State tennis tourney gets underway


SIOUX FALLS – Four Bobcats singles players and a pair of doubles teams are still alive following the first day of the State Boys’ Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

Jonah Dobbs, the No. 8 seed in Flight 1 singles, opened with a bye and then beat No. 9 Jace Wensmann, of Pierre, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round.

Sioux Falls Lincoln’s Sam Dobbs, the top seed, dropped Jonah Dobbs 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

In Flight 2, Micah Ardry bounced back from a 2-6, 6-4, 10-4 first-round loss to Watertown’s Jared Dale with a 10-5 win over Sioux Falls Christian’s Daniel Puumala in the second round of consolation action.

Dawson Peters, the sixth seed in Flight 3, received a first-round bye. He was upset 7-6 (4), 6-3 by No. 11 Gabe Goetz, of Aberdeen Central. Peters beat Vermillion’s Nic Harris 10-6 in a consolation match.

At Flight 4, Derek Brallier lost 6-0, 6-4 to Watertown’s Sam Mahowald and then beat Spearfish’s Ty Sieber 10-5

In Flight 1 doubles, Dobbs and Ardry opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Vermillion’s Liam Mechling and Ramiro Lafuente. They lost 4-6, 7-5, 10-3 to Brandon Valley’s Matthew Schmitz and Carson Mork.

Peters and Brallier rebounded from a 6-4, 6-4 setback to Watertown’s Adam Kays and Mahowald with a 10-6 defeat of St. Thomas More’s Rowan Evans and Nick Paikos in Flight 2.

A pair of Bobcats were eliminated from singles play.

Prasoon Kharel lost 6-0, 6-0 to Rapid City Stevens’ Max Riker in the first round and 10-3 to Rapid City Christian’s Eli Goddard in a consolation match in Flight 5.

In Flight 6, Ayden Asche dropped his opener 6-2, 6-2 to St. Thomas More’s Nate Berzina and then lost 10-4 to Mitchell’s Tyler Loecker.

In Flight 3 doubles, Kharel and Asche fell 6-0, 6-1 to Sioux Falls Christian’s Collin Harmelink and Easton Prins and 10-2 to Aberdeen Central’s Alex Tennant and Lincoln Wilkinson in Flight 3 and were eliminated.

Sioux Falls Lincoln and Sioux Falls O’Gorman top the team leaderboard with 390 points. Sioux Falls Washington (321), Rapid City Stevens (309) and Brandon Valley (274) round out the top five.

Brookings is 17th with 89 points.

The three-day tourney continues today.

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