SIOUX FALLS -- Aberdeen Central finished the state boys’ tennis tournament with two wins and two losses.
The three-day state meet concluded on Saturday. Aberdeen Central scored 236-1/2 points for seventh place. Aberdeen Roncalli did not have any players remaining in the field on Saturday and finished with 109 points for 16th place. Only two other Class A schools (Madison and St. Thomas More) topped Roncalli in the team standings.
Despite no individual titles and just one doubles title, Watertown held on for the team championship. The Arrows had three runner-up finishes in singles championship matches, one runner-up in doubles and a state championship at flight-one doubles. Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Rapid City Stevens won two singles flights each and Stevens added a flight-three doubles crown.
Heading into Saturday’s rounds, Watertown needed one singles or doubles title to secure the team win. After losing three singles and one doubles match, it boiled down to the first flight of doubles. The Arrows Jordan Feige and Tanner Heiser beat a Stevens team 7-5, 6-4 to secure the team championship.
The Golden Eagles lost in the consolation championship at flight-two singles and the fifth-place match at flight-five singles. Central grabbed up two fifth-places with wins at flight four and six singles. The Golden Eagles did not have any players left in doubles on the last day.
“All four of our guys played really well,” said Central coach Trent Kurtz. “They were playing good opponents. It was Saturday at the state tournament and the place was packed. We got four underclassmen that got to play and experience that. Hopefully, it will help them next year at state.”
Joey Crompton lost to Brendan Amiotte of St. Thomas More 10-4 in the consolation final at flight two.
“That St. Thomas More kid is good. There was a stretch in the middle where the points went back and forth. Joey went up a game, but lost three straight deuce games and lost the momentum,” said Kurtz.
At flight-four singles, Dillon Prissel topped Jason Shindler of Yankton 10-7 for fifth place.
“Dillon went through a five- or six-game stretch of the best tennis he’s played all year,” said Kurtz. “He was down 4 to 3 and went up 9 to 4. He had about six match points that he lost, but held on for the win.”
Alex Grandbois took home a sixth-place finish at flight-five singles when he lost 10-5 to Dylan Cutler of Sioux Falls Lincoln.
“That Lincoln kid is really good. Alex was right there with him, but lost a couple of deuce points,” said Kurtz.
In his first state tournament, Jesse Margolies placed fifth at number-six singles with a 10-5 win over Matt Gauger of Watertown.
“We were counting on big things from Jesse at state,” said Kurtz. “He’d like to have a few points back from his quarterfinal match, but he responded with two wins and got a chance to play a Watertown kid that beat him earlier in the season.”
All four Central tennis players who competed on Saturday return next season.
Team Points: Watertown 604, Rapid City Stevens 580, Sioux Falls O’Gorman 563, Sioux Falls Lincoln 505, Mitchell 406, Pierre 303, Aberdeen Central 236-1/2, Rapid City Central 220, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 213, Brandon Valley 213, Sioux Falls Washington 211, Madison 176-1/2, St. Thomas More 150-1/2, Yankton 143, Huron 137, Aberdeen Roncalli 109, Brookings 60, Milbank 48, Vermillion 16, Spearfish 8.
Championship: Tommy Entwistle (OG) def. Jordan Feige (Wat) 6-2, 6-3.
Third place: Nathanial Cherry (RCC) def. James Ferrier (RCS) 10-4.