Parker, Craig tennis teams fall
Defending Big Eight Conference champion Madison East proved too tough to overcome Tuesday for Janesville Parker High’s boys tennis team.
The Vikings lost all seven matches en route to the 7-0 defeat in their season opener.
“It was a tough match to start with because East, especially in singles, can compete with anybody in the state,” Parker coach Mike Fuhrmann said. “We knew we weren’t going to win, but I was pleased with how our guys played.
“We’ve got a quadrangular on Saturday, and hopefully we can get it in because the four teams competing should be pretty equal.”
Jonny Schwerin led the Purgolders to victory with a convincing win at No. 1 singles. Schwerin, who finished fifth at state a year ago in Division 1, defeated Nick Gilbank, 6-0, 6-0.
Parker will be at the Fort Atkinson Quadrangular on Saturday along with Milton and Whitewater.
EAST 7, PARKER 0
Singles—Jonny Schwerin (E) def. Nick Gilbank, 6-0, 6-0; Connor Gilmore (E) def. Mitch Curless, 6-0, 6-0; Stratton Gilmore def. Jason Knutson, 6-3, 6-1; Johan Garcia (E) def. Travis Wood, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles—Noah Kroencke-Duncan Skinner (E) def. Matt Knutson-Ethan Zillmer, 6-2, 6-2; Nick Pamplin-Robert Minor (E) def. Kyle Walker-Dillon Peyer, 6-1, 6-0; Nick Schultz-Chris Kapel (E) def. Ken Konkol-Jake Lewis, 6-1, 6-2.
Junior varsity—East 7, Parker 0.
n Middleton 7, Craig 0—Middleton blanked Janesville Craig in the Cougars’ first boys tennis match of the season.
“We had some great points, but obviously didn’t string together enough of them,” said Craig coach Gary Hallowell. “Middleton is a little down this year, but they are still going to be a tough team in our conference.”
Hallowell said the main goal was to get out and get rid of the first-match jitters.
“All of our second sets were better than the firsts,” Hallowell said.
The Cougars were missing three players who are in New York participating in a school show choir competition.
The Cougars are scheduled to host a quadrangular competition Saturday at Palmer Park.
MIDDLETON 7, CRAIG 0
Singles—Beau Finet (M) def. Chris Matteson, 6-0, 6-3; Ryan Bender (M) def. Kenny Durfee, 6-1, 6-1; Ryan Thomsen (M) def. Steve Mickelson, 6-1, 6-1; Joe Shmigelsky (M) def. Ben Tonko, 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles—Robby Kutchin-Alex Strunce (M) def. Doug Johnson-Ben Timblin, 6-0, 6-0; Jon Mahvi-Ian Markson (M) def. David Jacowski-Bryan Stevens, 6-2, 6-2; Adam Desouky-Jordan Gibertson (M) def. Josh Pickering-Ike Neher, 6-2, 6-2.
Junior varsity—Middleton 7, Craig 0.