Washington 211, Madison 176.50, St. Thomas More 150.50, Yankton 143, Huron 137, Aberdeen Roncalli 109, Brookings 60, Milbank 48, Vermillion 16 and Spearfish 8.
The doubles team of Shan and Matthew Green made it to consolation championship but fell to the Brandon Valley duo of Tanner Wehrkamp and Drake VanEgdom 11-10. On Friday, the Madison duo beat Ben Jensen and Brandon Frick of Yankton 11-9 and Kyle Martin and Parker Monson of Aberdeen Roncalli 10-6 at #2 doubles.
At #1 singles, Ryan Golden lost to Logan Barr of Sioux Roosevelt 10-6 on Friday and was eliminated from the tournament. He finished the tourney with a 1-2 record.
Jacob Leighton picked up two wins on Friday at #2 singles. He beat Alex Norlin of Rapid City Central 10-5 and Kyle Martin of Aberdeen Roncalli 10-6. He lost to Aberdeen Central's Joey Crompton 10-6 and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.
St. Thomas More's Brady Glissendorf beat Green at #4 singles 10-6 on Friday as Green finished without a win at the State Tournament.
Gabe Richards picked up a win at #5 singles over John Fanta of Yankton 10-3. Jeremy Shaffner of Brookings beat Richards 10-7 as Richards finished the State Tournament with a 2-2 record.
Paul Fanta downed Logan Jager 10-8 on Friday as Jager finished with a 1-2 mark.
"I'm just really happy for our guys," said Coach Doug Sims. "They gave a great effort in the State Tournament. We played our best tennis of the year, and that's what you hope for."
Playing on Saturday is always the goal and Madison had one singles player and one doubles team competing on Saturday.
The #1 doubles team of Golden and Leighton beat William Trevillyan and Austin Sadler of Brandon Valley 10-6 on Friday before losing to Logan Meyer and Collin Claeys of Huron 10-7.
"I just want to single out Ryan Golden and Jordan Heim," Sims said. "Jordan actually had to stop playing midseason due to an injury but asked to be the manager, and he was a great help to me during those last two weeks when we were playing every other day. Ryan is our only senior who plays. He had to play at a very tough flight at #1. While he didn't get a lot of wins, he competed hard and conducted himself with great character and integrity.
``We will miss both these guys next year but we wish them well in their futures."
©Madison Daily Leader 2013
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